We Built A Couple Water Holes

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We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby hunt n nut » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:25 am

We had a pretty busy weekend on the new land this weekend. We did a little youth turkey hunting, no birds though. I leased a backhoe, my buddy Jon operated it, he did an awesome job! We put in a driveway, a pad for a hunting camper, a ridge road, grubbed out a food plot, and built two water holes.

This is the first water (actually dirt, now) hole. We didn't find the nice red clay we wanted, but there is some clay in this soil, so hopefully it works. Now if we get some rain and try it out. ;

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This is the second one we put in :D

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The first hole is just off the field. We are putting a food plot in just up the ridge, and there is good bedding on the same side of this south facing slop.

The second hole is tucked into the woods, with the field above it, and a bedding area over to the side of this west facing ridge. Like I said, now we need some rain, hope they hold water. It sure is fun working hard and watching your dreams come true ;)


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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby dan » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:32 am

Nice... 8-)
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby BackWoodsHunter » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:37 am

is the pipe in the second picture for overflow in case the water gets too high or is it drawing water from another source? runoff?
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby hunt n nut » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:25 am

Hey BackWoodsHunter, the pipe we put in is an overflow pipe. Just in case we do get a lot of water in a short amount of time hopefully the overflow pipe will do its job and drain the water out and away from the berm, so as not to wash the whole thing out.
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby BackWoodsHunter » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:38 am

good deal thats what I kinda figured after I sat in class and thought about it for awhile when I should've been listening to the teacher!! Lookin good keep up the good work how much land did you just get that you're putting all this work in?? I believe somewhere you said its new correct?
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby tim » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:11 am

hey nut, looks nice. sure looks like you guys had a great time with all the work you got done.water is so key for the deer. this will be one of your best investments by far. glad you guys got it al done .
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby hunt n nut » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:51 am

BackWoodsHunter wrote:good deal thats what I kinda figured after I sat in class and thought about it for awhile when I should've been listening to the teacher!!


:lol: Sometimes you gotta keep you priorities strait

BackWoodsHunter wrote: Lookin good keep up the good work how much land did you just get that you're putting all this work in?? I believe somewhere you said its new correct?


Yes, it is new, just got it right before gun hunting last year. I got 87 acres, its very exciting, messin' around out there ;)
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby hunt n nut » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:52 am

Oh, hey tim, how did your water hole look after the spring thaw?
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby Boo » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:33 am

Nice! You don't mess around with little equipment!
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby WiBowhuntress » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:37 am

Wow! Looks like you are pretty serious! Keep us posted on how it works out!
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Unread postby PredatorTC » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:40 am

WiBowhuntress wrote:Wow! Looks like you are pretty serious! Keep us posted on how it works out!


I agree!! Thats awesome!
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby tim » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:47 am

hey nut its got water, but not like i was hoping, it actually had more during summer months last year, i think once the leaves come on it holds more then the sun doesnt hit it. guess ill find out, spring rains should help also. it is on a south facing slope. i put it on this slope because the point it is above is always a buck bedding point. and its somewhat secluded plus the fact that its in the center of my property helps also.
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby MOBIGBUCKS » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:15 am

Really awesome! I wish I could get equipment to do that where I hunt. I gotta do it by hand if I want one!!! LOL
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby hunt n nut » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:19 am

Well, even with all the rain this summer the new water holes had a hard time holding water, but a couple weeks ago they finally started. They do seem to be leaking a little though. Hopefully with time they will seal up good. I didn't take long for the deer tracks to show up there once they started holding :D
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Re: We Built A Couple Water Holes

Unread postby dan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:41 am

H-Nut, I would add some Sodium Bentonite... Check out this link:
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