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    Our group of 5 got our limit by just after 12 on Saturday. Hunted private, which corn by each spot had just come out the 2 days prior so we got lucky. Saw quite a few hens as well. Many of the birds were really young. Talked to another group of 5 at gas station & they also shot their limit. North central iowa

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    I wanted a cheaper reaping decoy so I took a pretty boy decoy & cut it in half added a wooden stake making it easier to hold while reaping and to let me stab in the ground quickly when needed. I cut a slit in the back about a inch in and put a real fan on it. I zipped tied some feathers to give me a window to look through while crawling. The head is really white, I thought about painting it red but did some reading and some claim the white head meant the bird is less dominant or content so I left it. I have had toms attack it while I had it in my hand so it works fine with the white head. Didn’t have a great picture of just the decoy but here is what the decoy looks like with a bird I shot charging right at me a few years ago.

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    Actually, since it is legal and first come first serve on the stand, I’m pretty sure you would be in trouble for interfering with someone’s hunt should you do something like that while a person was hunting in the stand. I understand where you are coming from, just wanted others to know the consequences for doing something like that.

    I’d take my chances

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    I hunt the des moines zone urban hunt & have found a pile of cigarette butts under my stand from someone else hunting it. While not impressed, I understand it is legal. If I walk up & someone is hunting in my stand, I will at that point be taking it down starting w/ the ladder. Figure it’s my legal right to move my equipment where I choose!

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    Found 3.5 lbs on public off 17 in plolk county. Am sorry for the turkey hunter. Saw the spread about 150 yrds away and backed out. Hope I didn’t spook anything. They’re up though.

    If you happened to be wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts, & carrying a white mushroom bag, you were not on public when you came up into the field. If it wasn’t you sorry, been having major issues w/ “lost” mushroom, shed, deer, & turkey hunters disregarding private property signs walking in from public land.

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    Yeah, I have one works great for turkeys. I was very skeptical of it at first but it makes a great bird. Crispy skin & moist bird. No oil to deal with. Only way I make them now and anyone who has ate it loves it or lies to me about liking it. 2 people I know have purchased one for themselves. Use the meat thermometer and take it out 5 degrees before done as the temp will continue to rise after removal from heat

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    There is a mentored hunt offered at Springbrook State park each year in November called the Mentored Outdoor Experience(MOE). It is put on by the Iowa DNR and was created for people who want to get into deer hunting but don’t really know how to go about that. They will provide a mentor and even a firearm if you don’t have one. There are classes for a day to help learn skills that are going to help you while in the woods deer hunting. Then you go out with a mentor and hunt for antlerless deer in the park. There are lots of deer in the park so the odds of getting a opportunity at a deer are excellent. There is a cost but meals, lodging, and license are provided for the fee. The hunt is past for this year, but you could sign up for next year. Just search for the hunt on the DNR website if you want to find out more about this hunt. Like others have said you will need a hunters safety certificate to purchase a license. Some on here may have participated in this hunt and can tell you about their experiences good or bad.

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    I’m no expert but I’ve done a few skulls with pretty good results. I just mix the powder and peroxide into a paste that is still fairly thick and slather it all over the skull. Then I wrap the skull in cling/plastic wrap and set it in front of a small space heater. As the mixture heats up it kinda bubbles and puffs up. I rotate the skull so all sides are exposed to the heat. After an hour or two I unwrap and rinse everthing off. Let Dry, if not desired whiteness I repeat the same process for a longer period of time but normally the first time works well. (If you do not want the teeth white you need to take them out then glue back in later) I found theses suggestions on the internet before I started the skulls, so it may help to search for european mounts for specific instructions. Hope this helps.

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    most likely a woodweiner doing the spring display. heard & saw a pair on monday morning. Get a skyline view it is an impressive display of upward spirals with a plummet to the earth with a few meep, meep, calls when on the ground. Used to do spring migratory counts on them before we wacked some gobblers, call it perks of the job!

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    Great video. I thought that spot looked familar we were allowed to hunt there for the governor’s pheasant hunt this year. Jed was our guide. Great habitat no doubt. We saw a few birds, but now I know where a bunch went. Thanks for posting the video.

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    Regs says 144 inches of orange on blinds for regular shotgun seasons. Not muzzy season but like people said not a bad idea to put on for your safety

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    Beauty! I love the big buck

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    I caught the eels on nightcrawler floated of the bottom a little. If I catch another one I will not be keeping it, if someone really wants them they are back in the river and they can catch’em and handle them. Not being mean just don’t really want to deal with eels! I never caught a walleye the whole night but had hits solid all night, all bites turned out to be sheephead, eels, or catfish.

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    I’ve never caught one before and I caught two that day! I cut my line and threw them back with a stick. I think their native but not real sure. They are gross for sure! I looked it up and best I could find was American fresh water eel but could be something different. Here are a few more pics.


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    Electronics are 20% off in wdm scheels I just got the vexilar fl-20 for $399.99 that was a $100 dollars off plus $15 in scheels points as a bonus deal

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    For the urban hunt if u haven’t taken a bow hunter safety course you have to complete one it is like hunter safety but for bowhunting, I took mine @ archery field & sports in the summer you will have to call to find out when classes are. each year you have to pass a profficiency test. Then in August you have to apply for the area you would like to hunt you can go to the polk county conservation website for this or certain cities have hunts. then you have to attend a meeting for each area you apply to hunt in and get stand tags & permits. Also private land hunts if you can get permission and the land meets certain criteria

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    If you did hit him high it can take them a while to fill up with blood and start bleeding heavy or at all. I would get after him tomorrow sounds like you hit him to me. Good Luck!

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    just got done hunting browns woods only saw one deer from the stand. There are plenty of deer around the area though just a bad night. Browns woods plus some of the other areas around there are in the urban bow hunt program, so you need permits and proof of safety classes w/ a yearly profficiency test to hunt in there.

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    Nice pics. I miss the point area I went to college there from 2000 – 2004. Great fishing everywhere around there. I saw the pic of a squirrel on your website that said schmeeckle reserve I had almost forgot about that place. Keep up the good work

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    Make friends w/ somebody with a dog. Especially easy if you have quality spots to hunt. many w/ dogs are glad to help u out if they get to hunt new spots. a win win situation

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