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    No Plow Trail Blazing

    Forgive me if this is not new but I figured out how to get back in the woods without plowing the snow covered trails. With all this very deep snow in central Wisconsin, I havenít been able to plow without getting bogged down on my 2032R or my ATV.
    It came to me, if I could make it through the woods on the tractor, I could walk on my tire tracks. That worked but it was a bit of a pain (too narrow). Then I thought, maybe if I curled my loader all the way in, I could push the hump between the tracks, over the existing tracks and compact the snow with those big R4s. It worked. The next day I would really get things smoothed out with the drag. There was even enough traction to drag the drag through the woods with my 345 and no chains. The middle of the trail is still a little swishy in spots but itís no big problem.
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    It's nice that your place looks fairly flat. I would bet that the turkey and deer will be using your trail as much as you do.
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    I do something similar with mine, except I just pack the trail with the tires. I just go wide on the right on the way out, and wide right on the way back. A couple trips down the middle and we are good to go. But, I really like your idea of using the harrow. Something to consider for next year, since mine is currently buried in the snow.
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    looks good.
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    Creative

    Nothing like a creative solution to an issue. If you have any hills, that looks like a nice sled track.

    You could probably turn a blade around backwards and keep it about half the depth of the snow and back it that way as well.

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    The deer love the trails and site lines. In fact, Iíve seen them get a little frolicy at times on them. Or maybe itís because they havenít had a decent meal in a while. The land is very flat and sandy. Great for growing potatoes especially the kind used for making potato chips.

    Since itís been so cold, the snow is fluffy and you sink right down. Iíll be looking back and if I veer just a little off the trail, I sink right down, get stuck and sometimes have to use the bucket to get out. Itís almost like quicksand. Thatís how deep this snow is. So one set of tracks is all you can expect to use/make in this scenario. I do, however, use the 345 tires to compact the soil a bit after I till.

    I love that harrow (drag). It smooths out the snow in the winter and the sand in the summer. I hang it from a tree when not in use (double pulley hoist).

    Treefarmer, I did turn the blade around and that did work but the bucket curled in worked out best. There are many tighter spots along the trails.
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    I have used an otter sled behind my atv to pack down our trails. Used to use a snowmobile to pack a trail for the atvs. But sold the sleds about 10 years ago because I wasnít using them. Kinda wish I had a snowmobile this winter as the snowmobile trails are in best condition I have seen in many years.
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    That looks great - love trails like that through the woods!

    I make trails across the lawn area to my wood shed and pavilion. I usually curl my bucket all the way back kind of like you did. The only problem is this time of year when it starts melting during the day and freezing at night - turns to solid ice where it is packed down like that.

    If I could still take a decent walk I would be maintaining my tram road just like you are doing. Nothing like taking a nice walk in the woods in the winter!
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    Walks in the woods cancelled for today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2032Ranger View Post
    Walks in the woods cancelled for today.

    Now that scene there would make anyone wish for spring - or at least spring like weather.

    Nasty - just nasty....
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