What do you call 2,000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?
Everbody knows that one, a GOOD START.
Well, a GOOD START is what Craig M gave us this weekend, bagging a really nice buck in #28 food plot on Hill Rd. Yesterday evening Craig and I were the only ones hunting. Of course, I saw nothing but a turkey egg sucking raccoon, but Craig was bow hunting one of the food plots that he and Brian planted for early season plots, when this deer walked out.
The deer pulled the scales down to 235 lbs. The inside spread was 18.5, beams were 21+. As you can see the deer had lots of “trash” which we all like. The points were 9 typical type points and 11 using the >1 inch count.
Congratulations to Craig on getting our GOOD YEAR started off with a GOOD START.
Way to go Craig and thanks for the venison!
Also, Jeff planted three more plots, #2, camp and first plot on Pine Log. Here’s an updated list of planted plots.
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Saturday’s planting day was long. Could have used some more help. The following is a list of the fields planted. Five were planted early and the lack of rain is putting these early plots in jeopardy. We may have to go back and reseed them with just a winter crop with the extra seed we had left over. Craig did spread some fresh “early season” seed on some of the early plots. We have our fingers crossed that some rain may move in on Thursday to hopefully save our early plots and get Saturday’s planting started. I don’t normally want to hear thunder but a little thunder would be a good sound right now.
Out of a total of 13.19 acres of open or “plantable” area, we have planted 9.2 acres. We have ten bags of oats/wheat in the cabinet on standby.
The fish fry was a blast. It was a little warm but not bad. Special thanks to Jeff Eady for providing the fish cooking. It was delicious, cooked just like I like it and the saltiness was just right.
Jeff even baked this cake for us 😉
There was quite a spread. There was plenty of fish, so much in fact, that we all took some home. The “nanner puddin'” was my favorite dessert.
We took the opportunity to give Charles a plaque to demonstrate our appreciation for all the work he has done in the past. Charles, your efforts and those of your predecessors got us to this point. Starting way back, from the end of WWII to today. Enjoy your retirement Charles, we’ll take it from here!
First, planting plans:
- Jeff is bringing his tractor down with a spreader.
- Craig is bringing his four wheeler spreader.
- Boo will not be there this weekend but he said he knows of only two plots on cable that need to be prepped for planting.
- Boo left his disk down there and also dropped off a home-brew harrow or “drag” made out of bed springs for seed covering.
- I think at least one other person is planning on bringing a four wheeler drag.
- We have purchased 18 bags of wheat and 18 bags of oats. We have approximately 8.5 acres to plant, we used the high end of 100 lbs per acre planting rate and then we added a couple of bags for insurance.
I prepared a worksheet which shows how much to plant on each field in 1/4 bag increments here: planting2016
Now, fish fry!
Jeff is picking up the fish and other supplies for the fish fry Sunday afternoon. We set the time for 1:30 buts its always a “wait and see” when most everyone is there, we start.
Please bring a dish if you would like. Heck those dishes are usually the best part. Please bring some comfortable outdoor folding chairs and if you have a small folding table you can bring, it would be appreciated. I am sure Jeff is picking up some beverages, tea etc. but if you have a flavor or prefer diet drinks, you might consider bringing some. Also a little clean ice for drinks.
For Saturday, if someone can bring a weed-eater and trim the grass in the area by the skinning shed that would be great as well as we need some volunteers to pick up sticks and move that old dog box out of the way. Since Jeff will setup up to fry the fish under the skinning shed, if someone could pull those stands out and sweep or blow it out that would be great too.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Just a quick update. Boo worked the last few days with his tractor along with his “tractor assistants” Marc and Pink. I am very pleased to say that the fields are not only bushhogged but most of them are tilled and ready for planting. I went to the camp yesterday afternoon and everything we had intended to plant on river road was already tilled up and ready to plant. Looked good. I talked to Boo by phone, our connection was bad so I didn’t get everything but he did say that had tilled the two remaining “big” Creek Road fields. Apparently only a couple of fields on Cable need to be bushhogged before planting. Thanks to Boo’s immense effort we have mostly just planting to do on Saturday. Thanks to everyone that has contributed, of course. Great work everyone.
Apparently the deer are pretty anxious for us to plant because it was mid-day when I went down and though Marc and Pink had only recently signed out, I saw six deer on the camp.
The fish fry is planned for around 1:30 on Sunday. I was getting a head count for Jeff to buy fish and groceries and I had a confirmed head count of 22, without Jeff’s count or hearing from James, so there should be a good crowd.
I was interested in knowing if anyone else is planning on bringing equipment. We need a spreader and apparently Boo has one which would be good for the big fields. Also Craig has a four wheeler spreader which would be great for the small fields. There are of course some fields we hadn’t planned on planting but we may well be able to plant more if we have equipment.
Although we had talked about not using any fertilizer, Boo suggested we get a buggy of fertilizer from the co-op in Port Gibson. It can be pulled by truck to the camp. It would run us around $400. Let me hear back from anyone interested in helping us get a buggy of fertilizer.
Jeff brought Charles’ tractor down Sunday with Charles and they bush hogged most of the fields. I got to sit down and talk with Charles for a little while Jeff was on the tractor. I took the opportunity to tell him how much his work over the years is appreciated. He and his tractor are still doing a great job for the camp.
Early food plots have done well, considering the lack of rain. They need some rain on them bad. Brian Roberts sent this photo of the bottom field which he hunted Saturday. I placed a “Southern Food Plot Manual” in the glass cabinet that Will Harrison made for us. It has excellent information on southern food plots.
Our biologist sent this letter to us as a final reminder about baiting. A new copy of the ATCO club policies was included with paragraphs 13 and 14 circled and starred. It has been placed in the page with all other ATCO notices and a copy will be kept in the little glass cabinet that Will made years ago, along with a copy of the bylaws I have printed. Please note the reference to ATCO club policies, DO NOT BAIT, it will mean the end of our lease!
Also, Jeff brought down a saw and some other equipment, but we seem to be missing the jaw bone extractor and the spreader. Not sure if we need to purchase something to replace. Let me know if you have any information or a suggestion.