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  1. yoderjac

    Sometimes luck beats doing everything right

    I have a buddy who is a great turkey hunter. Much of his hunting has been on a military base that has a prioritized checkout system. His status often made it difficult for him to get a pass in a gun area, so he took up crossbow hunting for turkey and became quite proficient at it. The...
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    Volunteer Buckwheat

    This spring I planted a mix of sunn hemp and buckwheat. The deer jumped on the sunn hump quickly so it was think enough for the buckwheat to dominate this year. The buckwheat was about 3' tall when it flowered and went to seed. In late August, I planted my fall mix. It consisted of WR, CC...
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    Impact of Ammo shortage on New Hunters

    This is youth weekend in VA. I invited a dad with two boys out to the farm yesterday. I put him and they youngest kid in one box blind and I took the older boy to another box blind. The younger boy got to see a turkey up close, but did not see any deer. The older boy and I saw 5 does at...
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    Growing season prescribed burn

    We are in a USDA program and one of the practices is controlled burns. We had to complete one practice this fiscal year. We had hoped to do a growing season burn two small sections totally about 10 acres. We have been watching weather since July. Either conditions were not right or our burn...
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    Rootmaker Questions

    I got a PM from someone that bought some of my old Rootmaker containers (https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/discounted-rootmaker-containers-for-sale.13557/) with some questions about how to use them. I thought it would be better to answer them and any other use questions here so others...
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    Discounted Rootmaker Containers for sale

    As many of you know, I have been growing trees from nuts and seeds in rootmaker containers for many years. For those not familiar, here is one of many of my threads on using them...
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    Crimson Clover

    You've got to love it...at least in my area. I've used it as part of a fall mix for years. WR/CC/PTT and/or GHR is the mix I use. One reason I like it is because it comes back in the spring. Deer use my WR a bit in the very early spring, but it get rank and use tapers off. Turnips often...
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    Culvert Installation

    We have been fording a creek to get to one of our clear cuts. This spring when we were doing fire break prep, I could not get the tractor across it with the disc. The disc hangs enough that the tires just spin going up the steep embankment on the other side. ATVs were able to make it across...
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    Journey to Stop Smoking!

    This thread contains the background information as I started my research: https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/smokeless-powder-muzzleloader.12587/ Now that I made a purchase, I thought I'd start a new thread to document my hands-on experience. Summary: Based on the recommendations from...
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    Burris Oracle X

    These are new, but I think I'm going to try to put one on my Mission Sub-one lite and give it a try. I'll report back when I get my hands on one. I understand they could be available as early as May. I watched a couple videos and it looks promising. I guess I'll be a Guinee pig Anyone have...
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    Brush Transport

    As some of you know, I recently got a welder and am slowly learning to weld: https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/welder-thoughts.12664/. I also soon hope to buy a mini-excavator: https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/mini-excavator.12269/. One of the many tasks I have on my list is...
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    Woods RM990 repair

    Years ago I bought an old Woods 990 heavy duty finish mower. It is configured like a finish mower with a belt and 3 blades, but it is almost as heavy duty as a bushhog. It has been a great implement for me. The belt go around an idler arm that is connected to the frame with a large spring...
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    Dewalt 40v tools

    Does anyone here have any? Thanks, Jack
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    Long distance doe harvesting

    For most of my hunting career, I've been a short range deer hunter. Bow hunting has been my passion. When I was young in PA I used a .30-06 but the places I hunted never offered a shot over 100 yards. When I moved to Northern Virginia, the military base and other areas I hunted were...
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    Welder Thoughts?

    I ended up buggering up the center boom on my 55 gal Fimco sprayer. I tried to order another, but the one they sent was the wrong size. I pulled off the old boom to see if I could somehow make the one they sent work. Not so much. While I had it apart, I decided to try to bend it back so it...
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    Rifle Range Upgrade

    We have a 100 yard sight-in range at the farm. Years ago, we just stacked up tires on posts and filled them with dirt as a backstop. We also built a shooting bench. We have just been leaning pieces of wood against the tiers and stapling targets to them. With so much rain, I could not work...
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    Bow Station

    I'm trying to organize stuff for the eventual move. I grabbed a dolly from Harbor Freight an 4 8' 2x4s and went to work on a bow station. I included the height of the dolly when I built it. I tried to put the bow string at good working height when I'm seated and it is pressed. The other side...
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    Smokeless Powder Muzzleloader

    I'd like to get some opinions from folks who have used a smokeless powder muzzleloader. They are legal in my state. I currently have a TC Encore Pro Hunter Muzzleloader. I recently bought a .300 Win Mag barrel for it...
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    Odd rim/tire issue

    I was working on a new box blind this weekend and used my Kioti DK45 to transport tools and supplies in the loader. When we got ready to leave, we noticed the front tire was flat. Fortunately my wife had driven the ATV out. So, I removed the rim and tire and took it back to the barn on the...
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    Mini Excavator

    There are many tasks at the pine farm where it would be great to have a hoe like maintaining water bars, putting culverts, fixing drainage along roadsides, and more. My wife and I are currently building a 40x64 barn with a small 500' living area in it. We will sell our house when we retire and...
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