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 Post subject: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 2:53 pm 
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I have a beaver pond on my property that i have never hunted before.(Because the ducks were not there if the corn wasnt there).Last year we got about 7-10 ducks in the pond using corn. I am wanting something i can plant for the ducks so i dont have to use corn. The pond usually gets lower this time of year but grows up around it really bad. How would i go about planting something in this spot? Any help is appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 6:48 pm 
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Drain it. Spray it if you want. Till and the moist soil grass and plants will come out.

Unless you have a way to control the water corn, and other crops can be a waste of time.

Auburn and SC have done work on the moist soil mgmt.

It works.

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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 6:50 pm 
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http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/www/faculty/Joh ... ement.html

http://www.fws.gov/columbiawildlife/MoistSoilReport.pdf

Or this.

http://www.chiwapa.com/aae_home.php

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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 7:29 pm 
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bama wrote:
Drain it. Spray it if you want. Till and the moist soil grass and plants will come out.

Unless you have a way to control the water corn, and other crops can be a waste of time.

Auburn and SC have done work on the moist soil mgmt.

It works.
[quote="bama"]

When you say "drain it" does this mean just but the dam or do i need to do something different?


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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 8:34 pm 
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However you want, to get the water out of it. How deep is it?


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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 9:04 pm 
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muddycreek wrote:
However you want, to get the water out of it. How deep is it?


Different depths, the shallowest is knee deep, and the deepest is chest deep.

If i busted the dam how would i keep the beavers from rebuilding the dam and filling it back up before the seed comes up.


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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 9:51 pm 
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Clemson leveler. It will be your friend.
http://www.clemson.edu/psapublishing/pages/afw/afw1.pdf

Cut the dam, install at the lowest point, then leave enough going out the dam so when you get ready to back the water up, you can raise the loose end of the pipe to the level you want the water. Pretty simple to design.


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 Post subject: Re: Planting for ducks
PostPosted: May 23rd, 2013, 10:48 pm 
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As referenced, try a Clemson leveler. They are not perfect and they can be stopped up, but I've personally installed them and had them work great. Moderate beaver control may be required as well (doesn't mean kill them all though). If you can get the water level under your control and wanted to plant, take a look at chiwapa millet. It's some amazing stuff. But it does have a 120 day maturation rate, something to keep in mind.

Like also referenced, just by draining and exposing a disturbed moist soil you will generate native vegetation that will draw birds.

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