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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #75 on: January 23, 2017, 05:40:52 pm »

It's a creative art to get a good fire going.

Ain't that the truth!  Sometimes the creativity comes from what you use as tinder.  I've been using old toilet paper rolls, stuffing them full of small twigs, and piling larger twigs on top of them.  Works most of the time, but sometimes it doesn't.  Last night, I just couldn't get it to go, so I cheated grabbed the butane torch and just held it on a few of the smaller twigs until they caught.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #76 on: January 23, 2017, 06:29:42 pm »

It's a creative art to get a good fire going.

Ain't that the truth!  Sometimes the creativity comes from what you use as tinder.  I've been using old toilet paper rolls, stuffing them full of small twigs, and piling larger twigs on top of them.  Works most of the time, but sometimes it doesn't.  Last night, I just couldn't get it to go, so I cheated grabbed the butane torch and just held it on a few of the smaller twigs until they caught.
In my experience, nothing beats loosely balled-up newspaper and kindling. Works every time. :thumbsup:
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #77 on: January 27, 2017, 07:03:00 am »

My daily 'gym workouts' consist of chopping wood.  I hit the trail yesterday and chopped through a 12" diameter log.  My gosh that took me awhile...  I'll have to take a day or two off from that activity now to give my hands a rest.  The tendons are quite sore and stiff this morning. 

Light snow yesterday morning revealed puh-lenty of deer tracks.  I'm in the process of building a bedding area for bucks to lie in.  And by golly there is a nice big tree about 15 yards away from it that I can hang a tree stand from!

One of the neighbors contacted our other neighbor (the ones currently down south for the winter) and they are excited to meet us.  An elderly couple who loves kids.  I just happen to have 3!  They were happy to let us wander around in their forest area and explore.  In a couple of months they should be back in Iowa so I'll be sure to visit with them. 
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #78 on: January 31, 2017, 07:15:10 am »

Raccoons are starting to make their presence known.  I set out a trap last night to catch one of the vermin.  Placed two jumbo marshmallows in the back of the trap and went to sleep that night with visions of permanently removing said vermin.  Got up this morning to check it out: no bait, door still open.  Raccoons - 1, knobster - 0.

It's a brand new trap so the catch tab might require a little grease or filing to reduce friction.  I'll keep baiting though.

Darn vermin...
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #79 on: January 31, 2017, 07:21:18 am »

maybe anchor the bait with a thin thread to the trip.

make it a little harder to get the bait out with out being in it.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #80 on: February 09, 2017, 11:43:19 am »

Had an interesting talk last night with my SHW.  She, a city girl, is now wishing we could live even further in the boonies and would love to simply 'quarantine' ourselves away from the rest of the country.  This was after she spent a few hours in town running errands and shuttling children around.  She loves the peace and quiet out here!  My hunting buddy and I figured it would take 6 months before she fell in love with the country.  Guess it only took 6 weeks!  ^_^
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #81 on: February 09, 2017, 12:48:13 pm »

  My hunting buddy and I figured it would take 6 months before she fell in love with the country.  Guess it only took 6 weeks!  ^_^

How wonderful for all of you! But take some credit... you picked her. :)
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #82 on: February 09, 2017, 04:43:29 pm »

Raccoons are starting to make their presence known.  I set out a trap last night to catch one of the vermin.  Placed two jumbo marshmallows in the back of the trap and went to sleep that night with visions of permanently removing said vermin.  Got up this morning to check it out: no bait, door still open.  Raccoons - 1, knobster - 0.

It's a brand new trap so the catch tab might require a little grease or filing to reduce friction.  I'll keep baiting though.

Darn vermin...

What brand of trap? If you have trouble with the cage buy some Dog Proof traps and try those.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #83 on: February 14, 2017, 07:38:16 am »

Raccoons are starting to make their presence known.  I set out a trap last night to catch one of the vermin.  Placed two jumbo marshmallows in the back of the trap and went to sleep that night with visions of permanently removing said vermin.  Got up this morning to check it out: no bait, door still open.  Raccoons - 1, knobster - 0.

It's a brand new trap so the catch tab might require a little grease or filing to reduce friction.  I'll keep baiting though.

Darn vermin...

What brand of trap? If you have trouble with the cage buy some Dog Proof traps and try those.
Can't remember which brand but I did pick up a DP trap the other day.  Set it up last night (my gosh that is a stout spring) with some mini marshmallows along a known raccoon highway.  We shall see if any vermin has reached in for a nasty surprise.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #84 on: February 16, 2017, 07:11:01 am »

Raccoons were able to pluck out the mini marshmallows without springing the DP trap so I switched to a handful of dry cat food.  See if that traps the wily vermin.  My gosh these animals are smart...

Was walking the yard yesterday contemplating where to put trees, berries and garden.  I know roughly where the leach field is for the septic system.  Question to ya'll: I assume trees over such an area is a no-no but what about berry plants?  Raspberries and blackberries that come back year after year?
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #85 on: February 16, 2017, 07:29:34 am »

Question to ya'll: I assume trees over such an area is a no-no but what about berry plants?  Raspberries and blackberries that come back year after year?

The problem is that, if you ever need to dig up your leach line... you would lose the bushes.  Plant the bushes at least 5 feet away on either side if the line, if you want, but leave plenty of room for future digging.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #86 on: February 16, 2017, 10:09:44 am »

I suggest asking the septic system installers in your area about what to use as landscaping over the leach field.  Anything with deep roots would be bad.  Most people recommend also against human food crops.  With plenty of space, it is easy to grow food many other places.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #87 on: February 16, 2017, 12:00:24 pm »

I guess the nice thing is that I have a clear shot to my shooting berm while standing over the leach lines.  Keep those lanes open and plant the food elsewhere.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #88 on: February 16, 2017, 08:24:34 pm »

Make sure the bait is under the trigger. You could also try adding a little honey to it. Sticky and hard to get out, keep the coon working the set longer.
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Re: 3 acres and a little more freedom
« Reply #89 on: February 17, 2017, 06:58:53 am »

Make sure the bait is under the trigger. You could also try adding a little honey to it. Sticky and hard to get out, keep the coon working the set longer.

Just looked out this morning.  There is a wily vermin attached to the trap.  Muah hah haaaah!  Cat food worked.  Now the fun begins of shooting the darn thing and disposing of it.  Time to feed the coyotes.
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