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  • Birthday 11/01/1961

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  1. Yeah, sometimes we're all like a fat kid in a candy store. I hope you catch a lot of fish with them.
  2. My Dad's Gun

    What barrel choke would you guys recommend for trap shooting with this gun with steel shot? I belong to a club worth a trap range, I want to learn how to trap shoot this year. The club requires steel shot due to nearby wetlands.
  3. My Dad's Gun

    Thanks for the advice guys. I didn't know that about steel shot. After turkey season I'll look into another barrel.
  4. My Dad's Gun

    I recently became the owner of my Dad's Remington 870 Wingmaster, 12 ga., 2 3/4", full choke, with a vented rib. To the best of my recollection he got this gun in about 1970, so that would make it 43 years old. He was a die hard duck hunter, and this was his duck gun. Sadly, he died when he was 44, in 1986; I was 23. This gun has sat in the basement of the house I grew up in since then, which my brother now owns. Fortuitously for me, my brother shoots left handed, so he never used this gun. When my son was picked for the mentored turkey hunt, I arranged with my brother to ship it out to me. Having sat in a basement in a gun rack standing against the wall for close to 30 years, the gun has surprisingly little rust. There is a little pitting where the breach meets the stock, but otherwise it was just a bit of surface rust. I cleaned it with oiled rags, a green 3M pad, and oiled pipe cleaners. I think it came out pretty well. To me, this is what a gun is supposed to look like - figured walnut with checkering, and blued steel. I know the synthetic stocks and laminated stocks are more stable, and stainless steel barrels don't rust, but to me they just aren't as pretty. Sorry the picture isn't better, I'm not sure how to photograph a long gun like this.
  5. So Let's Talk About Wallets

    Leech, good call, I edited it. Perhaps you could edit yours too?
  6. So Let's Talk About Wallets

    I've got a conventional bi-fold rear hip wallet. I stopped carrying it about 18 months ago. I hate the lump that you sit on. I've been looking at these "new" (to me) front pocket wallets. So my questions: what kind of wallet do you carry? What do you like or dislike about it? If you were going to buy a new one what would you get? I'm leaning towards one like this. I'd buy this one except it's $73, seems like I ought to be able to find something similar for less money. If I could find someone who does leatherwork as a hobby/side job I'd see what they could offer that would be similar.
  7. Game Cam over deer carcass pics.

    Those pictures are awesome. Great clarity too, usually game cam pictures aren't as sharp as those. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Displaying Already

    I was in Chaska this past Saturday morning about 7:00am and saw a flock of about a dozen turkeys, and the toms were displaying right on the side of the road.
  9. Do I have a "reel problem"?

    Yes, replace the line, but also don't over-fill the spool. If the spool is over filled and there is no tension on the line, the line can slip off the spool and tangle in the reel.
  10. Is this photo real!?!?

    It's like matching the hatch for trout. Times 1,000,000.
  11. Golden-Doodle question...

    Good information Todd, I stand corrected. I found this info on the Wikipedia page for Poodles, which verifies your information: Quote:"Unlike most dogs which have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat) composed of dense, curly fur[13] that sheds minimally.[14] They could be considered hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen free).[15][16] The poodle does shed, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair. This can lead to matting without proper care." I was mistaking the double coat most dogs have with "fur" (hard overcoat) and "hair" (soft undercoat).
  12. Golden-Doodle question...

    BTW, our dog looks very similar to yours. Chocolate coat.
  13. Golden-Doodle question...

    You are correct about the shedding. I probably over-stated the point. Yes, when I brush him I get hair in the brush. But doodles have hair, not fur. Hair does not shed like fur does. I would say the loss of hair in doodles is similar to the loss of hair in a young healthy human. According to Wikipedia, they have been around since 1955, having first been bred in Victoria, Australia. They became more popular in 1988 when they began to be used as guide dogs in Australia for blind people who were allergic to normal dogs.
  14. Golden-Doodle question...

    Labradoodles and Goldendoodles were originally bred to be service dogs for the handicapped. A true "doodle" does not shed. At all. Zero. Any "doodle" that sheds was not properly bred. They are from many generations of carefully planned breeding, not just someone who decided to breed a lab or golden with a poodle. Yes, we own a labradoodle for our handicapped son. I'm highly prejudiced, I think they are incredible dogs. I would never have guessed how intelligent and intuitive they are. I swear our dog knows what my son is going to do before he does. Our labradoodle cost $2500 from a breeder in VA. Having said all this, I am not surprised that a "doodle" would not be a good hunter. Most of those traits wouold have been selectively bred out of them.
  15. Awesome sheepshead. I don't know why most people are down on sheepshead, I think they're a great fish.