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How do you view hunting directly over self made water hole?

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  1. jackflap

    jackflap Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Image-1.jpeg Image-1.jpeg Image-1.jpeg Not a right or wrong answer, and I am sure there are a wide range of varying opinions. Regardless of your opinion towards hunting over bait(pro, indifferent, or con) is hunting over a strategically placed small water hole the same as, better, or worse than hunting over a feeder?

    I’ve been wanting to do this project for several years and finally did it. I strung and buried over a half mile of 1/2” line and put this tank in an area void of water. I could have put it anywhere in the general area, but I chose to place it exactly 25 yards in a shooting lane of an existing stand set up between a primary bedding area and a primary feeding area (wheat and alfalfa fields).

    The 2’x6’ oval tank was also a deliberate and thought out decision and placed so I have a better chance of a broadside shot as opposed to a round tank or larger one.

    It is tied to an existing water source and on a timer so water stays fresh and full everyday.

    I think it will be quite effective, especially early season.

    So am I to be congratulated for enhancing the habitat for all the wildlife in the area or judged poorly for exploiting their need for water in a semi arid and hot area?

    ‘I could make argument either way, but I am hunting it regardless, lol

    Thoughts?
     
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    Suncrest08 Grizzled Veteran

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    I have put in some water holes and they definitely work for drawing in wildlife. I have a 1.5 acre pond and some creeks on the farm and deer still hit the water holes I have around daily. They definitely help more when water is less available. Everyone does stuff differently, as long as it’s legal in the state you’re in go for it. I have zero shame shooting deer over water whether it’s man made or natural.
     
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    Mod-it Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Good lord no.
    You put in a lot of time and effort to make that happen. Tons of wildlife will utilize that water source and benefit from it.
    On rare occasion, one will be taken off of it and put into the freezer for your family to enjoy eating. I'd have absolutely zero guilt about that.
    While I do always feel a little pang of sadness when I first walk up to an animal I've shot, shooting one off a water setup like that would not even be on my radar of feeling guilty about.
     
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  4. Tony

    Tony Legendary Woodsman

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    It’s no different than a food plot, IMO… not sure why anyone would have an issue with it


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    man made watering holes are a great idea. Good for various wildlife, of course deer included .... hunting these is no different than food plots .... go for it .....
     
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    oldnotdead Legendary Woodsman

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    Only negative I can state is......two wet dogs on any walk for I have serveral.
     
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    I plan to put at least 2 water holes in. Great tactic and beneficial to other critters as well.
     
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    I think they are great myself. A few years ago I put two out. Not as nice as yours. They worked really well and I surprised at how much they used them. I just put out two of those small plastic totes from Dollar General One at each end of my smallest field. I’d fill they the water tank on the back of my tractor on Monday & Thursday. You did a great job on yours. I got a ton of pictures and seen a lot of them. If it gets dry here again in October I’ll do the same thing.


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    slecken Weekend Warrior

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    I see no issue with it. A lot of work involved.
     

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