Geewiz! How are your food plots doing or not doing. Have you planted yet?
No rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future! This stinks!
Hello, and I hope someone out there can help me with this question.
I own a small piece of property that I deer hunt on. There is a powerline and servitude that cuts across my property. The powerline company is going to install another line and they say they are going to purchase another 50-60 feet of servitude.
They pay fair market value for the land to acquire the servitude.
Does anyone have any idea how much this will be on a per acre basis? How is the timber value reflected in this acquisition?
I have mature mixed hardwood and they are going to degrade the rest of my properties value with this expansion. Is any of that taken into account?
ANY info would be appreciated.
Property is in rural Mississippi.
If you hunt anywhere close to Natchez you better get in the woods every chance you get the next three weeks. Scrapes are popping up and the bucks are harrasing the does just a little. Should be ramping up real soon.
This will be a first for me, unless my eyes are playing tricks on me. Does this picture look like it is of a goat? Never seen one in the woods before at this spot and I have hunted there for decades.
Yesterday was opening day of bow season at my land in Mississippi. Made the drive up early. Saw nothing on the hwy the entire drive up (2hrs)... until I turned on to the gravel road leading to my place. Saw six (4,1,1) deer on that last mile in!
Did I kill anything? Nope. Didn't even bring my bow. Did all the work I was suppose to do a week ago when I was sick. It was a good trip I think. Swapped out windows on the camp/shooting house with my new and improved windows. Have them hanging from the inside. Swing up and hook to open. Quiet and quick.
Sealed up the door to the place a bit. I think the sealing up is now about as good as it is going to get.
Took a too dull machete to the trails to my motel 6. Spiders every freaking where. I don't see how there are any insects alive in Jefferson County. Come to think of it, I didn't have problems with horse flys and deer flys.
Tried to swap cards on my trail cam near motel 6. oops wrong card. Fits the old trail cam, not my new one.
Anyway I brought it all home and had a bunch of pictures. But only one buck on the entire card. A small 4 point.
Did have a couple of coyote pics, rabbits, dillos, fox, coons, a turkey and a bobcat.
Not a lot of picture each day. Averaged around 3 per 24 hours. But deer can move either side of the camera without being seen so that spot is still going to be pretty good. With a rifle I will be able to shoot in areas not even near that camera.
Stocked up a little on food and drink in Motel 6 so I won't have to carry that stuff in during hunting season.
Moved some ladder steps from one spot to another. All I need to do is hang the lock on when I want to hunt it and it will be set for the season there.
Did a few other things and made the long drive home.
The rut is happening now in SW Mississippi. Saw four bucks yesterday. Two where harrassing does.
Merry Christmas! Hope everything is well with you and your family.
Well late posting but better late than never. Deer were moving Sunday. I saw a few deer in the morning. 6 does and yearlings if I remember right.
And in the evening I lost an exact count. Must have been around 25 with only a few of those probably seen twice.
Saw a spike and three dogs and the last second the last group of five had an eight point with them. But of course they were the a good ways off and it was cold and I had been on stand for hours.
So I got the buck in the scope at about 250 yards but he was facing me. I watched them slowly meander closer by about 50 yards max.
I wasn't feeling real good about the wobbling and not wounding the buck. Once I actually had a good broadside shot and was slowly squeezing down on the trigger. But realized there was a doe about 5-10 yards behind him and I would hit her too. So I held up. He then proceeded to meander out of view.
Very eventful hunt. I am not use to seeing that many deer. I usually see a few but over 20 in an evening! Been a while since that has happened.
Anyway I think the buck was an eight point I have a bunch of pictures of. So he is all over that area and I expect to get another opportunity if he isn't shot by someone else first.
He is a young deer and if I had any restraint I would let him walk. But Unless another buck goes down to my gun first I ain't letting him pass. I am weak.
One of the does looked like she was in heat with tail up. But when her group and the bucks group met up he didn't just start chasing her so that has me a bit confused.
Rut is usually 1 month away from starting where I hunt.
Two new bucks on camera. One is a young ratty 5 and the other is a big eight. I continue to get a bunch of pictures of a young eight and he even showed up once during evening shooting hours.
Little 5 will get a pass. Hope the big eight shows up first because I am not likely to pass on the smaller 8 point if he is the first buck I see. I am just not the disciplined.
Shot a doe with my bow! Woohoo! Was a pretty good morning. Saturday morning. Jumped up 2-3 deer at my stand on the way in in the morning. About an hour later I see a baby bobcat. Squirrels went nuts barking at it.
About 9 in comes a doe from the north and a yearling from the West southwest. I guess they were a pair because they got to me at the same time.
Anyway. I watched them for a few minutes before the doe finally game me a shot where I could draw back and not be seen.
Arrow did its job. The deer ran a big circle around me and fell about 60 yards away although she traveled about twice that distance.
Well it is nice to get some more meat in the freezer as I was totally out.
Went deer hunting today and I didn't kill anything but it was good just being out there and seeing deer. Most of them running as I scared up quite a few while moving around doing work that should have been done last spring. But it was a decent hunt and I saw something I have never seen before. I was walking out from my morning stand a bit early (9am) so I could do some work. As I walk out I hear something falling out of a tree. Sounded like a huge limb at first for some reason but as it fell I could see it was about the size of your fist. Why I marked never took my eyes off of it as it landed (looked like a rotten piece of tree with no bark I don't know. And why I walked over to it (it is just a chunk of wood) I don't know. But I am glad I did. What fell from the very top of a very tall ratty tree was nothing other than the old weathered shell of a box turtle! Bleached pretty good. Wierd. I guess a hawk left it up there at least a year or two ago. Saw a racoon, deer, squirrels and a live box turtle. Not bad. But also I got to see some trail came pics for the first time in a while. Lots of deer and only one buck. But I got his pic multiple times. All at night of course. It isn't a wall hanger. Just a young eight point. But narry a nother buck... not even a spike! At least I don't think so. Some of his pics weren't real clear and could have been a similar size buck but I doubt it. Also got move pictures of foxes than I have in almost a whole decade of trail came pics.
Went to the smokies with my brother and sister, mom and dad and lots of kids. 19 of us in all I think. Had a blast. We stayed in a cabin that had a game room and we had a fun every day.
Rained most days and that messed up the fishing a bit so didn't do as much fishing as I had planned on. But learned a lot and it was all fun.
I didn't take many pictures myself because it always seemed my phone was about to run low on batteries and were just having to much fun to stop a lot of the time.
Best day of the trip was when my brother and I fished Ramsey Cascades by ourselves when everyone else went to Dollywood.
Where we fished was high elevation and dangerous. No kids allowed. My phone was getting low because I left the camera on after taking a picture and didn't realize it. After that I turned it off just in case one of us broke a leg on the trip. A real possibility. We managed with only a few bumps and bruises. It is a mile through the woods back to the car and further to a cell signal. So I saved that battery for an emergency.
But there were fish galore and we caught about 40 trout. probably had 300 hits that we didn't catch. No treble hooks allowed.
We actually ended up catching a few that were good eating sized. Both brook and rainbow. That was unexpected in that stream. We let them all go though.
That was the best fishing trip I have been on in years. Tons of fun climbing boulders and rocks up the mountain fishing from one pool to the next. Very rugged and difficult to traverse.
My youngest daughter caught some shiners on a fly and then later her first trout on a mepps spinner. It was a keeper too.
It is amazing how big the fish get in such little steams.
Nephew and I made the drive up to Mississippi. 2.5 hours. He had to cut the grass up there so I tagged along because all my fishing buddies... (including my nephew) backed out on me this weekend. Calm seas to!
Anyway We got there and commenced to digging a hole in the side of a steep hill. Mako is going to put a crate in the hole and use it as a one man shooting house. The hole is to hide it a bit so it doesn't stick out so much to the deer and animals.
Man is it hot but thankfully we were in the shade and not getting baked in the sun! Cut the grass and the got out of Dodge! Just in time to beat some thunder storms. Even though it was midday the storms got the deer moving. Because before we hit the blacktop only a mile away we had already seen at least 3 deer... maybe four. Not sure if the last one was a double or not!
Long drives sure seem short when you have some good conversation going. HA We even missed on of our turns on the way back (my route back not his normal route) I swear we were about 5 miles past the turn when he asked if we had maybe passed it up. I snapped too and laughed. Yeah a long ways back!
Got the hole about half done or so depending on how deep he ends up going with it!
Oh and we also saw cow ant??? And a box turtle.
Well day two is in the books. Picture below of what I have done so far.
What you see here should have been done in one day. But OMG it takes forever to move the material to the spot. Fully half of my 1.5 days of work on it so far amounted to .75 days moving material and .75 days of actual work. That includes breaks to keep from dying.
OH MAN the sun was freaking killing me. Seriously at about 12:30 I tried to step up real high to get to the wall cap and I caught a cramp in my calf. I was on the floor of the camp yelling #$#% as I writhed in pain. I got in the sad after that and thought I was going to vomit. Went back to the little creek and to cool off. Man that water is cold for deep south water. Waited long enough to really cool down. Well when I tried to put my boot on I caught a cramp in my other calf. More yelling in pain. This one didn't last as long thankfully and the nausea went away pretty quickly.
Back up the the truck for some more fluids.
Anyway the camp/shooting house is not perfectly plumb. The picture makes it look worse than it really is though. Some of the beams will be wall studs will be straighted up when I nail them in place. Some are some aren't fully nailed yet.
I am telling you though I could do a much better job if I wasn't working while totally exhausted and dying from heat exhaustion.
The reason I haven't finished some thing like bracing and forming the walls is because I was trying to get the roof on as quickly as possible. Hoping to black it in on day two to protect it from any rainy weather. Well since it took me till about noon to start on the first wall I didn't get as far as I had hoped.
Next trip I will:
Black in the roof with felt and put on the tin roof.
Finish forming the walls.
Put up the OSB walls and black them in.
Install shooting windows in the walls.
Cut doors and window with hinges.
Then the fun stuff to follow. Bunk beds.
OH and the The west wall is a foot taller than the east wall to add a little pitch to the roof.
Whew! I am tired. Toni and I worked for 7 hours on this, today. Well she went swimming in Coles Creek one we got the thing steady so I didn't need anyone to hold anything anymore.
Took us about 2 hours to get all the wood through the woods to the big field. Tough work but satisfying once we got it done.
This is the Hilton. Deer shooting house/camp.
It is going to be 8 by 8. Small for a camp but big enough.
So far I have 4 corner post up. 4X4's
braces (2X4s) a few feet up and at the top as well as around at head height which will be the floor. Floor joist or in (just 2X4's). I added two cut off 4x4's in side the floor plan to help support the floor. May have to add more support. Will play that by ear.
Next will be to from up the sides, floor and add slanted roof with tin over plywood. and wall it in with door and windows.
I am going to use expanding foam to seal any holes/gaps... I don't want lizards and spiders and wasp getting in.
Will maybe black in the walls and then use whatever scraps I can find to put on some makeshift siding to help protect from the elements. Or should I just paint it and be done with it?
After that is is just a matter of adding amenities. I already have two chairs. Will put in a battery for 12 volt dc electricity with a solar charger. Cup holders. Bunk beds, propane stove. DC lights and charging station for cell phone and anything else I can dream up.
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I believe most people think the primative weapon season has become a joke. Well it looks like it is going to more of a joke or fixed depending on how you look at it.
2013 they are looking at changing to any weapon during the primative weapon season. You will still need to purchase a primative weapon lic. but you can hunt with your favorite rifle.
I think if you are going to allow centerfire rifles then you might as well allow me to hunt with my 30-06! The legislature thinks so too. Last I heard it past the first house 113-3!
What are your thoughts on this?
OK guys and girls how has your deer hunting season gone so far!
If you are in a big club that keeps records it would be great to see how your clubs season has gone so far compared to previous seasons.
There was a number of blue tongue out breaks and die-offs around the country. Nebraska and parts of Louisiana for instance. I have not heard of this in Mississippi though but for example I seem to be seeing a lot less deer when driving at night to and from hunting and so far my season has been slow at best. How about you?
I am back home after hunting all weekend with nothing to show for my efforts other than a pile of clothes that need washing.
I did see a few deer but less than I normally see. And of coarse no bucks. Hunting for me has been tough. How about you? Has your deer movement been slow as well?
Hunting did seem to pick up Sunday after the front but if cold isn't going to last so I am thinking it might be a couple of weeks before the deer start moving better... I hope not.
Hunted Monday and Tuesday and not much to tell. Saw a total of 10 deer all in one evening. The other three hunts a big zippo! Man sitting in a tree takes it out of ya some how.