|Spring 2016 Cover and drake woodie photo from my article|
Sometimes farming for wildlife means doing the extra things that can create better wildlife habitat, including putting out man-made nesting boxes. Long before duck season begins each year, wood ducks will produce a clutch of eggs in hopes of adding ducklings to their world. Property managers and avid waterfowlers should take an interest in this practice that both trains wood ducks to utilize your area during breeding season and potentially increases the number of wood ducks to hunt each successive year.
Hunting wood ducks in bottomlands is a unique and special experience, and so is trying to raise ducklings. Even the most seasoned manager has a soft spot for a nesting box full of fuzzy ducklings about to parachute out of their front door and into mother nature’s den. But before that can ever happen, careful consideration must be given to wood duck nesting box placement, including a fair amount of labor.
|My Before and After wood chip maintenance photos|
|Sometimes, it's the little things....|
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