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  • Birthday 03/14/1985

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  1. WallyGator12000

    Taking pictures from the stand

    Awesome. Thanks Scoot! I'll have to check that out.
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    Taking pictures from the stand

    Scoot, on a side note- I'd love to know how you keep both your binocs and rangefinder on your strap. I've tried to figure out a way to keep both and I just can't seem to make it work. I might be a moron, or maybe I'm using the wrong type of strap. I've got my binoculars on the Under Armour binoc harness, which is the basic elastic strap that holds your optics tight to your chest.
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    Anyone going to get a new bow this year?

    Just picked up the new Mathews No Cam HTR. Is it September yet?
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    Rutting Reports

    Incredible day in the stand today, north metro. Saw 12 deer this morning, including a big ten who was dogging a doe all day. They bedded near me three times, and I had him at 30 yards multiple times but he wouldn't take the few extra steps he needed to for a clear shot. Lots of chasing going on, and I heard more grunting today than I have ever heard before. The big 10 would grunt at the doe while he was bedded next to her, I'd never seen that before either. Hopefully the rain holds off tomorrow so I can get another crack at him while he's still locked on the doe in heat.
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    Favorite pheasant recipes

    Substitute pheasant for chicken in this recipe, it's amazing: http://therecipecritic.com/2013/09/baked-honey-sesame-chicken/ Baked Honey Sesame Chicken Author: Alyssa Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 30 mins Serves: 6 Ingredients 4 chicken breasts 1 cup cornstarch 3 eggs salt and pepper ¼ cup canola oil Sauce: ¾ cup honey ¾ cup soy sauce ½ cup ketchup ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup rice wine vinegar 1 t sesame oil 1 t minced garlic 1 T cornstarch additional sesame seeds for garnish Instructions Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture. I have also found that you can put the chicken pieces in a gallon size bag and shake to coat. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and 1 T cornstarch. Pour over chicken and bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. I stirred the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.
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    Quail Sighting

    Northern bobwhite quail are protected and can't be killed. Other types of quail are not protected and can be taken at any time. We hunt a farm in Houston County that used to have quail on it. The farmer said he saw the first quail he'd seen in years sometime earlier this fall. It would be really cool if they could re-establish themselves there.
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    how long do your boots last

    I'm a mink oil guy myself. I have two pairs of Irish Setters (one with insulation, one without) and they get wiped down and treated with mink oil after every trip. One pair is 5 years old now and the other is 4 years old. After they are cleaned and oiled, they look brand new. Also, you can send your Irish Setters in to Red Wing Boots for repair at any time, free of charge. I've done this many times in the past with boots. And if you take them to a Chet's Shoes or similar retailer, they will usually ship them Red Wing for free as well. I'd highly recommend sending your boots in for a repair before you give up on them. The only caution I have is that the wait time can be a few weeks, so don't do it until after the season. I've always worn Irish Setters for upland hunting, and based on my experiences with their repair and customer service team, I always will be!
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    And they say turkeys won't cross fences...

    Ha! Stick it's in the north metro...but unfortunately well within city limits. Rundrave, it's a Primos call- the A-Frame Double with Bat Cut. I like it; fits well in my mouth and I can make the full range of calls with it (or, more accurately, the full range of calls that my limited ability allows). Obviously I was overcalling just a bit, but I wanted to make him gobble for the video and once I knew I had him coming, why stop?
  9. I say "bull." Stupid metro birds. Why can't the birds in SE Minnesota be this dumb? This tom came right in to me this evening.
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    Permit question!

    Sandpoint- Yes, I called the DNR before our drawn-for season (A) started, and obviously I never bought the license for it. Didn't have any issues picking up the later season license after season A was over, I purchased it directly from the DNR's HSOforum using their online system. Here's my summary/takeaway- You can't hunt more than 1 season. If you get drawn for one of the lottery seasons (A-C), and you purchase the license, regardless of whether you actually hunt or are successful, you are done. If you get drawn for one of the lottery seasons and don't purchase the license, then you can purchase one of the surplus season licenses without issue and hunt then. That's what the DNR told me on the phone when I called them a month or so ago, and it's been 100% consistent with my experience. I was drawn for season A and didn't purchase a tag. I am planning to hunt season G, and I have purchased a surplus tag for that season (at full price ($27)) without issue from the DNR's HSOforum. Hope that helps.
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    Permit question!

    One tag per year is spot on. This year we were drawn for Season A but due to conflicts decided we couldn't hunt that time period. I called the DNR and they said I could hunt a later season without issue as long as I didn't actually purchase a season A tag. We are now going to hunt season G.
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    Pheasant setup

    Interesting, I've had the opposite experience with prairie storm. I absolutely love the stuff. You're right about needing to use an improved choke, federal's wad system keeps the shot cupped longer than any normal wad would. But I've shot roosters at close range and extremely long range with 2 3/4" #5 prairie storms with awesome results, and none of the birds have been ripped up or turned to mince-meat.
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    Pheasant Photos 2013

    I've really enjoyed the A5 so far...I've also got a citori that I'm partial to for pheasants, so I didn't think I'd like the A5 as much as I do. It's incredibly light, and paired with some Federal Prairie Storms it's a pretty fun gun to shoot. Maybe your beretta needs some company in the safe haha.
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    Pheasant Photos 2013

    Loving my new A5 this fall...it's putting the hurt on some roosters!
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    Grouse anyone

    Hunted four mornings in Cook County this past weekend while on a family vacation. Saw three grouse, shot at two of them, and got one. It's really slow out there right now. Also saw 5 snowshoe hares, so by my observations it seems the biologists are right, when the hares are up, the grouse are down. This guy also made an appearance: Pretty neat to see, especially with how grim their outlook is right now.
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