This is the shooting house. This one is a preformed (manufactured) house, made of molded plastic. The “traditional” house is made of wood. I personally like the homemade wood houses better. They tend to be a little larger. But you just climb up the ladder and you’re secure, somewhat protected from the weather (and it helps hide your scent from the deer). The windows are plexiglass and open so you can shoot out any of the our sides. Or if an icy wind is blowing from one direction you can close the window on that side.
This is the view from inside the shooting house.
These five photos show the view from the shooting house. The last two show the access road into the area (yes, it had been raining at the ground was pretty wet). The open area is an area the logger used as a staging area in some recent timber cutting. They would drag the logs to this area and then run them through a machine that would strip off the limbs. Then they would be loaded onto a truck for transport to the mills.
Usually the loggers would replant this area with trees but in this case we asked them to leave it open for a deer food plot. You can’t see it well but there is a little bit of green on the far side of the open area where some of the grasses have grown. This is what helps attract deer to the spot.
The first three pictures show scenes from the other directions. The area had what is called a “first thinning” a couple of years ago. This is where the loggers go into a 12-15 year old pine plantation and take out some of the trees. We get a little income off of this, but not much. These trees are small and can only go for pulp wood (for making paper). But what this does is open up the forest so the trees that are left will grow larger, faster. In another 10 years we’ll come back and do a second thinning where we’ll get a mix of pulp wood and lumber. Then another 7-10 years later we’ll come back for a final cut which will be just able all the more valuable lumber trees.
Finally, I just wanted to show a “before” and “after” picture from inside my brother’s house. These are french doors that separate the dining room (where I’m standing) form the living room. In the photo on the left you have 25 years of dust, smoke, and crud build up on the window panes. On the right you’ll see that there is still actually see-through glass in the doors. Still a lot to be done – structurally and cosmetically. Little brother had a lot of good points but cleanliness wasn’t anywhere near the top of his list.