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    Hit the Ankeny ponds on the north end of town. The pond by the old aquatic center/library/youth ball fields would be a great spot to take a kid. I hit it every once and a while and used to alot when my son was young. It usually produces plenty of numbers.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B044’28.3%22N+93%C2%B036’58.8%22W/@41.741194,-93.6185267,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x87ee85069119e6c1:0x3ef40fcd1a10f0cf!2sNW+Prairie+Ridge+Dr,+Ankeny,+IA!3b1!8m2!3d41.7380957!4d-93.6156414!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.7411941!4d-93.6163384

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    I’ve only fished open water at West Lake. I have heard there are springs in the lake…is this true? Assuming maybe these open spots were springs.

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    in reply to: Temperature #1557471

    The rain will be harder on the ice than the temp will.

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    Iowa DOT owns it I believe.

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    Go on ebay and buy a Smitty Sled Kit or the plans to build one. They make pulling a sled a dream.

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    in reply to: Ankeny Ponds #1558297

    There were a couple shacks on DMACC yesterday.

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    Great deer! Did you get him moving naturally or pushing? Morning hunts are tough during the late season.

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    in reply to: New meat locker #1558462

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    Quote by: bigbuckhunter88

    Edgewood is where all of our deer go now. Summer sausage is some of the best I’ve had. Not too dry and great flavor. Their Honey BBQ sticks and cheddar jalepeno sticks and brats are fantastic along with their maple sticks, ring bologna and meatloaf mix. Those items are basically what my last deer was made into

    I decided to try Edgewood since I�m up in Shell Rock for Christmas. It�s only about an hour drive so really not too far. I cut up 2 deer last night to take there.

    I�m going to try jalapeño cheddar summer sausage, cheddar sticks, smoked brats, breakfast sausages and maybe some other things.

    Anyone tried the dried deer? That sounds interesting.

    Haven’t tried the dried beef but the maple breakfast links are out of this world good. You won’t be disappointed.

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    in reply to: New meat locker #1558520

    No question..take the time and drive to Edgewood.

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    in reply to: Ground deer #1558753

    Quote by: Madison+COunty

    The front shoulders seem good to grind but there�s so much stuff in the meat.

    Braise your next front shoulder with potatoes, carrots, celery, etc….you will never grind another shoulder again.

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    in reply to: European mount #1558985

    Matt’s Skull Cleaning
    Address: 1919 E 21st St, Des Moines, IA 50317
    Phone: (515) 577-5165

    He has a colony of beetles that clean the skulls. He does a great job too. A basic cleaning and degreasing is $69ish. He also has a rate for whitening and a rate for putting on a plaque.

    He has my bow buck from this year and has done a few of mine in the past.

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    Quote by: jrbert

    Thank you for the tips.

    Are the public lands in Clayton Co. (in your opinion) high pressure hunted or pretty much a hunter has the land to himself?

    When you’re talking about lack of food supply are there not many corn / soybean fields in Clayton Co.?

    Thanks,
    Jerry

    I would imagine the shotgun seasons are really busy. It might slow down for late muzzy….it usually does in most places. You may have an occasional muzzy group that pushes the timber though. You definitely won’t have it to yourself. Look at aerial maps and see if you can find public that either has food plots on it or better yet butts up to ag fields. You could do some scouting and sit up in a staging area to catch deer heading to the ag in the evening.

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    I had a pair a few years ago…..not sure if they have changed them or not but I would probably save your money. At least in my experience they were ok at best. A couple things to keep in mind…

    They don’t warm your feet up if your feet area already cold. So, make sure you where them to where ever you are gonna sit.

    They aren’t really made for walking in as they aren’t the most comfortable.

    I honestly didn’t really feel that much warmer with them.

    Again, this was a few years ago so they may have improved them.

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    in reply to: .17HRM optics #1559937

    I had a Vortex Diamonback 4-12×40 on my 17 and it was perfect. I have a few different Vortex scopes on my rifles and they are really nice for the money. A Diamondback will run you anywhere from 150-200 depending on sales. They make a great glass and the Vortex warranty is unbeatable.

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    in reply to: Help! #1561208

    How far forward? How was deer standing when it was hit? If you got 6 inches that is enough to do some damage. Look carefully at your arrow too…..I’ve seen and personally experienced what I thought was more penetration when it is actually a couple inches of penetration and blood splatter/smear that made it look like more penetration. Don’t give up and good luck!

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