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About JimBuck

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  • Birthday 08/12/1983

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  1. It's a U-Boat style of tube with the stripping net on the front that you remove to get in and out. They are really stable, the biggest thing for me was getting in and out while on the water. It's a bit awkward if it's too deep next to cattails but still doable. I recommend flippers and a life jacket that doesn't have the flotation on the shoulders. Also a leash for the shotgun. I'll see if I can dig up some photos of my tube after work. Also look at the ones that actually put you on the surface of the water instead of submerged waist deep. It makes a difference when you hunt for any length of time.
  2. I bought a float tube last year to use on solo hunts. I also made a ghillie cover that drapes over the tube and then I wear a ghillie jacket. I think it's a real fun way to hunt, especially when ducks are on the deck coming right at you. You definitely have to keep yourself in check when swinging on shots. I use it on calm days and along with flippers to move about and retrieve. Like everything else, it has a time and a place. I haven't seen the muskrat huts but they do look pretty slick. I do wonder about how much your field of vision would be limited by a flip over blind.
  3. Minn Kota PowerDrive

    I've ran my PD for the past 7 years and it's always been a bit of a struggle to deploy it. It has loosened up over time but I still need to give it a pretty hard shove. They are great motors, but I think this is one of the few areas Minn Kota could improve on with the motor.
  4. Changing out boat stereo

    I just switched out a 13 yr. old clarion for a new sony deck and they were both the same size. I think their might be a few exceptions but for the most part I think they are all the same. The difference is going to be in face size from unit to unit.
  5. Managing Anchor Rope

    I use a plastic spool. I've thought about installing a removable arm that the spool could sit on which would make it much smoother to deploy and bring in. Wrapping rope around the spool can be a chore when your dealing with a lot of line but it saves me my fishing partner the hassle of dealing with tangles and knots all the time.
  6. I can see how some people might find carpet to be cozy, but man what a pain it is to maintain. I'd love to have one of those onboard washdown systems that seem popular on the coasts. Hose the boat down just before leaving for home and have it dry and ready to go for the next trip. Someday. Thanks again guys.
  7. I appreciate the input guys. It sounds like a matting solution might be more hassle than it's worth. I'm going to live with the carpet issue and look for a boat without carpet the next time around.
  8. I've considered carpet as well. The fact that it's one piece would make it real nice to take in and out after a trip. Mold is a concern with a lot of these which is why I thought the perforated tiles might be a good fit. They allow airflow but will trap most mud and sand on the surface of the carpet instead of grinding it in. I think most of the other materials I'd probably remove after each trip to dry. I'm not really concerned with the original carpet getting wet, I'm just hoping to curb the clean up time and keep the carpet looking halfway decent a few years down the road.
  9. I bought a new boat last fall and have been looking into options for protecting the carpet from wear and tear. I accumulate a fair amount of mud and sand in the boat on most trips and I'm looking for a better way to manage it. Taking the carpet out is not an option for me unfortunately so I'm interested in some kind of matting that can lay on top. So far I really like the interlocking perforated tiles they use poolside and for slippery areas. I like these because they still breath and won't trap moisture between the mat and the carpet. The stuff that falls through stays on the surface of the carpet and will be a breeze to clean out (in theory). Only issue is they are not cheap. The other options are things like anti-fatigue mats gym flooring (EVA and Rubber) as well as garage tiling. With so many options out there, I'm a bit lost now that I've done some research. I'm curious if anyone else has done something similar and what they might recommend for a material? Ideally I'd like to stay under $2 bucks a foot for materials if possible. Any insight is appreciated.
  10. Trimming Dog's Nails - Tricks?

    My hound has always been pretty sensitive about his nails. We introduced the dremmel a few months back slowly doing a nail here and there and now he's completely fine with it. Having him stand made a big difference for us too. If you do dremmel, just make sure you don't spend much time on 1 nail as they become hot very fast. I do a light 2 second grind and move on to the next nail. I've clipped a quick once and never want to go through that again.
  11. We were checked by 2 gentlemen after our opener hunt. Checked licenses and plugs then proceeded to tell us about the AIS issue and how they will be enforcing it more later in the season. No weeds on decoys, boats etc. along with pulling plugs on watercrafts. Spent the next 20 minutes cleaning weeds off of everything.....ugh. They were very friendly and professional about everything and seemed to be annoyed by the AIS issue just as much as hunters are. I'm giving serious thought to changing my j-hook style weights with something easier and quicker to clean weeds off of. Probably going to bring a small broom to brush weeds from the canoe too. Lets hope AIS laws don't get any worse.
  12. Coots

    I eat whatever I shoot and I do bag a few coots from time to time. I think it comes down to preparation of the meat prior to cooking. I brine them for 2-3 days changing the salt+water out twice a day. I usually throw mine into the next batch of jerky or goose burgers. IMO as long as your decent at cooking and do the necessary prep work, they really aren't bad.
  13. Too much Law Enforcement

    I'd say we always need more CO's out there. What I can do without is funding 2+ people per launch to sit in a chair check for invasives.
  14. Metro Water Temps

    I saw the same thing Sunday morning. As low as 65 in one area and most others in the 68-75 range. Looks like both of us need a new temp gauge.
  15. Deer Fly Repellent

    I agree. While the umbrella may be effective in attracting deer flies, I think the concept could be applied in other more fisherman friendly ways. I think the plastic bag (shower cap?) around the top of the hat and then coating that with Tanglefoot would be pretty effective. It's not the most elegant solution but I'm not trying to impress anyone out there...except the muskies and smallies.