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  1. Bueller? Bueller? Anyone going this year? I’m on the fence. Kinda depends on what the kids knock over this last weekend of FA season and if I have another person to go with. I did run through some rounds last weekend to make sure I was ready should things play my way for the season.
  2. I’d like to pick up another one this year. Since it’s been several years since I’ve really shopped the market, I could use some recommendations. I’ve leaning toward making the leap to a unit that sends pics to my phone but after reading some Spy Point reviews I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Are there other cellular cameras to look at? Any one with a cellular camera have any feedback on positives or negatives? If not cellular, what current brands and models are a good bang for the buck? I have an old Moultie I’m really happy with for battery life and reasonably happy with pic quality. I like good battery life but would like a more reliable and quicker trigger. Thanks!
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    Turkey Day Ice?

    Wow...
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    Muzzy 2018

    I’m with ya here! ‘Cept the vacation part for some dumb reason.
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    Single Stage Snow Throwers

    I can’t speak for the walk behind styles but I know my old single stage blower on the tractor does just fine and throws snow plenty well compared to a two stage. Ive been told that if that’s what ive been running, I wouldn’t be happy “updating “ to a 2 stage by the guy that would’ve sold me the 2 stage. If that says anything for ya.
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    Turkey Day Ice?

    It was going dark on my travels from Little Falls to Crosslake but the only open water I saw was Big Trout tonight. I’m sure much of the chain is open but quite a bit of water closed up this past week.
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    Trail Layout

    Nope, it did not... So, just how big was that egg? I think @nofishfisherman and I are on the same page.
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    Trail Layout

    It ran across my phone as a text from a co-worker. But I was in YOUR hunten area when I got it. Fresh dusting of snow and 11 degrees at about 8 pm last night. It should be nice this weekend with a blank slate on the ground - if you’re going.
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    Trail Layout

    You sure you wanna give it up? Was just up there today and ran across this.
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    Trail Layout

    I probably won’t have any advice you’d like but if it were my ground, I’d go this route: First decide what area I want to leave untouched so there is an area of refuge. Someplace the deer can feel relatively safe so they stick around. No trails and rarely step foot in it if that’s possible. For trails, I’ve always preferred narrower, rambling trails that are maybe wide enough for a 4 wheeler. It just seems more natural to me and less intrusive to the environment. More enjoyable walks and less of a departure from being in the forest. I don’t care for long, wide shooting lanes. Just make spur trials to well placed stand sites. For what it’s worth, I truly believe mature deer feel the same way; feeling more secure in a less manicured environment. I’ve been on substantially trailed properties that used to produce mature deer that now still produce deer but rarely anything over 2.5 year olds, if even that. You could brush that out pretty easily with a tow behind rough cut mower. Again, just my opinion.
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    Deer Heart

    Yeah, I’d take eyeguy’s advice and not soak it anything once. I’m of the opinion you don’t ever know the true taste of something until you try it straight up, then adjust from there for your taste. I mentioned milk cuz that’s how it’s done at deer camp by the camp cook. I wouldn’t hesitate to just fry in butter or grill or whatever way you prefer any normal cut of venison. Maybe you’ll get another chance this year?
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    Deer Heart

    Congrats on the buck Minky. Nothing wrong with heart. Some folks are really into them. When we keep them they’re usually soaked in milk, then just fried up as a snack for those who want it. I’ll eat it and enjoy it but personally think it’s more of a novelty than a delicacy. Tenderloins are a delicacy.
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    Where Ya Opening The Season

    I’ll be in our area 172 deer camp with my duck hunting shoes on. I plan to greet Saturday dawn lying in a skiff in a rice bed surrounded by decoys. Hopefully I can collect up my birds before too many texts come in to help the kids with their deer! Keeping in mind these are 20 something kids Good luck All and enjoy a safe hunt.
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    Nodak

    Thanks @minky. i did have one more day to go, or morning anyway. Just adding to the information bank on how those birds can twist and turn your day around was the main theme, unfortunately. I didn’t have enough patience on my morning setup and bugged out for plan B when the roost appeared to be heading the opposite direction. Tick tock goes the clock on the last day, gotta make some moves, I think...??? Long story short, the dark geese schooled me. A chance encounter with light geese in the late morning made up for it though. Dont know if I get to go back this year but I’d sure like to.
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    Nodak

    It hasn’t been a hay day but I’ve managed a limit of ducks each day plus a couple geese today. Its always impressive coming out and seeing birds literally by the thousands but they aren’t fools! Plus, anyone who hunts out here knows, you have to work to be rewarded. Lots of scouting, lots of decoys, and lots of analyzing. And then, lots of patients can come in handy. 40 yards out here looks 20 in Minnesota. Its amazing.
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    Nodak

    First problem: work. Had something come up last minute on Tuesday that required I come in Wednesday. Finally out and ready to get some rest before hitting it for 4 days instead of 5, but I’m here! Birds have been disappearing this week on the strong winds but there are still pockets and presumably more on the border areas/ice line. Nice weather predicted for tomorrow and a good bunch of birds were scouted today. We’ll see what happens. I hear we’re in for a big blow this weekend.
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    Nodak

    Posting. Cuz I can’t sleep worth a dump. Gonna be a MEA yahoo for most the rest of the week. I’ve heard good reports from the friends that are already out there. They took the whole week so I’m driving myself out Tuesday night. Just getting the the back of the truck filled with dekes got me too revved up. Gonna be hard packing anything else besides waders, layout blind, guns and shells! Who needs food and more than one change of clothes for 5 days anyway?!
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    Duffman solo in pics

    I was ALMOST headed to Ely as well but opted to stick to “productive” pursuits at home, figuring I probably missed the October window this year. That only lasted a day though before I headed west. It looked really cool though. Quiet too I bet.
  19. I have a couple LX5s and have been very happy with them. I had to get a second one for the wheelhouse since after I set it up for the wife, I usually go out hole hopping my original one. Then come back with fish only cuz I was using the “cheat mobile”. With the second one I was able to let her stare at it long enough to figure it out cuz apparently my teaching skills are sub par. She normally wanted to have the camera down all the time but come dark, it’s kinda hard to see anything. Who knew a wheelhouse and flasher would change her from a winter hibernator to an ice fishing addict. She wants to go EVERY weekend now. Anyone wanna buy a wheelhouse? Just kidding.... but I wish she’d wanna try for lakers every once in a while.
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    Just Food and Drink

    Had to go back and see if it was you that posted this one:
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    New decoys

    @smurfy I like that decoy! Hope it works great for ya. Sometimes I wonder if the 9 under 22 is something we should just start doing even if they wind up as cat food. I’m never an advocate for wanton waste so I say that with the thought of realizing I should experiment with other ways to use little pike that doesn’t involve filleting all of them. I like pickeled pike but not a quart at a time!
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    Hunting Shack Ideas

    Sometimes the cozy little place with just essentials is part of the adventure of going somewhere. You’re going to enhance your bond to your new place even more going through these phases. It sounds like you have solid and realistic expectations for the resources available. It’s been fun reading about your progress. In your shack, I might consider using your loft for gear storage more than for sleeping. That top bunk roast out would be a little aggravating to me since I sleep better in a cold room than hot! And one tip if you plan to keep it a wood floor on the bottom: get at least some bath mats to put down by your bunks/cots for your feet to land on when you get out of bed on those cool mornings. You’d be surprised how much they will be appreciated! I thought of your post when I had this sent to me yesterday:
  23. @fishkid Nice “consolation prize”. I’m hoping next year is my year to get back up there.
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    Furnace Help

    You say you can’t get it going. What DOES it do? There’s always a sequence of operations to run HVAC equipment. Knowing if it does some things or nothing at all is Important. Looks like fresh marks on the flare from you diconnecting it. But ya, like Leech said, better have that connected. Do you get propane to that point?
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