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  1. Drainage ditches where they cross County Roads far from any farmsteads. Legal ROW access and no non-target animals. Get out today with the new snow and check.
  2. Fortunately clarity measurements are taken monthly by concerned lake residents. And yes there is a protocol that must be followed. Semi clear day, mid morning, shady side of boat, etc. So those values are accurate to the current year, or you could just go with your inherent distrust of any measurement you didn't take yourself and ignore everything else.
  3. Pretty spotty population this year. Even where there is water there may or may not be rats. Strange. I've had some spots going great, but just as many still with habitat with Zilch.
  4. It was exactly as I didn't want to see. But I got 80% of what I wanted to out. Didn't get many Sunday, the rats don't move around after the ice. But this mornings check of a portion of my line was much better and the forecast has the water staying open. Funny thing was Sunday morning it was snowing but ponds I set the night before through ice we open that morning.
  5. It's okay, the permit process says if you will be flooding someone else you can't get a permit. IF the person being flooded is within one mile of you. If the flood will be in Fargo, well let em have it.
  6. Well $2 is what they were getting me for. Still making money compared to carcass prices at the fur buyers. Only $0.75, good grief. I can, if I have really been at it all day, skin 20 rats an hour. With another 20 minutes to get them fleshed and up on stretchers. Greased Lightning I am not, generally I only get 10 done an hour from carcass to finished. I'm getting faster but no where near the "500 a day" I hear some skinners mention. If you know someone who will do them for $0.75 can I contract them to put up 500 rats for me next November? You can PM me on T-man if needed.
  7. It does add some dollars to the pocket but does detract from time out on the trap line. As previous I mainly skin and stretch to have more marketing options. It costs $2 to get a muskrat put up, I skin and stretch 10 an hour so I save $20. I could have caught 4+ muskrats that hour if I was out trapping and sold them for $5 carcass so it's about a wash.
  8. For muskrats I use parsnips, cost is more but I think they do better than carrots. Much easier to break up and get on the bait nail. The bait nail comes up off the angled 1x6 old fence board my #1 Long spring sits on. The board goes through the ice at a 45 degree angle with the bait just below the ice and the trap just below the bait, touching is best or they get a foot in between and toss the trap. Wire your bait on to make them work on it harder. I put them right in the bubble trail between big huts and the feeders, or bank den and feeders. Old School. I run some huts setup with stoploss traps on the weekends when I can do 12 hour checks. The boards don't spook the whole colony because captured rats can't reach the surface so they expire quickly, then sink out of sight so there is no urgency to get them checked.
  9. Rats! With no snow the bubble trails are like a road map to set your traps by. I run baited under ice sets, what a winter it's been for that!
  10. Sounds like your worried about Resin Degredation. Do a little research about the various resins used. My canoe with 5 yrs of outfitter use and two yrs of my use has moderate UV damage but it disappeared when I refinished it. Some outfitters store indoors, I think this is more important that just summer exposure as winter adds months of UV. Deals get better as winter goes, I paid under $1k. We use the canoe every week in the summer.
  11. The closest I know of to there would be Butch Dykhoff Leaf River Rd Bluffton, MN He is just west of Wadena, call first to confirm.
  12. Uncle and his annual group hit thousands of private acres around Forman. One or two guys/gals a day got their limit, everybody (7 of them) got at least one bird each day. They claimed numbers were down 80-90% over previous years. The character of the land has changed so much in the past few years you can hardly recognize it... here comes the pasture, whoops drained that and buried the stumps.... here comes Train Car, wow what happened to this remember the sloughs and tree rows that used to run across there.... up aheads that Switchgrass roost field we'll have to drive back by here this, what the heck they plowed it under. If your limited to Public land it's gonna be really tough in ND.
  13. Bald Eagle is an Impaired lake and thereby makes a poor comparison. All that P in the lake came from the watershed so to say 44% comes from the lake is only partially true. Now that it's in there it can't get out and just cycles around, true. So a lake with no inlets in my work area, Otter Tail County: 25% comes as dust from the sky, really the earth is dirty 55% comes from the immediate watershed, nonpoint runoff over the land surface 10% comes from the distant watershed through groundwater 10% comes from septics 5% from internal cycling but I have quite clean lakes lake with inlets: Say West Battle anyone? 20% dust from the sky 15% immediate watershed 40% distant watershed through surface water flow 15% distant watershed groundwater flow 5% septics 5% internal cycling as a watershed grows so does the proportion of nutrients from distant sources Once a lake has been pushed into a turbid state, impaired, so much of the lakes internal capacity has been taken up it can no longer process the pollution and is just green. This is when internal cycles have gone haywire and rule the roost. BUT this is because nutrient sources from the greater watershed were allowed to pollute the lake, those nutrients MOST OFTEN did not originate in the lake they washed in over time. This is why our cure the impairments push will fail, most of these lakes have been evaluated as un-restorable by DNR due to excess loading over time and landuse changes being just too extensive to remedy. And clean lakes no one cares about protecting those. If it's not green there must be no problem. We have quite the dichotomy either they are un-repairable or else we aren't concerned yet because the locals see no issue. Lakes retain the majority of pollution that enters them forever Little Pine Lake by Perham, small lake Otter Tail River runs through water changes every few months, it retains 40% of the Phosphorous that enters it. West Battle Lake, larger lake, inlets but no river, water changes every 9 years, it retains around 75% of the nutrients that enter it. Those are from PCA's lake assesment program.
  14. My neighbor died of Crietzfeld-whatever. Not very pretty to get holes in your brain. Not saying thats how he got it, but they did have raw game feeds including Elk from out west. My understanding was 2 out of 3 hunting partners got Creuztfeld-Jacob, not what you would figure with 0.8 in a million odds. The Scientists promise the raw meat eating was just a coincedence. Ask the British what they think of that!
  15. Does it seem ironic to back up the statement: "they are essential nursery fish habitat and in many lakes, especially southern MN, the only submergent vegetation available to obligate vegetation spawners. In eutrophic and hypereutrophic lakes where vegetation is scarce, it can be the only vegetation available." With comments like "I just haven't seen the scientific evidence". Where is there any evidence for the previous statement? "it can be the only vegetation available."??? Where is there any evidence to support these claims? Has observation supported these claims or could these weeds actually be avoided by "obligate vegetation spawners". I know perch prefer old bulrushes and submerged brush and pike prefer flooded vegetaion and not in-lake weeds. Exactly which fish are you referring to here or is this just a Chicken Little generalization in reaction to a proposal you dislike similar to the comments by the Kandiyohi offical about Green Lake and property values? Now invasives are our savior come to remedy all the damage we have done to our lakes? This belief exists out there and your completely unsupported comments have only encouraged those who have already stated their intention to purposefully transfer these species around the state to negate any possible control efforts which are seen as "unreasonable burdens" both in personal effort and potential costs. Invasives Okay, how about Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia?
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