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Great Hunters from the South Arrive

Great Hunters from the South Arrive

Ready to hunt, orange suspenders and all.  The look on their faces is the reason I love to open up our 40 to hunting familes.   It provides a safe area to do a little hunting with kids.

Hey Dad where are your orange pants?

Hey Dad where are your orange pants?

There is more Blaze orange in this picture than a Cabbella’s store

Lets go daylight is waisting

Lets go daylight is waisting

It is the only time of year I don’t mind seeing kids with guns heading down the driveway in the resort.  Off to one of the 3 permanent deer stands we have in the woods.  Last one there gets to have the radio to report in to mom

Beginning to look like Christmas

Beginning to look like Christmas

Day after Thanksgiving and it is time to deck the halls.

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Deer Camp 2008

Deer Camp 2008

Deer Hunters have arrived at the resort

No fancy trailers

No fancy trailers

No need for trailers just the back attachment to head home

Pryzbal Crew

Pryzbal Crew

Ready to head into the woods

What is going on….not much…  what you see is what the Northwoods has going on

LIttle Blog vacation is being declared, no new posts til Monday. Any problems see Jamie and Nathan in Birchwood or Poe

Coming soon The Birchbark Blog 2009 calendar is under production stay tuned

Burrr Steve's one boat ride

Burrr Steve's one boat ride of the year

Steve waited for the take out through ice to take his ride in the ski boat.  Yes that is ice you see in the bay.  We never seem to get the boats all out without using a ice breaker in the bay at Hilltop.  I think the guys need to watch the movie Titanic for a little inspiration

Anyone taking odds on Steve stepping in?

Anyone taking odds on Steve stepping in?

Time for the last boat to go out

Time for the last boat to go out

Last boat gets loaded up with everything to go up the hill.

Boats stripped down

Boats stripped down

Room for more on the pontoon?

Room for more on the pontoon?

Ohh it looks cold out there

Ohh it looks cold out there

Olja contemplating another boat ride

Wish I had Poe's hair

Wish I had Poe's hair

Olja’s quote for the day “Hey Steve looked at my hair?  I am not a golden retreiver, I am a shinny hound and it is cold out there!  You know we could have gone for a warm boat ride last week”

Last Boat Out

Last Boat Out

Olja looks relieved to be on the last boat.  Time to unthaw in front of a fireplace

4 Pointer

4 Pointer

This dear almost made us late for our lunch date with John and Linda at our favorite Mexican Restaurant Jr Salsa’s in Woodruff.  He is about the only thing that would have me slowing down on the way to get my pork enchiladas I had been thinking about all morning

We ran across him on the otherside of the road from Blackwood 100 feet from where I caught the 8 pointer a week ago.  The parking next to the stone wall was much safer than the inside corner last week.  Craig came out from the Chateau to check the deer out as well

A Week and a Half to Deer Season

A Week and a Half to Deer Season

This deer had better find a good hiding spot, week from Friday the gun deer season opens

How the sunrise started

How the sunrise started

This will be the last time we see the sun for a few days.  Snow rain and sleet is on the way, typical November weather.

5 mintues later

5 mintues later

Can you feel the change coming?

Couple of congratulations

To Captain Dave Tungett who is retiring his captainship in the Navy on his ship this weekend.  Craig and the rest of the 4th of July crew are getting together on the ship to offer congrats.

2nd congrats go out to Amy Hebert (Tempel) and her new liver.  You will be swimming in Lower Kaubashine before you know it!

Houston we have a problem

Houston we have a problem

I was working on the other side of the resort and was hollered at to grab my camera and come to the playground.  I arrived to much head scratching and mutters of opppssss

I think new swing posts will be first this spring

I think new swing posts will be first this spring

It was tree demo day at the resort with guests and guest’s cars around as targets so the guys had the chain saws out taking down some dead, dieing or Craig needs room to plow, trees.  The 1st one was supposed to be a piece of cake……. first casualty of the day the horse swings on the playground

Time to talk about about number 2

Time to talk about about number 2

Time to reconsider tree number 2

Timber!!!!!!

Timber!!!!!!

Ok that one went better now on to a challenge

Ok that one went better now on to a challenge

The bear is in peril along with the tetterball pole

The bear is in peril along with the tetterball pole

taking aim

taking aim

Bear Breathes a sigh of relief

Bear Breathes a sigh of relief

Well do you think we can hit Muskie?

Well do you think we can hit Muskie?

No we don’t need a rope I am sure we will miss Muskie….

Starting the cut will it hit?

Starting the cut will it hit?

I am sure it is fine..  did you pay the insurance?

I am sure it is fine.. did you pay the insurance?

Insurance agents close your eyes

Insurance agents close your eyes

You did pay the insurance didn't you?  Opps

You did pay the insurance didn't you? Oppssss

Anyone have any duck tape?

Anyone have any duck tape?

Most folks would stop at this point…. nope time for the ropes and ladder

Craig heading up the ladder

Craig heading up the ladder

With their luck today this sight made us all a little nervous

No worries I was a boyscout learning my knots

No worries I was a boyscout learning my knots

Ok time for the ropes

Ok time for the ropes

Most people would stop with 2 casualty’s but Steve, Troy and Craig decided to take one more chance on Bayview and this old dead Red PIne

I am sure with the ropes we will miss Bayview

I am sure with the ropes we will miss Bayview

With Troy and Craig as the anchors it should go their way……

ummmm sorry dad........

ummmm sorry dad........ anyone find that ducktape?

Bayview 3rd casualty of the day

Bayview 3rd casualty of the day

My work is done....  got to go take that insurance check to town

My work is done.... got to go take that insurance check to town

One last tree... did they hit Birchwood?

One last tree... did they hit Birchwood?

I will leave you in suspense on that one…  It was getting a new window anyway

Clean Up.. Where is Craig....

Clean Up.. Where is Craig....

And the clean up begins…..

What I went through for this picture..  I saw this buck a couple of days ago and did not have the camera along.  This morning I spotted him by the garage at Blackwood.  He was quietly walking slowly through the woods.  I stopped in the worse section of Lower Kaubashine in the curves and pulled over as far as I could praying there was no car coming or logging truck.  Grabbed my purse where the camera was as the deer kept creeping through the woods.  Got the camera disentangled from the contents of my purse, and the batteries fell out of the bottom of the camera.  Deer keeps creeping and I fumble to get the batteries back in the camera with an eye on the deer and an eye on the blind corner right behind me in the road, listening for the sound of the logging truck.  Finally got the camera on and caught these pics.  Enjoy

I think he wanted his picture taken

I think he wanted his picture taken

Troy and I counted 8 points on this buck

The Victim

The Victim

This black squirrel along with his cousins the gray squirrels would like to lodge a complaint against their very distant cousin the red squirrels.  I witnessed the harassment from the kitchen window.  The red squirrels were chasing the black and grays and were aiming for their unmentionables.  I have heard from 3 different sources that the red’s drive off the other squirrels by snipping off parts.  Sure looked like that was happening yesterday and this black squirrel has a definite look of fear in his eye and it is not from Poe.

Public Enemy Number 1

Public Enemy Number 1

Add the sound of chattering that sounds like evil laughing to this picture and you have the whole story

Squirrels beware!

Squirrels beware!

Note to all red squirrels, the piers are done and out of the water, the beard is trimmed for better aim and the 22 is coming out

I think this picture sums up the beach

I think this picture sums up the beach

Docks heading out of the water

Docks heading out of the water

Boats following the docks to dry ground

Boats following the docks to dry ground

White dock in dry dock

White dock in dry dock

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Raft in for the winter

Raft in for the winter