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    Hello : Before you turn loose those yellow bass let me know and I will help you. P S Speng do you have an oar I can borrow ?

    I think thats a little harsh don’t you? I’ll be out there this weekend in the red jeep if your serious about helping me turn them loose. Thanks for your help buddy!

    In the event this feller is actually serious, is this about the time someone should contact the DNR at McBride and let them know to be on the lookout for him?

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    Quote by: Mr.+Twister

    The NRS, prepared by IDALS, says that less than 2% of the fertilizer runoff comes from lawns or golf courses..

    Here in Iowa, it’s just a shear numbers game. ABout 67% of the state is in row crop and about 5% of the state is urban/lawns. Not that we should dismiss urban lawn runoff, but places like crystal lake are not being impacted by your homeowner dousing their lawn with Scott’s.

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    Quote by: DT

    IIt is now huge fields of corn & beans only, with hardly a weed in it. There are few places to nest, or seek shelter & cover during the winter.

    This is an important piece too. Used to be every farm had pasture, corn/beans, oats, hay, etc. Even if the ground was being worked, there was a mixture of places for not only wildlife like pheasants & rabbits (how many jack rabbits do you see now? I remember when there was bunches of them all over), but the necessary ‘lower tier’ stuff like insects, pollinators, etc. that are just as vital to the system.

    We’re now learning that one of the key reasons for the decline in monarchs is the lack of milkweed IN the fields as it’s actually easier for the monarchs to find those (chemically they stand out like a sore thumb in a corn field).

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    Fishing for carp with sweet corn, make a nice long cast & the wind blows it a little too close to some ducks. Drake mallard shoots right over and scoops up the corn. Have no choice but try to reel him in. He was actually quite cooperative and swam right too me. Kinda step on his foot & was able to unhook him.

    Snagged a rod, pulled that in and completely covered in algae/scum. Start pulling the line only to find it was still hooked to a about a 5lb channel cat. Hook was rusty. Hate to know how long that thing was stuck in his mouth. Fish seemed ok.

    Not a catch, but while ice fishing we had a muskrat pop up through the hole into our tent. Scared the bejeesus out of us. Probably would have been a hoot to someone watching our tent nearly explode. He slunk back down into the hole. Entire episode probably lasted about 3 seconds, but it was an intense three seconds.

    Had a bird get caught on my line during a cast. Wrapped right around his foot. Got to admit it was pretty amusing watching this grackle flopping around in mid air tethered to my rod.

    While fishing with a friend we noticed a a small cooler floating down river. He purposely snagged it & brought it in. Find it filled with several packages of steaks & brats. Still had ice & was clean of river water. They were pretty good steaks.

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    Interesting. Any pointers to help get started catching them? Any location on the lake the best? Need a boat, or can you reach them from shore? This time of year the best?

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    whether you choose to believe it or not,I killed two in january,one on my gsp,and one I found crawling up my arm from the couch,dont know where they had been harboring at,and if it is any indication,there population is doing well. we used to keep guenies (sorry for spelling) in our yard,and would never see a one,but would rather put up with ticks than listen to those things every time somebody would go by.

    Yes, guineafowl will clean them out of an area.
    Yes, ticks are tough. I believe they were used in early space research because of their ability to survive nearly impossibly conditions.

    I had an old sleeping bag that went 2-3 years without being used. Pulled it out before I left for a camping grip. Unrolled it in the living room, no more than get it laid out and there’s a damn tick start crawling across it. Like it just woke it up from a quick nap. Unbelievable.

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    I use Repel ion my hunting clothes
    specifically with Permethrin called REPEL Clothing and Gear.

    I noticed when I use that it works really well and keeping the ticks off

    Permethrin certainly works well on ticks, but a word to the wise to all of us. Be wary of wearing fishing, if you plan on getting wet at all. Permethrin is highly toxic to fish and will readily wash into the water.

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    We’ll never see a down/up sales tax. To take away the ‘7th cent’ of sales tax would be repealing, basically, the school tax. And who wants to be the one to hate children and put flowers before our precious children? Never happen. There’s so many issues with the IWLL amendment. My biggest gripe is the funding. It could be a generation before it’s funded. Not to mention if the sales tax was ever lowered (LOL, I know, but go along with me here) we’d lose the funding. How would you like to be in year 3 of a multi million dollar 5 year restoration project and all of a sudden the money disappears. Plus, we (as in conservationists) are only getting 3/8 of one cent, but yet that tax increase will forever be known as the environment tax even though more than half the increase will be going straight to state general fund coffers. I want the whole damn penny!

    There will be very little oversight into how the money gets dispersed. It’s very likely a bunch of the money will end up going to more ‘urban’ projects like bike trails, which is not how the amendment was sold to us and should not be it’s intent. If/when it finally gets funded, just watch and you’ll see REAP funding, etc. just dry up. In the long run I would guess IWLL will result no where close to the $150 million increase in conservation funding.

    I lost some respect for groups like The Nature Conservancy over this amendment as they were major players in lobbying for it. They’ve had a national drive to get as many of these amendments passed as possible (and they benefit from it as they can apply for money from them- NTTAWWT I’d trust them with the money more than gov’t agencies), and we were nothing more than one more check of a box for them. Crappy amendment or not.

    Overall, it’s a very weak amendment and far below the threshold for what I’d like to see as something a part of our state’s constitution. ‘Anti-environment’ (Farm Bureau I’m looking at you) groups knew it would pass and were able to flex their muscle and take a lot of teeth out of the draft amendment, then turned their backs on it, but our pols were too chicken to put the good stuff back in.

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    There are lots of tune ups that can be performed on break barrels to really improve accuracy. Well lubricated, new piston seal, clean the barrel from the factory (and then never clean it again), tigthen everything down well with lock-tite, even put in aftermarket triggers. That will greatly improve consistency. I have a Gamo Big Cat, can easily get sub 1″ groups at 25 yards.

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    Bunch of amateurs here. If you want a challenge, you’d get yourself a slingshot.

    I usually like to stick with my pellet gun though. Fun challenge, and it’s quieter as not to scare other varmints.

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    Quote by: bubbaboy

    cool pics,isnt that one of those special shrooms lol

    Only if you want to be resting next to her father. Likely an Amanita

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita

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    Quote by: shaley

    5/0 treble buried in my leg with a 10 pound pike thrashing on the other hook of the bait….

    This is a fear of mine.

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    Quote by: Bankston_Boy87

    I am also thinking about planting some items for fall harvest (ie. radishes, spinach, kholorabi, etc.). I’ve never done this before, when should I start getting these in the ground?

    I’d be planting anytime right now. Early stuff like lettuce, spinach, etc. really needs the cooler temps for germination and early growth. They can handle some heat (and cool) once they’re bigger. Take advantage of our current cool weather in case it turns hot soon.

    Most part my garden is doing as well as it ever has. LOTS of beans, had tons of broccoli, but got something (I think black rot) in them and decided to just get them out of the ground. Opened up room for some late planting though.

    Tater plants are HUGE, had to put tomato cages on them so they didn’t smother everything else. They’re maybe 4-5 feet tall. Still green, so I’m gonna let them go and keep putting spuds in the ground. Actually got lots of little tomato like fruits on them this year- obviously didn’t eat.

    Pepper plants are small, but have lots of fruits on them- probably about the best producing I’ve had in some time. Tomatoes look great. Lots of tomatoes but they aren’t maturing. All look good, but aren’t turning red at all. Don’t know if they could use some heat or what. I’m afraid I’m gonna have 977675 lbs of maters all at once.

    Onions look terrible, but I’ve never been able to get poop for onions in my yard. Oh well.

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    Everything was blown out pretty dang bad when I went through yesterday. Gonna need a week or so with no rain to get things settled back down.

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    We’ve only had .3″ since the 15th of May.

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    Quote by: snokyguy

    the sheer quantity astounds me. I saw reported some guys last years taking buckets. BUCKETS of dinky small 8″ crappies from below saylorville, they must had hundreds and that astounded me (never heard they got caught sadly, even though I reported license plate and everything). WHY so many? what the heck could you possibly do with that many? they don’t keep over a year really even froze well.

    I watched a group of those Hmong people walk out of Glover’s creek in West Union with several buckets full of trout and a seine net. With the size of the knives they were all carrying on their hip, I didn’t dare say anything to them. Called TIP as soon as I could, but there’s little they could do. Never saw their car or anything.

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    Quote by: RaoulDuke

    Man I sure hope your bro didn’t keep those smallies, sure would be a shame…I’m guessing he did though since he’s holding up a pair of them in a parking lot nowhere near the water…

    Even if they were released, putting gill pressure on them by holding them like that, they likely would have died anyways.

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    Just outside of town, there was a large boulder pile in the middle of a field in a small waterway. There’s been a fox litter there every year for as far as I could remember. Unfortunately, this spring the farmer decided no more. Moved all boulders and plowed up the grass. Shame, about 25 yards from the road. Know of several people (including me) that enjoyed watching the pups every spring.

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    Alright, I’ll be the first to say it: it’s photoshopped B)

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    I’ve used tags like that for research before so I can identify individual trees over time.

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