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The alarm clock rang at 3:50am Friday, “man that came too fast”, I thought, as I drug my half awake self, to the shower. I wanted us on the road by 4:30am so I could get most of the day at the lease. I knew it was going to take at least three trips into town for materials. We had packed the truck the night before, all we needed to do was to get dressed and get going.

We made decent time arriving at the ranch around 9am, quickly unpacking, and then headed back to Ozona.

After a quick stop at the grocery store we went over to the Davey Crockett statue to snap a quick picture. The story of this statue is funny; it seems that it was originally built for the town of Crockett in East Texas, but for whatever reason it was not accepted. Then was given to the County seat in Crockett County (Ozona, TX) Davey never came within 300 miles of this area.

Many thanks to Russell and all the folks over at Triple C Hardware http://www.triplechardware.com. They had everything I needed, from the fence, feeder, and feed all at a fair price. To top it off I had some of the best customer service ever. The workers in the storage yard were able to get the feeder and fence in my truck, so I only needed to make one return trip to pick up my corn next morning.

Unloading everything was a snap, I just backed the truck up on the spot I wanted the feeder, and drug the materials out of the truck.

The feeder was surprisingly light for all that steel, but I was able to slide the legs on it and just leaned it up right, then the ladder just hooked in. After getting the feeder set up I called it a day. I was exhausted from the drive that morning. I knew next day was going to be a killer.

Saturday morning I picked up 500lbs of corn to fill my feeder. When I arrived back to my spot I was relieved to see my feeder still standing after a windy night,we had over 20mph wind the night before. I immediately realized that carrying ten 50lbs bags up that ladder in this wind was sketchy at best, but I managed to get it done with no mishap or injury. Note: the green streamer hanging from the varmint cage, lots of wind.

Michael found a new favorite spot to supervise the effort.

I had zero knowledge of how to build a feeder pin, so I was very fortunate to meet Clovis, one of my fellow lease members. Him, his wife, and grand-kids were there for spring break. He was kind enough to give me a hand in building my pin. Now I know why you hear building fences is no joke. I thought I was drinking enough water while working, but the dry air climate was sucking the water out of me faster than I could drink it. I was glad when we were done, I was completely tapped out.

I’d say it was a job well done. Thanks to Clovis!!!!!!

After completing the feeder and pin, and near exhaustion we drove to the top of a hill where there is an old caliche drilling pad to relax and soak in the day accomplishments while watching the sunset.  The last thing I needed to get done was hang my game camera. Fixing my blind will have to wait for another weekend.

As Michael and I headed out that night we made one last stop by the spot to set up the camera, and with that we headed back to Austin, knowing we were well on our way to a great 2011 deer and Turkey season.

I got tracks!!!!!!!

This weekend I’m taking my son out for his first look at our new deer lease. If you’ve read my earlier posts you know that this is a long time coming, and a huge deal for me. My son Michael has been on paid day hunts, or on an afternoon invitation to friends places close to town, but the opportunity to really sit and hunt hasn’t presented itself. He needs to learn what hunting is all about, not just “you sit, you wait, and you shoot”. Which last year was pretty much the case due to we were hunting on other folk’s schedules. We had no success getting him a deer last season, go figure! Now that I’ve signed on this lease out by Ozona Tx Michael can get an opportunity to sit watch and selectively harvest the right deer.

This week Michael is on Spring Break so we’re heading out this weekend to do a little work at the lease. The plan is to clean the trailer, set up my feeder (600# Big Horn) and a feeder pin consisting of roughly 10 16×5 bull panels to keep the ranchers goats out. A tower blind was left at the spot I’m hunting, and the only real repair it needs is to hang the door back on before the wet weather gets here. While I’m at it I’ll slap a new coat of paint on it as well. After the blind and feeder are taken care of I’m planning on hanging a trail cam (Moultrie D-65 IR) inside the feeder pin to look at the age of the deer in my area.

The “to do list” should take a day to complete. The biggest thing will be the fence posts for the feeder pin. The ground is made up of calich rock; so the posts may take some time to get in place. If I get it all done then that will leave a day to hang out and B.S. maybe head into Ozona for a bite to eat, and take a picture on the Davie Crockett statue. Also we hope to predator hunt at least one night. The head of our group (also named Michael) told me eleven bobcats were taken a few seasons ago. Can’t wait to get out there and call up some cats!

It’s going to be great getting out to Ozona, any opportunity a father and son can spend time with one another in the outdoors is time well spent in my book. Even better if it becomes a tradition.

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