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Mike89
3 hours ago, smurfy said:

lot further north bud!!!!!!!!!!

I understand that, I was just saying......

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smurfy
4 minutes ago, Mike89 said:

I understand that, I was just saying......

i figured as such.

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smurfy

look out...........i'll be on my way bright and early tomorrow morning. hoping to be havin  an omelete at the deer river sportsmans by 9 am!!!!!!

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eyeguy 54

good luck!

 

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PRO-V

Smurf, we were up there getting sap today. Heard there is 2' of ice and wheeler travel is easy. Fishing has been ok I hear. We've only used plastic and tungsten jigs the last three years. Good luck. Maybe 5 or 6 inches of snow in the woods.

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Mike89

have fun enjoy the rain!!!  👍

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smurfy
40 minutes ago, Mike89 said:

have fun enjoy the rain!!!  👍

Always gotta be one!!🙄

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smurfy
1 hour ago, PRO-V said:

Smurf, we were up there getting sap today. Heard there is 2' of ice and wheeler travel is easy. Fishing has been ok I hear. We've only used plastic and tungsten jigs the last three years. Good luck. Maybe 5 or 6 inches of snow in the woods.

Thanks appreciate the info. Sounds great!

 

Thanks eyeguy. Really looking forward to it!

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smurfy
49 minutes ago, Mike89 said:

have fun enjoy the rain!!!  👍

Nuttin for Friday

Sat 30%

Sunday 70% I'll take that driving home Sunday 

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gunner55
2 minutes ago, smurfy said:

Nuttin for Friday

Sat 30%

Sunday 70% I'll take that driving home Sunday 

Seen 'em be wrong before! :P :grin:

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smurfy

well that bites...……..furnace didn't work so back home I went. all kinds of blue bags hanging in the maple trees.

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PRO-V

You couldn't tough it out with extra blankets 😀? We got 142 gallons of sap Thursday. Can't hardly keep up with it this year.

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leech~~
10 hours ago, smurfy said:

well that bites...……..furnace didn't work so back home I went. all kinds of blue bags hanging in the maple trees.

 

Did you have power? Should have just used your "backup" electric heats you have on hand just in case! 😉

 

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smurfy
2 hours ago, PRO-V said:

You couldn't tough it out with extra blankets 😀? We got 142 gallons of sap Thursday. Can't hardly keep up with it this year.

I thought about it, but decided not.

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smurfy
41 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

 

Did you have power? Should have just used your "backup" electric heats you have on hand just in case! 😉

 

My mother still has control. If she heard electric heaters where used she'd blow a gasket. She flips out when we turn ceiling fans on.

 

I have a nipco heater up there,its propane. Let's just say I dumped the issue on Mom's favorite son and grandson.

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smurfy

So any idea how far along the lakes are to opening up. Headed that way first weekend of May.

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gunner55

The way things usually go🤔...........................there'll probably be ice until after you head back home.:pow:;):grin:

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smurfy
1 hour ago, gunner55 said:

The way things usually go🤔...........................there'll probably be ice until after you head back home.:pow:;):grin:

😣:zonk::crazy: your alot of help!!!!!!!!!<_<

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Mike89

would be funny if true!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gunner55

Our bay is open today, heard there's still some on the main lake yet, as of yesterday

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PRO-V

Smurfy, I thought you were coming to Rapids. I haven't heard a thing on the police scanner.....😁

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gunner55

He knows better than to stay more than a couple hours.;)

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smurfy
On 5/7/2019 at 2:59 PM, PRO-V said:

Smurfy, I thought you were coming to Rapids. I haven't heard a thing on the police scanner.....😁

hey I was.  Monday and Tuesday!!!!!! got done Tuesday and home today. 

 

hey, i'm a fine law abiding citizen. besides I want no part of the famous itasca county saying...…………..come on vacation...…...leave on probation...……..nope not me!!!!!!!😎

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smurfy

look out fellers...……...i'll be on my way Thursday morning.

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smurfy

man it sure is quiet here!!!!!!!!:wacko: has anyone heard of reports of winter kill on area lakes??????? i suspect and reported 2 of them to the rapids DNR fisheries people.

 

Gunner.............zip it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)🤣😂:P:wham:

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    • gimruis
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