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#5574084 - 01/30/15 07:43 PM Work begins now!!
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
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Loc: North Tejas
Going to harvest smartweed seen from ponds on property- tilling and spraying doesn't start until March for me this year - control invasives and woody plants not beneficial to waterfowl

What are your off season projects confused2
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#5574238 - 01/30/15 09:35 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
Esh and Hattie Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 331
Loc: N Texas
Carving a dozen teal, 6 gadwall, and 6 mallard dekes. Probably a couple pintail drakes also for some color

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#5575053 - 01/31/15 02:03 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Esh and Hattie]
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Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
Carving a dozen teal, 6 gadwall, and 6 mallard dekes. Probably a couple pintail drakes also for some color


That! Or something like it. I would like to have some sprigs in my coastal spread next year. I would also like to add a half dozen or so spoonies.
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#5575387 - 01/31/15 05:16 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
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Originally Posted By: Greekangler

What are your off season projects confused2


Kissin my honeys hiney so I can hunt next season as much as seasons past.

She's got a honey-do list a mile long....
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#5575466 - 01/31/15 05:59 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: aerangis]
muddyz Offline
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Registered: 11/19/09
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Loc: McKinney, TX
I got the 4 wheeler cleaned up this week while it was warm and dropped it off for service today. Fixing odds and ends on my truck and trailer to get them back in shape.

Next is the garage!

Looking for a 4 wheeler disc also.

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#5575474 - 01/31/15 06:03 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
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Loc: Mesquite/Canton
Water is low in all of our ponds. Is this the time to start planting vegetation for next season? If so, what would you recommend?

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#5575485 - 01/31/15 06:10 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
Water is low in all of our ponds. Is this the time to start planting vegetation for next season? If so, what would you recommend?


Not until the summer. Plant a mix of Japanese and browntop millet. This combination ensures that you will have something come up and do well as the Japanese millet will do well in wet years and browntop will do well in drier years when the ponds stay low. Millet is very low maintenance compared to other duck foods like corn.
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#5576117 - 02/01/15 07:51 AM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: aerangis]
droebuck Offline
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Registered: 12/02/13
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
Originally Posted By: Greekangler

What are your off season projects confused2


Kissin my honeys hiney so I can hunt next season as much as seasons past.

She's got a honey-do list a mile long....


This^^^^^
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#5576154 - 02/01/15 08:25 AM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
pprince Offline
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Registered: 05/01/12
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I'm fighting beavers right now. They got my drains stopped up on two holes.

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#5576231 - 02/01/15 09:33 AM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: TTUhunter4]
Greekangler Offline
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
Water is low in all of our ponds. Is this the time to start planting vegetation for next season? If so, what would you recommend?


Not until the summer. Plant a mix of Japanese and browntop millet. This combination ensures that you will have something come up and do well as the Japanese millet will do well in wet years and browntop will do well in drier years when the ponds stay low. Millet is very low maintenance compared to other duck foods like corn.


May even do a september planting to maximize surface area. What's latest you guys have planted in N texas? Just have to be careful and not hunt dove if any seed present
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#5576289 - 02/01/15 10:24 AM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
shea.mcphail Offline
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I'm not sure what we have planted right now. My father grows coastal Bermuda grass for hay. We haven't planted anything by the ponds, but we tend to have algae during the summer. Dad calls it duck algae but I don't know if that is correct.

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#5577276 - 02/01/15 08:21 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
Featherduster Offline
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Registered: 06/15/10
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Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Originally Posted By: Greekangler
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
Water is low in all of our ponds. Is this the time to start planting vegetation for next season? If so, what would you recommend?


Not until the summer. Plant a mix of Japanese and browntop millet. This combination ensures that you will have something come up and do well as the Japanese millet will do well in wet years and browntop will do well in drier years when the ponds stay low. Millet is very low maintenance compared to other duck foods like corn.


May even do a september planting to maximize surface area. What's latest you guys have planted in N texas? Just have to be careful and not hunt dove if any seed present


I planted millet in late August last year. No way was it ready for teal season, but it plenty of seed by the time regular season rolled around.

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#5577288 - 02/01/15 08:26 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Greekangler]
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 261
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
So do you guys just go along the waterline and plant?

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#5579214 - 02/02/15 08:17 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: shea.mcphail]
Featherduster Offline
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Registered: 06/15/10
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Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
So do you guys just go along the waterline and plant?


If you're not able to control your water (drain and flood) then you have no choice but to plant on the edges

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#5581042 - 02/03/15 09:01 PM Re: Work begins now!! [Re: Featherduster]
Greekangler Offline
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Originally Posted By: Featherduster
Originally Posted By: Greekangler
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
Water is low in all of our ponds. Is this the time to start planting vegetation for next season? If so, what would you recommend?


Not until the summer. Plant a mix of Japanese and browntop millet. This combination ensures that you will have something come up and do well as the Japanese millet will do well in wet years and browntop will do well in drier years when the ponds stay low. Millet is very low maintenance compared to other duck foods like corn.


May even do a september planting to maximize surface area. What's latest you guys have planted in N texas? Just have to be careful and not hunt dove if any seed present


I planted millet in late August last year. No way was it ready for teal season, but it plenty of seed by the time regular season rolled around.


Plant in 2-3 stages. Push it out a bit. Do 1/2 in moist soil. Till water and treat invasives. Let yall know how it goes- oct 10 or so is first freeze N TX- probably pushing it, but worth the risk


Edited by Greekangler (02/03/15 09:03 PM)
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