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  1. Paradice

    Best Hunting in MN

    I would spend a great deal of time getting caught up on MN deer politics before you buy land here. The DNR is quickly working their CWD plan across an ever growing swat of land. You don't want to buy land some place you think has great deer hunting, and then suddenly end up in an eradication zone like SE MN. You could see your land dollars go up in smoke with a single press release from the Destroyers of Natural Resources.
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    Big Buddy Heater Won't Light

    I just use 1lb tanks. I haven't been back home to try any of these tips yet.
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    Big Buddy Heater Won't Light

    I used this thing 4 times last season (brand new then), and now it won't light. I've got spark, changed the LP tank, and nothing. Anyone take one of these things apart to make it work again?
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    Have Lake Specific Forums Run Their Course?

    I don't understand facebook anymore. I joined when it just got going back in about 2003. Used it for years, and then the content kept deteriorating. People I wanted to interact with quit posting. People I didn't posted too much. Then politics got hot, or "look how great my life is" or "look how miserable I am" or "look at my baby" etc. I finally threw up my hands and shut it down about six years ago. I still cannot understand what value remains.
  5. I used to watch lake forums very closely to hear the current chatter. I never fish any of those lakes anymore, but I'm still curious. Not to knock on any specific site, but it seems there is no longer any lake-specific chatter on the web. Five to ten years ago, those forums were on fire with tips, pictures, etc. Have they burned themselves out due to acceleration of info and subsequent mobbing, or what's the deal? A few weeks ago, even the DNR made comment that the speed of information has had an impact on fisheries. Curious what others think.
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    Locking your fish house?

    Nearly every time I have fished Red Lake I have been checked. Those 4 stroke sleds are silent, and the Red Lake COs move quickly. Every time I have been checked there, those guys were on a mission. There was no idle chit chat. It was all business. Now when i've been checked in SD, totally different encounter. They were riding around on a loud tracked vehicle and very laid back and just making their rounds.
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    Locking your fish house?

    If you've never been checked by a game warden, I'd advise you not lock your house, at least during normal fishing hours. The art of the CO visit is a quick and quiet pounce on you. If they come up to your house and the door is locked, your visit just started off very badly. You better hope you have your Ps & Qs in order because you just raised his red flags to dig further. I also wouldn't argue the constitution with them either. It's a police state on the ice. Might as well just let them in and get their check done.
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    Vex, Marcum or Humminbird.

    I've had the most basic marcum (LX-1 or VX-1) for over ten years. Just a good piece of equipment. They probably don't even make that one anymore, but have never been disppointed in Marcum's simple versions.
  9. Paradice

    Would You Sell It All For Your Own Pond?

    Great point. I've had a talk with my pond guy about that already. Apparently there is a lot of thinking that goes into proper placement of an aerator.
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    Would You Sell It All For Your Own Pond?

    Good feedback all. I don't know that I'd completely give up on public water fishing. I would likely do a lot less, and like BigDave2 said, I'd also focus more on group trips when I did go public. A big driver for me is to have an extra activity on the recreational property. I do look forward to having my own pond though. I envision my pond being a quarter acre or less. Hoping for upwards of 9' deep if I can make it work in the space I'm willing to use.
  11. I'm planning to put in a fish pond on my property this summer. I have been working with a fish/pond/water guy the past few months, and I think it'll work out. Here's my question. If you guys could grow your favorite fish in a pond on your property, would you give up public water ice fishing? I'm seriously considering it. It really only matters when you consider whether you were planning to build storage for a boat and a fish house some day. There are clearly many advantages a pond won't have, but there are also many advantages a pond will have that public waters won't. -no littering, no crowding, no poaching, no mob harvesting, no broken axels, no wheelers or sleds, no huskers or hawkeyes (just kidding guys), no licenses, no gas costs etc etc etc. What do you think?
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    Big Buddy's on sale

    I like that. Look, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who've owned one and never had a problem, but with this heater, I don't understand one bit of what RebelSS said about his routine. I have simple expectations in a heater. It should turn on and produce heat when I want it to. I should not need a degree in engineering to break down and clean what should be a $20 after-thought fishing appliance. Now that we've got this out of the way, when can we expect some real ice? I've got a massive pile of pumpkins and squash out for post season deer feeding and counting. I think them devils are getting off lucky with the above freezing temps. Should make for easy stomping and gobbling.
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    Big Buddy's on sale

    I wouldn't walk across the parking lot to throw a new one in the dumpster for free. Those things have always been junk. For any of you that have been around a while, this is my annual post to warn everyone to not buy one. If you're in doubt, just google "Buddy heater problems" and you'll find all the supporting material you need to talk yourself out of it.
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    Anyone use nanofil in the winter?

    I had the same experience. Now I just use 2lb fireline and then run 30" of flourocarbon if I am in clear water.
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    The state’s deer herd is growing

    I hunt zone 1. Very interesting to see those numbers. From what I have seen the herd is showing signs of rebound in our neighborhood. We're a ways off from being able to tolerate hunters choice, but we're seeing deer again finally. I agree the herd is in better shape than 2-3 years ago when many people saw no deer and no signs of deer. So what does it all mean? I suspect the widespread pain of the glut in major swaths of zone 1 for the dark years has woke some up to the idea of passing does. There was certainly more opportunity with fewer bucks-only zones and larger doe tag numbers in certain DPAs. What will be interesting is how the DNR responds to more deer on the landscape up here but fewer does being shot. We had two doe tags in our group this year and we proudly tossed them in the fire, unfilled, at the end of season.
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