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    in reply to: Tomato seeds #1555226
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    No expert here but I work with a guy that has started his own from seed for several years (NW Iowa, Clay County). He starts his approximately 8 weeks prior to planting so planning on a mid May planting date, we both started seeds last weekend on the 10th and they are an inch or so tall as of now.

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    I’ve seen several trapping supply places selling it. (Snare shop is our local outlet) Claim is that is has “special bonding agents” to create a stronger bond to the trap and I suppose give it some color for about 50 cents more per pound. I’ve always dyed and waxed with clear wax and never any problems but wondered if anyone had tried this stuff.

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    Glad to help…best of luck this season!

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    I do these just like other sets with the trap approximately 6 inches back from where I put my bait /lure. Trap is bedded same depth as any set I put in the ground with the goal being to have it level with the surrounding ground or ice. I bed mine with wax dirt and then either toss a little more dirt around to blend or sift snow over the top, whichever seems more appropriate for the situation. Generally I am running these close to the bank with some natural feature for backing, either a clump of grass or rushes or a little brush. I’ve heard of setting them near rat houses but never have. Never been a fan of drags so i still use disposable anchors. Usually berkshires will still go through the ice and if not I’ll use a drill bit to bore into the ice to make a pilot hole and then pound a bullet point anchor into it until it goes through the ice. Good luck!

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    I’ve have tried it with some success but i would not say anymore that a standard flat or dirt hole. I’ve had the best luck when there is snow on the ice. I think the disturbed snow creates a good visual attractant. If the pond is in a low spot as they usually are, I recommend a strong call lure or gland lure to draw them in. I tend to use more gland lure since these are typically late season sets.

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    Fox Lake a short drive away in Sherburn, MN is another great place to catch muskies up in that area.

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    in reply to: New gas cans. #1564553
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    Bomgaars also carries the replacement nozzle kits…right next to the crummy new cans.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I love beets and will plan on a second crop later this summer.

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    I believe it. Long story short…had plenty of beer and not enough bait…yada yada yada….ended up catching channels on vienna sausages all night.

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    Thanks MD, I’m always eager to get in the garden asap so following your advice, i’ll try an early planting next year.

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    in reply to: Taxidermy timing #1566278
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    I had one taxi tell me 6 months and i was happy to get it back that fast. Now he’s got so much business he is quoting one year which seemed a bit long to me. I would say 6-12 months is about the best you will do on turn around time. Just from my experience.

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    Another hawg! Nice work Trev! My mother in law has a fanny pack just like that….she says it’s very handy. I may have to look into one of those.

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    in reply to: Dog and chickens #1567446
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    I had a 2 yr old pheasant hunting machine of a black lab and had the same concerns about bringing a few laying chicks home. I set up a small area for the chicks in the garage with a chicken wire “net” over the top. Our lab was interested in them at first just because they were new and smelled funny but I only had to tell her no a couple times and she seemed to pick up on it that they were off limits and I never had a problem after the birds were larger and free ranged on our acreage.

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    in reply to: blackbirds #1569781
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    While this isn’t based on anything scientific, I would suggest that perhaps it has to do with the loss of nesting sites (barns/corn cribs etc.) in proximity to feed sources (livestock feed). Back in those days there were so many more farmsteads on each section and usually they had a few hogs, chickens and maybe a cow so feed was plentiful. Many of these small farms also had barns and corn cribs or other outbuildings suitable for nesting. These days so many of those structures are gone, nobody uses corn cribs anymore and most of those barns have been torn down or have fallen down. Livestock is raised by the 1000’s on specialized sites so feed is much less available. Even if either nesting habitat or adequate feed is available, often times it may not be in close enough proximity to the other to make it a feasible site for living and raising little pigeons. Just my .02

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    I have that same smoker and home and have used it for everything from salmon to turkeys to briskets and most things in between. It’s a decent smoker, relatively easy to control the heat once everything gets up to temp and creates a nice smoke flavor. My biggest complaint would be the clean up. Everything ends up kinda sticky and the with the water pan, you really need to clean it up right away after smoking. Left mine for a couple days once and ended up with moldy water/meat juice in the pan. For that price, hard to go wrong since you can also use the gas tripod for crawfish boils and boiling deer skulls n’ such.

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    Like I heard a fella say at Stans bait shop in Milford yesterday, sure you can get on the ice, you might not make it back to shore, but you can get on. Be safe and at a minimum make sure you have picks.

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    in reply to: Next to bed #1570848
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    I have a Fort Knox FTK-PB personal safe. Uses a simplex mechanical lock…in within seconds and never a worry about batteries or biometric failing. Better safe than sorry!

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    in reply to: Which scope? #1571043
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    Another vote for Vortex Diamondback or above models. I put a 4-16 Viper HS on my savage 243 last year and cannot believe the quality of that glass. Warranty can’t be beat either.

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    Wouldn’t hesitate. Some folks think Eskimo is a step below other big name companies (jiffy/strikemaster) but I love my eskimo and would bet it’s reliability against any of the others.

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    in reply to: 243 #1571138
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    Like most have said, it will do the job of killing yotes nicely but with the risk of larger exits. The only real advantage I’ve seen is slightly greater range.

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