If you are using a dog on beaver ponds watch out for sharp branches cut by beavers,they can hurt a dog real bad.Big splashy water entries should be avoided.
As for beaver ponds and swamps,I've never seen one that wasn't a good duck spot.
Yep, the flooded timber (made by beavers) is the best we did this year.
This swamp is tough walking. Tripping over limbs under the water, finding a beaver trench sucks and no place to set your gun down when you need to take a leak. But it is all worth it when the ducks start landing on your head. The trail leading to this swamp is an old RR line. There are trenches on both sides for the old steam engines. The woodies will sit in them and will flush when you walk to the swamp. It is nice to hunt before you hunt.
If that makes any sense...I dunno.
Another good idea for a beaver pond is a belly bloat, aka float tube. They are great for crossing creek channels and are a godsend if you step off in a hole. When you get to where you want to go you can get out of it and use it to hold your gun or other gear. Nothing beats a bunch of woodies dive bombing a beaver pond at first light. I almost forgot, you better be quick to dispatch any wounded ducks, because they will quickly disappear in all of the lovely cover provided by the beavers. Good luck :thumbsup:
Although season is out I visited the beaver dam that started my duck hunting jaunts when I was about 13. I'm 40 now and still love the lure of Woodies and Mallards pouring in just before sunset. I am blessed in many ways but have a pointing lab that not only loves to duck hunt but also likes to point quail and so I always swing around the edge of the old beaver pond where a covey hides in the thick grass.
My oldest son who is 23 got his start on this beaver dam and my youngest son who is 18 months will probably get his there too, Lord willing.
We have our best hunts on beaver ponds up here in N Minn. but all beave ponds aren't created equal maybe it just that up here there are so many ponds that the ducks favor the ones that offer the best food and cover options. The ones that have flooded timber always seem to be decent ones, especially if the timber is in the form of tamarack, cedar, or spruce. Also the ones loaded with some duck or smart weed and/or wild rice can be good.
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