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About Ferny

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  • Birthday 05/11/1966

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    Stillwater, MN USA
  1. Finally made it out with my son aka the Grouse Ninja. I may be hunting solo for a few years with college starting next fall. sniffle sniffle Making the most of it while it lasts.
  2. StabiliTrak

    On mine if you press the button once it "shuts it off" but if you hold it in longer it goes into a different mode. Then I can't even pull away from a stop sign ;-)
  3. Haven't heard a single rooster yet this year near East Rush Lake. Normally I can hear about 4 different ones. Seen my first rooster walking around a flooded field Memorial Day in North Branch. Haven't seen a single hen yet. Quite odd for this area. More water than anybody has ever seen in the area. lots of flooding.
  4. Remember to Engage Brain

    My favorite was a big cruiser on the St. Croix sitting on the ramp with hundreds of gallons of water streaming out of 2 plug holes. The rich guy was furious the dealer didn't put the plugs in for him! good thing it was a double wide launch so he didn't ruin my day.
  5. Mine was 110 lbs field dressed hanging. I ended up with 24 lbs of red boneless meat for sausage and The backstraps and tenderloins that I didn't weigh guessing I'd say 10 lbs or less. I do not keep any neck or rib meat and am very picky about front shoulders. Ferny.
  6. About those E-Tec motors

    I know three E-Tec owners. 20Hp 60HP and 90HP they are extremely happy with their purchases. The 90 and 60 guys fish English River system in Canada and run a lot of miles and love the fuel economy they now get. The 4 stroke options were so heavy it was like having another deep cycle battery in the back of the boat. Was the massive oil consumption on big HP motors? Something sounds fishy to me.
  7. It seems to me I get 4 ice cream pails full of de-boned fat free meat on average. Excluding the back straps, ribs, and any blood shot meat like one front shoulder. We normally do 2 deer per year, not too picky about size. It seems like it always a 8 lb per pail average and 32 lbs for the grind total. Everybody likes sausage. I don't get to riled up for veni roast so they hit the grind also. I don't keep the heart or rib meat and am pretty picky about how much work I put into the front legs. That can be a real pain in the A$$ filleting off all the silver skin. It depends on how late at night it is and if I have any help. If I am lucky enough to get a little one or two I usually steak out almost everything. You know you have to be a better shot to get the small ones ;-) Ferny.
  8. Grouse anyone

    My buddy his GSP and my son hit the woods hard for grouse on Saturday. We put on a lot of miles re-flushing a grouse and nearly got lost doing it. The GPS kept losing it's marbles and it was overcast. I think it was due to low batteries? My trusty iphone compass worked just fine luckily after I realized we were heading deeper into the woods. (note to self pack my real compass!) Onward to spot # two I hadn't hunted it all year. It turns out they logged half it off in the last year. No problem since all the young aspen and pines were still standing. Turns out we got one grouse and saw a couple more. All in all way down from last year. But the timberdoodles saved the day. We ended up flushing 3 in 2 minutes out of some alders and all of us tagged one. I was pretty proud of my 16 year old for starting it all off. I was also thankful he was along to find the downed birds with his young eyes. The dog was tracking them just fine but after we knocked them down he was having a heck of a time finding them. There was so much scent he kept locking up while looking. Then I saw him drop two of them on his way back from a retrieve. He just didn't like the taste of them at all, poor guy. He got some extra training fetching and healing with the birds. There was a lot of knuckle bumps and you couldn't wipe the smile off his face, it was priceless! We ran into a couple of younger guy's (20's) who just found this one spot. He said he told his buddy about then it ended up on Facebook. Hopefully I got my point across to him when you put in all that hard work to find a good spot you don't go blabbing it to your buddies. You might take him with you but you don't just hand it over, ugh! Anyway it was an awesome day to be out in the woods with my son and behind an great dog with my buddy. He was truly fascinating to watch get birdy. We also saw a ton of bear sign and some wolf scat also. Looks like that area is evolving I never seen either in the last 20 years in that area.
  9. smoked grouse

    1st time I have ever heard of anybody smoking a delicious grouse. Now Geese, pheasants, and salmon are another story. To each his own. My favorite involves lots of butter some flour and a dash of Canadian Steak seasoning or plain old salt and pepper. p.s. anybody got a recipe for woodcock? Ferny.
  10. Grouse

    Sweet pics, I've never seen such a red ruffy.
  11. Grouse

    JackPine, They logged off my favorite walking trails a couple years ago. I was looking forward to hitting it hard when it grew back nice and thick. Sadly there is a well worn ATV trail going right around the gate now. The gate that says "Hunting walking path No motorized vehicles" Looks like there is a couple new cabins in the area. It forced me to find some new areas which is not always bad. Ferny.
  12. Grouse anyone

    Choco, You can zigzag back and forth on/off the trails. Most of them get pounded pretty hard. Do yourself a favor and pick up a land plat map for the county that shows tax forfiet land. You can hunt that usually alone. Hang in there, It took me a couple years to actually connect with the birds. I hunt dogless and slow, 5 steps then stop and listen. Once you find the preferred cover and food for your area it gets a little easier. Also when you get one check the crop to see what they have been feeding on It's a real eye opener. I look for wrist sized aspen thickets, big stands of dogwood bushes, choke cherries, alder, acorns, wild strawberry, raspberry, and clover on or near trails. I still learn stuff after all these 20+ years. Good Luck, Ferny.
  13. So far it has been slow for me but I have connected a few times. What a night and day difference between last year and this year for the amount of food in the woods. Tons of dogwood, hazelnuts, red berries, blue colored berries, alder catkins, and clover. I haven't noticed as many acorns as last year though. Still pretty leafy out there. I heard 5 tree flushes last weekend and I never saw one. I also noticed a lot of birds of prey in areas I haven't seen before. Good luck everyone. Ferny. URL=]
  14. Yep do a search on Rock and Gem Scoop. I picked mine up in Two Harbors at the rock shop ended up buying my son one also. I love it for turning over logs and reaching out into the water and helping with footing in creeks. Ferny.
  15. Grouse in the snow

    A triple, wow, were they all standing in a straight line? That's some good shooting Tex.