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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Bradford County Camps

I know there was a thread on Bradford Co. camps but cant seem to find it so started a new one. Warning, a bit picture heavy.

The last several seasons were good for our camp. It is just me and co-owner and his 14 year old son. We had several visitors who were successful on our property or in SGL 219 near us.
I harvested a 130+ 8 point, double bearded turkey, pheasants and squirrels all on our property
Co=owner harvested 8 point buck,doe, pheasants, rabbits, turkey, grouse and squirrels
His son harvested his first doe, first spike buck, squirrels and turkeys
Co-owners sister shot her first doe,pheasants
Our visitors have harvested pheasants, woodcock.

This property has far exceeded our expectations and we are very blessed with our opportunities and successes.

The only downside is the number of trespassers we catch on our trail cams and the apparent indifference when it is obvious they know the cameras are there. We are also lucky that they leave the cameras alone and none have been stolen or missing sd cards.

We have spent some time on SGL 219 and were successful in getting pheasants and grouse. We really need to spend some more time exploring the hunting opportunities there.

My hope for the upcoming seasons is that all of you have the opportunity to hunt our Commonwealth and enjoy some success and enjoy the outdoor experience that hunting provides.

Some success pics from the last several seasons.









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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 04:43 PM
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Nice Pictures. Like you say there's a lot of opportunities out there you just have to look.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 06:11 PM
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Threads are never picture heavy, we like lots of pictures, how many acres is your spread, show us a picture of the camp, which photo with game is you....
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I am also in Bradford county. We do excellent on deer and pretty good with the turkeys. Lotsa bears around too. Most of my time is in an archery stand cause during rifle its all about the group of juniors we put on deer. After 36 years of hunting, I have taken 2 of the biggest archery kills for me ever in 2013 and 2014. Between 6 guys in camp not counting the kids, we have gone over %50 on buck kills and %100 on shot opportunity over the last 5 years!

Camp life,it don't get much better!
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Nice!!

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Threads are never picture heavy, we like lots of pictures, how many acres is your spread, show us a picture of the camp, which photo with game is you....
Ron, I'm the guy in the first pic with double bearded turkey and guy on right in group shot. Co-owner is guy on left with grouse and pheasants in group shot.
We bought the 38 acres in June 2010 and drove a beat $500 C class camper from a campground in Jersey. Got a local to clear out a level spot and dump some stone on an old overgrown cowpath that leads to a very small watering pond

Cleared cowpath and brushoged paths around camp. Home sweet home for a year

After a year of driving across an overgrown field with small autumn olive to get to camper ,a really long shale driveway was put in,
Lower drive


Upper drive

Brushogged from camper to pond along cowpath

Found another rock wall,pretty short one. We have 2 others that are hundreds of feet long.

The pond at the end of cowpath,30' diameter and 3' deep ,feed from hillside spring seepage

Brushogged view from upper half of property . Nasty autumn olive

The old camper was too small, 2 of us and dog with gear and food was tight. Co-owners son was now old enough to hunt and we wanted to invite friends but no room. Found a camper that fit the bill and wallet. Moved the deck a foot and
backed it right in

Over the next 2 years ,trail cams and stands were placed and moved more than a few times. Meat pole was built and dedicated the same fall. Pole timber was cut for a food plot last year. Co-owner also managed to buy 35 more acres abutting ours to south and east. Includes a 5 acre field and pine woods.Also the thickest autmnn olive you ever want to see and guess where he wants to put this years food plot ? What a workout!



Food plot was small but deer and turkeys hammered it early, finally got some rain to help


In the spring we had a water well drilled,pump going in soon. We now haul all our water everytime we go up. One shower per weekend guys! Save water.


Last weekends project was to clear out a patch of autumn olive across the drive with a Kubota with bucket and backhoe, something like 20 hours on the project,all while successfully turkey hunting in between working. Found some bonuses in the autumn olive, apples and crabapples. Several were over 8' and flagged a bunch of seedlings to move next time. This patch was thigh high in 2010 when we used to drive across this field to get to the camper before the drive was in. Fast growing stuff.



Well that was fun going down memory lane. For all the guys who want a camp, it can be done. Yes it takes some money and we both work hard for it and physically do a lot of this stuff our selves. Takes some planning and time away from the family ,but in the long run the kids are going to be the beneficiaries of our labor. You can't make land anymore and we were both getting older and it was now or never when we decided to buy. We looked for 2 years before we found this [place. Took a gamble with the gas well pad behind us on the hill. Rolled the dice as far as the pad and gas line location and won. It's behind us and not on any of our land. The successful hunting seasons prove we were right and can get better. I wish those of you that have camps or are looking can see the potential of owning a place and what it can do for your soul and your aching back at the end of the day sitting at the camp fire.

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Nice setup, thanks for the updates, very enjoyable..
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That's a lot of work your group has done. Really like seeing pictures like that. Thanks for sharing.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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Jager - I fully, 100% agree with RonM....a thread is never pic heavy! Pictures truly are worth a thousand words...and you have a beautiful set up! Congrats on the purchase and all the hard work already put in and going forward.

Thanks very much for sharing!
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