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About charliepete2

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    Freezing rain?

    I think we have to be a bit further into April before they are on nest and we have worry about freezing rain. It's more of a chick killer than it is an adult grouse killer. I think the prarie birds are a bit more susceptible.
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    any good venison brat recipes?

    There is a place called penzey spices in the cities that sells bulk spices. They are pretty reasonable and tasty. If you are making jalapeno cheddar brats let me suggest using high temp cheese. It holds together better when you cook so you get 'cheese' chunks instead of exra grease when you cook them. I get mine from the local meat market.
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    Bear tag applications soon

    Nice Jonny...thanks for the heads up. I like to get that taken care of as soon as possible so I don't forget.
  4. I like the high mountain blends as well. I use the inferno and cajun on my pheasant jerky.
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    Bear tag applications soon

    Bogwalker....where did you get the official word on the reduction of bear tags? Have they broken the reduction down by zones? I'd defnitely be interested. I've drawn a bear tag every year for the last decade, I'm hoping we don't turn into another Wisconsin.
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    Pulling Fish Out Of Deep Water

    I've also done the slow real and drop head first method. I think a good majority of them just make it far enough under the ice and die. Shallower fishing or keeping them all is about the only answer.
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    Bear tag applications soon

    I'm definitely looking forward to it. I've also been pouring over the topo maps and google earth looking for new places to hunt. Last year was a stinker with the ultra warm weather pretty well turning the bears off for the week I had to hunt. Still it was nice to get out with the boys and spend some time at the shack.
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    What is your go to jig?

    Northland Buckshot is my favorite perch lure, but on finicky Crappies I have done the best on downsized moon jigs. Orange and yellow with a little gold seems to be hot for me this year.
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    Digging Holes again

    If they keep digging in the same hole you could try putting some dog doo in the bottom of it. That worked for my dogs. The old timers will tell you to fill any hole a dog digs with water and hold their head under for a while. A little much, but it might work. After catching my dog chewing up one of my favorite pairs of boots I took said boot and wore him out with it. On the plus side he never chewed another pair of boots, on the minus side he would hide out any time he saw me putting boots on for the next few months.
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    My GSP born yesterday!!

    I've got one GSP that still acts like he was born yesterday. Does that count for anything?
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    Tip-up alarms?

    I've got them and they are definitely worth the money. I had another brand previously and had nothing but issues. I've also tried the non-remote 'screamers' and feel that Walleyes tend to drop the bait when it goes off over shallow water. Another thing I like about strike sensor is that everyone within 200 yards of you doesn't know when you've got a flag. I bought them thinking I'd use them at night while fishing Walleyes and pout, but after having them I never put a tip-up out without them. It's nice not to constantly have to look out a foggy portable window, and I feel I get to the flag quicker and lose fewer fish with the strike sensor. I've never had any problem with them freezing up (even in sub zero weather) and their range is right around 100 yards on a new set of batteries. As far as I can tell there are only a few improvements I'd like to see. First off I wish the manufacturer made a rechargeable unit and or had a low signal light. The range definitely goes down when the battery power fades and you can't be sure it's the receiver or the transmitter that needs a new battery. I just change them all to be safe. My second complaint would be the velcro attachment they provide to connect to the tip up. It's just not beefy enough to hold the unit and always gets brittle and falls off when it's extremely cold. After trying just about every glue and epoxy I could think of to attach the velcro, I finally scrapped the velcro all together and settled on using plastic zip ties around the entire unit to attach it to my beaver dams. I'll throw in the brand I first tried was the Nature Vision remote paging system. I found that the range was almost nothing and that the unit froze up and didn't work in the cold. I returned the first unit thinking that no company would actually sell a product for ice fishing that didn't work in the cold, but the second one didn't work either.
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    Cased Bows ?

    Good to know....I remember guys getting ticketed when I bowhunted Louisville swamp as a kid. The CO would wait next to the vehicles and have a field day when people came back from hunting after dark with uncased bows. I've been hauling along a soft bow case ever since. Every once in a while I'd forget it and walk on pins and needles back to the truck hoping nobody would be there to write me a ticket.
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    Rank your order of preference

    Perch by a mile, then Walleye, Blue Gill, Crappie, Small Mouth, then Northern. I'd eat more Northerns, but they are a pain to clean with the slime and the bones.
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    how many shoot year round?

    Add one more for the basement brigade. When it's too cold to shoot outside I plunk about 20 arrows a day in the basement to keep the eye in shape.
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    anybody lost a rod down the hole?

    I never leave a rod sitting unattended. If I'm getting up, I usually flip the seat down on it or otherwise strap it in. I have come back to find the pole doubled over with line ripping out on a few occasions.