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My property in MS is controlled by the MS river, b/c there are no levees. Several months out of the year, the property is accessible only by boat, . . . until now.

This is the first of two M35A3 “amphibious” military trucks (doesn't float, but is capable of fording 72' of water)that I recently purchased. I am selling this one ($15k) and keeping the second one for my MS property. It'll go through just about anything.

The bed of the truck has bench/troop seats that will carry 15 or more people/hunters. It has only 3900 actual miles and a Caterpillar diesel engine that looks virtually new. Google M35A2 videos, and you can see what this truck is capable of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8FcRKVQd6o

If anyone knows of someone who has use for such a vehicle for hunting, timber farm, tailgating, or just to have the biggest, baddest truck on the road, I'd be happy to give them more information.

June 17, 2010 at 5:47pm

This year I planted my plots with a variety of seeds and seed blends (Shotplot, Prograze, Biologic Clover blends, fancy schmancy buck oats, Plain ole feed oats, etc.) The early drought and blackbirds eating many of my seeds resulted in some poor plots, but others look pretty good.

3-4 weeks ago, I tilled and planted a small Rye grass plot in front of the camp, b/c I knew it would come up quickly. Every night, regardless of the noise we make on the porch, we have between 2 and 8 deer come in to it.

With my other plots, I find that the deer are hitting the oats more than the brassicas, and aren't really touching the clover right now. I do believe that the feed oats are just as effective as the ones with a picture of a B&C buck on the bag.

But, my biggest surprise is that despite all of the other food plots, the deer are regularly coming to the Rye plot right in front of the camp. I know it may not have the nutrition of the other plants, but it does have something the whitetail find attractive.

January 06, 2009 at 8:49am

Here are a couple more virtual kills that I thought would make a neat picture and a few porkchops on the hoof.

When I was taking this picture, a big hog (presumably the sow/mama to these 3) came charging up from the thicket, but stayed on one side of the trap with me on the other. While I was nocking an arrow, the sow ran off about 30 yards into the thicket, stopped and looked at me, just long enough to put an arrow in her shoulder.

January 05, 2009 at 6:24pm

I haven't seen many bucks this year, so I was excited when they started moving around and doing a little chasing last weekend. The heat didn't help, but I still saw plenty of does and a handful of 2.5yr. olds. Decided to take some pictures to make it interesting.

Hopefully, they'll make it till next year and stick around my property. I actually killed a hog once on film, aiming through my view finder. Video was great up until the shot.

January 05, 2009 at 6:12pm

Even with a well-brushed blind, a perfect wind, and lots of decoys, wary ducks often land 30-40 yards outside of the decoys, well out of range.

Solution: Set up a typical spread of decoys, and then don't hunt it. Hunt the perimeter outside of the range of the big spread.

I stumbled on this years ago, and it works like a charm for wary birds. We were hunting marsh, and the blind was a little crowded, so I picked up 2 decoys and went to the other side of the small pond. The ducks would see the spread of 50-60 decoys in front of the blind with the other fellows and come in to investigate. Nearly every time, instead of committing to the big spread, they tried to land with the 2 decoys outside of the spread to further investigate the larger body of birds.

I limited out quickly while the other guys could just watch. I have tried it numerous times, and it hasn't failed yet.

December 23, 2008 at 9:41am

I shot this boar a week ago at the camp with my 45-70 while walking back to the camp after an afternoon hunt. It was in the middle of the trail at only about 45 yards. I didn't find any blood or evidence of a hit, so I returned the following morning to again look for blood. After going into the thicket approximately 40 yards, I still didn't find any blood and assumed I missed.

This past weekend, while working on a stand, I could smell a decaying animal in the area that the hog had run. He had only gone approximately 60 yards from where I shot. Unfortunately I didn't recover him earlier, but I'm afraid he would not have been good to eat anyway. After a week on the ground, even the buzzards didn't eat him.

I have killed one in the past that weighed approximately 450lbs, and this one appeared to be substantially bigger.

December 22, 2008 at 11:27am

I thought I posted these earlier this year. One is a 128" eight point; and the other is a 10pt. (an obvious cull). The last picture is on the way to the taxidermist in January.

May 09, 2008 at 9:55am

The MS river crested last week in Natchez, and I took a boat ride to my camp to take photos of these historic high levels. Normally, the camps are easily accessible by car.

Attached are some of the pictures of my camp and my neighbor's camp on the same day. Both camps are approx. 17' off the ground, but my camp is situated at a higher elevation, so my place is still 7' above the water.

The picture of the flooded camp next to me is the Buffalo River/Pecan Grove lodge (approx. 6500sq. ft. w/ beautiful cypress woodwork). There is approx. 6-7’ of water inside their entire camp. If the water rose another foot, it would have broken the all time record set in 1937.

The deer headed for the hills, but hogs can still be seen floating around on logs and clinging on to tree limbs.

April 29, 2008 at 11:13am

Made one last hunt at the camp this weekend. After bow and muzzleloader hunting Friday afternoon and Saturday, we decided to make a morning duck hunt on Sunday.

Within the first 5-7 minutes, we (3 guns) had approx. 15 teal down and decided to wait for "big" ducks while there were still hundreds (literally) of teal landing right in front of us. In hind sight, we should have shot them while we could, b/c the mallards didn't cooperate. We did have a bald eagle pass by very close, which was pretty. We picked up the decoys around 7:15.

Tally for the weekend:
5 deer (two more missed)
1 hog hit but lost (2 more misses);
18 teal;

Almost forgot, I know that hogs eat anything, but I've never seen this before: a doe that I shot ran approx. 50 yards and crashed. Shortly after, I could hear hogs approaching near where she had crashed. I could hear some commotion in the woods, but the hogs never showed themselves. When I tracked the deer, I found that the hogs had eaten the guts out from the deer not even 15 minutes after I shot. They didn't touch the meat, so I wasn't too upset, but I was surprised.

January 29, 2008 at 2:26pm

I made a quick trip to the camp yesterday afternoon to take advantage of the cold weather and the rut. This buck showed up at 4:30 behind a doe. He was 245lbs. I haven't measured him, yet, but I estimate he'll be in the mid 140's. Can't wait to go back.

January 03, 2008 at 12:33pm

I shot this buck on Saturday evening during the last minute or two of legal shooting hours. The front had just passed through a few hours earlier. He weighed 235lbs with his head and antlers still partially on the ground (winch was bottomed out). I even put my truck on oil change ramps to get some extra height. I haven't measured him, but I'm guessing approx. 125"

December 17, 2007 at 4:48pm

Save your money. Bought the light on Thursday. Tried it out on Sunday evening. Everything, including shadows ends up looking like blood. After only a few frustrating minutes on a good blood trail, I put it up and picked up the 'ole faithful mini-q and immediately resumed on a pretty easy blood trail. I returned it today.

I should have kept my mouth shut about the Rage 2-blade. I've gone through all of mine, and now I can't find them anywhere.

October 22, 2007 at 5:53pm

Opening day was a success in my book. I shot a nice doe in the morning in LA that ran 65 yards and crashed. Then, another doe in the afternoon in MS that dropped in its tracks. My guest shot a nice 240lb hog in the afternoon.

This morning I watched a 2.5yr. old 8 pt. (14" velvet) feed for over an hour and distances as close as 7 yards. Looking forward to a great season.

October 02, 2007 at 8:20pm

These are a couple of trail camera pictures from about a month or so ago. That's me, sticking out like a sore thumb in the stand in the top right. I stuck a hog about 10 minutes after the picture was taken. It would've been better if it caught the hog running off with my arrow. He dropped within sight. So far, I'm very pleased with the Rage broadhead.

June 22, 2007 at 2:44pm

I tried out the Carbon Express Maxima Hunter this year, and was pleased with flight and speed, but the inserts pull out nearly everytime I shoot a broadhead into a target. It happened 3 out of 4 times, so I quit practicing with broadheads (even on soft-foam targets and layered targets). I've heard from others that this is common. Has anyone found a remedy?

March 30, 2007 at 11:28am

These amazing pictures were apparently taken from a tree stand. I don't know when or where, but if it were me, I don't think I would be getting out of my stand any time soon.

March 13, 2007 at 9:21am
Hog

I shot this hog last week, while hunting by myself one afternoon. Getting him in the back of the cart by myself was a bit of a challenge, but I managed to do it without a hernia. To appreciate the size, I attached a picture of a 150lb hog that I shot earlier in the season. I'm guessing he weighed close to 350lbs.

January 03, 2007 at 3:12pm

Starting to get some encouraging photos from my trail camera. Although we haven't really seen rut activity, yet, these deer already have wet tarsals and are checking scrapes. Despite the weather and the full moon this weekend, the big boys ought to be getting a little frisky.

January 03, 2007 at 3:00pm

Think you have a hog problem? I'm glad this isn't my property.

December 14, 2006 at 3:45pm

I thought the cold weather would get the deer moving this weekend (15 degrees Sat. morning at the camp), but we didn't see a whole lot of deer. Friday evening this guy stepped out at about 5:00 (It was the only deer I saw). His body looked mature, but I couldn't tell what kind of rack he had from the profile. I made some noise to get him to look at me, and I immediately noticed the brow tines and G2's. He may not be B&C, but I was proud to kill the first buck on my new property. His hocks were dry, but his neck was swollen. Actually, I think his neck was just big. 10" G2's, 6" brow tines.

He was about 80 yards, and when the smoke cleared, I had no idea which way he ran. When I got down to look for blood, I noticed movement in the tall grass/brush right where he was standing. After looking through my binoculars, I could see his head moving a little. Then, he noticed me and went nuts. He did a couple of cart-wheels into the thicket, and I was shuffling to load another round. He dragged himself out of sight, and I had memories of a deer I lost like this last year with my bow. I debated charging in after him, since I could hear him making his way through the cutover at a slow pace, but I didn't want to push him.

With very little blood at the point of impact, I decided to give him the night and return in the morning. After about 10 yards, the blood trail was an easy one. He only went about 50 yards was frozen stiff, which made picture taking a little challenging.

December 10, 2006 at 8:46pm
A comment titled: Been a while in response to a report titled: M35A3

Duck Enticer: The site did it to you, too. If you try to use the symbol for inches (quotes)in a comment, the site converts it into a single quotation mark (the symbol for feet). But, yes, I did mean inches.

Haven't been on the site in over a year due to work obligations. Been slammed here at the office. Fortunately, my boss (me) likes to hunt. So, I'll make more time for play as October gets closer.

Yep, I did notice the tires. That is how they came. I don't have the equipment to change them, so I am selling as is. Buyer can adjust the tires, if he wants. The second truck also has tires mounted in different directions. So, at least the government is consistent.

Been driving it to the office for the last few days. No question about it, it's a bad machine. Gets lots of looks and fun to drive.

June 18, 2010 at 9:18am
A comment titled: smokers in response to a report titled: SMOKER ??????

Definitely go with the sealed electric smokers. They look like small dorm fridges. Easy, small and because it's sealed, it won't dry out your meat. Will smoke all you want with only a few ounces of wood. I got mine fr/ bbqguys.com.

March 05, 2009 at 8:56am
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Product Review LumeNocks Vs. Easton Tracers

Thanks for the comment. I have purchased approx. 10 luminoks and love them. All have worked out of the box, but none lasted like I expected. Sometimes they would not turn off all the way (maybe moisture or something) and there was a slight glow that I couldn't turn off short of pulling them out. Also, the wire contact cut into the back of my arrows after shooting them. One more thing, several times, I've had them go through and animal lit up, but come out the other side turned off.

I love the idea, and when they perfect it, I'll have them on all of my arrows.

January 06, 2009 at 8:34am
A comment titled: drought and blackbirds in response to a report titled: Virtual kill

Weak is right. I planted that plot with a forecast of rain, then nothing for 2 weeks. Birds ate a most of the seeds and the deer took care of what was left. I should have overspread it later, but didn't get around to it. I planted Rye and Turnips right in front of the camp 3 weeks ago, and it is the prettiest plot on the place. Next year, I might wait till it's actually raining to spread some seed.

January 06, 2009 at 8:25am
A comment titled: Ft. Adams in response to a report titled: Ft. Adams hog

Between Ft. Adams and Lake Mary on the Jackson Point Rd. Saw my first chase yesterday afternoon. Next 7 days should be good.

December 29, 2008 at 6:28pm
A comment titled: possibly a hooded merganser? in response to a report titled: Buffleheads!

I've been seeing a lot of hooded mergansers in and around LA and MS, where we hunt. They look somewhat similar. Is it possible that you have the two confused?

If not, I'm glad to see a variety of ducks making it down here.

December 29, 2008 at 6:22pm
A comment titled: save him for you in response to a report titled: Ft. Adams hog

Admiral,
I still know where he is, and would be happy to share some of the meat. Should be good and tender. Bring your ice chest.

Hill Walker,
Haven't seen any big ones, yet. Just does and young bucks. Shouldn't be long; just waiting for some more cold weather.

December 23, 2008 at 9:57am

1. I have some magnetic bumper stickers that I bought online that say, "Proud to be gay" and "Honk for Gay Rights" (complete with a rainbow logo) that I keep in my truck. Occasionally, I'll slip one onto the bumper of one of my buddys' trucks. They get plenty of funny looks on the way home and sometimes don't catch it for a week or so.

2. A friend asked to come turkey hunting with me, but cancelled at the last minute. He then asked if he could come by mid-morning with his wife to show her the property. Before he got there, I put an electronic caller 100 yards from the camp in the woods. Not long after he arrived, I asked him to show me his new mouth calls. After the first note, I hit the remote in my pocket and the electric caller let out a loud double Gobble.

My friend (who's an obsessive turkey hunter) went nuts, and wanted to try to kill the bird. I told him, "that bird has been gobbling all morning; I don't feel like messing with him." After 5 minutes of begging and whining, I told him he could suit up.

Every time he called, he was answered by a loud gobble. He set up within eye-shot of the camp and kept trying to work the bird a little closer. After about 5 more minutes of watching him try to kill my electric caller, I hit some other notes in response to each of his calls. First was a duck, then a coyote. I'm sure he was thoroughly confused before the last call was answered by a prostitute (actually on my caller, "HEY BABY, WANNA GO OUT; HOW BOUT A DATE? SPEND ALL YOUR MONEY; COME ON"

My buddy got up, threw his calls on the ground and marched back to the camp, having been thoroughly embarassed in front of his wife. I still laugh about that one.

December 01, 2008 at 10:14am
A comment titled: great picture in response to a report titled: Trail Cam Pic

Great picture, thanks for sharing it. . . . Now, all we have to do is wait for the inevitable accusations of photoshopping. . .

Well, before I could hit send, it already happened.

I don't know whether this was tampered or not. I personally don't know how to edit a photo like this, but I do know that I've had pictures of deer in the past that had "see through" frames and some that appeared to have multiple heads, b/c I suppose the frame speed was slow and the object in front of the lens was moving.

October 15, 2008 at 11:37am
A comment titled: compliments in response to a report titled: Capt Stu Scheer Cocodrie Inside Charters

Went with Capt. Stu Scheer this past Saturday, and we had a great time. We could have caught redfish all day. Ended up with a mixed box of trout, redfish, black drum and sheepshead. Everything was provided, and Stu was very helpful and patient with my 6 yr. old who got to real in most of the redfish. If any of you are looking for a knowledgeable Capt. who will put you on the fish, look no further.

Thanks for trip, Captain.

Spencer Calahan

October 02, 2008 at 8:41am
A comment titled: Quality Built Hog Traps in response to a report titled: hog traps

Jason White advertises occasionally on this site. Search "quality built hog traps and deer stands" on this site, or shoot me an email and I will get you his phone #. I personally bought 2 traps from him and was very satisfied. Get him to put wheels and a hitch. Cheap option and makes it a breeze to drag around your property. He's in the BR area, too.

September 16, 2008 at 3:10pm
A comment titled: agree in response to a report titled: gear?

I'm not saying you have to have the best out there, but definitely buy the best you can afford, even if you have to make sacrifices elsewhere. I've never met anyone that regretted spending more than they planned for great optics. Many of the high end models have lifetime warranties. Buy right, and you will never have to do it again.

They all look very similar in the showroom. If you know someone with a pair of really good binos, ask to borrow them for a hunt, and you'll see the difference.

July 09, 2008 at 9:25am
A comment titled: no such thing in response to a report titled: gear?

No such thing as a good pair of binocs for $100. I'm not trying to be an optics snob, but I think you'd be better off saving your $100, and start saving up for something better; even if it takes several years. You'll probably have to replace them next year anyway.

I went through a couple of pairs of $250 and $350 binocs, before buckling down. I wish I would have saved all that money and done it right the first time. Best investment I've made.

If all you care to do is shoot any "deer", your optics don't really matter, but if you need to decide if a buck meets certain criteria at last light, great optics will make a huge difference. I killed 2 deer last year that I could barely see with my naked eyes. With my EL's, I could distinguish points, mass and beam length. I know I would not have killed either of those deer, if I still had the old Steiners.

July 08, 2008 at 12:41pm
A comment titled: Lets go in response to a report titled: Never got around to posting these

Chad,
I'm all for it. We'll have to swim to the stands for about another 3 weeks, but at least you won't get hot.

My lake should have a ton of fish in shallow water. We'll have to do some bowfishing.

May 14, 2008 at 9:01am
A comment titled: Neat story/photos in response to a report titled: hogs

Boar or sow? Hope it stays friendly for a while. If not, it'll still be tasty.

May 14, 2008 at 8:49am
A comment titled: re: in response to a report titled: Never got around to posting these

Cooyon:
I know him well. He made two hunts with me this year and killed 2 deer. He's a bowhunting fool.

Glen: Thanks. Right back at you. Love that river bottom.

Swampbuck: The neighbors tell me they are doing the same thing management-wise, but I have been told by others that they often see young bucks (2.5yr. 8pts) taken off the property; Not much I can do about it. They have the right to enjoy their property just like I do. But, I think they'll get tired of shooting the same old deer and sawing off the rack to throw in a basket.

Many of my deer were killed only minutes after a "decent", but 2.5yr. old buck stepped out.

May 10, 2008 at 7:45am
A comment titled: relatively small land, but thick in response to a report titled: Never got around to posting these

My land is just under 400 acres, but it does hold a good number of deer (and hogs,too). There is plenty of food, so the hogs and deer co-exist well. Right now, it's totally underwater, so the only things co-existing are the catfish and the sac-o-lait. The deer and hogs will return as soon as the water drops in a month or so.

We shoot plenty of does (all archery, with a few exceptions), but stop shooting them early in the season to let things rest until the rut. My plan is to shoot bucks that are 3.5yr. old and older. Next year, I'd like to step it up to 4.5yrs. We typically don't shoot a buck unless it goes on the wall. And, I usually don't want people to shoot culls, unless its REALLY obvious. I've seen too many young deer taken for culls. I've seen spikes turn into tremendous deer, so I don't want any bucks killed until they reach their 3rd year.

We did have one mistake this year, and it would have been tough to pass for anyone, especially with a bow. One of my buddys arrowed a nice 12pt. with approx. 16" inside; it was a main frame 10pt. with 2 kickers off one G-2. But, the deer was only 2.5yrs old and weighed only 146lbs. By his antlers alone, it was an easy mistake and a tough call, but would have been tremendous in a year or two. I've never seen a 3yr. old here that didn't weigh over 200lbs.

May 09, 2008 at 5:16pm
A comment titled: 2 from MS and 2 in LA in response to a report titled: Never got around to posting these

Thanks. The cull 10pt and the buck on the far right in the back of my truck are Louisiana deer. The others came from my place near Ft. Adams.

May 09, 2008 at 10:27am
A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Big Boar Down!

Nice pig, Corey. Sounds like a memorable hunt. We haven't been able to make any hog hunts this spring on my place due to high water, but the water is receding. Shouldn't be long before they're back.

May 09, 2008 at 9:50am
A comment titled: depends on the amount of food in response to a report titled: Deer & Hogs Question

Hogs and deer will compete for food, so it really depends on the amount of food available in your area. Where I hunt there is plenty of natural browse and cover, so the two exist very well together.

However, when I hunt in close quarters and a hog approaches my stand while deer are nearby, the deer will leave. They won't leave the AREA, just out of site. I find that the deer will stand by and patiently wait for the indignant hogs to leave (or get shot). Very often, when a hog runs deer off, I'll shoot the hog, and then the deer come right back with little or no regard for the dead hog lying in the shooting lane.

During gun season, I'll hunt stands with shooting lanes that aren't visible to each other. Often, I have deer in one lane and hogs in another. I love having them around. It's just something else to shoot at.

As far as hogs and deer together, I have a few pictures of hogs and deer taken together (taken by me, not a scouting camera). The deer are obviously uneasy when the hogs are around.

May 08, 2008 at 4:15pm
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