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  1. After a long and mostly frusturating season of chasing adults, we finally found a good pod of juvies and did pretty good on em'. Tuesday we got 47, Wed 37, Thurs 60, and Friday 76. I had to go home for the weekemd, but I should have stayed. My buddies got 98 on Sat and limited for four guys on Sun.
  2. It seems the season never ends in SD and I took full advantage of the extended gift. I have been out to Pierre for one weekend and I just got back from a 3 day weekend hunting south of Pierre. For the most part this weekend was much better hunting with limits everyday. The other weekend in Pierre was tougher hunting with very educated birds. This weekend, we didnt even see a hunter and the birds acted accordingly. All together 47 geese were harvested and a lot of memories were made. We had plenty of land to choose to hunt and had some in your face action. Unfortunately, this will be my last goose hunt of the season because the season ends the 8th. All in all a great season with over 6 months of goose hunting. Gotta love SD!!!
  3. Just like FishnGuy did I also waited until the end of the season to put the pics up.... All pics were from SD and mostly SE SD with some from the Webster area... Enjoy!!!
  4. sdstate

    Vexilar Problems

    Thanks for all the input!!!!! I am thinking that it is my battery after I contacted vexilar and they said the same things thing you guys were saying. A charged 12 volt battery should have between 12.8 and 13.2 volts. Also one day when I was on the ice I used a regular 12 volt battery from my buddies house and it worked all day. Also I am leaning toward the battery because the problem will happen even if I leave it run at home, with no ice or water problems. I will get a new battery and hopefully that will solve the problem.
  5. sdstate

    Vexilar Problems

    I am having some problems with my vexilar and was wondering if anyone else has had the same problems. Originally, I thought both of my batteries were shot and that was the problem but i had both tested and while one is low the other on still had around 11 volts. After like ten minutes of use, the screen starts flashingand spinning around. It usually has around three extended bars and they just keep going around in circles. I dont think it is the batteries because it never really dims or loses power. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
  6. SD never closes for 'eyes. Just thought i would mention that.
  7. I guess reading this I am on either side of the fence. I have jump shot plenty of birds (legally and ethically) but would much rather decoy em. But some people dont have the $$$$$ for 500-1000 snow decoys. Either way you hunt it is still hunting. Its FUN. Lets not forget that.
  8. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    How do you know that the crayfish were the source of the problem??? Just Wondering???
  9. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    Good luck trying to eliminate the rock bass population. In some cases fish have actually increased their populations when a lot of them are taken because the fish left have a lot more forage and dont have to compete with eachother. If you try to do this the fish could have excellent recruitment for a few years and there could be more than there were begore.
  10. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    TD what are your suggestions for removing the rock bass. Or dont you want them removed??? As far as the research project goes, thats why it is called research!!! Mother nature is very hard to manage and not everything turns out perfect, thats why it is called research. It is pretty easy for people to sit back and criticize the DNR and such when something goes wrong. If you feel so strongly about it I bet there is still time to make a profession change.
  11. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    I think i stated in my other post that we do need to work together. I dont think i was being disrespectful, but that is just my opinion.
  12. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    I dont think any of us are looking through a glass ball. Like i mentioned before most of the people got into the field because we love the outdoors and have grown up in it. Unfortunately the field of wildlife/fish biology has gone away from actually managing the species. It is now more about people management (like you) that we have to deal with. I dont get how you can call yourself a sportsmen when you deliberately kill fish and dont use them in some way. Like the majority of people onhere, i dont think that is right either.
  13. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    Ok this got blown out of control pretty quickly. In order for things to run smoothly, managers and outdoor enthusiasts need to work together. I guess "exotic" species is a very touchy subject. Obviously they are very hard to deal with and manage.
  14. sdstate

    Rock Bass

    Ok i guess this is my point. People have there own opinions about which fish they like and dislike. There are people up on Red Lake that swore at the walleyes for coming back because they are now competing with the crappies. Me personally, I love catching the big slabs but the walleyes are also a blast to. Its not like the rock bass is a non native species, like the grass carp, common carp, or big head carp. I guess that nice thing about being a student is that we do get to spend a lot of time in the field (like 250 days a year) plus most of the people in this field enjoy to hunt and fish. So most of the time the people in our profession know what is going on. So much of the management these days is people management. It is unfortunate that game and fish management has become so political.
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