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    A quick way to clean fossils is to immerse in toilet bowl cleaner for several seconds. After 20 seconds or so, rinse well in cold water. This can be repeated as necessary until the excess lime deposit has been removed from the area needed to be viewed.

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    in reply to: Wooden Awl #1973421
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    As well rounded and nicked as the large end appears it could have been used as a percussion tool for knapping. The small end would have been used for setting up the striking platforms.

    Kinda-sorta-maybe ???

    We may have to get an opinion from Matt on THAT theory !

    Harley

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    If you want to try your hand at percussion flaking you might like some heat treated spalls from Craig Ratzat at the Neolithic Supply House. He has many types of cooked material available at a reasonable cost and it might save you some time and money in the long run !

    Use Neolithic Supply House as a search. He does have some WAAAAY cool material.

    Harley

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    Pottery Shard has some nice pattern on it, looks like that place has some real potential ! I would check that spot after each good rain as there seems to be a lot of promise there !

    Harley

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    That material looks a whole bunch like the material found at a place called the Spanish Diggings, WAYYYY west of here. I can’t recall exactly the location but a Google search will turn it up. I have several pieces of that stuff laying around somewhere.

    Harley

    Just ran the search, it’s in Wyoming, interesting reading !

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    in reply to: STURGEON #2032164
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    If you smoke your Sturgeon it may be a good idea to cut back on the time in the salt brine soak, they may have a penchant for sucking up more salt than you would care to have in there !

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    Carp is also great on the grill. Cut the middle belly fins off and then cut behind the head and remove the side of the fish with the scales left on. Scrub the slime off the outside and then wash the inside well. leave ALL the bones in because they are easier to remove after cooking. Place the slabs on the grill over a slow fire and coat with your favorite sauce, cook until done and then the rib and (Y) bones are easily removed. Great eating and comes on it’s own serving tray that you don’t have to wash ! 😆

    I hate washin them greasy fryin pans ! 🙁

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    That certainly IS an old fire pit / ring. If you look closely you can make out the charcoal in the sand, looks like a light gray stain ! I found one on the edge of an old sand embankment just off the Mississippi River once that was made with chunks of Galena. The nearest lead source I know of was in the Dubuque area, about 90 miles as the Crow flies. At the time I thought it was a heck of a distance to carry about 30 lbs. of lead ore !. I have never seen or heard of anything the Indians might have used it for.

    Anybody ? :question:

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    Was there supposed to be a pic. attached to the post ? 😕

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    You can do a reasonable fix by inserting a small piece of fibre-glass pin like you mentioned and after epoxying the pin inside , wrap with Teflon plumbers tape until the Epoxy sets. Afterward, sand smooth with fine Emery cloth after removing the tape. When all roughness is gone, wrap an inch in each direction from the break with size (A) nylon thread to regain the original hoop strength and finish with a clear epoxy thinned slightly and turn rod slowly until it has set up. You do not want the Epoxy to sag or drip off. This can be done using an old motor from your outdoor grill and good old Duct-Tape.
    Some of the old time rod repair shops used a small piece of wooden dowel in the splice on broken Fly Rods and had no problems with them.

    Good luck,

    Harley

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    The wife and I have been using a new top water made by the ZOOM lure Co. It’s called a Horny Toad and, you fish it like a buzz bait over emergent vegetation. You use it on a 5/0 Gamagatsu Worm Hook. We have also been using a Stanley made item called a Ribbit, with great results also ! The back legs kick and make a commotion exactly like a buzzer and they can be fished on stout line as they are fairly heavy and cast well. The wife prefers the white and light colored models as they are easier to keep track of in the pads and heavy vegetation. The weeds will be dying off on the Miss. River shortly and Main Channel Walleye might be a real struggle because of the floating veggies coming down, so, I would think about the Pad Fields in the back waters and take some Toads with you !

    Harley

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    Your wife took the picture because she didn’t have to wipe the slime off her paws from handling the camera ? 😆

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    ZOOM PLASTICS has a lure out now called a Horny Toad. The thing has a keel belly so it runs upright and looks like a pickle with flat curl tail legs. You fish it on a 5/0 worm hook and it has the appearance of a Buzz Bait when reeled steadily. It can be fished in the junk with no hang ups when crawled slowly thru heavy cover.

    The only draw back it has is :

    The plastic body doesn’t hold up well when Rat-Knawed by large Northerns !

    Harley

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    in reply to: A Unique Piece #2075476
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    That piece appears to have started life as a knife and ended it’s career as a big drill ! A great find and very unusual !

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    How about a clickable link ?

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    Hard to tell what it could have been , but it was probably NOT a Bluegill 😀

    Losing a large fish isn’t so bad if you get to see the big bugger, but at least you now have a good excuse to spend another day on the water there 🙄

    Catching fish is EASY, finding fish is the HARD part of the game. Now that you have the tough part out of the way , get back there and have another go at him. If you boat the old boy, release him and then you can make another trip to see who comes out the best, 2 outta 3.

    Harley

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    After getting your skin roughed up from handling fish, you could easily have picked up a Fungus in the damaged area at a later time. Trips to the Doctor are a little pricey now days, but, sometimes are a good idea anyway. An anti-fungal liquid spray from the drug store might help, or, an antibacterial disinfectant spray from the Dollar Store used for household cleaning jobs. Dollar Store would be the inexpensive route, look for a product containing (dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride). This stuff is handy to have around for minor cuts and scrapes plus spraying in your work shoes and hunting footwear and sneakers.
    Cost is less than $2.00 per 15 0z. can as opposed to $7.00 for a can of foot spray at the RX store down the street !

    Another quick fix might be to soak the injured digits in a 50 / 50 mix of bleach and warm water for a few minutes followed by an anti-bacterial spray.
    If it continues, a trip to a skin doc. would be a good idea !

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    We use the Generic Listerine from Wal-Mart. It’s the cheapest way to go ! 1/3 price and keeps the Mosquitoes at bay also 😀

    Cross check the ingredients on the label !

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    Years ago there was a Daredevil type lure out that was called a trap hook spoon I believe. The hook nested up in the spoon body. It didn’t go over very big, but, that was years ago. When the fish bit the spoon the hook would release backward and swing freely. A friend and I were fishing Leech Lake and he had a jumbo northern grab the darn thing but the fish had the spoon by the edges and the hook stayed in the locked position until he had the fish along side the boat. After 3 or 4 min. the fish came along side the boat and simply opened his mouth and let go.

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    Might be too much yellow pattern there for a Blandings, but might be a darker phase Box. The Blandings I found was VERY dark with small hardly noticeable cream / yellow markings and the neck was almost florescent orange. Dont know if the park ranger kept it for any length of time or turned it loose right away !

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