8/7 I spent the afternoon with my grandson and son-in-law riding 4 wheelers at the camp. Notice the first tree every year to change color has already begun. It is a maple on the north shore of the island on Twin lake.
8/6 Went to orchard to lay cayenne pepper around the fence to keep the bears out. Got to the orchard and the bear was inside the fence. He soon vacanted after some yelling and horn honking. Spread the pepper so hopefully that will be the end of him. Met with Gordy today at the fence line. Talked and talked. Man they don't make good men like him very often.
7-30-8/5 Lot of time at the camp. Mowed South pipeline now that nesting season is over getting ready for deer season. Worked in the orchard as a bear got in and damaged some trees. Sprayed for last time, fixed the fence. Lot of apples! Also spoke with Tom Kramer today. They are beginning a logging operation to the south of the gun range. I gave him permission to clear the south area to tamarack stand for a log landing yard and permission to us my legal access out to highway 10.
7/29 Spent all morning at camp. Mowed majority of north end. Sprayed locust area and addressed access road. Hay is all cut being wind rowed. Food plots really coming along nice. Saw a doe and 2 fawns in the plot on SPL and a big doe up on north Main. Going back out Friday and work in the orchard spraying and trimming. Looks like we need a little fence repair also.
7/22 Time to take the small ranger in for the bi-annual tune up. Every other year each piece of equipment goes to the shop for complete tune ups, oil changes etc. Last year the beaver bus ( ranger crew cab) got one.
7/20 Another day, another camp tour with some relatives whom never been there before. Didn't see any wildlife but the apples and food plots are doing well. Had a couple trees over the trails from the storm the other night that we quickly cut up and set aside for future firewood. Clover in the trails are prolific this year with all the timely rains. I'll be mowing trails again real soon.
7-12 Beautiful morning at the camp today with the sunrise coming up. Sprayed the apple orchard for the second time in 2020. Looks to be 1500-2000 apples for this year. Changed out trail cameras. Seems like more wildlife this summer. Deer Bear and turkeys everywhere! Food plots are coming along very nice with corn and mixed clovers. See pictures below. Lot of nice bucks developing!
7-5 Early morning at the camp mowing orchard and a few trails. Saw a huge Tom Turkey! Swans were on Twin Lake sharing it with a beaver. Other than the worst time of year for deer flies, it was a beautiful morning everything so green and lush. The food plots are coming along and the hay and alfalfa must be over 4' high.
7-3 Again as in most weekends, a buddy taking his family to the camp to ride four wheelers and use the gun range. He just called and asked permission. These guys all have keys to everything yet they always call and ask first. Fabulous use of the property where so many have great memories. Total purpose we have been blessed by.
7-1 Took tractor back to the camp today and worked in the orchard. Started mowing the trails for the second time this year, Saw a bear on the way to the camp and 6 turkeys: 2 each in three different locations at the camp.
6-24-25 With being gone in Texas, Jim stepped up and filled in on some key elements this past week. He sprayed all the food plots and attended to the orchard. A big thank you!
6/10-6/15 Grandchildren were home and we spent a lot of time at the camp running the trails in the ranger. Kids getting to know the names of the trails and stands. They sure enjoy being at the camp!
6/7 Doug Nelson and I ran the trails checking camera chips. Deer at every camera, lots of Turkeys at Stinky, Orchard and SPL. 2 Bears at West Maple Valley. Twin Lake finally starting to drop after I opened a beaver dam allowing more flow to corner lake.
6/3 Another 3 hours mowing trails today. Then mowed the orchard and sprayed the apple trees for the first time. Do it 3 times a summer. Things looking very good at camp with food plots starting to come through.
6/1 Spent 4 hours on the tractor mowing roads for first time this year. Got little over half done until I sheared a pin on the brush hog. Needed more fuel anyway so quit for the day.
5/31 Jim and I checked food plots and put up all the new signs at all the stands I got for Christmas.
5/30 Had a wonderful picnic at the camp today with grandchildren. Then a long trail ride looking for animals and trail cameras. Saw a deer and turkey.
5/24 Great day. Nolan, our youngest hunter scored with his first turkey at the camp. He got it at the bottom of field 2.
5/23. Got the last of the food plot seed in then came the rains. Now let's hope we get a good soaker for it.
5/22 Took and grandkids for a long ride at the camp. Reset all the game cameras and the kids played in the deer stands.
5/21 Rock, Mark, Jim and I planted and fertilized all the food plots today. Hopefully the rains will come as forecast for the next 3 days. Everything is real dry.
5/20 Finally got the game cameras up and running. So The grandkids and I went and placed them and then played in the deer stands and had a good ride in the ranger. The big swans are back again for the 5 year in a row.
5/17 Four couples spend the day running the trails on ATV's and then a nice BBQ at the camp. Great to catch up with a bunch of neighbors.
5/16 Spread 12 yards of seasoned manure in the food plots today.
5-14/15 Spent most of the days plowing and cultivating the food plots. Opened new areas in all three fields for clover plots also.
5/13 I went and bought 4 more apples trees to replace the dead ones and got them planted. All 41 apple trees now have been fertilized with trees spike in 2020. Will be spraying them in a couple weeks for the first time this year.
5/12 I took the day off working at the camp so Laurie , our daughter Anna and I took the grandchildren to play on the trails with the big ranger. Kids loved it!
5/11 Planted 3 new apple trees to but realized I had 4 die last winter. Also mowed food plots and started the spring plowing of the food plots. The new cultivator/digger is going to work very well.
5/9 Back on the turkey stand and I scored within a couple hours. Biggest bird I have shot at 21 lbs with a beard over 10". That makes 4 turkeys for Spring 2020 shot at the camp.
5/8 First day back at camp for 2020. Changed out tracks on ranger and took chains off beaver bus. Graded the access road, open a beaver dam. Lot of thing to finnish cleaning up after Maple Syrup operations this spring. Firewood to cut. Tarps to take down. etc. etc. Trails all looked good after taking a quick run on them. Orchard needs attending with fertilizer spikes. Hoping to add a few more trees this year.
4/21 After seeing many many birds, Roy tagged out this morning down on South pipeline.
4/19 Guys hunting figure they have seen close to 100 birds. 2 nice toms down by Jim and Mark. Pictures below! Awesome.
4/15 2020 spring turkey season opens. Jim got a 24 lb with 9 3/4 beard today. Rock missed a Tom and Craig who was using a bow had a nice Tom come within 5 yards but couldn't get a shot. I am actually still stuck in Texas but going turkey and pig hunting at my cousins tomorrow in San Saba.
3/28 The team was back at work today bottling the syrup. 9 3/4 gallons was the final count for the 2020 season. Everything cleaned, put away and season in now over! Next on the agenda is Spring Turkey hunting, then food plot planting.
3/25 Due to the virus camp is almost shut down. All taps are pulled and things cleaned. All sap boiled down to brix 29 and the final boil will be Saturday and then expected to bottle about 8 gallons of final product. With the stay at home order issued by the governor. better to stop now and complete the year. Many thanks to the many that did the syrup this year. GREAT FRIENDS!!!
3/20 Everyday the bags are being checked. And today more are being set out by Jim,Travis, Griffin and Dan. Cooking should start Saturday 3/21 with Rock and Craig! With the Corvid-19 we sadly are requesting a limited number of people to the camp this year. This virus crap is adversely effecting everyone and everything.
3/17 The bags are collecting sap so the plans are to collect sap tomorrow. Call Dan Carlson if you want to help.
3/15 Mark and Rock will be at the camp Monday working on taps. Anyone wanting to help, call one of them for more information. Mak 320-249-4431 Rock 320-493-1459
3/11 Jim, Mark and Rock back at the camp working, cleaning etc. etc.
3/7 Poganski's,' Murphys and Carlson's teamed together to work at the camp Saturday plowing, cleaning and tapping!!
3/5/20 The guy that cuts the hay fields opened up the road into the camp with the big 3/4 ton and V plow. Then Mark and Rock spent the day getting the camp open. Got all equipment started, plowed, shoveled. etc.etc.etc. Tapped several trees and fired up the wood stove. CAMP is open, now to finnish tapping the trees!!!
2/20/20 New year and new experiences await. Sitting in Texas at our winter home in Spring Branch I am trying to plan maple syrup season from 1352 miles away. Dan, Mark and Rock will be the on-site captains coordinating actual activities. I have access into the camp organized when we are ready to roll. Mark, Jim, Rock and Dan will work on getting the trees tapped. The camp is totally ready for tapping with everything required but the drills on site. Equipment is all ready to roll. Now we just wait and see what the weather does.
11/27 Neighbor Dan Carlson went out to the camp with his grandchildren and cut a Christmas tree. Exactly why those were planted to share with others.
11/13 2019 was a fabulous year at the camp. Again it provided more opportunity and fulfillment than we could have ever imagined before buying it. It entertained, and help to educate hundreds of people throughout the year. What a blessing! With us now living in Texas for the winter months things are going to be pretty quite there. A trapper will be in and out trapping beaver and perhaps some friend checking on thing on their snowmobiles (while running the trails). To all that have helped make this possible thank you. See you in 2020!
11/9 -11/12 Anther GREAT DEER CAMP! We ended the year at 6 for 7. Scoring was Mark-2, Jim 1, Matt 1, Nolan 1 and Ron 1. Lot of firsts, new stories, and deer shot in new locations. Absolutely beautiful in the woods with the seasons first snowfall. All deer processed, camp totally cleaned and prepped for maple syrup season come March.