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  1. Back to the top! big ol batch on the stove right now! Love a good kraut dinner in fall! Good Luck! Ken
  2. If you have land, put in a half acre of clover... That's one of the better bee plants. For a garden plant use catmint (nepeta)... Walker's Low is a good choice. I have 4 (they'll get 2-3' in dia).and there are times I have 100 bees in there working on them... And they bloom almost continuously Good Luck! Ken
  3. Not all turkey hunting trophies come with a fan and beard... This morning I was going out for the last time of the season... set up and everything was eeeilry silent. No gobbles, no fly downs, nothing in the field... about 8:30 I was reaching for my phone to see if anything was blowing up at the office, when I here the rush of wind through wings, quickly glance up and see a big dark bird right over the top of my hen decoy... and then a loud WHAP!... First thought was a late fly down from a Tom, but soon realized it was a bald eagle putting the smack down on what he thought would be a tasty breakfast... he then landed 5 yards away. I quickly started trying to take pics, while poor in quality you can kind of see him hop scotch over to the deke to find out why it's still standing and then flying away... it must have been some kind of hit as it bent the steel rod the deke was standing on... A hunt I will always remember! Good Luck! Ken
  4. LABS4ME

    A close call

    Nice! Atta boy Ward!,, Good luck! Ken
  5. My son took a Tom this morning... Flew down off the roost with 6 hens 150 yards away... that Tom could not handle the incessant cutting from my call along with some purrs thrown in for good measure. An Avian Jake with a trimmed off beard next to a DSD hen... I literally pulled him off those 6 hens and he closed the distance... After 15-20 minutes of my non-stop calling and his gobbling and strutting, my son thought I said 'shoot' when I whispered 'dont shoot'... 60+ yards (paced it off afterwards).... BOOOM. Dang kid pulled it off! I told him never again! I had that bird... less than 5 minutes and he would have been a slam dunk 35 yard shot! All's well that end's well I suppose. I usually just go with one or two hens most season's, but really thinking that Jake was more than Mr Tom could handle lording over the hen deke. I think that was a great set for a Tom if you know his 'strutting' areas. Also, I have learned that most guys say do not call too often... I have literally taken more than half my birds with very aggressive, almost obnoxious calling... watch that Tom. I was afraid I losing him as those live hens were sliding off. I turned up the heat on the call to the point I was even thinking this is over doing it... but he continued to respond and work towards us. The 6 hens were now 200+ yards away... and he was closing the gap on ths dekes... Lots off breeding left to go! still big groups of hens with Toms. Had another group of 5 with a Jake come in yesterday on a different property. Hope you and your son have a great hunt! Good Luck! Ken
  6. LABS4ME

    A close call

    Hope your pal heals up and gives you a fresh set of memories this fall! Borrowed time with a cherished gun dog is some of the best time you could have... no pressures, no expectations, no time is too short nor too long... all just good time spent together! Enjoy every minute... take many photos... lots of biscuits and head scratches... I had an old gal that got a McDonalds cheeseburger after every hunt her last fall... she was always a demon in the pheasant fields... but even through failing health, the knowledge of a morning of birds and a lunch of McDonalds got her revved up each and every outing! Good Luck! Ken
  7. White cedar is one of the components missing across big swaths of the northern deer range in regards to the old traditional winter yards for deer. Where there were once big tracts of white cedar swamp, they are gone now from harvesting and now other trees taking over. Deer researchers are finding this may be one of the most important trees to get deer through a hard winter... high calorie, easily digestable browse, increased thermal temps and lower snow pack in a cedar swamp all help carry a deer herd through. I'd say do what you can to get some white cedar going and hopefully nature will get them big enough to start producing their own seedlings Good Luck! Ken
  8. Halibut is one of the best fish around! I love grilling them. Get grill hot, put layer of foil on grates. Butter both sides of fillet and put an extra tblsp or two on foil. Season fillets, I use light amount of lawrys and black pepper, lay fish on foil, put a layer of onion slices and a small amount of crushed garlic over the top of fillets. Cover and cook till fillets are close to done, flip once cover and continue to cook a few minutes, squeeze juice of fresh lemon over the top a minute before removing... Fantastic! Good luck! Ken
  9. After getting a ride in during January. I decided I'm going to get at least one in every month this year... Today was my February ride.... 19 miles... Two wheels is the new snowmobile! Good Luck! Ken
  10. The M111 rootstock is probably the hardiest... It will give you semi dwf trees. Up north I've had my best luck w: honeycrisp, frostbite and haralred. These have been the hardiest eating apples. For crabs we've had great luck with: red splendor, prairie fire, Selkirk and professor sprenger. For eating crabs try: Dolgo, chestnut and Whitney. Add a lot of compost to the dirt and mulch after planting... Woodstock nursery in Neilsville WI sells deer plot apples in groups of 5. Good Luck! Ken
  11. Pick areas tht get good sun and do ot hold water. I'd send the soil test into the UofM. Pretty inexpensive. just take 3-4 samples from the areas you want plant... Thy can all be mixed into one test. We generally need to lime the soil, which is pretty inexpensive. For small plots, you can buy lime in bags and spread w a fertilizer spreader. We do this after the weeds have been sprayed and killed. Then as you work the soil, the lime will get worked in. Bigger plots youll need to buy ag lime in bulk. Break the ground until it is friable. I then spread fertilizer and then seed. If you do not have a planter, broadcast the seed and then drag or cultipack to insure good gound to seed contact. Remember it will take close to a full year for the lime to correct the ph... So I'd hold off on perennial plots for a season. Just plant annuals the first year... They are good to help build up the soil as well. The tubers from many of the brassica, break up the soi, bring nutients back up to the surface and provide organic matter when tilled back into the soil. We often do a mix comprised of: turnips, forge radish, kale or Swiss chard, crimson clover and winter peas along w/ some soy beans. We also do green plots in the fall w/ 50/50 forge oats and winter wheat... We've used winter rye also. I buy seed from an elevator and mix it myself. You're paying a premium for seed in a box with a brand name and pretty pictures of big deer... The following year, you can work up the plots again and continue to do annual plantings or plant. In perennial plots now that he ph has been adjusted... We do both. Clover and high sugar grass are both great choices for perennial plots. We mix the two often and the deer really utilize those plots. If you have an honest acre, you can also try a soy bean plot. I have a plot that is an acre and is in beans every 2-3 years... It gives me the ability to use round up during the growing season which helps to keep the weed bank down on the plot, plus I am getting a high protein food source to the deer and it needs very little fertilizer. I seed in oats / wheat with a hand seeder in late August early sept directly into the beans so there s green all the wy up till snow cover. The beans on one acre plots will be hammered and just make it to 6-8" tall, but I don't care... I'm Not growing a bean crop but rather forage. Which they use very heavily. The best way to learn is to get out and try different things and find what works best on your property... Each success and each mistake guide you through to successful management on your property. Good Luck! Ken
  12. Bobby actually has it correct... You'd have to release every fish you catch if you are worried about the next spawn, from the day they finished their last spawn, any fish removed from the lake with or without eggs in them when caught, will not participate in the next spawn, be that 1 week, 1 month or 1 year away. Perch and Northerns generally have eggs in them all winter. I cannot tell which have eggs and which do not. I'd have to let them all go to ensure they could spawn one more time...and whether I keep them in Feb vs keeping them last August, the end result is still the same. The fish is removed from the spawning pool. Letting them go is commendable, but harvesting a fish anytime between two spawn periods has the same net effect on the breeding population. I release much more than I keep and do not target fish on beds... That is my conservation route. My Dad used to fry up perch eggs when I was young. Probably 35 years since I had them. I recall tht thy were tasty. May have to try it again this winter... Good Luck! Ken
  13. Well it was only 15 miles, but it sure felt great! Lots of sun, no wind, no salt.... Just felt good to get out and ride... Especially in January! Good Luck! Ken
  14. Funny!!! Manziel earned each and every one of those!
  15. A friend of mine has a Fryin Saucer at his pheasant hunting farm in SoDak. Just used it last week. Thought they were. A joke, but nope! Pretty slick little cooker. We made pheasant fingers. Fried up 6 or so at a time, put them on the saucer when done... Stayed warm and crispy while we fried more.... Grease drains back in to the bowl... Good Luck! Ken
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