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  2. whateverisbiting

    opener and resorts

    Yes no one including heath and economics experts can predict but like I stated this should be about balance and not about preventing. If we were in prevention mode, it could drive the world into deep depression. The desperation could lead to much bigger issues. Desperate times leads to desperate measures. Guns and ammo are flying off the shelf at the same rate as toilet paper. Strange days indeed. For those that are high risk, the advice does not change for you in any scenario. You need to stay isolated until this is past us; that has to be frustrating and scary. By slowing it down, that means staying in isolation longer. I also feel terrible for the people living paycheck to paycheck now with no paycheck and trying to navigate the overwhelmed government system to get some much needed relief through unemployment checks. Communities that are resourceful and find ways to operate effectively under social distancing guidelines will be fine. Those that choose to shut down could face tough economic times ahead.
  3. smurfy

    Spear pic + ?

    oh man some of them decoy carvers are some real artists. last year at the decoy show in Alex some guy had a ruffed grouse he carved. was that awesome...………….but he wanted 3 grand for it. I think Mike 89 bought it!!!
  4. dutchboy II

    Spear pic + ?

    Figured you might like that. Fact is I like looking at the talent some people have painting these things. I'm always amazed when I go to a Muskie show also. Can't afford them, but like looking at them.
  5. smurfy

    Chain Ice Reports

    my guess that unless your a member of seal team it would be impossible to get up!!!!!!!
  6. smurfy

    Spear pic + ?

    nice to see you coming around Dutchy!!!!!!!!
  7. so if this makes any sense, you guys make very valid points, on both sides. for me depends on the wave of the day is. I believe they just don't know enough about this yet. one part of me says I don't want nothing to do with getting this, the other part, like wanderer says, i"m ok with getting it then moving on. really I or anyone can really control if you get it or not unless you don't leave your house house forever. I have a few of what they could consider underlying conditions, I had heart bypass surgery in 2011, I smoke and I have a very controlled case of diabetes but believe I am healthy enough to withstand this COVID-19 should I get it somehow. as far as opener, I gave up going opener years ago. I just don't like the zoo at accesses or on the lakes. if I hit an access with no vehicles......i'm in heaven.
  8. Very excited about burning up the water this year. Fishing fast is an understatement ..... https://www.wired2fish.com/tackle-reviews/abu-garcia-revo-rocket-10-11-casting-reel-review/#slide_1
  9. Wanderer

    opener and resorts

    Government organizations are starting to admit the probability of that scenario. Like I’ve typed before, I’m concerned but not scared. I’ve had my training to deal with this situation that “would probably never happen” and took it seriously. Maybe that’s why I’m calmer than most about the actual virus. Plus I don’t have underlying conditions that put me at a higher risk. Things that I have to take care of are planned out and in motion to be as prepared as can be. I can’t do anything more but manage the load and ride it out. Not to curse myself but I told my wife last night, if I’m going to get this, I’m ready now. But I’d prefer to hold off until the predicted peak is over. @dutchboy II that’s probably considered a nonchalant view to you and some others but I AM looking weeks ahead at potential impacts that don’t involve my personal fishing opener. I’ve been reading the forum comments and trying not to interject too much but sometimes a guy just has to share some actual experience and straight talk from the past weeks of being submerged in the subject. I don’t seek information that aligns with my opinions, I let consistent information guide and sometimes change my opinions.
  10. dutchboy II

    opener and resorts

    I don't think the medical community, government agency's or the internet forums know what has, is or will happen with the virus. I think everybody is throwing mud against the wall on best case, worse case scenarios. Best case is a month from now everything is trending back to normal. Worse case people are dropping dead with no end in sight. Are we as humans, not sportsman, willing to risk the worse case just because it may inconvenience our plans for the opener? I think it's time we give this some serious thought. Way to much non nonchalance in my opinion.
  11. On a somewhat related side note, I have experienced fuel issues with biodiesel. Two years ago my Allis-Chalmers 190XT began to give me a lot of trouble. It fluctuated up and down a lot at idle, no power, and just plain horrible performance. I suspected it had to be something with the injector fuel pump and considering its age, 1968 model, this wasn't surprising. I brought my tractor in for repair. After they tested it, they agreed with my fuel pump theory. When I went to pick it up after it was repaired I asked what the pump re-builder determined to be the problem. The diagnosis was "biofuel damage." I asked what that meant and was told that the fuel pump was damaged from biodiesel fuel. So, I did some digging and learned that with biodiesel there are inherent potential issues along with the benefits. Using biodiesel fuels can result in a net improvement of emissions and can improve cetane levels. On the other hand, bio-diesel fuel has its drawbacks particularly when it comes to storage. It depends a lot on how it is stored but on average, old school diesel fuel had a shelf life from 1-2 years before it began to break down. With the introduction of today's low sulfur requirements, the shelf life of diesel fuel dropped to about 6-8 months on average depending on storage methods. Biodiesel, however, due to its organic materials, has an average shelf life of 4-6 weeks depending on storage methods. Because a portion of the biodiesel is composed from organic matter, it is subject to bacterial and mold growth and this can be damaging to fuel injector pumps. Until then I was not aware that I had been using biodiesel so I contacted my supplier to ask if I had been using biodiesel. He sais, "Yes. It has been required by law in MN for the past 10 years." I use about 130-150 gallons of diesel fuel per year in my farming operation so I usually fill my storage tank once each year. My tank is located on the north side of my tree grove so it is not exposed to direct sunlight, which helps improve its shelf life but not enough to avoid issues completely. My supplier now includes an additive in my tank to keep bacterial and mold growth in check. Most of my neighbors use more fuel and so theirs doesn't sit long enough to become an issue. Same thing for highway vehicles. Just a word of warning. If you have a diesel pickup and you let it set for long periods of time, it might be good to consider protecting it from this issue. Also, since home heating oil sits most of the summer, it wouldn't hurt to think about that as well.
  12. Tom Sawyer

    opener and resorts

    It's actually good to be scared a little, but your right Tracie there is a line. I wonder what the numbers are, of those that already had it and have antibodies. There was a h e l l of a flu going around this winter.
  13. Wanderer

    opener and resorts

    @Bigfatbert have you come to terms yet with the fact this virus isn’t going to just disappear and that most of will catch it eventually, including you? The Order is about keeping the peak medical resource usage rate a little flatter and giving us time to prepare to handle it at the peak. That’s it. I understand you’re more sensitive to the matter based on health conditions you mentioned in another post but you’re touting the restrictions like a fear monger. Or maybe you enjoy poking the bear of the fishing community? I don’t know. Our fears are driving us further away from recovery than the virus is. I’m all for being careful and keeping transmission rates lower but we can’t stop it. Sorry to break the news to you.
  14. whateverisbiting

    opener and resorts

    Everything is a balance. Hotels are still open. My view is that we should take a balanced approach to opener and resorts. The goal is not to prevent transmission, it is to keep it at a manageable rate. Do you really think the 6' guideline and only 10 people at a time in a room will prevent it? Absolutely not. But it does slow it down. We shut down restaurants and other stores, but they found a way to keep social distancing by curb side pick up. You can order groceries on line. This is actually quite straightforward for local communities to provide these services in a proper way for social distancing, including buying bait. My proposal at this time would be to allow fishing and keep resorts open, but do not allow out of state licenses and allow local communities within MN to shut it down if they deem that not in the best interest of the local area. I am guessing most people won't go anyway. At least those I know have canceled and would not consider rebooking. But, we still have a month to go. My view is data driven and it could change by then one way or another. I have this picture in my head of people wearing buttons saying "I recovered" with back up documentation so they can start being normal. We need the second test to come out that lets you know if you had it or not (the current test is only able to let you know if you are currently infected). I am certain way more people have gotten it and recovered than the website states. Estimates are the numbers are 10-fold higher, but not sure how accurate that is.
  15. Mike89

    Spear pic + ?

    there are talking a decoy show in Alex in Oct... stay tuned!!!
  16. Rick

    Tools of the trade

    Thank you Tom! Very cool!
  17. Bigfatbert

    opener and resorts

    So great to read this , how so very caring and thoughtful you truly are . thank you for posting this ray guy ! Your fishing buddies are so lucky to have you as their friend and fishing partner .
  18. Bigfatbert

    opener and resorts

    The city of Duluth is only allowing locals to go go smelting in the rivers . Non local cannot participate due to the Covid19 restrictions , and while smelting all must maintain at least a 6 ft distance .
  19. Bigfatbert

    opener and resorts

    With Covid19 restrictions this holds true for non family members . With a 12-17 ft boat no more than 2 people can legally fish from it With a 18 -23 ft boat no more than 3 people can legally fish from it . With a 24-30 ft boat no more than 4 people can legally fish from it . must always maintain at least a 6’ distance at landings , landing parking lots , docks , while in he boat fishing or moving around , using a landing net ,..
  20. IceHawk

    Mille Lacs

    I know where your coming from always on the water well before sunrise and usally of by 10 or so. My buddies always say we know your off the lake and the boats loded as soon as we see the first jet ski or water skier. Problem so many are so inconsiderate now a days. They see I'm walleye fishing and its like a game to go right by me when they have the whole open part of the lake to tear up.
  21. Poachers caught and more poachers caught by Tom Chapin. Alot of them happened within 60-70 miles of our cabin.
  22. dutchboy II

    Mille Lacs

    I hear ya on fishing locally. I only like big water, not for the fish but because I get tired of going round & round like a NASCAR. Also have a very low tolerance for jet ski's, water skiers, speed boats. Fishing is just something I do while on the water, not the reason I go.
  23. You should know you did it in a few threads yourself In fact we all have maybe a time or two. Had to throw that one at you All in good fun!
  24. IceHawk

    Mille Lacs

    I hit Mill Lacs once a summer but it's not a real big deal to miss it. More than likely wont even go this year. Wish I could but may not even have that option with this stuff going on now. I have lakes near my area that always produce good results if you put in the time to figure them out. Ill fish locally as I almost always do through the summer just way easier with my hectic work schedule. Many people would be surprised how good of fishing they have close to them if they would only put in the effort and time to learn the lakes near them. Agree with all these bad years with the regulations and now this sad but true some of the mom pop resorts just wont make it to much longer.
  25. dutchboy II

    Spear pic + ?

    Old thread I know but............ Fascinating thread. Hope I can make a show. Love seeing hand made art.
  26. eyeguy 54

    New kayak

    No hyjacking!!!! lol
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