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Old 10-16-2019, 03:46 AM   #1
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I bought 32 acres 3 years ago. It was a grown over jungle that you couldn't even walk down the road when I got it. It has been a lot of time, work and money but it is coming together. We are building a little cabin up there, a weekend getaway and it's been a lot of fun doing it all myself and having something to be proud of.

The first year, the plots were new, the deer were leary, corn would often spoil before they ate it. Over the course of the year, I had 10 different bucks coming through regularly, mostly spikes, 4 pts, a old messed up 6 pt and a young 7. Very little daylight movement. I shot one old cowhorn and that was it, I didn't hunt it much, trying to give them time to feel safe. I didn't see my first horn on camera until mid December.

I have been planting both spring and fall, dumping out the cow trace minerals and keeping a little corn around to keep them interested. Year 2, 12 different bucks, 4 8's, 2 6's and the rest were 4 pts or spikes. I didn't hunt but 1 time last year and the daylight movement continued to increase. I'd get a few pics during the summer, no regulars until December.

Now we are into year 3 and my hard work and patience is looking like it is working and paying off. Pretty much daily daylight movement, 3 8's and 2 6's regularly. I've attached a few pictures of the boys. I have gotten pics of them twice in 1 plot and not once in the other. Both places have timed feeders. These tree and pipe feeders are in the hardwoods less than a 100 yards away and they are there daily. It seems with these bucks the proof is in the pudding with the feeder or the pour difference in activity.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:56 AM   #2
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Congrats, looks like it's starting to pay off. Good luck on the cabin build, sounds like fun.
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Very nice.

By the way, don't plant Sun Hemp in the summer. That stuff is causing me a problem, raps around everything. I have plowed, disc multiple times. Maybe burning would have helped.

Just my experience.

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Here is some of the cabin project. I cut some logs on the property and pull them out with my old trusted SUV and had my buddy come up with is portable saw mill and paid him to mill them into lumber. I cut some pine for 2x4's, cedar for the bedroom and cypress for the outside and bathroom. I just bought the tongue and grooved pine, cheaper and easier. I started with a pole barn and have done everything myself other than I paid to have the spray foam done and I paid a licensed electrician to terminate the box after I ran all the wiring. It's been a project, hopefully get the well drilled soon and get the concrete work done. Pick away at finishing the inside as I have the time.
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logs, cedar and cypress
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dock I rebuilt and extended down at the river while it was low this summer, the outside of the cabin before I stained the cypress, after it's stained with the mini split ac installed and the pole barn
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cypress bathroom, cedar bedroom, t and G pine in the main room
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Now that is something to be proud of. Lots of work but when you are done ya can sit back and say yea I did that. Where is your place at.
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Beautiful looking project!
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