Discussion in 'Introductions and Tests' started by j-bird, Jan 18, 2017.
Welcome aboard. We have some fantastic NY members around
Welcome Derek !
My name is Ed Davis. I live in central Ky, but my farm is in northern Ky. I have two grown sons. One has his B.S degree and one is working on his degree. My loving wife and I both graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in the early 1990's, where we met.
I had near 27 years experience at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Having my degree in wildlife management, but never seeing much at our state owned WMA's, I retired to build my own paradise, and care for relatives who were sick.
I have spent the majority of last three year's extra time, and money, to dedicate to my family's farm. The Hillfarm has been in our family since just after WWII. My grandfather raised his family, a few apple trees (one still survives), a big garden and various crops and livestock.
After being inspired by reading Paul Knox's posts on the Iowa whitetail website, and getting sick of losing private grounds to hunt for various reasons, I decided to transform my small family farm, into the place I always wanted to hunt, but had never found.
With the help of God and only a few tools, we are transforming our land into something special. Only having a pick-up truck, a great Stihl (straight shaft) string trimmer, an old riding mower and a 1970's model, front- tined tiller, we are on our way to the a true hunter's haven.
What started out as a food plot, has turned into a living memorial, to those who worked this land before me; and, to those who will come after me.
I have a deep appreciation for how my ancestors used to do things. I still use and restore equipment that are pre-80's. I see no need to throw away something that is well made and can be fixed, for some Chinese/Mexican/Canadian/Tiawnese newer made POS. I guess that makes me a deplorable, then I am guilty as charged. Last thing: The Fake Fake News is the enemy of the people!!!
Welcome Ed. I’m also a EKU grad and live in central KY.
Good to meet you HB. When did you graduate and what was your major,?
Hillfarm, welcome to the forum. If you need to know it, these guys can help you !
Thank you Drycreek
I graduated in 2004. Computer Information Systems.
Glad to have you aboard Ed... Keep working!
Thanks Native, I just made it back from the farm yesterday.
I have about a dozen fruit trees healed in here in the garden; and, I also have about a dozen and half chiquapins bushes here ready to go. I'm just waiting a week or so, for the ground to thaw, before I return and plant them.
Hi my names Mark . From Huntingdon co. PA. Bought 10 Acres 5 years ago and been lurking here for about as long. Have planted a few trees and shrubs some successful some not, decided it was time to join to be able to ask questions. Maybe avoid some future failures.
Welcome Mark, I'm new here too.
I joined to try to help others and learn myself. I have found this a great forum for sharing with other welcoming, and like-minded folks.
Been a while since I have checked this forum...lots of new faces. Glad to see everyone. I hope you all feel comfortable jumping right on in and being part of the discussion...
What j-bird said !
Been lurking for a while and just stumbled upon this thread so seems only fair to make a proper intro... I'm Ben, 33, born in Vermont and couldn't leave that place fast enough. I have lived and hunted in just about every state in the US thanks to my career choice. I am still bouncing around a lot because of that hence the username and trying to budget for when I retire at the ripe old age of 39 lol. Currently in Taxachusetts (damn blue states) but will end my journey on my wife's 125 acre Family Farm(well our family farm now) in NW Alabama(then the fun really begins). I currently have a small tract of land(7 acres) that is surrounded by some farmland and mostly Wildlife Management Areas(public land) that gets used and abused come shotgun season. Bow season is the only real shot I have of a peaceful hunt without the fear of getting stuck in the crossfire. I have been soaking up everything I can and have enjoyed all the stories contained in this forum. For now I will micro-manage what I have and keep looking toward the future of having enough land to make a true deer haven where I can walk around (even in full blaze orange) and not feel like I'm walking through a shooting gallery. Looking forward to living vicariously through most of you in the mean time and day dreaming about what the future holds.
Welcome to the forum!
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Welcome to the forum Ben, it's a good place to be !
It sounds like you are living the dream, plus being born on Christmas day. Welcome to the forum and good hunting (in Bama of course)
Welcome Ben! Used to coon hunt and fish some in old Taxachusetts. There was a lot of open land back then as most places were; Dad and I used to be lost half time there, not just in the woods but even in the truck. The dog would strike and tree or not and we didn't even know what road we had parked on sometimes. Somehow we always managed to make our way back to the truck though.
In contrast I can only imagine how crowded though it must have become by now.
Anyhow enjoy your bow hunting there and continue to make the best of it wherever your career takes you. Retirement will come soon enough and it is grand but there are a lot of great experiences ahead between now and then. Again welcome to the forum and I encourage you to post often when you have time. As you have seen this is a great place to share ideas and learn from each other and that includes learning from and by young hunters as well as older hunters. And posting surprisingly leads to many new ideas and concepts.
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