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    I have 3 of them and have to do the Q-tip cleaning on them every year. Doesn’t hurt to take an air compressor if you have one and blow them off and clean them also. I found little spider webs in mine. Wasn’t sure how that could be the problem but it was and they work like brand new again.

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    Very cool find, congrats and welcome to the site. Don’t be discouraged by all the negative feedback that you will receive. Its almost like a regular thing for some people on here.
    I can understand where your coming from with the temptation to sell them when you are trying to get your gear for bowhunting. I would definitely think twice or three times about it though. You are young enuff and have plenty of time before next season starts to earn money for your bow. Pick up some odd jobs if you have to this summer and remember you don’t have to start out with everything brand new, especially for a beginner. You may find out bowhunting may not be your cup of tea.

    Again congrats on the find.

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    Found this article on the walleye fishing, hope it helps you.
    As I posted before some friends just got back from Upper Red Lake and they caught several walleye and Pike. They didn’t do a lot of fishing for panfish so can’t help you out with that one.

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/millelacslake/index.html

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    I wouldn’t waste time going to Mille Lac, I don’t believe you are allowed to take any walleye at all. I work over there on construction and it was all over the news about how bad the lake was doing. If you are looking for a place to go I have a couple buddies that just got back from fishing on Upper Red Lake and they did very well on walleye and pike. It would be about the same distance for you to drive and I believe they have ice houses you can rent if they aren’t all booked up.

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    in reply to: Handheld GPS #1593683
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    Thanks for the responses, I appreciate the help. Never thought about the lake maps.

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    Thanks for all the feedback, I always hate trying to decide which new products to buy. Nothing but a pain in the butt as there are always so many choices with these things.
    It sounds like they all work well so I guess I may just look at the prices now and see what gives me the most bang for my buck. Again thanks for the feedback and Good Luck to everyone on the ice, be safe.

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    Does anybody know if there is any difference with battery life with these units? I also fish in less than 25 ft. of water most of the time if this makes a difference in which model I get. I have asked at a few different stores but, it seems like each store pushes one certain brand and usually the more expensive newer models. Does anyone know if there are any certain models they have heard about that I may want to stay away from. Was looking at the Hummingbird Ice 55 and the Vexilar FL18. Again thanks for the feedback.

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    Congrats to the guy that shot the wolf. The DNR will tell you what they want to whether it is a wolf or not. They lied about them being here for years in WI, kind of goes with the mt. lions we didn’t have either, although they had a warning for deer hunters to be careful and watch for them. All I know is you better fight with all you have to keep them out of IA, they have really messed up hunting in northern WI, and I personally know a few ranchers that had them attack and kill livestock along with my neighbors dog that was attacked on the leash. Good thing was about the dog getting attacked is that a county cop was driving by the house and saw everything first hand.

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    Thank you for the help. Saved the link to my computer. Just been busy lately as my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer when I was down there, so wasn’t really thinking right. I appreciate the help. Had to come back to WI and get my girls out to there stands for the season up here and had some buddies ask me about IA next year. Good luck with your hunting and be safe.

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    Ya I kind of figured I would have to. Was just hoping someone would know off hand. I was down a couple weeks ago visiting my father and went out for a ride around Rathbun Lake, I ran into a warden around the hatchery and asked but he said he did more with the hatchery than the hunting and didn’t want to give me the wrong info. I forgot to look for a regulations book while I was down there as I was pretty busy.

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    I won’t be like some on here with the insults about your wife shopping or looking for a handout. You got to learn to ignore some people on here. They may have never had anyone help them out so they refuse to help others as well, or they may just be selfish. Some have had good comments about going and joining a club and helping out and making new friends. I have done just that and sometimes hunt with a group or just by myself. Since my girls are a little older now and hunting with me I concentrate more on making sure they have a positive hunt and they are safe. I commend you on taking your nephew out even when you didn’t have a lot of experience yourself. People forget it’s the younger generation that is going to be speaking for us when we are unable to hunt. Sounds a little more like you are just a little unexperienced than anything else. Nothing wrong with hunting on your buddy’s land, especially if he hunts also. He could probably help you out more than anyone else. He may be able to help you with your setups and things like that. If he doesn’t hunt he can at least tell you where he is seeing the deer. I have still hunted with groups of 2-3 people on small parcels of land and have had good luck doing it.

    Just remember anyone that allows you to hunt their land treat them and the land with the utmost respect. Being given permission to hunt private land is a privilege not a right.

    Best of luck to you and your nephew!!!

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    We have been lucky enough in Northcentral WI that we have been able to get out for almost 2 weeks now. Haven’t been out personally but getting the auger ready today and heading out this week. Have about 4″ of ice from what everyone has said. Been kind of warm though so might give it a little extra time.

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    I am from Taylor county WI(Rib Lake area). About half hour from where you were. We have had tons of grouse up here the last couple years. Actually have them roosting in a tree in my front yard as I am typing this post. I have seen at least 25 grouse in the last few days just cutting firewood. You ever need a little help finding a place to hunt them let me know(PM me). I work into November on road construction but am usually in the woods any chance I get deer hunting on weekends, so I see a lot of them. I just don’t hunt them like I use to. Not sure if you stay in a hotel/motel or not but there is a small motel in town that allows dogs. It is within 15 minutes of tons of county and state land.

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    I agree with keeping it as a snack. I live in Wisconsin and always have fed corn to deer. I never have seen it hurt any deer and have had the same deer come into my yard for years. I have also fed hay in harder winters and have never seen that hurt them either, although some articles you read will contradict that also.

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    At least you were offered something, I had the same problem accept 2 of the fiberglass rods broke. I was told by fleet farm it wasn’t there problem and to contact the company which is Ameristep. Contacted the company and was given the runaround for a week. After some dead end phone calls and e-mails I decided to try to fix the blind myself and still use it to this day. If its just the fiberglass rods, go to one of your local farm supply stores and buy the smaller fiberglass fence posts and replace your original(s) that are bad with them. That’s all I did and it works perfectly fine. Think I paid $2/piece for them. Was a lot cheaper than running back and forth to the store. Mine did have the hubs that were held together by a bolt in the center so it was a fairly easy fix. All I had to do was cut about 2″ off the fence posts. Good Luck!!!

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    Very nice deer, congrats!!!

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    Very nice deer. Congrats!

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    Try to get on as many sites as I can…usually looking for tips and possible trips to make.
    I only live about an hour away from Rollie and Helens Musky Shop so it is usually a yearly trip for me and a few friends.. Like to be able to see the lures in person before I buy them.
    Like to check up on Muskies Inc. now and then just to see what’s being done.
    Also like to check out youtube to see the vids posted on there plus I DVR The Musky Hunter every week along with Joe Bucher Outdoors and The Next Bite.
    Might be getting a new job over in Minnesota starting this spring so may have to take the boat with me.

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    If you already have a reel I would suggest one of the Cabelas Fish Eagle 50 rods(not the fish eagle salmon or the fish eagle 4 piece rods). They come in a 7′ one or two piece rod and are under $100. I have used these rods although they have changed the name of them a little for about 10 years and have never had a problem with them. They also are shipped(or at least were) in a nice plastic tube capped at each end that you could use for traveling. All you have to do is take the reels off and you can easily fit 2-3 rods in a tube. If your looking for a second rig you may want to try to find a rod and reel combo at some of these stores online. Even if it says Muskie combo these are still just fine for northern fishing as that is all I use for northern is my Muskie tackle. They usually have a pretty good deal on them. Not sure what your budget really is otherwise I would make some suggestions to you. They are coming out with some really good telescopic rods now that you may want to consider as someone has said before.

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    Up north in WI there isn’t much use for them in winter and I always leave them on until the battery is completely dead then give them a full charge. All the manuals I have read have basically said to do the same thing. It also says that you should charge them after they have been sitting for a while (once a month or so).

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