Duck Blinds Continued
This blind replaced one that produced for over 15 years on a powerful flood plain; South Grand River. We burned the old blind, removed its rubble, floated a new blind piece by piece over mud/water to a mound of dirt. Once our blinds have been assembled we stretch then nail hog wire to front, back, sides, roof.
Our Missouri wetlands on Parsons Creek, Grand River and Big Creek have many species or oak trees surrounding most spots, sloughs, oxbows, creek banks. Pin oaks have strong leafs that don’t drop throughout winter. After we weave rippy grass through hung hog wire we mix cut pin oak limbs with rippy grass to break up its silhouette making a more natural appearance. On our duck blinds we have flip fronts so this natural cover will last until season's last day.
Water level is controlled by a drop log structure which allows us to fluctuate water levels. After each season, we either drain enough water to keep surrounding oak trees alive so they can produce acorns.
We drain 90% of Association wetlands if weather permits, but we rotate every year since water is mandatory to duck hunt our duck blinds. We own a 10” portable pump, but use it sparingly as a last resort since it is expensive, labor intense to operate.
This blind has dry land next to it for an experienced retriever to sit watching ducks go down.
We furnish all hunters detailed maps of every wetland with blinds numbered. Some can be found during darkness any first time, but we encourage scouting during daylight hours to become familiar with water depth. Decoys are furnished by hunters.
Hunt On Reservation
Like all our hunting, duck blind usage is controlled by our reservation system. Reservations can be made in advance as 30 days prior to any day. Or, a minute ahead of time online 24/7.
Ease Of Access
Some blinds are easy to access. Others difficult. Four-wheelers allowed to haul hunters, their gear to/from duck blinds on all wetlands. But just like scouting, we recommend to become familiar about recent local water conditions during daylight hours for safety purposes.