Our Association has been in the duck hunting and waterfowl area development business for a long time. We build our own wetlands with levees, pipes, reservoir lakes, drop log structures etc. We construct all for chest wader accessibility to all of our permanent duck blinds. These pictures are just a sample of the level of detail we will get into the more the reader uses the links at the bottom of each page.
The structure pictured here allows for adjustments to the water level by putting in or taking out 2x6 boards.
Once the farmer has finished with harvest the 2x6's are installed, water allowed in (in this case pumped) and blinds posted.
Preseason duck scouting shows only crop fields. During duck season this farm is a waterfowl oasis surrounded by crop fields and natural swampland which is too thick for man and just right for ducks. This field is located right off a refuge where migrating ducks frequently layover without exposure to decoy floats or calling. Ducks and goose both leave the refuge for surrounding feeding areas allowing for some good duck hunting not pressured by other hunters.
Some more examples of our other waterfowl areas. Our hunters may select from their preference of habitat types from marsh, flooded crop, timber, slough and open water. We emphasize "Missouri wetlands" as we only develop waterfowl areas in Missouri as Kansas and Iowa simply do not have the lower river basins necessary for good waterfowl hunting.
ATVs for transport from parking areas to blinds or field setups is encouraged on wetlands only and always remember your cover to camouflage the ATV.
No one has ever been disappointed with the quality of our duck habitat, goose fields, our Missouri wetlands or the opportunity to hunt on their schedule. What is not assured is the migration itself. When it is in we have the ducks as our waterfowl hunting areas do not even come close to being pressured as do public grounds. While the Missouri Conservation Department does the best of our three state area at waterfowl area development they cannot sustain the existing hunter pressure. Our approach to managed waterfowl hunts is an alternative readily available to those that can hunt on their own.
The links below will gain the reader access to increasingly greater levels of details on our duck and goose hunting as well as our waterfowl areas. Ground and aerial pictures of the blinds, shooting pools and surrounding habitat will take much of the mystery out of the waterfowl hunting we offer. Have a great season!