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Huntin&Fishin

Ducks Unlimited Magizine Wetland loss!

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Huntin&Fishin

Did any one else get the jan./Feb. issue and see that MN has lost 42% of wetlands since the mid 80's.WOW! We have to do something. confused.gif

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carpshooterdeluxe

quit buying ethanol for your car! jk. tiling, drainage ditches, crop insurance, better fertilizers/chemicals/farming technology; its all had its impact on waterfowl production and water quality of the remaining wetlands. farmers have to make a living and in many years it has required plowing every available acre they can. my family included. thankfully we are doing a small part by restoring some of our wetlands and utilizing the wrp and crep programs. now if the weather would just co-operate and give us some rains to keep those restored wetlands actually wet in late summer!

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Hammer Handle

My advice, promote and support people who do NOT develop lakeshore. They should get great tax breaks.

Also, do what I did two years ago. Get a permit, and build a pond.

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Quackaddict9

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Also, do what I did two years ago. Get a permit, and build a pond.


How did it work out? Did you add duck/geese food plot before water was put in? Any attracts to the birds?

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Bowfin

One interesting note - The wetland loss is not equally distributed across the state. St. Louis County for instance still has over 85-90% of its presettlement wetlands. Problem is, this doesn't help ducks much as NE Minnesota isn't in the flyway and the wetlands found here are not the fertile "duck producing" praire wetlands found in the western part of the state.

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    • jkrash
      Shorelines are starting to open, do you see the wood ducks?  
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I agree with the others Tommy! I always enjoy your bits of wisdom and humor! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      They are all coming in from the main lake. Cliff
    • FishinCT
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    • meerkat
      I always wondered,  are the walleyes coming over the dam?   or are they swimming in from Pike?
    • Slopfishin
      Why delete your post?  I actually enjoyed reading that story. Seeing stories like yours is half the reason I like checking out this site (I like to check out all the different lake boards on fishingminnesota). 
    • delcecchi
      Hey, we need a little color and humor and Musky Tom does it best.  
    • TomWehler
      Good info to me even. Cliff you can delete my story n junk. Most people don’t know me round here anymore n for sure the humor of life is of no interest. Under stand only want the facts mama. Just the facts. 😎 I endeavor to persevere.  Beef!   
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The ice on the Pike River between the dam and the lake is opening up fast! Should be wide open in a couple of days at the present rate of melt! The DNR will be trapping walleyes soon!!!  The walleyes are already starting to move in! Pike Bay ice is  also starting to deteriorate quickly! Finally starting to look like we may get some open water for the fishing opener! Cliff 
    • chucker1101
      These aren't campsites to bring your Ranger fiberglass or decked-out Lund into. They're better fitted for smaller 14-16 ft alum boats, something you can drag on shore. Though i'm sure you can figure out how to secure something bigger. Cliff is right, most have sandy/pebble shorelines to pull a smaller boat onto. Almost all of them are well-protected from the prevailing WSW wind. You're gonna get wakes rolling into shore from passing boats, though, as it's a pretty well traveled section of the lake.