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  1. I found a dead deer in our yard, not sure what killed it. There is no sign of scavengers where it was found, so it must have survived initially then wondered here and died. It's located right on the edge of town in Buffalo. We've had roadkill deer in our yard before, but this one was found a couple hundred yards from the road with no obvious blood trail. It was found last Friday. I noticed last Tuesday that there was only 2 deer feeding in our yard when there had been 3 the past several months. So I'm guessing it died around the 12th. My guess is it either got hit by a vehicle in an awkward fashion or got caught in some sort of farm machinery and made it to my yard before dying. If another animal did this (coyote or dog?) it had to have been done somewhere else and it survived the initial attack before dying in this location.
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    Anyone else watch this? What did you think of it? I thought it was amazing, I've never watched anything like it before. For those that don't know, It's a Netflix movie that is part of the Black Mirror series. It's interactive, you get to answer questions that help decide the path the main character takes. Depending on you answer the questions, the movie can be anywhere from 40 minutes long to over 2.5 hours.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Back to this post, is there any reason to wire it for 12V. Why not just wire the entire place with 14-2 like you would a house? I'm a noob with 12V and trying to understand why I would need it. Would 14-2 wire and standard outlets/lights not work with a battery bank and inverter?
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    It will be used all year. It will hopefully become a retreat for me and get used at least once a month, more in the summer months and hunting season.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    I do plan on wiring the whole cabin up for a generator or possible future solar system. I don't currently have a generator but I want it ready for when I do.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    There's not but I have some small battery powered fans that work ok. Also, there are these that work with a 12V battery that I already have on my wish list.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Loft folks have a window if they get hot. Downstairs folks can add a blanket.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Even if there wasn't, I wouldn't be afraid of modifying something to make it work.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    No I haven't. I'll see if I can find it.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    I'm leaning towards skids, they would be triple treated 2x10's. If I go with blocks, I would use a deck block and an adjustable base, something similar to this. The problem with the soil is that it's saturated underground to a depth of 5'-0 or more. I'd have to get past that for it to make a difference. 90% of the land in this area is considered Bullwinkle muck. Obviously I haven't dug down to verify this but I am guessing that's what I'm dealing with.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    The link was just an example. The ladder will need to be on the front for the bunks, not the side.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    We'll see. We left it a bit of a mess and still "popped up" . Probably won't get back up there until January to see how it's faired.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Yup, bring it on! I'm open to all suggestions and constructive criticism. Although, not intended, skids will make it easier to move if need be. It will also make leveling easier. The soil isn't very stable and i'm guessing yearly adjustments will need to be made. Yes, it's going to be insulated, just haven't decided on how yet. That's why 2 bunks. Have you met an "older timer" that likes to sleep on a top bunk? Couples/old guys get the bottom bunks. The kids get top bunks and/or the loft.
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Yes, the bunks will be on the main floor. The will be a futon type bottom, so seating when need, sleeping at night. Something like this. I figured some sort of shelf system could go between them (behind the ladder) to put bags or gear on. Putting the ladder anywhere else took up to much space. The loft would mainly be additional sleeping area or storage depending on how many are staying on a particular outing.