Me, some friends, and 400 acres of private, pristine woodlands.

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  1. nigermk

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    Some friends of mine have a "farm" that's been in the family for 60 years out in the boonies of east KS. In reality however the land has been allowed to run wild for the past 50 years and is now some of the prettiest woods you ever did see. They only use the land for occasional family day trips where they mostly stay by the lake contained on the property and fish. They haven't even used it for an overnight camping trip in all that time. Anyway, this weekend they invited me and some other friends out there for the day. Here are a few pictures I took.

    When they were describing the land to me, all they talked about was how it wasn't really fit for camping because of how overgrown it is. I did my best to explain to them that that only made me want to experience it that much more, but I don't think they understood. When you hear the screech of branches on your car while you're getting to a site, that's a good thing. There was no road to speak of.
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    I watched them trying to start a fire with a couple green twigs and a match until I couldn't stand it any more and explained that prep work was 90% of fire building.
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    The whole group started to go on a hike, but only made it about a quarter mile before deciding to turn back and enjoy the lake, so I continued on my own and hiked the whole property. I saw some country that (aside from trespassers) probably hadn't been seen in 50 years at least. There are no trails except those made by wildlife.
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    Some of it was pretty thick, but those are the places where you sometimes find real gems. This guy was hiding under a log in some lowlands. I counted 5 tines on the more complete antler. The land hasn't been hunted at all since they acquired it because some of the relatives who also have a stake in the property are ardent environmentalists, vegans, and animal lovers. The number and size of the deer on the property makes me go numb just thinking about it, but more on that later.
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    New hood ornament? :)
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    Pretty fall colors, but don't touch.
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    Some more miscellaneous pics.
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    Continued...
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    The trees were stuffed to the gills with persimmons. Even found some ripe ones. Delicious!
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    Moving on, I found some nuts (sorry, I can't remember the name of them right now) so I stopped and enjoyed those too.
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    I just thought this rock was cool looking, so I snapped a picture.
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    And then the real excitement of the day happened. I scared up a doe which bounded away. I froze, knowing that where one deer is there are often more. Sure enough, 30 seconds after she left I heard a crashin and a smashin and what should come galloping by but this guy hot on her tail! He passed by me about 10 yards away and never knew I was there till he got downwind (I was wearing a plaid wool shirt and jeans). He paused right there long enough for me to get out my camera and snap a couple pictures! Then he snorted and continued after the lady. I stayed right where I was, letting my heart rate go down and thanking God for the experience, but 30 seconds later, another deer about the same size as the first passed by, chasing the same doe. He didn't offer me any pictures though, just sniffed the wind from behind cover. I wouldn't want to be between those two when the meet. As it was, I was glad for the reassurance of the .45 on my hip.
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    Once my pulse was back to normal, I continued on my way and got some wonderful overlooks of the lake with my friends on it.
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    The fall foliage was a real treat!
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    As the sun was setting, we pulled out some .22 rifles and I slipped the .22 conversion kit on my .45 and we enjoyed a bit of shooting. It was a real privilege for me to get to educate some of the people in gun use and safety, particularly with the handgun. Firearms are near and dear to my heart and I've had some world class coaches throughout the years, it's a pleasure to get to pass on some of that enjoyment to others. Unfortunately, my coaching duties prevented me from getting any more pictures, so I'll conclude with the requisite sunset pic.
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    I kept thinking hickory nuts, but was 2nd guessing myself. I'm no wild edibles expert, I just know a few things that are good to eat even though I may not know the name. Thanks for educating me!
     
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    Sorry for the sideways growing trees guys, I can't figure out how to fix them. Can anyone enlighten me?
     
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    Beautiful piece of property right there!
     
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    I love being out in the forrest when all the leaves are changing, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Upload your pics to photo bucket, then copy and paste the img code to your post. Much easier tan trying to manage files on the forum.
     
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    Great outing by the way, thanks for the pics
     
  10. nigermk

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    Yeah, I thought of that, but I want the pictures to be here in the future for others to enjoy. They go away if you change your photobucket album at all, and I like to keep my photobucket pretty limited as far as what pictures I put there.
     
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    Definitely hickory nuts. Let me guess, had a thick green (probably black by now) lobed husk that broke apart in 3-4 "petals"?

    They'll either taste vaguely like pecans (related) or taste like bitter death depending on the species it's from lol. Practically nothing but hickory grows out in place I frequent. Shagbark tastes alright, while pignut true to name is probably only fit for a pig to eat.

    Great pics though. Just reminds me I need to get out again while the weathers sooooo nice.
     
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    Good times!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    That's a beautiful piece of property and I hope you go back.
     
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    Takes for taking us along on your trip.
     
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    Download a free photo manipulation program called "Irfanview". It has a small footprint on your hard drive and is very user friendly. Open the image file in Irfanview then select Image>Rotate in the main menu bar then Save and you are done. Been using this one for years for quickie changes. You can resize a whole folder of camera pics to the same size with a simple batch operation as well as a lot of other stuff. If I want to create something or do something more elaborate, I'll use GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program). It's open source, absolutely free and will do everything Photoshop will do. PS is a ripoff.
     
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    sand stone!
     
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    Good stuff, Mike. Thanks for the report, bro.
     
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    Wow, 400 acres of pretty much 'virgin' land. Man o' man is there some good finds and good times waiting to be had in there! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
     
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    Would LOVE to have that kind of property, or even just access to some. Great photos!
     
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    Nice piece of land they got there! I don't see a thing about it that woud preclude camping, though. Maybe they thought there was not enough room to drive in an RV, I suppose.

    At least now they know!
     
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    Gorgeous spot. Hope you can talk them into an overnight trip.
     
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    Little slice of Heaven right there...
     
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    Thanks guys. I'm working on persuading them to let me camp out there, but it's slow going. They're fresh as newborn babes when it comes to woodcraft and have a lot of the fears that go with that. Namely wild animals coming into camp and assaulting them. I've tried explaining using words, but that only goes so far, so I've offered to take them along on an overnight to show them what I mean. Hopefully I'm successful and can gain more access to the property for camping. I don't hold out much hope for hunting just because of the inlaws (outlaws?) that they have to maintain peace with.
     
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    LOL Israel. I harvested my first yucca drill the other day. Letting it dry out completely while I work on wearing down the one you gave me.
     
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    Awesome photos. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    +1 on GIMP, I use that frequently. Thanks for the story!
     
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    Looks like a cool piece of land to hang out on, glad you had a good time.
     
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    Cool, man. Hopefully we'll get a chance to hang out again sometime and we can get some native stuff from the woods too. Takes a lot of time but it's fun.
     
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    Hickory nuts for the win!
     
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    Awesome man. A shame that the folks that own the land can't see it for it's true value. Hopefully you can show them the error of their ways. "Forgive them for that know not..." :D
     
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    Great trip report, enjoyed the scenery.
     
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    In my youth 50 or so years ago I hunted a lot in eastern Kansas around Mound city ,Lacine area and there was some virgin prairie left back then, and prairie chicken, quail ,and woodcock were abundant in the area.

    Seeing a deer there in those days was rare , don't believe Kansas even had a season on deer back then.

    It was beautiful country and great people and all you had to do was ask and you could have the run of most farms.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.



    I too lived in Kansas City Mo. in those days.


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    I gotta get out soon. Nice trip. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Larry, this was indeed in the Mound City area!
     
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    That cool , my hunting partner grew up there and their farm was known as the Smith family farm.
    I failed to mention that the duck and goose hunting was great too, during the season we would get on a hilltop and watch the flights with binos and go to the ponds they lit on , circle below the dam and turn our Brittany spaniels loose to flush the ducks.

    It was a great in my hunting life!
    !0 to 15 coveys of quail was not unusual at all when quail hunting and doves were thick too.

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    Beautiful stretch of land, people picture Kansas as all flat but especially in the eastern part of the state there are a lot of beautiful wooded areas. Good luck getting back out there that would be a great place to practice.
     
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    Awesome..... Looks like a killer area.

    We need to plan a winter MO camp this season.
     
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    No doubt! Take another shot at getting the guys together. Preferably after the new year though. I burned my last expendable vaca time with the one you had to miss. You really need to get incriminating photo's of your bosses..... :16:
     
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    Sweet trip man! looks like fun to explore untouched land.
     
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    Nice trip, you were just 30 miles west of me. Yeah, I agree with your family about camping back in there..... I mean, What if, the wilderness gets you or something like that.

    Great trip, sometimes the yucca stalks will have yucca worms in them right now. From the yucca moth, and the stalks will sometimes have a rattle to em. I've been known to throw them in the oven to kill the worms, so they don't eat up anymore of the stalk. Great spindle material for sure, one of my favorites.
     
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    oh my thats some beautiful country.
    thanks for all the pics
     
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    I like how it's returned to more of an natural habitat. Really cool stuff.
     

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