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R Buker

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  • Birthday 10/24/1959

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    Parkers Prairie, MN
  1. "This is a weak argument. For myself, I paid less then $200 for my two trips to deer camp, my licenses, groceries, etc, and I harvested 2 nice does and my freezer is more than stocked for the year." Wow... If you honestly did those two weekends in under two hundred bucks, you are more than frugal. I live at home and hunt out of my back door. Here's what I spent. Just about fifty bucks for licenses. One regular tag and one management tag... Not mentioning another nearly $50 for archery license.. I needed a new pair of gloves so off to Fleet farm. $18.00 later for the gloves and another ten bucks for some hand warmers because I didn't know if it would be cool or warm out when we were hunting. I shoot a 7mm Remington Ultra mag and needed some ammo. A box of that was $60.00 and while I have some left, it will be gone by the time I get done on the range. Oh, and I got a bag of candy bars to nibble on while on the stand. That was $3.00. Beef Jerky was $6.00. I didn't count any of my regular food because I figure I'd have had to eat anyway. And, I didn't have more then tweny bucks in gas from my trip to Fleet farm and from misc running I did around the neighborhood for hunting. Now, let's add in my Wife's costs.... Nearly $50 in licesnses. New hat and gloves this year, $30.00. Ammo $18.00. Batteries for her flashlight, $5.00. Seasonings for the sausage we need to make... $7.00. The two of us shot 3 deer this year. We love the venison and love the outdoors so it's a win-win situation but, as a way to fill the freezer, it's not very economical. Our approximately 100 pounds of meat cost us about $2.00 per poound. Not expensive but not cheap. And that's hunting out my back door and getting three deer. We don't always do that well!
  2. I see a lot fewer ditch tigers these days than I used to before we had coyotes. I guess they are good for something.
  3. It's always fun to see your posts. Good job and keep after them!
  4. The problem with what you propose means people would end up having some of the liberal limits/seasons/methods, etc that they love taken away. While what you propose makes sense for what you are trying to achieve, people are generally greedy and not willing to give up something they already have for the good of the resource. Another thing you didn't mention is to move the season out of the rut. Most years the rut is going strong on opening day and more big bucks are taken because of this than most other reasons including scouting and good hunting skills. I would actually be for many of the things you suggest. I think Minnesota needs to try to better balance the idea of trophy vs. numbers. From what I understand, we are one of a few states in the area that allows anyone and everyone to go shoot a buck if we want. I know I see a lot more big bucks when I'm in South Dakota than I do when hunting in Minnesota.
  5. She swore up and down when she was describing it that it wasn't a cardinal. She's had them there before so I'm surprised that she didn't know. But... by the picture and from her description, I was befuddled too. Give me a canvasback or something I can identify!!
  6. My wife and I are thinking of wanting to fish somewhere along the Missouri river system in SD this summer. We have a pickup truck and would like to camp. Problem is, we don't know anywhere to camp where we can fish too. Any suggestions? Web addresses? Feel free to post here or email me at [email protected] Thanks in advance for your help. Randy
  7. Eastern Montana. Doe tags for white tails, mulies and antelope. Cheap tags, lots of BLM land. If you like it, you can always apply for buck tags in the future.
  8. This topic is a lot like catch and release fishing. Each person is on his or her own. I bowhunted for years and killed a lot of deer. Everything from button bucks to trophy bucks and all sizes and shapes of does in between died. I've done my share of killing and can afford beef which I prefer over venison. So, now I have let more little bucks walk than I can count. If I let a small one go, maybe the next guy will do the same and maybe he'll grow up. Of course, if that guy is hungry for venison, then by all means, shoot him. Maybe the next one I let walk won't be seen by the same guy. Bottom line is that every one I let walk by is one that has at least a slight chance of growing larger. The idea that "I may as well shoot him because if I don't, someone else will" is the same place we were at when catch and release fishing first started up. It'll work if we develop the needed restraint on each individual's part. And, just like with catch and release fishing, if you want a meal of venison, go ahead and shoot the forkie and be happy about it! Good hunting. Randy
  9. You boys who are wanting places to hunt are going to have to go knocking on some doors. I can't believe many places are going to open up because you posted on an internet board. I contact about 75 landowners per year. Nothing like a handshake and a polite conversation to open up land. Randy
  10. Let us know. I'm putting money on the idea that it's just plain illegal in SD. When doing some research, I never found ANYTHING that was legal to hunt with lights under ANY circumstances. I could be wrong though. I thought I was wrong once before but it turned out I was mistaken.
  11. I agree. Get her involved. You might start with some target practice with a .22lr. It's fun to shoot, easy on the ears. Move up to a 20 gauge shotgun. Again fun and easy to shoot. Then, suggest the hunting thing. Having your wife along is a ball. Here's a shot of me and my wife with a double she killed a week or so back. I have to go now, we are heading for the duck blind.
  12. Here's a pic of my "Buddy" fetching a mourning dove this past fall. He's a long haired mini Wiener dog. Here's my chessie And one more when she's bored or thinks I should improve on my shooting!
  13. I'm able to leave my decoys in the water full time. I certainly don't mind the weight and patching holes with goop or silicone or anything else would be a never ending battle. The foam makes them trouble free from that point on.
  14. I suppose this is old news but I wanted to pass it along if others aren't doing it yet. I hunt with a lot of different people and alot of those people don't seem to be able to time their shots to avoid hitting my decoys. Every year I'd have some that took too many bb's and start to sink. I was patching them with silicone but that lasted a year or two at best. What I've done is to fill those that get shot with that canned expanding foam. It takes a little practice to know how much foam to put in them but when you get it right, you end up with a decoy that is literally bullet-proof. But, be warned that if you put too much in them, it will expand and split the decoy wide open. If you need to carry your decoys in to your hunting area you may not want to do this as it does add some significant weight. But, now when I cripple a bird and it falls into the decoys, my guests can feel free to shoot at will and my decoys won't sink. Hope this helps someone out there. Randy
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