Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 12, 2017

Drop Hog Trap – 041117

We have found this drop trap to be very effective for feral hogs.   It appears the

advantage of this type trap is that the hogs can see all the way under the trap.

And they aren’t required to enter a small trap door.   We caught 18 pigs in the

first week of activation in another drop trap.  It’s built using three 16′ utility panels.

A small mess is lines the inside to prevent small pigs from escaping.

The diameter is 15′.  We use a Harbor Freight winch to life the trap.   Two 20′ stalks

of 1 1/2′ square tubing if part of the lifting.  The trigger is an upside down cross built out

of 1″ lumber.   Corn is placed under the trigger.  A hog bumps the trigger and the

trap drops before he can escape.


November 29, 2015

grandkids fishing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 10:03 am
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lukie-fk-112715Lukie with pond perch


shea-fk-fishing-112715Shea with her perch


lukie-shea-fishing-112715They enjoyed fishing.


shea-fish-112815and Shea loves her Papaw’s fried fish

September 1, 2015

Ernie Andrus, WW II Vet

Today, I enjoyed a lunch time visit with Ernie at Huntington Deli (Dean’s).  It was interesting to hear him tell of his Coast to Coast trip.   Earlier this day he had completed a segment of his walk across America, walking and jogging with small group on Highway 69 south of Huntington near our farm.


From the web:

My name is Ernie Andrus and I plan to run coast to coast in 2 to 4 years. (Super Senior Coast to Coast Run). I turned 90 in August, 2013. I started by touching the Pacific Ocean near San Diego CA., on October 7th, 2013 and will touch the Atlantic Ocean near Brunswick, GA., two to four years later.

This feat is being undertaken to raise money for the LST 325 SHIP MEMORIAL, INC. I was one of the crew that brought the LST 325 back from the Isle of Crete, Greece to the US in 2000, 2001 as aired on the history channel as The Return of LST 325. One thousand fifty one LSTs were built during World War II. The 325 is the only one left that has been restored and is still operational. Plans were being made to return the ship to Normandy for the D day memorial service (D day plus 70, 2014) and beach it at the same location where it was on Omaha beach 70 years before. The cost of taking this ship across the Atlantic and back is tremendous. Shortage of finances caused the 2014 trip to be canceled. Perhaps we can raise enough money for D Day plus 75 in 2019.

If you’d like to help fund my record breaking trip across America or donate to the LST 325 Ship Memorial fund, please visit the donate page.

Run Progress:

As of August 7, 2015 I have ran 1,668.04 miles in 606 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds.
Average pace 21:49. Average leg 6.13 miles. Average miles per week 18.4.
I am now in near Alto, Texas.  (update noon 8/31/15 – Huntington, Texas)


August 14, 2015

with couple of grandkids

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They are growing up.

KJ entering college in few weeks

Garrett started driving this week.



Just a few years ago.

July 12, 2015

They have avoided our hunters and traps, so far









July 7, 2015

Farm Pond Bass


July 5, 2015

Spoon Bass on Kurth Lake


June 10, 2015

Grandson comes to visit

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 9:09 am
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garrett-tractor-060715He volunteered to help with chores using Kubota.

Empty Burn Barrel

Re-pile brush pile

Pick cucumbers

and other chores

June 9, 2015

What kind of fish did grandson catch out of our pond?


June 4, 2015

Briefly, we enjoyed visitors to our pond today




The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. In places like Texas and Louisiana, watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds, or loafing on golf course ponds. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward.


wild-ducks-060415c Resting on one leg.


Black-bellies breed during their first year of life, establishing lifelong pair bonds during their first winter. Nest initiation occurs from April through August, a period approximately one month longer than prairie nesting ducks. Black-bellies nest in tree cavities and, similar to wood ducks, also have adapted to nesting in boxes. Where tree cavities are lacking, black-bellies will nest on the ground, often in grasses at the base of small trees or shrubs. Females lay an average of 13 eggs and both sexes incubate the eggs. Experiments have revealed that removal of either the female or the male during incubation results in abandonment of the nest. Apparently, participation of both the male and female is necessary for the nesting attempt to be successful. Black-bellies enjoy relatively high nest success rates (an average of 45 percent) compared to prairie nesting ducks. Most nest failures are caused by raccoons, rat snakes and golden-fronted woodpeckers.

wild-ducks-060415fMaybe, just maybe they will return for another visit.

Maybe, just maybe they will nest in one of our wood duck nest.

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