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  1. fishinsfun

    Pine Cones

    Sounds like a red pine. Dropping cones is perfectly normal. They drop the seed, then come early summer, they drop the empty cones. And you will see full cones drop due to wind.
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    Where to plant Oak Saplings

    What aspect is the hill? It looks south maybe south east facing. For trees the basics are amount of light and soil moisture. I'm guessing the hill is fairly dry and has lots of sun on it throughout the summer. So the red oak will do better than the white there. Both of those species will do just fine there, but for highest success put the red oak higher on the hill and white lower. I am a northern guy so I am partial to those trees, for your situation I would suggest a combination of deciduous and conifer (which will block the road in the winter as well); oaks are a natural choice as you have (could include bur oak), Kentucky coffeetree are interesting, but they have large seed pods that you may not want scattered around. I would try red juniper on the hill as well, drought resistant and sun-loving. Jack pine would also do fine on the hill, white spruce lower down the hill. Just my two cents, like I said, I am a northern forester.
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    Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)

    Up here in the northland, these buggers come in cycles. You might remember the last peak from 2001-2003 where they literally covered everything up here. We are on track for another peak soon, but not expected to be nearly as bad. Depending on how many trees you are talking about, you can simply remove them as others have alluded to. As Dotch said, Bt is fairly specific, but you could affect other desirable caterpillars that become desirable moths or butterflies. Unless you have many trees where hand removal is not an option, avoid Bt. Even the folks targeting the Gypsy moth are careful how much they use for that reason (and they have some other interesting control techniques based on the males 'desire'!). Also, Sevin is not something I would use haphazardly (not suggesting anyone is). It is broad spectrum and will target desirable insects such as honey bees. Use sparingly.
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    Where to plant Oak Saplings

    Forester is right about the red oak and the link has tons of good info. One correction though FYI, the trees in back are a species of spruce or less likely fir (tough to tell given all the non-native trees nurseries sell), not pine.
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    Maple Trimming

    As Powerstroke said, no problem with some trimming. Generally with a few very important exceptions (such as oaks) you can prune trees anytime. Though it is still best to do it in the dormant season. The bigger issues are how much to prune (Powerstroke is right again) and technique. There are plenty of documents on pruning out there so a search will get you some good pics of the correct way. Basically, just past the wide part (branch collar) on the twig as you move away from the stem is the right spot. And depending on branch size, a couple of methods to make sure you don't tear are available. Good Luck!
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    Whats the best handheld gps?

    Yep, we use Trimble. The costs for the survey grade run from $2500 and up. They are all ruggedized as well, meeting military specs for water, dust, and shock. They also do have PDA type units that cost between $600-$900 and are not rugged. They get down to 1-3 meter, but you need other software for mapping and such, so again, not very cost effective for general use. A fishing or hunting guide may be able to justify it if they needed the extra mapping functions and really wanted to collect detailed data. For example, you could set it up to collect points or tracks and then enter in weather conditions, time of day, moon phase, take geotagged photos, etc. Then you could have a detailed database of your outings without keeping a journal. There is free software out there, so you could avoid that cost, but it generally has a steeper learning curve, and little customer support. If anyone really has an interest, let me know and I could provide more details.
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    Whats the best handheld gps?

    I use GPS at work to lay out timber sales, and accuracy is important, so I know a bit about how GPS works. Garmins (as well as all other cheap GPS's) are considered recreational grade (within about 15 meter accuracy 50% of the time). I don't know anything about the smartphones, but find it hard to believe they are any better. I could be wrong however. You need to pay thousands of dollars to get consistent accuracy below one meter. For the types of things we are talking about here (finding a fishing hole, or navigating) garmins and smartphones are likely not any different. As someone said, it comes down to features, cost, etc. And I don't want to hear about the reference to metric!!
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    ok to remove benches?

    Thanks for the support guys. I figured there were others who had done it. That's a good thought about leaving the back and front bench. It would make for less work! Even before I thought about a floor, I wanted to enclose the front section for storing life jackets and other such stuff.
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    ok to remove benches?

    I tried doing a search for this, but found nothing specific. I have a 1997 Lund SV-16 with the bench seats. Could I remove the seats and put in a floor (plus storage, etc.) without compromising the strength? If not, is it possible to add ribs? I love the boat, but not the seats (is that possible?) I really don't want to buy a different boat 'cause I got this one for a good price. Thanks! Craig
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    Remington 750 Woodsmaster

    The 750 is only a couple years old, you might be thinking of the older versions. They have supposedly gotten better. My dad has an old 742 from at least the early 60's that he never cleans and never has a problem with, though he is the type that shoots a couple rounds before the season and only needs a couple rounds for the season to kill his deer. I think the worst version was the 7400 which was between the two.
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    blocked trail

    It really just comes down to understanding the fundamental differences between the feds (and even the difference between a National Park and a National Forest), the state, and the county. There are vastly different laws for managing each in general and even differences between certain types of lands within each ownership (as NP NF above). As one recent example, I heard that Joe Soucheray of KSTP AM1500 went on a rant about the Kekekabic trail in the Superior National Forest and the BWCAW. As I listened to the podcast, I realized he had no idea what the Wilderness Act is and what its implications are to managing the BWCAW. He just kept talking about how the District Ranger should just do this or do that, not understanding that there are laws prohibiting what he was talking about. And as a finer point, one of his callers said the "DNR should just manage it like a snowmobile trail", or something to that effect. Hello, the DNR doesn't manage it!
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    blocked trail

    There is a difference between MN DNR and Federal Forest Service policies and actions. If the land with the whacked trees was federal, they were most likely closing the road permanently. They don't do that if they plan on using the road again for management purposes (timber harvest, TSI, habitat improvement, etc.), its called decommissioning. If the road were to be used later for management access and they wanted to keep out motorized vehicles, they would only put up a berm, some rocks, or a gate (this rarely keeps out those who feel it is their "right" to drive their wheeler back there because its public land). Also, let me step on my soapbox here. Most people have no clue what the difference between state and federal land management agencies are (if I had a dollar for every person who called me a forest ranger...). I realize most folks are too busy to bother researching which agency does what and who works where, but as outdoorspeople it is certainly in your best interest to learn as much about how the state and feds differ in policy and management of the lands and lakes that are so important to you. Stepping off my soapbox. Thanks for letting me rant, especially for a first time poster to this particular area!
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    Arctic Cat ATV'S???

    I have an 05 300 4x4(don't make them anymore ) I like it a lot. Has just enough power so I can get around without killing myself! The fact that every type of machine goes through this larger and more powerful is better scenario is quite funny. My 300 will plow snow(it has 3 gear ratios, including a super low), haul a decent size trailer(not the puny ATV kind) FULL of firewood, get me around the woods and the lakes (ice fishing), and it's light enough to pick up an end if I get it highcentered(which doesn't happen much cause it's got decent clearance for a smaller chassis). I'm sure many of you will say your machine is faster and more powerful, has more clearance looks cooler, and makes you feel like more of a man but all that does have a cost, both mechanically and monetarily. Maybe I'm just too practical for my own good.
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    Your favorite MN trail??

    Hi, and welcome. I live in Babbitt. The Stony Spur is a nice trail, no mud but it is a fun ride. Mud on designated trails around here is hard to come by. It's out there but I'm sure you don't want to go running around in our wetlands either. There are a lot of trails around here, but you need to trailer your bike around since there are very few through trails or circle routes. It is rough and remote country that has many wetlands with no crossings. In other words a lot of spur trails. Also, the Forest Service (who administers much of the land around here) restricts ATV's to designated roads and trails, meaning no x-country travel and some high traffic forest roads are off-limits. They provide a map(check the Superior National Forest HSOforum), but it leaves a lot to be desired. The DNR also has trail maps available. Personally, I don't ride many of those trails because I can take of from my house in Babbitt and ride for hours just south of town on mining company land(shhhh!). Good luck, have fun and if you have specific questions about other areas, pm me.
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