A Bet that Keeps Giving

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Who would you consider to be your top pick in determining the camp that your hunt club would spend the next three years scoping out that trophy buck? I bet I’m on no one’s list! Well let me tell you about this gentleman’s contest that was held over the past hunting season. We have always had full rights to this old farmer’s land back in the low grounds; it was superb. Soybean fields surrounded by brush buffers and planted white pines. We could perform different tactics with that environment. We could scope it out in trucks or just sit out in the field or a tree naturally disguised as the deer practically come to you. Due to the property’s popularity, competition has arose and with that the rate of the rights. We had some good years out there but we ultimately decided it was time to make a change. An upgrade if you will.
We scouted out three camps that are fully equipped. Hunting cabin with running water and plumbing, and a fishing hole of some sort are the amenities we have agreed upon. We have to make this decision educated and calculated – that’s where I come in. Most importantly – part of the gentleman’s contest – I don’t want to be the designated chef. The team that can scope out the most bountiful hunting camp of the three we are considering will not ever have to clean a pot, wash a dish or even lift a crumb throughout the following hunting season. My partner Larry Wayne and I are taking this little gentlemen’s contest to a serious level. The property owners of the three properties are allowing us a “feasibility study” period to determine the viability of their properties. Each owner assures us the world, of course.
There are eight of us – four teams total. We can use whatever means the owner allows but limited only to the two in your team – no Boy Scout troops or baseball teams may be used for extra manpower. We had to clarify that for Coach Baker and Pack Leader Young. Teams used different approaches for determining the wildlife population and variety on the three tracts. Some teams interviewed previous leasees, neighbors, the land owner, and good-ole local boys. Other teams took the “get-right-in-there” approach. They spotlighted through the night, rode through the land on four-wheelers, hiked it throughout, and spent hours upon hours sitting in tree stands and cruising the fields. Then there was us. When I said we took this seriously, I meant it.
We took the educated and calculated approach. Later realized, it was the no-loss approach. No loss of time, resources, or even money. We invested in multiple game trail cameras and mounted them throughout the properties. We placed some up high, some lower, some near the cabin, and some in the fields. Yes, it was a small investment, but nothing compared to the three-year lease we were about to sign. We really didn’t want to cook but we especially did not want to waste our hunting seasons and money on a camp that was hunted down to nothing.
It was time to compare notes. The guys interviewing came up with some interesting facts but there was no way of knowing if there was an ulterior motive involved. Was the land owner telling us good things so we would sign? Their other interviews were misleading – as if they were trying to protect the property. The team that put in so many man-hours staking out the properties really didn’t have a lot of information to present. They spotted out a few good bucks, a nice herd of does to keep the population going and a turkey. Yup, that’s what I said, a turkey. This was getting to be embarrassing. We showed video from the game trail cameras tracking four turkey flocks across one field over a week’s time. We also provided each guy their very own buck – not the trophy sized one. We kept that information for ourselves; we had this in the bag anyway.
The vote was unanimous. Our “data” was undeniable. The crew had all kinds of questions and we were finally getting excited. They were amazed of the quality the trail cameras produced. Even the very basic cameras produced credible shots. We signed the lease on the property with the large turkey flock and healthy deer population. Those deer had really good age on them too. Since this post, we have moved our equipment onto the property and are preparing for the upcoming bow season. As we geared up, a couple of the guys asked what we did with the trail cameras. I kept them – just needed to pull them out – so I asked him why. He said he would like to purchase a few. The other guys overheard us and long story short – the club decided to buy all of them for use at the camp. What a deal! We didn’t have to take off work or spend a great deal of money to come to a well-calculated conclusion.

Great Carpet cleaning Tips to make your Home Cozier

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Carpet cleaning tipsAll of us want to come home to a place where it is clean and comfortable. Unfortunately that is not always the case when we neglect cleaning our carpet. This fabric is often the most neglected part of our home and it has very serious consequences to our health, particularly our respiratory health.
Carpet not only provides us a comfortable padded surface to walk on, it helps filter the air and trap allergens between its strands. But if you fail to clean dirt that is trapped, it all piles up and has nowhere to go but up to the surface where it can cause asthma and other respiratory ailments.
I’ll share with you some actionable tips that will help keep your carpet looking new and more importantly free from allergens.
Tip #1: Vacuum frequently
This is the first and the most important step you have to take to keep your carpet clean. Vacuuming regularly ensures that dirt, dust, pet hair and all contaminants don’t pile up. The rule of thumb is to vacuum whole home at least once a week and high traffic areas more often.
Now there are different types of vacuums that you can use for a particular purpose.
Upright vacuums work best as deep cleaners but because of its weight and bulk it virtually makes it impossible to use this every day.
Cordless vacuums work great as a spot cleaner because it doesn’t have any cords and is lightweight. Recent models have more power and longer run times making buying one more feasible than ever before.
Robot vacuums automate the cleaning process for you and while not as strong as an upright, this is made up by repetition. You can run it as often as you want and would make a perfect automated house helper.
So there is a wide variety of cleaners that will fit every need and living space.
Tip #2: Clean those stains ASAP!
carpet stainsCarpet stains are inevitable, no matter how careful you are, so be prepared at all times.
Water soluble stains like beer, sodas, milk, washable ink, latex paint and food dyes, prepare a mixture of around 1/4 cup of non-bleach detergent to a liter of water.
For stains like blood, chocolate, coffee, tea or mustard, you need to tweak the cleaning mixture. Instead of using detergent, use a tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water.
Remember before cleaning a large section. Test it out on a smaller inconspicuous section to see if there will be any discoloration. If your carpet is made from wool or any special fabric, consult with the manufacturer first before applying anything.
Tip #3: Deep clean every 18 to 24 months
carpet deep cleanNot a lot of people do this because it is expensive and it takes too much effort if you do it yourself but this is a necessary step if you want your carpet to last for decades. Remember that it costs a few thousand dollars to replace carpet so spending a few hundred maintaining makes more sense. You’ll only do it once every 1.5 to 2 years anyways.
The Carpet and Rug Institute provides some great and insightful tips in choosing a professional carpet cleaning service. You can do it yourself but there is a learning curve so if you’re willing to take the time to learn.
Do these three things and your carpet will be looking new for years to come plus your home will be cleaner and free from allergens. A clean home is a cozy home.