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  1. Grilling for me is a continuous season. I could never spend a lot on something that is perpetually put away and stored wet. Don't even fix them anymore. Been running Charbroil tru-infrared's with the "stainless" grates and really like their cooking action. 3 burner at home, a patio size round for camp and their cast aluminum portable unit to cover all bases. Different stores have different versions of the same grill, usually "stainless" vs porcelain coated steel grates. Wasn't trying but ended up with a smart grill last fall on a deep clearance deal. Kept it dumb so far, but like the built in propane scale. The light up burner knobs also help with not forgetting about burn off after dark.
  2. Goodwill for cheap skis. I've contemplated this same thing, but I tend to overbuild and would likely end up with a permanent grade hub house.
  3. Eating frequently generates a bite, fish seem to know when my guard is down. Sandwich bag is not just a fish slime condom, it also allows me to safely set it down in a hurry.
  4. Want to protect my new Helix 7 and was looking for some input. I left the factory protection film on last weekend and didn't have any trouble seeing, sheltered or outside.
  5. Gave the new helix a 3 day test. I like it! My only complaint is that it's a bit of a battery hog. I really like the zoom on it. At 8x I can just about check my pulse as it picks up the tiniest of rod/line movements. I mean as small a movement that can be made with a tiny pelkie jig. Seemed just a bit better than my fl20 at doing a waxie count on the jig too. Dropping the gain 1 point was the only adjustment needed. Still keeping the fl18 and 20 for backup.. I had to ask my friend with his fl18 if he was hoovering the ice shack.
  6. Chip is on the list, but will wait to see how good the included mapping is. Making my own will be great as there are no detailed maps for a lot of water I fish. I may have triggered someone here with that link. 2 more sold since my last post. Seller also has the 5 for a good price. My eyes aint getting any younger though!
  7. I needed something newer in the boat so I got a helix ice 7 coming tomorrow and will be wet by Friday. I already have a vex 8,18, and 20 so it better blow my socks off! The 8's days might be numbered.. The ability to make your own lake maps really appealed to me as I like more out of the way places. I ice fished so much last year the noise of the vex started to wear on me. Terrible problem right? haha I needed another good reason to get out in the boat more too.. Nobody had them in town nearby so I shopped price and who could get it to me asap. Decided yesterday to do this and "needed" it by tomorrow. This seller offered both price and speed. Helix ice 7 549.00 shipped
  8. 1968

    Such A Tease.

    Test hole on an Aitkin county area lake 20 feet from shore yesterday evening. The morning before got just a stomp test 10 feet from shore and not a single crack or tremor. Locked up all the way across, but there are some scary looking dark spots in the snow way out there. The end of hand auger season is in sight!
  9. 1968

    Japanese beetles

    Like when my new cherry tree was completely stripped that year and then only had minor damage since trapping started? Did the university go 4 traps per yard? Many variables and schools never prepare anyone for all possibilities. My next door neighbor says mouse trapping is futile. Just like jap beetles now, it is a never ending process but I will never stop controlling them to minimize damage. BTW, my lawn has not suffered from my beetle invitations. If it does, then milky spore is next. The cost and tedious application has kept me from doing this thus far. This also does nothing for all my neighbors or 3 Rivers Parks bugs. I have thought of a way to bring neighbors on board, but they won't like it. Just buy a bunch of bait packs with snag devices applied and launch them up in to trees a few blocks from home. Did the U try that???
  10. Who needs electronics? Nice kitchen grade slush scooper..
  11. 1968

    Japanese beetles

    I only got as far as one next door neighbor by buying him tanglefoots, that he was gung ho about, only to never empty them. Looks like it will be 6 traps for me next year. Sure poisons work, but I don't want to go nuclear on them and take everything out. I take the current bee situation seriously and minimize any impact on them, as everyone on the planet should consider. I worry about my own toxin exposure also. Indiscriminate killing usually comes with repercussions.. You do realize neighbors are made up of people right? And how easy it is to get everyone on the same page? I'm certainly not going door to door. I wouldn't even answer my front door if I was outside knocking. LOL
  12. 1968

    Japanese beetles

    You've met people right? Getting everyone in just my 500m beetle radius to agree, pay, and actually do it would require a firmly enforced city ordinance that 3 rivers parks would also have to adhere too. As it is, only about 5-10% of people care, as shown by trap numbers seen. Maybe the rest are fine with poisons. Fleetfarm always gets cleaned out of traps so that is somewhat promising. But they are PIA bag traps..
  13. 1968

    Japanese beetles

    That does nothing for all your neighbors beetles that are within range of your targeted plants, unless you can get EVERYONE to participate..
  14. 1968

    Japanese beetles

    I hung 4 tanglefoot traps this year and quit counting at 200k bugs(counted out 1/4 cup to get a baseline). Lots of days with a gallon or more caught, sometimes 2. Lots of info stating it just makes matters worse, but I disagree. Despite inviting clouds of them plant damage was minimal compared to not trapping. My cherry tree hasn't been completely defoliated since trapping began last year. Still gets hit, but not bad. Haven't noticed any real lawn damage either. Just for easy math, if half were females I prevented over 5 million eggs from being laid. I like not using poison and bycatch was only 2-3 bumblebees over the last 2 years. If you decide to trap stay away from bag traps. They are a pain and greatly increase the number of dead stinky bugs in the trap, which acts as a repellant. https://www.amazon.com/Tanglefoot-Japanese-Beetle-Xpando-Trap/dp/B077XLPN3J/ref=sr_1_6?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1537568898&sr=1-6&keywords=japanese+beetle+trap&dpID=51WRxjClq%2BL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
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