Prepping for 2017 Deer Hunt

Preparations are underway for this year’s deer hunt. Paul and Joe are on-site with mowers, weed eaters, corn, batteries, etc. Generators are being tuned up and we’re hoping to add a feeder and new tree stand this year to provide more location options.

The camp is in good condition and the RV is ready for our group to show up and spend some relaxation and woods time.

I’ll be on The Pig a couple days prior to fall deer opening day after spending a day or so at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA. I’m working with John Deere there and you’ll find my stories on at that time.

So, the camp is calling and I’m itching to go!

Food Plots Erupting

Food PlotErupting. That’s how I would describe our food plots so far. We just planted them about 4 weeks ago but they are all green and growing. And they are covered with deer tracks!

We have a few feeders out too and the ground is torn up under them. I’ll get some better images from our trail cams in a couple weeks when we’re hunting. This is the first time we’ve used trail cams.

Deer at FeederThis photo is actually a picture from a computer screen Paul took with his phone. It does show a pretty clear image though.

The best news IMO is that The Pig has pigs. Yep. We’ve got a number of images of hogs at our feeders. They are nocturnal but even so, this is the first we’ve seen any sign of them since we leased the property.

A little hog and venison on the barbie is what I’m talking about.

Pig Barn Complete

Crystal Pig Hunt Club BarnIt is a satisfying feeling to complete the roof of a barn. That’s what we did this weekend at The Pig.

Paul, Gary, Luke, Eli and Joe were on location and got it done and it looks good. We organized our RV and have started some little barn projects to finish as time goes along.

Now we’re going to focus more on hunting. For now that means planning our food plot work for end of summer. We’ve been conferring with the guys at Tekomate about that and they’ve offered great advice. The little pine trees are making good progress so those plots will become increasingly important as time goes on.

Paul brought out a wild hog shoulder which we smoked all day Saturday. You want to talk about some good eating? It was tasty and tender. There’s nothing like some good pig at The Pig!

I’ve got a new photo album started for this year’s work days. We’ll be adding to it after each visit: 2015 Crystal Pig Hunt Club Photos

Final Touches on Barn & Paul’s Big Buck

Roofing WorkThis weekend Paul, Eli and Luke worked on the final step in finishing our pole barn – roofing metal. Shade and protection from rain with a large area for cooking and relaxing. Yeehaw.

The Pig is a work in progress just like getting to know where the deer are and their habits. We’re learning it slowing but surely.

Paul w/Monster RackWhile the guys were out there this weekend Paul scored a little buck.

He said it’s a six point but I’d love to know what Joe would think of that!

I think you should write him a comment about that big rack in his hands. All I can say is, “He’ll eat pretty good!”

Joe Gets a Doe

Joe Gets a DoeIt’s deer season at The Pig (short for Crystal Pig Hunt Club). On opening day Saturday Paul, Luke, Joe and I were on location. We all got a doe that day! Now, it’s time for a buck. We’re not in the rut yet. We’ve seen over 30 does and only 2 bucks so far.

In the pick, Joe gets his first deer, pictured with his Dad and my brother Paul. You want to talk about excited. He got it with his first shot too.

So, we’ve had some good fresh venison on the grill and in a stew and I think some more recipes are coming.

Now back to the hunt.

Building a Pole Barn

Pole BarnOur last major project of the year prior to hunting season is the building of a pole barn. This week the poles got planted and next week the frame, rafters and metal roof goes on. The barn will house our RV with lots of extra room for shelves and a cook area.

Of course there are lots of little projects we still want to work on including some more stands at key locations. However, we’re ready to spend some time in the woods on the CPHC with a gun! It’s getting close and we’re getting excited. How about you?

Are you going deer hunting? Got any questions? We’ll try to answer them. Feel free to post in comments.

Summer Work Days

Rustler at SunsetHere’s the CPHC New Holland Rustler in the setting sun. It’s getting a final workout as we finish work on our food plots, prepping them for lime and fertilizer. Then late summer we’ll plant seed.

It’s hot and muggy here this week with highs in the 90’s and late afternoon rain showers. Just the way I like it btw.

Yesterday we had a New Holland Super Boom C238 on site doing the food plot clean up work, about 5 acres worth. What a fantastic machine that is.

I’ve got lots of photos and stories to share from the CPHC but will be waiting until I get home with better internet access.

Preparing Plot Soil for Planting

Food Plot SpotOur goal, which we have chosen to accept, is to turn some of the camp land that looked like this end of last year into a lush green deer salad bar. Yes, this is not going to be easy. But no one ever said it would be easy, just worth it!

Actually, we had the selected spots bulldozed and even planted a late cover of rye grass that did not do well due to the late planting and extremely cold temperatures of the winter. But we’re getting ready to get back on site and do plot clean up and get the soil ready to plant later this year. I’ll be out this week getting soil samples to take to the local extension office for testing. Based on that we’ll apply lime in a couple weeks and then let them sit for a few months. Then it’ll be planting time.

I’ll report in on conditions at the CPHC later this week. The property has been planted in pines since my last visit so I’m anxious to see how that has turned out.

Early 2014 Update

Hunt CampTo quote one of my favorite actors, All right, All right, All right. It’s a new year and new prospects for the Crystal Pig Hunt Club. Like everywhere, it has been a tough winter. But progress is being made. Pines are being planted on the property and soon we’ll be back out there working on our dove and deer plots. We’ve got planting and fertilizing to do along with moving our RV and putting finishing touches to the main camp area.

I don’t think we’re going to be on site for spring turkey which starts very soon but I’m not ruling it out. We’re checking calendars and plotting strategy. For Gary and myself, this is our busiest time of the year for work with all the agricultural meetings and shows. But spring planting is right around the corner and that means time to get in the field.

We’ll be keeping you updated from camp and with more information we think you’ll be interested in knowing in the meantime.

Cheers with a little Ocean Vodka

Ocean Breeze VodkaCheers from camp. We spent another couple days at the CPHC this past weekend and I was lucky to get a four point buck. While getting him processed into the cooler we took a time out.

The time out was to try something new that came to my attention recently and I was sent a sample of it – Organic Ocean Vodka. This Hawaiian product is made from organic sugar cane in Maui. To go along with it I came across some locally made bloody mary mix at a downtown Pensacola outdoor market before heading to camp – Vicki’s Wicked Potions “Bloody Brew” which is called “evilicious” and made with creole spices. Wow. Mmm good. Here’s where you can find Ocean Vodka near you.

You can expect that since we not only love to hunt but to eat and enjoy a good beverage that you’re going to be finding some ideas on these subjects as well.

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