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  • Name:
    Bob Thielen
  • Location:
    Osakis, MN
  • Interests:
    Hunting, Fishing, ATV Riding, Camping
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  1. Pushbutton start

    I like the pushbutton start. With the key in my pocket, it always comes with me when I leave the vehicle so I never forget to remove my key from an ignition. Like Del, I like how just grabbing the door handle unlocks the doors. Likewise, locking the doors is as easy as touching a pad on the door handle.
  2. We never start processing for at least 24 hours after the kill to allow rigor to settle out. I always age my venison for at least a week before final processing. Since I don't have a cooler large enough I quarter it and put it in an old refrigerator that we have for beer, bait, and game. Ideally for aging the meat should be able to breath with some exposure to air but too much and it will dry out. Also good to set it up so the blood can drain off.
  3. Battery Storage.

    When it comes to battery life, heat is a battery's enemy, not cold. A fully charged lead-acid battery is safe down to about -90 F. At 60% charge it is good down to about -15 F so when storing in cold climate it is best to periodically connect them to a charger to top them off. I personally am not a fan of maintenance chargers because they don't always realize when a battery is at full charge. This can be especially true for an older battery that has lost some of its capacity. This is because even a new battery never charges to the point where its resistance gets to infinity so it will allow some small current continue to pass and the charger can be fooled into thinking the battery is not yet fully charged. This small continuous current results in warming the battery fluid and can cause evaporation of the electrolyte and that is not good. If you use a maintenance charger, be sure to periodically check your electrolyte levels and top off as needed.
  4. Prior to buying my '06 I hunted with a Marlin 30-30 lever for about 20 years and any deer I shot fell pretty much where they were standing. I hunt in northern MN so most of my shots are less than 50yds. I always wanted to get a 30-06 or .270 bolt action and finally got my opportunity for a good buy. When I bought my '06 I bought Winchester 180gr silver tip simply because that is what my father used. The first two deer I shot with it, didn't drop in their tracks but forced me to track them down for about 50 - 75 yards. My shot placement was good but I noticed that the exit wounds were not much larger than the entrance wounds. I talked to a co-worker that is pretty sharp on bullet types, and he told me I was using the wrong bullet. He said, downsize to 150gr soft point, Nozzler partition, or Core Lokt. The smaller weight bullet will stand a better chance of expanding upon impact on the deer and the recoil would be noticeably less. I bought a box of Federal 150gr Core Lokt PSP and haven't had to follow a deer since. From my reading this cartridge has been a staple for many years.
  5. Looks a lot like one my dad had from about the late 70's or so.
  6. I'm not sure I would just arbitrarily put in the next bigger fuse. Find out what is recommended by the manufacturer and use that. If it continues to blow, there's a problem that needs to be resolved and a larger fuse is not the correct solution.
  7. Looking for lodging options near Kenora in February. We stayed three years ago at Wilson's Resort NE of Kenora but the new owners are not open in the winter. We fish a couple lakes about 20 and 30 miles respectively northeast of Kenora for lake trout. If anyone knows of a place that may provide winter lodging, it would be most appreciated. Thanks, Bob
  8. Lac Seul East Side

    We are strictly a jig and minnow group. We've tried using artificials thinking if they worked as well as claimed it would save us quite a bit. Contrary to what they claim, real minnows out-produce plastics by a factor of 20:1 in our experience and we tried everything from snap jigging to finesse jigging and everything in between. Tried plastics, powerbaits, etc. Minnows out-produced crawlers by at least 3:1 and also out-fish leeches most of the time but we are okay with the leeches. $45.00 - $50.00 CAD per pound for leeches has been about the going rate for years. In June when we go, we usually find the fish in shallow water near shore. Trolling is not as effective because it puts you out too deep. I go through probably 4 dozen jigs in those 4-1/2 days of fishing. It would cost a lot more than the live bait replacing all the crankbaits.
  9. Transporting fish

    You could clean the fish at the launch if you bring a means to dispose of the entrails. That way, you can pack the filets on ice for the ride home. Just be sure to leave at least an inch of skin on the filets for identification. The easiest way to do that is to stop just before you pull the skin completely off and then back up and cut the skin off an inch early. When you get home, just grab that piece of skin and tear it off. If you bring water from home, you might be able to transfer the fish to that cooler for the ride home, keeping them alive. This is how I do my minnows.
  10. Lac Seul East Side

    Just returned Monday from our annual trip to the Hudson area on the very south end. Most of our fishing was just south of the Lac Seul but part of the English River system. The average fish size seemed smaller with most being males in the 14" - 19" range. That is, until Saturday afternoon and Sunday when we began to notice a definite increase in the size structure of the fish. We started catching more in the 22" - 26" range. Anyone in that area this week is probably getting a treat. The numbers of fish caught was quite significant. Let me put it this way. We checked into the Lac Seul Resort near Hudson around noon on Wednesday last week and checked out Monday morning. In those 4-1/2 days of fishing, eight guys used 200+ dozen minnows and 1-1/4 pound of leeches. We had a pretty good time with that.
  11. Gps app

    There are a lot of apps available for that. Search your app store for "phone tracking" or something similar. Many give you the ability to share your positions so you both can see each other live. You might even have an app already on your phone. For example, I have Lookout Security installed on my phone and it includes the ability to find the location of my phone from another phone or PC.
  12. This is Baffling

    I've never seen it build up a layer of ice at the discharge over winter. I don't know where it went but it wasn't staying put. I figure it either evaporated or soaked into the soil. During the summer months it was never wet more than a few feet (maybe 6 at best) past the discharge opening. Essentially, the only difference between that system and the expensive mound system I have today is the potential for odors but I don't recall experiencing any problem there either, even when I would spend time clearing away debris such as leaves and tree branches that accumulated around the discharge opening. As far as what was spread on my fields, the tank was about 300 gallons and we pumped it out once a year in the fall before freeze-up. If I did my math correctly, 300 gallons spread over 5 acres equates to just under 1/4 cup per square foot. It provided a small (very small) amount of fertilizer for my alfalfa and didn't run off anywhere.
  13. This is Baffling

    I suppose it froze until spring thaw. But then, evaporation continues through the winter, albeit at a slower pace.
  14. This is Baffling

    Could be. Could also be too many fish in the streams dumping their excrement wherever and whenever the mood hits them and then dying and rotting on the bottom or all the deer, elk, bison, and other wildlife roaming wild dropping their excrement wherever they please and then leaving their rotting carcasses behind or from dumping raw sewage and roadway runoff including oils and gasoline into the rivers and streams from urban areas and lake shore homeowners or maybe pumping our waste gases from our use of fossil fuels into the atmosphere or even all those other underground homeowner sewage drainage systems all over the countryside. I'm not sure but I suspect the discharge from my sewage system was no more detrimental than the mound drainage system I have today. The only difference was the old one evaporated the liquid within 10 feet of the discharge. Anything left behind was left to leach into the soil. Now with my mound system everything leaches into the soil.
  15. This is Baffling

    Yes. There was no underground drain field. It discharged on the surface. Pretty common way of doing things in the past. Not much different than just doing things naturally except it concentrated it in one location and contained the solids, which were eventually pumped out and then spread on the fields for fertilizer.