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General Camp Fire Discussion / Re: Spotted Knapweed suggestions
« Last post by Steve on March 28, 2017, 08:22:39 PM »
I had 17 acres that was lousy with it.  Somebody said that water would help get rid of it.  I put sprinklers on it, but that really didn't do much.  I finally had the field sprayed and that worked.  I've heard that goats like to eat the stuff.  I've got about five acres in pasture now.  I usually have to spray it every year.  I worry about my horses and mules eating that grass.  Everyone says it will pass right through them as long as you don't spray too heavy and wait a week or two before you turn your stock in on it. 
General Horse and Mule forum / Re: Need advise on first horses
« Last post by Rt520 on March 28, 2017, 07:29:24 PM »
Thanks. That sounds like a good idea. I want to enjoy the process as well as the end results so taking my time and finding the right horses is top priority.
General Horse and Mule forum / Re: Need advise on first horses
« Last post by ranchdoc on March 27, 2017, 07:10:51 PM »
I would spend some money to get a good-minded sound riding horse to start.... lots cheaper than a hospital bill and paying a trainer for 60 or 90 days is going to burn up what you "saved" buying a younger horse. You might consider getting one solid riding-animal and a younger, cheaper? horse to use mainly as a pack animal for a season or two and see if it has the proper wit to be a riding mountain-horse. Keep looking, the best time to buy one is usually going into winter but there are lots of horses/mules out there so you might find a better deal.....don't be in a hurry!
General Horse and Mule forum / Need advise on first horses
« Last post by Rt520 on March 27, 2017, 10:52:26 AM »
I'm going to be hopefully purchasing my first horses here soon! I don't have a ton of experience with them most of it came from going to Royal Tine in '06 I had done some riding prior too and since but not a ton. My plan is to start with two and possibly adding one or two more later. My primary use will be trail riding and packing for hunting and camping.

Here's where I could use your years of wisdom. My first plan was to buy some that were 9-14 years old broke with good experience. After seeing the average cost of them ranging from $4000-up, I'm starting to think that maybe I should look into buying something younger. Get some that still need work and finding a reputable trainer to send them to for a little while. It seems like that would be a more cost effective way to go, also I will have younger horses and more time with them?

Being that I don't have a ton of experience I would like to end up with something that I won't have to many issues with on trails. I also don't want to spend all my time right off the bat trying to learn how to train them myself. 

Any suggestions for me will be greatly appreciated.

General Camp Fire Discussion / Spotted Knapweed suggestions
« Last post by Rt520 on March 27, 2017, 10:09:00 AM »
Anyone ever deal with trying to eradicate spotted knapweed? I have just under 4 acres and a good deal is covered in this stuff. I started using a shovel to dig it up but its slow going. I'm not really big into using weed killers but starting to think that may be the best option.
General Camp Fire Discussion / Re: Is this site up and running?
« Last post by Nokota on March 26, 2017, 05:42:49 PM »
I too check the site about once a week.  I think Facebook put a big hit on this forum.
General Camp Fire Discussion / Re: Is this site up and running?
« Last post by saddlesore on March 25, 2017, 06:56:00 AM »
Usage has been pretty poor for a year now.. I pm Killerbee and had no reply. Royal Tine does not even post anymore.
I check in about once a week and find I didn't miss anything.

A lot of sites like this go for a year or two and then dry up.

If you want to talk elk hunting, check wapiti Mostly bow hunters,but good info
General Camp Fire Discussion / Re: Is this site up and running?
« Last post by Steve on March 24, 2017, 04:19:37 PM »
Hey Mtn. Trapper,
We made it through another winter, and that's good!  It seems like all I do is go to funerals lately.  One of my old friends, Harry Lafrinere, died recently.  He was my old Sargent Major, Scout master, and hunting partner.  When I walked into the church I was looking for somebody I knew.  I was in the National Guard about forty years back, and I knew there would be old friends there.  Everywhere I looked there were old farts, and I didn't recognize anybody.  Even the pal bearers looked like strangers.  Then I started to recognize people.  All of the paul bearers were young Airborne troopers forty years ago.  Most all had white hair and walked with a limp, now.....Yep, I knew all of those guys.

After the funeral, at the dinner, I met an interesting guy.  I thought of you, Trapper.  I know you are a writer, and I figured you might  like to talk to him. He is a publisher of videos and books.  He published all of Coopenhaver's books.  His name is Dale Burke.  I've been watching his videos and reading his books for years now.  His office is in Stevensville.  It's called Stoney Wolf publishing.  Dale is an avid fly fisherman, and he still packs into the Bob Marshal.  Maybe he could publish some of your work.....It never hurts to have connections.

I sure hope these forums pick up.  I hope I'm not the one who scared everyone off......
General Camp Cooks Forum / Artisan bread in a Dutch Oven
« Last post by MTTrapper on March 23, 2017, 01:12:20 PM »
I only own one regular (no feet, round lid) Dutch Oven. I just got it from a neighbor who didn't want it because it was rusted. It's a 10" Lodge DO.

I cleaned it up and reseasoned it, and made a loaf of bread in it. I've been thinking I could get a nice hard crust on an artisan loaf by trapping the moisture from the bread inside the Dutchie.

This is what I did.

I first made the sponge.

1/4 tsp yeast
200 ml 115 water
1 C Stone ground wheat flour
1 C Bread Flour

Stir yeast into water until creamy. Stir in both cups of flour until firm.
Cover and store in a cool place for ~ 24 hours.

Dough Ingredients
1 tsp yeast
2 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 C 115 water
4 Tbs olive oil
4 C bread flour
3 tsp kosher salt
(optional) Coarse Semolina for dusting

Stir the sugar into the water, then the yeast. Let stand until creamy. (I used a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook) blend together the yeast mixture, sponge, water, oil, salt, and flour. Continue kneading for 8 minutes. The dough should be firm and clear the sides of the bowl. If not, slowly work in additional flour.

Line a medium (10") sized bowl with parchment paper leaving about 4" hanging over two sides. Put dough into bowl on top of parchment paper and cover. When the dough rises to the approximate height of the DO, score the top with a sharp knife and sprinkle the top with semolina.

Put the DO with lid in your oven and pre-heat to 450.

When heated, lift the dough out of the bowl with the parchment paper. Carefully lower the dough and parchment paper into the hot DO. Put lid on and bake for 25 min.

Remove the DO from the oven. Carefully lift the bread using the parchment paper and place the bread on the bare oven rack. Reduce heat to 400 for 20 minutes.

If you want browner bread just leave it in the DO longer. If you are unsure of your oven temps, or are unsure the bread is done at it's center, stick the done loaf with a thermometer or cake pin. It should come out free of uncooked dough when done.

General Camp Fire Discussion / Re: Is this site up and running?
« Last post by MTTrapper on March 23, 2017, 12:37:07 PM »
Steve. The site seems to be running just fine. I guess people are busy this winter. Maybe repairing deckers, wall tents, etc in prep for the upcoming season.

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