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About paceman

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  • Birthday 08/16/1968

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    Detroit lakes, mn us
  1. MN Turkey 2018

    Sat on a different property yesterday morning. With the recent snow melt I can finally drive close to it. I sat until 11:00. Had gobbling near me most of the morning. Finally about 9:00 4 jakes and a hen came out to the field followed by 2 large Toms and another hen. The jakes came cruising in to me dekes. Got as close as 7 yards but the big Toms kept there distance. I don't think they liked my strutter decoy. It is one that spins and the tail raises/lowers. Might be a bit to aggressive for this early season. They eventually walked off with the hen following them., never getting closer then 75 yards. Depending on this rain I might get out this evening/otherwise will have to wait until Friday/Saturday morning with my son...
  2. MN Turkey 2018

    Went for a short hunt yesterday morning. Mostly a scouting mission to hear what is around. Just before 6:00 am had 4-5 different gobblers going off about 200 yards away on neighbors land. Sometimes those birds come my direction, They did not. They made very few gobbles on the ground. I sat until 9 then packed it up, hearing nothing after 7:00. I did see 8 deer so that was cool.. Hoping to get my son out Sunday afternoon/evening......
  3. MN Turkey 2018

    I did a bit of scouting Saturday, walking around on the frozen snow was not to bad. Some of the fields have clear strips on the north edges. I'm guessing the birds will go there for food and to be in the sun. As the snow melts the plowed fields will turn to slop. I'm also guessing the birds will avoid those as they just suck to cross. I did see a few tracks, so know some are around. Just need to spend some time in the woods to figure them out and see how active they are. probably just use a hen decoy or none at all to start....
  4. The Strut Stops Here

    I did a bit of scouting Saturday, walking around on the frozen snow was not to bad. Some of the fields have clear strips on the north edges. I'm guessing the birds will go there for food and to be in the sun. As the snow melts the plowed fields will turn to slop. I'm also guessing the birds will avoid those as they just suck to cross. I did see a few tracks, so know some are around. Just need to spend some time in the woods to figure them out and see how active they are. probably just use a hen decoy or none at all to start....
  5. Mossy Oak Gun Skin Application Photos

    That looks Great! Well Done! You had better be careful if you lay it by a tree or on the ground in the pines. You might not find it again
  6. For me, hands down, the winner is the box call. Very easy to use and sounds great. Pretty easy to make different sounds by simply adjusting speed and pressure. I carry around a small sporting goods store in my back pack. 2 boxes, slates, strikers, mouth calls, a push call, owl calls, gobble calls... I try them all from time to time but usually in the end they respond to an old HS Strut box...
  7. Tips tricks and helpful hints

    Yes Archerysniper hit the nail on the head. Turkeys are usually creatures of habit. Find a good pattern and your chances of success greatly improve. Right now I am very frustrated as with all this snow we have plus the additional foot were supposed to get this weekend I find it very difficult to pattern them. Really hard for me to get back to where I think they are....
  8. Dnr landowner list / gaining access

    Yep working on the farms is a huge help. I have cut wood, mowed yards, fixed fence, cut hay... Even just stopping out for a visit in the off season has been received gratefully. Guys that just show up, hunt and leave don't get permission again....
  9. Turkey Time

    Yep I will also do a little looking around this weekend. Will have to use the snowmobile to get back to some of my spots. May put out a camera or two as well.....
  10. Got my mount back

    Very Nice!
  11. I don't think it had much of an impact. At least in my area. I did not notice any more hunters around. It seemed pretty normal. I believe the weather has more of an impact. If it is cold there are less hunters and if warm then more....
  12. Wood fence post fill?

    As a kid growing up on a farm. I helped construct miles of fence. Our farm was on sandy soil as well. We simply put the augered material back in around the post. Tamped in back in in layers, usually 10-12 inches. Usually with a hammer handle or crowbar. anything handy would work. The posts were rock solid in no time. Class 5, tamped in would not have air pockets and would be very solid. Class 5 produced around here is usually virgin so would not have any recycled materials.
  13. MN Turkey 2018

    Did not apply. Archery Tag for me again. Love that option!
  14. Jigs or Lindy rigs

    I primarily use 6# test so can use lighter weights. 1/4 oz when fishing less then 15 feet and if not to windy. 3/8 -1/2 oz when fishing deeper and when windier.
  15. Jigs or Lindy rigs

    For me hands down I prefer lindy rigging. That way I always feel I am near the bottom. I struggle with jigs as I am not sure where it is in the water column. I fish a lot of muddy/weedy lakes so I don't want to drag on bottom and when fishing drop offs and points I am not confident in keeping the jig in front of fish.. I also have gone to mostly bullet sinkers on my rigs. A lot less snags on junk in the water....