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Off-season Projects #8542793 02/27/22 02:00 PM
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Let's hear what some of your off-season projects may be. I'll kick it off: reinforcing blind floor with new plywood, swapping out swivel plate on one tripod blind, switching out 1-2 feeder motors, enlarging feeder pen/s, clearing out some brush from shooting/viewing sight lines. What are some of yours'?

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Well, the generator needs fixing, but I’ll hire that out. Fences were fixed a few months ago. I need to clean and wash the fishing boat, because fishing sounds good to me right now. I have to make 5 wooden stools for graduating senior tennis players, and one wooden baby rattle for a brother’s newest grandchild.

Need to split a bunch of wood to refill a depleted wood rack.

Deer blinds and feeders are all good. Game cameras are working properly. No ribs showing on deer on our place.

Happily, I have no big jobs staring me in the face, so fishing and camping are gonna happen soon.


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Moving stands and feeders due to getting informed that the Timber Cutters are coming back to finish clear cutting our hunting place.
Going to have to head farther from our parking area into the areas that were cut several years ago. Can't complain too much, we get to hunt it for free and it is close to home. Making me think about getting one of those electric bikes as we can't drive in.

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Expanding feeder pen, adding cotton seed cages, adding another game camera or two, maybe adding a tripod, and reinforcing the blind floor.

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I'm planning a serious upgrade to my work-shop/man-cave. Clean up & clean out a lot of stuff.

If I can get powder I hope to develop & tune up some loads for several rifles that covid slowed my progress on.

I plan to swage a bucket full of 62 gr .224 RF jacketed bullets.

I need to replace my sprinkler pump that pumps water from the lake (damn zebra mussels!)

Need to move my gun safe (I'll need major help).

Plan a garage sale or two (wife & I both hate doing these).

more....

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A long time member of the lease retired so I got the opportunity to “move up” to his spot.

He hadn’t done anything in a long while to his shooting area so I have a lot of brush clearing to do. Bought his old blind from him too, a 4x8 that is in dire need of a rebuild. The frame is tubular steel so the “bones” are good, I think I will try using Smartsiding on the skin.

The feed pen needs cleaning out and maybe enlarging and the cabin/bunk house I stay in can always use an improvement or two.

And as always, doing load development for my rifles even though I have pretty good and proven loads. Always on the lookout for that perfect load…..plus it gives me an excuse to go to the range.

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At the family place, the never ending battle against mesquite and cactus continue.

At the lease, not much. Fingers crossed, but not much. I need to get a few hours behind a chainsaw before it gets too hot and keeping the feeders feeding.


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Continuing the endless battle against the local hog population.


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Some clearing of a shooting lane and trimming roads and killing pigs, coons, and coyotes. Thankfully, I now have all the time in the world to do it or to not do it.


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Burn recently cleared cedar piles, work on two new water stations, repair two leaky pipe joints, remove an old deer blind now that a new one has taken its place, continue to shoot the trad bows and get more proficent.


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Already done one, cleaned out and enlarged a pond. Also adding a little more game fence in March.


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Originally Posted by Stompy
Already done one, cleaned out and enlarged a pond. Also adding a little more game fence in March.

You are already ahead of the rest of us. Do you have any pictures of your finished pond? The last set of pictures were looking good.

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Biggest thing I have to do is decide if I’m staying on this lease, would prefer to find another lease, or may give up leases altogether and focus mainly on pigs and coyotes and start going on guided hunts.


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Buy a new place, sold mine last month after we've been pushed out by concrete plants. Times are crazy now hope things settle down soon. Holding tight for now.

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Swapping out a couple of spinner motors on two feeders. Found a place to buy All Seasons Feeders motors with eliminator plates cheaper than buying them straight from All Season's on line. Also going to replace another couple of feeders spinner plates with eliminator plates- tired of the coons and squirrels getting fat while my wallet gets thin.

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Kill pigs. Finalize "Supermax" my newest creation pig corral trap. Hopefully it's my pièce de résistance! Replace the trigger cable on a box trap that a .41 Rem pass-though shot severed. bang

Currently "supervising" contractors replacing some ancient property line fence and another putting in a new well for wildlife in the south part of the ranch.

Try to thin the resident axis population.


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Originally Posted by Old Rabbit
Originally Posted by Stompy
Already done one, cleaned out and enlarged a pond. Also adding a little more game fence in March.

You are already ahead of the rest of us. Do you have any pictures of your finished pond? The last set of pictures were looking good.

I do not, but I'll get some the next time I'm on that side of the ranch.


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Hopefully getting more of my fence built around my land so I will never see another hog or coyote again. My biggest issue is inflation and the struggle with finding materials. Either fencing has become very popular, or they are not making it in the factories to keep the stores stocked.

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food plot prep for the birds and the deer.


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Add couple blinds on property, replace a feeder, add 2-3 water stations. Start clearing some of the fence line on one side of the property that has not been cleared. Add game hoist, maybe add outdoor shower to the ranch house. Outside of that shoot some pigs, get some axis meat, and try to get some raccoon traps to reduce their numbers.


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Originally Posted by Fltmedic
Add couple blinds on property, replace a feeder, add 2-3 water stations. Start clearing some of the fence line on one side of the property that has not been cleared. Add game hoist, maybe add outdoor shower to the ranch house. Outside of that shoot some pigs, get some axis meat, and try to get some raccoon traps to reduce their numbers.

That is a healthy list right there!

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Moving a blind sometime this spring. Also adding a new spot or two.

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The only thing we planned for the lease was building some heavier duty cottonseed feeders. The elk can be absolute hell on regular baskets!
We got a couple of them done. The taller holds 1k lbs and the shorter one on the trailer holds about 800.

sure hope they don't mangle these all up to!

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Looks great

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Originally Posted by Txhunter65
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Add couple blinds on property, replace a feeder, add 2-3 water stations. Start clearing some of the fence line on one side of the property that has not been cleared. Add game hoist, maybe add outdoor shower to the ranch house. Outside of that shoot some pigs, get some axis meat, and try to get some raccoon traps to reduce their numbers.

That is a healthy list right there!


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