On the homestead we have a variety of hunting stands: lock on’s, ladder stands, double stands, and tripods. We have several popup ground blinds and sometimes we make one out of tree branches for cover. Philip wanted a sheltered shoot house to use when weather might make hunting less than desirable.
Building the Shoot House at Home
He built the shoot house at the Florida House and then disassembled it and loaded it in the trailer in pieces. Together the two of us carried it into the woods and reassembled it. Honestly I am not sure how he loaded that thing on his own, it weighs a ton!
We started by clearing the area with the bobcat and we cut a trail from the edge of the woods. The shoot house will be tucked in the woods overlooking the creek. Its close to camp, but still tucked far enough away to draw the deer.
Once the foundation was in place, the walls were made to fit together like a puzzle onto the floor.
The orange straps were used to help us lift the pieces. The roof is the heaviest and biggest piece in the project. Thankfully its the last piece.
As usual, we somehow managed to pull it off, half dragging, half carrying that heavy roof in the woods. The reward is a sheltered place to hunt when its cold and rainy. The view overlooking the creek is one of my favorites on the property. This quiet area is a favorite of the deer as well.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.