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  1. I haven't seen this mentioned yet, but from a safety perspective (and the law I imagine), I'd think you need to have a 360 degree anchor light for night. Can you imagine someone coming across the lake at night and piling up on that? The reflectors that are required for winter are pretty useless as boats don't have headlights to shine off them. Might want to take that into consideration for the sake of your own liability. That said, looks like a cool project.
  2. This isn't a problem with the transmission, it's just a function of it's design. Your parking gear engages a lock in your transmission to keep the wheels from turning. If you park on an incline, the weight of the vehicle will put a load on this lock, making it difficult to disengage. This is actually the recommended procedure, I always do this on an incline. Especially with a trailer on the back. RTFM Per my Silverado's manual: Torque Lock If you are parking on a hill and you do not shift the transmission into P (Park) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transmission. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of P (Park). This is called torque lock. To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into P (Park) properly before you leave the driver seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park on page 9-30 . When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of P (Park) before you release the parking brake. If torque lock does occur, you may need to have another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some of the pressure from the parking pawl in the transmission. You will then be able to pull the shift lever out of P (Park)
  3. How are you smoking yours? When I smoke tullies (or any fish for that matter) I brine them over night. I just use a simple brine, enough salt to float an egg. Then I take them out of the brine in the morning and let them sit in the fridge uncovered until I get home from work. This helps develop a tacky film that the smoke will stick to on the fish. I think that is what's going to give you that golden color.
  4. No doubt, I've suffered through rain, snow and wind many times and usually ended up with a nice deer because of it. I'll be out there no matter what the weather. I was out for the muzzleloader season last year and it was -30 when I walked out!! Granted I wasn't going to sit in a stand when it's that cold, instead I still hunted and when I was on my feet it really wasn't too bad. It actually paid off though because that cold got the deer up and feeding and I was able to bag a nice doe. I guess there is one thing I won't go out in and that's lightning. That's pretty rare in Nov but a couple years ago I was walking out in the morning second weekend and I start seeing flashes in the sky and hearing thunder. I went straight back to the truck. You won't find me 16ft up a tree sitting on a steel ladder in those conditions!!
  5. I generally avoid trails where there is a truck parked at the trailhead. I have had a guys on an ATV putt by me before and it was a bit frustrating. I usually get off the trail anyway but it still feels pretty rude.
  6. I was reading through this thread and when I got to this part I couldn't help thinking about an old Simpsons episode
  7. Ha, yeah I was talking about when #2 calls as well. I've almost had to do the fire pole slide down the tree it's hit me so quickly!! Again, thanks for all the tips. I like the idea of quartering the deer instead of dragging it. Might have to watch some Youtube videos and give it a try.
  8. I'm definitely in the camp of hunting all day long. I've shot probably 50% of my deer while everyone was in for lunch. Once I'm in the stand I'm there until the sun goes down, or until the morning coffee kicks in!
  9. Thanks for all the feed back. I don't mind making a long walk out to get away from everyone but I have definitely thought about the drag if I did end up shooting one that far out. I was hiking out to scout some spots this weekend and had made it a couple miles back. I thought to myself, that would be quite a drag (no pun intended) if I shot one back here. Interesting point on illegal ATV usage, I was wondering how many people run into this. I was walking back on some gated trails with signs explicitly saying no ATV usage and even confirmed with the office that manages that particular land that there is no motorized usage there. It would really suck to bust your butt only to have some guy putt up on a four wheeler.
  10. I've been trying to scout out some new spots to keep my options open this year and the years to come, and I've found a few spots that are looking pretty promising. I'm trying to get away from the masses as much as I can yet I know that's hard to do on public land. However, in my limited experience I've found that if you're willing to walk a ways off the beaten path you can usually get a little bit of space to yourself. My question is, how far do you think is too far for most people to walk?? What point do you think 90% of deer hunters would consider not worth the effort??
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    I would say what most people see as Goretex wearing out is the DWR loosing it's effectiveness. Once the outer fabric is saturated then it can seep through Goretex overtime. DWR can be revived through gentle washing and tumble drying. Eventually if that doesn't revive it you can buy spray on or wash in reapplications.
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    I purchased the Cabelas Whitetail Extreme outerwear a few years ago and have been really happy with it. I've been out in rain, freezing rain and snow and each time have stayed completely dry and warm on the inside. Definitely blocks wind well too. The outer material is very quiet and will get a little wet however the goretex is sandwiched in the middle of the layers of fabric and keeps you dry. One of the main things with all Goretex clothing items is to keep the DWR (durable water repellent) fresh. This is a coating that causes the water to bead on the outside fabric and run off. Once your outer fabric gets soaked, moisture can eventually seep through Goretex. The DWR prevents that outer fabric from getting soaked.
  13. Is there any inline fuses between the charger and the battery? I had the same problem before and the fuse was blown.
  14. I camped there once first weekend of October and we had the place to ourselves. Literally. Really nice campground though.
  15. I wonder then how I can catch any big walleyes vertical jigging out of my boat when my Humminbird puts out 4,000 watts of power?
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