texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
coloradochris, Trout killa, loftisp, AKkav, KJ3
64354 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 90,139
stxranchman 53,721
bill oxner 49,745
RKHarm24 44,577
rifleman 44,411
BMD 41,009
SnakeWrangler 39,516
Big Orn 37,484
txshntr 35,376
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics417,806
Posts6,074,408
Members64,352
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Feeder mud pit, hole..... #7095463
02/28/18 03:21 AM
02/28/18 03:21 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
K
krmitchell Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
Iíve got a low spot that has gotten worse and is holding water under one of my feeders. Itís gotten pretty big and while I enjoy that the deer/hogs and coons can get a drink, a lot of corn is going into the water. Once it dries up is there a good (easy) method to fill this in and at least mitigate so I donít have 6 inch of water there? Fill it with small rocks, then cover with soil? I donít want to go the bagged concrete route either, the area is too big for that. Thanks in advance.


Last edited by rexmitchell; 02/28/18 03:22 AM.
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095468
02/28/18 03:26 AM
02/28/18 03:26 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
S
SapperTitan Online content
Taking Requests
SapperTitan  Online Content
Taking Requests
S

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Wait for feeder to empty then move it to the dry spot


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: SapperTitan] #7095470
02/28/18 03:29 AM
02/28/18 03:29 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
K
krmitchell Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Wait for feeder to empty then move it to the dry spot


Unfortunately where this one is at it isnít an option, it would require moving to an entire new spot (blind included)....that and itís got 8-9 years of producing great hunting so honestly Iíd leave it and deal with the water before moving it. It would be nice to mitigate that puddle in some way though.

Last edited by rexmitchell; 02/28/18 03:29 AM.
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095476
02/28/18 03:33 AM
02/28/18 03:33 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 53,721
S
stxranchman Online content
Obie Juan Kenobi
stxranchman  Online Content
Obie Juan Kenobi
S

Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 53,721
15-20 bags of sacrete and a cattle panel or two.



Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095480
02/28/18 03:37 AM
02/28/18 03:37 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
S
SapperTitan Online content
Taking Requests
SapperTitan  Online Content
Taking Requests
S

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Wait for feeder to empty then move it to the dry spot


Unfortunately where this one is at it isnít an option, it would require moving to an entire new spot (blind included)....that and itís got 8-9 years of producing great hunting so honestly Iíd leave it and deal with the water before moving it. It would be nice to mitigate that puddle in some way though.
I meant just move the feeder to the left about 5 ft where itís dry.


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095482
02/28/18 03:39 AM
02/28/18 03:39 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
S
SapperTitan Online content
Taking Requests
SapperTitan  Online Content
Taking Requests
S

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Can you dig a trench from the standing water downhill? Maybe just enough to keep it from puddling up? That or dig a trench to keep the water from draining Into that low spot.


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095486
02/28/18 03:41 AM
02/28/18 03:41 AM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,877
Flower Mound, TX
CharlieCTx Offline
Pro Tracker
CharlieCTx  Offline
Pro Tracker

Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,877
Flower Mound, TX
Put a sign up that say's "Seasonal Spa" and see if your traffic picks up.


Charlie

M&P-10 + AAC Cyclone
Kel-Tec RFB + Griffin Sportsman Ultra Light 300
Pulsar Apex XQ-50
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: SapperTitan] #7095487
02/28/18 03:42 AM
02/28/18 03:42 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
K
krmitchell Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Wait for feeder to empty then move it to the dry spot


Unfortunately where this one is at it isnít an option, it would require moving to an entire new spot (blind included)....that and itís got 8-9 years of producing great hunting so honestly Iíd leave it and deal with the water before moving it. It would be nice to mitigate that puddle in some way though.
I meant just move the feeder to the left about 5 ft where itís dry.


Gotcha, I should have been more clear. Part of the reason I canít move the feeder is there is a wet weather creek directly in front of, and basically around the entire front side of the feeder pen. I canít move those panels any further out since this pen is basically on a peninsula where it is. There also isnít much room to move it back any further without doing some serious landscaping. Iím wondering now if digging out one side of the pen a little lower would allow it to drain better to that creek.

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: CharlieCTx] #7095488
02/28/18 03:43 AM
02/28/18 03:43 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
K
krmitchell Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
Put a sign up that say's "Seasonal Spa" and see if your traffic picks up.


Lol, funny thing is, every animal that swings by is drinking from it. It is making me rethink how effective a water station would be at each feeder.

Last edited by rexmitchell; 02/28/18 03:43 AM.
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: SapperTitan] #7095491
02/28/18 03:44 AM
02/28/18 03:44 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
K
krmitchell Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
krmitchell  Offline OP
Veteran Tracker
K

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,639
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Can you dig a trench from the standing water downhill? Maybe just enough to keep it from puddling up? That or dig a trench to keep the water from draining Into that low spot.


See my above post, that is where Iím at with it now. Maybe a redneck French drain off the right hand side and try to fill in the low spot with a little dirt as well. Hogs will take advantage of it then but I can deal with them.

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095765
02/28/18 01:38 PM
02/28/18 01:38 PM
Joined: Feb 2015
Posts: 327
Fairfax, VA
V
VAFish Offline
Bird Dog
VAFish  Offline
Bird Dog
V

Joined: Feb 2015
Posts: 327
Fairfax, VA
Only downside I see to putting in a trench is that it will eventually erode under your fence and give the hogs a way in. (at least the little ones)

It doesn't look like the water bothers the deer any. I guess it's a pain when you go to fill the feeder though.

But if you just haul in enough dirt and rock to fill the low spot that should fix it. At least until the critter dig it back down again.


"If your plan is for one year, plant rice.
If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.
If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children."
-- Confucius
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095771
02/28/18 01:42 PM
02/28/18 01:42 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
S
SapperTitan Online content
Taking Requests
SapperTitan  Online Content
Taking Requests
S

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,952
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Here is what I came up with.

fill in mud hole with available dirt from the surrounding area. Use a tamper to tamp the dirt compact so it will erode slower. Then use more dirt to make a small berm maybe 10 inches high around the top perimeter of the pen where the water is coming from to reroute and block the water from going into the pen.


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095794
02/28/18 01:51 PM
02/28/18 01:51 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 53,721
S
stxranchman Online content
Obie Juan Kenobi
stxranchman  Online Content
Obie Juan Kenobi
S

Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 53,721
Digging out one side of the pen will only make it worse. It will cause the water to run off after every rain allowing the newly sloped area to erode away quicker.
Concrete or concrete blocks/stepping stones is a good solution.



Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095979
02/28/18 03:24 PM
02/28/18 03:24 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,132
BenBrook Texas
G
GLC Online content
THF Trophy Hunter
GLC  Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
G

Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,132
BenBrook Texas
Every once in a while I take the front end loader out and fill holes under feeders.



Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095990
02/28/18 03:35 PM
02/28/18 03:35 PM
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 4,545
North Dallas
TX_LT230FH Online content
Extreme Tracker
TX_LT230FH  Online Content
Extreme Tracker

Joined: May 2007
Posts: 4,545
North Dallas
This is a recurring problem for me as well. Even in the pens, where hogs can't get in, the coons and deer will eventually create a low spot. I've tried taking the tractor and dumping a bucket of dirt in, but then you just get deeper mud. Moving the feeder works for the next 3 months and then you eventually end up with 5 craters in the pen instead of 1. In one spot I just keep moving the t-post/barbed wire enclosure back each time, but I'm running out of room. I may have to try sakrete but that is a pain...


Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7095995
02/28/18 03:36 PM
02/28/18 03:36 PM
Joined: Feb 2018
Posts: 58
T
TXDuckCreeklabs Offline
Outdoorsman
TXDuckCreeklabs  Offline
Outdoorsman
T

Joined: Feb 2018
Posts: 58
moving might be an idea but maybe just filling it in once it drys out with top soil?

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096152
02/28/18 05:18 PM
02/28/18 05:18 PM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 5,838
Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Double Naught Spy Online content
THF Trophy Hunter
Double Naught Spy  Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter

Joined: May 2011
Posts: 5,838
Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
While wet, go dump a few bags of concrete into the pool. Create your own hard pan.


Si vis pacem cum sus, para bellum.
My Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/HornHillRange
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096356
02/28/18 07:28 PM
02/28/18 07:28 PM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 100
Temple
A
aggie-01 Online content
Woodsman
aggie-01  Online Content
Woodsman
A

Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 100
Temple
I would leave it alone. It doesnt seem to bother the deer coming in. We have water under ours sometimes also.


Mitch
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096792
03/01/18 12:37 AM
03/01/18 12:37 AM
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,656
A
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
Pro Tracker
Always ready 2 hunt  Offline
Pro Tracker
A

Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,656
As you have proof, it you build it-they will come. Heck I've seen feeder with deer under them regular in much deeper water. However, as the water goes down, I'd start with spreading a few secrete bags and add more each time I serviced the feeder

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: SapperTitan] #7096819
03/01/18 12:52 AM
03/01/18 12:52 AM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 10,598
wondering about the woods
C
colt.45 Online content
THF Celebrity
colt.45  Online Content
THF Celebrity
C

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 10,598
wondering about the woods
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Wait for feeder to empty then move it to the dry spot


Unfortunately where this one is at it isnít an option, it would require moving to an entire new spot (blind included)....that and itís got 8-9 years of producing great hunting so honestly Iíd leave it and deal with the water before moving it. It would be nice to mitigate that puddle in some way though.
I meant just move the feeder to the left about 5 ft where itís dry.

confused2 why would it require moving to a new spot ? Fill in low spot, with some sod, let take hold. Missing something in picture of things.
flag

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096894
03/01/18 01:43 AM
03/01/18 01:43 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,817
Cuero
R
Ranch Dog Offline
Pro Tracker
Ranch Dog  Offline
Pro Tracker
R

Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,817
Cuero
I keep a dump truck load of caliche on hand, for a number of reasons, one being this task. I don't like water collecting as moldy corn can be a problem. When needed, I take out a load with a bucket or a small dump trailer behind my Mule and drop it off. I don't bother with spreading or leveling as the deer and hogs take care of that in short order. I know not everyone has a tractor with FEL, but that dump trailer was less than $100 at Lowes and it does just fine.

Just did it not too long ago. The game cameras caught it!









I dumped it intentionally a day before rain and by the next clear day, after all the hoof action, it dried as was hard as a rock. I won't need to do it again for at least a year.


Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096936
03/01/18 02:13 AM
03/01/18 02:13 AM
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 84
South central Texas
S
Scrap iron Offline
Outdoorsman
Scrap iron  Offline
Outdoorsman
S

Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 84
South central Texas
fill it up with soil and cement then stake down some old panels or chain link fence to keep them from rooting

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7096937
03/01/18 02:13 AM
03/01/18 02:13 AM
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 84
South central Texas
S
Scrap iron Offline
Outdoorsman
Scrap iron  Offline
Outdoorsman
S

Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 84
South central Texas
fill it up with soil and cement then stake down some old panels or chain link fence to keep them from rooting

Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: krmitchell] #7097669
03/01/18 06:45 PM
03/01/18 06:45 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 9,446
Lubbock, TX
Q
QuitShootinYoungBucks Online content
THF Trophy Hunter
QuitShootinYoungBucks  Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Q

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 9,446
Lubbock, TX
caliche is your friend, do work.




https://web.archive.org/web/20170223065011/http:/www.rrdvegas.com/silencer-cleaning.html
Re: Feeder mud pit, hole..... [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks] #7098343
03/02/18 04:38 AM
03/02/18 04:38 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,817
Cuero
R
Ranch Dog Offline
Pro Tracker
Ranch Dog  Offline
Pro Tracker
R

Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,817
Cuero
Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
caliche is your friend, do work.

A heck of a lot cheaper than concrete!


Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
UBB.threads™ 7.6.2