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  1. Cheetah

    Grapes

    I am going to order some Somerset grapes to start growing on my property for table eating. Can anyone recommend any other varieties that are readily available and grow well in zone 4B? Everything I found so far appears better suited for wine or juice making.
  2. I picked a handful this year to try. Must say that we were impressed with how good they are sauteed in oil. I only cut the ones about the size of my hand. Some turned out to be quite tough, and when sliced thin and cooked they came out like rubber. The mushrooms that were easy to cut and had thinner pore section cooked very nicely and everyone liked the flavor. I trimmed off the pores and center stem like as advised on various sites I had read before testing. The smell is also nice when fresh cut, like watermelon rind just like I read. I expect I will be harvesting many more of these in the future. They are very abundant in the areas I hunt.
  3. I think I am done for the year. Wisconsin was a success for me these past few days, but not so much for the rookies I took with. I called in a nice 24lb bird with 1" sharp spurs and 10" beard on Friday. The weather really shut them down after that. Finally Sunday morning in the rain showers they came out and put on a show for four hours, but the big tom just would not come in close enough for a shot. Hens dragged him by me one time with a few second opportunity to decide if I should try to stretch the range of my gun, but I held off thinking they would come a few steps further... They did not... He had spurs easily over 1", never gobbled, just strutted and drummed around the field all morning.
  4. Very nice birds!
  5. No luck with morels near La Crosse these past few days. Found some ramps and lots of pheasant back / Dryad saddle.
  6. Last weekend was a bust for me, some local guys I ran into had some though. I expect it to improve this weekend with the warmer temps in the area I will be checking.
  7. MN was tough this year. I managed to stay on birds by walking a lot of miles, but had a hard time getting in close enough for a shot as most would not cross fences or leave hens... Ultimately I had to belly crawl up on this guy when he would not leave his little patch of ground above me for over an hour gobbling and drumming within 50yd the whole time.
  8. I came home from the Hills yesterday after a three and a half day hunt that started just as DonBo's finished. Weather was ok in the mornings, bit cool, but rained most afternoons with snow on our last day. Day 1. The first area we checked, which has been productive the last couple years, was not holding birds this year. We scouted a few other past productive areas and again struck out with little to no sign and no birds located. Finally went back to our old stomping grounds in a hard rain just to scout and found lots of sign that first evening. Miserable conditions, so did not stay until dark, but did have one bird gobble in the rain. Lots of elk sign in the area and I walked up to two bulls bedded, and as they left three more cows went with them. Day 2. Came back the next day and had birds gobbling on the roost. I went after the first group while my uncle planned to cut back to another area that we suspected more would be in. I had two flocks come together into one big flock with five mature gobblers and ten hens. I dogged them for over three hours and had multiple close calls but no shots. Finally got into some terrain where I could get ahead of them and was able to set up tight to the feeding flock. They had split, and now came back together, and I was pinned in a rock pile with fighting gobblers just out of range. Had to sit there watching for over a half hour unable to move and just hoped they would drift into me. Finally one of the dominant toms chased another past me, and the bigger bird circled into a sunny spot in range and I was able to take the shot at 40yd. We were not able to locate any more groups on public ground that day, and bad rain/sleet rolled in for the afternoon. Day 3. Back to the same area, uncle still has his tag, and I am helping locate and call. Birds did not cooperate off the roost, and we ended up on a long walk per the usual. Went back to the "Killing Hill" as we like to call it and immediately had a tom fired up. He came in slow, we had a bad position as we were not on the hill but on the open side like dummies... I called him in to gun range for me, but my uncle has less range with his gun and could not take the shot. Another gobbler came in from the opposite side and both proceeded to fight directly behind me. My uncle turned around his tree, both toms were fighting just out of range for his gun. Neither bird would come back in range. We went back to the truck for a break and I left my uncle for lunch since he wanted to just sit and see what happens during mid-day. Turns out he walked in on a small group not far from the truck and had to sit down in the open and try to call the bird closer. That tom came in range but the grass was covering the head too much and my uncle did not want to take the shot. Day 4. Rain and snow over night, coldest day yet, and a bit breezy. We had birds gobbling a little on roost but they were quiet after an early fly down. We made some wrong moves and the birds went one way and we went the other... A big flock of yard birds waved as we left for home.
  9. Sounds like a busy spring Don, I wish I had more time available to try some other states I've wanted to hunt for a while now. My plans include SD Black Hills the weekend after you with the possibility of going to NE if we tag out early, I'll wave as we go by you on I90. D season in SE MN with a surplus WI tag just in case. E season near La Crosse, WI with a couple rookies. F season up in the air, might consider another WI surplus tag if they are still available and bird numbers look good the previous weekends.
  10. So many tags to buy, not enough time to hunt!
  11. You have to read very carefully what the manufacturer is actually loading into their shells. Most of the blended loads are multiple types of metal. Sometimes lead, copper plated lead, maybe a percentage of actual TSS. You also have to look closely at the amount of each material used. I see some are running light 1oz loads to keep the TSS label on the package but price point lower. Others run only 40% TSS/Tungsten and the rest lead.
  12. I switched to 20ga a few years back that I set up as a dedicated turkey hunting gun. Rem 870 youth with the Carlson 575 choke, Truglo Pro-Series Magnum Gobble-Dot sight and Shurshot stock kit. You'll want to do some pattern testing to ensure you are shooting good shells for the choke you are going with. I recall DonBo prefers the heavy blend shells with three different shot sizes. I found in my gun that I don't see an improvement with number of BBs in a 10" circle, so I shoot Hevi-Shot #7 shells. Up until recently the go-to over the counter shell was the Federal HeavyWeight #7, but they stopped making them last year. Now there are some pure Tungsten or TSS shells available and with that you can shoot #9 shot for a super dense long range pattern with the right choke. All of these heavy metal shells are expensive, and hard to find. You'll have to plan ahead and most likely mail order them in the early spring for the upcoming turkey season and before they sell out... I almost never see them for sale locally. You can of course get by on cheap shells whatever is available locally. I can shoot the Nitro #5 3" load out of my gun with very good patterns out to 35yd, but beyond that the pattern is too open. Same situation with some of the other blended loads like I mentioned previously.
  13. It wouldn't be an elk hunting trip if something didn't break. At least you got the vehicle damage out of the way early and made it to your hunting area. Should be smooth sailing from here. Don't forget to let your insurance company know of the accident.
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