Originally Posted by RonM
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,
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.