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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Bones741, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Bones741

    Bones741 Member

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    Well its going to be beautiful out today and the season opens oct1. My brother and I sponsored our neighbor to join our club last month. He had lost his long time hunting spot last year which resulted in a real rough public land season. My father and brother bagged deer so i gave him my deer to make sure he had some meat last year. There are 22 member in this club who lease 1200 acres. Access to 1200 acres for 150 bucks a year? Cant go wrong IMO.

    Anyways. My neighbor has a very sporadic work schedule and has today off. He hasnt been up to the property yet,so decided to take the day off from work today and bring him up there and help him find a spot,and show him around, and hang up another stand for myself. Going to be a good day!
     
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  2. Armored farmer

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    My son and I spent some time Sunday afternoon hanging a new standard and checking cameras on our property.
    Looking forward to October 1st like it is Christmas.
     
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  3. Bones741

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    HEY! That tractor is the wrong color! But maybe im biased my father and i work on them green ones for a living!

    J/k im with you cant wait for this season! Good luck!
     
  4. Armored farmer

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    That's odd...
    I didn't think you needed to work on Green ones ??

    ...there must be a secret repair shop in Upstate NY ,...lol
    Good luck to you as well!
     
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  5. Bones741

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    Well my neighbor seem really excited about the property. Walked a few miles loop through the place. Located the tree I found last year (or was it the year before??) that I wanted to put a stand in, and holy crap! The amount of growth of the brush and saplings this year is UNREAL. It's been a very wet summer. All he clearing have become incredibly thick. To the point where a 40 yard shot is far . Pretty impressive. But I guess that's what happens to logging tracks and clear after about 5 years. But come the frost when the ferns droop and leaves drop,we should be in better shape. Still alot of potential spots though,just need to get back out there. Here are some pics of "far shots" without any saplings that I snagged on Saturday. Didn't think to take some pics of the thick stuff today.
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  6. BigBore44

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    A good brush hog or DR Field and brush mower, a box blade, Lyme, a disk, and some sugar beets is what that strip needs.
     
  7. Bones741

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    Sure does! Except its a lease so cant do anything to it,wish i could! Now what you cant see is the skidder ruts and tree tops laying in them ferns. Makes for some interesting walking!
     
  8. Mr. Hill

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    Yup we've had a lot of rain in Colorado, too. Everything is very green here.

    That's a lotta brush! You'd almost have to use a stand to even see them.
     
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  9. Bones741

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    Not a very good pic, but checked the cam yesterday and got this. Did reposition the cam afterwords. This is the buck I had in my sights (bow) last year. He was at about 55-60 yards,a little further than I was comfortable shooting. We spotted him multiple times during bow,but not at all during rifle. We heard some one down the road shot a huge (body,nice rack) 8 pter so we figured they got him. But nope!old guy is still around! He is easily a 250lb deer. My hunting just motivation went from a 10/10 to a 15! There is a younger 8pt running around the same swamp too. Both bounce around mine,my brothers and father's stands. Hopefully one of us bags him this year!
     
  10. Captcurt

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    I hope all of the club members don't hunt at the same time. 22 members on 1200 acres equals about 55 acres per member. Plus , I hope that don't all pick the same area/tree. Might get a little crowded.
     
  11. Bones741

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    I usually see a father and a son while we are hunting. And occasionally two other members ,but they hunt way back and use atvs. Other than those guys we run into maybe 1-2 other members. Rest of the guys stay on the west side of the property. My father brother and i are the only ones down in the hemlock swamp. There are a few members who only come out opening day or are in the club because it surrounds their property so they joined up. So it works out pretty well.
     
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    We had a 400 acre lease for 4 of us and only 2 of us hunted it. What really made it nice was it had government land on 3 sides of it, probably around 1600 acres, that was only accessible by boat. You could hunt all day and never see another person. I have had a couple of other places that were only hunted on opening weekend. Go in the middle of the week and you had it all to yourself.
     
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