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  1. 14 points
    123fish

    Wild Turkey Photos

    This is the bird I called in for my buddy this morning. He saw the decoy at 80 yards and hung up. It took at least twenty minutes of soft clucks and purrs to close to thirty yards where he made the shot. i understood why he was so wary when I saw those spurs. 1.25"each side and really sharp and hooked. true limb hanger.
  2. 12 points
    lungdeflator

    MN Rifle Buck 2017

    Can't believe I have to be the first to post pics! 2 weekends in the books and our group did fairly well. My sister shot an 8pt opening night, I shot this one Wednesday morning, and my dad shot a doe Friday night. Overall we have a lot of fawns around our place, which is encouraging for future populations. Hoping this winter is an easier one and most of them will make it through. I shot this buck at 9am out in a 4 year old clear cut. He was chasing a group of does that looked like it consisted of a 2.5yo, 1.5yo, and a fawn. Kind of weird to see the does all together with a buck chasing them, but it all worked out. He stopped at 60 yards and I took the first shot, second shot I put in his body somewhere but couldn't tell where. I gave it 45 minutes and then went to look for blood. Spot of the first shot I saw I shot through a 1/2" sapling at least 20ft in front of the deer, so I think the first shot missed, no blood or hair. I then went to the spot of the second shot and only found a small piece of fat. My face was probably white as a ghost, I felt sick. I continued to follow his tracks in the snow, and found decent blood where he jumped over a log. Dark blood with more spots of fat. If I had my head on straight I would've remembered that this was a sign of a gut shot deer, but my head was swimming and I just slowed down but kept moving. Some how, I got extremely lucky though as I was able to spot the buck lying down 50 yards away through the thick poplars. His head was still up and moving so I quickly put another shot into the shoulder area, and that was it for him. Ended up being like I thought, missed the first shot, second shot was guts, and the last was right in the front shoulder. Being in the clear cut when the deer first came out and not wanting to spook the does, I was unable to get a full look at his antlers before shooting. So walking up on him was a very pleasant surprise, with no ground shinkage! He weighed 207 field dressed and has some really cool palmation on the one side. Thinking back on it, I couldn't understand how the my shots where that far off and so inconsistent. Before the season sighting in the rifle, I had it doing decent on paper, but still inconsistent. I didn't have a solid bench rest so I thought it was just me. So the day after I shot this buck, I shot a box of shells through on a good solid rest and the gun was all over the place. Missing paper and very inconsistent. I knew I didn't have that much influence on the rifle in the rest, so once I took it into Scheels in Minot and they ended up pulling the scope off and sending both the scope and rifle in to get inspected. Weird deal, never had any problems like that. The rifle is a Remington 700 CDL in 25-06, brand new 4 years ago. Scope is a Vortex Viper 4x12, brand new 4 years ago.
  3. 12 points
    DonBo

    Wild Turkey Photos

    So proud of my 93 year old dad. It's getting tougher and tougher just getting him out there, but he still knows what to do once there.
  4. 11 points
    Scoot

    Morgan's first deer

    My little girl, Morgan, is now 10 years old and able to hunt in MN. She put a perfect shot on a doe last night and she only made it about 50 yards before we watched her drop. She and I are both thrilled with the outcome!
  5. 10 points
    Sturg

    Badlands np Bighorns/Rushmore Goat

    We took a family trip out to the Black Hills and saw some bighorn rams in the Badlands and a Mountain goat at Mt Rushmore. There was a group of 5 rams bedded along side the road just before sundown. I got a few pics before someone got too close and the rams got up and moved off. I returned at sunrise the next morning and two of the rams had returned and eventually bedded down where I could get a couple of shots with the Badlands in the background. Beautiful animals in a great background! Sundown shots: Sunrise shots: A Mt. Rushmore mountain goat: The west is a picture takers paradise for sure!
  6. 10 points
    DonBo

    Team 3 "Strut Stoppers"

    After 3 dreary, windy, cold frustrating days trying to get my dad a bird, this big jake finally walked in front of his gun this morning. That's 3 in the last 4 years. Not bad for a 93 year old. Thanks to a landowner who put us in position this morning. He's called the last two days and said we need to get over there. Watching birds from his deck every morning. Now I can start trying again to fill my archery tag.
  7. 9 points
    Cicada

    Your Three Best Photos

    Three favorites at the moment. By the time they upload, I may change my mind.
  8. 9 points
    About 10 days ago I came across steelhead on sale, it's one of my favorites for smoking, great fat ratio and the thickness is very uniform. I did keep two pieces for myself and made suprise gifts out of the rest. Last Wednesday I went out to a local lake and caught a few rainbow's, I managed to prep them the same day and did my dry cure for a few hours, rinsing them about 11PM and holding in the fridge until the next morning, then smoking them.... roughly 18 hours from the water to the smoker... but I'm getting a little greedier, I kept 3 fillets this time These were seasoned with a homemade garlic pepper blend, and also coarse ground black pepper. I took the internal up to 150° and used a pellet blend of hickory, cherry, apple and hard maple in my Big Chief box smoker.
  9. 9 points
    mws4dux

    My son Hunter fills his tag

    After last week striking out in Nebraska, Hunter fills his MN today. He missed one yesterday so it felt good to see him have success today. Lots of turkeys today 6 to 8 hens 3 toms and a jake. They were chasing one another around. Before one of the toms came in. Way to break in the new gun.
  10. 9 points
    Sturg

    Your Three Best Photos

    Great pictures by all that have shared thus far! Three of my best or my favorites anyway...
  11. 8 points
    paceman

    MN Rifle Buck 2017

    My son's forky shot yesterday morning. her was holding out for at least a basket 8 but the last day was any horns.. Last year it was a spike, this year a fork, next year a 6 or better.
  12. 8 points
    Scoot

    Wy Antelop

    My brother, son, a buddy, and I did a public land, unguided antelope hunt in Wyoming this August. It was a GREAT trip and we had a blast. Pics below.
  13. 8 points
    Storm

    Eclipse Totality

    Made it down to Missouri to visit a friend and witness the eclipse. Cool event overall. I had a tripod malfunction seconds before totality began so all of my shots were handheld at 600mm so I know they could be better. I still am happy with the results though.
  14. 8 points
    Sturg

    Blue Heron Encounter

    I was out early to a pond to photograph some wood ducks when a great blue heron landed on a log and started fishing. It was very close and filled the frame on a beautiful morning just before sunrise (the pond had a layer of mist just over the water). One of those days when it all came together. It walked around the log and eventually caught a couple of fathead minnows and then took off across the pond.
  15. 8 points
    Scoot

    Team 1 "Strutting to First"

    Morgan and I chipped in with two birds from Good Friday. i wasn't going to shoot a jake, but the chance to double up with my daughter was too much! It was super fun...
  16. 8 points
    Jim Almquist

    Your Three Best Photos

    So hard to choose but 3 that I have always liked:
  17. 7 points
    Bum

    Fish House Build

    Been reading on here for a couple years now and following others build threads that motivated me to build my own, so posting this to hopefully motivate someone like me to get started on their own! Started it this summer and put it aside for too long but but back at it. It’s a 8x14 +2’V. Here’s some pics Bought the frame from a guy on hsolist for a pretty good price last winter. coated with a rust remover and then herculiner Spray foamed the floor but put 1” foam over the frame to hopefully keep from having cold spots, didn’t put foam across it all as I’d rather have the spray foam attached to the floor ply than foam insul. 3/4” plywood for the floor. 2x3 studs for the walls Even though I spray foamed the inside, decided for whatever reason to put 1/4” ply up. Doing it again i would probably leave that out to save a little weight. Pro rib steel with 2’ diamond plate. HDPE in the wheel wells. Rubber roof Sprayed it myself with a kit. Thought it turned out pretty well but a few areas didn’t get it as thick as I wanted. I’ll be putting a layer of the fiberglass insul behind the paneling to fill the studs completely. Here’s where it’s at today. I’ll be installing the rubber floor and finishing up the wiring today. Plenty of work left but it’s starting to look like a fish house! Thanks for reading along and I’ll try post updates as it goes from here. Hoping for two weeks from today to be done with everything!
  18. 7 points
    rundrave

    Time for a smoke

    Smoked these yesterday timed it just right and they were ready at halftime
  19. 7 points
    Scoot

    Tagged out in nd

    Ryan finally got an opportunity on the last night of the ND season. He did good! He and I are on Cloud 9 about it. His biggest buck by far!
  20. 7 points
    Surface Tension

    Kdrill or Nils

    It wasn't easy. I had to marry a Finn and be in good standing with MIL to get my foot in the door. I then meet Matti Nykänen at a Pikkujoulu Party when he noticed I had a new Nokia phone and asked to see it. We talked for hours about our ski jumping days over a loaf of Pulla. Later the conversation turned to ice fishing and Nils Master. His uncle was a sharpener in Finland and planned to come to the USA and sharpen. Said he could make a lot of money. Turned out he wasn't authorized by Nils Master and his true intent was to smuggle brown bread in the US and in doing so lost his visa. It was a huge embarrassment to his family and to Finland. Finland needed a sharpener in the US but I was a Norwegian. After some arm twisting by my MIL I was allowed to be trained but I had to sign a sworn document not to pass anything on to either Norway or the Russians. Even then I wasn't allowed to see how the blade was made, only how to sharpen and reshape a blade that needed reshaping. Retire, exercise and a Finnish Brown Bread is the key to a long life and you don't need to smuggle it. I order it online from New York and it keeps good for years.
  21. 7 points
    rlsd

    Time for a smoke

    Haven't posted anything on here for a while, but I got the opportunity to do my first turkey on the pellet smoker over thanksgiving. It was a big 'ole 21 pounder so I was quite sure what to expect for cooking times. I spatchcocked the bird the same way I do with chickens. It tends to make the bird cook more even and also reduces the cooking time. I was going to brine it, but figured I would try something a little different.... compound butter. First off, if you don't know what compound butter is don't feel bad because I had no idea until doing some youtubing on pellet grill turkeys. Basically it is just seasoned butter. I put rosemary, thyme, sage and garlic in mine. I cut slits in the skin so that I could put the butter between the skin and the breasts/thighs. I let it sit in the fridge over night uncovered. It seems this helps to dry the skin and makes it crispier. Thanksgiving morning I drizzled some olive oil on the bird and hit is will a barrage of seasoning. As far as cooking goes, I ran it on the "smoke" setting (~170°) for about 45 min to add some flavor and then cranked it up to 375° until the breasts and thighs reached 165°, which only took about 90 minutes. Everything turned out perfect. The spatcocking really helps keep the wings and legs from drying out. The meat was very juicy and tender. The combination of the EVOO and butter helped get a perfectly crispy skin (which tends to be a problem on pellet smokers). The herbs and garlic from the compound butter could be tasted through out the bird. I know one thing for sure, it will be a long time before we make another bird in the oven! Backbone removed, splayed out, buttered up and ready for an overnight drying Olive oil on and seasoned.... ready for the smoker ALL DONE! Ready to be rested for 20 minutes, carved and served!
  22. 7 points
    eyeguy 54

    Sunrise

    on Superior. 4 calm days camping up there.
  23. 7 points
    Jim Almquist

    Duluth Air Show 2017

    Went up on Friday to shoot while they were practicing. Did not think the weather would cooperate this weekend but strangely enough it has been almost perfect.
  24. 7 points
    Grainbelt

    Time for a smoke

    No beverage while cooking? What? It all looks very tasty! I picked up a case of turkey legs and ended up cooking some up on the Weber kettle yesterday. Nice fall apart cuisine!
  25. 7 points
    Storm

    Your Three Best Photos

    Tweaked the lighting a little on this picture but like how it turned out either way. From camping around Grand Marais last summer. Had to take a quick a break from some great topwater smallmouth fishing to take this picture. From a summer and trip I will never forget to Alaska. Not the best clarity but a combination I hadn't seen before until this spring.
  26. 7 points
    Rick G

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    Been hitting a few different lakes the last week in search of gills that are not bedding yet. Found a small pond with some huge gills. Top one went well over 10inches, one of the most colorful gills I have ever seen. Second one is my fourth biggest gill I have ever gotten. 11in long, 5.5 in tall and fat as it could have been. Both are still swiming....hopefully to be caught again and again.
  27. 7 points
    eyeguy 54

    Got my gal a yak

    Went to Olive Garden for dinner then out to Mayhew lake for a paddle. She loves her new yak.
  28. 7 points
    snagfinder

    Final resting place

    6 months later and he is home
  29. 7 points
  30. 7 points
    Me and the boy really got into them yesterday. We kept a couple good meals but let most of them go. They averaged 10-14.75", plastics outfished minnows at least 5-1. Ice is still holding out good in our area, we only moved once and in both areas still had 15+. Great day on the ice, plus had a little time to play with the Star Wars figures when he got sick of reeling them in.
  31. 6 points
    Scoot

    Tagged out in nd

    I missed the biggest buck I've ever shot at a week prior, but last weekend I managed to shoot this respectable 5x4 in ND. It was the first few minutes of legal shooting time on a cloudy morning and I had to make a pretty quick decision to shoot. I thought he was bigger, but I honestly can't say I'm upset I shot him either. Tagged out in ND. Now, if I could just get one to cooperate with us so my son could get a shot. Three close calls this weekend, but no arrows flung!
  32. 6 points
    Wanderer

    Locking your fish house?

    If the wife and I are feeling the need to, um, do something else besides fish, we would lock the door. I THINK our lock works...
  33. 6 points
    PurpleFloyd

    Christmas chicken.

    Finished product. It tasted fantastic. Crispy skin, moist,juicy breast and thighs and the combo of white oak and cherry wood gave it a great flavor.
  34. 6 points
    Jim Almquist

    Oooh Baaaacon!

    Between the frig and stove its only about 2 steps My kinda program !!!
  35. 6 points
    Cicada

    Super Frost Moon

    I've had this church, Atlanta Church, near Ulen in mind for this for about two years. Finally, had a super moon with better weather conditions to give it a go. With the bright warm sunny day, there was a lot of convection coming off the field giving the shots a wavy painted look. As the moon rose and the temperature dropped, sharper images were possible. I did get distracted by a snowy owl and missed the actual moon rise. CC welcome.
  36. 6 points
    Grainbelt

    Bird Feeding Newcomer

    Here's one I just built a little while back. I put sunflower seed in it. The front tray is for suet.
  37. 6 points
    ANYFISH2

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    My boy Isaac with his PB(and family best) 1lb 4oz bluegill.
  38. 6 points
    Sturg

    Fly by Feeding

    Happened upon a pair of swallows busy feeding their young. The adult would feed on the fly. They would buzz in, pick a chick and shove the morsel down the chick's throat before you could blink an eye. Too fast for the human eye.
  39. 6 points
    Borch

    The toms are still workable

    The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards. Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there. Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in. A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit. Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern). The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times. Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy. A good evening for sure.
  40. 6 points
    ZachD

    Wild Turkey Photos

    from this years bird
  41. 6 points
    Cicada

    Thinkin' spring

    Had an opportunity to tag along with LeeKen to Bluestem Nature Conservancy and sit in a blind Saturday morning. Thought it was unusual to see a deer with antlers late March.
  42. 6 points
    Cheetah

    Team 2

    Our MN hunt this year was just about as easy as they come. Sutty and I arrived at different times, he was late, and set up on opposite sides of the field as planned. I could hear the birds gobbling in the valley below in their usual spot, and they sat there a long time in the cold. Sutty couldn't see because he was on the back side of a finger of trees because he didn't want to spook anything out since he was late... Eventually they got down and proceeded to sit on the far hill for a while longer. I could see a 6 or so males, but suspected most were jakes, and a few hens. Just when I was getting tired of waiting, about 8:30am, I saw one gobbler enter the field and walk straight towards Sutty's position. As the bird got in front of Sutty, another nice gobbler came into the field. I called to him but he wanted nothing to do with me. Sutty shot the first bird, and the second one didn't know what happened. Of course Sutty came running out of his blind and scared off the second bird that he didn't even know was there. Sutty just bought a new house and had to head home asap to help his wife with packing things, and his daughter didn't seem too interested in shooting her own bird this year. Now that she saw how ridiculously easy it is she probably won't be interested next time either. I figured I should get to the edge of the field the birds were coming out on, and as I started moving my blind I bumped some hens that hadn't yet come up all the way out of the valley. I finished getting my blind in place and sat a while, but it seemed we had scared the remaining birds out of the area, or maybe they were just laying low out of the wind. In any case I went to get some lunch and let things settle down for a while. After a couple hours of eating and casting for fish that weren't there, I decided I would head back up to sit in my blind. Just as I reached the top of the hill to see into the field I saw three big gobblers walking across the field. I ducked down and ran around the edge of the field out of their view to get closer. I crawled up to about 10yd from the field edge, as far as I could go without being seen, and started calling. They liked what they heard, but wouldn't commit right away. After maybe 10 minutes of me cutting and purring, and all three of them strutting and gobbling out at 60-70 yards they started coming. I couldn't see them well through the brush I was behind, and they didn't want to walk through it. If I was at the edge of the field I could have shot them, they were within 40yd. They proceeded to do a big arc along the field edge back to where I had just walked. After a couple minutes of not seeing them I picked up my call, they gobbled, and then I saw them marching in where I had just walked. When I last saw them going this direction I had shifted to face that way, I was now facing the tree I just had my back against, which put my butt in a thorn patch and the barrel to one side of the tree. The birds started walking to the other side, so as they got behind the tree I eased the barrel to the side they were going to come out on. They started coming up the other side back to the field they were just in and were too close together for a shot. Finally one eased out in front and I let him have it. He tipped backwards and rolled back downhill, and didn't even kick until I went over to grab him. 27 yards with the range finder after the fact. Both birds turned out to be very nice old birds with long spurs. Sutty's weighted 22lb 4oz, 10" beard, 1 3/16" spurs. I believe this is his best turkey to date. My bird weighted 25lb 8oz, 10" beard, 1 1/8" spurs. My best turkey by weight and age. Sutty and his bird. Me and my bird. I shot from one of the trees above this rock I think.
  43. 6 points
    pumper317

    Team 4

    Got it done in mn. More to come when I get home.
  44. 6 points
  45. 6 points
    Scoot

    Team 2

    Good luck Cheetah! Ryan was able to fill his MN tag last night when a group of three jakes came into the decoy spread. Only two left! It won't do our team score any good, but it was still fun! That wrapped up the year for us. We packed up and headed home. 4/4 between MN and SD- a pretty darn good spring for us! Just a bunch of jakes, but I couldn't be happier.
  46. 6 points
    Wallydog

    Team 5

    The birds were vocal and cooperative in the Clearwater region this weekend. My uncle from St Cloud came to hunt turkeys for the first time and got several great shows. All 3 longbeards weighed in between 16.5 and 17.5#. Telling light weights based on a tougher than normal winter. Now to Oregon this weekend and South Dakota next Wednesday.
  47. 6 points
    rkhinrichs

    Team 4

  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    eyeguy 54

    Your Three Best Photos

    One of my favorites. another favorite cant pick the third one, tooooo many choices.. LOL
  50. 6 points