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#5784103 - 06/11/15 09:01 AM Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife
AndrewOSpencer Offline
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Registered: 12/03/08
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Loc: Bay City, Texas
I have a contract on some land Eastern Matagorda county, 20 acres with two 1 acre ponds. One pond is deep, and the other is only about hip deep. There is a well in place for pumping water into the deep pond, which has a spillway pipe that flows into the marsh pond.

Now I want to develop a plan for making it a duck, dove, deer and pig heaven. Admittedly, I'm not in farm country, but there's a good teal and woodie population, with whistlers coming in as well. I've seen 3 doe on the property which is bordered by heavy timber, and has pig wallows. Seen several squirrels, and might even have a covey of quail or two.

It's currently just pastureland with pecan and oaks. Here are some pictures:

My fence line on the north is right at the woods.





The previous owners are leaving the deer feeders, and they seem to have attracted many deer & pigs because its all wallowed out below them



A picture of the well system in the winter.



The first pond.



So I'm hoping you guys can give me some ideas on what kind of supplemental planting/management I can do to attract the wild life. I'm going to consult our county biologist, and follow the guidelines given for achieving the wildlife exemption status, but wanted to see if you had additional ideas or could point me in the direction of good resources. Thanks in advance.
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#5784134 - 06/11/15 09:14 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Think your best option is going to be feed feed and feed some more. Food plots are always good, but depends on what tools you have at your discretion. Im not sure what would be good to grow in your location.
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#5784136 - 06/11/15 09:15 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
ralph Offline
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No specific suggestions but good looking land. You have water which is important (and a good looking pond too!) Congratulations. I wish you many years of enjoyment.

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#5784160 - 06/11/15 09:26 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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start planting hardwoods

post oaks, pecans, honeysuckle ...

give them a lot of cover around the pond

you're covered with trees by your neighbor to the north, just help
extend that tree line 10 acres into your side

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#5784166 - 06/11/15 09:31 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Congrats on the land!

I would contact the local TPWD biologist and/or NRCS for ideas and programs that would help you to enhance your property. Those folks should know all the local nuances with habitat and wildlife. Best of luck to you. up
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#5784204 - 06/11/15 09:56 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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You're going to be surprised at how friggin' many deer there are out there. Unless it's totally overhunted, there will be a TON.

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#5784328 - 06/11/15 11:16 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Congrats on the land!

I would contact the local TPWD biologist and/or NRCS for ideas and programs that would help you to enhance your property. Those folks should know all the local nuances with habitat and wildlife. Best of luck to you. up

^^^This^^^ I would ask them specifically about food plots and enhancing cover because you have the water coverd. I would be careful about my placeement of dove fields because what's legal for doves could be considered baiting for ducks. I would place them as far away from the water as possible.
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#5784361 - 06/11/15 11:28 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: cabosandinh]
AndrewOSpencer Offline
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Originally Posted By: cabosandinh
start planting hardwoods

post oaks, pecans, honeysuckle ...

give them a lot of cover around the pond

you're covered with trees by your neighbor to the north, just help
extend that tree line 10 acres into your side


Definitely going to do this. Thanks.
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#5784363 - 06/11/15 11:28 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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cheers Best wishes coolpics reminds me gotta go put batterirs in cam.... flag
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#5784367 - 06/11/15 11:29 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: nsmike]
AndrewOSpencer Offline
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Originally Posted By: nsmike
Originally Posted By: kry226
Congrats on the land!

I would contact the local TPWD biologist and/or NRCS for ideas and programs that would help you to enhance your property. Those folks should know all the local nuances with habitat and wildlife. Best of luck to you. up

^^^This^^^ I would ask them specifically about food plots and enhancing cover because you have the water coverd. I would be careful about my placeement of dove fields because what's legal for doves could be considered baiting for ducks. I would place them as far away from the water as possible.


yep, going to lean on them for advice.
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#5784372 - 06/11/15 11:30 AM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: cameron00]
AndrewOSpencer Offline
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Originally Posted By: cameron00
You're going to be surprised at how friggin' many deer there are out there. Unless it's totally overhunted, there will be a TON.


oh be still my heart....I hope you are correct.
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#5784719 - 06/11/15 02:30 PM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Originally Posted By: AndrewOSpencer
Originally Posted By: cameron00
You're going to be surprised at how friggin' many deer there are out there. Unless it's totally overhunted, there will be a TON.


oh be still my heart....I hope you are correct.


I'm not joking at all - I'm talking herds of deer and hogs. Area is listed by QDMA as being as densely populated as the hill country, depending on exactly where you are. Have a buddy with a place down there and he's completely covered up.

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#5784738 - 06/11/15 02:37 PM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: cameron00]
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Originally Posted By: cameron00
Originally Posted By: AndrewOSpencer
Originally Posted By: cameron00
You're going to be surprised at how friggin' many deer there are out there. Unless it's totally overhunted, there will be a TON.


oh be still my heart....I hope you are correct.


I'm not joking at all - I'm talking herds of deer and hogs. Area is listed by QDMA as being as densely populated as the hill country, depending on exactly where you are. Have a buddy with a place down there and he's completely covered up.


I grew up around there and still have lots of friends and family around. I still have some cows in Western Brazoria county.

He is right about game. Not to sure on the quail part, not likely. But you should have a ton of deer, hogs, squirrels, and some coyotes, dove and rabbits with out doing anything much. You will attract a few fly over ducks, there is a lot of water in that area and the ducks spread out pretty good. Stand by for everyone to flame me, but antler restrictions have done wonders for deer quality and quantity in Brazoria and Matagorda counties.

I suggest you put a substantial feeder pen around at least one feeder, or you will be over run with hogs and they will push the deer out.

BRING LOTS OF MOSQUITO REPPELENT!
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#5785015 - 06/11/15 05:41 PM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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You should let me evaluate yer deer herd this fall, I'll bring my evaluation stick.

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#5785043 - 06/11/15 05:57 PM Re: Got some Land! Now looking to improve it for wildlife [Re: Chunky Dunk]
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Originally Posted By: Chunky Dunk
Stand by for everyone to flame me, but antler restrictions have done wonders for deer quality and quantity in Brazoria and Matagorda counties.


why care about the flamers ?

AR was done for a reason,,,,,

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