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.

Organic Ocean Vodka

For more than seven years, the Smith Family has worked diligently to bring their special Ocean Vodka from the Island of Maui to the far reaches of the world. The opening of a new craft distillery for public tours and tastings on their 80-acre organic farm is a dream come true for the family’s mission: to create a superior, organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally on quality, operates with environmental responsibility and raises awareness for oceanic conservation.

Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world distilled from organically farmed sugar cane, blended with deep ocean mineral water and powered by the sun. Certified USDA Organic and 100% gluten-free, Ocean Vodka uses a proprietary column distillation process to produce an ultra-clean, award-winning spirit. This pure refined spirit is blended with deep ocean mineral water, sourced from a depth of 3,000 feet off the Kona Coast of the Big Island, to make Ocean Vodka. Minerals Calcium, magnesium and potassium, which naturally occur in ocean water, give Ocean Vodka a unique, mineral-rich flavor found in no other vodka. These minerals create a pleasant, distinctive taste and enhance flavors when Ocean Vodka is mixed with fresh juices.

First Hunt Days in the Bag

Leaving CampCamp was packed up and the area was policed by Joe and we loaded the New Holland Rustler to go home for a while. We’ll be back in a couple weeks and hopefully the food plots will be growing.

We did more work on the property this year than we ever will again in order to prepare it for deer hunting. It was some hard work but will be well worth it in years to come.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be letting you get to know more about the New Holland Rustler and how it performs in some wild conditions as well as getting to know more about our hunt club members. The photo album is mostly up to date with photos I have. There are still some I’ve got to get from Paul and Gary to add to them. I hope you enjoy them. They give you a good idea of what camp life is like.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

Another Camp Work Day

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22968780@N05/sets/72157635109940381/Our first 2013 Rustler Hunt days are coming to a close as we pack up today and head home. But we’re not done. We’ll be back in a couple weeks.

Yesterday we did a work day on this new lease property. Work consisted of putting up No Trespassing signs and seeding and fertilizing food plots. Paul is the master ATV seeder/spreader since he has also had a fire ant control business. We seeded 5 food plots yesterday and if we get some rain we’ll have some rye grass started before we get back.

I’ve got more stories to share but am running out of data in my hotspot plan so I’ll be back after I get back home.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

CPHC Members with Rustler

CPHC MembersWe’ve had beautiful weather here at the CPHC.

This is the Crystal Pig Hunt Club membership. L-R Gary, Eli, Paul, Joe, Luke, Me. The New Holland Rustler is a highlight feature of The Rustler Hunt. This bad boy has gone over creeks, logs, stumps. The Rustler is like Honey Badger. He don’t care!

Our first weekend saw mixed results. We saw lots of does and two are in the cooler. However, we’ve seen only two small bucks. Seems like the rut hasn’t started yet. But we’ve got a couple days to go still . . .

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

First Deer in Camp

First Deer in CampIt’s the first day of the Georgia Crystal Pig Hunt Club deer hunt! It has been a good morning so far. I got the first camp meat, this nice doe. I saw another one and couple turkeys come down off their roost.

I got off my stand and drove over to the deer and loaded it on the New Holland Rustler. Thank you New Holland. Great machine! After putting this one in the cooler I’m getting ready to head on out to the afternoon hunt.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album

Last Prep Day

Bulldozer WorkIt’s the final set up day at the CPHC. Yesterday we had a bulldozer working all day running a firebreak all the way around the property. Kind of like a 4-wheeler highway so we can get around! It’s also a deer highway judging from the tracks we’ve seen.

We might get a little rain today but that would be okay to settle the dust down and put out so smoldering remains of the wood piles.

Tomorrow will be our first day on stands so I won’t be online much if any. I got my climber set up yesterday and can’t wait to sit in it.

Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt Photo Album