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    Minnetonka,Minn. USA
  1. I just spent a few days fishing from the boat and scoring some nice Perch and Walleyes. Of course, I was anchored, I had rigged out my FL-18 to the stern, and I was vertical jigging a Buckshot rattle spoon with a minnow head. Kind of the best of both worlds.
  2. You're not so far off. A while ago, the Michigan Game and Fish tried to breed a new game fish. They crossed a Coho Salmon with a Walleye and got a Cowal. Then, to make it a great fighting fish, they crossed the Cowal with a Muskie. That gave them a Cowalski. But it was so dumb that they had to teach it how to swim. I'm sorry, but its a really old joke.
  3. Any one of my four sons can pick up my rifles that I sighted the scopes on and shoot great. One of my friends picks up my rifles and he hits about five or six inches to the side. I still haven't figured out why. The guy is a great shot with his own guns but no one can switch guns with him.
  4. We were doing some sighting in a week ago and I tried out some Russian .223 ammo. It was Brown Bear brand, with 62 grain hollow points. At 75 yards, it looked like a buckshot pattern, about 10 inch spread and about that far to the left of the point of aim. And the holes in the paper were keyholed. I switched to some Korean 55 grain ammo and then some Federal 50 grain and both shot tight groups right on center. I'm not sure if the Russian ammo is made for faster twist rifling or is just junk but its a good thing I checked it before doing any serious shooting. I gave the rest to one of my sons to try in his Mini-14. I'm not sure of the rifling twist in that one, but we'll see what happens. That ammo may be meant for M-16's and that sort of weapon. Has anyone else tried this ammo?
  5. So far, I haven't seen the seeds for them. Where do you get them? One of my sons raises a bunch of pepper varieties, including Habenaros and Thai Purple Dragons. But I think he would enjoy trying these.
  6. I know that Waubay Lake in north eastern SoDak has come up over half a foot this summer. And last weekend, I was a half an hour west of Alexandria in western Minn. and lots of the low fields are flooded. I'm afraid that some of the farmers won't be getting their crops out of the fields. It seemed that every pothole and flooded field had flocks of ducks on them. The problem for duck hunting will be to get enough hunters out there to keep the ducks in the air and not hiding out on the numerous flooded areas.
  7. My feeders in Tonka have been over-run with the usual Chickadees, Finches, and other small birds and bunches of Cardinals. The feeder spill has been attracting lots of Mourning Doves to compete with the squirrels. One area of my back yard has been a magnet to numerous Northern Flickers. I think they must be feeding on ants. Seems to be a lot more birds than other years. At least, we're going through a lot more feed.
  8. I run a small tree service and we NEVER use climbing spikes on a tree we are trimming, just the ones coming down. And yes, they do take some training and practice. In the woods, where the trees aren't as valued as in a yard, I've nailed on climbing steps and stand supports. A nail-sized wound isn't nearly as bad as a cut off branch or slice in the bark. As for what I've run into that has been done to urban trees that have kept growing, it would curl your hair. Chain, wire, concrete,spikes, re-rod, pop bottles, etc. I've ruined more than a few chainsaw chains.
  9. Another consideration: Aren't there a few Whooping Cranes that migrate through the center of the state? With as much time and effort that has been expended to try and bring them back, it would be a bummer to see any accidentally shot. If people can mistake a Trumpeter Swan for a Snow Goose, the crane mistake might be be very possible.
  10. I've had good luck out in that country with the Northland Scud Bugs in brown, but I was using them for large Perch. I baited them with one waxie, pinched it to get the juices leaking out and fished about 4to6 inches off the bottom. On a spring bobber, I would quiver it a few times and then let it set. They almost always hit just when the movement stopped. Never tried them on the Bluegills.
  11. Steve, I thought you hunted in the rifle zone. Well, in the north woods, a slug should do a pretty good job,too. I have three slug guns (down from four). My go-to gun is an Ithaca Deerslayer Deluxe in 12 gauge, three inch. A couple of times, I've shot one hole groups off a rest at 75-80 yards. In front of witnesses. It must be the gun because I'm not that good. Its a beautiful gun but I paid through the nose for it. My boys are going to fight like heck over that one when I die.
  12. Since the western goose zone has been abolished, the LQP managment area season is the same as the rest of the state. The goose season will remain open until Christmas, so that will cut down on a bunch of the other hunting. I'm not sure whether they plan on changing any of their regs because of this. Their info number is 320-734-4451. Give them a buzz.
  13. I've found that I can shoot better in the woods with a low powered scope than with iron sights. In the uncertain light and shadows you can see the crosshairs better than an open sight. With some practice, scopes can also be faster. I had a match with my scoped slug gun against irons for the fastest three hits. He got his shots off faster but they were all misses and mine were all hits. I think hitting is what its all about. I have to agree that an 870 is a great option, but get the cantilevered scope mount barrel. I have a 1&1/2 to 4&1/2 powered scope and most of the time its on the low setting.
  14. My nephew and I both got bears on opening day a while back. We had used styrafoam insulation board to turn a two wheeled covered trailer into a rolling ice chest. When the bear drops, the clock is ticking. Gut it fast and get ice into the body cavity. After checking it in, we packed them in about 100 pounds of ice for overnight. Next morning, we skinned and quartered them and packed them in more ice for the trip home. The following morning, we butchered them and got them in the freezer. The meat turned out great.
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