Another waterfowl season is in the books for us, minus storing all the gear until next year. First off we want to thank all of our customers for another great season. Without you, none of this would be possible. It's only been a couple weeks and we're already game planning how to improve for next year. We're going to try and keep water on a handful of ponds throughout the entire year to maximize aquatic vegetation growth. This isn't the cheapest way to produce duck food given the hot & dry summer months, but we feel it will help out tremendously during the later months of season. In fact, we're already pumping water in preparation for the summer and next season. As always we'll be planting even more acreage than the previous year and we're getting better at fine tuning when/where/how to protect each pond to maximize its potential. Single wire electric fence keeps the cows out, but you better up your game if you want to keep the deer and hogs out, lesson learned the hard way this year. The equation is constantly changing as Mother Nature is always throwing something different at us. We might not be the oldest group on the Texas Prairie, but you'll be hard pressed to find anyone else that works as hard as we do to produce for our clients. We have no offseason! Sure we're about to start training dogs and fishing again, but we do pond work every month of the year. Every year since starting the waterfowl division, our harvest numbers have increased. It's our goal to make sure they continue to increase and to improve every aspect of the experience. We'd be willing to put our harvest numbers up against anyone's on the prairie as far as average birds harvested per hunt. Our numbers from this season are below. They are not fudged at all and include a couple 0's, 2's and sub 10 bird hunts. But those are very few and far between as less than a dozen hunts did not hit the 15 bird mark.
2,361 birds harvested
21.1 bird average per hunt
Food, resting, rotating, scouting, food and more scouting are the keys to how we manage our properties and produce the way we do.
Here are just a handful of our favorite pictures from mid-Nov on and the NEW LODGE. Hope everyone had a great season and is ready to wet a line!