Anyone get out yet for some grouse that can share any reports?
I don't hunt in the woods so I am limited to prairie grouse. Unfortunately my new pup isn't far enough along yet and not big enough for the rattlesnake vaccine so I will not be out on the grasslands any time soon with him. We are also dealing with above normal temps so I don't want to take any chances because I know the snakes will be out yet. Plus I don't like running dogs in this heat anyway let a lone a puppy who doesn't know how to pace himself yet.
What’s the farthest south you’ve ever seen gray jays? My brother in law has property just north of Cloquet, but I’ve never seen any there. I see plenty in Grand Marais and Ely. But I think the farthest south I’ve seen them is in George Washington State Forest, north of Grand Rapids.
To cold smoke you really need to keep the temperature under 90 degrees. This is pretty hard even when you use an AMNPS tray or tube in a smoker chamber. It can be done by putting a pan of ice between the AMNPS an what you are smoking, or by leaving the door of the smoker open a bit to let out the heat. The best solution is to make something similar to the mailbox mod, or buying a smoke generator. The attached photo is what I made (similar to the mailbox mod) to attach to my Pit Barrel cooker. I made it out of an old aluminum roaster with a couple aluminum elbows. It generates light blue smoke with no heat. I don’t smoke much fish, mostly bellies, cheese, eggs, etc. as for the cold smoking resources, just Google cold smoking and you will get all the information you need.