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    I have always heard that a pond will either have thriving crappie and bass, but it cannot sustain both.

    In small ponds (<2 acres), this may be the case. However, generally this has not been my experience in medium-larger ponds. One of the best ponds in this area is around 10 acres, and you can easily catch 50-100 bass from 2# and larger on an average morning or afternoon. This same pond supports thriving populations of 12-15" crappies and 10-12" bluegills. This pond is surrounded by CRP and has 2 small feeder creeks. The maximum depth is around 12'.

    When i suggested possibly stocking minnows for feed, I did not mean to going to the bait shop for 10# of minnows. I would agree with the other poster that this approach would increase the risk of stocking unwanted species. However, there are professional fish stocking outfits in the state that can provide only fathead minnows and other forage fish varieties. I did a very cursory search last night, and a 1 acre pond could be stocked with 10# of fatheads once per year to supply adequate food for predator species.

    I think the risk with using a dry "crappie" food is that non-target species may also eat it. In other words, similar to an aquarium at home, I would suspect all of the fish species in the pond would eat the feed, including small bass, bluegills, and any catfish that may be in the pond. I would just hate to get my hopes up with an approach like this.

    You mentioned the pond has a population of 12-15" crappies. It may be most efficient to consider using minnows to maximize the availability of forage for predator fish of this size. This could benefit the body condition of the fish you are targeting fastest. While you will certainly compete with the bass, predation from small gills and crappies should be reduced as compared to the dry product.

    One poster already mentioned that you should be taking every gill and crappie you catch out of the pond, no matter the size. I agree with this approach, and the last I knew the IADNR also supports this recommendation. If they are too small to eat, you can use them for a variety of other uses including excellent garden compost.

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    Mature crappies are very efficient and voracious predators in their own right. A 16″ crappie’s diet is actually going to be very similar to the bass that are also in the pond. The 10″+ bluegills will also compete for the same forage.

    If the crappies and larger bluegills are both skinny and short in numbers, there may be too many bass in the pond. The panfish could be struggling to compete with their larger rivals. If the bass numbers are out of balance in comparison to pan fish, it will be difficult to grow thick crappies and gills. You may want to think about either harvesting some of the bass to equalize the ratio or purchase more bait. You can get thousands of fat head minnows stocked into the pond to increase forage for all of the fish. However, the ratio of bass to pan fish will still be out of wack.

    Just my $.02

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    There is a big farmer that lives one mile south of me straight across the section. They built a full sized trap/skeet range that faces the north, and they also installed a couple of massive flood lights at the top of a grain bin overlooking the range to enable shooting at night. The noise can be a PIA, and it keeps us from having the windows open at night at times to help quiet the racket. The lights brighten the sky like a city and can also be annoying. It’s not a big deal when they are done by early evening, but there have been some nights where they continue shooting until 11pm or later.

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    I haven’t really noticed them missing from flyers, but I will take a closer look. It is likely a momentary pause until the dust settles from FL shooting.

    What I have noticed is that many of the quality entry level guns are out of stock. I had been looking to get a Ruger 8500, because they had them online for $499 with no tax and free shipping. However, i waited too long and now they are out of stock.

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    I have a pair of 10×42 Nikon ATB. I got them on sale for around $170. I’ve been using them for bowhunting for the last 5 years or so, and they have good glass and have proved quite rugged and reliable. They are truly fogproof/waterproof which is key when hunting during cold and damp weather.

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    Hey Robbie- what are going to be using the rangefinder for in the field? The requirements for a bow hunter and a rifleman are dramatically different and can certainly impact the $$$ you need to spend.

    For bow hunting, you really only need a unit that is rugged and reliable and gives accuracy out to a couple hundred yards. I’ve owned the cheap Simmons, a Bushnell Trophy, and a Nikon. They ranged from $90-$300 and all have completely met my expectations. They’ve also allowed me to confidently set up targets out to 200 yards on my farm for sighting in rifles and muzzleloaders. Based on my experience and what I use them for, I would never spend more than $300 on a rangefinder.

    If you are planning to hunt out west for big game or go on a prairie dog shoot, you may need something a little nicer.

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    I have not ordered from them before, but the reviews are pretty exceptional. They also have a full replacement warranty for like $8 per tree.

    For apple we got Macintosh and Honey Crisp, and for peaches we got Elberta and Red Haven. They are running some pretty decent sales right now too. 3 out of 4 of the trees are coming 5-6′ tall, and the Macintosh is 6-7′ for the same price.

    We had heard horror stories about raising peach trees, so we tried to balance disease resistance and hardiness with production.

    Regarding what we plan to do with the fruit, we like both fresh obviously, and my wife is a canner and baker. :mrgreen:

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    If buying local isn’t a constraint, I just bought two apple and two peach trees from http://www.fast-growing-trees.com They guarantee their 5-7′ trees to produce your first season. Assume about $100 a piece.

    You can find the information you are seeking on the site as well.

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    What sounds good and makes sense on paper doesn’t always pass muster when it happens to your family in reality. If you haven’t ever been startled out of bed on a Saturday morning by shotgun blasts right outside your window, these exceptions certainly sound fair and realistic.

    Much of the conflict could have been avoided with a little neighborly communication. I too am an avid hunter, and I understand his desire to hunt this amazing property. However, and maybe it was just the way I was raised, I would have reached out to the neighbor, introduced myself, and provided a head’s up that my part would be hunting if roles were reversed. Did he owe me anything? Nope, but it just would have been nice to start a positive relationship with the new neighbor instead of one christened in confrontation.

    There is much more to my story and the land owner I am dealing with, but I am not going to hijack this thread. I just wanted to point out there are exceptions to the 200 yard rule.

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    All- While not necessarily relevant to this particular context, there are exceptions to the 200 yard rule.

    I own and live on 14 acres in SE Carroll county. The guy that owns the rest of the section around me planted the 80 that surrounds my acreage to native grasses and has 4 large food plots.

    Two years ago on opening day of pheasant season I was away in NC Iowa with family when my wife called me in a panic. If you recall it was very nice out two years ago, and we had our windows open. At the stroke of 8, guns were blazing, dog beepers were going bonkers, and guys were hollering and laughing. The commotion nearly scared my wife to death! She called me, and I immediately called the CO.

    The landowner and his pheasant hunting party were walking the native grasses; starting from my fenceline and going east. Only the last man in the party was 200 yards from my house. The first man that began the shooting was only 50 yards from our second story bedroom window and my wife took cell phone pics for evidence.

    To make a long story short, 2 men in the party were hunting legally according to the 200 yard rule. The landowner was the first guy in line, discharging his shotgun 50 yards from my bedroom window and he was legal and protected by Iowa law. The guy on the far east side was 202 yards away (according to CO laser rangefinder) and he was also legal. The other 5 guys in the middle of the party were breaking the law.

    After an hour long investigation, and checking with other veteran officers, the CO confirmed the owner was legal even though he was well within 200 yards of inhabited buildings. He was shocked that it was legal, and this was the first time in 28 years as a CO that he had run into this situation. The land owner just happens to be an attorney in Des Moines, and he keeps a snippet of the law handy for situations just like this.

    To make a long story short, a landowner and his or her direct family members have the right to hunt every inch of their property, regardless of proximity to inhabited buildings on neighboring properties. As a result, since the original complaint was filed, now only the landowner and his son hunts our shared border, and the remainder of the crew has to walk 200 yards from my acreage. It is a messed up situation, and the landowner has never once called or stopped by to introduce himself or bury the hatchet. Instead, once in a while one of his cronies who is a local calls me to let me know when they plan to hunt.

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    Used part of tax return to buy a 60″ Behlen tiller for garden and food plots. It is a beast, and shares same design and many components with King Kutter Professional. Looking forward to pulverizing some dirt in the next couple weeks.

    Also order 2 peach and 2 apple trees from fastgrowingtrees.com. They should arrive in April for planting and are guaranteed to bear fruit the first year. Trees are 5-7′ tall.

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    Businesses should have the right to refuse service. However, look at the baker out west who got sued and taken through the courts for refusing to do a wedding cake for a homosexual couple due to his religious views.

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    x 2 Doc!

    Scherman-

    I think you need to spend some time looking at the thread I introduced regarding the actual language in the assault weapons ban bill that as of yesterday had the support of 163 out 193 House democrats. I’d be willing to bet, if you truly own guns and are a hunter, that you, a friend, or a family member may own at least one of the guns on the proposed ban list. If you own one and don’t have a problem with it being banned, how about you voluntarily surrender it to your local courthouse and fall in line behind the democrats?

    Also, regarding the following comment…

    I get what you are saying but the 2nd Amendment was not intended for hunters, shooters and sportsmen so that’s not what you should be standing up for. It for defending ourselves and that’s about it.

    Do you even know what side you are taking in this debate? Your position thus far has been that you are okay for more regulation, but then you preach/clarify to me what the 2nd amendment is all about? You’re right, defending ourselves is the #1 priority, and if you truly shared this point of view, you should want people to have the freedom to defend themselves with whatever firearm they believe is appropriate according to current laws. You would not support additional restrictions that will not materially impact gun violence in this country. Or do you think that the government should be able to decide what guns are appropriate for home defense too?

    When it comes to assault weapons bans and new gun control legislation, there is no middle ground. If you are so naive to think that confiscation and mandatory buyback programs couldn’t occur in this country, you clearly have not been paying attention. Trump himself made some of the most extreme and unconstitutional comments ever on this subject as recently as this week. His comments went farther than any other democratic predecessor. Confiscating guns before or without due process with no path to getting them back? Have you not heard about the thousands of citizens whose guns were confiscated after martial law was declared in New Orleans during Katrina? Many of these guns were never returned to their rightful owners.

    Some of you guys need to educate yourselves on the consequences of giving ground at this point in time given our probable loss of control in the next several years both at the state and national level.

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    That is just one of the problems. Using this logic, and to your point, a 10/22 is more dangerous than a Remington 7400 or Browning BAR semi-auto chambered in .270 or .30-06 simply because it holds 5 additional rounds or more? Lunacy…

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    Jefro-

    Thank you for the post and I could not agree more. I should have added one more to the list of 50 things all Iowa Sportsman should know how to do. Maybe something like the following…

    “Stand up for the rights of all hunters, shooters, and sportsmen without bowing to misinformed popular opinion and groupthink…”

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    I don’t like the idea of banning guns but there are quite a few styles of guns that I just don’t see any need for any civilian to have other than to kill as many people as fast as they can.

    Really Scherman? Are we going to have to rehash all of the reasons why defining an assault weapon is an inherently ineffective and irrelevant pursuit? Do we have to go back and copy and paste the dozens of posts that have demonstrated that an AR15 is no more deadly than a high-capacity Benelli SBE? Honestly, this has been beaten to death on this site, and you have been involved in most of the threads.

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    Thank you for the reply. My Kubota is a B2410 compact with 24Hp. It has a cat 1 3 point on it.

    Regarding compatibility, what has to exist for them to work? I have a sandbox and am getting a tiller this week. Are there adapters/sleeves available to make them compatible?

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    They are flying big time over SE Carroll and SW Greene County today. Probably saw 5,000 of them while dropping kids off at school this morning. They were flying low and looking like they were headed to feed.

    On a different note, I also saw first robins of spring this morning.

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