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  1. Swamp_Yankee

    Permit season prep

    It's all swamp-I'm not sure I could get anything like that to grow. All that seems to grow back there is gnarly oaks and cat briars. At the very least I'll have some interesting pictures-I have my camera trained on the bait tree Check out my custom camo paint job:
  2. Swamp_Yankee

    Permit season prep

    I hunt my own property which is a small piece (2 acres) in the middle of two very large (100+ acres) farms. My stand is in a swampy woodlot in the back of the property, so I need to give the deer a reason to come through: Dollar store peanut butter feeder PVC corn feeder I caught the dollar store peanut butter idea on Youtube. The PVC feeder is nothing special but at the very least it should keep me from feeding every tree rat and trash panda in the neighborhood. I see a lot of guys putting them together with glue, but instead I used three drywall screws at each joint. I figure why glue it if I don't need it to be water tight-the screws will allow me to take it apart if I ever need/want to. I also used thinwall drainpipe instead of Schedule 40-a 10' length of pipe, wye, and two caps was only about $15. I did a quick volume calculation and it should hold about 15lbs of corn (4' of pipe) which doesn't sound like a lot, but it should last a lot longer in the feeder.
  3. Swamp_Yankee

    Permanent elevated blind

    This is what happens when your kid wakes you up at 3:00 a.m. and you can't go back to sleep: 30 two string bales, some rebar to stake them, a few pieces of lumber for support, and 3 pieces of tin for the roof. Pallets overlaid with some OSB would make a nice insulated floor to get off of the cold ground. Of course, you could easily build this on a raised platform at a height of your choosing altogether.
  4. Swamp_Yankee

    Permanent elevated blind

  5. Swamp_Yankee

    Permanent elevated blind

    Great ideas-keep 'em coming! This is interesting-especially since my neighbor is a hay farmer: I would actually just stack the bales up on the sides and use tin for the roof. Would be plenty warm for sure! A two string haybale is about R-30.
  6. Swamp_Yankee

    12/8/18 Six Day Check In

    House or blind?
  7. Swamp_Yankee

    12/8/18 Six Day Check In

    Same yearling hanging around that fell asleep under my stand Tuesday. First shots heard to the southeast.
  8. Swamp_Yankee

    12/8/18 Six Day Check In

    In stand since 5:30 - very quiet and still in 7.
  9. Swamp_Yankee

    Permanent elevated blind

    This is my first year hunting my property, which is a swampy area on the edge of a field. Right now I'm hunting out of a climber so that I can change it up and try a few different spots. Once I find the best spot based on travel patterns, winds, etc...I want to put in some kind of permanent stand. The thread about boots and gloves got me thinking about some kind of elevated blind since I have the luxury of putting up something permanent. Obviously putting up a built stand is not rocket science, but putting one up that's going to last requires more than just nailing stuff to a tree. As it turns out, there is a whole industry built around this stuff as commercially built treehouses (used as camping cabins, vacation houses, etc...) are all the rage these days. There are special bolt anchors, etc...that will allow the structure to move a bit as the tree grows, and will negate the tendency of the tree to "compartmentalize" or sacrifice parts of itself that become damaged as a result of a bunch of nails or screws being pounded into it. They're pretty pricey though. Another cheaper method is to put eyebolts into the tree and suspending the floor of whatever you're building from laminated steel cable. Might make for an interesting spring project. Essentially I'm looking to build a small "treehouse" that will serve as a blind/way to keep heat in and wind off that would be just big enough for me and one of my kids. I'll also be able to clearly see it from our pond, so I'd like it to not look like crap either. Post some pictures (inside and out) of your elevated blinds whether they're in trees or not. I could use some ideas.
  10. Swamp_Yankee

    12/6/18 6 day checkin

    Too behind at work from taking off all day Monday and Tuesday afternoon, plus I must have twisted weird using my climber. Couldn't sleep last night because of back pain-went to the chiro this morning and will probably go back for another crack tonight. Sitting all day Saturday if it kills me!
  11. Swamp_Yankee

    Boots, socks, and gloves for the stand

    I should say its not the cold that gets me, its the sitting still. I work outside in the same weather doing chores around the property all day long in relatively light clothes, boots, and don't ever wear gloves. However, once I'm sitting basically motionless in the stand for an hour and a half/two hours its a different story.
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    Boots, socks, and gloves for the stand

    I only hunt my own property, so I've considered a treehouse/box blind of some type. Certainly would help a lot just on windy days alone, and would make it easier to take my daughter along.
  13. As we move into the colder weather, what are you using to keep your fingers and toes from falling off? Boots (type, insulation, etc...), socks (material, weight, etc...), and gloves...I need to invest in new equipment and could use some ideas.
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    12/04/18 6-day Firearm Check In

    Fawn that came in last night sat and munched pumpkins until he decided he was full and decided to bed down at the base of my stand... I just about landed on him I climbed down-I guess he was comfortable
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    12/04/18 6-day Firearm Check In

    Sunset has them moving finally