Moye Cemetery on the CPHC

CPHC Cemetery PlotI have found all kinds of things while walking through the woods. That includes both public and private land. A cemetery is a new one on me though.

While scouting around the CPHC we found a small cemetery in a small section of trees that were not clear cut during the logging operation before we leased the property. During a fairly recent storm an oak tree fell across the plots smashing the fences and toppling over a couple of the grave stones. On our last work days we cut up the tree and did some clean up work on the area. More needs to be done. There were tall weeds that I treated with some weed killer right before I left. We view it as a community service project since their are undoubtedly relatives of these people buried here that might come to pay their respects sometime.

In fact, using Google I looked up Annabella Tucker Graybill, one of the names on a head stone. Find a Grave came up with information from an entry made just last year. It looks like this is the Moye Cemetery. The family names on the second of two fenced grave areas are all Moyes. One example is Emma Hobbs Moye.

Annabella’s spouse is Dr. Tully Graybill. Here’s some information from his Sandersville Newspaper clipping in 1883: “Capt. Co.A (The Irish Guards) 28th Georgia Infantry. Promoted to Major Sept 10, 1861, Taken POW on May 3,1862 at Seven Pines, exchanged. Wounded in Action Sept 1, 1862 at Antietam.Promoted to Colonel Nov. 3,1862.”

I shot a video clip of the cemetery before heading home that shows the condition of the cemetery. I wonder how many of these exist out in the woods where they may not even be remembered or cared for any more. Have you found any on your property?

You can find more photos from the cemetery here: CPHC Cemetery Photos

Cleaning Gear

Fishing ReelsWhen you can’t get out in the woods or on the water it’s time to clean your gear. I don’t know about you but it’s not a chore to me. It’s a chance to get to know your guns and your rods/reels better and make sure they’re in top shape.

Today I dealt with fishing reels and poles. Here are some of the ones I worked on first. A couple of these were left in the house my wife and I purchased, like the big old Mitchell spinning reel. It was nasty and covered with mold. But it works just fine.

If you click on the image you’ll see a video about cleaning reels. I wash mine with a scrub brush and dish detergent, rinse, let them dry and then apply a little oil if needed. All of the ones pictured are getting new line too. I have a couple others that I cleaned today too that I’ve been using lately.

Tomorrow I think I’ll clean all my guns even though I put them away clean and haven’t used any but my Glock 27 recently. It just lets me know I have them in good shape. I know I need to do it because I took out a long barreled single action .22 pistol that I have not used in a long time. It had a few dots of rust on the barrel. That just makes me angry so it’s time to check them out.

How about you? Do you have a gear cleaning plan? How about your tackle or hunt box. How clean and sharp are those knives . . .

American Navy Pride

Navy Blue AngelsThis has nothing to do with hunting unless you think of what a naval fighter pilot might have to do in a live action fight. But I’m doing a post with one of my pictures from the recent Navy Blue Angels airshow at Pensacola Beach because the Crystal Pig Hunt Club and its members love our country. Seeing these Americans in action is awe inspiring and great for patriotic morale.

Last year the Blue Angels were grounded because of the idiotic Congressional sequester BS. This year they are back and performed to a record crowd in Pensacola. It is a very expensive show to conduct but I would much rather see that money spent than so much more of my tax dollars that are being wasted every day on meaningless and misguided programs. How about you? Have you had the chance to see the Blue Angels in action. You can see their schedule here.

Here’s a link to more photos I took from the show.

Summer Food Plot Work

Justin New Holland C238In the heat of the summer it’s time to get food plots ready for the fall. With a little help from a couple of folks we got the job done.

So here’s what we did. We had already had food plots picked out and planted with some rye seed late last year. Then earlier this spring we flagged them so our property owner could double check and give us his stamp of approval. Problems crept up in that after he got the property planted in pine trees he changed his mind on us and reduced the size of our plots. In fact, the large one we had his prior approval on for dove was at least cut in half. So, no dove plot!

But we have moved on and will have very nice deer and turkey plots for our hunting needs. This become critical once these pine trees get up in a couple year.

In this photo we have Justin with his New Holland Compact Track Steer/Loader smoothing out our plots and removing extraneous branches. He also used the tractor to move two of our towers stands to their new locations.

Smith Farm SupplyOnce Justin was done with his part of the deal we called in John at Smith Farm Supply to put down lime for us.

We had the soil tested so we knew what amount of lime to put down. John was able to get most of our plots done but we will still have to apply some lime by 4-wheeler on a couple of plots he couldn’t get his truck into.

I shot some video while all this was going on. If you’re interested to see what it looked like check out the clip below.

Here’s where you can find photos of our latest work days: CPHC Food Plot Work