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  1. Taken in Watonwan county with a S&W .500 handgun. Note the double brow tines.
  2. Scheel's in Mankato has a clearance price of $139 for the Lowrance Endura Out-Back. If you add the $99 Lakemaster chip you have spent $238 for a hand held package that gives you 1 foot increments on all the most popular Minnesota lakes. I just bought mine Friday and couldn't be happier.
  3. You can indeed use the same wiring. I've built and wired 3 houses and I really like the flourescents. They draw much less power than either the 12 volt bulbs or the leds per lumen. However, they only work well in a warm house. Its usually not a problem because a perm is usually nice and warm anyway. I'll give you another tip: When fishing crappies at night lower your light just above your hole. The crappies seem to be drawn to the light (or maybe to the minnows attracted to the light). While using artificial lights to attract crappies is illegal in MN while boat fishing, I have never had a game warden complain about having my flourescent just above the ice while winter fishing. I consistantly catch many more crappie using this technique compared to my ice neighbors fishing nearby.
  4. I like to use the largest fixed blade head available. To my knowledge, the only 1.5 inch, 3 blade, fixed blade currently being made is the Striker Magnum by G5. There are a lot of 1.25 inch heads out there but I've noticed the trend is to smaller and smaller heads. I don't get it, bigger heads do more damage. Luckily, I still have a good supply of Rocky Mt. Ultra heads, they were discontinued a couple years ago, but when they're gone I'll buy the Striker magnums. Last September in Ontario I took an angling away shot. The arrow entered ahead of the rear leg and angled forward to take out the liver and far side lung. It made a complete pass through and stuck in the ground 3 inches deep. Try that with an expandable. Heard the death moan and found my bear dead 100 yards away. Good luck.
  5. Cock feather up on drop down, fall away and whisker biscuit rests.
  6. Been wondering if the posession limits for spearing and angling must be combined. In other words, could a guy spear 2 or 3 pike then catch two more on hook and line later in the same day? If not, how about the "one over 30 inches" regulation. Could I spear a 36 incher then switch to rod and reel and keep a 34 incher?
  7. I just started playing around with photoshop. I found it can clean up some nasty stuff in hunting photos. I think its pretty cool. (just wish I could figure out how to make him a 150 class 10 point !!!)
  8. Only thing I'd add is a trick learned from an old timer taxidermist. When all finished he mixed plain white elmers glue with water and painted the bleached skull. When the glue dried it left the skull whiter with a slight sheen that was very nice looking.
  9. As you probably guessed the smoke alarm should be high in the house because warm smoke will rise to it quickly. The CO detector is a little different though. Air has an average molecular mixture weight of 29 while pure CO is almost the same at 30. There isn't enough of a difference to matter so the CO doesn't rise to the ceiling or settle to the floor (like Carbon Dioxide) it blends in evenly so it doesn't matter how hi or low you mount your detector. However, when I mounted mine the directions said to keep it 10 feet away from the heater.
  10. FOG... Built 5 houses in the last 25 years so have some experience. 1. I think you probably know you need to insulate the roof, just like your home, most of your heat loss is going out the top. 2. I've found that 2x4s stay straighter than 2x2s in the long run, less tendency to warp. 3&4. I don't know anything about cedar but I use vapor barriers behind the paneling to keep frost out of the wall insulation. Without it the back side of your paneling can stay wet all winter. 5. Spent 12 years installing floorcovering. I usually use double face tape to hold down the carpet because its so easy yet holds well. One big piece of advice about carpet: don't buy anything with a looped pile. Fish hooks get stuck too easily, get the cut pile variety. Hope this helps a little.
  11. Riverrat56...there are several advantages. 1. length of your dropper line can be adjusted to match suspended fish 2. you can quickly change the weight size to match speed and depth 3. less hardware to scare off finicky fish 4. if you do break off your sinker you don't lose your whole rig. 5. cheap sinkers cost much less than bottom bouncers PS... thinking of trying Hanska this week, have you been there lately?
  12. After a couple decades of walleye fishing using 3 way rigs I thought I'd take a few minutes to share some of the lessons learned over the years. First line selection: I like to use 3 different test lines at once. First, my reels are spooled up with 10 pound Spiderwire, I love the low stretch, low memory and great sensitivity it offers. To the spider wire I use a palomar knot to attach a good quality snap swivel. The snells I tie are at least 4 feet long (up to 6 feet) and made of 8 pound Vanish. The third eye of the swivel holds 6 inches to 18 inches of 4 pound vanish to which you tie your sinker. The idea, of course, is that your sinker is expendible. If it becomes snagged in rocks you simply break it off and add another without needing to retie your whole rig. The snell is tied directly to the 3 way with another palomar knot. I've found the best system for spinners is to use the small plastic exchange-blade spinner holders. These things allow you to change colors and sizes in just a second. After the spinner, next add 3 to 6 colored beads. I have used green, blue or red but seem to have the best luck with red. after the swivel, spinner and beads tie on your hook. Again, red seems to out produce the yellow or gold I've also used. This system allows you to change weights according to speed and depth. It will also allow you to experiment with different colors of spinners without re-tying. Here's a hint: use a gold or chartruese spinner in sunny conditions and try red, green or blue if its cloudy. Technique: Whether you use minnows, leeches or crawlers its important to keep the bait in the strike zone. This usually means within 2 feet of bottom. You do this by repeatedly lowering your rod tip till you can feel your sinker touch and then raising the tip to keep your sinker from snagging bottom. The action is very similar to jigging, with the same benefit. As you "jig" your weight upward you will automatically set the hook on a fish who picked up your bait while it was paused when your sinker was touching bottom. I can't emphasize that point enough, If you "jig" your rig you will catch double the fish as your buddy using the same spinner rig who simply drags it along bottom. You will also experience few snags because your wieght is only touching bottom a fraction of the time. You will be amazed at how effective this can be. I believe the fish pick up the bait while it is stationary. You will also experience fewer short bites that take half of your leech while not taking the hook. The pause allows a following fish to inhale the whole bait. Speed: Using my GPS I usually start trolling at 1.0 to 1.2 mph. If the fish are aggerssive you can cover more water by moving faster. I've used 3 way rigs as fast as 2.6 mph in shallow water but remember you still need to keep in contact with bottom. Usually, faster or deeper means more weight. You should have a supply of sinkers from .75 to 2 ounce on hand, though 1 ounce and 1.5 ounce will be mostly used. If the fish are in a negative mood you will need to slow to a crawl, at speeds below .7 mph I will throw out a drift sock, use the electric or just drift. If you are sure the water beneath your boat holds fish its just a matter of matching your speed, sinker, and spinner color/size to find the right combo for that particular day. If its really tough to get a bite try removing the spinner, sometimes just 4 or 5 red beads ahead of a juicy leech will turn on those picky fish. I believe the 3 way swivel live bait rig is probably the most productive method for walleye fishing during the warm summer months. These are the basics as learned the hard way. Hope it helps you land a few more fish.
  13. Just like the fine print in investment prospectus says: "past results do not predict future performance"
  14. I bought a new "Bear Code" in September. Hunted 25 minutes, one shot, one 7 pointer. Shoots great, very happy with the bow.
  15. Hey Vrod. You gotta try several different brands of slugs in the barrel you hunt with. Buy a single box of 5 slugs in 3 or 4 different brands and try them out. I promise you won't believe how different they pattern at 50 yards. In my Winchester 1300 smooth bore the Federal were OK, the Remingtons were the best but the Brennekes were awful. I think they are made for rifled barrels and don't pattern worth a hoot in my smooth bore. You will be really surprised how differently each brand shoots in any particular shotgun.
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