Those of you that read my duck reports get to see the results from the hunting but seldom get to see the management side. It takes lots of year round effort and cuts into the fishing time pretty bad.
The water usually recedes in June and we bust beaver dams
To get the water off the oaks. We have lots of oaks that naturally flood and we seldom hunt them because that is where the ducks rest. Acorns are magnets for the mallards and woodies so we do everything we can to help the oaks.
The trees are a huge piece of the puzzle and even though we pray for rain as season approaches just a little too much water right now can really screw up the season in the fall.
High spring water this year stunted the cattails. That is good for open water in the fall.
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Gettin to the woods is a slow but nice ride. Lots to see.
Finally. In the shade.
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I love these guys. I catch fish here sometimes in the spring but they are all gone now.
Starting to see some turf. Good news for the ducks and the little plants they like.
Saw this guy on the way : Copper bellied water snake. Endangered species and we have loads of them. Another reason I protect this place. ( plus they keep the bad ones away )
Finally got to the pick up point and my ride was waiting.
More to come as management season progresses.
It's a year round obsession.[/report]