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#528017 11/25/20 10:56 AM
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Hi everyone. New member here and appreciate the wealth of info I've found here so far. This crazy year with Covid had both my businesses down and lots of free time on my hands. I own a trackloader and decided to build a watering hole for deer while things were slow. Well covid continued to drag on and I continued to dig. What started as a watering hole has now turned into a 1+ acre pond big enough for fish. I've been working on it a day or two a week when I could find time. The pond is a wooded build where two small ravines converge. Finally to the point where the build is wrapping up and ready to start thinking about structure. Will start to post some pics shortly to get the build up to speed and hopefully get some help added some decent and correct amount of structure.
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Should have mentioned I'm in NW Missouri. Here's a few pics from the start of this build back in March.

Site pre build looking north toward where the pond is.

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Start of some timber clearing to open up the area where the dam is

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Welcome to the forum. We like pictures. It is always fun to see new ponds being built.


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jk96 #528043 11/25/20 07:18 PM
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Neat


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
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Pic looking across the dam after digging the core trench.

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Tree removal and work beginning to fill and build up the dam

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Test run - Pond is only a about 3 feet deep in this pic but wanted to let some water fill and make sure the soil and surrounding ground was going to hold well before spending more time on it. Will try to get some additional pics uploaded later today or tomorrow to get the project caught up to where it is at now.

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jk96 #528060 11/26/20 09:05 AM
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JK, that is a beautiful site and beautiful pond.

Are you sure you have enough acre-feet to support that beast in your final picture?

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
JK, that is a beautiful site and beautiful pond.

Are you sure you have enough acre-feet to support that beast in your final picture?

Good on water. Food is the problem. He pushes about 215 lbs this time of year when he's bulking up for the winter.

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jk96 #528062 11/26/20 09:47 AM
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215#! I'm not sure why you needed the trackloader to excavate your pond.

Surely, you could have just buried some bones in strategic locations - and let the dog do all of the hard work. laugh

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A few more pics. Getting close to where the project is at the moment.

Tree Removal - the stump bucket really helped with this and made quick work of most of the standing trees.

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A few of the rocks found during the dig

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jk96 #528070 11/26/20 12:15 PM
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That is a massive root ball in your next to last picture.

Did you dig and roll that out using only your Case trackloader? Impressive!

I also like the picturesque rocks that you washed. Most people have to pay trucking to get attractive landscaping rocks around their ponds.

Good luck developing your pond!

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FishinRod #528078 11/26/20 05:31 PM
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Tree was dug out and pushed over while it was still standing. This was the biggest of all of them. Around 38" at the base. I can roll it end over end or lift a bit and push it with the loader but can't pick it up. Loader has a 9,000 lb tipping weight and this one lifts the rear of the machine before it even starts to come off the ground.

Video of that tree coming down

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Wow, that looks like a big tree to take down with a track loader. What size is your track loader, and how long did it take to bring it down?


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Case TV450. 11,000 lb machine. This one was dug around as I was moving dirt from this hillside over to the dam so it wasn't really dug in one pass. With the stump bucket I can make pretty quick work of most trees if they are standing and can use their leverage. Depends on soil but an 8" tree can be taken down in a matter of seconds. 14-16" tree in about 2-5 minutes. 24" tree in about 10 minutes of digging.

Here's a video of a 14" tree being taken down in soft soil.

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jk96 #528086 11/26/20 10:38 PM
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Thanks, cool video. I hope to get a track loader one of these days. Looks like that stump bucket works great. They make a lot of attachments for them.


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That dog can probably help fill the pond too. They sure do slobber! Gentle giants though, but are unfortunately a short lived breed. Thanks for sharing pics and video of your project.

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He just turned 11 this October and is doing surprisingly well for his age. Not too common for them to make it this long. Will try to get remaining pics uploaded in the next day or two of where the pond project is currently at.

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You must be taking very good care of him to reach that age. Lucky dog!

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Here's the last few pics bringing this project up to speed.


Looking across the dam from the NW corner

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Looking North toward the dam. All of the walk paths around the pond are cut in.

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A before and after pic

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This is where the project sits as of this morning. Hoping to get the trash pump out today and drain the water from the pond then get back to work on the dam. Working on bringing the slope out close to a 3:1 on the water side. As soon as that is finished I'll be ready to work on habitat.

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Jk96 your going to have a very nice looking spot. Love the look of a pond surounded by trees.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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Looking good!


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I like it


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
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Good ponds make good pics!

Your grapple beside the cut bank looks like excellent cover for the LMB once the pond fills. grin

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jk96 #528392 12/02/20 09:44 PM
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I like the side by side comparison picture. That's pretty cool to see that. I'm not that good with computers to do that.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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Are you available for hire? wink


Im going to ask a lot of questions, but only because I'm clueless
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Are you available for hire? wink

First pond I've built so this will either be a lesson on why you should hire a professional or encouragement for some of you diy guys. Will know this spring. Finally found some time to finish up the dam. This unusually warm Dec weather helped. Only thing left now is working on habitat.

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