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Flooded Milo #7299011 09/27/18 02:19 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has ever done a standing flooded milo field for ducks? I know down here in south texas standing corn has not worked before for people as the stand rot and then will fall over/get blown over however i was wondering if the same would occur with a milo stand as their base seems heavier and more durable?

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Best flooded crop I ever hunted ducks over was flooded soy beans. National Wild life refuge I hunted on had about 200 acres they would plant in soybeans and flood for the ducks, no hunting there but some farmers around would do the same on a smaller scale.

Had a beaver dam that flooded part of a field on a friends place, in that area about all we ever saw was wood ducks but they were there every day. Shoot into them wait a day and do it again.

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Originally Posted By: quackiller
Just wondering if anyone has ever done a standing flooded milo field for ducks? I know down here in south texas standing corn has not worked before for people as the stand rot and then will fall over/get blown over however i was wondering if the same would occur with a milo stand as their base seems heavier and more durable?


They will get in there if they find it. We hunted a lot of flooded brown top millet.


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Flooded milo can be great for waterfowl. We use mostly millet but also a waterfowl mix with millet in it and some of my good buddies in the Corpus area hunt flooded milo and wear them out. Corn's not as big of thing here because it's considered a "hot" food due to the carbs in it. Ducks mostly flock to flooded corn when it gets really cold. Remember ducks eat a lot of invertebrates that grow in flooded substrate too.

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have had good hunts in milo flooded from rains and creeks/rivers getting out. But IMO, if you are going to take the time and spend the money on planting a duck pond, there are much better cost effective options. It stays so warm and gets warm during the season in texas that milo gets in the water and rots, or stays out of the water and the black birds and everything but ducks eat it. Don't have to worry about either of those happening up north, and the birds actually have to eat it. Better off with a millet variety or rice down here.

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Originally Posted By: woodduckhunter
have had good hunts in milo flooded from rains and creeks/rivers getting out. But IMO, if you are going to take the time and spend the money on planting a duck pond, there are much better cost effective options. It stays so warm and gets warm during the season in texas that milo gets in the water and rots, or stays out of the water and the black birds and everything but ducks eat it. Don't have to worry about either of those happening up north, and the birds actually have to eat it. Better off with a millet variety or rice down here.


Interesting i had no idea millet was cheaper than milo to plant...i knew corn/milo would tend to rot but i figured for the price milo produces more food on a bigger seed head than millet but i guess if it is under utilized its not a good option regardless. Thanks for the information. What is your go - to food source to plant for utilized cost-effective duck food?

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it seems cheaper because the seed is cheaper, but to get a good yield in the numbers you hear about, it requires fertilizing, spraying for various things, etc. that all requires money and equipment that the average person doesn't have. Dollar for dollar, Japanese millet or barnyard. If you grow a good stand one year, and control the water the next summer, you can get by with only planting a thin spot here and there. Depending on what part of the state you are in, i'd consider rice if I were going to plant a grain type plot.

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