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Old 06-10-2017, 04:56 PM   #1
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Finished up my hunting spot at the river today. Got the directional feeder in place, filled up, and running.

I wanted to get this spot as inconspicuous/hidden as possible, with nothing in the area where the feed is on the ground.

The corn spread runs at an angle from my right, and in front of me about 8 yards, out to directly in front of me to the east about 18 yards. These pictures show what the setup looks like from inside, and outside the blind.

The blind itself was set up about a month ago, and has weathered four really bad storms with high winds, and has suffered no damage at all. I think this is going to work out real good.

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Old 06-10-2017, 05:04 PM   #2
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Good luck at your spot !
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:09 PM   #3
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Good luck at your spot !
Thanks !!!!

I better have good luck with it. Lots of work went into getting things set up this way.

Started setting up the feeder yesterday, and had to give up after breaking my index finger on my right hand, cracking my right elbow, and having some pretty bad heat exhaustion. Just had to leave it till today to finish up, but I got it done.

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Old 06-10-2017, 05:14 PM   #4
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Thanks !!!!

I better have good luck with it. Lots of work went into getting things set up this way.

Started setting up the feeder yesterday, and had to give up after breaking my index finger on my right hand, cracking my right elbow, and having some pretty bad heat exhaustion. Just had to leave it till today to finish up, but I got it done.

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Ouch, how did you do all that?
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:17 PM   #5
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Ouch, how did you do all that?
Lost control of the wench handle.

That last picture where you are looking at the ground with a couple of corn piles (cleaned out old feeder) is the primary killing spot. The bushes about center of picture are 18 yards.

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Old 06-10-2017, 07:04 PM   #6
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Looks awesome man, good luck!
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:10 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear about being busted up. Darn it. Hate to say, been there done that. guess your winch does not have the anti reverse mechanism? The one that hit me hat the gears, I just did not flip the switch down and let it back spin.. Lesson learned. Congrats on getting it finished.
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:11 PM   #8
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Looks awesome man! Hope it turns put good for you

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Old 06-10-2017, 07:57 PM   #9
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I bought a worm gear drive winch for the one non stand and fill I have left. Eliminates that safety hazard. Hope you heal quickly.

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Old 06-10-2017, 09:41 PM   #10
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I bet that'll work great!! Good luck Rick.
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #11
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Oh, that looks good Rick. I'm glad I don't have to contend with those trees with the wimpy leaves. These live oaks and cedars are so much easier to deal with.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:17 AM   #12
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Oh, that looks good Rick. I'm glad I don't have to contend with those trees with the wimpy leaves. These live oaks and cedars are so much easier to deal with.
Yeah Bob, I love live oaks & cedar breaks. Unfortunately mesquite & small brush is all I have on the river place.

My home property has lots of oak & cover, but no live oak. Unfortunately, it doesn't have many deer, or pigs on it anymore.

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Old 06-11-2017, 09:24 AM   #13
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That setup looks solid! It's hard to tell from the pics, can you shoot a stick bow out of that blind or is for another method?

Oh, and dang - hope your hand/elbow heals quickly. Come on October...

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Old 06-11-2017, 09:41 AM   #14
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Hey Randy.
Thanks.

Yes, I can shoot my 64" bow from the blind easily while setting down.
That's what I bought it for.
It's the Baronet Big Mike XT (Extra Tall). It's actually made for compounders to be able to stand & shoot from it.

Finger seems to be doing ok as long as I keep it taped.
Still haven't tried to shoot my bow, but I think even that will be ok pretty soon.

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Old 06-11-2017, 11:32 AM   #15
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This one will allow for shooting my recurve as well. I have it at the hunting spot but I have to cover it yet. I changed up the top and used part of a cattle panel to give me the roof height I need.

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Old 06-11-2017, 11:35 AM   #16
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I know you can buy pre made blinds and stands. But it's cool to kill critters out of one your imagination and hands created.

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Old 06-11-2017, 03:36 PM   #17
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Wow !!!
That's gonna be a nice blind !!!

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Old 06-11-2017, 05:44 PM   #18
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Looking good! Hope that finger heals up quick
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:15 PM   #19
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Heal up quick Rick! Setup looks good! We'll be waitin on dead critter pics! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:00 PM   #20
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Finger is a little better today, not as bruised looking, and not swollen as much.

I may see if I can shoot my bow tomorrow.

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Old 06-12-2017, 08:12 PM   #21
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Setup looking good, and the houseblind looks slick too. Just anchor it good.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:46 PM   #22
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Well you'll find out quick.

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Old 06-13-2017, 12:49 PM   #23
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Great looking set-up, Rick! Hope the finger heals well.

DRT: that'll be a nice blind you've got going.
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:00 PM   #24
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I just went out, and shot my bow a couple of times.
Shot just fine, but a couple of times was all I could stand.
I'll be able to make a hunting shot no problem.

Last couple of days I've been building a directional feeder for here at the home place.
Not near as fancy as the one for the river place, but it'll work good, and I don't have cattle to contend with here. Hope to get it set out with a blind sometime soon, and that will give me two spots to hunt.

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Old 06-13-2017, 07:07 PM   #25
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Our ranch is not over run by game but it's ours. Still have to travel though. At least a "home place" you can hunt a morning or evening anytime. Most of us only dream of that.

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Old 06-13-2017, 07:17 PM   #26
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Our ranch is not over run by game but it's ours. Still have to travel though. At least a "home place" you can hunt a morning or evening anytime. Most of us only dream of that.

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A home place is nice. We have lots of turkey, but deer & hogs are in short supply.

The biggest problem here is, it's only 40 acres, and we are surrounded by a lot of human activity. I am working on trying to create a way to attract the animals to the center of the place with a water station, and protein feed. That spot will never be hunted, and I will set up a hunting spot (maybe a couple) on the outer edges of the property where the animals are traveling in & out.

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Old 06-13-2017, 08:59 PM   #27
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Sounds like a plan Rick, and DRT, good luck on the finish out. Any idea what you are going to skin it with?
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:43 PM   #28
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I have some painters drop tarps, canvas, that were used for a VBS once upon a time. I will drape one then in have a EZ up shelter too like deal that will go over the top. The corners will hold it down. The another canvas over the top, some camo burlap around the outside. I used it last year but only had a PVC conduit frame for the top. It sagged and was never tall enough to shoot a trad bow out of anyhow. Although I did kill 2 doe, one cull and a couple pigs out of it with my Carbon Spyder 30.

But my needs have changed so I used part of a panel and some cable clamps to secure it for the roof. I'll post up more as I go. Wasn't trying to hijack Ricks thread. Just his blind build was reminiscent of mine. He always has something neat going on though.

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Old 06-13-2017, 11:09 PM   #29
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Heck Gary, I'm glad you chimed in with your build.
I'm always up for new ideas, especially good ones like yours.

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