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    We have all been discussing the pros and cons of this issue , so to add to the mix, here is my 2 cents. I work at R.I.A. Arsenal, R.I. IL. To Enter the base you need either a government CAT card I.D. or a valid state driver’s license plus a preauthorized contractor badge. Now before I get the kids don’t drive barage, hear me out. no valid I.D., no enter, no exceptions. They also have electronic door entering systems that are activated via your badge on different levels of securety. Some are locked down 100 % of the time some are locked down on off work times. the base entering system works to the extent that an honest person with no bad history can access the island. The downfall is not all people that do terrible things have bad histories and vehicles are not checked 100% of the time, ( weapons). I will say it is a deterent and turns away many. As for the entering electronically, it also has some downfalls. They are a pain to maintain, piggybacking will happen, one badge scan when multiple people are at the door, and people forgeting to take their badge with them when they leave a secure area. I do like the idea of audible alarms that go off when nonaccess doors open and cameras at all doorways that alarms sound. These alarms should only be able to be silenced when phyically checked out by school officials.As for guns on school grounds, that should be left to vote on by individual school districts and the parents that have kids enroled. I do not have kids myself, but personally would vote for raising taxes to help fund what ever my local school district decidesi

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    Drove east out of Dixon Ia. This morning and watched aboit 1000 snows/blues, specks feeding about a mile out of town. The most I’ve seen on the ground at one time in that area for a while. Curious to see if they hang around for a while or just stop and go

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    Just to touch on your ” are there any good alum. boats ? ” Yes, I run an 18 ft. Polar craft C. G. bow with the 3 in. Ice ribs . My dad and I duck hunted this boat at lake Odessa 40 years ago running a 140 evinrude for power. Buck brush, logs, rocks you name it this boat has seen it all, still no leaks and I still fish out of it. We rebuilt the transom to handle the 140 and later extended the deck to more a bass boat style. It is one tough boat.

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    I have a 2005 1500 Dodge 4×4 with the 5.7 Hemi ,it pulls great with good power. Fuel mileage is good. My buddy has 2014 Dodge 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi, his mileage is great with great power. His truck has 21 in. Wheels and a bit different system with the motor, fuel economy wise. Only pitfall is dodges failure to fix their design issues when it comes to rust

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    I fished Sugema Saturday for bass and watched several people catch several crappies, not quite close enough to see what they were using but they looked like they were decent size. I was fishing toward the west end of the lake. We did good on the bass, not a big quantity (20) but good quality.

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    I think , like some others, an increase that goes dollar for dollar to fishing improvements is ok. Fish habit, boat ramps, new access cut to current lakes and ponds could be some types of improvements.

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    I have an 05 Dodge with the 5.7 hemi, avg.18 mpg, my buddies gets 19- 20 mpg with his 2014 5.7 hemi that cuts out a cyl. or two. He pulls a ranger bass boat all summer and he and I split the gas every trip, so I know what goes into the tank.

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    I have to agree on the Lake Sugema suggestion. We were there last Saturday and caught some nice bass. We first fished the northwest pond, the one with the ramp, and did well. We had one over 5 lbs. and two around four. At around 10:00 am we hopped over to the main lake and caught several around the three lb. range. We caught about 25 fish total, most in the two to three lb. range. Not bad for the conditions.

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    Generally, once the spawn is over and the water heats up, we’ve caught most of our bigger bass in the standard 8 10 ft of water. Early morning, evenings and overcast days will always be the exceptions. The big mammas generally will be a bit deeper.

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    My turn, one morning before daylight I put the ball/hitch into the truck receiver and inserted the 5/8 clevis pin and spring clip. I then hooked up the trailer like I had done a hundred times before and took off for a day of fishing. Fifteen miles from home and a few turns later I felt a slight jerk. In my side mirror I could see some sparks. my first thought was a wheel bearing but the trailer was tracking straight. When I got slowed down and stopped,I had my ” OH CRAP ” moment. To my surprise, I put the clevis pin in ahead of the end of the hitch bar and not through the hole in the bar. After my “Praise Jesus ” for good safety chains and using them as required, I jacked the tongue of the trailer up, hitched up once again and continued on my way. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY

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    Thanks for the replies. I may have to just give the old spots a try, just to be able to say we gave it a shot. If nothing happens within a couple of hours, we can always load up and head to Big Hollow or Lake Geode.

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    Haven’t been there yet this year, but I have caught smallies below the arsenal power dam and also the Moline power dam around the corner. Usually not this early but they should be there. The other day they were pulling stripies out one after the other. Same old thing , bait fish present, the bass have to be there somewhere. Good luck.

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    Lake Belva Deer on Sunday 4-3-16, temps. were 44 deg. in the morning and about 48 deg. when we left at 2:30. caught 11 bass in 10 t0 12 fow.

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    Modern day freezers, vacuum sealers, The fact is we can keep our game longer. The courts know this and as others have said “Johnny lawman” more than likely won’t show up without a reason. If he does, labeling your packaged game/fish etc., with the date taken and what is packaged combined with their knowledge of what licenses you have should send them away with a ” sorry I bothered you”. My 2 cents.

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    We went down to Sugema yesterday for a little bass fishing. We fished the pond/lake north of the gravel rd. toward the west end of the main lake, the one that has the single boat ramp. I’ve caught a number of good fish there before and thought the water would be a bit warmer. We hit the water about 7:30 am., the water temps. stayed pretty constant at 48 – 49 deg. WE had the water to ourselves until about noon and then two guys burned the bank for a lap of the lake. we fished until about 1:30 pm. using plastic worms, we only managed three fish, a 1 1/4, 3.0, and a 5 1/2. The best/worst part of the trip was that I found out my cranking battery has a dead cell. Best find it out when fishing a lake that you basically start fishing from the ramp and don’t need both trolling motor batteries for the whole day. Overall, it was great to get back on the water. Have a great and safe season you guys and gals !

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    Heading to Sugema Saturday, I will give you a report.

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    I have to agree with Homerj , also those that plant a farm with some type of cash crop and harvest all but a handful of acres to be hunted over later are basically doing the same thing. Leaving some of the crops for winter forage for wildlife is one thing, for the purpose of late season hunting is another. Just my 2 cents.

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    I totally agree with the alum. vs. wood weight issue. For me ,it was a bit easier to work with the wood. Good call on the trailer skin, JIM HAWK CO in the Quad Cities could be a source for big dim. alum., also Crawford Co. works with a lot of sheet stock. Good luck with your project.

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    I have a Polar Craft coast guard bow that I did an extension on. I went all the way to the console for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons is to help support the deck in part. Another reason, was to make more room so I could move my front seat pedestal back . That little bit of room makes a difference, especially in rough water. I fabricated my extension out of plywood and then covered the whole deck with 16 ga. aluminum to get one flat even surface.

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    Just think about it guys. When it comes to duck blind boats, If it’s not over powered, it’s probably over capacity with persons and gear combined. The CO’s know it and choose to turn their heads most of the time unless a severe case of stupidity on our part gives them cause to take a closer look.

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