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#510111 - 08/11/19 11:09 AM Heron Problem
Snooter Offline


Registered: 07/27/16
Posts: 4
Loc: Canton NC
Just stocked my 40' x 60' pond with 25 rainbow trout. I have lost 3 to a Heron this week. I purchased a decoy owl and that has not kept him away. Just looking for suggestions.

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#510112 - 08/11/19 11:32 AM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 169
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
I had success using scare eye balloons. They didn't work on Egrets, but did for GBH. Good luck!

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#510114 - 08/11/19 11:51 AM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
Shorty Offline
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Registered: 07/28/05
Posts: 4395
Loc: Raymond, NE
I spook them off with .22lr rounds every time I catch one hanging around.
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#510123 - 08/11/19 04:36 PM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
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Registered: 07/27/10
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Loc: Dallas & Wills Point, Tx
I would say the bird-away reflective tape has worked relatively well for me. Not 100% effective, but a major difference. I tie it to trees, patio furniture, porch posts, docks. Way fewer herons and water-turkey.

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#510126 - 08/11/19 06:24 PM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Zep]
Tbar Offline


Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 736
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Zep
I would say the bird-away reflective tape has worked relatively well for me. Not 100% effective, but a major difference. I tie it to trees, patio furniture, porch posts, docks. Way fewer herons and water-turkey.

Bird Away Reflective Tape




I will have to try some of that........
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#510150 - 08/12/19 05:00 AM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
Dave Davidson1 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Just ordered the bird reflective tape for next years cormorant season. Also will install my owl decoy.
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#510163 - 08/12/19 09:35 AM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Shorty]
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Registered: 05/14/04
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Loc: Central Ohio
Originally Posted By: Shorty
I spook them off with .22lr rounds every time I catch one hanging around.

3S technique?
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#510171 - 08/12/19 12:59 PM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Theo Gallus]
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Registered: 07/28/05
Posts: 4395
Loc: Raymond, NE
Originally Posted By: Theo Gallus
Originally Posted By: Shorty
I spook them off with .22lr rounds every time I catch one hanging around.

3S technique?


Nah, just spook them off and make them think they might get shot. Wife says I can't use the 3S technique.
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#510173 - 08/12/19 01:14 PM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Shorty]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 183
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Originally Posted By: Shorty
Wife says I can't use the 3S technique.


If wife knows you're only using 2S technique...

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#510174 - 08/12/19 01:32 PM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
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Registered: 07/28/05
Posts: 4395
Loc: Raymond, NE
They wife took her shotgun to the pond a couple of weeks ago to spook off a really young and dumb GBH, my .22lr shots didn't seem to bother him, he would leave but come back right away. He finally left for good when one of my dogs about caught him.
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#510197 - 08/13/19 05:28 AM Re: Heron Problem [Re: Snooter]
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Registered: 01/22/19
Posts: 43
Loc: TN
I was getting frequent visits from blue herons until I put up a coyote decoy and haven't seen one since. I'm not sure that the decoy is 100% responsible, since I have seen a green heron since and the local racoons certainly aren't afraid of it but it seems to work.

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