Hi everyone, getting that time of year and wanted to update the page --I just found out that 300 acres of timber is being marked BUT is not under contract.
Guys the land owners have sold off some timber so we'll have approx. 200 acres of select cut, not clear cut, to hunt this year and there's a chance that could go to 500 acres. The loggers are doing a great job, they didn't touch a hard wood tree on our lease and left 20 to 25 pines per acre standing for seeding new trees, the hardwood hollows and creek bed is still thick as ever. They left the standing timber around the plots in those areas. The first cut they did up at Howell Rd. is greening up already. I'll be posting a few 2015 photos soon, the herds appear to be in great shape, the does are fat and sleek the buck’s antlers are beginning to develop and looking good, so far I've had a good mix of photos of both mature and young bucks. I hope to have photos of does with fawns in the very near future, hopefully, many will have twins. One thing I do want to address, Mr S is selling some land lots on Macedonia Campground Road that will affect us only slightly, keep in mind our lease with Mr S is on the right side on Macedonia Campground road and ends at Howell rd. our other lease continues on down on the left side down toward the old ACOE campground. For those of you who don’t know, we hold three different leases, with Mr W and Mr S being the largest owners of the land we lease... There's been more bear sighting this year than in the past, I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing! The plots are in fair condition so far even with the heat and from what I can tell; the deer are continuing to use the plots in the cut area. As most of you already know, Mr. S had a meeting with the Cherokee Co board of Commissar's about Lower Sweetwater Rd, Bottom line, the board, along with other depts. of the Co. found that Lower Sweetwater is Mr S's private property and has been gated off at Upper Sweetwater Trail.
We had the best turkey season we've had in five years. The rain as kicked the clover plots into overdrive, they're doing exceptionally well and I'm keeping them fertilized and cut.
The pics we're getting are encouraging, many young bucks and some not so young, I saw one buck that will be a whopper this year
To all members who are late with their member fee balance. Please be aware that our lease payment comes due in full Sept. 1st 2013. It is important that all members pay off any balance owed ASAP.
Thank you Steve
March 1st 2011.We took our first ever 200 Lb buck in 2010, its the one Benny has in the pics section from last season. While I wasn't the guy that got it, that was a personal victory for me. We proved we can grow 200 lb deer. This was always my long term goal for the club. I was told way back when, "It was impossible where we are." Well this is more proof the QDM program works. Let um live a few years and feed them well and they WILL grow!
There will be a rules change about gut piles. I've always field dressed my deer where they fell and told you guys its ok to do that , the new policy is "don't feed the coyotes", I'm going to have a gut pile dumping hole put in for us, somewhere between the two camps. Enough about yotes.
Just some random thoughts about you, me and the club: I hope every member would at least visit QDMA's web site and see what its all about; its where most my ideas come from. You can also download and read the QDMA 2013 Whitetail Report.
I wish when members were walking the plots they'd take a long handled screwdriver with them and dig out and throw rocks out of all the plots. When I'm on the tractor sometimes it feels like there's more rocks in some of them than dirt.
One other thing and I'll quit til later; most all of us make some type lick or hang a feeder for the deer, comeheredeer, deer-cain, salt, black magic, etc. Just something to think about; I'd never ask anyone or expect anyone to spend money they didn't want to. Puretia makes a deer chow for feeders and Whitetail Institute has a product called 30-06 worth looking at for making a lick. A look at our plots and the increase in our deer's size will tell you they make good deer products, like I said, these are just my thoughts, not asking or suggesting anything to you.
Oh, and if you should see a coyote this season
SHOOT THAT THANG!!
NOTE: Please Don't forget to mark your stand. And just as important Don't forget to remove your pin when your safely out of your stand.
3-4 times over the years I got a call from a distressed wife about her husband not getting home when he said he would, I need to have a place to start looking, and when the pegboard has many leftover pegs from members that didn't bother to remover there peg I waist valuable time.
PLEASE REMOVE YOUR PEGS WHEN YOU FINISH HUNTING
It could mean life or death for a fellow member.
What members should do if they find a poachers vehicle?
A poacher is nothing but a thief and stealing from everyone of us, if we don't control it we will create larger problems in the future for us all.
If you see a vehicle without a decal, or club letter from Steve on the dash. Call it in, the steps are both simple and safe.
First take a photo of the vehicle, make sure to get the tag #.
Then call 1 800-241-41131 800-241-4113
Turn in a poacher
The operator will take the info. and give you instructions, if the DNR is busy and it'll be hours before they can arrive, then call 911 for Cherokee County and tell the operator its a Non-emergency call and a deputy is needed at the site to record the incident. Once that happens I can take the tag number to the court house and file trespass charges.
I certainly don't want anyone to get into an altercation with anyone, However, we learned from past experience, once the word spreads we WILL prosecute in court the problems go away.
When calling Turn in a poacher, If your TIP leads to an arrest, arrangements will be made for you to receive reward money even if you wish to remain anonymous.