eBike Generation
Water Holes
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Early Bird 11-Mar-18
LKH 11-Mar-18
BOHUNTER09 11-Mar-18
Shug 11-Mar-18
t-roy 11-Mar-18
Early Bird 11-Mar-18
t-roy 11-Mar-18
bowbender77 11-Mar-18
Bow Crazy 12-Mar-18
Charlie Rehor 12-Mar-18
South Farm 12-Mar-18
BullBuster 12-Mar-18
stick n string 12-Mar-18
BullBuster 12-Mar-18
Early Bird 12-Mar-18
chasin wtails 15-Mar-18
Early Bird 15-Mar-18
SaltyB 16-Mar-18
BullBuster 16-Mar-18
buc i 313 16-Mar-18
Early Bird 16-Mar-18
longspeak74 16-Mar-18
Drop Tine 16-Mar-18
Drop Tine 16-Mar-18
Bake 16-Mar-18
t-roy 16-Mar-18
Early Bird 18-Mar-18
Charlie Rehor 28-Mar-18
The Famous Grouse 28-Mar-18
Early Bird 28-Mar-18
Early Bird 28-Mar-18
straightshooter 12-Apr-18
WV Mountaineer 12-Apr-18
From: Early Bird
11-Mar-18
Have you ever made your own water hole? What have your experiences been? Have you had deer use them consistently?

From: LKH
11-Mar-18

From: BOHUNTER09
11-Mar-18
I dug a small water hole about 12 x 12 and 3-4 feet deep. It’s on the edge of a food plot. I see tracks there a lot and occasionally see deer watering there.

From: Shug
11-Mar-18
This year in Az I carried a few gallons of water in and cut the tops off then piled rocks around it never had a chance to hunt it though

From: t-roy
11-Mar-18
I have a low area that usually holds water until August, or all year if we have a wetter than normal year. I went in a few years back during a dry year and dug a hole about 15’ x 15’ x 5’ deep. It now holds water all year. The deer use it fairly regularly, but I have several other water sources on, or close to my property. (springs, creek, river). It seems to me that the nastier the water is, the better they like it. I’m not sure if I would put in any more waterholes, because of potential EHD issues (which, fortunately, we haven’t dealt with in my area). In areas of limited access to a water source, it would be an entirely different scenario.

From: Early Bird
11-Mar-18
My thought was to dig a 100 gal stock tank into a low spot that collects water and fill it as needed. I am thinking of doing one as an experiment.

From: t-roy
11-Mar-18
They suggest to put a ramp/stick in it for critters to be able to crawl out if they fall in. There are guys advertising tanks specifically made for what you looking at doing, Early Bird. Not sure if they are considerably higher or similar in price to a stock tank.

From: bowbender77
11-Mar-18

From: Bow Crazy
12-Mar-18
In Wisconsin this past fall, first week in November, we had freezing temps that froze a lot of standing water. The deer where breaking the ice in our water holes to get to the water. We saw a lot of activity at our water holes. We use stock tanks, hard plastic, 40 gallon I think. We installed 2 last year that were 110 gallons I think, they maybe too deep. We install in shaded areas in funnel, along food plots, between bedding and feeding areas as well. BC

12-Mar-18
Great gathering place throughout the season. My friend owns 1,800 acres and hired a skid steer guy for two days and they built 6 water holes. A couple are near streams but they still draw the deer all season. C

From: South Farm
12-Mar-18
I dug a hole, dropped an 11 gallon rubbermaid tub in there and no matter how nasty the water gets the deer just love it! One of my best spots to fill a doe tag.

From: BullBuster
12-Mar-18
I dug a 16x12 ft hole with my tractor and covered it with a $600 PVC liner and the moose came in and ripped it to shreds and it drained out. WAH

12-Mar-18
We put two in our property, one when we first bought it into thousand 12 and one just two years ago. All we did was dig in already there depression a little deeper and put a couple thick mats of rubber down. I work with garage doors for a living so at each one we took an old 9 x 7 hail damaged door put it all together and framed it up to catch water to funnel into the hole. Has worked like a charm, we have had deer, turkeys, bears and even the local bobcat use it as there's not much water within a quarter to half mile. We get a lot of usage out of it.

Definitely want to do as T Roy said and always have some sort of a branch or something coming up out for the little critters that get down in and can't get out.

From: BullBuster
12-Mar-18
how about a moose ladder?

From: Early Bird
12-Mar-18
Great responses! I have a spot in mind for a trial run. Probably put a camera over it and monitor.

15-Mar-18

chasin wtails's DeerBuilder embedded Photo
chasin wtails's DeerBuilder embedded Photo

Just get a stock tank or two. If it worked I attached a picture of a 40 gallon tank I sunk in the ground down about a foot. When I did it a few years ago we were having a drought and the ground was hard as concrete. I fill it up in the spring then top it off one or two times during the summer if the rains don't. I get a ton of pictures where they come out of the woods to the right and usually get a drink before going out to my food plot.

This is the only one I have but thinking of getting another one or two and putting on my property.

From: Early Bird
15-Mar-18
Great Pic!! That is how I figured I would do it. I am going to put one in to start in the next couple of weeks and go from there. Thanks for the info. I am assuming you hunt near the waterhole?

From: SaltyB
16-Mar-18

SaltyB's embedded Photo
SaltyB's embedded Photo
I dug in a low spot and used a cheap plastic kiddie pool. It was like $12. Works like a charm. Rain fills it for me most times but I'll carry water in if I need to. Haven't shot anything right over it but I get done of pics off it. Everything waters there from birds to deer. Most of the deer I see are coming to or from it.

From: BullBuster
16-Mar-18

BullBuster's embedded Photo
BullBuster's embedded Photo
I put an old bathtub under a spring that trickles along. I have pics of every critter. Tough to hunt because of swirling wind in draw.

From: buc i 313
16-Mar-18
Southfarm's,

Is correct regarding the nasty and stinky water.

One time a few years back I had a button buck come to the base of 3 poplar tree's (I was hunting in one of the 3) there was a small pocket where a 4th tree must have died several years before and was no longer there. The button buck drank from this naturally formed pocket / hole.

When I climbed down I saw it was full of old leaves so I decided to take a branch and clean it out. WOW did it ever stink and smell sour.

This said, I did I discover how resourceful deer can be when needing to water. Several years later my son observed the same thing in another area.

:^}

From: Early Bird
16-Mar-18
Great feedback, thanks everyone!

From: longspeak74
16-Mar-18
I dropped a small pre-formed landscape pond in and backpacked 5 gallons jugs of water in to fill it initially, rain took care of the rest. Shot my biggest buck while his head was down getting a drink.

From: Drop Tine
16-Mar-18

Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo
I put a test one in last year and will be putting more in this year. If you use a liner like I did you will want to put dirt on the bottom to muddy up the water.

Also you will want to add sticks so if critters fall in they have a way to get out and not drown and ick up the water.

From: Drop Tine
16-Mar-18

Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo
Drop Tine's embedded Photo

From: Bake
16-Mar-18

Bake's embedded Photo
Bake's embedded Photo
I really wish I owned this property and could make this little hole better. . . Little work with a skid steer and some bentonite, and I think it would hold water most of the year.

As it is, it is wet weather only, but it sure draws deer. It's like a little hub, even when dry, it sees a lot of deer activity right through or around it

From: t-roy
16-Mar-18
Awesome buck, Bake!

From: Early Bird
18-Mar-18
Wow! That is a giant. I was hoping to get one in this weekend but I had to cut my visit short by a day. Either Next weekend or the week after I am going to install one. Thanks for the ideas and pics!!

28-Mar-18

Charlie Rehor's DeerBuilder embedded Photo
Charlie Rehor's DeerBuilder embedded Photo

Bake: Here is the quick work of a skid steer! Deer magnets

28-Mar-18
A friend in SD had a rather neat design for a waterhole. He's in quite dry country, so water is a big draw. The problem was he wanted it well away from prying eyes and road snipers, but that meant that hauling water into the sanctuary area of his farm to keep the pond fulll was a major hassle

Here's what he did. At the bottom of a long slope, hje dug in a large pre-fab plastic garden pond. That wasn't the best part though. About 100 yards away, he has a field road. By that road, he set one of those big pallet totes. He connected the pond to the tote with 300 feet of pex tube.

In the pond, he plumbed in a float valve from an old toilet, so when the pond gets low, the valve opens and water flows in from the tote at the top of the hill. As long as the water is going down in the tote, he knows the system is working and there's no need to approach the waterhole. Water deliveries to the tote are accomplished with a couple of 55-gallon drums in his truck and a small gas water pump he found on Craigslist.

It's a sweet piece of engineering and every deer within the square mile stops in twice a day.

Grouse

From: Early Bird
28-Mar-18
Wow! He's much smarter than I am. lol

From: Early Bird
28-Mar-18
Charlie- While on the subject. What diameter trees did you remove with the skid steer? What type/size was it?

12-Apr-18
I put in a small damn that catches and holds water Year round. May 30’x20’. Anyway the keep it open in winter? Do not have power available . Every critter loves it when not frozen

12-Apr-18
Stagnant water collects minerals. That's why animals prefer it sometimes.

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