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Old 04-06-2015, 11:54 AM
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Default Couldn't go fishing....

So went to the farm to disc a field to plant this weekend...nothing crazy, but made a sharp turn and broke the bead on a front tire. Pops took tire to local shop and I made the best by changing oil, filters, greasing and drinking a few beers.

Luckily, the rain held off and got about an acre disced up. Will spray next weekend and plant shortly after. As usual, we are a little behind the curve...hoping to fish a weekend very soon, but either way, got lots of work to do elsewhere :/

Oh, and Wal Mart has Rotella T6 on sale and a rebate...works out to about $15/gallon.

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Kinda excited about these...Fuji apple blossoms. Have some other apples/pears out that haven't flowered yet, so not sure if they will ever bare fruit this far south, but these guys give me hope!

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:27 AM
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Figured we all can't fish every weekend, so I may keep this thread going updating progress with the non-boating life we live.

Started back on this project last week...

Built this a few years back (originally started out to be a simple...and cheap...pole shed to house equipment and allow us to hang out under).

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I guess my dad figured he wasn't getting any younger and some money was burning a hole in his pocket. Held off on utilizing as pole shed with intent to enclose into a small house on our property (about 100 acres or so).

Guys started Wednesday, the 22nd and finished to where it is on Sunday, the 26th. Slab was poured the week or 2 before after plumbing was roughed in. Went with a batten on board style out of hardi-plank.

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Loft above the 2 bedrooms
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Looking down into kitchen/living area. Will be a 50" wood burning fireplace and planning to stain the concrete a light brown if we can find something we like.

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After recovering from the cost of this, planning to add lean-tos on each side...about 14' long. One side will be porch/chillin and grillin area and the otherside will be peagravel/slag for keeping tractor and ATVs.

Crazy thing is my dad worked all his life to live on the water (they are on ICW now) and he is now spending his weekends in the woods. When I'm not fishing, I'm usually out there with my 67 year old father, who is probably in better shape than myself, "tinkering" on the land.
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Looks like a good setup.
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Thanks...

Talked to farmer that is leasing a field next to our property and right beside a 1 acre field we have prepped to plant sunflower and he is planting corn. Hoping to be able to sit for a few doves later this year.

Still have about 6-8 acres we need to finish clearing (have timbered, but stumps and gums coming up like crazy) to plant a larger dove field, but need to find the right guy at the right price for the job.
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How many acres/where is your place? Those sunflowers will pile them in.
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all land is a little over 100 acres (I want to say 106) near Walterboro, SC. Most is planted pines (fairly young) with the higher part being where the cleared fields and house are as it gets lower towards back of property. We have planted about 10 live oaks (all 12-15' tall), 25 or so Dunstan chestnuts, a bunch of sawtooth oaks, pecans and various fruit trees so will be about 10 more years before the nut trees start producing in good quantity.

I'm worried the deer will eat the sunflowers before they can seed out, but if that happens, will probably plant sorghum/millet and hope for the best come dove time. There are feeders out now keeping the dove/turkey pretty happy. I used to hunt a lot as a kid 15-20 years ago, but have not been in a loooooong time.
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Lookin good.. real good!
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Originally Posted by JeffSpencer View Post
Lookin good.. real good!
Thanks...

I'm sitting at work waiting for the Friday beer drinkers to head out so I can sneak out behind them so I searched through my FB and picked a few pics out...About 6 or so years ago, we got a bit more serious about doing stuff out here and one day, before we die, we swear we are going to go and relax while sippin' on a few cold beer and not lifting a wrench, log, shovel, whatever...Either way, it's a good way to kill time and actually enjoy the fruits of your labor.

These pics range from the beginning of the process on up...

After we had about 10 acres timbered...had a few piles of slash/roots left.

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Struck a match to them...

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Road the timber guy cut for us for free (nice, old fella)...about only road we have so far going to back part of property and only to one corner

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This is part of the lower land back there...hang a left off of the above road. Would love to eventually do a pond back there.

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My dad found a connection for 4-6" caliper live/cathedral oaks for $50 each. Thinking about it, we may have about 14-15 we have planted out there. Have replaced one or 2 that died on us. This is trailer loaded with 4 of them...

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Planting them...only made the mistake of forgetting to take the synthetic bucket off rootball twice Had to pull back up and cut off and replace. Have run drip irrigation to all of the oaks.

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Planting chestnuts...had 2 this year have some sort of Asian beetle infestation, but have cut down and burned those affected. About 20+ of these are planted around perimeter of the 6-8 acre field we plan on clearing for a field in another year. Powerline runs about 75 yards down one edge so the dove will have a place to sit

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Blackberries I have planted...only the Kiowa seemed to survive so I ordered more. Have 5 established out there now and another 20 at my house in buckets waiting until winter. Also have some more pecans/figs to put out this weekend, too.



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Just think of the possibilities of this place if we actually knew what the hell we were doing I'm just thankful I have a dad that is still very active and loves the same things I do. Will be out there again tomorrow since the wind is going to blow.
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Very cool spending time with your Dad, investing in your land. We live in Francis Marion and I feel your pain with planting stuff and killing them. Not sure why black berries I've planted on our property have never flourished ??? Buy a track hoe and dig your pond and I will lease it from you to dig one on my land Tight lines Rob
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Very nice. Your place is looking good.
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I bought the blackberries from Ison's out of GA. They are upright and I think I have the pruning thing down. Hoping the 20 I have at the house all make it, but I think the ones at the farm have some sprouts I could dig up and transplant if necessary.
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Apparently, we should have fished today, but nobody paid attention to the forecast. I think everyone looked at sailflow Fri/Sat and figured no need to look again until Tues/Wed.

Anyways, since wind was blowing, I finally got around to planting about an acre of sunflowers. Here's to hoping we can keep the deer out of the field

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While I was pickin' these and runnin' off snakes...
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Pops was busy building a nice perch for come crows to come sit on...
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Enjoy your time with your Dad . . . life is short . . . make memories to share over beer with your future grandkids
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Really coming along nicely. When is the dove shoot?
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Originally Posted by auguste View Post
Enjoy your time with your Dad . . . life is short . . . make memories to share over beer with your future grandkids
It's really a blast hanging out with my dad...this may sound cliché, but he's probably the coolest guy I know.




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Really coming along nicely. When is the dove shoot?
May end up being more of a dove "sit," but hoping sometime in September...or when I can bushhog something that grows lots of seeds!

If the sunflower doesn't make it, I will probably go buy a big bag of cheap bird seed and broadcast it (assuming we can't find sorghum/millet at supply store.
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Well, my dad went up to check things out yesterday and it looks like the sunflower has come up and not been bothered yet. Hoping to put the PlotSaver out this weekend (and the deer don't eat it all before then) and that it actually works.

My dad said he put out some leftover sunflower and old peas/beans we had in another little strip plot and by the time he was leaving, about a dozen turkey were in it scratching around...lol

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Great thread, what started out as a pic of a flat tractor tire has turned into some great pic's and comments.

Ditto what others have said about spending time with your Dad.............. lost my Dad/best friend several years ago. Cherish all your time together.

I want to be the first THT member to offer you my services (night vision, thermal imagery, silenced .300BO and other toy's) when the hog's show up and they will.

Thanks for posting.
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Originally Posted by Huntersun View Post
Great thread, what started out as a pic of a flat tractor tire has turned into some great pic's and comments.

Ditto what others have said about spending time with your Dad.............. lost my Dad/best friend several years ago. Cherish all your time together.

I want to be the first THT member to offer you my services (night vision, thermal imagery, silenced .300BO and other toy's) when the hog's show up and they will.

Thanks for posting.
Will have to try to put a little get together sometime once this thing is complete! As for hogs, there used to be some out there, but have not seen any in past 10-15 years. I would imagine if we keep planting stuff, they will eventually come (fortunately/unfortunately).

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