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#7194058 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Rooster7]
Berettaman Offline
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Sorry, been busy, but to answer the question, we got about 8-10" in the big storm and 2-4 this last weekend just after some rain.

I got myself out of the doghouse with a late night run up to Target to buy the Sound Of Music for my daughter (the wife was already in her PJs). For sure it was worth it. I just love December rooster hunts in the snow!

Did they change the spearing rule so you could have the sucker on a hook now? I thought they did that. I used to spear a lot, but havent for years. You always want to throw the spear straight down due to the refraction of the water. The fish is not where he looks like he is at when there is an angle. Sometimes they come in so fast it is a blur and your sucker is gone and you dont even twitch a finger. Other times they glide in and stop in the middle of the hole. other times they sit out about 4 feet and watch. It was always fun watching other fish as well. It will scare the heck out of you when a muskrat comes up into your hole. Or I have heard of beavers doing that too. On really cold days, it is possible for the ice to crack....right through your hole. There is a certain pucker factor associated with that. Oh, and the first date I ever had with my wife? Spearing!
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#7194213 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Berettaman]
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You left a lot to be said on your last line BM
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#7194394 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]
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yeah, sometimes things are better left unsaid! Once it is out, better start elaborating.

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#7194453 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: rflshtr]
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Love the pics of the spear house and stove...etc. We used to spear pike on Saginaw Bay when I was young (40 yrs ago) and I haven't done it since.
The life skills you are equipping the boys with (whether they realize it yet or not) is simply amazing Dave. You are doing stuff with them constantly that will help carry them thru life in fine fashion. This thread could illustrate more about what to do than any "parenting" magazine that I've ever seen on the shelves.
Carry on Men.....
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#7194680 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: SSB]
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Had to take a break from homework and get caught up on the thread. Very cool stove Dave. There has to be a story behind the propane tank though. smile

Nate, spear house is going to be nice!!

Scott has his spear house all ready to put out. He should get laid off for the winter (hopefully by mid-week) so we can do some fishing. He also bought an angleing house last week. Pretty excited about that cuz I love to ice fish but have not done it for a couple years or so. smile


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#7194747 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Berettaman]
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Awwww yes. The wily muscrat popping up in your hole and giving you a hiss is always a heart starter. One weekend my cousin that I spear with, took his cousin on the other side spearing. He had two muscrats popping up in his hole and scaring the crap out of him so he speared them and threw them out the door. When it came time to leave they were surprised to see the two rats shaking and shivering underneath the pick up. My cousin felt sorry for them so he put on his gloves and picked them up by the tails and put them back down the hole that they had been speared out of. The next day they went down to fish and my cousins hole was clean as whistle while his cousins hole was plugged so tight with weeds it took him an hour to clean it all out. grin

I've also heard of a guy from a neighboring town that made a brand new exit in his house when a beaver came flying up the hole and landed on the floor, spraying water all over the hot stove.

I think I would probably just chit myself right there on the spot.

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#7195336 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: SSB]
tzone Offline
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Well I promised pics so...

I'm not sure what clicked the trigger but here's a shot of one of the swamp crossings.


Found this on the way to the beaver bog. It was not there on Dec. 2 when I was there last.



Here is a shot from where a stand/blind will be. Looking to the north.


Looking back into the woods from the stand. The way I walked in.


About 1/2 way across the bog on top of the dam, looking west. It's about 300 yards to the tall pines in the top of the picture.


Same spot, looking east.


North end of the damn, looking back south to where the stand will be on the finger of Spruce coming down to the swamp. About 150-175 yards across the whole thing.


This was at the north end of the beaver dam. I'm also pretty sure this wasn't here last time, because you HAVE to walk past it to get off the dam and it's not hard to see at all.
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#7195515 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]
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Well now, what happens in a spear house stays in the spear house! wink It was our first date though. But there is a good story that happened that day. Now imagine a very nervous 17 year old kid with this girl he has had his eye on for a long time, FINALLY out on a date with her. It was a small house, 4X6 if'n I remember correctly. I got the fuel oil stove behind me and she is on my left facing sideways. The dumb stove keeps going out and since it is behind me, I cannot see it. So finally I just asked her because it was easier for her to see, is the stove going? She says, "Yes". Well doggone it my back starts getting really warm and I hear something and turn around to find flames coming 2 feet out of the stove! The only pail I had was the minnow pail, so I quick grab the sucker out and hand it to her and say hold this and proceed to use the bucket to get water out of the hole and throw on the stove. We got it under control and back to ... umm... spearing....yeah we were spearing right? Yes, I do believe we were spearing. Somehow we didnt see a fish the whole time we were out. confused

That folks, was our first date. We have now been married 18 years, so I guess I didnt goof it up too bad!
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#7195516 - 12/17/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Muffy]
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Originally Posted By: Muffy
There has to be a story behind the propane tank though. smile



I don't know. It was your dad's tank. I'm sure it's been on many adventures. He gave it to me, told me it had a pin hole in it that he had peened at one time. It had the old style valve so I'd have to switch that out just to get it filled, and I never bothered because of the pin hole.
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#7196615 - 12/18/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: northern_dave]
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3 walls up in Nate's fish stabbin cabin.

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#7196937 - 12/18/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: northern_dave]
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Nuttin like a good stabbin cabin. grin

Looking good boys!
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#7202621 - 12/19/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]
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Is this thing on?

Can anybody hear me? If you can't hear me, just say some-ting.
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#7202624 - 12/19/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]
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huh?










smile
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#7202680 - 12/19/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: tzone]
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I think Dave and the boys are digging the basement for Nates shack. smile

Major snow event on the way. Parts of the state are under a blizzard warning and may get 12" to 16". We're in the 5" to 10" range with high winds.
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#7202709 - 12/19/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Grizzly_Bill]
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Hey Bill it's supposed to be 75 down here today----------

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#7202905 - 12/19/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Wtxj]
Grizzly_Bill Offline
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Originally Posted By: Wtxj
Hey Bill it's supposed to be 75 down here today----------


What part of Texas? I used to get down to Dallas quite a bit, back in the day.
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#7204482 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Grizzly_Bill]
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It was beautiful,a mild 66 degrees with puhlenty of sunshine here in South Carolina today.

Stan in SC
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#7204904 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Stan_in_SC]
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Originally Posted By: Stan_in_SC
It was beautiful,a mild 66 degrees with puhlenty of sunshine here in South Carolina today.

Stan in SC


I'll trade weather with you Stan. They've dropped the 5 to 10" estimate and are now saying 10" minimum. Looks like we'll be getting a lot of snoblower time on Thursday. Most of the area schools have already announced that they'll be closed.
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#7204982 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Grizzly_Bill]
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Dave got skills!

Rooster I haven't kept up lately...how is your Uncle?
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#7205349 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: eh76]
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Snowing hard here, complete with lightning and thunder on a hard East Wind. Temps will drop and the winds will increase tonight. Should be interesting tomorrow morning.
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#7205445 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Grizzly_Bill]
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Originally Posted By: Grizzly_Bill
Originally Posted By: Wtxj
Hey Bill it's supposed to be 75 down here today----------


What part of Texas? I used to get down to Dallas quite a bit, back in the day.


/dfw

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#7205495 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: Wtxj]
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Pam and I were on the road today picking up my Christmas present. Pam bought me this nice used sled, low miles and very well kept. She surprised the heck out of me.

We did our shopping for the kids today as well, lot of driving today, tired out and glad to be home.

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#7205515 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: northern_dave]
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Huh. Not sure I've seen to many of those red ones. Looks like a cream puff though. I think my '95 Trail Deluxe was a 40th aniversary edition, so a 2000?

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#7205551 - 12/20/12 Re: Birth of a deer camp [Re: 4_S_ter]
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Yes this is a 2000, 45th anniversary model.

700 liquid cooled twin, elect start, reverse, push button ride adjustment (soft/firm)

Mirrors... it's exactly what I want in a sled these days.

I'm real happy, she did a great job finding this thing and got a great deal too.
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