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  1. fly

    Trail cam bucks

    Thanks Catrina - The food plot camera is near the entrance to my property so it will not be a problem checking it. The other three I wont check for a while now. Glad you all have some bucks back in the area.
  2. fly "Frank: 48 Illinois - maybe Kentucky October 1 - mid January 19
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    Trail cam bucks

    I've been busy making trails and hanging stands so the woods are full of my scent, and noise. I also walked the property with a forest ranger - placing it in a forest plan for the next 10 years to lower taxes 90% and manage for a (potential) future timber harvest. There doesn't appear to have been a timber harvest in at least the past 20 years (the place is loaded with mature black walnut and oak). We estimated about 30-40K for a timber harvest in 10 years. I''m sure all the activity has spooked a lot of the big deer away. Haven't got those bucks on cam in the last card pull. Plus one of my older Moltries went dead. I bought 2 new panoramic cameras and placed them along with my 5th stand last week. My 1/2 acre food plot is in and off to a great start. I knew all that activity would not be good but the trails wont appear on their own. My hopes are that the food plot draws in the does and by me staying out for the next 3 weeks the does will stay and bring those bucks back in. Then again the turnips might bring in a buck or two come December. The primary trails are all in and now - I just need to create some connectors but that will be after hunting season ends. I must say I am very excited for this season. I'll be loving every minute even if I don't see a mature buck the entire season.
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    Sign Up

    All of you get over to the lounge and sign up for the Deer contest! Looking at you Al!😉
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    Deer Contest

    I'm sure Al would sign up once he hears about it. I'm in and even if William is running it he can still be on a team so that's 5+Al. What about your Katrina William? Can she play this year? I think running 5 on a team is the way to go. That means 10 people for two teams and 15 for 3 teams.
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    Deer Contest

    I know we lost the turkey contest and participation on the deer contest has dwindled but will this be the first year without a deer contest (that I know of) since the beginning of time?
  7. First I've heard of EHD Al. No one has had any die off in IL (east of the St Louis area). Generally EHD is bad in drought years and this past summer was not that. However, the biting bugs were as terrible as they have ever been - wonder if that might be the reason.
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    Kawasaki Mule

    So far so good - it really does well on the creek crossings. It's certainly isn't a speed machine and to be honest isn't much to look at. However, it does exactly what I need it to do and hopefully will do it for many years. Got my clover/mix seed from amazon this week and my field is almost ready for planting. Can't wait to see the results in a couple months. My expectations are not real high given this is the first year.
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    Kawasaki Mule

    Had it out on the trails today. It did what I needed it to do. I had to do a little digging at a couple creek crossings but all in all it worked well. I had a little trouble shifting from Low to reverse when at an idle - I just hit the gas a bit in low and it shifted very easily then. Seems to be normal and common for a lot of utility vehicles from what I found on an ATV forum.
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    Kawasaki Mule

    Yea, the Mule is several thousand cheaper compared to the other side by sides.
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    Kawasaki Mule

    Spent a lot of time researching the options and went with this 2019 Mule 4X4 with Fuel injection and a 5.5 X 10 foot trailer to haul it. Was going to get a Yamaha Kodiak 700 for a sale price of 6500.00 but ultimately went with the mule. Sacrificing the fun factor and paid 1000.00 more for practicality. Test driving it this weekend. Hoping it does well on the hills and creek crossings. Might end up with a small tractor but it will be a couple more years due to space limitations at my current residence. Borrowing my buddies tractor this year to get a fall food plot in.
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    Trail cam bucks

    I hope that changes soon William. If you have the does you’ll have some bucks come November.
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    Trail cam bucks

    I have three cams out and only getting pics of decent bucks on two. Still figuring my new place out. Nice to know there are some shooters in the area.
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    Some of the better pics from our vacation in the RMNP last week.
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    Last June check in

    Painted my chest green Saturday and ran through the city streets punching and stomping stuff while yelling Hulk Smash. Then I let a greased pig loose in the piggy wiggly store and attempted to catch it. Planning to end the month sleeping here in this jail cell. Actually what I really did was so boring I had to come up with something else. Next week will be better though... Headed to Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday for some mountain hiking, boating, and wildlife watching!
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    First Buck Picture

    That or perhaps the settings were off. I’ve done that before. Yep - date is right. Won’t check again for a while to keep my scent out of the woods.
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    First Buck Picture

    Got the first decent pic of a buck on my new place. Thinking this is a 3.5 year old that will grow into an 8 pointer. Can’t wait to see what else shows up over he next couple months.
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    St Louis Blues

    I agree Tim. They won the President's Trophy some years ago and a few years ago they beat Chicago in round one. Those were great years but for whatever reason they never came together in the playoffs. This team reminds me of the 2000 Rams. The Rams went from worst to first in one year. The Blues were dead last in January and look a them now. They played better than the Bruins last night - they deserved that win.
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    St Louis Blues

    Any Hockey fans around? I'm not a die-hard fan but it sure has been fun to watch the St Louis Blues this year. I've never seen them play for the Stanley Cup as it has been 49 years. Last night the Blues won their first ever Cup playoff game evening the series 1-1 with the Boston Bruins. I checked Stub Hub and the cheapest ticket for game 3 in St Louis is going for $800! Think I'll watch it at home. LOL
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    Property Dispute

    Thanks Tim. I met with a lawyer and he said it could go either way if it goes to court. He said that the fence owner has to prove it was placed under hostile conditions and remained as such for 20 years. The original owner is deceased and the land went into a trust fund about 5 years ago. The lawyer is craftign a reply letter to send out. It does take some of the excitement out (but not as much as those biting gnats)! I can't even get out there until they die off. I think they are no-see-ums.
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    My new land has plenty of ticks skeeters and biting gnats of some kind (not black flies - smaller but larger than no-see-ums). I use permetherin to keep the ticks off me. So far I've seen plenty on my pack, boots, hat and clothes but they get off immediately and so far not one tick has embedded in my skin. Deep woods off helps with skeeters but the gnats got me a few days ago. They got inside my bug net and got me on the cheeks, ears, and neck. My face looked like I had been in a fight. I've heard vanilla extract on a neck rag works - will try that next time out.
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    May 17 check-in

    Good luck with the new job Tim! I've been at SIUE for 20 years now so I now what you mean. My daughter's HS graduation party was yesterday and she'll be attending the University of Illinois this fall. By working at a state university for 7+ years my kids can get 1/2 off tuition so I'll likely be at SIUE for at least 4 more years and longer depending on where my son goes next year. Probably by that time I'll just stay there and retire (LOL). We've had the air on for a couple weeks now. Didn't get too many nights of just keeping the windows open this spring as It jumped from cold to hot in about a week.
  23. So sorry to hear about this Joe.