August 7, 2009 visit.
Was surprised to see two inches of rain in the rain gauge, weather reports had indicated we hadn't received much rain lately.
Met my brother on Thursday with a plan to plant some trees and cut some trees, and maybe move a stand or two. Weather was suppose to heat up by the weekend so we wanted to get thing done by Friday.
Got two apple, two crabapple and a pear tree planted on Thursday. These are large trees I picked up at Home Depot for $5 each. The crabapples went in our "orchard", the apples went to the Hilltop plot and the pear went in near our barn. Not sure how the apple trees will fare, the Hilltop plot tends to be some very well drained soil and dries out quickly. If we don't get rains they could be in trouble, but I figured for $5 each, what the heck I'd give it a try. The Hilltop plot itself has been struggling this year, not sure what's going on as we limed, fertilized, and overseeded it earlier in the year. It had some pretty good weeds growing this time so gave it a mowing. Also got the alfalfa plot mowed.
Cut five good size trees on Friday after it rained for a couple of hours that morning, about 1/2 an inch per the rain gauge. Got the trees cut up and logs split and stacke for firewood. These were trees we had Tordoned earlier in the year, so they weren't entirely green and should burn okay. Did the cut on the New plot, this really opened things up for the plot as well as some oaks we have regenerating nearby. The plot itself is staying pretty short so need to get a utilization cage on it. This plot really proved itself as a great hunting plot last year. It looks like, given the short clover crop, it may be a good one again this year.
Didn't do much on Saturday other than play with our bows and practice, practice, practice.
The NWSG are really looking good this year, the Big Bluestem is getting it's height. Can't wait to see how they look next year after we burn one more time in the early spring.
Had a doe and a couple fawns grazing out in front of the barn in the evening on Friday. That was the only live deer sighting we had, but weren't really looking. One game camera had over 1400 pictures on it - 2-3 shooter bucks and several smaller legal bucks that should be nice size next year or the year after. One of the shooters, kind of borderline, appears to be related to the 13 pointer I shot two years ago. He has the same split G-2. Will post pictures in a couple of days.
All-in-all a good trip. Hope to be back up in a couple weeks to set out some ground blinds and move one more tree stand.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”