Balancing Food Plots for Ducks and Family Time
Food plots for ducks are vital to ducks health during the migration. The weather and available food from what you plant play a huge role in the success or failure of your season. Waterfowl management is something we are new to here at Fowled Reality. Being predominantly freelance hunters doesn’t lend many opportunities to manipulate the land in a way beneficial for ducks. Farmers are often reluctant to let you hunt on their ground, let alone build a levee or disk up a portion of their field for moist soil habitat.
Waterfowl Food Plot Seed
This year, we have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to do so. The landowner has allowed us to clear out an un-farmed portion of a waterway. We’ve planted Golden Millet in it from 5 Oaks Wildlife Services and the rains have came. The Golden Millet is now headed out and in just a few shorts weeks it will be dropping seeds into our water hole. By that time, all we will need is cold weather to send the birds south and the hard work will hopefully pay off.
All of this “hard work” planting food plots for ducks has taken days. They say nothing in life worthwhile is ever easy. This new duck hole definitely hasn’t been easy. From a record setting drought to 14 inches of rain in a couple months, our ability to adapt, manage, and keep our sanity has been tested. Luckily, we have managed to fight through the trials and tribulations, but we’ve been faced with spur of the moment hour drives to the Golden Millet hole, networking to obtain a generator/pump to avoid spending hundreds of dollars, and time away from our families. The time away has been the hardest pill to swallow because all of this work has taken place during the off-season. This is a time when we are supposed to be home getting the “honey-do” lists complete. The waterfowl season is a 4 month pedal to the floor grind that we travel 1000’s of miles of every weekend to fill our desire of chasing ducks and geese. It is a struggle to keep the balance between our love for waterfowl hunting and our obligations as husbands, boyfriends, and fathers. So how do we do it?
We are lucky to be a part of The Management Advantage and have been featured on how we as husbands, boyfriends, and fathers balance our families, duck hunting, and planting food plots for ducks. Check out the video and let us know what you think. It’s a fine line between keeping momma happy, raising your children, and still killing ducks, but it’s something most duck hunters manage!
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