Build up your own waterfowl pond

Build up your own waterfowl pond

If you or one of your friends are landowners on a waterfowl migration route, don't you think it would be great to have your own waterfowl pond instead of going out to public lands where dozens of hunters put pressure over ducks and goose making them to fly away?

Well, even when it seems impossible, it's not a hard task, in fact from one year to the other you will be able to have a personal, private, luxurious pond attracting waterfowls towards your like a magnet, and the most remarkable thing, you only need some jobs some months before the season begins and enough water, that's it!

First think to know is from where waterfowls approach your land during migration, that way you will be able to place your pond just on the right place.

Once you have selected the area, it's time to build levees surrounding the area where the pond will be and allow water to flow inside impoundments. DuringBuild your own wetland winter it will be an easy task since mother nature will help a lot; if not, you will need to use your own water, however remember to hide pipes properly, otherwise ducks will suspect about your pond and will pass over it.

During spring it's time to drain the soil and plant corn, wheat, milo and other grains ducks and geese use to feed from, once completely dry, plants ducks eat will sprout all around the area spontaneously. Remember to plant only around 50% of the new pond area, since waterfowls will need some open, shallow water to land, usually a 4 to 5 inches deep will be enough.

But the end of the summer it's time to flood the pond with enough water to cover the entire area but leaving crops intact. Here it's the basic, in fact by the autumn ends, once the waterfowl season begins, you will see ducks coming towards your without doing any effort, however to have better results you will need to make some improvements.

Usually this kind of pond is built on open lands, so you will be able to see ducks and geese from far away, but they will be able to spot you even from longer distances, thus you need to cover yourself.

To do so it's a good practice to plant high long-stemmed, leafy plants like corn on the opposite site of the pond form where waterfowls approach, this way you will have a great cover and a tasty bait attracting ducks.

But if you wish to move a step forward it's also possible to build partially buried blinds aside the pond. Properly covered with grass and other plants to make it invisible from upside, this blind will be the perfect touch to have a 100% operative, private, effective waterfowl pond.

Next you'll only have to set your decoys and wait for the birds just like you would on a natural pond. Isn't it fantastic?


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