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  1. Sportsmens Direct has some pretty good prices on tungsten!
  2. I agree with Hawg, get a decent priced tablet with GPS capabilities and purchase the Navionics app
  3. City Limits Deer Hunting Bob Bohland It is no secret that many metropolitan areas hold large amounts of deer. To the average homeowner, they can be a huge problem. They eat a lot of decorative plants and love to spend time in the middle of roads. We have all seen them in our neighborhoods, and wish we could pull the trigger on them. Well, let me tell you a secret, if you are a bowhunter, you can take a crack at some of these deer, and there are some monsters in the metro! The privilege to hunt in populated areas can change from year to year, and often requires a lot of research and applications. Don’t let this discourage you though; a simple Google search with the words “archery hunt” and whatever locale you are interested in will bring you a wealth of information. Many of these hunts are also published in local newspapers and some are even listed in the Minnesota DNR Hunting Regulations. Keep in mind that many of these hunts are limited to a very few hunters, however you can gain preference points if you are unsuccessful at first; So don’t be disappointed if you are unable to secure a permit in your first year of applying. If you live in the Twin Cities area, one great group to look into is the Metro Bowhunters’ Resource Base (MBRB). The MBRB is a volunteer organization that teams with cities and park departments to help reduce the size of an urban deer herd in a cost-effective manner. So, instead of bringing in an expensive company that will thin out animal population, they bring in people that are willing to pay for the ability to hunt in, essentially, their own backyards. The MBRB was formed in 1995 by several leading Minnesota Archery organizations. Their mission statement read:, “The MBRB's purpose is to demonstrate archery's effectiveness as a deer management tool and to convey a positive image of bowhunting while providing additional bowhunting opportunities to urban bowhunters." They are an entirely volunteer organization and they encourage hunters to help out wherever they can. In the Duluth area, the hunts are administered by the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance (ABA). The ABA is an all-volunteer organization consisting of around 8-10 board members. Their hunt covers around 30,000 acres, and they generally have around 300-400 hunters. Their hunters are placed in much larger zones than other metro hunting organizations and are encouraged to work with private landowners in their drawn zones to help thin out more of the herd. They even instituted their own “Hunting Hotspot” program. According to the ABA, “These are highly controlled hunts focused on harvesting the maximum number of antlerless deer possible in the shortest period of time while maintaining minimum impact on a the area / neighborhood being hunted.” This program is only available for hunters returning to the ABA, and the group has final say on if a hunter can be allowed to participate. The Hot Spot hunts are extremely limited in spaces, and less than 20 or 30 of the 380+ hunters will EVER get placed into a Hot Spot. However, even without getting into one of the Hot Spot zones, the Duluth area boasts one of the highest success rates for metro bowhunts at around 1.98 deer per hunter each season. The ABA is one of the first to institute a numbered arrow system. Each hunter in the program is required to “write their Hunter ID number on all arrows they have in their possession while in the field” They list several reasons for this practice, which started at the beginning of the 2013 season: 1. To reduce the amount of time the ABA officials spend during the hunting season investigating incidents involving lost deer and/or arrows 2. To quickly and efficiently aid in the recovery of deer to maximize the chance the animal can be salvaged 3. To quickly and efficiently aid in connecting lost deer with the hunter who shot it 4. To help assure the City Officials that an ABA hunter isn’t responsible when poached deer are found, and 5. To help reconnect lost arrows with their rightful owners. Many locations require a proficiency test for archers looking to join a hunt, while some require nothing more than an application (generally, the more outstate locations do not require you pass a test). A standard requirement includes completion of the Minnesota DNR’s Bowhunting Safety Class and a shooting test. This test can be done at many archery shops, but your hunt may require they be done at certain locations. Some of the more restricted hunts even include a secondary shooting test in front of their judges with broadheads and your hunting clothing on. A standard proficiency test (from the MBRB HSOforum) is: Standard qualification: 5 of 7 arrows at an 8" circle at 20 yards. Sharpshooter qualification: 6 of 7 arrows at a 4" circle at 20 yards. Yet other locations require nothing more than a successful application. In a time of urban sprawl and housing developments continuing their march across the landscape, we often hear of the damage deer will do to not only homeowners gardens, but also the damage they inflict in the all too common traffic accidents. Groups like the MBRB and the ABA offer a no-cost alterrnative to cities to reduce their deer herds. A city in Rhode Island last year spent over $128,000 to bring in sharpshooters to control the deer population, and it is estimated they will need to continue this over the next 4 years to even get a handle on their burgeoning population of whitetail. Other municipalities are trying a version of deer birth control, but this can cost from $300-1000 per animal. These cities do not realize that there are groups of people that are more than willing to pay for the opportunity to safely remove and consume the deer that quickly become a problem for most suburbanites. For more information on city hunts near you, please visit: mbrb.org, bowhuntersalliance.org, or check with your local city adminstrator.
  4. A custom rod would be your best bet
  5. Britt brought me home a barely past prime Chicken the other day and it was fantastic cooked with a little butter, cayenne, and basil. This is the first wild mushroom she has had besides morels, and I didnt have the heart to tell her it might not be good. But after it was cooked up, she devoured a lot of it and is on the lookout for more.
  6. I have subscriptions to both. Like was said before Hulu Plus has a better selection of newer TV/classic movies, while Netflix has newer movies and older TV shows. I watch them all through my ROKU player which has a lot of other free channels such as Crackle. There are also several outdoors channels on the ROKU that allow me to get my fishing and hunting fix. I refuse to pay the ridiculous fee for cable or dish with how little I watch TV, so the $16/month for Hulu Plus and Netflix for unlimited entertainment on demand is worth it to me.
  7. deerminator, did you get your app in for the city of St Cloud? The first 200 who applied were in. Some great properties available for hunting. Also, if you are over 18, you can take the course online and then go to a field day for your supervised portion.
  8. not MBRB hunts, but i will be doing the St Cloud City hunt and the St Johns Arboretum
  9. Captain, sorry for your loss, If you need any dog help this fall let me know, we can put you on some birds.
  10. Wide swaths of lily-pads, as far as the eye can see. For a bass guy, this can pretty close to heaven come summer/early fall, but for panfisherman all it normally amounts to is a dense jungle offering nothing but the ability to steal every jig in your arsenal and leave you pouting and heading for deeper water. There are ways to fish the pads, and they hold some amazing bluegills and crappies, but it takes a little bit of patience, the ability to improvise, and being ok with catching a few bass along the way. bob bohlandI discovered this tactic more by sheer annoyance and curiosity than anything else. I was walking a Pad-Crasher through a lily-pad bed one day and was being harassed by consistent little smacks and swipes at my bait. Having a few panfish rods in the boat from earlier in the day, I had to make my way in further to find out what found my topwater so interesting. Going further into the pads with a little help from a push-pole I was astounded at the size of some of the panfish that were darting around under these pads. I quickly dipped my smaller panfish offering into a pocket and pulled out a good bluegill right away, I was so excited and surprised at this find that I fished the presentation for the rest of the weekend with much luck, refining the tactic as I went. First things first you are gonna need at least two rods in your boat, a good baitcaster rigged up with some super-heavy line and a topwater frog or mouse, and a long panfish rod, (a fly-rod makes a great stand-in if you don’t have a long pannie rod) the longer the better. I prefer at least 7 feet, but there are telescoping rods from a variety of companies that extend to twenty feet. The longer your rod the easier it is to place your bait exactly where you want it and extract the fish once you have it hooked. Cast your bass topwater out across the pads and take notice of any pops and swirls you have, because that is where you will find the biggest panfish as they are not shy about attacking something big. Then pole or use your bowmount to get close to that spot and drop your bait in front of them, it’s that easy! Don’t be afraid to use oversized jigs though, these fish just attacked a bait that is at least twice the size of any topwater you just had them take a swipe at, so don’t be shy. The problem with small jigs in this situation is you will often have smaller panfish on the fringes of these larger fish that will quickly dart in and grab anything they can fit in their mouths. I like to use a 1/32 oz jig with a 1 ¾” or 2” Lindy Watsit Grub in bright colors like “Orange/Chartreuse” and “Pink/White”. These larger panfish will travel in groups of at least 3 or 4 fish so when you get one big fish, probe that entire area for a few minutes before you move on, but often you will get the largest fish in the group within the first one or two caught before the little ones move in to join the frenzy. In clear water, lily-pads can grow in depths of 5-6 feet of water or even more. So there is a lot more water under those pads than you may think. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will go a long way towards being able to spot the fish you want to target, as they are not always directly under the pads. Practice makes perfect with this presentation and the more you do it, the easier it will be to identify the size of the fish hiding in the pads.
  11. Forgot to mention, she is also very good at retrieving fishing rods for me:
  12. yep, but the little jerk has figured out that since she gets a treat every time she does it, she should hide it so that only she can find it.
  13. My response to the comment section (you can guess how I answered to the rest of it): I would love to see certain lakes go beyond the 5 or 10 sunfish regulations and allow no/maybe one sunfish over a certain size limit allowed to be kept. This regulation could be raised every 3-7 years as the population potentially grows. Look at the science of it, sunfish often do not grow much once they reach sexual maturity. By allowing the harvest of smaller sunfish and encouraging the release/stocking of larger males you could ensure good populations for future generations. Surprisingly, there is a cult of anglers who are willing to travel hundreds of miles just to catch sunfish over the 10" mark, only to release them (similar to Red Lake during the crappie boom), with nothing more than a photo. Panfish are the most fished for freshwater species' in North America, why does Minnesota (the supposed beacon of fishing in the country!) not treat them as such? People are willing to pay thousands of dollars to go and catch them all across the country (see: http://www.kingfishersociety.com/fishing.html ). Why, as the so-called "state of fishing" do we not treat panfish as equally as we treat walleyes and muskies? Simple, because they are misunderstood. Only certain lakes are capable of producing trophy panfish, and these lakes should be protected beyond anything that we have in our current regulations. People are willing to travel hundreds of miles (and contribute tons of money to local economies) to catch these fish, and let them go with nothing more than a photo and a smile. The question is, is the Minnesota DNR willing to anger maybe a dozen local meat-hunters (who at most will have to drive another 2-5 miles to bring home a meal of fish to their family) to bring in tens of thousands of dollars (and create untold numbers of jobs through guiding, supplies, bait, etc) to satiate panfish anglers who, at times, are willing to go outstate to catch that dream bluegill/crappie; only to take a picture and let it go for someone else to catch or for it to spawn and create something better....
  14. My future FIL informed me of a fishing contest at his work in which the largest of 4 different species won prizes. He told me what sizes won the last round for each species and I told him to be ready this Saturday and we were going to make a run for the bluegill title for him. I got to their place around 10pm on Friday after a long day at work. We discussed a game plan and went to bed. Left around 730 am for the 140 mile drive. Arrived to find that apparently word got out aboot this little spot, but we were determined to fish anyways. Our first spot yielded nothing more than small perch and 'gills up to 8.5" Not exactly our target size. We drilled in a little shallower and found some fish that were willing to cooperate on natural colored Lindy Bugs and waxworms. I was confused at first when Ron came up to me with his hand hidden under his coat and said "Is this the size we are looking for?" It was a beautiful 'gill! We put it on the bump board for a photo and it fell just short of 10". We never got Ron his monster gill for the work contest, but we got a great meal of nice crappies and perch (no bluegills were harmed during this fishing trip!) No worries though Ron, I have a few more lake up my sleeve... [Note from admin: Your post has been edited. Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank you.]
  15. Brittany entered our youngest dog River into the Land 'O Lakes Kennel Club Dog show at the St. Paul RiverCentre this past weekend under rally obedience. I didn't really understand the whole "look at what my dog can do, give me some ribbons" mentality at first but under the insistence of the group we train with River was set to perform for 3 days. A little background on River: I found her on a farm near Grey Eagle, Mn thanks to a sign in the front yard that simply read: "Free Puppies" Of course when you see a sign like that, you can't hep but stop and play with them. So after work, Britt and I went back up there in hopes that the little fluff-ball I fell in love with was still there. Turns out the mother was a golden and the father was a black lab, the same mix as my older dog Aspen. How could you resist this little fluffball? So fast forward 1.5 years. Brittany had found a training club that we have worked with every week (twice a week outside of the hunting seasons). All of the training is based on positive reinforcement (clicker training). I, of course, thought the training was ridiculous at first since it seemed like we were just playing with noisemakers. But after 3 weeks I began to see a marked improvement in River. She is now at the point where I can get her to retrieve the remote for the TV and bring me a beer out of the cooler if the lid is open. Anyways, Brittany has her entered in the dog show this past weekend. I had other fishing plans, so I was unable to make it to the Friday or Saturday runs. My fishing partner backed out on me for Sunday so I decided to head down to the show and see what all the fuss was aboot. The downstairs part of the RiverCentre was ridiculous (if you have seen "Best In Show" you would understand), but upstairs is where they were holding the events that didn't involve nothing more than your dog looking pretty. I got up there to surprise Britt and watch the runs from the rest of the training group and was shocked to hear some of the talk going on around the rings. One of the ladies who trains with us raises pure-bred Burnese Mountain Dogs and I overheard one lady who was simply 'disgusted' that a "Burner" was doing rally. To make matters worse I was told tonight during our training that one lady from Britt's group was very angry that Brittany's "Mutt" was allowed to compete and beat her pure-bred. Long Story short, Brittany and River scored a 99 and a first place on Friday, a 88 on Saturday, and a perfect 100 and a first place on Sunday. Hmm, who woulda thought that a "mutt" with good training could whoop up on a pure-bred? Here are some more photos from the event:
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