Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
merkman

NFDA News

Recommended Posts

Northern News

NFDA Newsletter

11/15/08

Spearing in Minnesota

Today, Nov.15th is the first day of winter spearing in Minnesota, the result of new legislation. The earliest I can remember having enough ice to spear is Thanksgiving weekend. With all the global warming everyone is talking about you would think the DNR would have pushed the closing date out to March 15th. NFDA member Mike Holmes, President of the Michigan Darkhouse Assoc., reports that Michigan just changed their spearing dates from Jan thru Feb. to beginning Dec.15th through March 15th. Makes sense to me. Michigan also allows the taking of musky by darkhouse spearing. Makes sense to me.

We would like to know the earliest date that members spear this year, and of course the results. Send us your story to the web site at www.nfda.tv

Fergus Falls Show Results

The first annual UP NPORTH Show at the Fergus Mall was a success. Many members and carvers turned out. While the crowds were steady through the day, sales were a little down for many carvers. Maybe more the result of a new show than the economy.

The contest was a lot of fun. Here are the partial results. Full results can be viewed at the web site. (Many thanks to Sharon Thomas and Paul McNeal for judging)

People’s Choice-Skeets Peterson

Devils River Minnow- Gary Hull

Tiger Muskie – Skeets Peterson

Spawning male Northern Bluegill – Skeets Peterson

Being a new show Fergus was a double points contest. Here are the top points placing to date.

Skeets Peterson -159

Larry Lange -144

Jerry Fuglseth – 144

Ron Hamm – 141

Lloyd Radi -138

Gary Hull – 116

John Peeters – 115

Duane Steinkopf – 102

Rick Whittier – 32

Paul McNeal- 32

Rich Stich -32

Park Rapids Show

The Park Rapids Show is this weekend, Nov. 22nd at the American Legion. Bring the family to this long standing show.

Logo Contest

Anyone wishing to enter the NFDA Clothing Logo contest please email your entries asap or bring along to the Park Rapids Show ( the deadline to enter).

Raffle

We have now sold enough tickets to break even—so now the real selling begins. If everyone keeps pushing thru the winter we could have a nice fundraiser. It would be real nice to make several thousand dollars. Your help is appreciated and we need it.

MN Fishing Museum

Lee Ann Doucette, Director of the Museum is stepping down after 10 years of invaluable service. What would we have done without you? You will be missed by all.

Also Al Baert, founding member of the museum , will be taking a lesser role after Jan. He will make the Perham Show one of his last official acts.

The Museum will be closed this year from Jan. 1st to April 14th due to high heating costs. If you are a carver and do not have one of your decoys on display at the museum please think about donating a decoy this year.

MN Fishing Museum

304 W Broadway

Little Falls, MN 56345

E-mail mnfm@mnfishingmuseum.com

Web Site – www.,mfishingmuseum.com

New- Grand Rapids MN Show

The Fish Decoy and Sporting Collectible Show is Sat.,Jan.31st, 2009 at the Moose Club located on Hwy 169 East. Dealer set up is from 7am to 9 am and the show runs until 4 pm. The show is hosted by the NFDA and the Northern Lakes Chapter of the MDAA.

Dealers can reserve a table with an advance fee of $30.00/each table, by sending checks to: Grand Rapids Show, [PoorWordUsage] Box 265, Perham MN 56573 We hope to see everyone there.

Questions

Let’s see if anyone reads the newsletter. I would like some feedback on several ideas that I would like to present to the Board. You can send your feedback and comments to jensenpromo@hotmail.com

Idea # 1

This concept goes back to when we originally founded the NFDA. If we raised our membership/banquet fee to $45.00 and then gave you a free membership in the MN MDAA , would this be of interest? By doing this you would get the MN Darkhouse & Fishing News 6 times a year. We could then publish our newsletter in their publication. This would be a win-win for both organizations. Our news and show schedule would go out to thousands more people, and on a more timely basis. We would also give them a more diverse membership base with our members across the country.

The $45.00 breaks down to: $20/NFDA $15/ Banquet $10/ MDAA Membership. This shorts the NFDA $5/ per member in revenue, but we can make up for that with increased banquet attendance and yearly raffle ticket sales.

Makes sense to me, What do you think? Please send feedback.

Idea #2

We all get older and as we get older we seem to exert more effort in bringing youth into the sport of darkhouse spearing and fish decoy carving. Several decoy carving classes are taught in MN Schools. To keep the tradition alive we keep up the effort.

In talking with many of the junior carvers and their parents at last years Gathering in Perham I started to hear much of the same problems coming from many of them. Many kids do not have the equipment to make decoy, or the money for supplies, or even a darkhouse to spear from.

Is it time to start the NFDA FOUNDATION- a non profit dedicated to the youth. A place where they can apply for grants. Instead of sending money we send equipment or supplies. I would think equipment manufacturers and suppliers would be glad to work with us. Makes sense to me.

Of course we would need to establish criteria and policy, and raise money- but nothing happens unless we talk about it first.

What do you think? Please send feedback.

The End

-Gone Fishing

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

" Michigan also allows the taking of musky by darkhouse spearing. Makes sense to me."

I strongly disagree with that.

Thanks for the other info, though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • We packed four of us in the blind and had a blast!  Just about ready to give up and gave "one last call" only to have the birds blow up not 30 yards away from us.  One of the gobblers rubbed against the blind for two feet as he walked into the deeks- pretty dang cool!  Ryan made a perfect shot and dropped the bird in his tracks.  
    • Ryan.pdf The pdf shows up as a link for me.  Is that ok Borch?  
    • Twins are 33-91 against the Yankees since 2002! Its unbelievable how awful they play against them.    Stanton absolutely murdered that hanging curveball for a HR last night.
    • I was looking for reviews last night but only found a handful and they didn't really give me that much info. They seemed to be overall positive reviews but all were written after recently applying it so no info on longevity. 
    • Stamped concrete looks great, but not very functional and it requires maintenance too, like every couple of years or so.   ....and how do you get the non-peeled, non-flaked area cleaned?  
    •   If you think about this option I would try and look up some reviews. I would worry about it peeling or flaking off over time and having to keep re-coating it a lot. Bonding could be a big issue.
    • This isn't my patio but its very close to what I have. I think sandblasting would likely ruin the texture and pattern.  I'd also have to reapply a clear sealer after sandblasting and the sealer is what makes it slippery. 
    • This just occurred to me....  I have no idea if it would work..   Could it be sandblasted to roughen the surface and give more grip?         
    • I've seen a lot of options for things you can mix into the sealer before you roll it on.  I may start out going that route since I already have the sealer and the additives are cheap.  I've got a non visible area I can use as a test patch to see how it works.  I don't necessarily need it to be equal to a broomed concrete I'll settle for at least non-deadly.    Hopefully i can figure out something, my wife hates how slippery it is and is threatening to have it all torn out (the really expensive option).