Busting Dams for Ducks

Few things in the great outdoors trump the tradition of duck hunting. From the icy sloughs of Montana to the flooded fields and timber of the South, this country is rich in duck hunting lore. As the popularity of hunting these migratory fowl grows, more and more land managers are beginning to tailor their properties to attract and hold migrating ducks. BioLogic’s Neill Haas offers some great advice for those looking to boost their property’s duck appeal, but are constantly battling beavers.

“If you want to control the water flow on and off your flooded fields for ducks, you better control your beaver dams,” said Haas. “Lots of guys simply don’t get their fields planted because they can’t get the water off the fields to plant them. Beforewaterfowlnews_hdr you’re ready to drain the water off your fields for planting, be sure to eliminate all your beaver dams. A lot of people think you have to blow them up, but if you keep a handle on them and keep them small, you can often dig them up. If they do get big and out of control you will need to hire a certified person to come in and blow them up. However, if you can get close enough, you can also uproot them with a backhoe. The same holds true once your crops are up and you want to flood the fields again. This process will be a nightmare and cost you some good days of duck hunting if you don’t have control of your beaver dams. The dams will typically start behind the area where you drain your fields, so if you pay attention, you can keep tabs on them.”

The Mossy Oak GameKeepers share the belief that being outdoors is about loving the land, its wildlife, and giving back more than you take. For more articles and information about managing land for wildlife, please visit farmingforwildlife.com.

Source: Mossy Oak / Sportsmans Life / Baret News Wire

More Stories & Fun Things to Do

Travel

Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too!

Most children (and adults, too) will either roll their eyes or sigh when, while speaking about vacation locations, the word “learning” just happens to be mentioned. Yes, it is a fact that school trips take all of us during our younger years to everything from museums to libraries to historic locations in order to teach us things we should know. But when thinking about your vacation, you should know that by considering journeying to a particular place that just happens to register high on the historical or educational meter, you could have even more fun.

Business

Is Social Media Still Growing?

It was in 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled, “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” Within these pages, the man who became the computer world’s wizard made massively bold predictions that, at the time, sounded ridiculous and outrageous to those who read them. But when you look at how the social media realm has grown over the past few decades, it is important to take note that not only did his predictions from 1999 come true, but they are also responsible for seeing social media continue to grow by leaps and bounds to this day.

Entertainment

Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Co-Star in WWI Docudrama

It\’s Eastern Turkey in 1914, which is where we find druggist Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) plying his trade in his half-Armenian/half-Turkish village where Christians and Muslims get along swell. The ambitious, young apothecary would really rather be a doctor, so he strategically courts a neighbor (Angela Sarafyan) from a relatively-wealthy family just for the dowry.

Health

Making Your Health “Resolute”

It is time for those New Year’s Resolutions to be made

Books

Book of Black Heroes

“The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War…Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans… Many [Black] political leaders emerged during this period, using their political power and influence to push for equality and justice for all Americans… Unfortunately, the Reconstruction period was short-lived, lasting only from 1865-1877.