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April 04, 2019 08:44PM avatar
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glabelle

Rich (Utah)

I guess you didn't get my point. I don't remove any dirt from the plug hole. Knowing the approximate depth of the target, I lift the hinge with that depth of dirt. With a pinpointer, I determine whether the target is in the bottom of the plug, or still in the hole. I scrape either to retrieve the target, never removing any excess dirt from the hole. If someone approaches, all I have to to is flip the plug over.

George,

Point was taken. Here's my dilemma, In order to reach my deeper targets in the 6"-11" range, I would have to be using a full sized shovel with a long blade to take a deeper plug than I do. I'm sure you're familiar with the Lesche hand digger. The blade is right about 6". While I can do a fantastic job and 'leave no trace' with a shovel in grassy areas, I prefer not to carry a full size or even shorty style shovel around with me at parks and schools. Just my preference.

Too, the root systems of most lawns typically run around 4"-5" and it is always preferable to leave dirt attached to the grass roots to prevent a plug from browning. Depending on the consistency of the soil and the dirt holding ability of the root system, a plug larger / deeper than the root system will not hold together once levered up and hinged back, necessitating the removal of the remaining dirt from the hole until you reach those deeper targets. Where to put that dirt? I've found a drop cloth to work the best for me. It keeps the area around the recovery spot clean and enables a quick and tidy return of the dirt to the hole once the target is recovered.

That said - if you think you have a better way to skin a cat, I'm always interested. I've been fine tuning my methods in the private lawns of old homes as well as public parks and schools for quite a while and will continue to do so. I've experimented in my own yard to see what works best and often revisit public areas I've hunted to see how things look days and weeks later.

Rich (Utah)

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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 04/04/2019 08:57PM by Rich (Utah).
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Retrieving targets in grass

glabelle 131 April 03, 2019 09:37PM

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Hombre 65 April 08, 2019 07:07PM

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WM6 62 April 09, 2019 06:49AM

It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

Monte 56 April 08, 2019 05:58AM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

glabelle 54 April 08, 2019 07:09AM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

jmaryt 40 April 08, 2019 02:34PM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

glabelle 47 April 08, 2019 04:26PM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

jmaryt 47 April 08, 2019 08:23PM

Yes, those tell-tale signs can bring on some frowns.

Monte 43 April 08, 2019 08:20AM

How Did You Do? Go back and have a look.

Rich (Utah) 51 April 08, 2019 07:19AM

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NWCindy 77 April 04, 2019 03:14PM

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jmaryt 65 April 04, 2019 06:03PM

Targets in the grass

Rich (Utah) 61 April 04, 2019 08:29AM

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glabelle 55 April 04, 2019 08:37AM

Drop cloth

Rich (Utah) 62 April 04, 2019 01:45PM

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glabelle 64 April 04, 2019 05:12PM

Recoveries -

Rich (Utah) 59 April 04, 2019 08:44PM

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Sodbuster 38 April 07, 2019 07:19PM

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jmaryt 48 April 04, 2019 10:17PM

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jmaryt 72 April 04, 2019 09:40AM



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