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Getting Water to Deer

I have a piece of property that has no water around it. It is on the west end of a big forest and deer need to go a couple miles to get water. I was thinking of burying a 1000 gallon livestock water tank and probably only need to fill it once a year.

Any suggestions? A pond won't work because the lay of the land doesn't work for it. A tank would work though.

What do you guys think?

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Location: St. Louis County
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Getting Water to Deer

Sounds like an accident waiting to happen. On a couple of our hunting properties, there are old wells. We have them marked, but I'm always concerned about somebody falling in.

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Location: Lewiston ID
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I know nothing about where you live (ie.. rain fall per year, type of terrain, vegetation. But have you looked into guzzlers, These are usually in ground units that collect rain water or can be filled and dispence water for game, Becuase they are gravity feed and pressure regulated they are very efficient. and becuase they are most of the buried they dont grow bacteria or other common water storage problems. These are used alot in south western states for live stock. I know a rancher in southern Idaho who uses them and he swears by them for his cattle.

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Location: Illinois
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I don't know much about the disease, but could having a community drinking fountain for deer like a guzzler or livestock troft spread CWD? Like I said I don't know much about it, but I would want to check into with your state's Conservation Dept..

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Location: Lewiston ID
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I have a friend who's a Biologist with Idaho Fish and Game I'll run the CWD and watering thing by him and get back with you. I aslo agree that you should contact your wildlife agence. Not only to find out about the CWD or other bad things but most states of habitat improvement funds, where they match you or do a percent. I was thinking about puting in a large pond and found out that there's like 6 different progams that help out. Might be worth looking into.

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Location: NE Kansas
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Getting Water to Deer

I would be worried about a water hole that only got replenished once a year. I'm no expert but I would think it would become stagnant and be a breeding ground for disease carrying mosquitos and other nasty stuff. I don't KNOW.

Do you have deer and wildlife on the property now? If so, why worry about it.

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Location: North Eastern Arizona
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Guys, the AZG&FD utilize "guzzlers" throughout the desert regions of AZ. Without them, our bighorn sheep and desert mule deer would perish or migrate. I've never once heard of any disease being cultivated in these underground oasis catchments. Knock on wood, there's no CWD in AZ yet.

corygnc, I think a stock tank and hauling water would work. Don't be surprised if you have to fill it a few times a year

AZ~Thunder

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Location: Pennsylvania
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In Argentina where there is very little rain fall for long periods of time they were using large round cement "ponds" with a windmill hooked up to an underground pump. The water was constantly pumped out of the ground every time the wind blew and therefore the water was moving most of the time.
Doesn't look real cheap but I don't think they could graze the cattle on big sections of land with out them.
Looked like this:
http://www.brucebuchanan.com/images/AriWind-4.jpg

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Location: S.E. Wisconsin
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We put watering holes on my buddys propertys in key locations and have at least doubled our trophy buck sightings. His two hunting farms are in Buffalo county Wisc. and its commen practice there. The terrain don't support water holes there either especially up at the tops of the ridges where we hunt but we put in liners and the ponds fill themselves and stay full as long as you bury the liner so deer hooves don't punch holes in them.

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