Specializing in Wetland Restoration
Thanks Chris Rogers, Melissa Rogers, Larry Rogers, and Dave Rogers at River Refuge Seed Company for the generous help, I couldn't be more blessed to be surrounded by such awesome people. Here is our accessible duck blind, Accessing Oregon is on it's way to making real differences for folks with disabilities. Thanks also to everyone who has supported us this point, I am truly honored. -Jordan Meekins
Buster Toms, from Louisiana, gave us a call wanting to order some Wild Millet. For years their duck club planted Browntop Millet, Japanese Millet, and Milo or Sorghum. A few years ago some Wild Millet volunteered in one of their ponds. Last year a large stand volunteered. He says this was their best season even though most of the other clubs in the area had poor hunting. He attributes this to the Wild Millet. He said that the birds come in and strip the seed of other feeds in a week, but the Wild Millet seed shatters off the heads, falls down into the straw, and the ducks keep working it week after week. He ordered 250 lbs and will be planting more of the club in Wild Millet.
I live outside of the main flyway and one of my goals for this pond was to improve it enough to get more geese and pintails to start using it. One of my goals has been met. Thank you River Refuge for the help. The wild millet seems to be working quite well.
We were really excited to hear from Josh Kling. His club is located near Parma at the confluence of the Boise River and the Snake River. Last summer we made up a special mix of seed for him of native grasses that can be submerged when established. He planted the seed mix and as it grew he let the cows graze it. A few weeks ago we had a cold snap across most of the country. It drove a ton of birds south from Canada and west from Montana. Last week he flooded it. The next day he estimated there were over 10,000 ducks, mostly Mallards, feeding these fields. The submergible grasses have tender shoots and hold lots and lots of invertebrates that ducks adore. Josh tells me his group limited in less than 30 minutes the first day and 15 minutes the next. These are memories for a lifetime. We’ve been working with Josh for a bunch of years on seed mixes for waterfowl projects. He’s become a good friend. We sure appreciate hearing about successes like this.
I just looked out this morning to a bunch of ducks swimming around in the millet. I'm a happy camper. I'm very happy with the seed and advice from river refuge.
- Dan Borden
My friend Jim May, maker of KumDuck calls (www.KumDuck.com) let me know that his planting of Wild Millet worked just like it was supposed to. A few weeks ago he had several thousand ducks feeding in that field for about a week. Their shooting was terrific. During that week he and Joe and Terry got multiple limits. Then the ducks were gone. He figured they had eaten all the seed and were on their way to other fields. A week later, lo and behold. they were back to stay for another week! They had more great Mallard shoots.
This goes to show the value of Wild Millet as an attractor. As the crop matures, most of the seed shatters of the head, falls into the straw. When flooded, the birds flock to it and have to work for their supper finding all that seed hidden in the straw. They never get it all, even the second or third time. I will bet those birds will be back yet again and Jim, Joe and Terry will get another chance or two.
Happy Hunting - Dave
Thanks to River Refuge for a spectacular place to hunt and photograph wildlife.