Hook and Bullet Club

by Nick Wognum

There’s a logging operation taking place near Camp Cholesterol this winter. Evan and I have been out there to check it out and see what the “new” hunting grounds look like.
We agree there will definitely be opportunities for longer shots. Going to need to dial up the scopes.
After 20 years of hunting in that area we were ready for a change. A forest needs logging to renew periodically (and a lot better than fire).
When we started there was an area we called the “Christmas trees.” It was a stand of planted Norway where the trees were maybe five feet tall. Now they are closer to 20 feet up.
There have been several logging operations and each has provided new opportunities. We’ve relocated deer stands and adapted to the changes.
Seeing the large cut this year closes a 20-year chapter and opens a new one. Will the deer use this area as they did in the past? Only time will tell.
I took a trip out on Saturday with an ulterior motive of removing the snow from the roof on the shack and sauna.
The Roof Razor used to be made right here in Ely by the Katauskas family and I’ve used that tool at the shack for a number of years. But never in the first week of January.
The snow was crusty and over a foot deep, giving the Roof Razor a real run for its money. Just getting it started on the eave was the toughest part. Once it broke through the crust the wheels would ride up the roof and the snow would slide down the fabric shoot.
Now the key is to have enough aluminum pipe sections attached so the snow doesn’t hit you in the face. Also, that you don’t stumble while walking through the two feet of snow on the ground.
I did take a few rounds of snow to the face while doing the sauna roof but survived the whole ordeal.
Megan and I tackled the roof on her house Sunday morning. The goal was to get it done before the wind picked up.
It would’ve been smart to start on the end of the roof where the power comes into the house from the pole. Nope, I hit that end when the wind picked up.
In big letters on the Roof Razor it warns against using it in high winds or near power lines.
With the winds starting to gust at 30 miles per hour, Megan and I decided to live and call it a day.
Be a shame to miss out on hunting season after being electrocuted.