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  1. I guess I am confused by some of the arguments used by those against permanent stands. First, I would like to say that I no longer use permanent stands and don’t have a strong alliance with either side of the issue. I see complaints that a permanent stand lays claim to a certain spot in the woods & then these same people will be upset because they had clearly marked off an area in the woods with trials and ribbons and someone else had the audacity to use their spot. How is that any different? Ban permanent stands and that guy is not going away. If he has a good spot he is going to be there again next year with portable stand. I have seen the same arguments in the grouse hunting forum against ATV’s. Someone will rant about ATV’s taking over the trails and then be upset that someone had the gull to use a trail when I clearly had claimed that trail by parking my four wheel drive truck at the end of it. Again, how is that any different? There are anti ATV arguments used in this post. I guess maybe I am naive but are all these guys buying these condo sized ladder stands carrying them into the woods? There are also some advantages to people putting up a stand and claiming an area. Two years ago, I had scouted out a great spot. Opening morning, I realized I was no the first discover this spot . I was surrounded by two other hunters in portable stands. In fact, because it is fairly thick woods, I did not even realize they were there until one of them shot a small buck right in front of my stand. If these guys had put up permanent stands, I would have discovered them while scouting and not wasted my opening morning hunting there. I guess what I was trying to says in my previous post was that if the anti’s are lobbying your legislator against hunting and then you as a hunter are complaining about all the little things that annoy you about other hunters, it makes for a strong voice for those who would like to ban it all.
  2. I agree with Fisher Dave, the biggest threat to sportsmen is other sportsman. If you read most of these posts that attack others there seems to be an underlying theme…If you don’t hunt or fish the way I do or you inconvenience me, then there should be a law against what you do. You combine the anti’s and a bunch of selfish sportsmen and you get a pretty good sized lobby group. But beware.. one of these days the way you hunt or fish will be in their sights too.
  3. You have to ask yourself what you plan to use the ATV for. Are you just going to ride around the yard or use it to pull a fish house? Do you need four wheel drive or not? They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I love my Honda but hate the brake design. After a couple of years the seals go bad and you are constantly getting water in the brakes. Pular_nx is right, the two strokes generally start better in the cold but some of the four strokes start well too. The four strokes are generally quieter. Here is my two cents: If you are going to use it in the snow, you want as much ground clearance as possible. If you are going to get it wet avoid anything with a belt drive. If you plan on pulling anything heavy or plowing snow, make sure you get enough power. If you are looking for something with a smooth ride then avoid the traditional workhorse machines and look for something with independent rear suspension. If you plan on using it on tight trails make sure you get one that turns short or you can take it out of four wheel drive. If you plan on long rides at higher speeds, the two strokes seem to have the advantage. Me and my buddies have pretty much had them all over the years and I can honestly say I liked something about everyone of them. I would personally recommend four wheel drive and a four stroke but that is what fits my needs. Good luck on your ATV purchase.
  4. I picked up an Ol man last year and so far I love it. Much easier to use than those screw in steps. You do need a tree without many branches but if you look around you usually can find one near where you want to be. The other nice thing is you can switch the direction you are facing on the tree fairly easily and quietly.
  5. Coldfeet I would suggest you start looking for a new hunting spot. I too hunt an area with a large wolf population. I know others posted that they will move on...they don't or at least they have not in the area I hunt. Fifteen years ago we averaged seeing 20-30 deer a year per hunter in our group. Now we average seeing two deer a year. I myself have not seen a fawn while hunting in six years, so I don't hold out much hope for things to improve. Sadly, this will probably be my last year hunting in Northern Minnesota.
  6. I use #2 blades most of the time. Many people suggest larger blades when searching for fish and then going to smaller ones after you locate them. The idea being that the bigger blades will be a easier target for fish to pick up on from a further distance. For slow speed spin, the Colorado blades work great.
  7. I have one 10.5 pounder on the wall. I caught another about the same size and didn't have it mounted. I have caught and released loads of 7-8 pounders but those 10's come few and far between.
  8. Thanks Fiskyknut. That information will be very helpful this winter.
  9. I rarely keep any fish but I am against lowering the limit. I don’t think any studies have suggested a lower limit would have any significant impact on the population. A small percentage of anglers are capable of consistently catch a limit of fish and I hope most of those anglers catch and release. I am also concerned when I read people are so willing to adopt very strict slots on a lake. Catch and release is a great thing but it makes no sense releasing fish that have been badly injured no matter what size they are. A slot forces you to do that. The only slot I would support is a minimum size. I think the small fish are the ones most vulnerable to being caught. I want to be careful here because I truly do not want to come off as an elitist here but and am always amazed to see how many of those 11-12 inch fish end up in a fish basket along with the sunnies and crappies. Of course, hook injury is also a problem with small fish too. One last comment. I think many of us are letting the DNR off way to easy on this subject. In my opinion, they are have not done a very good job of managing many of our lakes. It is not a easy task but it seems they too often take the easy and low cost approach. With today’s fishing pressure, most of our lakes are not capable of sustaining a reasonable population on their own.
  10. Thanks! Someone had told me that it was hard to get access without renting a house. Last year was my first trip to the big lake but I hope to get back there more often.
  11. Does anyone know if anyone offers lake access to Lake of the Woods without having to rent a house?
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    It seems to me that there are no absolutes and that fish react to weather changes differently depending on which lake it is. Some lakes seems to shut down immediately following a storm and others seem less effected. Rivers seem less effected by weather changes than lakes are. The one factor that seems to hold true for me all the time is the amount of rain that falls in a particular storm. If you get 4 inches of rain the fish are shut down. Fish are unpredictable creatures and that is what it so fun casing after them.
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