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  • Avatardrmac22
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    Thanks for the responses, I will check out the homepage to see what i can come up with. I was hoping for more websites since right now that is the only way I can really see whats up. I know the prices are a little steep in the corridor area. Its either CR IC area or Des Moines. I work in the Tech field and I was hoping to get on with RockWell Collins. We shall see. I have always wanted my own plot of land to hunt on, and now I am in the position to make it happen. Just where is the question. I see lots of good land down south in the lower countys but I hate to have to Drive 2-3 hours to get to my own land. Then like i said if your not there to manage it folks feel its ok to hunt it. Heck people hunt land that ain’t theirs even when the land owner lives on it. I have to admit I am a little Nervous about getting out of the Navy. 22 years is a long time and it seems like thats all i really know. Heck I never had a real job! Not sure how Civilan work really goes. Guess I will find out soon enough. Once again Thanks for the input.

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    Dana Mac

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    Avatardrmac22
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    This is totally funny and absolute truth. When I was in High School two buddys of mine skipped school one morning to fish the cedar river below the 5th street bridge in waterloo, they were fishing for walleyes and ended hooking a fairly long log. between the two of them they waded out and got it picked up over there heads. It happened that the log was totally full of about 50 different lures that folks had broken off on it, so they were sitting there picking them off with the log held over their heads. At the same time a Waterloo Courier Photographer was crossing the bridge and saw them and thought it would be a cool picture. SO he snapped the photo and got their names for the caption. The next day that picture was like page two of the courier. Needless to say when they came in to the truency office of the High School and gave the fake notes they made up they were totally busted by the ladys working in the office. THey had a copy of the photo! Lol it was so funny. They didn’t get in any hot water but did get some ribbin.

    Dmac
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    Avatardrmac22
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    Note: on the Lazer sheen option i mentioned. It is a pre Hunt thing. Spray it on the fur. Makes it really slick and smooth and use the wire brush to simply brush them out. It does not make them oily and maintains the fur. Once again just a suggestion.

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    Dmac

    Avatardrmac22
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    Try a product called lazer sheen, its a spray concentrate that folks use on horses manes, It makes the fur slick. You can try mane and tail also. Get it at tractor supply store. My dog picks them out by himself. haha! I get his hair cut when hunting season rolls around.

    Dmac
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    Avatardrmac22
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    Sounds like the plan then!!!!! Better then searchin for those silly ole shed antlers. hehe ! Makes the long dry spell before spring bearable. haha!

    Dmac
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    Avatardrmac22
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    Not Really sure any more since I have not lived in Iowa for 21 years. but Used to be a good spot in Snag Creek behind the Brown bottle in North Cedar. The cedar river flooded this area in the spring and there were colverts that the water used to rush through, people would float big shinners from the colvert into the backwater area and catch some pretty big pike. 10 to 15 lb. Lots of dinks too. Seemed like the bigger shinners worked best. Not sure if that is like that any longer.

    Dmac
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    I wonder if there are none in Iowa according to the DNR if you shot one and called them to come tag it would it be legal? Or would it be like that moose and elk that were shot in Iowa. You shoot an animal that has no season you get a fine. Just curious.

    Dmac
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    Avatardrmac22
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    Folks From the picture it sure looks like a MT Lion. I am stationed out here in San Diego and I bow hunt on Mt Laguna. There are quite a few Mt lions up there. I have seen two. One crossed the road in front of me well driving up to get to my stand, the other was following me down a deer trail. I was full camo with my bow and got that funny feeling, happen to turn and see it about 50 yards from me. I raised my hands and bow up high and started yelling and moving toward it and that sucker bolted. Bad part about that was I didn’t have a clue where he ran to so I just turned around and went home. Funny thing about both times is how freakin long their tails were. It was at least as long as the rest of their body. And the cat on the trail looked really small to me. maybe about 80 lb. I know they get much larger than that. They have a stuffed one in the ranger station at laguna lodge that looks to be about 130lb. It was a little freaky and honestly after that year I have not bow hunted in laguna since. Just seems to change things walking quietly to your deerstand in pitchblack. Not worth it to me. I always loved never worrying about anything going into my stand in Iowa, guess now I need to be a little more alert.

    Dmac
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    Avatardrmac22
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    in reply to: My Bird Dog #2193477

    Welcome to the site.

    !st off congrats on your dog. I have a Llewellin Setter which are basically an english setter, just a different blood line. I love him. He is a great natural hunter and works hard all day long. I started him just like someone had mentioned. Get him to come when called. Heel. I use an E-collar, simply because he is 100% go and he gets carried away sometimes. his cast sometimes take him outa gun range. Very seldom do i ever have to use it. I use the beeper function on it and he turns right around. I would recommend picking up a dog training book by George Hickock, Rick Smith or Wolters, There are several good authors, i used a book called “How to help your gun train himself” by Joan Baliey. loved it, but it was a little outdated.

    2nd Expose them to Pheasant scent and make it fun and exciting for them so they understand that is what your wanting.
    Consider noise training as well. Most gun dogs are a little scared of the shot of a gun but you can help by banging pans when you feed him and getting a cap pistol which you fire at a distance at first then slowly work your way toward them 0ver a period of time. by the time your done you should be able to fire the cap gun very near them and it will not faze them. This is an important training process.
    Best advice is to hunt with him as much as possible.
    Remember about Iowa, burrs are thick and you will spend alot of time post hunt grooming, buy some of this stuff called ultra sheen, you can pick up at tractor supply or feed stores,they use it on horses tails and manes, makes it slick and easy to brush. It helps to get the burs out.
    I also invested in a lite cordura hunting vest for him to protect his chest. Barb wire does alot of damage on their thin skin on the chest.
    These are just suggestions. Finally be patient.

    I am in San Diego if you ever get this way.

    r/
    Dmac
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