This Old House

Published on: Nov. 23, 2011

from the Mingo Jobs Corps were used to doing cheap levee work over there. Plans for developing the rest of Unit B have been around since the early '90s, but have collected dust on a shelf. Just like a few finished rooms done by different tenants in an unfinished basement, the area might work, but the space probably isn’t utilized to its highest potential.

Unit A has its management issues. Certain locations are never flooded (northwest corner, just east of H Pool), while other spots have to be flooded deeper than they should be just to get water to other portions of the pool. This means that food for waterfowl isn’t available to ducks in certain sections, therefore decreasing the amount of quality habitat that we can provide. Additionally, steep cross levees and adjacent borrows are locations for undermining muskrats to cause continual maintenance problems. Although the borrows provide deeper open water, they don’t function as huntable habitat because they are located along the edges of the pool.

In order to maximize our space, we have had to knock down a few walls, or in this case, levees, to rearrange the layout of Units A and B. We have taken a major ditch out and moved it over to take advantage of the natural fall of the land. Flooded habitat will be extended further west into Unit B, which will provide a few additional hunting spots as well as allow us to reliably flood the ground around the old goose pits. The new distribution channel will allow us to move water to the pools without having to flood any one unit too deep. The northern corner of Unit A will know be capable of being flooded. Levees will be less tempting to muskrats because of gradual 10:1 side-slopes. Borrowed areas will be in the middle of the pools and function as early flooded habitat and deeper pockets of water later in the season.

Will this look different? You bet, but will there be more shallowly flooded ground and less problems in getting water from point A to B, literally.

Enclosing the Sun Porch: expanding use and opportunity.

There are portions on Duck Creek that have the potential to be developed further for wetland management. The two recent acquisitions along the east side of Duck Creek and the Grim tract (timber south of Ditch 106 and Pool 1) are such locations. Just like screening in a

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On December 2nd, 2011 at 1:43pm Anonymous said:

Darin the reason there are many more ducks on the north end of pool 1 is because of the water depth. Puddle ducks prefer 24 inches of water or less. This also provides more food with warm weather draw-downs. Most people have minimal interest in hunting the ring necks that utilize the south end. It is utterly ridiculous to think that 2 parties on 4 days a week have messed up pool 2 and 3 (many times these positions are not even hunted). You are very accurate in your assessment in the changes in Duck Creek, but this minimal disturbance has not and will not affect duck usage! If you really want more refuge for the area then close the entire at 1:00 (except for the goose only season). This occurs at many areas throughout the state and NO positions are lost. Survey some experienced, successful hunters and see which side they agree with. Thank you.

On December 1st, 2011 at 3:20am Sylvia said:

Hello, I simply wanted to take time to make a comment and say I have really enjoyed reading your site.

On November 30th, 2011 at 3:40pm frank said:

Thanks for the question.  Since the second week of November, Duck Creek has been wet…and by wet, I mean about 8.5-inches-of-rainfall wet.  Needless to say if you’re trying to do dirt work in the bottoms with these conditions you are not going to get very far.  The major dirt work had been completed before the November deluge, but the finish work and the structure installment were still in progress across the work site.  The contractor hasn’t pulled the plug on the project yet, but it looks like they may have to wait until next summer for things to dry out.  We should know what their plans are in the next couple of weeks.    I’ll keep you posted once a decision has been made.

On November 30th, 2011 at 9:58am Anonymous said:

How is it looking for unit a next year, is all the work going to be complete. Could you do a post on thr progress up to this point, havent seen anything in awhile. Thank you

On November 27th, 2011 at 11:55pm Darin Hudgens said:

To Anonymous, I have been hunting Duck Creek now for many, many years. I have seen it in it's glory days, so to speak. I do remember the duck blinds on the lake, I used to fish around them when I was a kid, but there have been many changes over the years to the lake since then. I remember when you could not see the other side of the lake from where you drive into Pool 1 entrance because of the timber on the lake. Today it is all but gone and this has had an adverse affect on the ducks and geese using the area over a number of years. From what I see today many of the ducks that use the mid to south end of Pool 1generally stay in the middle of the lake due to hunter traffic on the road and hunting on the lake. My opinion is reduced disturbance means more ducks spread out over the refuge and more likely to use the adjacent woods and fields for food and loafing. The reason I believe this is because the north end of Pool 1 is never disturbed during duck season and look how many ducks stay up there, spread out, and look at the hunting in A unit. Everybody and their brother wants in up there. Make the whole lake a refuge and this will happen to the south end of the lake also. Just my opinion. Darin

On November 23rd, 2011 at 7:05pm Anonymous said:

I bet Darin has not hunted Duck Creek for a long period of time. Pool 1 used to have blinds and be hunted regularly. The impact of two positions that are not hunted regularly is minimal at most! Frank must like to talk just to hear himself talk.

On November 23rd, 2011 at 6:30pm frank said:

That is the plan.  Have a good one.

On November 23rd, 2011 at 12:05pm Darin said:

I believe that if all of Pool 1 will be designated as a refuge, after the renovations are complete, this will create less disturbance to the birds on the lake from traffic and increase the numbers of ducks on the area. I also believe that this in turn will create a higher hunter success rating in Pools 2, 3, 8, and the south fields. Is this a possiblility in the future plan?? Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving to the Duck Creek staff.
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