To tell the story of Sunny we have to rewind back to last January. When the last day of season closes around here we don’t waste anytime working on next season. Sunnies is a property that our Grandma Alice owns and Nick recently built a house on. It is a great property with tall crp, thickets, and a creek that runs through it. The only problem with Sunnies is there really aren’t very many trees large enough to hunt out of especially with two people in the stand. For years we have known exactly where a stand should be but the right tree just wasn’t there. Once in awhile someone would make the comment in passing that we should make the grain silo that sits right in that spot a blind. Normally everyone laughs and says “Oh yeah that would be great” and then that’s the end of it. I’m not sure what made this winter different but when someone made the comment again it was “OKAY lets do it” .I’m thinking it was the need for something new and challenging. After the commitment was made it was time to start. The first thing to do was clear the area for the food plot that would surround the silo. To say we were excited about our new idea is an understatment. So picture this, Three brothers smiles ear to ear with dirt on our hands just living it up and then, BOOM! The boom was a backhoe window that exploded! After some choice words and Nick stating that there goes $800 bucks we decided to keep working because there was nothing we could do about it now. So with renewed purpose Nick put the backhoe in reverse starting backing up and BOOM! What another window!? Nope, this was a rear tire that ran over a buried farm implement! @#$#%*@#(*#%*& There goes another $900. One hour in we were $1700 invested in a deer blind! Now everyone was looking around for the genious that said “Lets make the silo into a blind” Now it was no ones idea :)After that first day everything else went great. We built a 16 foot deck inside the silo 15 feet up. Used a concrete saw to cut holes to shoot out. Built a 17 ft octagon roof and hoisted it on top with a boom truck. Laid down carpet to keep the deck quiet. Wrapped a giant ball of barbwire around a tractor tiller! Planted the food plot and then said DONE! Most of our construction supplies were reclaimed junk but between the few things we had to buy and the repairs we sunk around $2500 and god knows how many hours of labor into this idea. The project was finished in April and it was time to wait. THe summer went on and the food plot thrived. Season rolled around and for whatever reason we never even considered sitting in the silo. It is located too close to a bedding area to hunt early season and then when the rut rolled around we were chasing other bucks on different properties. Then one evening when the forecast was calling for rain and cold temps Nick decided that trying out the silo would be a great idea. So with Scott being the only one of us left with a tag they tried it out. After recieving a text message at work that read “This thing is awesome!” I pretty much knew it turned out to be everything we though it would be. Nick and Scott even had an encounter with a tremendous buck we call Sunny that morning. With the buck seeming to stay close they decided to go back there again in the evening. Around 4 they couldn’t believe it when they saw Sunny coming back through the timber heading towards the plot. With one of the heaviest most unique racks we have ever seen Sunny walking right to the silo is a beautiful thing to see. Once he set foot in the plot it would be over ten minutes before Scott could get a shot because Sunny was in the mood the chase does. So after Nick and Scott running from window to window to window trying to get an oppurtunity for what seemed like forever I’m sure they finally did! TWO sits in the silo and a 160+ buck had been arrowed! Now everyone is claiming the silo idea again! 🙂 The silo is a fortress that will for sure outlast us. I truly hope that someday our children get to share the silo with theirs. I can picture grandchildren laughing and shaking their heads at the things their grandpas would do to experience the outdoors and hopefully it motivates them to live outside the box and realize that there is always a way to any goal. The silo has already produced memories that will forever hold a place in our minds and we can’t wait for next season to climb back in. Matt W.