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    Thank you for all the recommendations guys.

    Regarding the St. Croix’s, I know they make fine rods, and I was interested in seeing if there was an alternative out there with similar performance for less than $100. I spent a lot more on lower quality reels before I bought my first Pflueger. 😉

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    I will take a peek at the nano line.

    Does that 7.5′ UL have enough backbone to get a solid hookset on the occasional bass?

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    I currently own 5 Pflueger Presidents from the 6920 to the 6930, and i wouldn’t spend more money on a spinning reel. Rock solid construction, very smooth drag, confident anit-reverse, etc… I was a Shimano and Quantum guy for years, but I don’t plan to go back anytime soon.

    Regarding rods, I think the St. Croix Triumph series are a great value and offer the right level of sensitivity and backbone for the majority of people. When I was in my 20s I would have never thought about purchasing a $100 rod, but after I bought my first one I couldn’t believe what I had been missing. My old Rhino rods were relegated to catfishing only. 😉

    ***EDIT***
    I forgot to comment on your Berkeley Lightning rod question. Depending on the model, weight, etc…, some of these were pretty decent rods. I owned one 20 years ago that had an IM 6 or 7 blank and had stainless inserts in the rod guides. At that time it was one of my best rods until a buddy snapped off the tip and about 8″ of the rod pulling the boat into his garage. 😡

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    LOL, I noticed the same thing too. I know there is a pretty good bite on the farm ponds in this area.

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    If things escalate and you can’t find common ground with the guy, you have the additional option of trying to re-route the deer from your side of the fence. Deer usually choose the path of least resistance and are creatures of habit. If you don’t want them to cross the fence where they do right now, make it a less attractive spot. There was a good article in the magazine a couple months back describing how the author adds short fenceline stubs and trees/brush to steer the deer to preferred kill zones or food plots.

    IF YOU OWN THE FENCE, and it is in bad repair, invest some money in fixing it and adding another wire to make the current crossing less attractive. This strategy would dovetail with identifying or creating new ambush sets farther inside your property and away from the neighbor’s prying eyes.

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    Perfectly within your rights and I have similar sets on the property I manage. As long as you are inside your fence and pointing away from the neighbors, you are doing the right and ethical things.

    During the rut last season, I noticed a stand about 30′ up in a tree on the neighbors that leans against my fence. The stand was directly facing towards my property and overlooked several well used trails. The backside of the stand points to switchgrass and there are no shooting lanes through the canopy. To add insult to injury, shooting lanes were cut through the canopy on my side of the fence which enabled shots onto my property. I was really pi$$ed about the set, and after climbing down from my investigation, I removed the bottom two ladder sticks and laid them on the ground by the tree to make sure they knew i was on to them.

    I found out who leased the neighbor’s ground and had a mutual acquaintance let the guy know I wanted the stand taken down. I actually ran into him in the dark a couple days later while we were both walking in, and we had a brief and cordial conversation about the stand. His position was that he was not intending to shoot deer on my property, but he acknowledged that the location wasn’t going to make any friends either and that having good neighbors was important to him. He had already removed the stand, and since then we have worked on a couple projects together.

    My approach may not have been the best (taking his sticks down), but the end result was a new mutual respect with the neighbor and better understanding around expectations.

    On a similar note, I was out in the timber today and noticed a new 2-man ladder stand facing my fence about 75 yards back on the other neighbor’s land. This land has been closed to hunting for the last several years, and I notified the tenant about the stand. This stand was not an approved set and he is checking with his family and friends to see where it came from and who owns it. Somebody went through a lot of trouble to move this heavy ladder stand, and the location is at least a mile from the closest road. Hopefully he gets to the bottom of it soon so it can be removed in a timely fashion.

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    I like the “pay to play” concept. I was really angry a few years ago when license fees were going to support bike trail construction. Charge a fee for county and state parks access and make cyclists register their bikes to pay for bike trails and maybe all could afford to keep them up better. In my experience the county parks are often in better repair than the state parks, and the variation between them is pretty severe.

    Regarding fishing, based on some of these posts, I feel blessed to live in West Central IA. We have fantastic fishing at a host of different lakes, and many have been renovated in the last 5-10 years. If you want to have an awesome extended weekend, go camping or get a hotel room in the Creston/Corning area. 3 Mile, 12 Mile, Green Valley, Icaria, Summit, Orient, Greenfield, Nodaway Valley, Anita, Beaver lakes are all within a 45 minute drive of each other. Another option is the Black Hawk, Storm Lake, and IGL region. There are quality fish to be caught at ALL of these bodies of water.

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    Tranquilize-spinal tap? If positive euthanize?

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    Awesome and thank you for the information. The Henry Big Boy carbine with 16.5″ barrel comes in at only 6.5 lbs. and still holds 7+1 rounds. It is drilled and tapped for optics as well.

    My fingers and toes are crossed for passage in the senate!

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    x2 Daver

    If you don’t own the land, the FSA will require that the landowner/contract owner grant you permission to discuss any specifics about the property. Without it, they cannot share due to privacy rules.

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    If you do some research on DNR website, you should be able to find out when the last stockings occurred on this stretch of the Coon. Historically there are strong walleye numbers where you can find rocks, gravel, and structure, and I know guys have caught nice walleyes in the spring below the dam in Adel for years. The river also has very strong channel and flathead catfish numbers and minor populations of both large and smallmouth bass and panfish. You could also run into an occasional northern.

    Again, check the DNR site for the latest information to be sure.

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    Another couple places to try not too far from Adel are the dam at RedField and below the Lake Panorama dam.

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    x2 on Bud’s Gun Shop

    I can’t remember when I bought from anywhere else. They will consistently beat big box and small shops by $30 or more. Add free shipping to FFL of choice and it is a no-brainer assuming you know what you want.

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    x2!!!!!!

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    x2 on the Ruger SR9 series. I have the full size model and also appreciate the ergonomics and loaded chamber indicator.

    My other 9 is a Ruger P95. While it is a dated design from the 80s, it goes bang every time and is very accurate. For some it may be too heavy for carry, but it is a solid well-made workhorse.

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