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    Senior Member Matt Weberpal's Avatar
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    Default Finally building a pond!

    We finally purchased 40 acres mostly wooded but the good news is there is a space for a wildlife/training pond. The pond can be a max of 35 yards by 35 yards. I have been contemplating a few different designs and am looking for some advice from those who have experience with smaller ponds. So I have pond 1 and 2 attached. My thinking is I can do swim by starting at bottom middle and forcing to the point which will be 15 yards away. I'll be able to do some channel work also. I can also de-cheat, angle entries, re-entries with both designs. What do you see as advantages and disadvantages to these designs and the overall scales. Keep in mind I run hunt test so big yardage isn't necessary. Where the pond is placed the longest marks possible will be about 150 yds. Let me know what you think.
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    I like #2.

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    I like #2 also. Gives another added short water, long land, short water entry from left to right while looking at the picture running from the 20 yd side towards the 35 yard side, that #1 didn't have.
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    #2, take the leg that is in the middle of the pond pointing to your right shore and disconnect it from the land making it into an island. Got to have islands to train a dog.
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    I like #2 the best. By narrowing the access to the middle section of land you will get the same effect as an Island and not need a boat or waders to get to it. Sounds like a great place for a couple of woodduck houses too. Let me know when you need a thrower.
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    #2 as well
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    Depends on where you plan on putting the duck blind
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    Quote Originally Posted by middlebranchlabs View Post
    I like #2 the best. By narrowing the access to the middle section of land you will get the same effect as an Island and not need a boat or waders to get to it. Sounds like a great place for a couple of woodduck houses too. Let me know when you need a thrower.
    Jim
    Yeah I was thinking #2 also I like middle branches idea. I don't want a full island because that would be too much like work to get it trimmed. I'll let you know when it's complete so you can try it out you're welcome anytime. It may not be dug until this winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jecartag View Post
    Depends on where you plan on putting the duck blind
    Top left corner will be northeast. Did I mention we're only a 1/4 mile from a 260 acre refuge and surrounded by 1,000 acres of wetland!
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