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Old 09-09-2013, 02:47 PM   #101
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let me know when you go to Stan's...If I'm up that way, I'll drop in!
Definitely! I'm very much looking forward to meeting you both.

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Place is looking good bro…making awesome progress with it.

Forget the goats. Get a longhorn or two. They are the goat of the cattle world and can fend for themselves. Mine eat cactus, scrub oak, huisache, and all sorts of stuff I cannot identify. As for the head-per acre ratio, you’d be lucky if it is 1:15…probably more like 1:25. Based on cleared pasture and rainfall. Hay is expensive…You can have as many head as you want if you are supplementing feed. I have a bull, 3 cows, and two calfs on my 25 acres in the hill country. I have two bordering neighbors, each with 25 acres that let me run cattle across the fences. With 75 acres I am feeding hay now. Also, if you have a cleared fence line, a single strand of hot-wire will keep the cows in.

NICE score on the t-posts!
Good info! Will longhorns eat yaupon?

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Following. Excited for you and to see the progress. Hopefully I will be doing the same in the next year or tow.
Thanks, and good luck on getting your little slice! I'll endeavor to keep you entertained with my toils out here! Just wait until winter, when I start building the 1500' run of fence...oh boy.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:22 PM   #102
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Great news! I just got in touch with someone who has 35+ years of ranch renovation/building experience, who is need of my IT skills!

Stay tuned for some hopefully good news on some horse trade!
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Great news! I just got in touch with someone who has 35+ years of ranch renovation/building experience, who is need of my IT skills!

Stay tuned for some hopefully good news on some horse trade!
that's the best kind of help!.....awesome!.....
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #104
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Great news! I just got in touch with someone who has 35+ years of ranch renovation/building experience, who is need of my IT skills!

Stay tuned for some hopefully good news on some horse trade!
Horse trade? Your getting a horse?
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:45 PM   #105
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Horse trade? Your getting a horse?
My skills at detecting online sarcasm are as poor as my skills at turning down a beer. I meant a barter! :-)
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My skills at detecting online sarcasm are as poor as my skills at turning down a beer. I meant a barter! :-)
Not really bad issues.....I know both well, myself...hehehehehe
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #107
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I'The t-posts will be used in my main winter project, which will be erecting a 1500' run of fence to make my ranch fully enclosed. With these t-posts, and a deal lined up for the steel posts (every 5th post, with concrete footings), my BOM is now needing six rolls of barbed wire, two corner braces, and ~4 H-braces.....
sounds like a good plan, but you dont have to concrete that 5th post in, unless you just want to. The main thing is getting it deep, to help keep the t-post from "falling" over. The T-post are not that deep, so anytime an animal pushes on the fence, it will make the fence want to sway to one side, or the other, if you dont have a good wood post to help hold it up. Seen it so many times.

What I do on my line posts, is either repack with dirt, or crushed concrete if I have it.

Keep up the good work!

This is a really good tutorial on how to build corners, and layout a fence. It's geared towards netwire, but the concept is the same.
http://www.staytuff.com/build/

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:18 PM   #108
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sounds like a good plan, but you dont have to concrete that 5th post in, unless you just want to. The main thing is getting it deep, to help keep the t-post from "falling" over. The T-post are not that deep, so anytime an animal pushes on the fence, it will make the fence want to sway to one side, or the other, if you dont have a good wood post to help hold it up. Seen it so many times.

What I do on my line posts, is either repack with dirt, or crushed concrete if I have it.

Keep up the good work!

This is a really good tutorial on how to build corners, and layout a fence. It's geared towards netwire, but the concept is the same.
http://www.staytuff.com/build/
Thanks for all this info! My soil is very sandy. Do you think i would still be ok if my steel posts were perhaps 2-3 feet down? Also, would you recommend driving them in the same manner at the t-post (with a pile driver), or should I dig holes and fill them in like you said?
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I have only built fence in black/clay type soils. I have no experience with sand.

Your steel post is going to be your 5th post, right? If so, then yes, I put line posts 3' deep. It's best to drive them if you have the means to do so. I prefer a backhoe, but we also have a driver that we use todrive 2" pipe. We call it the "man killer". It takes 2 men to drive one, and it will flat wear you out.

My entrance way is all 4" pipe, and I pushed them in with a backhoe. They are all 4'-5' deep. You dont want to sharpen the ends either. Just square cut, and drive. A sharpened end wont drive straight.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:50 AM   #110
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Well, it's time to introduce myself to my nieghbor to the north. His horses are walking through a small damaged area of fence and grazing all over my pasture. Normally this wouldn't bother me really, except two of these equine cornsnatchers are now in love with my feeder corn!

Other trail camera culprits from the past few days include some "make me into a hat" worthy coons, a turkey vulture (great taco's, I hear!), and a few nice boars. I need to spend another night out there so I can catch them at 9-10:30 when they are arriving on a schedule, and/or put a trap out there and camp there for a weekend.

On the land improvement front, my new gate should be done pretty soon! I will post pics as soon as I receive them. The gate is being made by our very own JACK71, who has amazed me with both his talent and character. Stay tuned!
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:25 AM   #112
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In!!

Congrats on your place, you are living the dream! Enjoy every minute of it!
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:50 AM   #113
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a turkey vulture (great taco's, I hear!)
just throwing it out there; Turkey Vultures are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918...
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:00 AM   #114
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Congrats. Loving this thread. Tuned in.
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #115
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just throwing it out there; Turkey Vultures are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918...
I was totally kidding! hehehe

The thought of eating a vulture....*shudder*
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #116
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:56 PM   #117
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So is that your horse? Remind me of fishndadios Donkey.

Are you having other hogs out at that spot yet or just the one? I am digging the thread. It will be cool to watch over time. You never realize how much stuff there is to do until you actually own the land. My wife and I own some land close to Woodville and I have come to the conclusion I will never get everything done unless I live out there 24/7.

Edit: Sorry I just reread your post about the neighbors horses are coming over.

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Old 09-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #118
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So is that your horse? Remind me of fishndadios Donkey.

Are you having other hogs out at that spot yet or just the one? I am digging the thread. It will be cool to watch over time. You never realize how much stuff there is to do until you actually own the land. My wife and I own some land close to Woodville and I have come to the conclusion I will never get everything done unless I live out there 24/7.

Edit: Sorry I just reread your post about the neighbors horses are coming over.
I've got a pack of hogs (around 12-18 or so) that come around, and a few boars that run around solo. Lots of future pulled pork!!
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:16 PM   #119
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Horse meat is better for you than cow meat....just say'n
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:35 PM   #120
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If that neighbor doesn't contain his horses, it might be time for a pulled horse taco party at the ranch!
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:41 PM   #121
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:43 AM   #122
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Good info! Will longhorns eat yaupon?
I know you where joking, but seriously.....they will strip almost everything thats green, that they can reach.

We have a little 10ac trap that tends to get overgrown pretty quickly. We'll turn our roping steers in there, and withing a week they have it mowed down. All the poison ivy is stripped off the trees to about 5' high...LOL. If they can reach it, they will eat it!
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:23 AM   #123
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I cant wait to do this again in a few years, great job. When I was single and 25 yrs old I bought 118.92/acres SW of Rocksprings, had power put on it and built a nice cabin. There was a well across the road that the rancher said I could use so I did. Well about 7 yrs into owning the property I was offered an amount of money I couldn't refuse (double the purchase price I paid for it) and sold it. Wish now I still had it. DREAM on with your new land...
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Great post...I can't wait till we get our own property... inspiring.... love the hard work you put into your piece of paradise.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:39 PM   #125
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As far as a tractor goes, when I started clearing my 11 acre place in east Texas I started out with a 2wd tractor. After a couple of years I upgraded to a new 4wd with a loader. Now 15 years later the tractor is still going strong and I still use the loader all the time. What I like best is I can stack about 8-10 sacks of corn in the loader and lift it right up to the feeder to fill.
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I know! Just the problem I wanted! I will be getting a trap setup under that feeder pretty soon. Being a fanatical cook, when I see all those hogs on the TC, my mouth starts watering thinking of a dozen different dishes I'll be making out of them.

Any ideas on those white markings on a few of those hogs?



Thanks for all of this great info! Hopefully around spring I will be able to start looking into a tractor - probably something very affordable like a 9n (or something similar, that has a 3pt).

Does sharpening your saw chain typically hold an edge well, or does it dull out really quick?
I have a buddy of mine selling a Ford 9n for $1500 that works great, brand new paint job as well. PM me if you want his information. It is a gas tractor.
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Your gate is all finished and painted, it looks great
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #128
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Definitely! I'd love to talk to him about it and see what we can do.

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WOOHOO!!! I can't wait to post the pics of it installed! Do you have any teaser pics of how it looks with the painting finished?
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:16 PM   #129
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Oh, and the official top hog target at the ranch are now this guy. He will be a euro mount on the wall soon!!

What do you guess he weighs?
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Oh, and I have another update to make about the ranch. Since there is a live creek that runs through the bottom of the property, and my wife and I are such huge fans of "O' Brother, Where Art Thou?", we have decided to name our ranch "Soggy Bottom Ranch"!
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #132
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I think he weighs about 145
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #133
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JACK71 finished my gate!

I can't thank him enough for his fantastic craftsmanship and generosity!

Take a look, folks!
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WOW! Sweet!
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #135
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Seeing any good deer out there? I hunt on the edge of Williamson and miliam
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:35 PM   #136
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what happened to the updates?
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #137
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ill be keeping up with this thread
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #139
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Sorry, bud! I've been busy with work and some bowhunting at another property here recently. :-)

The updates are going to pick up a lot of steam in November and December though!

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I haven't seen any deer on my place yet, but I with the work I have planned, I expect them to be at my place in time for next year's season.

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Looking good.
Thanks, guys!


UPDATES:

1. Electricity is coming! I have met up with Heart of Texas Coop, and we're getting the location of my pole that will have the security light worked out. It's going to be right near the front gate, unsurprisingly.

Also, there will be one other pole at the back of the one acre box up front, that will have a 200amp meter loop on it. From there, I will have an electrician pull of that and make me a box with several receptables that can handle everything from RV hookups to some 110v's for extension cords to power small appliances.

2. Plans for water - My short term plan will involve getting two 275gallon water totes. I will bring one to the property empty, then fill a second one, bring it to the property on a flatbed, and pump the water into the empty one. It should be more than enough to take care of my camping water needs well through the winter season!

3. Hogs - Haven't shot one yet! Those M-F'ers show up every night except the nights I show up! I will be building a really nice big box blind for comfy late night hog hunting hoepfully next month, and will definitely provide great documentation of that build.

4. Gate - JACK71 build me an absolutely AMAZING gate, as per my previous pics. He and I have both been pretty busy lately, but I'm going to get the holes dug, pipes cemented in, and then we'll be good to go to hang that beauty!

5. Road base - I want to have road base laid down from the front entrance of the property all the way back to where the 30' easement opens up to the big main acreage, in addition to a loop in the front acre to make parking an RV or vehicles under the shade of the trees convenient. About 900' of road base in total. To do so at around 5" thick and ten feet wide is looking like it's going to cost me around $5500! Ouch! Hopefully I will be able to get that done around tax refund time. :-) :-)

6. Brush hog - I am still working on aligning times to make it out to the ranch of our awesome TBH compatriot Stan R, to pick up the brush hog he has so graciously allocated to me for my ranch needs. It shall happen soon!

7. Yaupon thickets - I was contemplating the idea of holding a weekend yaupon clearing party! My idea would be to round up some friends and/or TBH brothers, and make a weekend out of sawing down thickets and making them into burn piles, then having copious amounts of delicious grilled goodies, beer, and campfire shenanigans in the evenings. Would any of you be interested in such a thing?

Bruce, I hope these updates are to your satisfaction, brother!
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #142
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Yahoo!!!! Just saw my first deer at the ranch!!! Nice young buck!
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Hell yeah dude! Hope he bring some big boys with him!
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Updates!

1. I will be driving to the Cleveland area on Tuesday (tentatively) to pick up my gate, and hang out with JACK71 for the afternoon. I can't wait to see it hung!

2. I am about to start construction of what will be the primary box blind for the ranch. It's going to be a gorgeous 6x10 wood box blind with a vertical window in the front for bow shots, and horizontal rifle windows all around for the boomsticks. It will have ample room for two chairs, a military cot for taking naps, hooks for hanging binoculars and apparel, and a cooler for keeping your booze and snacks cold. It will literally be a little party shack that no occupant will want to leave, and can easily allow for an entire weekend spent in there in comfort. To top it off, the whole blind will sit on a 6' metal tower stand that my friend will be welding together for me, that will have a 3 foot deck on the back for taking a leak off the tower, LOL.

Stay tuned, pics will be coming before too long!
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #147
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Oh, and this guy is now my #1 hog target....
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1. I will be driving to the Cleveland area on Tuesday (tentatively) to pick up my gate, and hang out with JACK71 for the afternoon. I can't wait to see it hung!

2. I am about to start construction of what will be the primary box blind for the ranch. It's going to be a gorgeous 6x10 wood box blind with a vertical window in the front for bow shots, and horizontal rifle windows all around for the boomsticks. It will have ample room for two chairs, a military cot for taking naps, hooks for hanging binoculars and apparel, and a cooler for keeping your booze and snacks cold. It will literally be a little party shack that no occupant will want to leave, and can easily allow for an entire weekend spent in there in comfort. To top it off, the whole blind will sit on a 6' metal tower stand that my friend will be welding together for me, that will have a 3 foot deck on the back for taking a leak off the tower, LOL.

Stay tuned, pics will be coming before too long!
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Got all the materials for the floor! I think I'm at 500# already! Whew!!
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