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  • Birthday 07/15/1969

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  1. Hunted by Leech Lake. Heard lots of shooting down on Steamboat. I was a little north and didn't get much action. Ended up getting one woodie out of 8 that were locked on our decoys. I'm blaming my new shotgun and too tight of a choke for that. Lol! Had a few mallards fly just out of range. Lots of mosquitos for us too.
  2. What do they do with all the fish?

    I participate in walleye fish frys all over the state. We have to have receipts for where the fish was purchased or from whom it was donated. I have been doing this for the past ten years and have actually never been approached by anyone about the origins of our walleye while doing frys. I have been asked after the fact. When the Square Hook guys were doing their investigation a couple years ago they asked me about some specific political fund raisers that we fried fish for. I bought said fish from the Red Lake Fisheries, they took my word for it.
  3. Electric Fillet Knife

    I have the Rapala Ion. It is on the heavy side. I only take the fillet off with it. I still rib and skin with my Chicago cutlery fillet knife. I can chew through about 60 eyes before it dies. My hand also hurts something awful too. I will probably switch to a corded one this season.
  4. I'd bet good money that the pump is fine. Don't let a shop soak you for a needless repair.
  5. I had a sun flower heater blowing so I would reach out from under the car and warm my hands up when I needed. I logged up here for 17 winters and I was the mechanic on the crew. I fixed whatever needed to be fixed in whatever conditions I faced if I wanted to make money. With that Pontiac I figured it to be a $250-$300 dollar job. The line was $24. I'm still bullheaded enough not to want to pay a $75 hour shop rate.
  6. I have one of these. The pressure hose is known for crapping out. I did mine on one of -27 nights this January. It was hard. But doable. Getting the fitting back on the rack is the hardest part. Getting it started took me two hours. I don't know if being warmer would have helped. It is really tight in there. Good luck if you choose to do it yourself.
  7. diaphragm might need to be replaced. That might cure the needing to prime it. To get it to idle up there are two screws on the carb side by side. The one closest to the motor is your idle. Turn that sucker a tiny little wee bit at a time counter clockwise to get your idle up. Did I mention a tiny bit at a time? There is also a throttle adjustment up higher its a smaller screw yet. Turn that on clockwise to make it throttle up a bit. Good luck. PS I got one of these tanks too and Im running mine to the shop to get it rebuilt this morning. It has frustrated me to no end this past month.
  8. truck tires

    I just switched from BF Goodrich All Terrains to Yokohama Geolanders. The BF Goodrich AT's were kinda dangerous on iced up roads. The Yokos have been awesome so far. As A matter of fact I put new tires on my wifes car this fall too and they were awful in snow and ice. I ended up switching vehicles with my wife until I could afford some actual winter tires for her car. When the truck had the BF's I was very nervous to let her drive in wintery conditions. But the Geolanders are awesome on crappy roads and I felt safe letting her use my truck as her daily driver last month. I run 10 ply tires and the road noise is way down too from the AT's.
  9. Buying salvage title vehicle

    I had a 97 GMC that went in the lake. I dried everything out properly and never had any issues with it. I put another 40k on it before I traded it off. It happened in July so once I got it home I was able to open everything up and get it dry. I change all the fluids from the tranny to the diffs. I Pulled all the electrical connections I could and left everything sit like that for 10 days. I spraying everything down with an electrical dryer. I don't know if I could have had the same results if it had happened in November or worse in the middle of winter.
  10. Aspen Logging

    I haven't bought a timber sale since 08, but I think the average price per cord for popple is still about $25 per cord. You can figure on maybe 25 cords to an acre as a good start if it is pretty much all popple in there. We have cut 30 cord to an acre stuff but it really has to be tall. So lets say you have 300 cords of aspen on the stump and you get $25 for stumapage that would be $7500 to you. Ballpark of coarse. Other variables come into play, such as ease of access, mileage to the mill etc. Get a couple different loggers in there to bid it out. And research it, the more you know about it dealing with the logger will go easier.
  11. beer batter

    I do big walleye frys all over the state and we do beer batter for the crew when we are done. We use our regular fish coating, which is usually fry krisp as our base. We buy in bulk from apperts. Then we load it up with cajun seasoning and garlic salt. We have restaurant propane cookers and the secret here is to keep it at 350 degrees. We also swear by warm flat beer. Any good full beer works. We first dip our fillets in our dry coating. It also helps if the fish is just barely thawed, this help keep the fillet from curling. Then into the batter next. We wipe off the excess batter so it doesn't turn out too thick. Then into the fryer for 5 minutes. It is deadly good and serve piping hot. Double dipped beer batter fish.
  12. Snow Blower Recommendations

    Got me an Ariens Deluxe 30. Buy a used Honda, Ariens, or Toro. C list usually has a ton of em. Look it over good, you can probably get a sweet deal on a next to new blower. But stick with the high end brands. I went with Ariens because they are the best and if I ever have a problem getting parts or service is a breeze.
  13. I'm going to Bowstring for an afternoon hunt today. I was harvesting rice just north of there last week on Natures Lake and it looked good. Teal everywhere. Weather is kinda cruddy but maybe it'll get them moving.
  14. Concerts?

    Just scored floor tickets to Mumford and Sons on Sept 4th!
  15. Stihl 024 Chainsaw

    MJBaldwin-Yeah it's totally fine, that is what they all do. I was a logger back in the day and I would always put cardboard down when we stored our saws inside because they leak out.