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Another project!  Might see if I can get something set up this weekend.

 

 


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From what they show on The Hunting Public YouTube channel the horizontal rub works very good once it is established. I like what Jeff Sturgis is doing with the vine as a licking branch. I will be setting up both setups next year on my newly purchased property.

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Well...I couldn't wait till the weekend. Got out this morning and put a horizontal rub next to my fav stand. Took a couple of hours between finding suitable branches, cutting them up, whittling the ends to a point and finding/cutting a suitable spruce. I don't have any pine trees I feel good about hacking up but the spruce produces nice aromatic resin. We are into the 2nd week already so I am confident this will still be good in a week or 2. 

My one concern is dept of the posts. The ground was not too hard or root ridden thankfully but I could only get down about a foot. I used creek rocks to add extra stability and holding grip in the hole. There is some play in the spruce trunk so hopefully that will help. If this proves insufficient I will have to stake em in somehow. I can only hope this proves insufficient and Bucks start hitting this thing hard in a couple of weeks! The extra dirt from the holes makes for a nice soft scrape surface and I plan to add some vine and leaves to the branches to create an over-hang and licking zone.

This was a very fun and exciting project in terms of the potential. I am gonna try and stay away from the area now until I know Bucks are moving in.

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2 minutes ago, Papist said:

Well...I couldn't wait till the weekend. Got out this morning and put a horizontal rub next to my fav stand. Took a couple of hours between finding suitable branches, cutting them up, whittling the ends to a point and finding/cutting a suitable spruce. I don't have any pine trees I feel good about hacking up but the spruce produces nice aromatic resin. We are into the 2nd week already so I am confident this will still be good in a week or 2. 

My one concern is dept of the posts. The ground was not too hard or root ridden thankfully but I could only get down about a foot. I used creek rocks to add extra stability and holding grip in the hole. There is some play in the spruce trunk so hopefully that will help. If this proves insufficient I will have to stake em in somehow. I can only hope this proves insufficient and Bucks start hitting this thing hard in a couple of weeks! The extra dirt from the holes makes for a nice soft scrape surface and I plan to add some vine and leaves to the branches to create an over-hang and licking zone.

This was a very fun and exciting project in terms of the potential. I am gonna try and stay away from area now until I know Bucks are moving in.

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Nice papist.  Hope it works for you.  At a minimum, you now have a good hitching post for your horse!  Did you toss up a cam on it?

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1 minute ago, moog5050 said:

Did you toss up a cam on it?

Yessir, I surely did ^_^

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I already had the tools n wire, so this project only cost me sweat and time. Be interesting to see what the return on investment is like. This is something you could easily do on public land.


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Vladimir Lenin -  “the goal of socialism is communism.” 

 

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Did you do anything to,attract them to it?


I find a duck's opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread

-Mitch Hedberg

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10 minutes ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

Did you do anything to,attract them to it?

That is the role of the spruce trunk. I know they like to rub up these trees in particular in our patch. Anything that produces a resin is supposed to be good on this score. Also, the area is a corridor of movement come the rut. The biggest rubs in our woods are always on spruce or pine.

I did score up the bark a little to get the juices flowing 

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The spruce trunk is about waist height in case anyone was wondering.


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That's pretty awesome looking, really can see myself doing this where I've been seeing the heaviest tracks on our new property.. which is outside of bedding that's so think I couldn't even get in to post it... I don't have 30 mins to watch the video because I'm a work but what trees do they recommend using for this?? pine? spruce? birch?

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9 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

Neat idea   With that much work involved and time at the scene how do you try and keep your scent contamination down ?

You don't!  I stank like a hog corpse .

Old man time will have to work his magic. Plus the Bucks have not turned up yet, probably won't for at least one more week. This is close enough but far enough from bedding that it won't be noticed for a while.

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37 minutes ago, JRod 8G8H said:

what trees do they recommend using for this?? pine? spruce? birch?

Anything resin producing. Apparently scotch pine is the best. I am using spruce because our local deer tear them up every year. Basswood and cedar was also mentioned in the above video

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1 minute ago, Papist said:

Anything resin producing. Apparently white pine is the best. I am using spruce because our local deer tear them up every year. Basswood was also mentioned in the above video

Awesome.. I'm gonna look into doing this pretty urgently in between my stand and bedding... thanks!!

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5 minutes ago, JRod 8G8H said:

Awesome.. I'm gonna look into doing this pretty urgently in between my stand and bedding... thanks!!

Yeah, I would be nervous doing this heading into the 3rd week or later. Post photos! 

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Nice sir! Been wanting to make a couple myself. But time never permits lol. Keep us posted how yours work. 

How sturdy is it? 

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4 minutes ago, LET EM GROW said:

How sturdy is it? 

we are gonna find out hopefully!  I may need to stake the posts more. Felt sturdy enough once installed. The stones will prevent pushing over but I wonder about them getting lifted up

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So, early this afternoon I went back and cable tied on a beech branch and a grapevine licking branch. Fingers crossed :

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Raining here tonight. Hopefully that washes my stink away after the day's labors. Good timing 


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Looks good Papist! If your cam has video, I bet that make some sweet videos! I may have to make a quick half a$$ed one today after work on the edge of one of my food plots. 

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I may have raised the bar to high literally. May have to go back and lower things by a foot. We'll see. I plan a 2nd, less elaborate one over the weekend in another well traveled spot. Using an established tree as one of the posts is a lot less work. 


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