Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife area

We went to Willow Slough just to see what it was like...we didn't really read anything about it. I have since found out that it is 9,956 acres of land which includes 1,800 acres of water.
I think I told earlier that the guys from the DNR that worked there said most of the water was about knee deep.
I am not sure how many duck hunters were on the water...I think we could see about 4 floating duck blinds. I have to admit that I didn't realize what they were at first. The first one I noticed honestly looked about like a beaver's house.
Then I saw the big ones and realized what they were. Why I didn't take a picture of one of them is more than I know.
Camping is allowed there, and there was lots of places to just fish from the bank. But I have a feeling the entire place is covered with moss in the warmer months. Hunting is allowed for most things if I remember correctly; you do have to sign in. One area is reserved for dog training. And there is a shooting range which is run on a first come first served basis.

I am anxious to go back there in the spring...cannot imagine all the bugs and stuff we would see. But I had fun Saturday...I kind of like seeing the place bare.


Your EG Tour Guide said...

OH! I would love to see what a duck blind looks like. Oh, well, maybe next time.

It's seems like a lot of water to be only knee deep but I bet the water is quite warm creating plenty of algae for the ducks to eat.

Tricia said...

We have a place similar to that here in my area called Mingo Conservation - I'm not sure how big it is, but it looks a lot like your photos. Was it raining in the 1st pic, because it looks like rain drops spattering the water behind the ducks. Nice shots Rose!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Rose...
Great shots as always.... and talking of Ducks...

How do you make a duck sing?

Put it in the oven till it's Bill Withers

Hope this nonsense finds you well... I'm fine and alls well this end.


don said...

Fine shots of this interesting looking place. I always like these "natural" wetland areas. I enjoyed this series.

Deborah Godin said...

Wow, that is a big area. I hope they keep the hunters well away for the other users! I'll bet it's a busy place during spring migration.

Rose said...

Actually, it is the hunters that make so much of things and places like this possible. They are the ones that brought back the wild turkey to our area--first by buying the stamp/s you have to get to be allowed to hunt either some or all kinds of birds. Being that I am not a hunter, I don't know all the details. I just know my husband has to buy certain stamps in order to hunt turkeys. Plus they have big National Wild Turkey Federation that I would say is about totally supported by hunters ...it has banquets with things you bid on, or buy chances on and it goes right back into stocking or restocking the turkeys. I think they look into reasons turkeys will not live in certain areas.

Hunters were camped right there and we were out driving the roads that the hunters parked on for deer hunting. No problems whatsoever.

Barb said...

So peaceful ~ thank you for sharing some wonderful pics once again!

Mary said...

Sounds similar to the Blue Grass place we go or Hovey Lake (I posted that once) I guess we are fortunate in Indiana to have all these lovely spots, although I wish they did not allow hunting.

Denise said...

That looks like a lovely area for a walk. It is always wonderful going back to these places during other seasons, they are always changing. Great photos!