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  • Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    If you want any help with spam in the meantime I would volunteer, I usually get online at about 6:15 for a few minutes before starting work.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    I have heard good things, although as said remember limitations. Good for bacteria, virus, and particulate, but chemical contamination is not always filtered. This can make it great for wilderness applications if you believe the water source is free of those.

    I would not have used one on my trips to some third world counties where chemical contamination is a concern. Although that varies greatly by specific destination.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    in reply to: Temperature #1558106

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    Quote by: northwoodsbucks

    Minnesota is warming up, its 0 right now and should hit a high of 5 today. Sunday morning when we walked a mile and a half from our car to the Vikings game it was -15 with wind chill near -40. My beard was fully frosted within 2 min of getting out of the car. It was colder the day before out on the lake but less wind and my striker suit kept me toasty.

    I was at Lambeau for Vikes/Pack and at the time that was about as cold as I’d been all winter (it was Dec 23rd). It wasn’t even that bad relatively though especially for now, I think by the time we were walking back to the cars afterwards, it was approaching zero. Thought about going to Vikes Bears but hearing your weather report makes me kinda glad I didn’t.

    It wasnt bad really, as much as I disliked the idea of an indoor stadium it came in handy. We parked further out than we would have had to because my wife has a parking spot at the university. If I had been smart we would have parked at the airport and taken the light rail in to the stadium.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    in reply to: Temperature #1558129

    Minnesota is warming up, its 0 right now and should hit a high of 5 today. Sunday morning when we walked a mile and a half from our car to the Vikings game it was -15 with wind chill near -40. My beard was fully frosted within 2 min of getting out of the car. It was colder the day before out on the lake but less wind and my striker suit kept me toasty.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    Same places I recommended you go hunt deer have decent number of yotes. I am no expert at hunting them or calling but have seen plenty of them and sign out there.

    As for the gun 270 is fine. If I were buying a dedicated yote gun that would not be it, but I have used it as my main WI and MN deer rifle for years so it has been what came along for yotes as well.

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    Quote by: IaCraig

    My knowledge of black bears is mostly from reading and based on that I agree with the comments. However I still say that so far their unprotected status has not been a real factor in their not establishing a foothold in Iowa. Based on Google searches, I see where 4 have been killed in Iowa in past 20 years. (2 by cars & 2 shot – one by DNR one by farmer). Are there more that have been shot but didn’t make the news?

    Agree with you here. A law would be solving a problem that does not appear to exist.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    One correction, when I say a large bear population is safe I am specifically referring to black bear. Grizzly might be a whole different story.

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    Quote by: Stizos

    http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/accidents/4376411-bear-injures-two-people-lake-county-minn-attack 😯

    I think there are a few relevant facts in the article that actually prove how safe a large bear population is.

    “When the individual saw the bear attacking the dog, he jumped on the bear’s back, was thrown off and then bitten”

    “Black bear attacks on humans are very rare anywhere in the world, including Minnesota”

    “The DNR estimates about 12,000 to 15,000 bears in the state”

    They then go on to discuss all recent MN attacks including one in 2013, one in 2005, and one in 2003, so this was the 4th incident in 15 years. Doing some quick math on population vs attack indicate that in any given year a MN resident has a 1 in 20 million chance of being attacked by a bear. To put this in context you have a 1 in 960,000 chance of being struck by lightning.

    And if this guy had not jumped on the bears back he would not have been attacked. The fact that the bear was even awake and bothering a dog this time of year is a strong indication that something was wrong with it which is why they are sending it to the University to be examined.

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    in reply to: Grizzly Attack! #1558727

    Quote by: drmac22

    Would a Judge with .410 slugs be a good choice? I never really thought about a hand gun I would want to carry in bear country. I suppose a simple .357 mag revolver would be a decent choice. I guess that is why i dont go into bear country.

    Judge also shoots 45 cold and that would be a better choice than 410 slugs I would think

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    Quote by: stick500

    what kind of bears are the ones that seem to get campers quite often?

    I remember hearing about quite a few incidents in the ’80s and ’90s when I lived in CA.

    weren’t those black bears?

    I dont know about in CA, but there are loads of bear in Northern MN and WI and also lots of campers. There is rarely ever an incident, maybe once every several years.

    Even guys who have regular close encounters while catch and release hunting with dogs basically never get hurt by a black bear.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    in reply to: Ice conditions #1558860

    We have about 6 inches of good ice near the twin cities. Saw lots of quads on forest lake. Heard a few trucks went through on white bear, but that is just stupid for another couple weeks.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    I find this thread a little funny.

    First I dont have a lot of personal experience with mountain lions so I will leave that part out. I have spent about 70% of my life living in areas with significant bear populations, and 30% living in eastern Iowa so I do think it is fair to comment on this part.

    Black bears pose no significant threat to people, livestock, or pets. I see them regularly on my property at my cabin and occasionally near my house, I have been within 10 yards of one several times. They wont eat your kids, they wont eat your dog, they wont kill your livestock, short of maybe a very young animal on its own, but you really never hear about it.

    They will knock over your trash can, they to scratch up cedar siding, but thats about it from a nuisance perspective.

    I also disagree that there is no feasible bear habitat in Iowa. For much of the state that may be true, but I could definitely see areas of NE Iowa where they would be fine. Even as far down as Jones county there is very reasonable habitat for them.

    I personally would have liked to have a bear population there back when I still lived there. Now the real question though is should we protect them? For any new law the first question is really why is is needed and is there a significant need? In this case I just dont see it. If bears were trying to make a come back and people were regularly shooting them I would say yes. As it is neither one of those conditions are true so that law would be for no purpose. You might as well pass protection for manatees.

    Mountain Lions might very well be closer (not saying close but closer) to meeting conditions to an animal making a viable attempt at a come back who could do so with adequate protection. Now whether you want them to is a question I do not feel informed enough to have an opinion on.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    I will also add that the type of steel in a knife makes a difference. Many modern steels will “take an acceptable edge and hold it forever” some of these are a long and frustrating process on a stone and better for a tool like a work sharp. I tend to prefer softer more high maintenance steel for a hunting knife like a 1095 on an esee rather than the modern steel on a benchmade. I know I can get a better edge but will have regular work to maintain it. My brother who does not like to sharpen would be better served with a benchmade and an annual trip to the work sharp to renew the edge.

    There is no universal right answer. If you like to sharpen buy you knives and system accordingly, if you dont, then also buy accordingly.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    First to anyone who says a work sharp or any other motorized tool can get sharper than stones and strop that is simply not true. Can they get a scary sharp edge that is better than needed for most applications and better than most can do with a stone, absolutely. Can they get the edge that I put on my carving knives and gouges with stones and strops, no, but on the other hand that edge is not needed and in many cases not desirable. Can either self sharpening method beat a factory sharp knife, also yes. I really dont recall the last time I bought a knife and didnt immediately improve the edge.

    In the end it all comes down to time, money, how much you enjoy the process of sharpening, and the end result required.

    I sharpen lathe tools on a grinder because they need it very often (time) and I dont need a mirror polished perfect edge (result) and while I do like sharpening I dont like it enough to do that much of it.

    I sharpen carving tools by hand because I need that perfect result to effortlessly cut wood. Most of the time when I sharpen I go straight to the strop, the work sharp would actually make the edge worse rather than better. The blade is already significantly better than the work sharp could ever produce when I am stropping, even something much better like a tormek would hurt more than help at this point.

    For hunting, outdoor, or every day knives either one will produce a great result. I use stones because I dont spend that much time at it and I enjoy the process, usually doing it while relaxing anyway so its not a question of labor rate.

    Kitchen knives on the other hand still dont take much time, but I am less inclined to enjoy it and could see a work sharp or Tormek being quite handy, if I was retired and had more spare time that would likely change. An exception is my boning and filet knives which I would always do by had, and one high end chefs knife that I would as well.

    So in short, for most tools either will give a good result its just how you want to get there.

    Avatarnorthwoodsbucks
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    I like arkansas stones, but I find anymore I mostly use dmt diamond stones. There is a kit of 4 that I like but for individuals which one depends on how often you sharpen and how damaged the blades are. Black is mostly if I am reprofiling a knife of fixing a knife for someone, blue is pretty standard starting point, red and then green polish the edge. For most of mine I start on red, other peoples I usually start on blue and then go red then green.

    For my carving tools I also use a 6000 grit japanese water stone and a pinewood forge strop with white gold compound. Knifes dont generally get that treatment although one might the night before hunting season opens.

    Forget all the other systems, stones are the best if you can use them.

    For axes and draw knifes I start with a file if needed, then tansky puck, then gransfors bruks puck.

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