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  1. 9 points
    nofishfisherman

    Cooking Elk

    When I grill elk I marinade the meat before hand. Just google elk marinade and you'll find a lot of them but the basic principles of the marinades are all the same, oil and acid. Then you can flavor them in various ways. When grilling I aim for med-rare. I find that for every inch of thickness you should grill them for 3-4 minutes per side. So a one inch thick steak gets 3 minutes per side and 6 minutes total on the grill. You can test them by pressing on them, the meat should feel soft but spring back when pushed on. Another option I do on occasion is cut the steaks into medallions the thickness of a slice of bacon. I marinade them in apple cider for a couple hours and then in bbq sauce for a couple hours. Then wrap them in bacon and hold the bacon on with a toothpick. Grill them for the same 3 minutes per inch of thickness. This is probably my favorite way of doing it but takes a bit more prep. This was one of my elk meals.
  2. 7 points
    PurpleFloyd

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Party hunting is one of the things that biund families together and built life long hunting traditions. Why on Earth would you want to end that and have everyone hunt in isolation? We need more of hunters coming together and sharing experiences and not less. If all you get out of hunting is obsessing over bigger and bigger deer you are missing out on what hunting is all about.
  3. 6 points
    Storm

    Piebald Deer

    Heard about this deer at a state park near me and got the time to check it out last weekend. Fortunately was able to find it walking a trail. “Face mask and long socks for the extended winter”
  4. 6 points
    bobberineyes

    What's on the grill

    Ha, kaboobs tonight. Bacon wrapped taters and beans in the nuker.
  5. 5 points
    DonBo

    Team 2

  6. 5 points
    Storm

    Change of seasons

    Visited the open water in the area and a lot of birds are moving through. Here are a few from the last couple weeks. As much as I like ice fishing the spring thaw and the nature that follows is a welcome site.
  7. 5 points
    leech~~

    That's going to be a back saver!

    No more bowing at the Smoke Alter!! My daughter got me the smoker for my birthday last year, wife got me the base for Christmas. I bolted on a piece of plywood and casters to the bottom to get it up to a nice standing height and to roll it out of the garage when using. This is going to be really nice for not having to bend down to load and unload or haul it out then put it back on the base every time I want to smoke.
  8. 5 points
    ANYFISH2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Firearms deer hunters are such a diverse demographic. Agreement will always be difficult. Unity however shouldnt be, we should be supportive of our fellow hunters. This is where we are suffering the most as a hunting group. We dont have to agree on point restriction, party hunting, deer drives, and ect... We sure as heck, better support each other and represent each other in eyes of the non-hunting public well or our passions for deer hunting will slowly be eroded way! Nothing is worse than ethical hunters calling other ethical hunters names or stereotyping each other. Here are some of my stances: 1. I am completely on board with habitat improvements across the state. Wildlife cutting of trees not just clear-cuts of aspen and pine then regrowth of a monoculture. Until forestry can implement true wildlife considerations thier complaints towards deer leave little impact on me. We need more planting of woody browse across MN. 2. Limit liberal bag limits in MN to areas that are way over populated. Then only use a season or two. 20 deer per square mile (pre-fawn)in the transition zone is not to many. In my opinion. Sustainable target of a managed designation would be great. Will allow people to keep hunting, yet majority will still only shot 0-1 deer. 3. APR here in the transition zone I would be ok with for me! I will not, however, beat the drum for legislation or a call to the DNR to expand it here or anywhere. I am not of the belief antler size should dictate the value of the hunt for anyone. 4. Party hunting IS a long held tradition in MN. I like it, and support its inclusion in our firearms season. Yes, it is abused by some. Even if it was outlawed, how are our limited number of Conseevation Officers going to enforce it? They cant slow the abuse now with it legal. Again, a law against party hunting will just punish the law abiding hunters not the abusers. In the end, I hunt with friends that only shot deer, worthy by thier standards, of a shoulder mount. They love deer and deer hunting, that is the deer they chose to shoot. I hunt with Rifle only hunters that only hunt 2 maybe 3 days. Those are 2-3 of thier favorite days of the year. Most years they dont shoot a deer, when they do they are excited whether it be a doe, small buck or a big one. _They love deer and deer hunting! I also hunt with people who want to shoot as many deer as they are allowed. They use venison as thier staple meat source for much of the year. They follow laws and regs and are good hunters. They love Deer and Deer hunting.
  9. 4 points
    Wallydog

    Team #3

    On the board in ID!
  10. 4 points
    leech~~

    Water skiing 2018

  11. 4 points
    Hoyt4

    Ne 2018

    Our 18th year in NE was another fun one like always. Weather kind of put a few curve balls in there but that is something that should not stop you just might have to change your game plan a little . I was able to take two birds on Easter day called in a few gobblers and shot the first bird and then all heck broke loose and they started to attack him while lying there. I was able to take the 2nd bird as he was trying to jump on the dead one. Then had to wait a day for the library to open so I could get my 3rd tag.I did hit one bird on Wednesday night but waited till the next morning to try and find. I went in where I saw him land and check around and could not find. Did find blood in the snow but he was strutting still even hurt. Look for a long time and never ended up finding him. From his tracks and blood looked like he went out with the flock that morning. My broadhead though did take a beating the blades are all twisted I think this turkey had an S on his chest . Blades look like it hit a wall. Thursday night I was able to put my 3rd tag on a bird. Now i'm ready to come back home and get even with the old smoke pole here. We have had cold hunting before but this was the coldest for us since 1933 guess it had to be on one of our trips for breaking a record for weather. One day we did get 6 inches of snow which was not too bad but that wind blowing across the roads made them ice . Traveling from camp to hunting was interesting. Love the spring turkey woods, good luck to all get ready to head out.
  12. 4 points
    bobberineyes

    What's on the grill

    Thought I give some tilapia filets a try, steaks are back up in the cast with bacon wrapped taters..
  13. 4 points
    had a great weekend. On Saturday I got my brother on some really big pike. Using herring as bait. Here is the video of our day out.
  14. 4 points
    DonBo

    Tips tricks and helpful hints

    Every situation, every bird is different. You have to see what they like on any given day. Their mood may even change hour to hour. Some like it loud and often, some prefer the much less vocal approach. Same with calls. One day they may go nuts for your box call and totally ignore it the next, having preference for the slate, or diaphragm.
  15. 4 points
  16. 3 points
    Story goes like this. 1. Uncle from St Cloud arrives Boise 10 pm Thursday night 4/12. 2. Drive to Orofino Friday to hunt private property I've hunted since 1990 and scout some. 3. Deploy blind Saturday and scout (re-confirm bird presence) some more. 4. Arrive parking spot in fairly hard rain at 0430. 5. First gobble on roost at 0530. 6. 0550 flydown, Hens jakes and longbeards responding but not interested in my game......yet. 7. Very vocal birds for 45 minutes. 8. Silence for 1 hour 9. Distant gooble heard and responds to me at 0800 9a. Rain stops. 10. 0820 Gobbles getting closer, sounds like 3-5 birds. 11. Nuther gobble from different vector is heard. 12. Several longbeards now visible at 150 yards responding to everything I throw at them. 13. Gobble at ~60 yards from gobbler from different vector. 14. Mayhem, cacophony, loudmouths. 15. Single gobbler appears and is walking right into a bad spot for him. 16. He dies at 0900 at 25 yards by my uncles shot. 17. I attempt to hold and call back other toms but they won't have it. 18. 1500 Decide to pull up and move blind 1/4 mile. 19. Set up by 1545. 20. 1600 Make one series of calls.................sit down. 21. 1605 Peek out the slot of my turkey silo blind and see nice silent longbeard walking to decoys 15 yards distant. 22. Mayhem 23. Poke uncle Don and look in direct he came from to see another very alert longbeard that slips out of sight. 24. Said long beard meets his waterloo by my shot at 1610 and can't call the alert bird back...... 25. 1700 see three hens and a strutter slipping into brush at 100 yards. 26. 1715 Said strutter appears silent but strutting in all his glory at 35 yds. 27. Don smokes this one as well! This is the first year we can harvest 2 bearded turkeys in the same day and Don is very likely one of the first Non-Residents to do so legally. 28. Radar shows big rain coming. 29. Let's pack up before we get drenched again. 30. Monday was a total washout, rain, rain, rain and snow. We didn't hunt but did a farm/crop tour of my son in laws operation in Lewiston. 31. Radar/forecast indicated nothing but moisture for Tuesday. So We Drove Home to Boise. 32. Don flew home this morning. All in all we had a tremendous trip seeing loads of game and visiting with landowners.
  17. 3 points
    Hoyt4

    MN Turkey 2018

    Most the birds are breaking up , this weather will not keep them from doing their duty. The ladies will have to get going and I watched a bunch birds fight and pretty much get the pecking order going. Won't be the first time i've hunted in snow and like I said they have to do their thing. Mid morning the hens started kicking the Toms yesterday and Toms out looking for some more ladies to bug. Snow sure helps find them easy going to be a fun opening day. I can only hunt evenings until the weekend which is fine. Don't let the weather hold you back.
  18. 3 points
    bobberineyes

    What's on the grill

    Swedish sausage and taters!! Gee whiz, you guys fare weather grillers..
  19. 3 points
    Duffman

    Trout Opener

    Nope, I even bailed out of a trip down to Iowa last weeend to chase trout because of the temps. Half of the experience of trout fishing for me is the sights, sounds and smells of spring. *looks out the window* Screw this stuff.
  20. 3 points
    bobberineyes

    Just Food and Drink

    French dips n fries. Paired with a top shelf beverage!!
  21. 3 points
    bobberineyes

    What's on the grill

    Not all the time, just special occasions. She puts in rosemary, tyme and butter...pretty tasty in the cast!!
  22. 3 points
    almost three now i have e-mailed at least once will send another today prayers for Bobby
  23. 3 points
    Borch

    Tips tricks and helpful hints

    Most guys try to call like the pros on the turkey hunting videos. In many cases this will be over calling. Remember, they are sponsored by call companies and they want the birds coming in fired up for the camera. Sometimes light purring and leaf scratching is as much as they will take. Otherwise getting a tom fired up from a distance and then put the calls down works well frequently. He will find you. The more a tom gobbles the higher likelihood a real hen will swing by and take him for a walk away from you. That's the way nature works.
  24. 3 points
    smurfy

    Just Food and Drink

    Pheasant mashed taters and green beans.
  25. 3 points
    leech~~

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Here's one. Yes get rid of the Deer farms. So far their the only places CWD has occurred in MN. Here's two. Until it was even discovered or there was a way to test for it. How does anyone even know that there has not always been some amount of CWD in the Deer herds in every state? Here's three. As PF said above. Party hunting has been a long time family tradition for many hunting families for like ever. There are still many families who actually need and can use the meat still in this state. Filling the freezer means more to many then Antlers on the wall. Which by looking at my Avatar, I can't really say much about but know the folks we use to hunt with up north were pretty darn poor and counted on venison. I also don't want young hunters which are becoming more in short supply according to another post not long ago about less people hunting and tag sales dropping. Not being able to take their first Deer because a bunch of antler mongers want them to sit and count points as their first Deer is walking away. If anything, for the APR folks lets put an age limit on it so young folks can still take a few Deer before they want to give it up, because they can't shoot the deer they finally see or just Does. I know my son's first buck was a fork horn but to him it was the terdy point buck!
  26. 3 points
    leech~~

    Just Food and Drink

    I would say this for your photo expertise. Next time, don't "Photo Bomb" your food pictures with a jug of antiseptic wipes in the back ground. Makes the viewer wonder. How safe is that sum-batchen food?
  27. 3 points
    leech~~

    Just Food and Drink

    Hard to say with my eye sight so blurry? or is that your photo expertise?
  28. 3 points
    vtx1029

    Clam Pop-up Screen Tents

    My friend has had one for 3 years. Its one of the only clam products I would recommend. They are pretty awesome. They hold up in complete downpours and some pretty decent wind storms. Get the one with zip down sides if you can afford it.
  29. 3 points
    smurfy

    Just Food and Drink

    Finished pork loin I fixed up, squished spuds, kraut and grilled asparagus.
  30. 2 points
    Archerysniper

    Team #3

  31. 2 points
    SkunkedAgain

    Thanks For The Advice

    After inching towards an ATV purchase over the past year or more, I finally pulled the trigger on a lightly used 2002 Polaris Xplorer 400. I couldn't be happier and am still learning. A lot of you provided great information that I used while researching and looking over used ATVs. Now I've got some things to attach such as a winch, and will start saving up to possibly buy a new ATV off the shelf in another year or two. I appreciate everyone's input.
  32. 2 points
    Archerysniper

    Team #3

    Got the blind set,8 birds and 10 deer on the corn at 2 pm that I had to bump to get the blind set. As I pulled into the driveway a big tom walked across the field and started kicking some butt on a couple jakes
  33. 2 points
    eyeguy 54

    Camera

    any shutter clickers out there?? share some pics I will share a couple. remote was messed up so got myself airborne once today trying to beat the shutter. LOL
  34. 2 points
    LHarris

    Trout Photo Gallery

    friend Stace before all of this insane weather buddy Bruce Ristow we scored 92 trout that afternoon... this was the biggest
  35. 2 points
    eyeguy 54

    Spring Is Upon Us

    lots of activity today on the feeders
  36. 2 points
    rundrave

    Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I guess congrats on the last seed with 2 all stars, and a max contract player in a league where 53 percent of the teams make the playoffs. Was a good game to watch although I didn't like the last few possessions of regulation. It was ugly execution by the wolves. That Jokic was on fire but man what a dirty player, he got away with a lot of cheap shots. Some times NBA is hard to watch. I think this is the first time ever the Twins, Vikings, Wild and Wolves all made the playoffs in the same season 17/18
  37. 2 points
    smurfy

    Just Food and Drink

    Enchiladas, Spanish rice and homemade salsa.
  38. 2 points
    Satchmo

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Very good observation. To quote commissioner Landwehr, "You don't get what you want, you get what you fight for". While this new group was put together to try and help hunters stay informed, there are others out there that are actively lobbying for their personal agendas quite heavily. MWA claims to be a collaboration of several deer hunting groups with around 14,000 followers. They also claim to be a Non-profit, but I was unable to find them registered with the state of MN. (This does not mean they aren't, since no group that takes in less than $50K/year are required to file a form 990). Other groups haven't filed a 990 form in over a decade. I would suggest that anyone out there looking to join a conservation group do some due diligence, and look in to exactly what that groups goals, agenda, affiliations, and relationships to other organizations are. While some are exactly what they state and appear to be, others have very cozy relationships with the DNR, QDMA, the deer farm industry, the timber industry, insurance companies, etc... Like the current political climate, those that scream the loudest have a better chance to get what they want. Some of the actual registered nonprofits with fairly small memberships are getting the ear of the DNR by renting booths at outdoor events, running active Facebook pages, and getting blurbs in the editorial sections of outdoor publications. One such group does a lot of "Polls" on its sight of less than 500 followers, always seems to get the result they want, and then touts this as how all hunters in MN feel. I highly suspect that this SE MN, pro APR group of trophy hunting bow hunters is very in touch with the 500,000 gun hunters of MN. While I don't have a specific agenda, I do not have a problem calling out these special interest groups that claim to speak for the majority of hunters in this state. Those that sit back and just let the DNR make our herd decisions without input, will get exactly what the loudest special interest groups want in the end and have no right to gripe about it. Just ask commissioner Landwehr. Sorry for the rant.
  39. 2 points
    Cheetah

    Tips tricks and helpful hints

    This has been an active forum over the years, so if you scroll back through older threads you should see plenty of reports and information posted. If you are hunting a farm or some place that has lots of turkeys, you can get away with lots of mistakes and still shoot a bird. Public land is very different, and in my experience the complete opposite of what you see in videos/tv/internet... The best advice I can give is to first put yourself in a place where there are birds you can hunt. If you don't see any fresh turkey sign, hear calling or gobbling from roost in the early morning, or see birds in the fields, they aren't going to magically appear just because you walked out and put up some decoys. If you have not shot a turkey before, don't be picky. There is nothing wrong with using a shotgun and shooting a jake vs a mature gobbler, spurs don't matter, beard length doesn't matter. Shoot a legal bird and be happy, then think about what you learned and maybe be more picky next time now that you have actually figured out how to kill a wild turkey. Later on you can decide if you want to make it more difficult on yourself by using archery equipment, limiting the ranges you will shoot out to, waiting for specific birds, only shooting birds that come to decoys, etc.
  40. 2 points
    Satchmo

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Focus guys! Who here is advocating for APR or the end to party hunting? Answer..........Noone! To hell with the special interest groups. But if you think you can maintain the status quo for the last 3 decades and expect a healthy herd with the way it is being managed now, think again. You will see an even further decline in hunters and hunter satisfaction. I would much rather shoot one deer per year than shoot 5 this year and then none the next 4 seasons. It's called sustainability. It's not the 80s, 90s, or even early 2000s.
  41. 2 points
    PurpleFloyd

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    So hunters are already in decline and a small group of special interest hunters want everyone to conform to their version of Utopia which includes fewer hunters yet and more regulation. I don't see how that fixes things.
  42. 2 points
    Duffman

    What the?

    Could be trying to make the holes bigger for nesting purposes?
  43. 2 points
    Wanderer

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    PF, I’ve noticed lately that we agree on several topics but I disagree here. Yes, the early inception of QDM and associated APRs was too one-sided but you honestly can’t elevate age structure by killing so many yearlings like we do. It would take ONE year for hunters to notice an uptick in average size and increase in Buck/Doe ratio. In two years those bucks would be branch antlered deer. Yes, fawns are tender but I’m pretty comfortable with stating the difference in meat quality between a 1.5 year old deer and 2.5 year is more dependent on the taking and care of the game. But all this doesn’t matter anyway. We put 400,000 plus hunters in the woods every November to manage the population by harvest. That’s it; that’s all the DNR is interested in and we’ve grown comfortable with the plans familiarity. Even if we took a year off from shooting yearlings, the 2.5s would be gleaned right off the top with the gauntlet we field each year. And by popular opinion, the general hunting public in this state is OK with it. I’ll argue to my death that is why people who actually care about quality deer hunting in a state that is well suited for it have to go outside the regular FA season at a minimum to get it. And better yet, acquire as much manageable property as one can and build their own herd. Which in turn further limits access to others, helps overcrowd public land and lowers the bar even further. Pretty much everyone I know that pursues deer enough to go out if state, get into archery, buy or lease land knows this state is capable of a more developed herd. And I think that is the point Satchmo is trying to ge to here. It’s just a really big issue with a really big group of opinions weighing in. And so many who believe there is no “Issue” to resolve. **This post typed before Satchmo’s above.
  44. 2 points
    eyeguy 54

    Spring Is Upon Us

    went out and partially filled some feeders and the suet. Also figured I better but some meal worms out. Came inside and down came and 30 redpolls. They stayed about 10 minutes and then a squirrel spooked them. I spooked the squirrel and went to look at a coule pics I just took. Sat down and a female cardinal popped on the worms. Male was with her but didnt pose.
  45. 2 points
    paceman

    Dnr landowner list / gaining access

    Yep working on the farms is a huge help. I have cut wood, mowed yards, fixed fence, cut hay... Even just stopping out for a visit in the off season has been received gratefully. Guys that just show up, hunt and leave don't get permission again....
  46. 2 points
    Helps if you go into the local cafes and start talking to the old farmers. In one trip I got access to 6 farms. Bring that old farmer a few fish fillets, a dressed pheasant, a couple grouse breasts, some plucked ducks, or some venison depending on what they like. Do this throughout the year and bingo you are hooked up. Word spreads and you gain new farms as well. The farmers tell tell me they hate when people wait until the week before the season opens to ask for permission. I have helped pick rock, bale hay, or plow up fields this also sets you apart from the people who just want to hunt. No!
  47. 2 points
    LoonASea

    Favorite Vacation Place

    I like the Duluth area!!! ,,, You have Lake Superior (my favorite fishing lake) and several area lakes and the St Louis river for walleyes and musky close by ,,,, Vermilion isn't that far away ,, and there's the free air conditioning with an east wind during the summer,,, Sure it would be nice to have a cabin some where but my home is on 10 acres and I have the privacy and a lot of outdoor activities right out side my back door ,,, I lived in the cities for 40 years and cant deal with the traffic any more ,,, Rush hour up here is a school bus and a logging truck at a 4 way stop sign
  48. 2 points
    ANYFISH2

    Dnr landowner list / gaining access

    I know a few landowners that have recieved landowner permits for turkeys and all allow hunters other than themselves. Like said above, the others were family and friends. This qualifies under the rules, I guess. There is a lot of good turkey land available by simply asking. It is getting more and more difficult with the archery licences being good for all seasons. Although I will be hunting myself with the bow this year, this is one aspect of our season structure that may need to be revisited, in my opinion. It locks alot of land up for the whole season, as alot of landowners respect thier hunters and dont let others on until the current hunter is done. I have seen land go from a new hunter each of the first 4 seasons and at least one the remainder to maybe 2 a year. That is alot lost access.
  49. 2 points
    Duffman

    Snowy Owl in the Metro

    Barred owl in the tree here at work (394 & 100), if it wasn't for the crows, would have never even known it was there.
  50. 2 points
    MN BassFisher

    Backcountry Bluegills

    My Father-In-Law has recently gotten into ice fishing but he hasn't targeted Panfish yet through the ice. With the goal of getting him on some big Bluegills we decided to get off the beaten trail to check out a brand new lake. We loaded up our sleds, hopped on the snowmobiles and put the miles on. With no contour or lake maps we searched for hours with no sign of a Bluegill. That all changed when we stumbled on a shallow and weedy flat. As soon as we got lines in the water the quality fish started showing up! It's always fun when a new lake pans out!