Trail Cleaning...

Discussion in 'Food Plots & Habitat Improvement' started by oldnotdead, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. oldnotdead

    oldnotdead Grizzled Veteran

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    Being on a hill that is glacial spillage,in other words rocks. I spend a huge amount of time picking rocks. The worst thing is shale. When shale frost heaves it manages to surface on edge. Besides being toe grabbers. I've face plant more times I care to think about. They are also tire killers. Either they manage to be like axe edges or like arrow heads. Cutting tires. So this is the time of year I spend a lot of time clearing heaved rocks off all my trails. Best time because they are loose and the ground is soft..My back is shot...Though come turkey and deer season I will appreciate all the work done.
    How many of you clean your trails?
     
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    John T. Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Don't have the problems you describe. National forest roads are grave or rock but don't present the problems you face. Foot trails present no problem except for those that come with getting older.
     
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    Ya, most trails, I cleared or are old logging "roads", not dozed . I wish I could blame just my age, but an active life left me with many old injuries . Then you have my OCD concerning going into hunt in the dark. My paths are clean enough I walk through the woods in complete darkness. The shale here is bad though hard on even our tractor tire. I wonder how they ever farmed this property, every winter there is a new batch of rocks pushing to the surface.
     
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    Would that qualify as a rock garden? Shale can be a hazard to man and machine. I have heard of hunters walking a mountain side and slipping on a shale slide. It's a long way down.
     
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    Repair guys around here joke about rock mowing. :rolleyes: That and when not on its side, laying flat it's the proverbial banana peel when you step on it wet.
     

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