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#5521127 - 01/05/15 10:10 AM Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas
kraymer Offline
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Registered: 10/21/13
Posts: 19
Hello Waterfowlers:

I'm currently looking for land in the North Texas area. My dream is to find a piece of property with a nice solid water source along with flat level crop land. My thought is to take a 1-2 acre parcel of the crop land and dig out about 4 inches of soil. The idea would be to be plant millet or some other waterfowl ag crop and then flood it from the water source prior to hunting season. Not sure how long it will take ducks to find it - but I'm guessing once they do, it should be a fairly nice spot.

Has anyone tried this? Any pointers? Anyone need a lot of dirt? smile

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#5521207 - 01/05/15 10:55 AM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
kdub Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
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You will want to be on a flyway regardless of what you plant.
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#5521310 - 01/05/15 11:37 AM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
sunsetroosters Offline
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instead of digging it out i would just build a berm

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#5521323 - 01/05/15 11:41 AM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: sunsetroosters]
kraymer Offline
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You may be right. Was thinking that digging it out might hold water better.

Originally Posted By: sunsetroosters
instead of digging it out i would just build a berm

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#5521331 - 01/05/15 11:47 AM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
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Registered: 01/21/09
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Hate to bust you're bubble but it's never gonna happen. Unless you gave uber deep pockets and lots of connections.

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#5521353 - 01/05/15 12:00 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
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Ducks will eat a 1-2 acre food source out in a matter of days.

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#5521382 - 01/05/15 12:12 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: known hunter]
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Originally Posted By: known hunter
Hate to bust you're bubble but it's never gonna happen. Unless you gave uber deep pockets and lots of connections.



Say when.




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What makes you say all that?
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#5521517 - 01/05/15 01:17 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: known hunter]
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Originally Posted By: known hunter
Hate to bust you're bubble but it's never gonna happen. Unless you gave uber deep pockets and lots of connections.


That's an odd thing to say. Probably more deep pockets on this forum than you realize.
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#5521521 - 01/05/15 01:19 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
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We do this all the time here on the prairie. 1,000s and 1,000s of acres actually.

As said above, it's easier to build a levee around it.

I did this for my landowner where I farm at.

Planted strips of millet in it, and it was beautiful.

Sadly it was never pumped with water...we had to run a half mile of pipe and 2 pumps from one reservoir to this spot.

We just couldn't ever find time to do it.

Finally got it done, and season is almost over.

I will make the levees a little wider for next go round, but they work like this.








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#5521642 - 01/05/15 02:24 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
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This is what I see as most important. Number one you are going to have to wade through the BS information on an internet forum, a duck hunter's forum at that.

So to move on beyond the internet yada yada stuff what I would suggest is finding a spot that has as close to free as possible so far as water. That spot would have to be in an area where birds wish to be. Meaning you need a good source of roosting birds. That source would have to allow the birds not to get jacked with. Being outside a no hunting refuge with your food plot would be a good spot, coveted by all hunters, but a good spot no doubt.

You can spend a tremndous amount of money getting this done. If for some reason the birds don't like your spot, what will you do then? I would say 90 percent of your labor needs to be researching the absolute bottom out of this project before you stick a shovel in the dirt.


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#5521664 - 01/05/15 02:34 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
pprince Offline
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Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 152
These guys are right. The old "build it and they will come" slogan does not always work with ducks but you have to start somewhere and you will not know until you try. I've got two properties and it is definitely fun, frustrating, rewarding, and disappointing all at the same time. Oh and expensive too.

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#5521670 - 01/05/15 02:37 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 35
He said he was looking for Stuttgart. This could be done , but not in North Texas. The prarie,yes. High plains playa, yes. But to pump enough water to cover enough acreage in this area is really difficult , especially if you don't already own the property. That property Cappy built in Fannin county is really cool but it ain't Stuttgart.

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#5521703 - 01/05/15 02:57 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
pprince Offline
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Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 152
How much are you willing to spend?

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#5521704 - 01/05/15 02:57 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
Blake E. Offline
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Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 982
Loc: North Central Texas
Ive been searching for this kind of spot. I think I found it. I partnered with a person who owns the land near the red river. We are doing this this spring on a small scale. If it works like we think it will, we will increase the size of the crops and flooded areas the next year. Its a trail and error process. You just don't want to go crazy with it till you are for sure the birds like it. I have around fifty lakes and tanks to hunt. Some of my best stuff last year just now got good. Places we never hunted last year has been great. Some years we hammer gadwalls. This year its mallards. Migration patterns change to a point. It may be pressure or drought or lack of cold weather. My advice would be conservative. Deep pockets or not. I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket. Stuggart is the result of right habitat and hundreds of years of imprinting taught by every generation of ducks that proceeded them.
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#5521769 - 01/05/15 03:31 PM Re: Trying to re-create Stuttgart in Texas [Re: kraymer]
Featherduster Offline
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Registered: 06/15/10
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Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Like Wal said, location is key. If you are in an area that has birds, then your chances are much better.

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