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About JDM

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  • Birthday 11/30/1969

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    Ham Lake, MN
  1. I keep the birds unless they are hens. I look at it this way - I trained him to find them, so to me, it is just as good as pulling the trigger. For me, a big part of my pheasant hunting enjoyment IS the dog. He is part of the team.
  2. About the only thing you can do is put antibiotic ointment on the affected areas, but not directly in the eyes.
  3. Nice report! I hunted Saturday in the cold weather with three other guys. We did get our limit, but we had to work very hard for them. The birds were definitely bunched up and were pretty spooky for the most part. We saw a lot of birds, but most were out of range. We should have been more quiet! It was incredibly satisfying to get a hard earned limit after walking cattails all day long. Opener in another area in SD was rediculously easy. Three days and we hunted a total of 2 hours. My experience in both Dakota's has been great for years. The hunting is always excellent and the residents of both states are the nicest people I have encountered anywhere in the country. I am glad that I live so close to bird hunting paradise!
  4. I seriously question the legality of the resort holding this person's property hostage. If it were my house, I think I would go to another resort. Consumers always have choices. I would try to reason with them, and if that didn't work, I would report them to the BBB. I would then go retrieve my property. The issue is between the previous owner and the resort. These resorts should have a written rental contract that would enable them to pursue legal action to retrieve any funds owed. I think this resort owner is really being shortsided. I don't know how much rent is or how much money we are talking about, but my guess is that the new owner would easily surpass it in expenditures including lake passes, bait, food and drink, etc... Also - I think the resort owner can write it off as a business loss, so thier liability is decreased. Also - shame on the previous owner of the house!!!! He should have paid it. I certainly would be calling him.
  5. I have never had an issue with a labrador retriever. We used to train all winter in some pretty cold conditions. The old, wise dog people that I trained with always said that at -20 degrees, you had to stop training because the dogs can get frost in their lungs from moisture on the ground and that it can be harmful to the dog. I don't know if it is true or not. At -20, my dog will not have to worry about it. I hunted in -10 degrees this past weekend and it appeared to be much harder on me than it was on my dog. He is a kennel dog and is used to being outside. However, there were two indoor labs with us and they didn't have any problems either.
  6. JDM

    Confirmed EIC

    Interesting side note - my dog, whom I suspect has EIC, hunted all day in South Dakota Saturday with no issues. It was -10 degrees in the morning and there was around 10 inches of snow. He hunted hard all day and never had an issue, which leads me to believe that air temperature is part of the equation - at least for my dog. About a month ago, I changed his food to the new Science Diet performance food with very high fat and protien content. This seems to help with his stamina and energy level. I am also giving him food in the morning before the hunt. I have not had my dog actually tested yet, but he has all of the classic symptoms. On two cold weather, late season trips, he hasn't had one episode. I am going to have him nuetured after hunting season is complete as I have read that some people report some improvement after the procedure. I also don't want him to pass this gene to a next generation.
  7. It can be done very effectively. Walking into the wind is ideal, but a cross wind can also work. Dress as light as possible (for the weather)and in quiet clothes. Then you simply begin to walk across the rows, not with them. Go really slow. You will actually poke your head into the next row and look before you actaully step into the row. If you see a deer, you can step in and shoot. If you need to stalk closer, then go down the row next to the deer until you are close enough. I have only done it with a gun and never a bow, but I have killed a couple of deer this way. It requires a lot of patience. The more wind, the better.
  8. JDM

    Running shot

    Here's one to get some of you going...and food for thought - I once shot a doe running all out in a field at approximately 250 yards. She was quatering slightly away from me. I lead her 10 yards with a 30.06. It went in the hind quarter and came out the front shoulder. Dead deer. Yes, the lead was 10 yards and it wasn't enough. Most of the deer I have killed have been moving. I will say that I have never missed one standing still though.
  9. JDM

    Running shot

    If it is not running full out, put the sight on the front edge of the deer. If it is running full out, you need to swing through just like a pheasant and the amount of lead will depend on the distance and speed. It is really a feel and experience thing. I agree that most misses are high. It is very easy to do. Also - despite what some people say, EVERYONE misses from time to time. Practice is the best remedy for that! I would love to go to a range that has the moving target. Does anyone know where they are?
  10. With sabots, speed does not equal accuracy. In fact, it is usually the opposite. Although, similiar to rifles, you need to find out what your gun likes. The faster the sabot, the harder it is to get consistent accuracy due to the spin rate in the barrel (and the rate of twist, and how the plastic sabot actually releases the bullet. Speed will in theory, give you a greater killing range, but bullet weight also plays into the equation. I read the ballistics chart on the new Winchester XP3's (2000 FPS, 300 grain), PG's (1900 FPS, 385 grain), and Platinums (1700 FPS, 400 grain). At 200 yards, the energy in foot pounds was much stronger in the PG and Platinums. I have spent a lot of money on sabots and have found that the slower slugs usually do group better. I know others who agree. The Lightfield is rated highly. I can tell you that this year I settled on the Federal Barnes Expander with the accu tip. It was very lethal at 150 yards on opening day. Again, find out what your gun likes and assess your needs in the field. If your shots are 100 yards or less, the 1300 to 1400 FPS sabots will do the job every time. If you have the need to shoot beyond that, the faster sabots are worth a look as technology has really extended the range of the shot gun deer hunter.
  11. I found a heated, metal, insulated dog house with it's own swinging doggy door some years back. I don't remember the name, but I do remember that the company was in Nebraska. It is a terrific house for winter use and it is indestructable. Because it is heated, I don't have to mess with straw. I put a rubber mat on the floor of the house. I then put it in the garage and built a small area in the corner that houses his food and heated water. I have another doggy door leading to his outdoor run. He is as comfortable as an outside dog can be. The dog house is toasty warm, even on the coldest days. My garage is also kept at 40 degrees, although the inside of his setup is really closed off from the rest of the garage. I let him eat as much as 50% more in the winter, but I have a very lean dog with a high metabolism.
  12. My guess is that by saying "crock," he is referring to the scope laws. Scope during firearm season is legal, but not during muzzleloader season. If that is the case, I agree with him.
  13. JDM

    Confirmed EIC

    Check out a thread that I started called "hip displaysia?" about a month ago. There is some good information in there.
  14. How did you react towards the dog immediatly after he went after your daughter? Was the incident in your post the first or second time he did it? Punishment should have been swift, severe and immediate. I have seen dogs where they never do it again, and I have seen dogs that can NEVER be trusted. The very second he growled at your child, you should have put him on his back, discipline him soundly,and let him know that that kind of behavior is not acceptable. Does he also do it around his food? If you don't want to get rid of him, make him a outside kennel dog and control his access to the kids. At this point, he becomes more of a hunting "tool," than a family pet. If that is not an option, I would get a new dog. They are not all this way.
  15. Biff, I am with you on the tag issue. If you have to make a decision in the field and you don't have a tag, then what do you do? What if the CO doesn't believe you? I have never been in a negative situation with a CO because I follow the laws. I am not questioning that the right thing to do is to kill that deer, but if you can't do it legally and you can't just make that instant call to a CO, then is it really worth the fine, or some of the other things I read about like losing your weapon, truck, or hunting rights? It is not always as cut and dried as some on this thread have alluded. Let us know what the DNR says on this. I think it is sad that I actually have to take this position, when I know it is not the ethically correct thing to do. It seems that our world is becoming more and more this way. Again - if it is legal, I shoot that deer everytime without hesitation.
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