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Duck attractant- new pond #9001472 02/07/24 07:25 PM
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I just built a new pond in front of my hunting camp. I have No interest whatsoever to try to shoot any birds off of it. It will never be hunted due to location. Is there anything I can do to help attract ducks to it ? would the game blocks work if submerged partially under water at the edge of the pond? Again, there will never be a duck shot here or a hunt had here.... Not trying to shoot a baited pond. i have places to kill ducks if i want to. Im Just trying to get a few to come in and stick around some so we can see them from the front porch.

I already have a few geese.... and I don't even want them. ha

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Corn and or millet along the edge and in the shallow.

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Put a deer feeder next to the water.

Re: Duck attractant- new pond [Re: joedav31] #9001838 02/08/24 12:28 PM
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If you corn it, they will come….

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Re: Duck attractant- new pond [Re: joedav31] #9001843 02/08/24 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Guy
Put a deer feeder next to the water.


Either a timed deer feeder, or manually scatter some corn along the edge of the pond. If you don't have stock in the pasture, it can be on the bank too. Put the feed out the same time each day, about an hour before you want to watch them come in. They show up around Halloween each year and leave at the end of January to early February, so you only need to attract them about 3 months.


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If you don't mind the lead litter in the water, plant an oak with small enough acorns that can drop into the water. Ducks eat up our post oak acorns

Re: Duck attractant- new pond [Re: joedav31] #9002050 02/08/24 05:26 PM
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I'd get something established growing instead of throwing corn, just won't look good to a GW. Better for them also.

https://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=270263#:~:text=Plant%20aquatic%20plants%20such%20as,including%20those%20with%20brackish%20water.

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Originally Posted by Wytex
I'd get something established growing instead of throwing corn, just won't look good to a GW. Better for them also.

https://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=270263#:~:text=Plant%20aquatic%20plants%20such%20as,including%20those%20with%20brackish%20water.


Corn is bad for ducks? Please elaborate. lol


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Re: Duck attractant- new pond [Re: Wytex] #9002142 02/08/24 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Wytex
I'd get something established growing instead of throwing corn, just won't look good to a GW.

Deer hunters put deer feeders next to ponds all the time. Remember Cappy (RIP)? He had a pond right down the road from his house he hunted, but the pond right next to his house that he did not hunt, he had a deer feeder, just for the ducks.

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Fish feeder with corn and milo. As long as you arent hunting its fine.

more you do it in the fall/spring more birds you will have year to year as they imprint.


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Originally Posted by BradyBuck
If you corn it, they will come….


Corn will make them nocturnal, and he will have to install lights to watch them at night.


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Originally Posted by BarneyWho
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If you corn it, they will come….


Corn will make them nocturnal, and he will have to install lights to watch them at night.



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If you corn it, they will come….


Corn will make them nocturnal, and he will have to install lights to watch them at night.



stir roflmao



Yeah, just like all those nocturnal ducks they kill in flooded corn fields all winter in the Midwest…


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Re: Duck attractant- new pond [Re: Hailyeah] #9002741 02/09/24 08:37 PM
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thanks for the replies.... Im in south Mississippi and dont have any migratory birds to speak of.... juts a bunch of wood ducks and occasional divers..

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mainly wanting to get the wood ducks out of the creeks and sloughs to come feed on my pond.

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Just an idea for you but I have done it for a while...I go to parking lots, doctors complex, strip malls etc, that have oak trees...wait for the mast crop in the fall to hit the ground...go on a Sunday AM and take a back pack or hand held blower, a trash can, or empty feed sacks, a broom and a shovel, blow to a spot, shovel them up and then use as "feed" to keep the birds around.


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Originally Posted by tophorsecop
Just an idea for you but I have done it for a while...I go to parking lots, doctors complex, strip malls etc, that have oak trees...wait for the mast crop in the fall to hit the ground...go on a Sunday AM and take a back pack or hand held blower, a trash can, or empty feed sacks, a broom and a shovel, blow to a spot, shovel them up and then use as "feed" to keep the birds around.

I have a bunch of acorns in my yard, come get them, free of charge, I'll even supply the rack and shovel.

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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Fish feeder with corn and milo. As long as you arent hunting its fine.

more you do it in the fall/spring more birds you will have year to year as they imprint.



I've always wondered about this. You think they really do imprint small ponds and frequent them year after year?

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Originally Posted by Guy
Originally Posted by tophorsecop
Just an idea for you but I have done it for a while...I go to parking lots, doctors complex, strip malls etc, that have oak trees...wait for the mast crop in the fall to hit the ground...go on a Sunday AM and take a back pack or hand held blower, a trash can, or empty feed sacks, a broom and a shovel, blow to a spot, shovel them up and then use as "feed" to keep the birds around.

I have a bunch of acorns in my yard, come get them, free of charge, I'll even supply the rack and shovel.



Absolutely not Guy! haha.

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Originally Posted by tophorsecop
Just an idea for you but I have done it for a while...I go to parking lots, doctors complex, strip malls etc, that have oak trees...wait for the mast crop in the fall to hit the ground...go on a Sunday AM and take a back pack or hand held blower, a trash can, or empty feed sacks, a broom and a shovel, blow to a spot, shovel them up and then use as "feed" to keep the birds around.



you are hardcore..... we have a large tree nursery.... you may be my new acorn collection service! lol

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