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Lake Granger #7706122 01/03/20 01:09 AM
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What do we need to plant on this lake?

When the surrounding farms planted peanuts, this lake held birds. The area farms produce cotton and corn (ethenol) now and the birds just don't stay there.

Went there today and found a great spot, but zero birds.

The lake needs some groceries.


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Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7706127 01/03/20 01:12 AM
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Most area lakes need groceries this year.

Tdogg goona be mad for you naming this lakes, it’s his favorite.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Guy] #7706362 01/03/20 04:17 AM
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I hunt a bunch of land around granger and there truly are no ducks. At our peak in 2011 we shot over 2200 birds and I’d be shocked if we break 200 this year.

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Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7706862 01/03/20 05:27 PM
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I spend a lot of time around Granger since my family lives in that area. We have several large water shed lakes and big stock tanks that have been holding birds. 1' deep 30-40 acre lakes are holding birds. We have been consistently killing limits

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7708026 01/04/20 10:17 PM
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I didn’t know that part of Texas grew a lot of peanuts

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7708304 01/05/20 03:37 AM
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You are correct sir.
Most Texas lakes suffer the same problem.

Many (all?) of the public Texas lakes have large shallow areas that could be used for "grocery management".
Look at our neighbor states to see how their Wildlife Management builds de-watering areas.
Levees are built to allow draining of shallow areas and the planting of crops.
Typically these areas are leased to local farmers with the agreement that specific crops are planted and a percentage left at harvest time.
The gates are then opened and water fills to the desired depth prior to duck season.

So what's the problem with TPWD?
My thought - Texas is all about deer and the private land owner.
For example; Millions are spent on helicopter surveys and audits of private MLD ranches.
Why spend any money on stupid ducks.
And those migratory licenses you buy - If all you do is hunt waterfowl in Texas, you are getting ripped off my TPWD.

Ask the same question of Texas DU.
Their projects (your DU dollars) are always on private lands "donated" for a particular water enhancement or habitat improvement.
Name a public hunting lake in Texas that has been a DU project.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7708590 01/05/20 05:21 PM
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good read

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Littledog] #7708714 01/05/20 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Littledog
You are correct sir.
Most Texas lakes suffer the same problem.

Many (all?) of the public Texas lakes have large shallow areas that could be used for "grocery management".
Look at our neighbor states to see how their Wildlife Management builds de-watering areas.
Levees are built to allow draining of shallow areas and the planting of crops.
Typically these areas are leased to local farmers with the agreement that specific crops are planted and a percentage left at harvest time.
The gates are then opened and water fills to the desired depth prior to duck season.

So what's the problem with TPWD?
My thought - Texas is all about deer and the private land owner.
For example; Millions are spent on helicopter surveys and audits of private MLD ranches.
Why spend any money on stupid ducks.
And those migratory licenses you buy - If all you do is hunt waterfowl in Texas, you are getting ripped off my TPWD.

Ask the same question of Texas DU.
Their projects (your DU dollars) are always on private lands "donated" for a particular water enhancement or habitat improvement.
Name a public hunting lake in Texas that has been a DU project.



I believe north Toledo bend wma is one


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Re: Lake Granger [Re: Littledog] #7709202 01/06/20 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Littledog
You are correct sir.
Most Texas lakes suffer the same problem.

Many (all?) of the public Texas lakes have large shallow areas that could be used for "grocery management".
Look at our neighbor states to see how their Wildlife Management builds de-watering areas.
Levees are built to allow draining of shallow areas and the planting of crops.
Typically these areas are leased to local farmers with the agreement that specific crops are planted and a percentage left at harvest time.
The gates are then opened and water fills to the desired depth prior to duck season.

So what's the problem with TPWD?
My thought - Texas is all about deer and the private land owner.
For example; Millions are spent on helicopter surveys and audits of private MLD ranches.
Why spend any money on stupid ducks.
And those migratory licenses you buy - If all you do is hunt waterfowl in Texas, you are getting ripped off my TPWD.

Ask the same question of Texas DU.
Their projects (your DU dollars) are always on private lands "donated" for a particular water enhancement or habitat improvement.
Name a public hunting lake in Texas that has been a DU project.



There are several DU projects you can hunt on in Texas. It's sad to see. TPWD always boasts how it has all this acreage of public hunting, yet the majority of it is not suitable for bird hunting, especially waterfowl. Then you look at projects in other states, and it is amazing the public hunting opportunities that are available.

Here is a link to all the DU projects in Texas

https://c3321060.ssl.cf0.rackcdn.com/states/Texas/images/TX_Hunting_w_Labels_w_Logo_LG.jpg


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Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7709477 01/06/20 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Hopedale
What do we need to plant on this lake?

When the surrounding farms planted peanuts, this lake held birds. The area farms produce cotton and corn (ethenol) now and the birds just don't stay there.

Went there today and found a great spot, but zero birds.

The lake needs some groceries.



Even with adequate groceries, the constant pressure would push them out quickly. The only time I've seen that lake stay productive is when the water level stays 508 plus and even then I don't think it would hold many birds.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Boudreaux] #7709489 01/06/20 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Boudreaux
Originally Posted by Littledog
You are correct sir.
Most Texas lakes suffer the same problem.

Many (all?) of the public Texas lakes have large shallow areas that could be used for "grocery management".
Look at our neighbor states to see how their Wildlife Management builds de-watering areas.
Levees are built to allow draining of shallow areas and the planting of crops.
Typically these areas are leased to local farmers with the agreement that specific crops are planted and a percentage left at harvest time.
The gates are then opened and water fills to the desired depth prior to duck season.

So what's the problem with TPWD?
My thought - Texas is all about deer and the private land owner.
For example; Millions are spent on helicopter surveys and audits of private MLD ranches.
Why spend any money on stupid ducks.
And those migratory licenses you buy - If all you do is hunt waterfowl in Texas, you are getting ripped off my TPWD.

Ask the same question of Texas DU.
Their projects (your DU dollars) are always on private lands "donated" for a particular water enhancement or habitat improvement.
Name a public hunting lake in Texas that has been a DU project.



There are several DU projects you can hunt on in Texas. It's sad to see. TPWD always boasts how it has all this acreage of public hunting, yet the majority of it is not suitable for bird hunting, especially waterfowl. Then you look at projects in other states, and it is amazing the public hunting opportunities that are available.

Here is a link to all the DU projects in Texas

https://c3321060.ssl.cf0.rackcdn.com/states/Texas/images/TX_Hunting_w_Labels_w_Logo_LG.jpg



Maybe BHA will help. roflmao. Nevermind too busy lobbying against capitalism.

Texas could do a lot more for birds. No doubt.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Gdogg] #7709501 01/06/20 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Gdogg
Originally Posted by Hopedale
What do we need to plant on this lake?

When the surrounding farms planted peanuts, this lake held birds. The area farms produce cotton and corn (ethenol) now and the birds just don't stay there.

Went there today and found a great spot, but zero birds.

The lake needs some groceries.



Even with adequate groceries, the constant pressure would push them out quickly. The only time I've seen that lake stay productive is when the water level stays 508 plus and even then I don't think it would hold many birds.


I have no idea what y'all are talking about. I'm a central Texas guy and have been wearing them out this season. [Linked Image]
Here's a pic from this past weekends beat down.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: Hopedale] #7709741 01/06/20 09:23 PM
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I hunt granger and pull limits at least once week...if you cant kill ducks at granger you might as well pack it up

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Attention rickym, this is not a troll post, just a good hearted fun type of post
Re: Lake Granger [Re: garrett] #7709781 01/06/20 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by garrett
I hunt granger and pull limits at least once week...if you cant kill ducks at granger you might as well pack it up

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I don't see a single spoony in that picture. No way that's Granger.

Re: Lake Granger [Re: garrett] #7712075 01/08/20 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by garrett
I hunt granger and pull limits at least once week...if you cant kill ducks at granger you might as well pack it up

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Those are just nasty. But I'd be a liar to say I wouldn't shoot one about now.


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Re: Lake Granger [Re: garrett] #7713087 01/09/20 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by garrett
I hunt granger and pull limits at least once week...if you cant kill ducks at granger you might as well pack it up

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Nice bag G...… Always a sucker for a little ring-a-ding-ding action.
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