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  1. Muskie 456 We occasionally run into other hunters in the woods but very seldom. Walk 1/2 mile from the road and your vehicle and you have eliminated 90% of your competition. Compared to MN the are not that many hunters "out west". And there is lots of room to roam. If you decide on NW Neb, send me an email and I can give your some more specific advise on where and what. Email: [email protected] I am better about checking email then this forum.
  2. Muskie456 Like yourself I am a Do It Yourself (DIY) kind of guy. For 20+ years I have planned out of state turkey hunts (departing from Rochester MN)and when I draw a MN license it is a bonus. My preferred destination has consistently been the Black Hills (SD or WY) or the Pine Ridge Area in NW Neb. close to Chadron or Crawford. We always hunt Natl. Forest or WMA's and have done very well. Camping for a long weekend and a 5-6 day trip including driving days, make for a very inexpensive and doable trip. Make sure you bring a cooler to bring your bird or birds home. Merriam turkeys live there. I went to SW Kansas once for Rio Grandes. It was a difficult hunt. The Public WMA's did not seem to hold turkeys at all. So we started knocking on doors for permsission to hunt. We quickly found out the big farms and ranches were "tied up and not available with hunting leases". We got lucky and found a small farm (120 acres)with turkeys that let us hunt. They saved our trip.
  3. Perch King is correct. You may have picked the pinnacle of bug season. However, every once in a while the UP throws a curve ball, and you could have a relatively bugless trip. Could happen! But Go Prepared with your best defenses for blackflies and mosquitos. If you have done your home work, you already have your reservation for entry and campsite. If not, make sure you get it before you go. Sylvannia is a small wilderness area and suprisingly popular, especially for long weekend trips. RE fishing: I have found panfish and smallmouth bass to be the most reliable in that area. But Northern are available, maybe an occassional walleye. If you have a portable depth finder, or can rig one up, take it along as it can be a tremendous help finding fish and structure. The town of Watersmeet is small and does not have a lot of amenities. There is a Gas Station/Store/Grocery/Cafe at the intersection of US-2 & US-45. You can purchase fishing licenses there. Couple of other small businesses in town: Gas, gifts, etc. The Tackle and Bait shop north side of town on US-45, I found the best for advice, bait and tackle. AND if you wish to try your luck, there is a Casino north of town on US 45, maybe you can pay for you trip. Having grown up in the UP I can tell you the early spring weather can be Spectacular & Beautiful or Especially Nasty. (Not much in between) Clothing layers and good rain gear would be wise. But I hope you get choice A. Have a nice trip. I am sure you will enjoy the remoteness & undeveloped character of the area.
  4. NWA In my miss-spent youth I went into the Sylvannia Tract 3 times with canoe, and then last summer my wife & I rented a cabin for 2 weeks on Thousand Island Lake, right next to the Wilderness area. What kind of adventure are you planning? What info would be helpful?
  5. Hi DC Yes I think it would be worth your time to build your bamboo rod. Like you- about a year ago I built a bamboo rod using an "inexpensive blank" (6.5 foot, 5 Wt., 2 tips) purchased off the internet. I just wanted to see if my moderate rod building skills were up to the task of working with bamboo. Also I did not want to invest a lot of $$$ in an expensive blank and mess it up. I was extremely pleased (he said modestly) with the outcome. It is a pretty rod and it fishes really nicely. You will learn a lot about working with bamboo, and have a quite nice rod. (A fellow can never have enough fishing rods). I am feeling brave enough now to attempt repairs on an antique rod I have saved for 30 years, and maybe build a good one someday. Here is a HSOforum forum I found extremely helpful and informative: [Note from admin: Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank you.] have fun- Dan N
  6. 6/9 Lake G fishing report Hi Shiner and friends Well we went to Lake G this past long weekend. June 8-11. A classic U.P. sandwich. LOCATION-Perfect, FISHING-Poor, WEATHER-Magnificant. When the U.P decides to be beautiful it really out does itself and anywhere else!!! Location- we stayed at the State Park CG, and fished primarily the south end of the lake. Extremely beautiful Lake and CG. Weather was superb. Clear days, after a windy arrival on Fri. But Sat/Sun were just beautiful., Bugs were almost a none problem. Ankle biting deer flies were out a little during daylight hours. No rain. Fishing was poor. We concentrated on walleye. Trolled Crankbaits, slow trolled spinners and Lindy rigs, with and without bait, jigged a little, fished shallow 8ft. to deep 25ft. and back again. 2-days, resulted in 2 -12 inch 'eyes. The couple of fish we got were on Crankbaits. It was tough. Others I talked with also reported very slow to poor fishing. Some people were focused on Bass and were getting a few. Maybe Next Time DN
  7. hi shiner I look forward to your post trip report. thanks for the offer, have a safe trip and a good time, Eh? DN
  8. HI Shiner A question about going back to the UP??? I am a Ex-Yooper, also living in MN. My question is how is the fishing at Gogebic these days??? I am thinking about a trip back a little later in June. Gogebic is on my A-list. But it has been decades since I have been there. So just inquiring about what you think. DN
  9. Hi T-water I recently borrowed one (Cabelas Canoe Loader) from a friend to use for a long trip south. I have a Chev 2500 4WD with topper, so it is a really long reach up to put a canoe up on that rack. Anyway- I used the loader to load and unload the canoe only. But did not leave it permenantly on for travel. Along with a 3 step ladder so I could lift it up, I was able to load and unload the canoe by myself quite easily. I was impressed enough I went and bought one of my own. DN
  10. Hi Scoot- I can help you out with a 1/2 dozen or so answers. I have also just received my WY Elk license and do the archery season out there. I and friends have been chasing those rascally elk for about 20 years, off and on. There about 501 mistakes you can make bow hunting elk, I personally, am on about my 4th lap through them all. A 10 day trip is about minimum to do well at finding them and getting into them. Of course more is better, but go and a stay as long as you can. Send me an email and I will be glad to "chat" with you there. [email protected] Dan
  11. Hi Cliffy Last summer I was setting up and testing a new hunting bow. I fletched 12 arrows. 3 Feathers, 3 Quik Spin, 3 Plastic vanes (all 3 fletch) and 3 with Blazers (4 fletch). Shooting through a Whisker Biscuit. All with a little helical angle to them. All on heavy aluminum arrows. I like weighty arrows. What I learned is accuracy (aka grouping) was about the same with all. Although point of impact was a little different. (I am not great accurate shooter but pretty good.) The plastic vanes and Quik Spins quickly got beat up by the Whisker Biscuit, getting rippled and torn. Evidentually the feathers got matted down. Thus I went with 4 fletch Blazers. They seem to be Thicker plastic, stiffer and hold up to the Whisker Biccuit very well. I am still shooting the original fletch from last summer. Shot a weeklly league this winter. To summarize- I like them alot. They are sturdy and shoot as good as I can. Adjusted the sights for point impact and I have been pleased with them since. I will fletch up some new arrows this summer with Blazers again for the upcoming season. DanN
  12. Hi Sar5 Over the years (more then I care to reveal), I have gone to about a gazillion seminars by walleye "pros". An interesting pattern I have noted is that each of them has 1 or 2, and maybe a 3rd techniques they prefer and promote. I think their secret is they they get REALLY good at a couple of techniques (i.e. jigging and spinner or bare bait rigs seem most prevelant). It is not that they don't troll, use plastics, or crank baits etc. but those seem to be fall back things when their preferred technique isn't producing. I am still developing skill at one stationary technique (Jigging)and one moving technique (Lindy, spinner, or bottom bouncer rigs). I also occassionally use slip bobbers. It's a nostalgia thing from my mis-spent youth. I still like to watch a bobber disappear. DN
  13. Hi poutpro see my response to you on the "fly fishing" board. Pan fish are a "guarnnnteed" way to get hooked on fly fishing.
  14. hi Mitch A good friend of mine just bought one and has put about 50 arrows through it. I was shooting with him and watching. (I am old school low tech myself, but watching made me question this attitude). Anyway I was especially impressed with: The speed, 20yds faster then you could blink. Quiet. I heard the arrows stike noise more then the bow Stability. The bow barely moved in my buddies hand upon release. The one thing that made me flinch was the price. with release, accessories,etc. my buddy was right on the $1000 mark. Ouch! best wishes
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