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TomcatParticipantDecember 20, 2017 at 12:31 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 10:17 pmPost count: 665
Fake fur has little effect on the fur market. Ranched fur has a tremendous effect! Wild fur is such a small percentage of fur sold, it is almost unbelievable. Estimates vary from 5% to 20% of the market come from wild furs. Fur sales worldwide are at historically high levels. The strength of the dollar hurts our fur prices. Fur markets are also cyclical, and can turn on a dime. Prices do not look good right now, but could be much different by the time the auctions happen this winter and spring.TomcatParticipantNovember 19, 2017 at 2:11 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantOctober 7, 2017 at 8:53 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantJuly 11, 2017 at 11:39 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantJuly 1, 2017 at 11:14 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantJune 21, 2017 at 9:57 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantMay 27, 2017 at 11:28 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantMay 25, 2017 at 8:07 pmPost count: 665
I have successfully managed pond fisheries for landowners for over 40 years in southeast Iowa. I never recommend grass carp. They eat the beneficial vegetation that is vital to the balance of a healthy pond ecosystem, as has been earlier stated. They last forever (30+ years at least) and get to be huge. The state is correct to eliminate them from all state waters. The algae blooms can be killers, and of course the bigger fish die first as they need more oxygen to survive. You are correct, speng5, that the manicured lawns are most likely a major source of the problem. Clear lake has had similar issues in the past, not sure what’s going on up there nowadays.TomcatParticipantMay 5, 2017 at 6:14 pmPost count: 665
After the near misses the last 2 days, it was different this morning. Perfect weather for chasing gobblers! I got in early and set up. Eagerly I listened as the owls, pheasants, geese and crows were all active before any gobbles could be heard. Finally the longbeards started talking, but alas, none were near my planned attack. I debated running and gunning, but decided to stay put. I called occasionally, and finally got one to answer. Unfortunately, he was on the opposite side of a creek. I stuck with him and got aggressive with the slate. Receiving no answer, I knew one of 2 things had happened. Either he was coming, or he was leaving. I kept quiet in case he was on his way. I got my answer as a crow sounded off near my location. It set off a thunderous gobble as he announced that he had crossed the creek. I slowly turned my head and got to watch him come in full strut the final 60 yards. At about 20 yards I settled the gun to my shoulder, and he caught just enough movement to halfway lift his head out of strut. That was the perfect ending to a perfect turkey hunt! He weighed 20 lbs., 10 1/2″ beard, 1 1/4, 1 1/8″ spurs. He won’t score as well as my first season bird, but I was totally happy to have him! Good luck to all, and above all, be safe.TomcatParticipantMay 4, 2017 at 11:10 pmPost count: 665
We called in 3 toms within 20 yards or closer the last 2 days, but have none in the bag, due to 3 different circumstances. Hopefully I’m going to change that in the morning! This weekend the mushroom hunters will push them around a ton in places, don’t count on a late morning hunt on public this weekend!TomcatParticipantApril 22, 2017 at 11:19 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantApril 9, 2017 at 11:48 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantApril 9, 2017 at 11:46 amPost count: 665
You are correct, it’s an artifact! I will let those wiser than I give you a better ID, but I would call it a blade, or knife. Matt, Lee or Tom can tell you more. It is interesting in that I think I see a crinoid stem in the material, which would mean it’s made out of something sedimentary. Nice find, thanks for sharing!TomcatParticipantApril 8, 2017 at 10:34 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantApril 5, 2017 at 8:35 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantJanuary 2, 2017 at 3:59 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantNovember 15, 2016 at 12:06 pmPost count: 665TomcatParticipantNovember 5, 2016 at 12:19 amPost count: 665TomcatParticipantOctober 30, 2016 at 11:35 amPost count: 665
We had 4 hunters, one very good lab. I shot one at 8:05, one at 8:30, one at 9:00. We got 9, and had a great time. Way warmer than we prefer, very hard on the dog and the humans! Kicked up a nice covey of quail, also. We didn’t shoot because the dog and his master were not close by at the time. Had a great time, the birds are now officially back big time, and yes, we have hunted since the 70’s, and today ranks as good as it’s ever been.