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  • Birthday 11/09/1961

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    duck jerky

    I made snow goose and mallard jerky last week. I ran the breasts thru a slicer (partially freeze first) and used Hi Mountain mesquite. Our new oven is a convection oven and it worked great. I set it at 185. Best jerky I ever made. I prefer whole muscle vs. ground. Also, I've tried most of the seasoning kits available and keep going back to the hi mountain. Hoping I'll have another freezer full of snows in the next few weeks.....
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    Springer ear infection again...

    One of my springers gets an ear infection EVERY time she gets wet. Try cleaning the ears after baths, swimming, etc. If we are diligent about the cleaning, the infections are rare. I clean my lab's ears after every swim (almost daily all summer)and have not had an infection. Our last infection cost $50 (office visit, Rx). Regular cleaning is much cheaper. There are many ear cleaners out there. Look for one that dries the ears as well.
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    Snow total amounts?

    I was west of Watertown last weekend. There are big drifts, but we also drove across stubble fields. Very little snow in open areas.
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    Quick Question

    Do yourself a favor and go read the Canadian border regs. You can bring 200 shells per person. Over that amount, you MAY pay duty. Last week, I declared 325 rounds and didn't pay duty. On a previous trip, I paid duty on the add'l ammo...I think it was less than $10. You will pay $25 for up to 3 guns as well. Fill out the forms in advance to save time at the border.
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    Packing List?

    The things that I've had problems with are sore feet, irritated eyes, skunks, and porkupines. Pheasant hunting is tough on the dog. Make sure he's in top-notch shape and try to get his pads toughened up. There are some good products for this. I like to use dog boots if there's snow on the ground. There are some good dog first aid kits on the market. If you don't want to buy one, get some of the key ingredients that differ from ours. Opthamalic ointment for the eyes, a muzzle, EMT gel, etc. I also like to carry a short leash in my vest, just in case. And make sure he's got a collar with your phone numbers on it. Don't want to lose him. I bet the two of you will have a blast. My guy is 1 1/2 years old and heading to Canada on Saturday for his first big hunting trip.
  6. Labs, The last one sounds good. Ever try it with duck? I bet that's good, too.
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    centerfire 22 cal

    As a young man in ND in the early 1940s, my dad bought a .22 Hornet. That was the only gun he ever used for deer. He never lost wounded ones. Personally, I would not use it, since I prefer my .270. If you're planning to bang away at a running deer 200 yards out, it's not the right gun. I may let my son use it next year when he is 12 because of the recoil issue (it has none). I have no doubt that with proper shot placement, it would be deadly on anything he would be shooting at.
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    Cash & Dogs

    We cross the border in a truck with a 10 hole dog box and numerous dogs. Haven't been asked about the dogs or dog food. They ask about guns, alcohol and tobacco. My bank in the cities made exchanging a hassle. We exchange currencies at the stores on the border each way and use credit cards for gas.
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    Dog boots

    I've used the duct tape method above many times with my springers. I've never lost a boot with it. I always put boots on them to hunt in the snow. I found some thin boots a few years ago that apparently are used by the dog sled folks. There're the best I've found. They are short and don't extend over the dew claw. Sorry, I don't know the name. They're a thin nylon-type material, but not slippery at all. Tape those babies on and you can hunt all day. I'll see if I can find the name somewhere.
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    Gun/Auger Rack

    I made an auger rack out of some plywood scraps and a few screws. A few bungies and we're good. Not pretty, but I'm not going to a fashion show. Total investment <$10 and about 1/2 hour.
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    Trailer Tie Downs

    I have the same trailer. I use the side tie downs hauling 2 wheelers and a trailer on a Canada hunting trip every year. I did install a couple deck tie-downs to provide more options, especially for hauling other things. Like stated before, make sure the straps are straight and tight. You shouldn't have any problems.
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    outdoor swingsets/play structures

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    Invisible Fencing

    We have thick woods in the back yard and our fence guy told us to just lay it on the ground and don't bother digging it in back there. He forgot to mention that the squirrels would chew through the wire. Now it's buried!
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    vet costs

    My vet didn't hesitate to write an Rx for heartworm meds. I saved about 50% online compared to his office. He soaked me on everything else, however...
  15. I started taking my kids while field hunting geese in the afternoons. It was light, warmer, and they could run around a bit until the birds started flying. They were probably 6 and 9. My son started deer hunting with me when he was 7-8. A little tough to sit still early on, but he hangs out in the stand all day with me. He passes the time playing with the binocs and asking a million questions. He has one more year until he can hunt himself. We both love the quality time together. Ditto on the toe warmers......