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TIP: Creating Watering Holes

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This fall watering holes for whitetails and other wildlife may be hard to find. With a good portion of the U.S. in some stage of a drought, many of the reliable places for critters to get a drink are all dried up. If you own or manage a piece of property but don’t have a couple of sources of water, your animals will certainly go elsewhere to find it. If water is the piece you are missing from your management puzzle, don’t worry. In just a few hours time, a bulldozer or back hoe can create an area to hold water in just the place you want it.

Keep in mind you don’t need a 3 acre pond to satisfy the hydration needs of wildlife. Strategically placed watering holes dug 2-3 ft deep and just a few thousand square feet in size can be beneficial. Small livestock tanks that hold 100-200 gallons can also be buried in ideal spots close to bedding areas and food sources. These watering holes, though small in size, can benefit everything from rabbits to deer and help you be a true GameKeeper.

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