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By B.M. Barrelcooker
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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.



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Starting to see some turf. Good news for the ducks and the little plants they like.



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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 )



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Finally got to the pick up point and my ride was waiting.



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More to come as management season progresses.



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By fallen513
#570988
mosquitoes would carry me off!
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By TX.
#570992
That's just crazy. How many acres are you managing with that?
How do you make the time?
Hell, it's overwhelming trying to keep a TU or DU meeting in check, let alone build habitat...every year.
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By fatman
#571001
TX. wrote:Hell, it's overwhelming trying to keep a TU or DU meeting in check, let alone build habitat...every year.
It helps when the membership totals one
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By B.M. Barrelcooker
#571048
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Yesterday I went in to spray a large opening that we will plant with rice in a week or two. We call it the " Jett hole" after my boy Jett because he was with us when we first cleaned it up and built a blind here. Its a gap in the woods between the oaks and the ash.





I ended up finishing spraying and then took a ride around tying to catch a few pics of the arboral diversity so Fred A could see what we got.



I ran into a few critters and a few trees that I had to stop and look at...so I took pics of them too. There is something very peaceful and majestic in a tree. I can't put my finger on it but it makes me full somehow......it just does.



Enjoy:





The Jett Hole





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another copperbelly



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muskrat



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the Lazy river....not really a river...just what we call it



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swamp white oak....a beauty



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deep woods



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see the deer?



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bottom land





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this place is .20' above the Cairo gauge that is about 180 river miles downstream......it stays wet quite often.



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By pbrstreetgang
#571054
man - those last four shots look like the place Dog might have patted the Earth before he sat back to see what we do with it.

beautiful.
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