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Lilly Pads?? #6883397
09/10/17 09:26 PM
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A large area of Lilly pads have popped up this year and are providing some great cover for teal hunting so far.

Do they provide any benefits for waterfowl? I read mixed opinions on whether or not puddle ducks will eat the seeds and read that mallards may eat the roots?



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SAme thing on the wetland I hunt this year.....I think it's because the wetland hasn't drawn down the last 2 years due to good summer rains. In regards to use as duck food...I didn't see any ducks using those areas last year on the wetland I hunt. They would land and feed in the smartweed and barnyard grass.

I would think with the acreage they take up and minimal food production I could produce a few thousand pounds of moist soil plant seeds in the same area. So while there may be some benefit it's nothing compared to annual plants for attracting puddle ducks.

However, one benefit in a pinch a dew cover lily pad can make excellent toilet paper. Don't ask me how I know!


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All I know, snakes like to curl up on the lily pad next to you!

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Just pray they don't continue spreading. I've seen many ponds start with a few, to then be overcome and ruined by them.

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Originally Posted By: DuckSausage
Just pray they don't continue spreading. I've seen many ponds start with a few, to then be overcome and ruined by them.


This lake fluctuates so much there seems to be a new type of vegetation every year. Haven't had lily pads for at least the last 7 years, it also has enough deep water to keep at lest part of it clear.

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I am going to say that ducks do not use lily pads as a food source as we have a 200 acre reservoir that is about half way covered in them and I haven't seen a puddle duck on it in 2 years.

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Originally Posted By: john paul
I am going to say that ducks do not use lily pads as a food source as we have a 200 acre reservoir that is about half way covered in them and I haven't seen a puddle duck on it in 2 years.


I'd say that's a good indicator.....

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NOOOOOOO

Spray the crap out of them. Very invasive.



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