Discussion in 'Florida' started by El Duderino, Aug 31, 2017.
A few additional pics courtesy of @Edge308
Anybody happen to grab the folding chair I forgot?
If it was a blue Sports Authority chair Wayne has it
Wayne, maybe I pick it up from you on the next meet-up. If I don't make it, keep the chair....
Yes Will, it is safe. I have it. If you want me to ship it, just PM me with you address or I will hang onto it until the next meet after the Holidays. Either way let me know.
I thought that I left a knife but found it on the second inspection of the truck of the car. This is becoming a pattern at these events...
I feel bad about bailing on this. Is Rice Creek too far for people down south? Maybe could do a meet a bit sooner than March?
I was speaking with El Duderino and we are trying to set up something earlier than that. Rice Creek is closer to me than Tampa was, I am in if you want to set this up and head up in March.
Kinda far for me. I would prefer Ocala.
I agree. I really enjoyed the hunting and fishing at Ocala, which made it worth the long drive.
We could do Ocala again or I'll see what I can come up with as another option. Hunting in spring is pretty much going to be small game or turkey.
That's ok with me.
Ocala is much more doable for me guys. 4 hour drive two ways was just too much for an overnighter.
Rice Creek would be even closer for you, but I agree, if there was a way we could stretch the trips out a bit.
Time to start putting together the Spring 2018 Meetup.
Please post weekends in March that will work for you. Once I have this info I can pick the most convenient weekend for the majority.
The location is yet to be determined. It will either be the same location as our last meetup (near Tampa) or a new location near Eustis. Stay tuned!
If you've never attended a meetup or you're new to bushcrafting, come join us! Everyone with an interest in bushcraft is welcome to attend. It doesn't matter if you've been practicing bushcraft for 3 days or 30 years. Our meetups start on a Saturday and we camp overnight. If you can only come for the day that's fine too.
@Vilke, @WILL, @One, @Edge308, @Usingmyrights, @Ghost Widow, @Randop
I was trying to put one together for the panhandle area around the same time frame too....
Looks like the 3/2-4, 3/16-18 and 3/30-4/1.
Anytime in March is good 4 me.
Thanks Vilke, maybe I can get it from you in the upcoming March meet-up. Whenever the date is finalized, just let me know if you can make it with the chair. It'll work out either way.
I'm hoping for a bit more back-packing, wildernessey, less car camping event this time around. I understand it's hard to make everyone happy on these events though, and just glad El Duderino has been putting these things together.
I have a potential backpacking trip we could do. How far were you thinking if backpacking? I have a potential in my area (I know most don't want to drive that far though).
16-18 isn't good for me. Any other weekend should be good.
Figuring I arrive in N. Florida about noon, I'm good for 3-4 miles and still have enough daylight to set up camp. That or a canoe/kayak trip would be neat. My big thing is I like camping away from the crowds.
Will - No issue on the chair, I will bring it. As far as a canoe trip goes, if there is interest we could do the Rock Springs run out of Apopka. There are a couple of campgrounds along the way that can only be accessed (at least that I know how) by boat. These are on State Forest land and are approved primitive camp sites. I have 2 canoes if needed. They also rent canoes and provide a bus ride back for a fee. I am going out of town at the end of March so any of the first 4 weekends in March work for me. I am in for whatever is decided, I just want some dirt time!
Not too far for me.
Sounds great. I'm game for whatever El Duderino puts together, I just go with the flow.
I've been to one of the primitive sites in Apopka only accessible by boat. That was kind of cool.
I think a canoe trip sounds great! @Vilke, since you're familiar with the Rock Springs run, would you mind finding out all the details? Price, campsite reservations, etc. I can then compile it for everyone and create the "meetup info sheet".
Based on the responses from the 5 people who replied in this thread, the first weekend in March (3-4) is the weekend everyone can make it.
I just did a race at Wekiwa Springs (Rock Springs Run) There are well marked hiking trails, some really good canoeing, and a couple of primitive sites you can camp at. If you mountain bike, there are some good riding trails too. I have UTM maps of the area for off trail hiking and there are two orienteering courses at Kelly Park and Rock Springs, if you want to practice your land nav. There were a lot of downed trees when we were there end of November, but they may be cleared out by now. Or, you can enjoy portaging over them I'm up in the panhandle and it's a 6hr drive for me, but I might be able to make it. I can't make the 1st weekend in March and then our spring break is the week of March 16th-25th, which may be when a lot of FL schools are out.
If we do a canoe/kayak trip, I've got an extra 'yak and a beater canoe that someone could use. The water may still be a bit cool in march, but the fishing should be decent. There is also a place near Fort De Soto that has free camping on a island.
Thanks. Based on Vilke's info, I'm working on putting together a canoe/kayak trip. Should be fun.
Just for clarification, I meant "beater" canoe, not "better". I changed my post, but don't want anyone to have high expectations. It's a 14' alum, it floats and didn't have any leaks when I used it last, but it's not pretty.
The site that I went to didn't have much to offer for hammocks that I can remember. Also when I went there seamed to be a lot of small ticks! Also the mosquitoes were bad.
Alright, so I stumbled on the 2018 SWFMA public land hog hunt today.
Long story short, it's $75 for a 3 day hog hunting window at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve. Here's the location...
The dates of this hunt are January 23rd through the 25th, so this is fast approaching. Sorry for the short notice. Also, there's a limited number of permits.
I've never done a hunt like this, so it will be an adventure for me. I'd probably just pick one of the days out and overnight near the park the night before. I'd try to scout the area upon arrival the day before. The day of the hunt, I'd like to set up near a wallow or game trail pre-dawn and wait for my hog to come to me.
Anyone else interested?
Never Mind- it's a dog only hunt.
I'm interested in joining you guys for the spring meet. I'm in Pinellas County an own a passenger van. So if anyone needs a ride an are in Pinellas or Tampa just PM me.
I do have another place for a possible location. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. They have primitive camping and Back-country Camping. There is no hunting but there is fishing, mountain bike trails, and a river to kayak/canoe. I'll be able to give a good idea of what the area is like after I hike it on Monday.
Here is a map of Jay B. Starkey park.
Hey guys, just wanted to follow up on this since it's been a few weeks. The canoe trip is not going to happen. The Rock Springs Run (near Wekiwa River SP) is closed due to trees across the river from the hurricane. They're still working on clearing it and it won't be finished any time soon. The ranger didn't sound too sure if it would ever be cleared.
Good news is we'll still have our spring meetup. As referenced above, everyone is available the first weekend in March (March 3-4) so please keep that date saved.
Two options are in the final running:
1. SR19 Trailhead in Ocala - This is where we had our first meetup last January. It's a 30 minute hike in and we can camp at the same spot. One thing we didn't realize last time is that Buck Lake is a short walk away (see pic). It's a campground for large groups and you have to pay to camp there, but it's on the FL trail so fishing and water resupply can be done.
2.TBD - I have another option I'll be checking out in the next two weeks. It's also fairly close to Ocala. Once I check this location out I'll make the final determination and let everyone know.
For now, just keep that first weekend in March open!
i apologize, i just now got wind of this trip... i'm interested.
I'm in for march, I just need a week or so notice so I can switch my shift around
We could do a canoe/ kayak overnighter on the Peace River from Arcadia to Nocatee. It's about a 10 mile paddle down stream. Takes about 3-4 hours. We could meet at the boat launch at 11ish at NW American Legion Dr off SR 70 in Arcadia. We'd have to park some of the vehicles at the end point (the boat launch at 760 and SW Adventure Way, so we could retrieve the rest of the cars when we end. We could paddle about 3 hours and camp on the beach anywhere on the river. There's plenty of drift wood to make a fire and plenty of trees for hammocks, I've done it twice and it's real nice.
@WILL How's the fishing and what normally bites that way?
Bass, sunfish and catfish. It's hit or miss.
Hopefully if we go this route they'll be biting. Just gotta pack the skillet, some oil, flour and seasonings.
This sounds like a good time to me! Great idea Will!
If we do the river run, I could possibly bring two extra yaks and a canoe, but would need as much advance notice as possible since I'd need to try to rebuild/convert my Jon boat trailer to carry kayaks. As it is now, I can take mine +1 roof top. One yak is touring/fishing and the other is a straight touring.
As far as Rice Creek, the trails are all flooded, so we'd have to walk through water varying from ankle to probably calf deep. There is a dry option to get to the camp site, but it's basically a fire road so nothing special as far as the hike in. I still haven't made it out to the Etoniah location yet, but I'd imagine it's more of the same as far as flooding goes.
I see @Usingmyrights can bring two yaks which would account for 2 people total. How many people have kayaks or canoes they can bring? As of right now it looks like there would be 7-8 people.
Im in Wesley chapel and down. I have a kayak so either trip works for me. Just let me know which one
My daughter and I can attend with 1 canoe.
no canoe for me
@Ghost Widow Is it not having one or not wanting a float trip?