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Last year at the hunting property our sled blinds got swept all over the place each time we had a flood. I neglected to sand bag the skids to keep them from floating away. I won't make that mistake again but we decided we want a permanent blind in one of the better locations . We got the post holes dug and posts set today and I am beat. Tomorrow we will get the floor in place and start framing it up.














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Eric Patterson: Jun 15, 2019, 6:09 AM
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Can't find the "like" button so this will have to do. SmileSmile

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Looks like a good project for some hot summer days. Hahaha
How deep does that area flood? Is the blind going to usually be in the water or above the waterline.

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TimJ: Jun 15, 2019, 7:17 PM
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Nice, I haven't seen batter boards used since my Seabee days!Cool
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We're happy with Saturday's progress. The floor is done and we now have a stable platform to frame the blind on. Our school of thought thus far has been to make a damn solid foundation to build the blind on, one that will last many years and require no maintenance. From this point on we will use materials ranging from salvaged scrap to new. Whatever keeps the cost to a minimum yet results in a sturdy structure.

We aren't 100% sure yet but think we will go with a "lean-to" style of blind with shooting ports. The blind backs up against a tree so gunners will only need to shoot out the front. The only downside to this, as I see it, is the blind will be fairly tall. We are thinking of building a huge brush pile in front to help hide the blind.

One last note. Thomas, Patrick, and Zac make one hell of a work team. Each has some building experience (Thomas and Zac are in school for Building Science) and being the young strapping men they are can move pretty fast on a construction site. My old bones hurt trying to keep up.

















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Looks like a good project for some hot summer days. Hahaha
How deep does that area flood? Is the blind going to usually be in the water or above the waterline.

Tim


Tim, the water is typically about knee to thigh deep. However the blind is next to the Flint River which frequently floods. We cut the blind posts at 4' and that should make it huntable in all but the biggest of floods.
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My old bones hurt trying to keep up.


I would have thought by now you would have been promoted to a supervisory position. What's the problem, no leadership skills? Angelic

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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That's gonna be some blind! You guys are craftsmen. It looks big enough to have sleeping quarters.

Do you bring a boat to hunt this spot? It's hard to visualize that field under several feet of water, one of your first photos made it appear to be on a slight hill. Maybe an illusion.
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Certainly looks like that wont be floating off when the area floods!


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That's gonna be some blind! You guys are craftsmen. It looks big enough to have sleeping quarters.

Do you bring a boat to hunt this spot? It's hard to visualize that field under several feet of water, one of your first photos made it appear to be on a slight hill. Maybe an illusion.


We can drive to it unless the river floods and then use a boat. The field is about 110 acres with three duck ponds ranging from 3-8 acres. The blind is next to the biggest one and is planted in corn this year. Hunting seems to be the best when the river floods the entire field as the water goes out, i.e. falling waters.
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Eric Patterson wrote:
SJ Fairbank wrote:
That's gonna be some blind! You guys are craftsmen. It looks big enough to have sleeping quarters.

Do you bring a boat to hunt this spot? It's hard to visualize that field under several feet of water, one of your first photos made it appear to be on a slight hill. Maybe an illusion.



We can drive to it unless the river floods and then use a boat. The field is about 110 acres with three duck ponds ranging from 3-8 acres. The blind is next to the biggest one and is planted in corn this year. Hunting seems to be the best when the river floods the entire field as the water goes out, i.e. falling waters.


Sounds fantastic, wish we had hunting like that. There's very few farms left in CT, fewer still that flood other than in the spring.
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Nice work! I might have to visit my boy at UAH during duck season!


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Well hate to tell you but Worcester County , MD.s building inspectors would fail your notched post treatment for your floor joyces. They,ve decided its stronger to just thru bolt them to outside of post on deck structures. Idiots couldn,t drive a nail without instructions on the hammer!
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We knocked it out over the past two weekends. All that is left is paint on the exterior and the brushing it. Everyone is looking forward to hunting it this season. On rainy nasty days you'll find me here.

















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Good morning, Eric~


Spectacular! I hope your Building Department issues your Certificate of Occupancy in time for the season.....right after you add the banisters to your stairway.....



How deep to you expect the water to be? Will you arrive by boat or ATV?


And, do you have to do a snake check each morning when you hunt?



Many happy hours in the new abode!


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South Cambridge, NY
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Thanks. Water is about knee to thigh deep when we close the gates. However this blind is close to the Flint River which floods frequently following heavy rains. It was probably 6' deep where the blind is located last hunting season. Basically we want the blind to be huntable in all but the biggest of floods and not get pushed around like our sled blinds do when the river flows across this field.



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Eric Patterson wrote:
On rainy nasty days you'll find me here.


What a wuss,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I'll assume that "here" for you, is NOT the second window from the door. Ninja

Looks good.

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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HAH! That second window is for Zac, aka "Tall Boy." at 6' 4" he needed a little more room to shoot.
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Love the extra tall shooting port! What a fun build with the crew.
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I'm still waiting for the answer on the snake question. In my very youngest days, my dad was stationed at Fort Rucker, in Dothan. Lake Tallaco (sp?) was the local beach and waterski play spot. The base would routinely march grunts around the lake with pistols to shoot the water moccasins. Mom wouldn't let us swim, and I have had a fear of southern freshwater ever since.

Dani's recent quail post got those juices flowing again.

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I'm still waiting for the answer on the snake question. In my very youngest days, my dad was stationed at Fort Rucker, in Dothan. Lake Tallaco (sp?) was the local beach and waterski play spot. The base would routinely march grunts around the lake with pistols to shoot the water moccasins. Mom wouldn't let us swim, and I have had a fear of southern freshwater ever since.

Dani's recent quail post got those juices flowing again.


Jeff, there are snakes all over this property. Thomas carries a pistol for such encounters. I've yet to see one near the blind but it wouldn't surprise me. Luckily by the time hunting season starts they head for high ground and crawl under a rock or go down a hole or head to wherever it is snakes spend the winter.

You want to hear something really crazy? Monday afternoon Thomas and Zac found a wounded Common Loon on the road behind the lodge. It had a injured wing. It's a long way to water from there and just what the heck is a loon doing in Alabama this time of year? After many failed calls to state and federal agencies, who had no idea about what to do, they put it in a dog kennel and released on a small lake near our house. It swam off, started drinking water, and made calling noises all in about 30 seconds of exiting the kennel. Maybe it will make it.
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I hope that doesn't mean those of us up here in Maine are going to get rattlesnakes and water moccassins in exchange.

I bet the local birders are going nuts. And good on Thomas and Zac for doing the right thing. I have a buddy who does loon research, and based on his stories of capturing loons at night from a boat with spotlights and hoop nets, it's a dirty job with a lot of fishy turds and injuries from sharp beaks.

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where is the dog door and dog ramp? or no dogs ever used ?
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Derek Thompson wrote:
where is the dog door and dog ramp? or no dogs ever used ?

If you do hunt with dogs I,ve found that a series of small platforms like steps leading to dog entry helps keep snakes from getting inside blind as easy. With a ramp leading to dog entry point if its left open they,ll craw right on in. Still doesn,t stop them from scaleing your brushing and waiting in lie on roof. In my area its simply water snakes that drop in on you. Wouldn,t want that to happen with the cotton mouths you probably have.