When you start looking to invest in hunting property, especially the Duck Club, what key attributes should you focus on to create this quality waterfowl? Ducks are a habit and habitat creature! When searching for the next waterfowl property, the US Land Company has raised the following tips and questions.
1. Water. This key ingredient is critical to the successful hunting of most areas of the duck. Ducks like water. You need to be able to provide them with water, or have some permanent water on your land: rivers, rivers, lakes, etc. Most duck clubs are pumped through the well or from a re-lift, or a camel-type pump. If the land you are considering is not yet available for water, then you need to budget for additional capital expenditures, such as drilling and installing a submersible pump; or buying a pto-driven pump and tractor or powerplant to run it. These two situations are likely to run well to tens of thousands of dollars.
2. Food. This is another obvious but crucial ingredient of the great Duck Hunting Club. Most waterfowl hotspots already have food because the land is either a working farm [or a perfect food plot] or a wetland or marshland. If this is a valid farm, who is going to cultivate it? If the answer is not you, then you need to talk to several farmers and find a way to rent it so that farmers can make some money and you can leave some food for the duck. Interview several different farmers, ask for references, and talk to the landowners about their experiences with any potential farmers. If you rent agriculture to someone, be sure to get a signed lease! I can tell you from experience that ducks like corn and rice, so if these crops can be successfully grown in your area, then they must be planted. If the property is a wetland or marshland, you can contact your local NRCS agent to provide guidance on how to properly manage the wetland. They are experts in this area and they are always available to help you.
3. Rest. This is a feature that is often overlooked, but it is essential for good duck hunting. All waterfowl need a break in time and place. Inspired by the Arkansas Game and Fish Committee and the Missouri Department of Conservation's waterfowl management practices, they stop hunting at most public hunting areas at noon. However, these public hunting lands continue to provide some of the best duck hunting year after year in the United States, although they are also the most difficult to hunted. why? Because they have a rest area, they stop hunting at noon and they provide cover. Although this is actually difficult for many landowners to implement, it is a must if you want to have a consistently excellent duck club.
4. Cover. Waterfowl like to "feel" safety and the cover allows them to be safe. Examples of good coverage are: standing corn or any uncut crops, uncut grass, cattails, willows, trees and brushes, dams for wind protection, etc. Covers may be rough and difficult to penetrate, such as thick wood or cattail swamps, or benign, such as a dam that is interrupted by wind. But the bottom line here is that if you give ducks some type of cover, they are more likely to use your property.
5. Pressure. Is the area heavily hunted? From other hunting places or public hunting areas? In any case, this can be a problem if the area is under a lot of hunting pressure. On the one hand, if it is indeed hunted a lot, there is one reason: there are many birds that use the area. This means that this area is "in flight." very good! But on the other hand, it also means that you will have to face oppressed birds, which will bring some challenging hunting. As for me, I would rather have hunting clubs everywhere in the area, because I know that when the fall comes, the ducks will be there, I can manage my property to make sure the birds use my place.
6. Size. This is up to you, but it is clear that the larger your property, the more difficult it is to maintain and the higher the cost. Think about who will do most of the leg work and how much help you can rely on. I can assure you that proper maintenance and management of any hunting property, especially the Waterfowl Hunting Club, is a big hit back! So don't bite more than you can handle.
7. Capital improvement. Has the dam been built? Are they in good shape? How about pipes and gates? Is the property equipped with tractors, pumps, boats, and ATV equipment? How about blinds? These factors must be considered when purchasing potential duck hunting properties. Remember, this is a labor intensive investment.
8. Utilities and accommodation. Does the property have electricity? So what about water supply from rural areas? If it comes from a well, might you consider a water quality test? Does the hotel have a place to stay or camp? How far is the nearest hotel? Again, these are important considerations. The last thing you have to do is to work with snakes and mosquitoes in the hot water for an hour and then to the motel. If the hotel does not have accommodation, there may be an old farmhouse nearby. Can you rent a room? Or maybe there is a farmer nearby who can use water and electricity to get you on a camper van?
One thing to note is the "Build it, they will come" theory. I am not saying that using a duck is impossible because it is – I have done it. However, if you plan to follow this path, make sure that the property in question is on a flight path and you can get some water. These two ingredients are a must!
Another possibility is to sign a hunting lease before buying. See if you can choose to buy a problematic land for a season rental? Even if you have to pay a high price for the lease, it is much cheaper than finding that you are investing in a duck hunting club, and the ducks will not come! Don't be afraid to ask around – local diners, farmer cooperatives, tractor dealers, sporting goods stores – all of which can provide a wealth of local knowledge.
If you have completed the checklist and everything is working, it's time to trigger [pun]. Developing and maintaining your own duck hunting property is a very satisfying endeavor. This is also a lot of work and it takes a lot of money. But, as my father likes to say so… "We are remembering!"