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Old 09-18-2018, 10:07 PM   #101
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Place is looking ~!
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Old 10-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #102
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:26 PM   #103
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Beautiful time of year to be there! Building is looking great too.
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:30 PM   #104
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We are living here in Iowa now. Rained the first 12 days we were here. We are living in our RV while we are finishing our house. Got most of our driveway in yesterday
Here are a few pictures.


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Old 10-20-2018, 10:19 AM   #105
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Looking good. What purpose does the plastic serve if you don’t mind sharing?
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:23 AM   #106
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Looking good Mike!
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:41 AM   #107
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I wanna be Mike Smith when I grow up. I've already got the first name. Just gotta get the rest.


Place is looking great Mike! Yall get-n a wood burner, coal, or fuel oil for heat?
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:17 AM   #108
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I wanna be Mike Smith when I grow up. I've already got the first name. Just gotta get the rest.
Now I don't know about that. The guy puts mustard on chocolate chip cookies for cryin out loud!
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:29 PM   #109
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Looking good. What purpose does the plastic serve if you donít mind sharing?
It is woven geotextile fabric. It keeps the rock from being pushed down into the sub-grade. It keeps you from having to add rock in the future.

A geotextile driveway fabric placed between the sub-base and the gravel surface in a driveway has many benefits. Chief among them are reducing ruts and potholes, preventing "pumping" and reducing the need to replace the rock surface of your driveway every few years.
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:36 PM   #110
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I wanna be Mike Smith when I grow up. I've already got the first name. Just gotta get the rest.


Place is looking great Mike! Yall get-n a wood burner, coal, or fuel oil for heat?


We are going with a two stage furnace propane (Carrier) and 2.5 ton Carrier AC unit. 1600 sq ft of living space. We will probably use some propane logs in the living room for heat while watching TV. We like to keep the house pretty cool in the winter. I will use a wood stove in the shop area. I have a Four Dog tent stove I might use in the shop but will probably put together a barrel stove for the shop. We are going to move our camper up into the shop next week. Got a RV plug installed up there yesterday. Getting overhead doors next week.
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:38 PM   #111
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Now I don't know about that. The guy puts mustard on chocolate chip cookies for cryin out loud!
I pretty much put mustard on everything although the chocolate chip cookies was a one time deal.
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:40 PM   #112
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I pretty much put mustard on everything although the chocolate chip cookies was a one time deal.



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Old 10-20-2018, 08:26 PM   #113
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:12 PM   #114
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It is woven geotextile fabric. It keeps the rock from being pushed down into the sub-grade. It keeps you from having to add rock in the future.

A geotextile driveway fabric placed between the sub-base and the gravel surface in a driveway has many benefits. Chief among them are reducing ruts and potholes, preventing "pumping" and reducing the need to replace the rock surface of your driveway every few years.
Thanks, good information. I have a rather lengthy gravel drive and I have had to replace the gravel a couple of times over the years.

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Old 10-21-2018, 09:20 AM   #115
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Looking good Mike.


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Old 10-21-2018, 07:49 PM   #116
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That is an awesome set up Mike!!
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:53 PM   #117
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Have you been hunting much?
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Old 10-27-2018, 11:58 AM   #118
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I don't have a resident tag for this year. I was not able to establish my residency in time. I can get a non resident landowner doe tag only for this year. I will be watching the bucks this season. Next year as a resident I will have 3 buck tags and pretty much unlimited doe tags.

This just showed up about 200 yards from the house we are building. Got a camera on it. You can see our barndo in the second picture in the background.

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Old 10-27-2018, 12:07 PM   #119
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Looking good Mike!! Can't wait to see what the camera shows!!
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:15 PM   #120
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We got our camper moved up to the open bay of our building. Hooked up to building power and septic tanks. Interior wall framing starts on Monday.

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Old 10-28-2018, 08:25 PM   #121
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Looking good Mike!! Can't wait to see what the camera shows!!
Here he is Ken. Rub is getting bigger and he made a new scrape 3' in front of the camera.

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Old 10-28-2018, 09:05 PM   #122
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Looks like an antlered 85 gallon drum on legs! I bet there are more just like him lurking out of view. Iowa 2021
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:09 PM   #123
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33 degrees. That alone makes me jealous. Then add Iowa to seal the deal.


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Old 10-28-2018, 09:41 PM   #124
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Looks like an antlered 85 gallon drum on legs! I bet there are more just like him lurking out of view. Iowa 2021
Glenn. I made a scouting run today. I went about a mile down the creek. Rubs and scrapes are popping up everywhere. I probably saw 30-40 rubs and about 20 scrapes. The most amusing one was a new rub and scrape about 20' from my outdoor toilet. Here are some of the better ones.

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Old 10-28-2018, 09:44 PM   #125
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33 degrees. That alone makes me jealous. Then add Iowa to seal the deal.


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We have already had one light snow and several nights in the mid 20s. Water to the camper froze solid one night last week.
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:45 PM   #126
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:48 PM   #127
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great looking place and congrats to both of you
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:37 PM   #128
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:59 PM   #129
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We are getting there one small step at time. Got a lot of nice bucks around the house. All deer pictures are within 200 yards of the house. We had 9 deer this evening right below us headed to the alfalfa field behind us.

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Old 11-17-2018, 07:05 PM   #130
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Man that's one of my dreams to have some land up in Iowa or Missouri cant stay off the whitetail properties website looking at farms , keep the updates coming your farm is coming along nicely!!
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:08 PM   #131
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Man that's one of my dreams to have some land up in Iowa or Missouri cant stay off the whitetail properties website looking at farms , keep the updates coming your farm is coming along nicely!!
I found this place in 2009 on You Tube. If you get on You Tube and search Iowa 60 acres the video is still there.

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Old 11-17-2018, 07:18 PM   #132
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That's awesome it amazes me how much cheaper land is up north!!
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:21 PM   #133
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That's awesome it amazes me how much cheaper land is up north!!
We actually paid $1500.00 an acre for 60 acres after two price reductions. When we got the survey it was actually 63.46 acres.

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Old 11-17-2018, 07:24 PM   #134
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:41 PM   #135
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Looking nice, Mike and Tracey! Glad to see your plan coming together!
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:24 PM   #136
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Wow 1500.00 an acre , I paid around 3800.00 an acre for almost 30 acres here in south texas
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:25 PM   #137
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One day I will buy up their!!!
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:09 PM   #138
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Third snow of the season. This one was a pretty good one 2-3 inches. Deer tracks everywhere this morning. One set went right out our front gate to the cut corn across the road.

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Old 11-18-2018, 01:45 PM   #139
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Closed that gate and keep-em penned up.




Those snow pics bring back some memories.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:04 PM   #140
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