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23 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

It’s been a slow duck season and scouting to find a duck has been tougher than normal. How are you all doing? 


I’ve only really found them in one place.  Did some MN River scouting today and saw a few but nothing I’d drag a boat there for.  Would’ve liked to get closer to the Louisville Swamp area before completely writing it off though.

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Sure love these puppies 

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On 10/7/2021 at 6:09 PM, monstermoose78 said:

It’s been a slow duck season and scouting to find a duck has been tougher than normal.

This is the primary reason I decided not to waterfowl hunt last year and this year.  There just aren't as many ducks as there used to be in the area.  I don't have the time to scout ahead of time either and that is a must when you are looking for ducks/geese.  I have a couple friends who have been out a couple times since opener and they have 1 goose between the two of them so there its been poor for others too.  I'm sure the drought is playing a role.  I was able to get permission to pheasant hunt this season at most of my usual spots.  Not sure how that will go with the lack of moisture this summer either.

 

Fishing has been pretty slow too.  The water temps are still almost 70 degrees.  I think there will be a good bite the second half of this month if the water cools down.

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At 11 weeks Hazel is 22.1 pounds and Finn slimmed down to 90.7 pounds and vet was really happy with Finn’s weight and said hazel is going to be a big girl. 

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On the ducks: I was on Pelican for the first time ever.  Birdy looking water and we did see some.  Coots and Gadwalls.  Not a lot though and obviously local birds.  They liked to land in the big water and swim in to feed.  Very shy birds.  I do however have a couple ideas on how to hunt them better if I ever get back there. Standard spreads and sets will be useless until migrators show up.

 

Interesting find through.  Somebody (we know who) lost their ammo box with 151 rounds, calls, wallet, SS card, license, etc.  We started looking for him based on his ID but haven’t contacted him yet.  He WAS from WI and think he’s still there.  
 

Here’s the kicker; the license is date 27 years ago. 😜

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On 10/12/2021 at 12:37 PM, Wanderer said:

On the ducks: I was on Pelican for the first time ever.  Birdy looking water and we did see some.  Coots and Gadwalls.  Not a lot though and obviously local birds.  They liked to land in the big water and swim in to feed.  Very shy birds.  I do however have a couple ideas on how to hunt them better if I ever get back there. Standard spreads and sets will be useless until migrators show up.

 

Interesting find through.  Somebody (we know who) lost their ammo box with 151 rounds, calls, wallet, SS card, license, etc.  We started looking for him based on his ID but haven’t contacted him yet.  He WAS from WI and think he’s still there.  
 

Here’s the kicker; the license is date 27 years ago. 😜

Which Pelican? 🤔

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22 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

Not yours. 😄

 

St. Michael.

Where did you find the ammo box with all the stuff in it. Landing? 

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In the rocks on a point we chose to set up on.  The point has been under water for years but with the draw down and then drought I’m figuring it finally was exposed.  Honestly surprised we were the first people to open it for how much it was exposed.

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

In the rocks on a point we chose to set up on.  The point has been under water for years but with the draw down and then drought I’m figuring it finally was exposed.  Honestly surprised we were the first people to open it for how much it was exposed.

How cool is that. Like a time capsule. Hope the guys still around or his family may want to get it. 

Suppose it wasn't water tight? 

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Nope, not water tight and half filled with mud.  My Buddy dumped it all out and rinsed everything off.  The wallet and other stuff was in a top compartment in the lid so it wasn’t muddied too bad.

 

I told him after washing it all up it could’ve been the guys ashes in there.  His face dropped! 😅  I’m sure it wasn’t though with the SS card and DL.  Oh, and $20.

Kind of a similar thing and how I got into hunting. It was more of a forgotten item though. I went fishing the St, Frances river by Zimmer with my dad when I was about 16. Some duck hunter had forgotten his hunting ammo box-seat packed full of shells. I didnt have a shot gun but my buddy had an old H&R single 12g. We went up by Cambridge and spent a good part of the day blowing up a few $100s worth of shells at trees and craap! 😁

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Finn and I hiked the river in Sherburne and only saw 5 swans. 1000 cranes and not one duck or goose.  Saw some guys looking in the grass and they said they dropped a woodduck and Finn found it for them. Boy Finn was mad when I gave them the duck. 

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Very, very few ducks in Ely today.  4 grouse seen with only 1 coming back to camp.

 

I literally saw more fish today than birds.  And I skipped the fishing gear this time! 😒

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I heard some divers are showing up so I will go try for those

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Finn and Hazel watching me like a hawk as I have treats.

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19 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

I heard some divers are showing up so I will go try for those

Yep, western MN and Lake of the Woods diver reports were good from the weekend.  That Arrowhead head area is fickle for ducks and hitting the migration.  
 

We had a fantastic week up there about 8-9 years ago and have been chasing that memory almost every year since.  We just don’t spend as much time doing it anymore.  Still love being there in October and that chase.

 

We went from a 30 decoy spread in small clusters to a 6 decoy spread set up in a 4/2 grouping.  That’s the one they liked.  No pass shots, wings cupped and feet down or they were left to carry on.

 

I gave up the fully flocked mallards in exchange for the early season mallards.  I don’t know if that change worked as well as I think it did but like I said, they came to em.  Even the geese.

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I did pretty good bass fishing on Saturday from 8am - 1pm.  It was frigid when we started at 8am but by 10 the sun was fully up and it was more comfortable.  A friend and I caught 7 bass and 5 pike.  I caught the biggest bass I've caught in a month, a 19.5 incher.  The water temp was 58 degrees.  I might try going one more time and then hang it up for the season as long as the water temp stays above 50.  I think turnover has just occurred because the water temp dropped about 10-12 degrees in less than a week.

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

We’ll be back out there with a metal detector to sweep the area for the shotgun.

That's quite a story.  Wonder what kind of shape the shotgun is going to be in if you find it...

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12 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Update on the shell box situation: My buddy was able to contact the guy after searching numbers and making a few calls.  Shocked the heck out of him!

 

They were out on a windy day; big waves crashing as they were motoring and barely staying upright.  The guys buddy shifted positions in the boat and his dog moved when he did.  That was all it took and they got swamped.  He lost the shell box and his shotgun.  They were able to get everything else to shore.

 

Thats all the detail I got about the story but it’s a classic duck hunters nightmare. My buddy is sending him the contents of his wallet.  His SS card is in perfect shape still and the guy hasn’t replaced it yet so there’s a win! 😆  We’ll be back out there with a metal detector to sweep the area for the shotgun.

 

Forget the metal detector and get a big magnet on a rope at Harbor Freight. Like I have!  😉

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10 hours ago, gimruis said:

That's quite a story.  Wonder what kind of shape the shotgun is going to be in if you find it...

Probably no better than a wall hanging conversation piece but cool to find anyway.  It’s a Mossberg, so…. 😄

 

20 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

 

Forget the metal detector and get a big magnet on a rope at Harbor Freight. Like I have!  😉

 

The water isn’t deep there but it is green. I’ll take the detector vs guesswork.  Probably wouldn’t have to go more than elbow deep if we find it.  The box might’ve floated a bit away from the incident.  It was designed to float I guess but not with 151 shells in it!

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Probably no better than a wall hanging conversation piece but cool to find anyway.  It’s a Mossberg, so…. 😄

 

 

The water isn’t deep there but it is green. I’ll take the detector vs guesswork.  Probably wouldn’t have to go more than elbow deep if we find it.  The box might’ve floated a bit away from the incident.  It was designed to float I guess but not with 151 shells in it!

Good luck with the prospecting Yosemite Sam! 😄

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47 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Ya I wouldn't worry about it now.  Don't waste your time.

why not...i would given the opportunity!!!!!!! like he said a conversation piece!!!!!!👌

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11 hours ago, gimruis said:

Ya I wouldn't worry about it now.  Don't waste your time.

What! 

It's the hunt, solving a mystery.  Maybe he will find Jimmy Hoffa chained to the dang thing? 😆

Or not find a plug in the gun and make some TIP money 🤭

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      On the south end...  Another really strong week of walleye fishing.  
      One of the main areas to fish is still deep mud.  Basically 28 - 34 feet of water.  Various schools of walleyes move around the basin relating to different kinds of forage.  
      Big walleyes eat a lot of everything but really key in on tullibees (ciscos) who live primarily in the basin.  Other forage can be perch, perch minnows, emerald shiners, blood worms, crayfish, and the list goes on.  
      Various schools holding shallower, over rocks or sand, based on bait options in that area.  Reefs are still holding fish, normally on the sides and base where rock meets the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are still very effective for catching walleyes this week.
      As we approach mid to late September and October, the jig bite will fire back up!
      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
      Some anglers trolling crankbaits to cover water.  Oftentimes, walleyes won't show up on electronics if they are laying in a depression in the river bottom.  Only way to know is to fish the area.
      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


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    • smurfy
      Lots of places for sale the other way towards Crosby and north of Crosby.
    • leech~~
      My wife is from Brainerd and has a lot of relatives up there. More then likely it would be Baxter or above Brainerd. 
    • Wanderer
      Heat can cause some issues.  Like an old PTO on a lawn tractor that won’t engage after it’s been running, then shut off, then turned on again.  Having to wait 2-3 hours to get it to engage again tells you it’s time at least adjust it but plan on a replacement soon.
    • Tom7227
      I can't figure  out how enough heat would form to cause a problem. What part could be getting hot?  That sort of makes sense but then it will start and quit again quite quickly.  I don't  know what engine it has and that's a problem with it.  Finding the parts is troublesome even with Jack's Small Engine.
    • smurfy
      thats the engine on the one i have.
    • delcecchi
      The not restarting for hours....   Could it possibly be an ignition thing where as it gets hot it stops providing spark and has to cool all the way down to start again?     That's the only thing besides flooding I can think of.   Typically, isn't the spark on small engines produced by magnets on the flywheel going by a coil?    So when it quits and won't restart, is it getting spark?      And is the plug wet when it quits?        Has it got the Honda motor or something else?   
    • smurfy
      That's odd Tom, I have a power washer from northern tool also. Not sure which one but only issues I've had with mine is I had to replace both tires???🙄🙄
    • Tom7227
      Full throttle before I even start to spray.  When trying to restart it pulls easy and I keep the wand open to assure it doesn't get backed up.  I agree it has to be a fuel issue.  But the tank to engine line is a straight shot except for the fuel shut off valve.  When I was replacing the carb the fuel would run out of the fuel line quite a bit until I remembered to shut off the fuel line.   The gas has been brand new non-oxy every time I have tried it.  
    • Wanderer
      When you try to restart it does it pull easy or hard?   When mine has water pressure built up, it pulls hard to start.  I trigger the wand to release the pressure so it starts easier.   Maybe the hours for yours is due to pressure that needs to bleed off?  Hard to tell not being there.     I can kill mine at low throttle just by spraying.  Are you running yours at a high throttle position?  Again, hard to tell without hearing the RPMs of the engine.   Otherwise for fuel, it could be a blockage or venting issue anywhere in the system. If there wasn’t a change in performance with the change of carburetor, the carburetor is probably not the issue.  If it sat with old gas for a while something could be varnished up and the engine starves for gas until it quits.  Taking hours to get enough fuel flowing again to run seems odd if you actually get to run it hard enough to spray for even a few minutes.   Hearing the way it behaves would help a lot for me.   I’ve had pressure washers that you’re not supposed to let idle for extended time without spraying and others like my current one that bypass just fine while it’s running.  I’m just wondering if your killing it on high pressure AND low idle.  Mine will die every time that way.
    • Tom7227
      It is a Powerhorse, the northern tool house brand.  It dies while I am spraying.  If I replaced the carb what more fuel issues could there be?  The carb replacement took about 5 minutes and was extremely simple.
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