Tuesday, April 3, 2012

North Texas Duck Hunts.. Identifying Duck Foods

Some of the best duck foods to look for in North Texas are there smart weeds. There are thousands of these seeds in the seed bank in the lakes. The seed bank is the dormant seeds in the mud left there in previous years. These seeds can be dormant for years. Have you ever noticed what happens when a lake level goes down and exposes a mud flat You see weeds grow where water once was. These weeds are from the seed bank. The drought that North Texas experienced was a boom for ducks. Most people were worried that the ducks would just pass us by. Wrong, this drought exposes millions of acres of mud flats. The ducks ate on the edge of these exposed flats. What were they doing there. They were eating the seeds from the bank. When you would walk in the shallow water thousands of smart weed seeds would be stuck to your wader boots and shoes. The ducks had a ready made buffet waiting for them. Many hunters did not realize this and would go to the more deeper water for the ducks. They would only go to the smart weed beds themselves. The edge was were most of the action was. The edge is the area were the weeds end and the water begins. This forms an area that has easy access for the ducks to eat. The next area that was hot were the formed holes of deeper water and weed beds. You can not see these areas unless you got out of your boat and walk the area. All this takes is a less lazy attitude of just not driving the boat everywhere. These honey holes are where we killed most of the ducks in dead timber. The holes were anywhere from football sized to one acre. The pics and the clip show what are hunting area looked like on Lake Cooper. This can be any lake with weed beds

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