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Big Dave2

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  1. If you have a camper of any sort and are like me you are probably putzing with stuff almost every week. We just finally got the camper out of the shed we store it in a little over a week ago so I haven't had time to do much yet but my wife and I did start re-caulking the roof joints. I use Dicor self-leveling white sealant and after cleaning all the old sealant, we go over it all with new stuff. We didn't finish it yet but we will this weekend if it stops raining and dries up. Next on the list is to clean and condition the rubber roof and I'm thinking of getting new tires but I'm not sure because I hope to only have this camper a maximum of 2 more seasons. What have you been doing to your rig?
  2. I'm thinking about buying or possibly building a larger skid house to use year around on Mille Lacs. I have friends who have houses at Jerry Brandt's and will start there in my search for a resort. Anyone here have a fish house that they use year around at a Mille Lacs resort? If so, what do you like and what do you dislike? I understand how the ice fishing works at most of these places but I would be most interested to know what your summer experience is like? I'm used to RVing at campgrounds and I know this will probably be more "rustic" than that. Anyone have pictures of their house set up in it's summer spot? I'll be up there a few times this summer looking around a bit but just wanted to get a head start if anyone has any input for me.
  3. Was? Are you no longer staying there?
  4. Mille Lacs isn't the only lake in the area. We probably would rarely fish it during the summer, I'm not a big fan of the wind and waves out there. We would probably do more 4-wheeling and visiting during that time and fish some of the smaller area lakes. We are just going to be fact finding this year so next year would be the soonest we would probably make a move and Mille Lacs has to rebound sometime. I'm hoping we can buy during the down time and be ready for the upswing in a few years. Plus, you do realize there are other fish in that lake besides walleye, right? There are still some less expensive campgrounds and another one that we are looking at also is only $1800 but it seems like the majority of campgrounds are closer to $3000. Leech, what are they charging up at your campground?
  5. She's more on board for this than spending $3,000 to park our camper at a resort and only being able to use it 6 months out of the year. At least that's what she told me.
  6. Any Bourbon or Whiskey lovers here? If so, what is your favorite for sipping?
  7. Big Dave2

    Picked up my new Hustler today

  8. Big Dave2

    Ice off predictions

    Weatherman on the news last night predicted that it will be record late ice out for most of the state or really close.
  9. Good luck finding any today......
  10. Big Dave2

    Norway Maple tree damage, need opinions

    If it doesn't blow down today, it's probably all good.
  11. Big Dave2

    Mower needed

    The way the weather is going, you should have plenty of time to decide....
  12. Big Dave2

    Mossy Oak Gun Skin Application Photos

    Looks good to me!
  13. Maybe just a simple box call might be best for a novice. Whatever you get I would listen to calls on the internet and practice imitating them.
  14. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Exactly why we are not likely to see deer populations as high as some here would like.
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    That's going to be a back saver!

    I think it was a holder for some sort of ice fishing electronics. All I remember is it looked like you used a beaver to cut the handle hole.....
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    That's going to be a back saver!

    Looks much better than your last woodworking project......
  17. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    I completely agree with most of this and that is exactly why I am against things like APR's and doing away with other hunting traditions. I don't think doing things to "manage the herd" just so we can shoot them sheds a good light on deer hunting in general. I think most anti-hunters and non-hunters are turned off by the fact that it seems so many hunters just want to shoot deer for the sport or the trophy. I do think most people can understand harvesting meet for the freezer though. I'm not sure that most anti's or non-hunters even realize there is public infighting among hunters. OK, maybe the anti's do because they are more tuned in, looking for ways to undermine the hunting community but I think that by and large if you do not travel in those circles, you don't hear the news.
  18. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Here's a heckling meme for ya.......
  19. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    I agree with ANYFISH2 but you guys do realize that hunters are a tool used to control deer populations, right? I'm not too sure that you can get non-hunters on board with increasing deer populations so they can hit them with their Mercedes......
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    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Actually, the majority of the state's population does not hunt deer but most do drive cars so generally most people do not want more or larger deer. It's not just the voice of hunters that count.
  21. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Improvements for you are not necessarily improvements for everyone. Who advised you to do that? I didn't hear anyone give out that advice. No one called you a name at all. Seems like you are being a little dramatic today especially since it is the "meat hunter" label that is really disparaging these days. So you want changes only where it will benefit your way of hunting?
  22. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Ummmmmm, I think you should read your posts and Wanderer's posts again.....
  23. Big Dave2

    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    I would also be willing to bet that the majority of people pushing for APR's and to end party hunting are also big advocates of catch and release fishing. If that's the case why not just go shed hunting? There's no crowds, you can take any size antlers you want and you can even use a dog. You can mount them all over your house and brag to your friends without ever having to shoot a deer.
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    Attn: MN Gun Deer Hunters

    Who cares about "age structure"? I've seen things like "organic" or "grass fed" beef in the grocery store but I have yet to see a sign asserting that "our beef is older". If you guys want to hunt for antlers then by all means go and do it but don't expect that everyone in the states wants to game the system to help you.