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Old 12-30-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default KCA Ranch. A Work in Progress.

I know that "Ranch" is a strong word for 21 acres but "farm", "acres", "property", and "big yard to mow" just didn't seem to fit.

For those that don't know...KCA is a term I learned from my fellow TBH'ers when I went through 3 bouts of colon cancer and beat it with the support of friends, family, and TBH.

Kicking Cancer's A#@

I have been cancer free for 2 1/2 years now and life is good. I told my wife that I didn't want to wait too long to fulfill our dream of owning property.

So about a year ago we started looking seriously. Thanks to the Texas Veterans Land Board we were able to afford 21 acres in Leon County. It took a lot of searching, saving, and disappointment until the right place came along.

Anyway...like others have done I wanted to start a thread to document our progress on the place. I know next to nothing about a lot of stuff that I should know to fix up and maintain a place. So I'm hoping to get some valuable advice from TBH on simple things like repairing barbed wire, building bridges, food plots, ponds, etc.

Basic description:

21 acres of mostly wooded terrain that is somewhat hilly. Big creek bottom through the middle of the property. Land is high at the front, slopes down to the creek, then goes high in the back. Smaller neighbors on the sides (about 5 bordering properties anywhere from 12 to 35 acres) and one very large property along the back side. We are at the dead end of a private road.

Two spring fed creeks. One smaller one runs into the larger one which bisects the property.

RV pad with septic, electric, water.
Two buildings. A well house that is big enough to live in. 750' water well. A small 10x12 cabin that will be a bunk house for family.

We made our first trip after Christmas and just got back yesterday.

Thanks to Andy Glass (TBH'er boogieandbride) for hauling my camper and helping to get it set up. THanks to TBH'er Stan R for helping with the septic (nice pvc system instead of the rv hose).

Here's some pics.














Our first fire on the place....







Nothing says home like septic...




My custom designed redneck porch...




Party pad...




My "thinkin' spot" on a sand bar...




THe back of the property has a beautiful clearing with some big old oaks...










Deer crossing with fresh tracks. My first trail camera on the place is pointed at that crossing:






And this is what I have been dreaming about for years. A place to sit, reflect, worship, give thanks, hold hands with my wife, and watch kids and grandkids have fun....



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Old 12-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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GUNA BE GREAT!.....Bet the blood pressure has already dropped....
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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Man that's awesome on so many levels. Congrats you deserve it.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #5
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Very nice Sir!
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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One of the best threads I have ever read on TBH!

Congrats.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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Congrats on the property! Looks like a great place to enjoy the rest of your long life and making memories. Enjoy!
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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Very nice and we'll said. Blessings to you my friend.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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Congrats on the dream place. Nothing like unlocking the gate on your own place.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:07 AM   #10
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Great pics Bobby! Congrats on the Ranch.

My son killed his first deer last week on 50 acres my dad bought about 5 years ago. My dad was beaming that my sons first deer came from "our" ranch. I am sure you will have a ton of memories from this place.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:33 AM   #11
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I want one! Congrats
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #12
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Congrats, looks awesome
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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congrats, great looking ranch
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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Congrats to you and yours Bobby!! Livin the dream sir!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #15
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One of the best threads I have ever read on TBH!

Congrats.

totally agree!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #16
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Congrats, I hunt in Leon Co as well. Super nice place.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:42 PM   #17
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It's weird ain't it? There's no place like home; but there's nothing like your own patch of woods! Growing up on ranches I had my share of personal places, one of these days I will have it again.

Congratulations on not giving up on the dream and being disciplined enough to follow through!

The KCA Ranch!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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Bobby,

It is a beautiful property. Susan and I enjoyed coming out.

I could see how proud you and the wife were.

KCA Ranch That would make a great name plaque to put on the gate.

Stan






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Old 12-30-2013, 01:01 PM   #19
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Bobby,

It is a beautiful property. Susan and I enjoyed coming out.

I could see how proud you and the wife were.

KCA Ranch That would make a great name plaque to put on the gate.

Stan






Stan
I missed the memo....
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #20
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I missed the memo....

Aw man. It ain't like that. He had the RV septic connections I needed and decided to hand deliver.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #21
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no problems....I'm sure I'll catch ya over the 30 or so years....
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #22
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Great pics Bobby! I am very happy for you and your clan. Congrats on the new KCA ranch!!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #23
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Its a special feeling for sure. What's amazing is I still find new things on my place all the time...This is after 6 years of thinking I have looked at it all, several times..

Congrats to you guys, well deserved and cant wait to see it in person one day.
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #24
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Congrats Bobby, nice lookin place!
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:24 PM   #25
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #26
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This thread sits well with me.

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Old 12-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #27
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That's just awesome...I see many great pics to come from The KCA Ranch!
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:34 PM   #28
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tuned in as well Mr. Bobby looking dang good
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:03 PM   #29
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Wow, that looks like an awesome place! One day I'll own land as well.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:32 PM   #30
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:38 PM   #31
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Chew,

While we don't know each other, I've followed your progress thru the MDA trials and tribulations. You deserve your little slice of heaven in Leon County. Enjoy it and know that there are many of us that wish we could have something like that as well.

Happy New Year to you and your family.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #32
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Congrats ! I would love a place like that. Quick comment...My BIL started off with a "porch" like that and all he did was put some cinderblocks underneath and 3/4 inch plywood screwed over the top. Wish I had a pic from two weeks ago, but it turned out nice enough to get the mud off and walk out barefoot.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:22 PM   #33
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Congratulations on kicking cancer and fulfilling your dream of owning a ranch. The KCA ranch looks like the perfect place to relax and enjoy life.
Be sure and post pictures from your trail camera on the trail. Should get some good pictures at that crossing.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:23 PM   #34
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Congrats ! I would love a place like that. Quick comment...My BIL started off with a "porch" like that and all he did was put some cinderblocks underneath and 3/4 inch plywood screwed over the top. Wish I had a pic from two weeks ago, but it turned out nice enough to get the mud off and walk out barefoot.
I think that's what I'll do. Gonna track down several full sized pallets and screw some plywood on top.


Future projects in somewhat of the priority list:

Metal awning over camper and front porch

Deck out the cabin with beds, dresser, etc., and it's own small awning over the front porch

Add a shower/toilet, washer/dryer, fridge, oven/stove to the well house (it's 16x16 and well built.

Build a bridge over the creek that will support a tractor, jeep, etc.

Reinforce the existing bridge to support a ranger/UTV type vehicle.

Stands and feeders and cameras

Small garden for the wife

Fire pit

Get some slag brought in to build up parking area and walk ways between buildings and campers.

Exterior lighting

Food plot in the back

Fix some barbed wire

Small dam in the creek to make a decent swimming hole

1/2 acre to 1 acre pond that is somehow kept filled by the creek.

Manual hand pump on the well in case the zombies come and we lose electricity

Skinning rack

Archery and pistol range area.

Barn/lean-to/shop

Our retirement home
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #35
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Ya'll have a pretty place there. I am envious of your creek. I have a low place that will flow water if it rains four inches pretty quick.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:59 PM   #36
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Looks awesome Bobby! A big congrats to you and Mary! Can't wait to get together with y'all.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #37
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Great start on the list!....we can help!
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #38
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I'm following this thread. Congrats on the new place
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:38 AM   #39
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Bobby

You can get full size pallets at Standley's in Madisonville. They charge $1 each.

I bought lots and use to stack my hay on.


this is a the best picture I can find of my red neck deck.

I think 10 pallets, 6 or so 3/4 inch treated plywood, some green outdoor carpet.






Idea on fire pit...


I made this in about 4 hours. The wife loves it... I used landscape brick and some bags of white crushed marble.


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Old 12-31-2013, 05:28 AM   #40
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Beautiful place. With that spring water, I can guarantee you there have been folks on that knoll for 12,000 years. I bet you have a killer Ancient site there. That might just be a true honeyHole for a monster buck too It backs up to a large neighbor and you have the cover.

I love it, Steve
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:37 AM   #41
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Nice looking place
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:42 AM   #42
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Love this thread. So happy for and the family, Bobby. We are neighbors x2! I hope you were able to track down some loppers on Saturday...can't wait to hook up and show each other our places. Enjoy it sir!
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:52 AM   #43
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dang bobby, thats nice! congrats!
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Nice looking place
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:39 AM   #45
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Congrats Chew, great looking place!
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:20 AM   #46
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Awesome deal...
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:26 AM   #47
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Just remember, you have to be up there the second weekend of every month for Jewett's flea market. The girls can go shop and play and you can play on your land.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #48
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Just awesome. Living the dream of hunters everywhere and owning your own land. Heres to year after year of memories with the family.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #49
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Following the Chew Crew at the KCA, congrats Bobby.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:22 PM   #50
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Seen any deer out there Bobby?
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