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Preparations

My Handy Man and I were discussing the upcoming deer season. Neither one of us can contain our excitement over the prospect of what may happen next Fall. We are basically two grown children waiting with unabashed glee at the coming of Christmas day. Only, our Christmas starts the last weekend of September which ushers in Fall bow season in Texas. We cannot wait and I can tell you that there are exactly 176 days until bow season is upon us!

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With all the dreams of the upcoming season, there comes the practicality of good planning.  What would we like to accomplish before opening day? How do we plan to accomplish these goals? Where would we like our Deer Management Program to take us? Yes, I capitalized it. It needed an “official name”. It is imperative that it is capitalized.

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The hallmark of any good management program has to be adequate food and water sources. We have 2300 acres of hunting land in South Texas. On that land, we have 9 ponds and multiple stock tanks. The tanks are filled with well water. So drought withstanding, we tend to be able to keep up with the hydration demands of our wildlife.100_5308

We have decided that in addition to the normal spring browse, we will fill our protein feeders a total of five times this year. We have four 1000 pound feeders. That will equate to about 20,000 pounds of protein. Last year, I believe we filled them four times for a total of 16,000 pounds and it really affected the look of our deer. They just seemed to exude health. Their coats were shiny and full, the antler growth was great, and the healthy look was straight across the board from does to fawns to bucks.

In addition to protein, we plan to fill our corn feeders starting in August and ending in February. We have a total of 10 corn feeders on our property. And we generally have to fill them about 4 times each year. Last year, we converted the last 7 of 10 corn feeders to a solar panel so we no longer have to worry about dead batteries. Also at all the corn feeders, we plan to put out mineral/salt licks to ensure that the deer get a good amount of minerals as well. 100_5595

Last year, we built two permanent bow blinds. Well, one of them was a kid’s fort turned into a gun stand turned into a bow blind. There was this tornado. Long story. Anyway, we recycle. More on that in a later post.

They are double bow box blinds because My Handy Man and I like to hunt together and film each other’s hunts. And let me just say that I have mad filming skills. Just kidding, I do not. I am terrible. I am inept when it comes to electronics and I will say that gracefulness is not my strong suit either. It amazes me that My Handy Man lets me near him with weapons. One of my goals this year, besides not falling and breaking anything, is to become more proficient with the camera and to do a good job filming his hunts. He does a wonderful job filming mine, it is only right to return the favor!photo

Back to the blinds and the ones we built last year, one of them is for a north wind and one is for a south wind. We did not put metal roofs on them and we have decided that this is a must for where we hunt, so we will be doing that to both old blinds and new alike. This year our plan is to build two more permanent bow blinds. We will probably build them one north and one south again and cozy enough for two bow hunters. That is how we like it. 20140926_135948

We have been talking about picking up two pop-up blinds and setting them off the beaten path. We would like to get a couple more game cameras and set them off in the woods somewhere. The idea of getting the cameras that send pictures directly to your phone really appeals to us. And the wallet keeps getting skinnier. We will see.

Last year, we also built a two person rifle stand. We built it ten feet off the ground and it is very nice as well. I do not think we will be building any rifle stands this year. Neither of us really likes to rifle hunt. Our son does like hunting hogs that way though. So we may build more yet. Plus there are a couple of guys on our property that like to hunt the rifle stands.IMG_0394

I will say that I do like the comfort of rifle stands especially when it is cold outside. The problem is that I fall asleep in a rifle stand when I am all warm and snuggled up to My Handy Man. I cannot help it and I cannot change it. Plus, I don’t really want to. It is how God made me. So I better stick to the cold bow blinds. I have talked to a lot of female hunters and it seems that being cold is a common problem. I am always looking for ways to get warmer. Maybe I can get a Heater Body Suit. Yes I think that is what I will do. Alas, the wallet gets lighter.

I would be interested in hearing about other’s plans for the upcoming hunting season.

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To Buy Or To Build?

A simple life….. that is what we are reaching for. In the past couple of weeks, My Handy Man and I have been kicking around the idea of building a small, plain apartment/house on this property where we have the opportunity to start our homesteading adventure. We will spend the next 4-5 years on this land before we are ready to buy our own place. Any improvements to be made here will stay behind, but it will get us started and actually be a help to the landowners anyway.  farm

In looking to buy a used mobile home, we have figured it to cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000-$20,000 once we add in the delivery and set up fees. Then, we will need an electrician to sign off and an air conditioning guy for AC along with a plumber to hook up septic to add to that cost. Then after all that, we have to hope that there is no major damage to the used home either before it is moved, during the time it is being transported, or while it is being set up. That is the risk one runs when buying something used with no warranty.

On the flip side of this is the idea that we can build a small dwelling for approximately the same amount of money. We are thinking of an industrial style building with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Nothing particularly fancy, maybe an open concept living and kitchen area with only the bedrooms and bathroom being closed off for privacy. We may even use R-panel for siding along with other up-cycled things to help us out. My Handy Man is a whiz at finding such things and I am a quick study if need be. kitchen

A lot of the work that goes into building houses can be done by my husband, with me as his trusty sidekick of course. He can do pretty much anything except wire the house for electricity. This is how he earned the loving moniker “My Handy Man.”

Ours has never been a marriage where we call people in to repair things in our home. That job has always fallen to my amazing spouse, lucky man that he is! What is more, he has never failed me in getting whatever needed doing done.

My Handy Man is in the medical field now, but for years he ran his own construction/remodeling company. He knows how to do things. And best of all, he is good at doing them. Not average good, but a true artist at taking a pile of wood and screws, or whatever medium he happens to be working with and turning it into a beautiful, functional creation. So, I have no doubt that he can build us a nice little place completely suited to our needs. He also happens to have many friends and family with the skills to help us should we decide to go this route. carpenter

So, the idea of building instead of buying really has some pull with us. The landowners are fine with whichever route we take, so it just comes down to us making a decision on what we want to do. In later posts, after we decide which course to take I will lay out the plan in more detail. I just wanted to throw this out there and see if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on the idea?

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