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  1. I live just west of Minot and spear on Sak quite a bit. I have only speared on Douglas Creek Bay (~12miles west of Garrison) and Parshall Bay out of the Van Hook arm. The first couple years I speared after moving out here were phenomenal to say the least. Plenty of fish seen and speared in between 15-20lbs. Unfortunately for me my time in a dark house has decreased the last couple years. The times I went out last year, in my usual spots were slow, but I did not move around at all. There are a TON of baitfish in Sak right now. Not sure when you are going to go, but February has been the best for me, early Feb if it looks like spring is coming early. Garrison is a nice little town with all the accomadations. For 10$ you can download the Navionics app on your phone and it is pretty decent for Sak. Water depths will be different, but structure is pretty good on the map. I would say just about any bay on the east end would be good. Steinke, Douglas Creek, and Wolf Creek are all really good places to start. If you want to go over to the Van Hook arm, the spearing there is very good too. All these bays are big and the places to spear are endless, so depending on how long your stay is, you might not ever leave a "bay". Most all the bays have 2-3 creeks that flow into them, mostly just runoff in the spring, but some have water in them throughout the summer. Spearing can be really good way back in by these creeks. Most of the creeks have cut a channel where they dump into the bay, so setting up on the drop off of the channel next to some flats is good. The problem with the creeks is the navionics is worthless way back in by the creeks. The water in Sak gets clear in the winter, not uncommon to have 13+ ft clarity. If you are in dirty water, try just moving a little farther down the shoreline out into the bay. I do the best on drop offs coming off flats in 8-12fow with a standard red/white decoy. North end of the Van hook arm is pretty shallow and flat, especially on the Shell Creek side. That is a good area and so is around the western boat ramp in Parshall Bay. The spearing is getting more popular out here, but still not many do it. If you want, send me an email at travislongvoelkner@gmail.com and I can send you some screen shots of spots to try on Sak. I have only speared once on DL and didn't see a pike so can't help you there. That is another lake though with endless spots and opportunities and a good population of Pike.
  2. 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. Deer Stand Lunch?

    Deer camp is definitely not a healthy week. I'm looking forward to this colder weather. More deer moving and easier to sit all day when its not 70 and sunny. Lunches for me usually include some nutty bars, water, whatever kind of lunchmeat sandwich is available at camp, and a coke or sprite. Focusing on eating the snacks slowly helps pass the time when the deer aren't around.
  4. Vacation for the rut

    I've chosen to spend the vacation at rifle camp this year instead of bowhunting. I have been staying at the rifle camp when everybody is there, but its not a lot of time getting up and driving 45 minutes 1 way to the bow stand and not getting back until later in the evening. Just something about that time at rifle camp that is special. 3 years of successful bowhunting also helps to go to rifle camp and relax a bit.....
  5. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yep just another 4 goal game for Dubs.
  6. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yeah your right my bad, I forgot Stalock started Saturday.
  7. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    When is it time to go full panick on Dubs? Down the stretch last year, I thought he was mediocre at best, really seemed like his goals against was around 4. Yes, he has good stretches, but he basically threw away the Vezina the last 2 months of the season last year. 4 goals in his first 2 games this year, not a good start.
  8. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Koivu, Suter, Parise, and Staal are are good players....right now. They are really the heart and soul of the team. But the youngest one is Suter at 32. The tail end of all 4 contracts are going to suck. 2019-2020-2021 are going to be tough cap years and trying to sign FA if these guys fall off. Parise is already falling apart. Koivu has missed a bunch of games. Who knows when all the minutes Suter has acccumulated will catch up to him. Even if 2-4 or 3-4 of these guys fall off, it leaves a big hole. I really hope they make some very deep runs the next 2 years. If not, we could be looking back 3-4 years from now wishing we could go back to the glory days lol. Haven't watched any preseason action. Really hoping Stalock can soak up some games this year and keep Dubs fresh.
  9. Dogtooth 2017

    Had a decent trip. We fished the evening of Aug. 9-Aug. 15. Had 2 pretty good days, 2 bad days, and the rest were just so-so. Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa don't like getting up early anymore so we usually outdrink the fish at night and sleep in mornings. We have slowly been learning how to consistently catch fish on this lake. The local guys don't provide any information and neither do the guys that have been making the trip for 20+ years. Can't say I blame them much, but would have shortened the learning curve for us a little bit. We found a bay a few years back that we can catch 10-16" walleye all day in, just a shallow weedy bay pulling spinners. Usually get enough eyes' for dinner and then go search the reefs, shorelines, and islands for bigger fish. I think we finally dialed in on some bottom bouncers and have 2-3 spots were we can go and most likely catch fish with the chance at some big ones. 1oz to 1-1/2oz BB with leeches or worms work the best on these spots. 2 spots are reefs topping out at 9-10fow and the other spot is a little flatter, with access to some shallow weeds. We also deep troll suspended fish some evenings and don't catch a lot, but the ones we do are bigger fish. We found iwe caught more fish when we were running and gunning. Fish a spot for 20-30 minutes and then move on until we found some fish. This kind of stinks for Grandpa but he understands we can't catch them if they are there and active. Biggest of the week was 26 1/4" walleye with 20-25 eyes' over 20". I think I had 2 -25" and also a 37" pike the last evening. Really fun time and scenery with the family. Looking forward to next year and searching more of the lake.
  10. Stole this recipe online and it turned out really well. First attempt at anything besides V burger with the grinder. Ended up with 15 lbs of the breakfast style with the syrup and then 9 lbs where we left the syrup out and just ended up with a spicy sausage. I couldn't find any trimmings locally so spent 30$ on pork butt/shoulders and used that. We also left out the rendered bacon fat and MSG. Notes are from the original author... Goose Breakfast Sausage16 oz. Pork Boston butt cut into 1" cubes~16 oz (4 med.-lg. goose breasts) cut into 1" cubes2 teaspoons of salt1 teaspoon dried parsley1/2 ~ 1 1/2 teaspoons of rubbed sage (as much as you like. I used ~ 1 1/4 tsps.)1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or more, I did add just a touch more)1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes1/2 teaspoon ground coriander1/2 teaspoon msg (such as Accent flavor enhancer)1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (taste test first-the flakes I had were a little weak, so I added additional ground red pepper)3 TBSPS Maple syrup3 TBSPS Rendered Bacon fat
  11. Dogtooth 2017

    Anybody been on Dogtooth this year? We are heading up on the 9th and fishing for a week. Frustrating lake for sure, but always a chance at a really big walleye. Probably some better lake to spend a week on for some trophy fish, but its more about the time spent with the guys now than the fish. Grandpa is 86 years old and he is comfortable with the cabins there and we have a few spots that we can catch enough eater size fish to keep him happy. Full report when we get back!
  12. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    So Parise and Suter couldn't voluntarily restructure their contracts? Sounds like Granny got in about where expected. 3 yrs for 17.5$ is what I think I heard. Leaves the door open for one more big contract when hes still in his prime.
  13. Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I agree there. I have a ton of respect for players of any sport that take a pay cut for the betterment of the team. Hopefully Koivu, Parise, and Suter can get a winning attitude instead of a money making attitude. If each of those guys dropped 1$mil off their yearly salary, that would pay for another really good player.
  14. How do you wax the string on the bow?

    Careful not to over do it. Really doesn't take much. I usually rub it on with the stick, then go over it with my fingers, then I take a hair dryer to it to melt the wax in, repeat until it is all even and no clumps or masses. Doing it this way helps the wax mate with the string better, shouldn't have to wax near as often doing it like that.
  15. Collecting near bait

    If a guy doesn't mind driving a bit, finding free bait can be easy by getting out of bear country. When I had a tag 5-6 years ago, I got 100 gallons of used grease for free from a dairy queen in Grand Forks. I also got to know and got in good with the local bread store and most of the time I was first in line to get the stale/expired breads and pastries. When I asked the dairy queen about the grease, they looked at me like I was crazy!