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  1. One Legged Josh

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    I'm having trouble with my guts tonight and can't seem to sleep. I Might go for a hike to lessen the cramps.


    Here is more progress on my "American puukko"
    I heat treated the blade this morning then drilled glued and clamped the scales on this afternoon and Matt ground the edge.
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    Tomorrow we plan to clean the shop, fix my roof rack, prep for the 6+ hour trip to CT, and wash our rank hunting clothes.
     
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    LOL yeah that shop sure looks like it needs a cleaning
     
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    @Frank1960 , I think Josh is hunting turkeys in New York State. If that is the case, it is illegal to use a rifle and solid projectile. Regs are here. Last two years most folks have not even seen turkeys due to a rough spring in 2015. I think Josh and his hunting partners have some special mojo.
     
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    I haven't made a knife in over 3 years. Super fun to learn new things and get some grit under the fingernails.


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    Yeah, no rifle use for me. I'd be a terrible prisoner.

    The private property where we have been hunting is the most turkey rich area I've ever hunted.
    There is a winter flock pic up of 73 birds in one field.

    The deer situation is similar. Bountiful.
     
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    Nah, they won't put you in jail. Just confiscate your gun, current license, and put you on the "no license list" for a few years (which also means no legal fishing). Unless you're also doing something else illegal like selling the meat.

    Sounds like the game in the area where you are hunting is in good shape. That's great. We've got a good deer population but turkey numbers are way down.

    That knife looks really sweet. Doubly so that you made it. Enjoy using it, the knife will like that!
     
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    Well that's not fair......
     
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    I finally made it to Connecticut today. But first.....

    We got one more turkey called in to 30 yards for another of Matts friends. Are you counting? That makes 9 birds. We put on a clinic!

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    Then the battery in my truck died again, so I bought a new one.

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    On the road again.
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    You are nuts if you think of the East as flat. Old mountains are still mountains.

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    Now I'm at DCM's place for a while. (Bcusa world tour continues)
    Im here to help him get his property ready for a cottage build.


    The new "outhouse" going up is bigger than my house-house.
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    Next step is Vermont for 5-6 weeks.
     
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    As always thanks for sharing your journey with us and quick thought with the battery have you thought to check the alternator that its charging properly
     
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    Enjoying your adventures!!
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    love the reports! Ya need one of those solar battery chargers you plug into your 12V receptical on your car and it will keep the battery charged
     
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    Done!

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    I started training today for a charity Ultra Marathon at the end of June. That's 100 miles in a day by the way.

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    Support small businesses!

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    Liking your new MP Puukko, very nice.
     
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    That is one SWEET looking pile o' gear. Some mileage and stories in that photo for sure. I think you are giving that gear a good workout. Congratulations on the trip so far.
     
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    Really like that knife Josh.
     
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    That blade looks fantastic. I love the mix of materials you used for the scales!
     
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    DCM and myself went up to his property to check on the progress yesterday. The driveway is almost accessible now, and the cabin site is mounded up flattened and graveled.
    I hope to be a resident up there by next weekend or there about. A huge nor'easter is blowing in and will slow things down again.

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    Love the gear shot !! Could do a" Do you know the maker Quiz "! Keep on trucking Josh !
    Kevin
     
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    Foraging is hard.
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    Cutting new memory foam mattresses out.
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    A few miles from Eric's land is this 12 mile long lake that I plan to explore.
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    I love this thread!

    Thank you very much for taking us along!
     
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    Love the lake shot could float on that all day
     
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    Thanks for taking us along. Stay safe.
     
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    11 months of offgridish/outside living as of today. It's still fun!
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    9 more years and I retire from the great state of NY then I'm right there with yea .
    Kevin
     
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    I'm on day 3 on the mountain. I drive into town today and found wifi at a one room library.

    I'm getting everything set up and finding a routine.

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    I know you can't see it but it is there. My dog barked and it ran like it was on fire.

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    Ya got bear spray?
     
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    I think Josh has a long gun but he better load something more solid than turkey shot! ;)

    Bear is probably hungry or feeding cubs. Be careful.
     
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    I have a Glock .45 and a Remington 870 with buckshot.
     
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    It's rained for 30 hours straight, with 3 more days forecasted.....A muddy mess at the construction site. Further delaying the framers and the cabin project. It might not even happen while I'm here.

    I'm eating and reading my days away. There are worse things!

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    I've of course found some off the beaten path kinda places to take my truck, and today went kayaking for the first time. No pics I couldn't risk my phone.
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    Go outside! It's free.
     
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    Still out in the VT mountains. Still having fun. We added a outfitters tent and outhouse this week.
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    My Great Grandfathers machete got a campsite cleared out.

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    I found a pre Revolutionary war cemetery today while doing some 4 wheeling.

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    Here is the deluxe poopin place.

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    now that thar is a good outhouse! Hope his tent is farther away from water than yours was.
     
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    I imagine inside a little wood stove for heat and a five gallon bucket with a pool noodle seat....

    Looks like a beautiful place to live!
     
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    I had friends out from all over this past weekend.


    Kayaking
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    Antelope burgers and whitetail steaks.
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    Jaw wagging.
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    I paddled 11 miles today with Purdy. We grabbed some tackle from the boat ramp trees and had a great time.
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    I don't see these guys in Ohio very often.
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    I'm still exploring on rainy days and finding new views.

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    Nice pics! What was the building on the river?
     
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    An old hydroelectric building.
     
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    Mac and cheese with hotdogs tastes like poverty. Delicious, creamy, yummy, meaty poverty.
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    Hot sauce ! Where's the hot sauce!
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    Saturday will make it a full year that I have lived outside and offgrid(ish).
    Longest trip report ever!

    I'm packing up in Vermont today and should be in NY tomorrow evening.

    A piece of ground in New England is my dream someday. This is all I can afford currently....
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    Summer happened in a week out here. The weather in these mountains is bipolar.
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    When you get to your next destination if you are going to be there awhile send me a pm with your address and I'll send a little care package your way if you would like . Nothing big just some coffee and dry goods . Bolster your pantry.
    Kevin
     
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    Have I mentioned lately how jealous I am of your little trip here wish i could pick up and do the same at the moment.
     
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    Yesterday morning finished my year outside. It wasn't easy at times, but it was all worth the experience I had. I'll never forget it.

    Foraging, hunting, fishing, and trapping combined with camping full-time was a lifelong dream of mine.

    My girlfriend is the next adventure in my life and I can't wait to start.

    If you followed this whole thing that I did, I'd like to say thanks, and challenge you to take a chance and chase your own dreams.




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    Outstanding! Enjoy home life!!
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    Thanks for taking us all along looked like a fun journey :4::dblthumb:
     
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    What an incredible year! Appreciate you letting us tag along.
     
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed your adventure!

    Thank you for taking us along!
     
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    This is the best thread I have followed on any forum.

    It's been awesome following your adventures OLJ. Good luck with the next one!
     
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    Your done? Bummer! Well thanks for taking us along for the ride I enjoyed it a lot. Good luck in your future plans with your girlfriend and the kids.
     
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