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New impoundment

Postby Jmyers143 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:04 pm

We have a 5-8 acre impoundment on our farm in nc. The impoundment was built before we bought the land and the old owner hunted it and said he did pretty well in it. This was a while ago though and last year we planted it and our corn got destroyed by beavers and deer and such. That left us not ever hunting it because no birds came to it. This year the crop got wrecked by hurricane Matthew. What are some tips to attract more ducks the impoundment is near swamp and 200 yards from a river. Should we fill it up in the summer then drain it and plant it. Every time we have planted it we leave it drained plant it and flood it during duck season. I don't know why but there isn't many ducks that use it last year and this year when we planted it even given that the crop got ruined.

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Re: New impoundment

Postby dem0001 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:36 pm

Put shell corn in it after duck season so it gets used by the ducks on their way back north. Then hope they remember it next year and that you're able to make a crop. It'll take a few years for the birds to imprint again.

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Re: New impoundment

Postby tenfingergrip » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:40 am

First, wait as late as you can to plant your corn. Late May if you are in the southeast. Ask the seed supplier for the shortest maturity and plant accordingly. You may also want to save some areas out to plant some Jap millet (90 days) to have some food for the ducks in case your corn gets all eaten by the deer. You also may want to build some deer stands close around the impoundment and invite all your friends to help themselves!!

There are some other duck attractants you may want to consider that could aid in making the impoundment more productive. Smart Weed is about as good as you can get for a perennial, Sago Pond Weed is also ok if you can get it to grow. Corn is the best as long as you don't get flooded out or eaten out before the season.

Don't flood the impoundment too deep. About 6-10 inches is all you need. There are also varieties of corn that have a lower ear placement on the stalk. The ducks will "jump up" to eat the corn anyway.

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