It’s that time. Time to work on roads, trails, stands, feeders and camp.
It was just a few short years ago that these pines were seedlings. Amazing how fast they grow. This photo really brings it home since this road was wider and now the branches are grown together so much they’re scraping the sides of a pickup. That will have to change.
So the Pig Team will be on location this weekend into next week doing some work on all of it. It’s going to be hot but you can bet we’ll have a good time and enjoy the company while doing it.
I 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
In 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.
Once 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
This past weekend I had another Crystal Pig Hunt Club woods experience. Unfortunately, I did not see any deer but the time in the woods is always wonderful. It was the last time for the 2013-14 deer season that I’ll be out on the CPHC but we’ve got plenty more woods time and hunting planned.
While I was hunting I carried along my new Glass from Google which is basically like a computer you wear on your face! I and learning how to use it for my business. In the photo my Glass is being recharged with a Monsanto Ground Breakers mobile charger. I have noticed that the Glass battery doesn’t last as long as I’m used to with my phone. That’s why these mobile chargers come in so handy.
Earlier in the day I shot a video clip with my Glass as a test. It worked out okay and I think I’ll be bringing it back to camp in the future. The clip is from the New Holland Rustler on the new and fresh grass growing roads we’ve been working on.