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  1. BigSwen

    When is a limit a limit??

    Taken directly from the 2015 regulations... You can "cull" fish if they are in your possession, UNLESS you already have a full limit in your possession. If you stop one short, you can sort and upgrade according to this section, unless you are on the prohibited waters listed. General Regulations: Possession How many fish can I keep? Your daily and possession limits are the same unless otherwise noted. A fish is in your possession once you have caught and kept it. Your possession limit includes any fish you have kept that day plus any fish in storage from a previous day. Once you reach your daily or possession limit of fish, you can't release fish already caught and kept and replace them with other fish. While fishing on Mille Lacs Lake or Wisconsin, South Dakota or North Dakota border waters, you may not release fish already caught and kept and replace them with other fish even before you reach your daily or possession limit.
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    Old motors

    I have 4 oldies that we use for our duck hunting fleet....two Johnson 5.5 motors 55 and 56 vintage and a Johnson 10 horse 1956 and an Evinrude 10 horse 56 or 57 I believe. I have rebuilt all the carbs and lower units with new water pumps and seals etc... they are dead on reliable for sure and pretty much bulletproof! I have three tanks I use, and three others in reserve for the future...I don't know where you would have to buy tanks for $200....I haven't spent more than 10 bucks for one yet. I did order the new ethanol resistant hoses for them though...if you keep a cold pressurized gas tank in a warm workshop, those old hoses give out...and make a stinky mess! It took almost 6 months to get that smell gone!
  3. Same story for me...I have hunted in Minnesota for 35 years now and have shot exactly one Speck... down by Madison. Oh, and one White Winged Surf Scoter too, but that was by Fergus Falls, really needed the ID book for that one!
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    Man Cave/Garage question(s)

    I have done the OSB route for my workshop and I have been very happy with it. I painted it white and it is easy to hang things up and doesn't dent easily. I restore old tractors, so it gets used hard.
  5. Just wanted to show off the new mount. Two drake Gadwalls taken in North Dakota at our slough in 2011. It turned out great! Even better, my son and I each shot one of them. Mounted by Flyway Taxidermy.
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    Michael's Buck

    Thanks for all the good cheer! He was fired up for sure! Me too! We hunted in the Pelican Rapids/Erhard area...I didn't hear a ton of shooting, so we feel great getting the ones we did!
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    Michael's Buck

    My son, Michael, shot this beautiful Ottertail County buck on Saturday morning at 9:30. It was 20 yards away with one shot from the .300 Savage. It never twitched again. Probably the nicest opener ever! 35 degrees, no wind, no rain or snow, ducks chattering all over. Wow! We went 3 for three..a doe at 8, a smaller buck at 8:30 and this big one at 9:30. He has had a heck of a year...a 30 inch Walleye in June and now this wall hanger! Not a huge inside spread, but the tines are 10 to 11 inches long!
  8. Here are a couple of pictures from last Saturday's action at our slough in North Dakota. My son, a college freshman, decided the old 870 wasn't fitting him well, so he cracked his wallet open and got a SBE2...well, he started nailing the fast flyers...he seems pretty happy! First picture is his beauty drake bluebills, the next one is our take for the day...yes, one is a Hoodie and not an over limit of anything. The third one is our total take for 5 guys out there. A darned nice day out there! Too bad we only get two weekends on a license to make it work!!
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    Duck recipes

    My favorite duck recipe is as follows: 3-4 ducks breasted out if larger ones, or more like 7-8 if teal sized. Prepare 1-2 cups (before adding water to cook) of salted wild rice In another large skillet: Melt 1 stick butter add 1/3 cup brandy and 1/3 cup cooking sherry (I sometimes use 1/2 and 1/2 cup instead) add 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce add 1 1/2 tablespoons grape jelly Stir to dissolve all the items, and then bring to a simmer. Add the duck breasts and bring to a simmer again. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes, then turn over and simmer for 10 more minutes. Take out duck breasts and slice into small pieces...(helps find the shot) and put on a platter with the wild rice and mix them together. Make a gravy out of the remaining liquids with corn starch and water. Pour the gravy over the duck and rice and enjoy!!! My wife and son absolutely love this dish! Make some garlic bread and really have a good meal!
  10. Hi guys...we have been chasing our tails here. My son's basic transportation is a 94 Chevy 1/2 ton 2wd with the V6 engine and Auto Trans. It developed a tendency to stall out when you put it in gear, mostly when the engine is cold. It starts beautifully, but doesn't maintain the high idle and then will die. Restart it and rev it up a little and it will eventually behave better. It has a hesitation while accelerating as well. We have replaced the cap and rotor. Plugs aren't very old, had the Throttle body rebuilt and the thermostat and the idle air control valve was replaced too. It has 10 psi from the fuel pump and has a new fuel filter. The tranny upshifts from 2nd to 3rd a little hard, but that shouldn't affect the cold start. When you step on the accelerator while driving, it "bogs down" and then catches up and runs better. So, suggestions on the cold start issue and ideas on the bog down? Could the Catalytic converter be an issue???' Thanks! Mark
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    Motor Options.

    I have the Dominator 175 twin console with a Mercury 115 four stroke. For the love of pete, get the 140 to 150 horse motor. The Dominator is a heavy, wide boat that is awesome to fish out of, but the 115 is underpowered for it. Once you have two or three full sized people, all the gear and full livewells, you will appreciate having more power. The only thing I regret about my boat is not getting the bigger motor!
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    Taxidermist

    I can second, or third the recommendation for Jerry at Flyway Taxidermy. I brought him a Goldeneye last weekend...he is 250 miles from my house, and after seeing his showroom and talking to him in person, I would go there again and again. Awesome guy to visit with and if you check the prices for top notch jobs, he is priced right!
  13. I have the exact same motor and had problems last summer. It quit having thrust...it woudl either be full on or full off. It would turn but no control on speed. I had the circuit board replaced. I used it the next time out and same story, the board blew again...now, this time it was under warranty. The second time in, they checked the brushes in the motor assembly and replaced them as well. I in turn added the Minn Kota circuit breaker and in the limited use since then all has been well. So, check the brushes for excessive current draw...that is a big motor pulling big juice. Secondly, get the board replaced. If I remember right, it was about a $75 experience to have fixed. Mark
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    Big Buddy freeze up

    I had the same issues with mine as well. If it would "snap" the sparker, there would not be a spark when first trying to light it. After I had it running for a while, then it would snap and light no problems. My little buddy heater has none of those issues. Both of them need to be purged when using a hose though. Last time out I tried keeping one small tank on the big buddy and then connected the hose, it didn't take any time to get running that way. I never took it off to see if that small tank ran out before taking any from the big tank though. Mark
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    interior boat lights

    It is definitely something you can do. I wired in 4 sets from that large store found in Rogers and EGF and Owatonna that run around the bow and along the sides of my Dominator. I hid the wiring in the trim channel so it went from one side of the boat to the other and is completely hidden. The lights are totally hidden and are not visible until you turn them on, they provide a very nice downward lighting and work great for seeing things at night. I don't leave them on all the time, I just use them when I need to for tying lines, unhooking fish etc... I did have to replace the 10 amp breaker with a larger one, since four sets would cause it to pop. I believe a 15 or 20 amp did the trick.
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