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Old 03-23-2005, 09:05 AM
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Thumbs up Wood duck boxes!!!!

My 2 older sons and I did our annual Wood duck box build. We build 2 every year that they paint and sign on the bottom. So far we have 8 up around the area's I hunt - it a great way to teach future hunters that not only do we take but put back!
We put them up Monday - and changed the wood shavings in the ones we already have up!
Its pretty cool to see there faces when we go to clean the box and they start taking out last years hatched eggs. Throw in some feathers and they really get a first hand account on what they are doing is important!!!
Wood ducks are already around so I wouldn't wait long to get the project underway!
If you have never done something like this - I highly recommend it - who knows.............it could become a tradition like it is here with the boys!
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:21 PM
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Thumbs up Giving back??? Allright!!!

Bones -

Thank you so much for this post. I see so much these days about taking, and so little about putting back, that your post is like a breath of fresh air -- refreshing and much appreciated. If you ever get the inclination to take your kids hunting in Montana or Oklahoma, get in touch with me.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:11 AM
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Thanks Joe - appreciate the nice words. I am a firm believer in teaching my boys that we are conservationist first. I think too it helps if they ever get confronted by an anti/non-hunter - my boys have the first hand knowledge of talking to them and asking them "I have raised 8 clutches of wood ducks - what do you do this year?".
And thank you for the offer on hunting with you - my boys are 8 ,4 and 2 but time goes by pretty quick and it might not be long before I take you up on in!
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:30 AM
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I would like some plans, I just built a new pond in my woods for Woodies and I need to put up some boxes.
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:53 AM
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Plans for folks like me - no wood shop skills!
Flipper - E-mailed you the same plans as shown - I couldn't get the good enough resolution to read the dimensions - perhaps you could do a better job then me!
This is the one I use:
Back is 24"
Front is 23"
Floor is 10"
Roof is 16"
The sides are 24" on the back but slope to 23 forwards the front of the box - it show it on the plans but its hard to read!
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:58 AM
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or:
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...box/single.htm
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Looks good bud!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-24-2005, 01:25 PM
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Flipper - forgot to add that you really should put a predator guard on the post you put your box on. Read somewhere that up to 80% of boxes without guards will get raided and you can not only loose the clutch but the hen as well.
I only put out two a year - but both have guards on them.
What I do is to take 2 pieces of alum. flashing (14"x10" ) and sandwich the conduit pipe I use for a post (the conduit makes it harder for the critters to get to the box) between the two pieces. Make sure the guard wont slide down - its really simple and will save the ducklings!
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I have found that 220 Conibears in front of a baited 5 gallon bucket cut down on a lot of my nest raiders! My Mallards are already laying eggs in some of their nests. I had 6 hens last year and they raised about 80 ducklings and now my nesting flock is about 70 plus so I could have some serious ducks flying around this year. Thanks for the plans.:cool:
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:15 PM
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Wow - talk about some success! I built some mallard tubes - but never had any luck with them.
Here in the PETA friendly state of MA where conibears are illegal - we don't have the convience of "Eliminating" our furry friends!
Good luck with the woodies!
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BONES,,,Myself and Brent put up two new boxes on the lake that you hunted. We also fixed one that was allready there and have to fix another one. On the other farm I checked the 3 boxes from last year and found that one was used. I helped HUNT GEESE put up another one that he made for a school project and also put up another that the farmer built. Glad to see the crayon kids are involved.....BILL
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That's awesome Bill! You DO have a soft side you big lug!
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BONES...Don't let the word get out!!!!!!!!!
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Hey guys, I have put up 22 wood ducks house in the past years, with the help from my dad we made them out of metal. They work awesome we have never had a problem with them dang varmits eating eggs we have had a good hatch every year out of them . True they are heavier to put up but they last a long time. just another idea for those who have bad coon problems like we do.

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That's cool Tim - I have heard of making boxes with buckets but had never heard of metal ones. Your certainly right they would last!
If you have any pics of them - would really enjoying seeing one!
Might be the way to go for next year!
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Bones, once again you deserve a pat on the back so to speak. Well done

Not permitted to use conibears in MA???? Did I read that correctly? Then surely leg hold traps are taboo as well? What can you fellows use to trap the furbearers there then??? Not much is more humane than a properly set conibear!

Biggest prob we have w/ nest boxes here are the Red Squirrels. No porcupines, coons, snakes, skunks or anything like that to worry about. It would really help the GE's to have more boxes out, last I remember we have to cut the opening a little larger for GE however.... I think...
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Old 03-28-2005, 06:46 AM
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Thanks for the compliment FF - really enjoy contributing to a great site!
As far as traps - your right, leg holds as well as Conibears are not allowed. Most guys who still trap (mostly old timers now) use the Hav-a-hart live traps. You would be surprised how successful they are though - one of the farmers who lets me hunt caught a bobcat this year in one.
That is one of the reasons I really put a heavy concentration of boxes on that one swamp - during the waterfowl season - I often run into the trapper putting his live traps out. Figure - with some of the predators reduced in that area - my boxes will have a better chance of producing max clutches.
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No trapping! I would move!!!!
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too many in one area can also harm the nesting success. If they are easily accessible and lots of wood ducks see them, they may lay eggs in boxes that arent theirs which causes overnesting (lots and lots of eggs, sometimes 20+) which will cause most of them not to hatch
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