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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Water Hole maintenance

This weekend it was time to empty, clean, and refill my 3 waterholes. Took 3 trips and around an hour each ( including a few rest breaks to listen for any gobbling). These water hole get extensive use throughout the year even though at this time of the year there is water everywhere. During the summer and fall when it's been dry it's the only water on the property. Consistent water is a must for nesting hens and they do use mine.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 08:39 PM
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How often do you have to fill them?

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Good stuff, thanks for sharing the pics!
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The one that gets the most use I usually top off once a week in the dry times, It doesn't take long, usually an hour to swing by all of them. The one that is the most shaded can go a few weeks without unless the bears decide to sit in it to take a drink( which they have a bad habit of doing). They also insist on pulling the stick out so I had to wire them fast
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Sorry for the duplicate post, I tried to remove one off them but as usual I wasn't smart enough to figure out how
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Looks good. You're obviously doing something right. I set up a water hole 3 years ago. I've run a camera on it 24/7. I've never captured a buck using it. Not many doe either. It gets the most activity in the winter and that's only 2 or 3 doe a week : (



Mine's been a lot of work for no return. Then again apparently my property sucks because regardless of how much I try to make it better for the deer, I've yet to ever see a good buck on it.
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The one that gets the most use I usually top off once a week in the dry times, It doesn't take long, usually an hour to swing by all of them. The one that is the most shaded can go a few weeks without unless the bears decide to sit in it to take a drink( which they have a bad habit of doing). They also insist on pulling the stick out so I had to wire them fast

If I remember correctly I think OAWC had rigged up some garage door panels to help collect rainwater into a tank.

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Keep on trying different things to help all of the wildlife TBrom, I'm sure you're making some difference, some of my projects are busts, but I read about something else and figure lets give it a try. I'm a project guy and am happy to be working on something for the critters. I also struggle with trying to keep a few mature bucks using the property on a consistent basis.
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Looks good. You're obviously doing something right. I set up a water hole 3 years ago. I've run a camera on it 24/7. I've never captured a buck using it. Not many doe either. It gets the most activity in the winter and that's only 2 or 3 doe a week : (



Mine's been a lot of work for no return. Then again apparently my property sucks because regardless of how much I try to make it better for the deer, I've yet to ever see a good buck on it.

You need to build some beds. Ha-Ha. I couldn't resist.

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Honestly some places are just like that. I have a plot up behind my house that is good for doe, but I seldom get buck pics in it. Only during the rut have I ever seen a decent buck in it. The kids have killed a couple of scrub buck in it, but that has been it.
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BAHAHAHA!!!I'm so using that!
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