Wood Duck Project


South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) has always been a leader when it comes to installing, maintaining and servicing wood duck boxes. For more than 28 years, we have done this mostly through hired technicians and biologists installing boxes throughout the year and maintaining the nest boxes in the Fall and Winter. This system works well for landowners who are too busy to do it themselves. We are still offering this maintenance system, but only on larger nest box projects. In addition, we provide each of our chapters throughout the state with 20 nest box units to install, check and maintain on their own. Our goal is to install wood duck boxes in areas where they would not have otherwise been installed.

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In the past, only two or three of our chapters around the state have utilized these boxes. The Kingstree chapter has put up around 125 boxes over the past several years. We would like to encourage each chapter to install nest boxes in local areas where the boxes would get the highest occupancy. These locations can be on private or public land, but need to be in good wood duck habitat. Such places include, but are not limited to, beaver ponds, swamps, fish ponds and lakes. Each chapter needs to keep a record of where each box was placed, and the boxes need to be checked each year. The data that is collected from these boxes should be sent back to SCWA headquarters where it can be used in the overall production numbers for the entire state.

Some chapters have designated wood duck chairmen, but most do not. SCWA needs people who have the time to install these boxes, as well as initiative to find quality sites to put them. Many of the large reservoirs throughout the state have backwater sloughs in which wood ducks would readily nest. These are areas where both the private landowner and the public land waterfowl hunter would benefit. If you are interested in getting involved with the volunteer wood duck nest box program, please contact your local chapter chairman. The list of chapter chairman can be found in the “Chapters” section under the “Get Involved” tab on the main menu of the website.

 

Wood Duck Box Pricing

Box – $50.00

Predator Guard – $25.00

Post – $10.00

Wood Duck Box Package

without installation – $80.00

Wood Duck Box Package

with installation – $125.00

(10 nest box minimum)

 

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