Posts by Jody Graff

Maximizing Duck-Use-Day Potential on WRP Tracts

When managing private property for waterfowl hunting, providing a diverse, high-quality food source will increase the likelihood of successful hunting opportunities. Duck-use-days (DUD’s) represent the energy requirements of one waterfowl for one day. DUD’s are used to quantify the amount of food available for migrating waterfowl in an area. While managing more than 4,000 acres…

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Wetland Drawdown Timing

The question, “when should I draw the water down on my wetland?” is one I consistently hear from private landowners, duck club owners, and property managers in north Missouri.   It is not easy to answer without knowing the current condition of the site as wetlands vary in successional stages and plant types, which are key indicators of what your…

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Blind Placement

There is no substitute for being on the ‘X’ when you’re hunting ducks. The spot where the ducks want to be may change year-to-year, and even throughout the season as water levels increase or food availability changes. These factors make it extremely challenging to place a permanent blind in a location that will be consistently…

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