2/7 Back in the chat groups about maple syrup. Lot of people on the south fringes of syrup territory are tapped and cooking. Sent out a email to the crew who does sapping to outline the tentative plans. This morning at the camp was -24 below so things are at least a month out yet. Still, I am getting anxious sitting here in Texas about the upcoming season.
2/1/21 Getting lonesome from the camp and excited for 2021 Maple Syrup Season. I missed last year due to the covid crap. Planning on being home mid to late March for it.
12/10 Just when you thought things were closed down....No. Camp has continued to be used. 1st some friends family went out shooting and 4 wheeling with the unseasonal weather. Then another buddy went and processed a deer there that he hit with his truck about 10 miles from it. Glad people are using it.
11/26 This should be the last update for 2020. Camp is officially closed down until Maple Syrup season however there will be a few friends enjoying the winter trails no doubt. Another great year with many wonderful memories! Man are we blessed!
11/25 Again this year the camp has provided free Christmas trees for friends. I love it when a plan comes together!
11-6 through 11/14 Deer Season 2020. Wow best year ever! Weather was incredibly warm and made for a wonderful season. Picked up Geoff and Matt from the airport at 9:30 Thursday night. Got to camp by 10:30PM. Temp 60. We sat outside in shirts drinking scotch and smoking cigars until 12:30. Friday took the ranger around to all stands to refamiliarize Geoff with stands since he hasn't been home for deer camp in 3 years. Dropped GPS pins at all stands and changed camera chips. When reviewing the chips back at camp we saw 2 huge bucks. One very distinguishable by a non-typical horn. This year we decided to draw cards for stand choices. Geoff- Oak Tree, Jim-Tamarack, Roy-SPL, Andrew- Stinky, Matt-Maple Valley, Nick-Buck,, Ron - One Night. To make a long story short by 10:00 AM we had 6. 3 nice 6 pointers and one huge 250 lb monster with a non typical rack. My son Geoff shot 3 bucks including the big one out of the same stand with 3 shots. Another deer was down by Sunday night. On Saturday 11/14, for the second weekend, Nolan 11 years old first time ever deer hunting alone shot a beautiful doe, completing our 8 for 8 season. What a year. We figure we saw over 35 deer. Myself I could have shot 9 but declined allowing a open tag to be used by one of the guys that haven't shot many deer. It was a awesome season!!!! (the only thing better is if Mark could have been there. A camp Charter member had a heart attack a week before camp and had to miss opening this year. He'll be back next year!)
11/5 Late afternoon we saw 10 deer in the field. Lot on the cameras and bucks starting to move in daylight hours. Geoff and Matt arrive tonight at the airport for 4 days. Picked Jim up yesterday. Camp time is closing in fast.
11/3 Been preseason scouting every AM and PM. Seeing deer every time. Cameras showing lot of deer and bucks. Lasy few days Bucks are starting to move in day time. Lot of bucks around. Should be another banner season!!
10/30. The last couple weeks have been busy at the camp but sorry I haven't updated the web site. Moving to texas we have stored stuff at the camp so we have installed a steel racking system which has worked very well. Orchard is all pruned back for 2021. Guns all sighted in and all the deer stands ready for the onslaught of hunters coming in. My son Geoff will be for for the first time in 3 years and we have people coming in from 4 states. Can't wait.
10/4 Camp again provides as I shot a nice Tom Turkey yesterday for Fall season.
10/1 More apples picked. Gave more away. Honey Golds are ready and going to all be picked on Tuesday to take to Texas.
9/20 Sorry I haven't been posting.Been to busy selling our home and preparing for the move to Texas.Still the campo is active however. 5 families went and picked apples this past weekend. We also took boxes of apples to our relatives for a family event. The season is nearing its end and I am guessing we still have close to 1,000 apples to pick.
9/19 Anna's family came to the camp for a beautiful fall day. Apples picked, trails ridden and lots of pictures.
9/18 Mark,Jjim and I did a complete reorganization of the storage area of the camp today. Setting up 35' of steel shelving to store goods from the home we sold we actually created considerably more room and made it look a lot better.
9/14 Mid season apples are now ready. Time to do some pickin!
9/14 Week goes by an no more bears? What is going on? The large logging operation south of the camp may be just enough of a disturbance to push them out.
9/7 Barely light ( no pun intended), shot fired. After waiting for an hour then after a thorough search, no blood. Clean miss. Re-baited the bait station and the hunt will start again Friday night. I'll be home from Texas so will be joining the crew at the camp.
9/6 Over 30 hours in the bear stand and nothing! Actually deer and racoons but no bear? Where did they go?
9/3 Bear hunting will start Friday evening. Camp will be occupied and ready for action. The cleaning calvary are all on speed dial ready for action.
9/2 Big day. We sold our home on Shamineau Lake. This now opens the real possibility of selling the camp land. Lots of mixed feelings.
8/27 The bait has been getting hit everyday so a decision was made to put the bears favorite food ( chocolate covered donuts) in a bag up a tree. Well the bear broke the tree over and got to the donuts. Lesson learned. Don't take chocolate covered donuts to your deer stand!
8/24 4 times today bears hit the bait!
8/23 Bears have been hitting the bait station almost everyday and some times 2 times a day, but different bears. One is a great big one, others smaller. Again this year their favorite food are the donuts!
8/15 Bear baiting day as they set up somewhere by nightmare hill Stand. Rock, Craig,Mark, Roy and Nolan all at camp. Although big storm last night, only couple trees down across the roads. Also hitting the apple orchard seeing if the first trees of the season are now ripe.
8/8 Starting in the next week or so, there will be bear baiting at the camp on the north side. Other than apples picking and driving to the orchard, unless you are associated with the bear hunting party,please refrain from going to the camp.
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.