Skeeterbait

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    Fishing, Gardening, Beekeeping, Camping, Skiing, Hiking, Wood working
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  1. see posts 210 and 211 from this time last year. That is my design for a candy board. The sugar is normal white sugar and moistened just a bit to turn it into a very dry snowball. Once pushed into the candy board and left alone overnight in the garage it was as hard as a sugar cube. My theory is that most of the water vapor can escape through the vents/upper entrance. The rest of the moisture can condense on the sugar surface. The bees go and lick that off. The sugar also can act a bit as a sponge if there is too much moisture. Some folks take this candy board idea and leave a central hole in the sugar and then put a "moisture quilt" over top of the candy board. I have not done this but some swear by moisture quilts. I think it may be a climate thing and in the mid-atlantic states we likely don't need them as much as some other "wetter" areas.
  2. Agree. Simple old gray fox. The simple answer is likely right.
  3. I also did a full up review of my hives this weekend. 5 hives are double nucs. So 10 small colonies. Most of these were clustered tight to the center dividing board. So they are sharing the heat. The rest (6 colonies) are in regular double deeps or a deep with a honey super above. Most seem to have plenty of bees and reasonable to heavy honey stores. I think I am OK there. Of interest to me was that most have totally shut down brood rearing and have been back filling the nest area with honey. I did not find much pollen or bee bread - some but not a lot. 7 of the 16 still have some capped brood that is likely to hatch soon. Only one still showed signs of eggs and white larva. I assume they will not raise those eggs at this point even though the queen laid them. I also added mouse guards to all entrances. I normally just use entrance reducers but I have several old and beat up boxes that have holes at the corners where the bees happily come and go. Well I needed to close some of those to keep out mice. I also put 1/2" mesh over all the other entrance reducers to keep out the mice. I used some 1/4 inch mesh last year and the bees can go through but over the winter dead bees clogged up those screens so I went with 1/2" mesh for each hive.
  4. Jamesdart Put the roofing felt on when you have time to do it before it gets bitter cold. It is hard to work with once it is really cold. Think of it mainly as a wind break with some additional thermal help during the really cold months. Try to keep it tight at entrances so that the bees don't end up between the hive and the tar paper. Winter prep 1) no mites - need to do some sort of mite control - I do two times - once later summer and then again once broodless in Nov/Dec timeframe. 2) no moisture - need to ensure some type of ventilation. I keep a top entrance to help with air circulation 3) enough food - I always give a candy board as insurance. If they use it fine if not fine too. Good luck getting your new bees through the winter.
  5. Gotta try it to find out. Sometimes spots are great and sometimes not so much despite everything looking good to us. And sometimes old great spots cool off - and its time to find new ones. And sometimes we just lose access to a great spot when a property changes hands and the new owners say no. Good luck and let us know.
  6. The real measure for these "personality hunters" folks is $/inches of antler. Not in it for the meat at all - that is more like a by-product. Sure they eat it but they are all about the size of the antlers on the wall. The rest of it - being outside, hunting with buddies, etc. also comes along for the ride. To be enjoyed or commented on along the way - but the goal is inches of bone on the ground and then on the wall. Just look at them on video/TV apologizing for shooting a "small" 130....... Good grief. I get being proud of a nice trophy buck - but having it be all about the antlers rubs me wrong.
  7. Really nice. The bear mount is the best part!
  8. Would that be classified as a dust bunny or only a dust mouse?
  9. Mead update - Well my sister was over and she had made up some mead and hard cider. She wanted to do a taste test. So I broke open some of my saved raspberry mead and...........it was just awful. Something bad must have been going on in there over the last year. What a disappointment. It had been something I was looking forward to now that it had aged a bit. My first batch of plain old mead was my best. I am now motivated to give it another try sometime soon.....Well actually likely over the winter sometime......
  10. BWSTRIPER44 Tell us a bit about your bees. How many hives do you have and how long have you been a beekeeper. Also where (roughly) are your bees located.
  11. OK - be honest How many flies have you tied with a snip or two of fluffy white dubbing? Or perhaps a bit of dark black tail hairs? It's OK - you can tell us.
  12. Nice pose and smile. Stuff the tongue in next time too. Congrats.
  13. Did you freeze everything? Leave no wax moth egg alive!
  14. Some bees and one interesting waspy thing on the goldenrod this weekend.
  15. PA has had much success in increasing hunter safety I believe due to two things: Mandatory hunter safety classes for new license holders - and blaze orange laws. That has been going on now for as long as I have been hunting and that is - ahem - quite a long time. Those blaze rules got overly complex at one point and you needed a manual to know when you needed it and when it could be relaxed and to what extent. This year they tried to get it a lot simpler. - woodchuck hunting - a solid blaze hat - big game gun seasons - deer, bear, elk - a vest and a hat - small game seasons - a vest and a hat - hunting in a blind - wrap an orange band on a tree nearby - camo OK for everything else - archery, doves, ducks/geese, turkey The only odd thing is the unique after Christmas flintlock only muzzleloader hunt. There is no orange required. You can dress up in buckskins with a coon cap and go be Davey Crocket or Daniel Boone for the day. Can't argue with the success of that program. Even if it feels a bit much sometimes......