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  2. chilly460

    Upland insulated dog vest?

    Yesterday we had wife's friends in town and took them for a preserve hunt, 50* and rainy. My little female setter is a lean 30lbs with a very flat/thin coat for a setter. She started fine, but about two hours into the hunt she basically shut down and was shivering from the wet/cold. She's 16mos so this was the first time I've had her out in the "cold" elements in a hunt situation as it's been mild in VA this year. Obviously the rain was a factor, but I stayed in a tshirt and hunted, a little uncomfortable walking into the wind but I was not really feeling the cold....in other words I'd never expect a dog to be affected in the least. My older setter and an 8yr old cocker had no issue. Anyway, my question is if there is an insulated upland vest out there? I know they make neoprene for waterfowl dogs, but figured they'd get torn up and likely be too large for her because I have to assume they're cut for Labs and even a small would be too much (she's a leggy/skinny 30lbs). Any help is appreciated, I admittedly haven't looked yet but it's generally easier to get info from this site first, I'll start with our sponsors first.
  3. Brad Eden

    Need ice gripper recomendations

    These are important as you know living where ice and snow is prevalent. Especially as you age. We keep a couple pairs of inexpensive grippers around. And we both keep one pair attached to whatever pair of boots we use to walk dogs out back or out to mailbox etc. These are the rubber stretch on type with the metal cleat thingies imbedded in the sole. Can’t remember the brand name. I do tie mine into my boots because they will fall off under some conditions. Again these are for basic outside walking and such. If I was hunting or doing any serious moving about on ice I’d pay up for the more expensive types available out there. I like the looks of the Yaktrax. Might need to get some of those.
  4. WI Outdoor Nut

    MN/WI 2020 Grouse Talk & Reports

    Quick report from the weekend. The snow killed most of my normal spots 2-5". In 2 days of hunting, moved 7 grouse and 7 wc, way down from previous hunts this year. Still managed a few of each bird, and some awesome dog work, but numbers were down.
  5. WI Outdoor Nut

    Hunting with Coworker Experiences?

    I have mixed my work and outdoor activities - both hunting and fishing. To be real honest, I am on this board because of it. My first job out of college, a co-worker asked me if I was a hunter. I said yup, but mostly bow hunted. Asked if I ever chased grouse and woodcock. I said yup, but never really focused on them. He invited me with to hunt over his gorden setters in Northern MN. I had just moved there, really didn't know anyone and was 100's of miles from my normal bowhunting areas. So why not. After that trip and seeing his dogs work, I knew I would need to get my own pointy dog in the future. What is real ironic, the guy who showed me his dogs was the guy who I hunted with this past weekend. That means we have been hunting 22 years together! Him and I are about 5 hours apart now, and often go years without hunting with each other due to location, kid commitments and other things that get in the way. My main other bird hunting partner is also from work. We have not worked together for 8 years now, but were pretty good buddies at work. Did a lot of fishing prior to hunting and now spend days on end together chasing birds. Generally speaking, I can get a feel for a guy pretty quickly if I take someone fishing. When we are confined to a 21' boat for 4-6 hours, I can see how they handle themselves and usually will gauge if hunting could be an option. Very few fit the bill on my style of hunting in all honesty. Some because of safety concerns. Others because I know they won't want to hunt as hard as I do. And I am okay with that.
  6. Steve Hunts

    Need ice gripper recomendations

    Thanks to everyone! i ordered Yaktrax from local REI and pickup at store.
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  8. Spiller

    Where to retire?

    No worries, I'm all into that stuff. You have to, to survive the bleak Maine winters. In fact, a bluebird day ice fishing, if the sun comes out and the weather warms up a bit, is for me an all time "finest kind" of a Maine day. Especially when you load up on the panfish that is wormy in summer but succulent during ice fishing season, and the flags are flying all day. There are fewer of them days however, than the less better weather window we live with.... Between me and my kids we have three "permies" that we move around. I get it...I've lived here long enough. BTW, I do cross country ski, but a snow machine once you get one and getting a little older changes your views on that stuff...I'm all in....but I could see that I might enjoy before I started to push up daisies, a little bonefish and snook flyfishing and my toes in the sand as being a nice alternative....
  9. salmontogue

    Where to retire?

    I will be expecting an invite after you get there....please. Perk
  10. millerperch

    2020/2021 pheasant season

    It’s been a great season so far in MN. Crops are way ahead of schedule and quite a few birds around. Hunting with my 4 yr FBECS Luna and Clyde, my 13 year old Ryman setter. Last Sunday was great. Luna was pretty beat after hunting hard for a few days. She’s been doing really well and has made some great retrieves on a couple cripples. I decided to go out solo with Clyde. It was really the first frost I had seen and very little wind(a couple days before we got dumped on with snow). We walked into a WPA and were done in 20 minutes after a couple solid points and tight holding birds! It was just like he was in his prime. I’ll never forget it.
  11. quailguy

    Need ice gripper recomendations

    Agree with Marc. My Yaktrax are sharp and I've never felt the least problem.
  12. salmontogue

    Where to retire?

    You want to go back home. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with a really comfy ice fishing shanty....a cabin on the ice where you might spend weeks at a time and I do. Combine that with a four-stroke snowmobile with heated grips, heated seat, plug-in defogger on helmets and ducted heat to the operator....not your father's sled (Maine terminology for snowmobile). Super quiet engine and air suspension add to the enjoyment. A group of us rode from Maine to Minnesota partially through Canada a few years back. I had zero problems with my sled. The trip was fantastic and I hope to do it again. Perk
  13. walt lister

    Hunting with Coworker Experiences?

    1979 or 1980 a young guy hired in at the machine shop I worked at. Steve was 21 or 22 and had only been ocean fishing, never hunted or fished fresh water. He would kid me about shooting those "little birdies" when I went to Az . my retort was that one yellowfin tuna weighed more than all the quail I shot all year--friendly back and forth kidding. Finally convinced him to try it on a quail hunt with me and he became hooked. Did his homework and bought a lab and through books and videos ended up training a great dog. No interest from his then girlfriend so they split and he met the lady that he later married in a dog training club. He is my best hunting buddy and comes down from NoCal every year to hunt. He raises and trains Labs and judges retriever trials now. Also introduced him to fly fishing
  14. topdog1961

    Finally figured it out.

    I always shot 100gr broadheads and practice tips because the old bows were slow. Possibly with this much more speed and power I should have increased that with the new bow, trading speed for kinetic energy, and apparently stability when I add an illumanock.
  15. quailguy

    Where to retire?

    Think walking on the beach, hunting ducks, fishing in the bay for specs and reds, driftwood fires and the Gulf Coast. YOU can have all of my snow, ice and zero degree weather. Now if could just convince the better half....
  16. stephen brown

    Stock Market Slide

    A WSJ story on the lighter side of life:' Brazilians Turn to Botox to Wipe Away That Quarantine Frown.' Brazilian like to be happy and look good: Don't worry, be happy
  17. salmontogue

    Need ice gripper recomendations

    Same with ladders
  18. Birdcountry70

    Finally figured it out.

    If you aren't using a very heavy head you may not have much of a front of center weight distribution and a bit extra on the tail could have been a detriment. Extreme front of center arrow set ups have been largely abandoned in modern archery, not a good trend.
  19. Congrats!! I have a blast on my combo phez and antelope trips.
  20. Birdcountry70

    Antelope and Sharptail a winning combination

    Nice buck. Congratulations! Some good meals ahead for you. Are you planning for taxidermy or maybe a European mount?
  21. WPG Gizmo

    Stock Market Slide

    Sounds like a good time to buy
  22. ccavacini

    Where to retire?

    Michigan
  23. sneem

    Stock Market Slide

    These are daily fluctuations based on short term political issues. Trying to chase the Dow and market time usually ends up losing you money. Have a plan. Know what you are buying and don’t panic on a fluctuation. Long term the Dow dropping is more likely a buying opportunity as opposed to a reason to sell.
  24. mister grouse

    Stock Market Slide

    I would guess pessimism/concern over the Elephant In the Closet (not to be discussed herein) is the biggest driver. Estate tax lawyers are printing money right now and have been for several months. Busier than Santa's eve before Xmas.
  25. Ol'Forester

    Kansas Hunting Questions?

    Interesting thread, I agree with comments. Makes me wonder about the 3 R programs I keep hearing about. I know smaller numbers of upland hunters means less political influence, but we are competing for dwindling access of suitable hunting areas. Double edge sword I guess.
  26. A fine trip of 4 years in the making. The birds held better when it was nicer weather at the begging of the trip as it turned snowy and colder they started grouping up and flushed wild more often than not. Highlight of the trip for me was my Britt had a staunch point on a big black breasted sage grouse. I killed my first pronghorn and was pleased, it was a tougher task than I had thought it would be.
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