A younger man of 50, the husband of a fellow associate before I retired, has hunted my place with a bow off and on for years. He is helping me in these rebuilding and food plotting exercises as he is able and has time off from work. I sincerely appreciate his effort, perspective, ingenuity, and perseverance when there are many other pursuits he could be following. He is a prolific hunter and fisherman, being on the water or in the woods and marshes for more than 200-days per year.
I plod along all week at about four hours of hard labor (for me) per stretch, then retire for the day to rest and recuperate. I say "hard labor" tongue-in-cheek as I spent most of my 40-year day-to-day business life sitting in a chair "driving" a computer. I am grateful for the days I have spent on my tractor. It is a wonderful piece of machinery that will out work me every day and twice on Sunday. There is something special about converting fallow ground into useful plants. I am thankful for farmers that do that for their living. I have learned a lot by Hobby Farming. It is HARD and isn't always fruitful.
Placing seed by the tried and true hand seeder over uneven terrain is a feature of food plotting that is for younger men, and takes me a several days to accomplish over 3.5 acres of plots. Perhaps a conversion of the golf cart to electric seeder is in my future...something to think about in that.
Dave used to supervise from the golf cart as he could not plod along without suffocating from OCPD. That was OK by me as he was there...period. I got him out of this house and into the woods where he wanted to be to shoot, to "supervise" the food plotting, and to hunt.
Riding in the golf cart as it is being used to pull a 10' piece of chain link fence while covering the seed is not always an "air cushion ride". Sometimes it means going airborne when a particularly large clod is encountered by the wheels while at full forward momentum. Dave just hung on for "dear life" and we laughed it off...at least I did. He never complained. It was all good when it was complete and could then be hunted around and over. We got a LOT of trigger time together on hogs mostly and a few deer.
It is satisfying to see the conversion from head high Johnson Grass, three years fallow, to manicured fields and strips of rye cereal grain, WGF sorghum, and clover. The soy beans failed completely. Turned to mush in the seed pods. I am working with the seed company for answers to that.