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Man, you'd be one unhappy camper if that branch would have fallen on you! The bald faced hornets wouldn't have been happy either. wink


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How do you handle hornets like that?

Can you drop the whole nest into some kind of sack and tie it off? Then maybe tie a cinder block to it and chuck it in the pond? LOL.

I wouldn't even know where to start without a flame thrower LOL.


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im not touching it..lol. but i will go back this winter and steal the nest. its huge,about 3 ft long.

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I thought the same thing (get the nest in the winter) and every nest that I saw was torn apart a few weeks after the first frost. It took 3 years to finally nail down the culprit(s).

I really wanted a nest to hang in the barn, and I finally got one by spraying it with Pounce a week or 2 before the first frost. That killed the nest in 1 day, but I let it hang for a week to make sure none of the eggs hatched.

The culprits? Chickadee's and Tufted Titmouse. They tore apart the nest looking for immature hornet grubs.


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I know some guys (hunting camp)that cut one down just after frost and took it into their camp. It was warm in the camp - guess what - they were alive and quite angry.
















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well its cleared and i spent 8 hrs today shoving topsoil out. the whole bottom is all super good clay it seems. some rocky red clay on one bank,but should seal when i clay the whole thing. i had a foot deep area dug back before i even cut a tree down and its been full of water over a week since the last rain. i dug it out today and its bone dry underneath it. good signs so far

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well, rain caught me before i got done, but it looks to be ok so far. not far from done. and this water has been in there for 2 weeks and stable.


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Looking good!


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i will say building a dam is an ungodly amount of dirt moving i hope to never do again...lol

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at this point ive gotten about another 3 inches in it from rain and the only time i can mark a water drop is when its sunny out for a couple days. the most ive seen go down yet is an inch. would it be safe to say by now that the bottom at least is going to be water worthy?

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I think you're good!


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i hope so..lol. now we just need a whole winter of rain and snow to do any real help in filling it

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gonna call it after today and just let it rain. not much i can do other than drag stumps in when i get around to it. im tired...lol


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had a few decent rains. not enough. but its gettin more and more


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Won't those stumps float?


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they might...ill worry about that later.

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Lol that's the way I handle problems too.. Wife hates it


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From my own limited experience on this, mine did not float, as long as the majority of it is root ball. The amount of dirt in amongst the roots will keep them down. If you are still worried about it, anchor them so they will stay in the area you want them.

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Looks good! Nothing better than that first pond. The excitement begins..lol Hopefully the rain will set in for you. I had to pump water in mine over the summer, but have got alot of rain this month to fill it up good. Good luck and happy fishing!!

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im thinking as long as theyre not TOO deep and stay vertical they might stay put. ill just be happy if the water stays up in the area to even create that kind of problem

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It's hard to imagine big heavy stumps floating, but trust me, they do frown. I tried to anchor mine, but even before they were submerged, one broke free and floated like a cork. Me and kid #1 had to canoe out to it and tie it off to the top of one that stayed anchored so it wouldn't float off and sink where I didn't want it. Took a month or more, but eventually soaked enough water and sank.

Very exciting waiting for a pond to fill. I bet it'll look great. Please keep us updated!

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Seen something interesting the other day on youtube. A pond builder had taken a trackhoe, and dug small holes and turned the stumps upside down in them so that it formed something similiar to a mushroom look.


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yeah ill pass on the upside down stumps...lol. i like the more natural look

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We did 'shroom stumps along the edge of the creek channel rather than burning them. Pond builder tapped them in with the trackhoe. Great cover. Note: It's NOT a swimming pond! I still have some small floating sticks and logs that pop up know and then since the pond has filled. Kind of irritating, I'm just glad they're not stumps. My pond experience on waiting until "later": I installed wood duck boxes "later". Bad idea! Driving 4x4 posts into a pond bottom in ~6" of water then trying to attach the boxes all from a jon boat was painful!
Here's one for the 'shroom stumps!


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We did 'shroom stumps along the edge of the creek channel rather than burning them.


That's what I did. The big Oak stumps did not float, but the Cedar stumps did.


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