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#477212 - 11/01/07 03:20 PM Well folks my biggest dream has come true
smstone22
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I am now the proud owner of 85 acres of land in Buzzard Roost, Fentress County! I have been saving all of my Army pay for this exact purpose and I finally found the place I wanted a few months ago. I had to wait quite a while for the owner to get a lien off of it but it is now mine. It is rough mountain land that is going to require alot of work but I am excited about it. Ive already identified several flat areas to clear for food plots and have alot of plans for food plots and shooting houses. First order of business is to get the old road fixed up nice and then I can work on all that. Im sure Ill have many questions in the future about all this. I have been hunting this area for 8 years and have 300 acres or so to hunt that borders and am only 1/4 mile from 1300 acres that I hunt. A 214 inch nontypical was killed 1/4 mile away on the 1300 acres and a 170 inch typical was killed on a farm bordering mine so the potential is there! I am just really happy right now. Here is an aerial photo of the area. There is only 2 fields within 2 miles so food plots should really draw them in. I cant get the aerial photo load right but here is a link to terrasever.
http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.a...ALat=36.4581428
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#477225 - 11/01/07 03:23 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
Barrett
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thats awesome man!!! congrats on making your dreams come true. maybe one day ill be able to have somthing similar!
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#477293 - 11/01/07 03:50 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Barrett]
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Congrats!

Now that the big purchase is out of the way, get ready to spend some REAL money!! ;\)

I swear, the property is the cheapest part. Next you'll want a tractor, implements,...
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#477299 - 11/01/07 03:53 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: BSK]
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Ditto what BSK said, not to mention fencing, that is some money!
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#477303 - 11/01/07 03:55 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
smstone22
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Well theres nothing to fence on here, all woods and it will have plots mixed in later. Bulldozer work will be my biggest expense.
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#477313 - 11/01/07 04:00 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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Congratulations!

I know just how you feel. I was 50 before I made that dream come true. Sometimes I still look at my 50 acres and can't believe that it's really MINE!

Try to remember that all the work doesn't have to be done right now. Spread out your time and money. I promise you that there will NEVER be a shortage of projects. \:\)

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#477315 - 11/01/07 04:02 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: TNCharlie]
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Im sure thats right TNcharlie. My grand plan is to buy 2 other places that border it eventually and have 350 acres. Thats a ways down the road though, im only 19.
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#477319 - 11/01/07 04:03 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: TNCharlie]
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Congrats..
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#477376 - 11/01/07 04:48 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
Im sure thats right TNcharlie. My grand plan is to buy 2 other places that border it eventually and have 350 acres. Thats a ways down the road though, im only 19.


You've made a huge start for someone so young. And you won't believe how fast time will fly once you have that many projects to work on. The first year I hunted my own place, I remember thinking "Why should I collect data? It will be way too many years from now before it's worth anything."

That was 21 years, 1,439 treestand sits, 4,177.5 hunting hours, and 121 dead deer ago...
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#477385 - 11/01/07 04:55 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: BSK]
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Congratulations and good luck to you.
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#477400 - 11/01/07 05:06 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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Congrats. Buying my own hunting land was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Yes, it can be a lot of work, but the sweat is sweet.
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#477490 - 11/01/07 06:11 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: William]
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Congrats on the land purchase!!!!
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#477736 - 11/01/07 09:12 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Aviator]
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Crongrats SS and thank you for serving our country. Nothing like having your on clay to mold.
BSK those are great odds. 1 deer for every 35 hrs. on stand.
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#477829 - 11/01/07 10:05 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I swear, the property is the cheapest part. Next you'll want a tractor, implements,...


Don't I know it. I am just finishing my house on 20 acres. I thought that would be the hard part (and it has been extremely hard) but now I am considering a tractor. Going to hurt really bad each month, but i just don't see how I can get along without it. Pay someone else to do everything I guess, but then I would hate that even more.

Congrats on the land. It is amazing at your age. Great job!!

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#477980 - 11/02/07 06:32 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: kholmes]
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 Originally Posted By: kholmes
BSK those are great odds. 1 deer for every 35 hrs. on stand.


And odds have improved over time. In the first 10 years we harvested a deer for every 44 hours of hunting time. In the last 10 years it has improved to a deer per 30 hours.
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#477988 - 11/02/07 06:43 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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#478035 - 11/02/07 07:42 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: spitndrum]
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congrats steven!
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#478106 - 11/02/07 08:56 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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#478903 - 11/03/07 05:51 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: ]
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Congratulations on your new investment. I hope it brings you many years of pleasure.
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#479430 - 11/03/07 11:20 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: PRB]
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#479600 - 11/04/07 09:45 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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Congrats Steven!!! I also bought 85 acres. Thats been 8 years ago. I've learned alot since i bought mine then,.. and can tell you from experience,.. don't go about your management plan backwards. Don't worry about plots first. Focus on your habitat needs. Evaluate your trees. If its time for a select cut,.. do it first. The roads will be fixed by the logger,.. plus he will make loading docks that can be used as plots later.Then go in behind that and remove trees that have no value to you,.. or the wildlife. During this time,. evaluate intense cover for bedding. Then you can bring the dozer in to clear for areas you want plots.

I could have saved alot of money if i would have planned better on what i wanted from a management project on my place. AND,.. saved alot of sweat!! Ask questions before doing anything!! Doing 1 thing out of sequence can cost you in the long run.

Good luck,... and the most important thing is to have fun with it!!
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#479963 - 11/04/07 06:28 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: deerchaser007]
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well deerchaser the deal is that it has been cut pretty heavy and is pretty much all thick bedding cover, so theres no cutting to be done.
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#479993 - 11/04/07 06:49 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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i wish i had bought land at 19. man o man. a big congrats to u. take your time and work the land the way u want to. nothin like owning your own place. i want to buy some more where i live but a developer came in here and now the land prices have sky rocketed.
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#480932 - 11/05/07 12:47 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: LA man]
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Congrats on the land purchase , Steven ! I wish I could find some good ,cheap hunting land to buy in this area .
Hunting land is going for $2,000 an acre minimum around here .
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#481108 - 11/05/07 03:38 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
well deerchaser the deal is that it has been cut pretty heavy and is pretty much all thick bedding cover, so theres no cutting to be done.


Good deal,.. sounds like you got the cover and the habitat part down. Work in those plots,....... good luck and have fun!!
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#481794 - 11/05/07 09:22 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: deerchaser007]
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COngrats on the land purchase. I bought My first farm when I was 20 it was a brick house and 21 acres. I regret every day that I sold it when times got tough. Ive been saving money ever since to buy some more land. Im getting closer to my goal every day. Start a savings account for that other land that you want to buy now.
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#482553 - 11/06/07 02:46 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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boy that looks great - steam and everything running though there - some great looking stand sites - good luck with it

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#487439 - 11/10/07 06:13 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: PRB]
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I bet you like the fact that it is a lot closer than the property you came to Humphreys county and looked at. Congrats
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#487624 - 11/10/07 10:08 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: BigGame]
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Yes Biggame that was pretty much the deciding factor. There are ten times the deer in Humphreys but I wanted something I could keep an eye on and work with alot. I still love that land over there in Humphreys though lol
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#492573 - 11/13/07 09:25 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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#492609 - 11/13/07 09:37 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: ]
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That is awesome man, and quite an accomplishment for a man your age.
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#492760 - 11/14/07 03:49 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: RUGER]
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Steven
I always enjoy reading your post and have been proud of the way conduct yourself. Seeing the land purchase you have made makes me feel like a proud parent. Never talked to you but have kept up with a lot on TnDeer. Way to go.
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#492861 - 11/14/07 07:05 AM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: AAHCmember
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: kholmes
BSK those are great odds. 1 deer for every 35 hrs. on stand.


And odds have improved over time. In the first 10 years we harvested a deer for every 44 hours of hunting time. In the last 10 years it has improved to a deer per 30 hours.


Thats being selective too Im sure by reading your posts, you have let many walk. Right?



Yes, we pass a lot of bucks. Over the last five years, we've averaging passing legit shooting opportunities on 27 bucks per year.

In fact, since we are in Unit L where does are always legal, and we only hunt with MZs and rifles, we average a legal deer in weapon range every 4.09 hunting hours.
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#493676 - 11/14/07 06:04 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: BSK]
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Congrats Steven now you'll just become obsessed with making the habitat better. \:\)
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#493937 - 11/14/07 08:13 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Greg .]
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Man we are all green with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats and i am very happy for anyone who can do what you did!!
Hard work and setting a goal and sticking to it, plus you have paid your dues in those years serving when you could not hunt at all or little at all! i feel very happy for anyone who can do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#493962 - 11/14/07 08:25 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: Boone 58]
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156P&Y, dont I know it! I have so much to do but plenty of time hopefully. THe main road should get cleared in the next two weeks or so(that was part of the contract) and then Ill need to be repainting the entire boundary, then cutting a zillion trees out of the old roads, then more dozer work for food plots, then a bunch of ladder stands, then a few shooting houses, then on and on and on lol
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#495336 - 11/15/07 07:31 PM Re: Well folks my biggest dream has come true [Re: smstone22]
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LOL \:D Yeah I know it will be like that every year, just get use to it. I only get worse with time on my parents place. I suggest you get a good buddy involved like I did and now he's obsessed also. It just gives me two extra hands to help out and also someone else to enjoy the benefits.
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