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  1. 12 points
    lungdeflator

    MN Rifle Buck 2017

    Can't believe I have to be the first to post pics! 2 weekends in the books and our group did fairly well. My sister shot an 8pt opening night, I shot this one Wednesday morning, and my dad shot a doe Friday night. Overall we have a lot of fawns around our place, which is encouraging for future populations. Hoping this winter is an easier one and most of them will make it through. I shot this buck at 9am out in a 4 year old clear cut. He was chasing a group of does that looked like it consisted of a 2.5yo, 1.5yo, and a fawn. Kind of weird to see the does all together with a buck chasing them, but it all worked out. He stopped at 60 yards and I took the first shot, second shot I put in his body somewhere but couldn't tell where. I gave it 45 minutes and then went to look for blood. Spot of the first shot I saw I shot through a 1/2" sapling at least 20ft in front of the deer, so I think the first shot missed, no blood or hair. I then went to the spot of the second shot and only found a small piece of fat. My face was probably white as a ghost, I felt sick. I continued to follow his tracks in the snow, and found decent blood where he jumped over a log. Dark blood with more spots of fat. If I had my head on straight I would've remembered that this was a sign of a gut shot deer, but my head was swimming and I just slowed down but kept moving. Some how, I got extremely lucky though as I was able to spot the buck lying down 50 yards away through the thick poplars. His head was still up and moving so I quickly put another shot into the shoulder area, and that was it for him. Ended up being like I thought, missed the first shot, second shot was guts, and the last was right in the front shoulder. Being in the clear cut when the deer first came out and not wanting to spook the does, I was unable to get a full look at his antlers before shooting. So walking up on him was a very pleasant surprise, with no ground shinkage! He weighed 207 field dressed and has some really cool palmation on the one side. Thinking back on it, I couldn't understand how the my shots where that far off and so inconsistent. Before the season sighting in the rifle, I had it doing decent on paper, but still inconsistent. I didn't have a solid bench rest so I thought it was just me. So the day after I shot this buck, I shot a box of shells through on a good solid rest and the gun was all over the place. Missing paper and very inconsistent. I knew I didn't have that much influence on the rifle in the rest, so once I took it into Scheels in Minot and they ended up pulling the scope off and sending both the scope and rifle in to get inspected. Weird deal, never had any problems like that. The rifle is a Remington 700 CDL in 25-06, brand new 4 years ago. Scope is a Vortex Viper 4x12, brand new 4 years ago.
  2. 11 points
    Scoot

    Morgan's first deer

    My little girl, Morgan, is now 10 years old and able to hunt in MN. She put a perfect shot on a doe last night and she only made it about 50 yards before we watched her drop. She and I are both thrilled with the outcome!
  3. 8 points
    paceman

    MN Rifle Buck 2017

    My son's forky shot yesterday morning. her was holding out for at least a basket 8 but the last day was any horns.. Last year it was a spike, this year a fork, next year a 6 or better.
  4. 8 points
    Scoot

    Wy Antelop

    My brother, son, a buddy, and I did a public land, unguided antelope hunt in Wyoming this August. It was a GREAT trip and we had a blast. Pics below.
  5. 8 points
    Storm

    Eclipse Totality

    Made it down to Missouri to visit a friend and witness the eclipse. Cool event overall. I had a tripod malfunction seconds before totality began so all of my shots were handheld at 600mm so I know they could be better. I still am happy with the results though.
  6. 7 points
    Wanderer

    Spring... or... ?????

    We didn’t spend nearly as many nights on the ice but I/we have been out at least once every weekend that I can remember. I’d like to think I’m gonna keep going but March is going to be a really busy month for work so we’ll see. And you’re still married! That’s good! There’s another technique to getting your fishing in and stay married - get her into it. My wife was craving the ice season this year and she HATES winter. Last weekend she put on a show with her hand me down crappie rod, landing 5 nice pike. She didn’t wanna leave the lake come Sunday. Oh, and of course the biggest walleye. On a lake not known for walleye. I get home from work a few minutes ago and see a new ice rod and reel on the table. I ask, where did this come from? She says, I bought it; I needed a new one. I says, but I gave you two already. She says, not like this one. My hand me downs aren’t good enough anymore.
  7. 7 points
    Bum

    Fish House Build

    Been reading on here for a couple years now and following others build threads that motivated me to build my own, so posting this to hopefully motivate someone like me to get started on their own! Started it this summer and put it aside for too long but but back at it. It’s a 8x14 +2’V. Here’s some pics Bought the frame from a guy on hsolist for a pretty good price last winter. coated with a rust remover and then herculiner Spray foamed the floor but put 1” foam over the frame to hopefully keep from having cold spots, didn’t put foam across it all as I’d rather have the spray foam attached to the floor ply than foam insul. 3/4” plywood for the floor. 2x3 studs for the walls Even though I spray foamed the inside, decided for whatever reason to put 1/4” ply up. Doing it again i would probably leave that out to save a little weight. Pro rib steel with 2’ diamond plate. HDPE in the wheel wells. Rubber roof Sprayed it myself with a kit. Thought it turned out pretty well but a few areas didn’t get it as thick as I wanted. I’ll be putting a layer of the fiberglass insul behind the paneling to fill the studs completely. Here’s where it’s at today. I’ll be installing the rubber floor and finishing up the wiring today. Plenty of work left but it’s starting to look like a fish house! Thanks for reading along and I’ll try post updates as it goes from here. Hoping for two weeks from today to be done with everything!
  8. 7 points
    rundrave

    Time for a smoke

    Smoked these yesterday timed it just right and they were ready at halftime
  9. 7 points
    Scoot

    Tagged out in nd

    Ryan finally got an opportunity on the last night of the ND season. He did good! He and I are on Cloud 9 about it. His biggest buck by far!
  10. 7 points
    Surface Tension

    Kdrill or Nils

    It wasn't easy. I had to marry a Finn and be in good standing with MIL to get my foot in the door. I then meet Matti Nykänen at a Pikkujoulu Party when he noticed I had a new Nokia phone and asked to see it. We talked for hours about our ski jumping days over a loaf of Pulla. Later the conversation turned to ice fishing and Nils Master. His uncle was a sharpener in Finland and planned to come to the USA and sharpen. Said he could make a lot of money. Turned out he wasn't authorized by Nils Master and his true intent was to smuggle brown bread in the US and in doing so lost his visa. It was a huge embarrassment to his family and to Finland. Finland needed a sharpener in the US but I was a Norwegian. After some arm twisting by my MIL I was allowed to be trained but I had to sign a sworn document not to pass anything on to either Norway or the Russians. Even then I wasn't allowed to see how the blade was made, only how to sharpen and reshape a blade that needed reshaping. Retire, exercise and a Finnish Brown Bread is the key to a long life and you don't need to smuggle it. I order it online from New York and it keeps good for years.
  11. 7 points
    Cicada

    Super Frost Moon

    I've had this church, Atlanta Church, near Ulen in mind for this for about two years. Finally, had a super moon with better weather conditions to give it a go. With the bright warm sunny day, there was a lot of convection coming off the field giving the shots a wavy painted look. As the moon rose and the temperature dropped, sharper images were possible. I did get distracted by a snowy owl and missed the actual moon rise. CC welcome.
  12. 7 points
    rlsd

    Time for a smoke

    Haven't posted anything on here for a while, but I got the opportunity to do my first turkey on the pellet smoker over thanksgiving. It was a big 'ole 21 pounder so I was quite sure what to expect for cooking times. I spatchcocked the bird the same way I do with chickens. It tends to make the bird cook more even and also reduces the cooking time. I was going to brine it, but figured I would try something a little different.... compound butter. First off, if you don't know what compound butter is don't feel bad because I had no idea until doing some youtubing on pellet grill turkeys. Basically it is just seasoned butter. I put rosemary, thyme, sage and garlic in mine. I cut slits in the skin so that I could put the butter between the skin and the breasts/thighs. I let it sit in the fridge over night uncovered. It seems this helps to dry the skin and makes it crispier. Thanksgiving morning I drizzled some olive oil on the bird and hit is will a barrage of seasoning. As far as cooking goes, I ran it on the "smoke" setting (~170°) for about 45 min to add some flavor and then cranked it up to 375° until the breasts and thighs reached 165°, which only took about 90 minutes. Everything turned out perfect. The spatcocking really helps keep the wings and legs from drying out. The meat was very juicy and tender. The combination of the EVOO and butter helped get a perfectly crispy skin (which tends to be a problem on pellet smokers). The herbs and garlic from the compound butter could be tasted through out the bird. I know one thing for sure, it will be a long time before we make another bird in the oven! Backbone removed, splayed out, buttered up and ready for an overnight drying Olive oil on and seasoned.... ready for the smoker ALL DONE! Ready to be rested for 20 minutes, carved and served!
  13. 7 points
    Grainbelt

    Time for a smoke

    No beverage while cooking? What? It all looks very tasty! I picked up a case of turkey legs and ended up cooking some up on the Weber kettle yesterday. Nice fall apart cuisine!
  14. 7 points
    eyeguy 54

    Sunrise

    on Superior. 4 calm days camping up there.
  15. 6 points
    Grainbelt

    Time for a smoke

    Makin' bacon! I had these in the brine for 3 weeks, dried and sprinkled garlic onion pepper and let sit in the fridge overnight. I let this smoke overnight, now in the fridge for a couple days. Sunday I'll freeze them for a couple hours and slice. One of the slabs is going to served with french toast for my wife and kids tomorrow morning.
  16. 6 points
    Grainbelt

    Time for a smoke

    First batch done, hopefully these will pair well with a cold beverage and football! Skol! Last weekends football fare, beef burnt ends, lasted about 15 min with my neighbors. I'm going to try it with pork shoulders this weekend. I'll grill up the chunks during pregame tomorrow. Skol!
  17. 6 points
    Scoot

    Tagged out in nd

    I missed the biggest buck I've ever shot at a week prior, but last weekend I managed to shoot this respectable 5x4 in ND. It was the first few minutes of legal shooting time on a cloudy morning and I had to make a pretty quick decision to shoot. I thought he was bigger, but I honestly can't say I'm upset I shot him either. Tagged out in ND. Now, if I could just get one to cooperate with us so my son could get a shot. Three close calls this weekend, but no arrows flung!
  18. 6 points
    Wanderer

    Locking your fish house?

    If the wife and I are feeling the need to, um, do something else besides fish, we would lock the door. I THINK our lock works...
  19. 6 points
    PurpleFloyd

    Christmas chicken.

    Finished product. It tasted fantastic. Crispy skin, moist,juicy breast and thighs and the combo of white oak and cherry wood gave it a great flavor.
  20. 6 points
    snagfinder

    Finally

    Long season but finally had a happy ending.
  21. 6 points
    Jim Almquist

    Oooh Baaaacon!

    Between the frig and stove its only about 2 steps My kinda program !!!
  22. 6 points
    Grainbelt

    Bird Feeding Newcomer

    Here's one I just built a little while back. I put sunflower seed in it. The front tray is for suet.
  23. 6 points
    ANYFISH2

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    My boy Isaac with his PB(and family best) 1lb 4oz bluegill.
  24. 5 points
    rl_sd

    Vikings vs eagles

    When she does a load of you underwear?
  25. 5 points
    eyeguy 54

    Cool visitor

    Cecropia Moth Caterpillar
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