A dream come true....

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  1. NevadaBlue

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    GOOD FOR YOU! What a dream, I am glad you found it. Keep us posted with your adventures.
     
  2. One Legged Josh

    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I’ve been down at the “hunting shack” working for a few days. My time has been spent cutting back vines and poison ivy, making new quad trails, digging and hauling rocks, transplanting a few trees, and building a scrap wood ramp for easier 4wheeler stowage.

    The community spring is used by folks for miles around. It’s a 1/2 mile quad ride from the shack.

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    I love it out here. I’m a blessed man.
     
  3. One Legged Josh

    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    We recently spent a week at the “hunting shack”. I put in a few full days of vine cutting and rock digging. We swam and hiked, learned airgun safety, swung on vines and just enjoyed our little slice.

    Every rock I dug and hauled by hand. I hope to end up with a raised path and epic fire pit eventually.

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    I stained the ramp to match.

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    Wild turkeys boob and local sweet corn.

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    We built a storage loft (4’x12’) to better prep the building with supplies.

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    I rebuilt then scorched/sanded/laqured the loft ladder.

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    We are now saving up to wire, insulate, and finish the inside. Stay tuned this fall and winter.....

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    Congrats! I wish you and yours success and happiness! Looks like ya got a lot of chainsaw work to do. It should give a nice byproduct of firewood though. Best of luck.
     
  5. One Legged Josh

    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I’m still working at the shack every chance I get. We will be wiring it at the end of the month. Then insulating and finishing the interior this fall/winter.

    I found a cold water spring and started refining it. We will see if it’s worth investing time in it if it maintains a good flow this season.

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    I’m still digging and hauling rocks daily for use in the yard.

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    I cut 100 junk wood saplings out of the front to open up space for the good ones to thrive.

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    The composting thunderbox is complete and installed.

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    I also put out two mineral stations and a game camera to see the cast of characters a bit closer.

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    Congrats, there’s nothing better
     
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    This is FANTASTIC, Josh! Congratulations! I'm really happy for you all. Cheers, my friend!
     
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    That is so fantastic. Your life will never be the same again....

    I bet you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning.
     
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    What a wonderful place for the children to grow up.

    Congrats!
     
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    I can’t believe nobody else has asked so I will. Can I come over hunting? LoL J/K. What a great place man!
     
  11. One Legged Josh

    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    We wired the hunting shack for electricity this weekend.

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    I also put in some forged fire irons I made a while back.

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    Then a neighbor gave us an aluminum screen house and cleared a shady spot for it. Our neighbors are one of the properties best features!
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    The property is getting better every week.

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    Awesome Josh, happy for ya man. Nothing like having a place like that. Love going to the cabin. And I hear ya about it not seeming like work there. Something I say often, no matter how hard the labor you do.
     
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    More recent goings on at the shack.....

    Firewood laid in and more trails added. Shooting from the back doorway is a benefit of owning a spot in the middle of nowhere.
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    I finally found the last property marker!


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    The stone patio/firepit is coming along and has added a lot of utility to our slanted hilly place.

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  14. MTplainsman

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    This has been a great follow along, though I just found this... I am impressed by what you have and what you have done! God bless your piece of land and your family!!!
     
  15. One Legged Josh

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    More work in the last few weeks..... I cleared out over 140 invasive saplings and burned them.
    Insulation and the reclaimed wood interior are going in now. I added a 100# propane tank and a ventless blue flame style furnace.
    It’s really coming together.

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    Looking good Josh looks like a great spot too. Thanks for the update man I always like seeing these post buddy.
     
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    Nice job!

    @One Legged Josh watch for spiders in those propane heaters .My mom uses them in the dog kennels and spiders like to clog up the pilot light tube and fuel line .
    Was really frustrating trying to get it lit until we figured it out . Few shots of compressed air pops em right out
     
  18. One Legged Josh

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    Duly noted, thanks for the tip.
     
  19. One Legged Josh

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    I had a few friends over for a hangout and work weekend. We insulated the ceiling and cleared out a spot for a hunting food plot (cut and burned 65 small trees)
    We ate too much and had a lot of laughs. CCE1C94D-801F-42A9-ACF9-0AE919A246C0.jpeg

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    Good times!
     
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    OH, my, thanks for the smiles and grins and laughs... :):D:18:

    Inflatable pants legs.

    On the gas heater, vacuum the ceramic plates every year or so too. Dust fills them up.

    Love the place, wow, lucky man!

    How did the spring do? I developed a little one once and it watered our garden all season. I fed the water into a couple of split water heater tanks and the cows could drink from it too.
     
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    It flowed all summer. I dug it out to 15 gallons or so, and the deer and turkeys use it daily.
     
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    You're "joshing" us, right?;) Congrats! It is definitely a "dream come true" to folks like us!
     
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    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I finally got the pieces together to plumb the furnace. That and a little more brush burning was the only progress this week.



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    Heat is working great and camp is still coming along. My wife had a friend and her boys over for the weekend and the kids had a blast. Even 6 people in the shack worked out okay for sleeping.
    I have the walls about 70% complete. Waiting on electrical help.

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    My cousin flew out to hunt the whitetail rut in Ohio with me. We bunk at the shack and hunt here in the mornings and at my in laws place every evening. The weather has been rough, but we have been blessed with success.

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    His first buck!

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    I was confident that I could get him in front of a deer. But he bought a fall turkey tag, which is a difficult thing to do around here.
    Success again on the first attempt to intercept them in their daily travels.

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    We are going to do some small game hunting and some fishing to finish out the week. Hoping for continued success.

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    Wow, another day in paradise. Thanks for bringing us along.
     
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    A bit of small game before we get him to the airport.
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    This truly is an awesome place! Congratulations to you and the family.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    You are blessed, indeed...and envied by many!

    Enjoy!
     
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    My dug-out spring worked for us yesterday. Having the only standing water on the whole hillside makes it easier to funnel them to you.
    My brother got this lil guy while trying to grab a drink yesterday morning on the firearms season opener.

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    Today’s view from my blind.

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    Oh, and I got this big fella with my bow a couple weeks back.

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    Nice deer OLJ do you get a lot of condensation with that style heater?
     
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    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    None so far. It’s a ventless blue flame model.

    The whole interior of the shack is rough cut wood as well. I bet it drinks up a lot of the moisture.
     
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    Looks great! Good luck with continued development.
     
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    It’s getting there. I’m pleased so far. Thanks for following along.
     
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    Just got home from a few days at the hunting shack.

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    My spring is holding 30 gallons or so and the critters love it.

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    Oh, and I got a big doe at the end of last week during gun season on my neighbors property.
    Freezer is about full.

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    @One Legged Josh , it seems I missed this posting and its bumps because it coincided with my traveling cross country. What an epic journey you're having. It's nice when work on the homestead doesn't feel like work.

    Sorry I couldn't follow along but it was nice to binge.

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    Thanks for stopping by. As long as people have any interest, I’ll keep posting progress at the property.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Nice!! Follow your dreams, don't let anything stand in your way!

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    Glad everything is coming together nicely, looks like a great little piece of heaven.
     
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