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  2. GLS

    Thanks

    Good news you saved your dog. Good work. There are horror stories of owners panicking, being unable to figure how to open one and watching their dogs die. For practice, a buddy lent me his 440 (12" jaws) and it is a bear to open with a belt, rope or leash. It is hard (for me) to open with a trapper ron safety setter. A 330 probably would be easier to deal with in the field with belt, leash or rope. The leveraged scissors type setter is easiest, but carrying one in the field would be impractical due to weight and size. We don't see many of these traps around here, but I've heard some use them to rid beavers on private property. Trapping isn't permitted on Ga. WMAs. I hope my dogs never run into one in the field. Gil
  3. lee sykes

    Kerosene heater question

    For a space that big, I'd get a big Rinnai and burn propane. A lot safer.
  4. Brad Eden

    Bells and whistles or utilitarian. Which are you

    Consummate pragmatic cheap, utilitarian Luddite. I'm on edge just running this Board and keeping up with the digital hassles associated with it. Never owned any electronics for dogs, wear same clothes until they rot off, and shoot same Firearms for close to 30 years. If I could throw away my iPhone, iPad and computer I would. I won't be able to figure out anything when I get a newer truck, so am driving my 2006 with over 200k mikes into the ground. (Been married to the same woman for 37 years too...)
  5. WMassGriff

    Bells and whistles or utilitarian. Which are you

    Mostly utilitarian except when it comes to Firearms, Hunting clothing, and Single Malts!
  6. SODAKer

    First deer for my son

    Awesome buck and story! Its been nice reading about the youngsters filling tags this Fall.
  7. SODAKer

    Venison neck roast

    We place bone in roast in a crock pot, pour a package of liptons dry onion soup mix over the top, nothing else added, cover and cook till done. I think it is the best roast meat.
  8. OutlawTorn

    Garmin Fenix 5S

    Oh man, it's a Widget not an App! I found it and it connected immediately! I assumed it was an App and had been using something I downloaded from the Connect IQ store. Granted, the App seems to have more features but it was a pain to use...but this widget is great!
  9. erik meade

    Bells and whistles or utilitarian. Which are you

    No bells, no whistles please. My preference was confirmed when (owing to a blown waterpump on our minivan) I rented a 2019 Kings Ranch Edition F150 last August for a 1,000 mile trip to move my twin daughters into their respective colleges. The thing had all the bells. Heated steering wheel, seats, A/C seats, massaging seats, cameras, lane assists and on and on. And it was so quiet, and so disconnected from the world around you. I hated it. I would have paid more if I could have gotten a truck that seemed like a truck. The kind @fishvik describes. There is some irony, I think. I daily drive in a 1991 Miata. Miata owners have a certain reputation I think. But how tough are you really if you need a truck to coddle, pamper, insulate and infotain you. I motor along, top down, all winter, feeling nearly every crack on the road, hearing every noise, shifting my own gears, and then also use the Miata as my main hunting car. Driving off road, even hauling deer.
  10. Speaks

    Thanks

    I have not come across a ton of them but enough. Over the last year I have bought several setting tools, the best being a "trapper ron safety setter" I have two in my vest, one on my whistle lanyard, and use the other as a key chain. I practice on traps often enough to be proficient in opening them. Someone recommended once letting your pup get caught in a controlled environment, both to give real world practice and also to provide some trap avoidance training for the pup, no way I see myself doing that though.
  11. Chukarman

    Kerosene heater question

    I am thinking about options for my new barn. Here in AZ there are fairly mild winters but it can get cold up here at 5100 feet.
  12. topdog1961

    Bells and whistles or utilitarian. Which are you

    The number one feature new vehicle purchasers base their buying decisions on is now the infotainment system. That amazes me. Give me a simple, reliable, sweet driving vehicle with a stick shift any day over that electronic crap. Especially in a sports car. I posted recently that I can’t change the car clock for the end of daylight savings time. I’m utilitarian. But most people love the tech stuff. I now sell a pet containment system that Bluetooths to your phone. You can manage your rechargeable battery status, control a strobe light for after dark, track the correction history of your dogs, control correction levels, all from your phone while also using it as a remote trainer anywhere that only needs charging once a month. What I like is if I need to make a program change to your dog’s receiver, I can send it over the internet instead of driving to your house.
  13. Chukarman

    A Pups First Wild Birds

    Excellent!
  14. topdog1961

    What Huygens Saw On Titan

    Cool, but unfortunately it doesn’t fascinate me like space did when I was a kid. I wish the responsibilities and worries of being an adult hadn’t crushed my sense on wonder and awe.
  15. Smiller

    Thanks

    Thanks to everyone here who has raised awareness on conibear traps. I didn't even hunt this weekend, but stopped at a trout stream campsite with the two hounds. I have seen birds here before so we went for a short walk up the trail. We didn't go very far and turned around. The trail makes a sharp, blind, curve near the stream so the dogs were out of sight. I heard the most horrible sound and it took me a bit to realize it was my Small Munsterlander. I thought he had gotten into a porky or had been hit by some predator. As I got near the stream I could see him thrashing and realized his head was caught in a conibear trap. A lot of bad thoughts go through your head at a time like this. I realized I didn't have my normal gear and thought about trying to get my belt off to use it to open the jaws. I was almost afraid to see where the trap really was.....luckily, it was on his head and not his throat. Amazingly, he settled down a bit with me there. He was in sort of a 'downward dog' so I stepped on the springs and released him with my hands. Unfortunately, some set these things with no regard to what might happen to our furry friends. I think some of your posts helped me to be able to make a quick decision in a real bad moment.
  16. Speaks

    Close call dumb butt attack.

    Glad to hear she is doing well. It is amazing what a dog will eat. Back when I was a broke 20 year old I had a golden retriever eat an entire box of screws. There was no way I could afford what that vet vist would have cost so we waited it out, he passed them all just fine. Now I am sure that same incident would have cost well over 10k of emergency surgery. I had a boxer eat an entire costco size container of ibuprofen once, $3k later and lots of IV fluid and she made it out ok. And I dont even want to tell you how many half digested t-shirts and socks I have had to assist in pulling out of my bloodhound's butt.
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  18. Thank you. That little gun is my preferred carry. It's a 20 gauge DeHaan. It's starting to show some wear but I've killed a LOT of birds with it over the years.
  19. OutlawTorn

    Bells and whistles or utilitarian. Which are you

    I'm definitely not an early adopter of new tech - I don't feel compelled to have something new because something new became available. But, when I need/want something, I tend to spend a LOT of time reading reviews and evaluating features/price because I'm going to keep it until it wears out - "buy once, cry once". More often than not, I do end up deciding on something because of, rather than in spite of, it's modern features. It's not that I don't have an appreciation for nostalgia, legacy and history - I have "collections" of things from hunting and other hobbies that meet these criteria. But when I actually go to do the activity, I'm almost invariably going to take the gear that offers the most convenience, comfort and efficiency.
  20. Spin1

    A Pups First Wild Birds

    Very cool.
  21. GLS

    Close call dumb butt attack.

    Good to hear that you got her back to normal. My oldest Britt ate a half pound brick of Christmas fudge last year. Hydrogen peroxide in yogurt induced her to launch a solid brick of chocolate and kibble onto the ground. It looked like a sick Claxton Fruitcake. You should've seen the look on her face. A few months later she ate wife's discarded Lidocaine patch left in the bathroom trash can. Lidocaine patches ingested by a dog can cause cardiac arrest. The yogurt/peroxide trick didn't work. I hot footed her to the vet who was able to get her to vomit out the patch. I can't count the number of half finished sandwiches she has snatched off the kitchen counter while I was distracted by something outside the kitchen.
  22. Locher

    Garmin Fenix 5S

    There's widget that comes preloaded on the Fenix 5. If I remember correctly, it doesn't show up automatically, you have to tell it to show up (I don't remember exactly how to do it but I found how to do it online). Basically, I push the button on the left side of the watch at the 9 o'clock position and it starts searching for my alpha. It usually connects in a few seconds. It really couldn't be any easier.
  23. MAArcher

    Hunted the good side of the river today

    Do I see bear tracks mixed in there?
  24. Tim Frazier

    What Huygens Saw On Titan

    I thought it was going to find a big sign that said "Epstein Didn't Kill Himself"
  25. OutlawTorn

    Garmin Fenix 5S

    Looks like there's a couple apps available to connect the Alpha to the Fenix 5 - which one do you guys like best? I do have a few complaints about my Fenix 5, wondered if others had the same problems or if I potentially have a warranty issue? Whatever app is in my "favorite" position, usually the dog tracker app - but it's also happened with the HRV monitor, tends to turn itself on by itself several times throughout the day. I'll glance at the watch and it is searching for an Alpha to connect to. Occasionally the flashlight feature turns on by itself. Connecting the watch to my Alpha is not always seamless. Sometimes it pairs right away, other times I mess with it for 10 minutes and can't get it to work. I didn't end up using it that much this hunting season as a result. Thanks!
  26. Remo

    What Huygens Saw On Titan

    Thanks Walt. The flat planet people won't like that vid.
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