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    Vikings 2018

    The Vikes are a solid team, but they have a lot of holes and flaws they will need to overcome in order to do anything in the playoffs (I think they'll make it, definitely one of the 6 best teams in the NFC). But considering the competition they will face in the playoffs and without a doubt will have to face on the road (no way they get top 2 seeds), I don't think they stand much of a chance. At best they will host the Wildcard round, and if they win that, they will more than likely be beaten in the next round on the road. Weird things can happen though. Injuries to other teams being the biggest, and if they catch fire at the right time, that could propel them to the next level.

    Thick ice, go to auger gas or cordless

    I dont doubt it is, but what I was saying is that if your drill dies on you, the nils converts back to a hand auger. The K-still, ion, ect, you’re dead on the water. Not that it’s something that will happen very often, if ever, but the option is there.
  3. Or maybe I'll hold off as long as possible and wait for the Garmin Panoptics units become more affordable! Those look like the cats a$$, but the price tag makes ya cringe..... $2K!?

    Thick ice, go to auger gas or cordless

    Hands down, 8" Nils and Dewalt 20V! Carry both batteries, keep them warm and seems to drill more than enough holes for me. I don't feel like it stresses the drill at all. Last year was my first season running it, so I'm hoping to really put it to the test this season. My only concern is how many years will I get out of the batteries and drill.... I'm sure it won't be as long as a gas auger. If/when it blows out on me, I may wind up going back to gas. For now, it's the only way to go. Best part is if the drill breaks, or batteries die, I still have the best hand auger on the market and can keep fishing. Can't say that for any of the other electric augers out there!
  5. My progression in ice electronics: Back in the early 2000's when I first started taking ice fishing seriously, I had a buddy that had the FL-8. Thought it was the coolest thing, but was also holding onto an unnecessary "purist" attitude and refused to spend the little money I had at the time on anything like that. I eventually broke myself down and jumped in by purchasing the Lowrance X67C, the original ice fishing "graph". It was perfect! Year round use, and, at the time, was the cats a$$. Loved the history of the graph, especially chasing lakers, because you could see if you raised something up when you may have not been paying attention. Then as I started fishing with more people, and more people began buying electronics, I found myself fighting interference every time out; especially in deep, rocky lakes. I would have to make a point to get far away from everyone so I could even use the dang thing. So, to solve that dilemma, if ya can't beat 'em, join 'em! I bought a used Marcum LX-3 off of an old poster from this very HSOforum. That was in 2007, I believe and I am still running that LX-3 today. Like the FL-8, it's tested, tough, and ever-reliable. Runs all day, and then some, on a single battery. It's quiet and it takes a lickin, keeps on tickin! I really have no need to upgrade from that. The one thing I really wish it did have, that makes me ponder an upgrade, is a digital depth readout. I would love to just be able to drop the transducer into the hole and get an instant depth reading instead of having to switch through the dials then try and figure out where you are at. It seems like the only flashers with that option these days are the FL-28 or Ice-55. If Marcum would add that feature to the M-5, I would buy that and call it good for life! Overall, I think I prefer the flasher over the graph. The Helix does look tempting, though, and may wind up being what I eventually upgrade to, primarily for it's year round use and GPS. I guess I remain skeptical with graphs, primarily based on the potential interference and clarity in deep water. I have the Lowrance Hook 7 for my boat that I tried that out last season on the ice, but like most Lowrance products, it's garbage. (sorry, I have had bad luck with that graph and regret buying it every time I use it). I had it out chasing lakers and I could barely pick up bottom in 50+ feet of water without cranking the gain up so high the screen looked like nothing but static. It makes a good GPS mounted on my snowmobile though!

    Montana Archery Elk 2018 By Cheetah

    Awesome story! That's amazing your Dad can pull off trips like this at 69 yrs old! I can only hope to be in that kind of shape at that age. Thanks for writing this up!

    What's Your Go To Broadhead?

    Another vote for the Slick Tricks!

    Opening Day

    Hunting archery season solo is all I know. Just go hunt. If you have the time, use it wisely. You never know when life throws a curve ball and your hunting time gets slashed. Good luck to everyone! Especially those of you lucky enough to be going out west!


    Awesome job! Way to get after it!


    Cheers to that! He’s shared a lot of info with me on some of his hunting areas in the local city hunts we’ve participated in the last few years. Thanks, rkhinrichs!

    2018 21’ fish house build

    WOW! That's some solid work there, man! Great job! I took on a boat rebuild this spring and, while no where near the level of this, I am very familiar with the trials and tribulations of trying to accomplish a task like this. Cheers to you! Going over your time and money budgets is a give-in on these projects. Enjoy your new toy!

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Boat prices are INSANE!!! Even used boats are still rediculous. As far as buying old used boats and rebuilding them for profit, I think you’ll be hard pressed to break even, let alone make a profit (unless you find one for dirt cheap). An old boat is still an old boat even if it’s been fixed up.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    It’s the cost of doing it. There’s a lot of putzy, tedious grunt work involved that makes these projects take a lot longer than one would think. Just to replace a floor requires a complete strip down and rebuild. I wish i would have kept track of my hours I put into this, but I think a safe guess would be at least 150 hours, plus materials.... I’d have to charge 3-5 grand, at least. I’m sure some would pay it, but not many.

    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation


    1994 1750 Tyee Renovation

    Ha! How much you willing to pay? There were times during this I seriously thought about quitting my job and trying to make a living off of boat renovations/flipping boats. But I just seriously doubt I could make enough to make it worth it.