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January 2011 Archive for Outdoors on the Farm

RSS By: Chip Flory, Pro Farmer

Comments and insight to the show from Chip Flory, host of “Outdoors on the Farm."

Minnesota Management Update

Jan 27, 2011

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Chip Flory

Minnesota Habitat Management Update

Emily and I had a great time with Mark Bernard up in Minnesota last fall (Episode 13)... he is absolutely committed to getting his wetland and prairie programs done right. He loves what he's doing... and he's a bit a a "go-getter" when it comes to working with the right programs to help cover the costs of what he wants to get done on his ground. In fact... here's what Mark sent me last week --

"Got good news on Thursday last week: The grant that had been pending on tree removal on the wetland area has been approved! It should entail 100% cost share and having the trees professionally removed, sprayed etc. In addition it should put a program in place to manage any future infestations."

The reason for this update is really simple. Yes... there is cost and effort in supporting and managing wetlands and prairie efforts -- but there are also programs available that will help you cover those costs. In other words... a little more effort can help you cover a lot (or all) of the costs of establishing and managing your piece of hunting paradise!

Don't forget...

  • If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.
  • Sign up for the turkey hunt with me and country music artist Justin Moore. (Guys... this is going to be a hoot. We'll keep your travel time to a minimum, put you up in a great place and make sure you're sitting in a great spot when the sun comes up! The food will be great, too -- and we'll do our best to be "good company" for a couple of days!

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

An OOTF Viewing Party!

Jan 21, 2011

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Chip Flory

An OOTF viewing party!

The most recent episode of Outdoors on the Farm was all about fun. We were raccoon hunting in the hills west of my home town of Denver, Iowa, with the "Mule Guy" Loren Schweer. Let me tell ya... I've been in a lot of different hunting situations over the years, but there's something about combining a nice cold November night, good mules, good dogs and good friends to have some fun out in the timber! And man... did we have fun! And Saturday morning, we'll be getting together with a bunch of friends at one of the local establishments in Denver to have a "viewing party" of the coon hunting episode. I'm sure it's going to be a great time! Here's a look at the crew we had in the timber for the coon hunt.

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At the left is Ivan Hesse -- a coon hunter with 30 years of experience. He's normally the "gun man" when he and Loren hit the timber with dogs Luke and Junior. But for our hunt, he turned the "plunking duties" over to my son, Thomas. I'm standing next to Ivan, Loren is in the back row with his head sticking up between me and Thomas, who is holding the night's take. Next to Tom is Mark Haskin.

You didn't get to see much of Mark on the show, but I don't know how we would have pulled it off without him! Mark was out in front as we made our way through the timber, opened and shut gates and was helping out a bunch to control and work the dogs and the mules. I taped a big "thank you" to Mark for the show, but sometimes "good stuff" gets edited out.

One of the reasons Mark was helping with the dogs as much as he did is because Loren and I were helping to keep track of our cameraman, who -- believe it or not -- was on a mule (or horse) for the first time that night! Can you imagine!?! Never ridden before and we stick him on a mule and go for a "trail ride" AT NIGHT through some of the thickest, thorniest timber -- which included some "exciting" drops into draws that had us all standing in the stirrups and leaning back hard. You don't often get to see the guy behind the camera, but the cameraman with us for the coon hunt has been with us several times to tape Outdoors on the Farm. His name is Joe Brown and he helped us with the food plot show (episode 3), the dove hunt in Illinois (episode 5), the quail hunt (episode 8) and the coon hunt (episode 12). Needless to say... he was a "good sport" about getting on a mule.

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Joe looks happy here... but you've got to question his sanity about trusting his safety to the crew that's pictured at the top, don't you!?!

And there's one more picture I've got to share with you about coon hunting. The picture below was taken almost exactly one year before we taped the coon hunt for Outdoors on the Farm. I just wanted to show this is something Tom and I try to do at least once every year with Loren and Ivan. And if I could find the picture, I could show you one from the fall of 2008, also.

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(First off... if you want to see how a "growing boy" changes from ag 14 to 15, take a look at Tom in the picture above and then go back up to the top picture to see how he's change! Wow... I must be getting old!) Loren and Ivan have been great friends and they are why I got back into doing something that I really enjoyed when I was a kid. And -- most importantly -- they're giving Thomas a chance to experience coon hunting. Geesh... could you ask for a couple of better hunting partners than these guys!?!

I can't believe it, but next week will feature our final episode of the first season. I'll be visiting with a long-time friend about his wetland and prairie restoration efforts -- and we'll take a look back to the first time I duck hunted with Mark Bernard at his place near New Richland, Minnesota.

Don't forget...

  • If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.
  • Sign up for the turkey hunt with me and country music artist Justin Moore. (Guys... this is going to be a hoot. We'll keep your travel time to a minimum, put you up in a great place and make sure you're sitting in a great spot when the sun comes up! The food will be great, too -- and we'll do our best to be "good company" for a couple of days!

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

Feedback from "Critter Control"

Jan 14, 2011

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Chip Flory

Thanks for the feedback on trapping!

I've received a few e-mails following our "Critter Control" show. I ran traps with Outdoors on the Farm pro-staffer Steve Burda and I'm really impressed by the supportive e-mails I've received. The bottom line of most of the messages was to not shy away from telling stories like we did in this episode. And don't worry... we won't.

And, no... Steve wasn't kidding when he said there's a trapper in most towns across the country. And if there isn't one in your town... there's one close enough that they'd be willing to come and help you manage your critter population. Steve mentioned stopping in the coffee shop to find out who might be trapping in your area. Some other places to check are the elevator and, or course, small-town outdoors/bait shops.

Steve also said to not be afraid to stress the rules on your farm. If you don't want traps within 200 yards of the house yard... tell them. And don't assume they'll know to shut gates... tell them to make sure gates are shut all the time.

One of the things Steve and I talked about when we were taping the trapping show was "dog-proof" traps. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to include it in the show. These are leg-hold traps with the pan down inside a short tube... either round or square. These are usually used for raccoons... they're curious critters and if you put a dab of bait at the bottom of the tube, they'll reach in and get caught. Dogs, however, can't get into the tube -- that's why they're called "dog-proof." These are the traps Steve uses if a landowner wants him to knock-down a coon population close to the house yard.

And if you are wondering if Steve ever got into the adult beaver, check out this picture! Steve's foreign exchange student Luis is holding a 48-pound male. Oh... and that's Steve with another kit.

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And just to prove I did help Steve take care of the fur he caught while I was running traps with him...

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Don't forget...

  • If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.
  • Sign up for the turkey hunt with me and country music artist Justin Moore. (Guys... this is going to be a hoot. We'll keep your travel time to a minimum, put you up in a great place and make sure you're sitting in a great spot when the sun comes up! The food will be great, too -- and we'll do our best to be "good company" for a couple of days!

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

Gearing up for Season 2!

Jan 14, 2011

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Chip Flory

We're good to go for season 2!

I can't believe it, but episode 11 of our 13-episode season aired Jan. 13 (and will air again Saturday, Jan., 15). It's been a whirlwind producing the show for you this year... and we're making plans for Season 2 right now! Believe it or not, I've got 27 story lines I'm considering for season 2. Wait... make that 29 -- my mom sent me two more contacts just this morning! I'm working to whittle the list down to the 13 that will be the strongest stories we can bring you. I've started taping one episode already -- we're going to fish the same farm pond in each of the four seasons and "Maximum Habitat" host Scott Rolfes will be offering up some pond-management tips for each of the seasons that will keep your pond an your fish healthy and happy (and tugging on your line) all year long.

Another story I've got planned and is ready to roll is the wild hog story. We'll be on a cattle ranch in Florida showing everybody just how much damage these walking sausages can do to pasture land.

And, of course, we'll feature a turkey hunt in Michigan in the second season. You know the one I'm talking about... if you haven't signed up for the hunt give-away, make sure you do! I spent some time with country music artist Justin Moore last weekend. He'll be along for the Michigan turkey hunt and will bring his guitar with him. We're going to have a great time up there in April. If you haven't registered for the sweepstakes, what are you waiting for!?!

With three shows decided, that means I've got 26 ideas for 10 more shows in the second season of Outdoors on the Farm. That's a lot... but if you've got a great idea for a show, make sure you let me know. If you've got your own hunting paradise that you'd like to share on the show, let me know about it and just maybe we'll come see you in 2011!

Don't forget...

  • If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.
  • Sign up for the turkey hunt with me and country music artist Justin Moore. (Guys... this is going to be a hoot. We'll keep your travel time to a minimum, put you up in a great place and make sure you're sitting in a great spot when the sun comes up! The food will be great, too -- and we'll do our best to be "good company" for a couple of days!

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

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