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2013 Virtual Tour of the Duck Creek Renovation

Oct 28, 2013

As the Waterfowl Season Opener for the Middle Zone approaches this might be the first time in a year that you’ve checked back in to see what is going on at Duck Creek. Or perhaps you’ve never been to the area and are just curious. Whatever the reason may be, we’ve put together a virtual tour for you to see what is on the ground, where it is, and why.

This tour takes you through our timbered impoundments, Pools 2 and 3 along with Mingo’s Pool 8, across the water storage reservoir of Pool 1, and through the renovated open marsh of Units A and B. Through the tour we will showcase:

  • Some of the different habitat features at Duck Creek
  • The fish and wildlife that utilize these wetlands throughout the year
  • Management activities necessary to provide the right habitat conditions
  • A few ideas on how you can enjoy these resources this fall and in the future

I hope you enjoy the virtual tour and hopefully it will inspire you to get your things together, come on down, and use the area. That is why it is here. Thanks again for your support.

Click here for the “2013 Virtual Tour of the Duck Creek Renovation.


Unit A Prior to Waterfowl Opener
Unit A Prior to Waterfowl Opener
Dabbling ducks muddy the shallow water as they forage for food in a mix of open water and flooded vegetation prior to the opening weekend.


Pool 3 is full and we will open it to hunting on Saturday.  Currently we are working with Mingo to develope a better time table on when we will start adding water to Pool 8.  Mingo staff are looking at the timber this week, and will ultimately give us the thumbs up when they are ready to add water.  Obviously the cool weather lately has helped lower soil temps to a level that we can think about flooding timber a little earlier than we normally do.  We are also fortunate this year to have enough water in Pool 1 to start this process without having to wait for the next big rain to flood Pool 8.

You boys have a time frame when pool 3 & 8 will be at full pool? Thanks

How much water is in pool 3? Is any water being diverted or added to Wade and Shoot? Any time table for opening spots in pool 3 and the wade and shoot?

I am sure that if you go during the week you have a better chance of getting out.

We all experience the poor man blues. But the every member draws system is horrible in that THE ODDS ARE NOT THE SAME FOR ALL PARTIES! It is not the state's business to try and force me to have more members in my party just to boost their "day usage" numbers or whatever it is called. At a public draw ALL PARTIES SHOULD HAVE THE SAME ODDS. Please don't ruin Duck Creek by going to the every member draw or the quick draw. Thanks for listening.

All right, easy fellas. :) Good news is there aren’t any changes in the works.  The draw procedure review is on the same schedule as the season dates and zones. Thanks for everyone’s opinions and for keeping it cordial.  Best of luck in the draw line.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please do not make or even suggest that we have another Every Member Draws area. Besides the Quick Draw, which is horrible and ruins everyone's chance of hunting Otter Slough and causes bigger crowds at Duck Creek because everyone is avoiding the Slough, there is nothing that ruins the odds of getting to hunt more than EMD. Example, 80 parties for forty positions. Average party size 3. Would you rather reach into a box of 84 pills where nearly half of them will hunt and pull one pill or reach into a box of 244 pills and pull 4. Believe me, I've done both and I can not count the times that all 4 party members pull 3 digit pills. Not only does it ruin the odds of getting to hunt, it also makes the draw take twice as long. Please don't ruin Duck Creek with this or any other terrible changes. The system right now is as fair and good as possible.

Tom, while I'm sorry that happened I couldn't disagree with the idea more of duck creek becoming an every member draw waterfowl area. In my opinion duck creek has the last fair draw system in the boot heel. I work odd hours, thus I generally hunt alone. With otter slough in quick draw and ten mile pond using the every member draw, duck creek is the only area I have a decent chance to hunt. Do I get sent home some days? Sure. But the odds aren't stacked against me because of my schedule. In a perfect world there would be no draw, just wake up and go. However if more conservation areas implement an emd system it excludes a significant portion of hunters who have or choose to go at it alone.

Poor Man Blues--- My son and I got up and were on the road at 12:30 this morning for the long drive to Duck Creek, just like many others with the same passion. Our hope, like all others was the chance to share some quality time while hunting. Unfortunately, my son requested that I draw the pill because last year on the same day he tried and we went home without hunting. Well, my result was the same as his last year. After the long drive home, back in bed by 6:30. All of us know when we do this long enough it's going to happen to most at one point and time. Some may have experienced that horrible feeling during the ride home and some may just say, "That's the luck of the draw." The reason I share this with all is not to complain about the system but to ask the agents if in the future it would be possible for every person that fills out a green card to hunt be able to draw a pill. Even if your party doesn't draw well enough to hunt, you still feel like you had more than one chance to hunt. I might make that ride home a bit more palpable. I'm sure we've all been there! Safe hunting to all.

I appreciate the nice words and am glad folks have found it helpful and informative.  We have enjoyed the opportunity to share what goes on at Duck Creek and provide an opportunity outlet for folks to ask questions. At this point, I think we will continue with the blog since there is still some work to do, but am unsure about the future.  

The department email format for employees is so you can contact me if you wish at

Frank, How do I get hold of you by e-mail or in person? Thanks, Matt S.

Glad to hear that water is hitting Pool 3. I know that this blog was originally started to keep people informed while the renovations were going on. Is there any chance of you guys keeping it up and running when the work is all done? I love reading the articles you post, the comments and questions, and getting the answers. I know it is extra work for you and you already have more than enough to do but I would just like to let you know that your effort with this blog, as well as all the other things you do, is greatly appreciated by many.

Just and Update:  No news on Pool 7, we will let you know as soon as we hear something.  Parking for Unit 20 is still at the first parking lot you pull into as you drive to Unit A from the Butler building off of Hwy Z.  There is a short walk to this unit.  We are starting to put water into Pool 3 today (Friday).  We will look to have a few spots available in the unit by the first of next week.  We'll continue to add water slowly until it is flooded to capacity.

When do you expect to flood the additional pools. Thank You.

Actually I did not get wet. A wading staff is one of my most important pieces of equipment. Saved me from a dunking numerous times. Any news on Mingo Pool 7 hunting? Did the parking spot for 20 in A unit change?

Sorry that you got wet, but I’m glad you had a great hunt.  You are right. There is a borrow that runs parallel to the road that can be tricky and then there is the old borrow further north in the pool.  This summer filling the northern hole that you found was on our list of small tweaks we wanted to do, but it never dried out enough for us to be able to get in there and get it done.  We’ll try again next summer.  As for now, we’ll have to warn people to be careful about those two spots.

Had a great hunt today. Until the water level goes down in 15 in A Unit you guys need to warn anyone who takes that spot that the north end is over tall chest waders deep. So is the old boat lane going toward 16. I'm not tall but I am not short either. Looks like a great season ahead.

Frank, Keith, and all those who work at DC, You guys have done an outstanding job over the last few years. Although we've been challenged through the growing pains, your work and communication will make DC a premier waterfowl location for years to come. Once the office rehab is complete, you all might be able to take a vacation! Pretty excited for the 2013 season. Kudos to all!

The county Conservation Agent would be the best contact. You can also call the Operation Game Thief hotline to make the report which will ultimately trickle back to the county agent. 1-800-392-1111

Who should I contact to report a baited field?

Glad you enjoyed it, Roy. Bald cypress fruit are round cones that release the seeds inside of them later in the winter.  Wood ducks will reportedly eat the smaller cones. Other ducks could eat them as well, but it definitely isn’t a major staple in their diet. Turkeys, squirrels, and Evening Grosbeaks are other wildlife that will forage on the cypress cones. 

Nice slide show guys! Does a cypress tree drop a nut that a duck will eat?

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