MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby mauserfan » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:08 am

Swamp....nice gun...mauser
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:32 pm

Thanks mauser. It's a late 30's solid rib. Whoever owned it before kind of bastardized it. Barrel was cut so there's no choke. It was also reblued and the stock shortened. I bought it intending to use it for close shots. I patterned it this summer and surprisingly at 25 yards I am getting 90 percent patterns with 3's. A couple of the pintails were pushing 40 yards and they folded up like cheap tents. Heading out for an afternoon hunt. Hopefully it works like it did yesterday.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:11 pm

First time layout hunt. Man it's fun
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:12 pm

Selfie, lol
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:16 pm

What I was staring at:
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It was cloudy for most the day, so wasn't as bad as the picture makes the sun out to be, but I was too busy watching the wrong way while birds flew over the decoys to take pictures earlier.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby suicidal_scaup » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:20 pm

Man that looks like fun...I gotta try to find a good deal on a layout boat and hope they open it up to more lakes next year. Nice work! :thumbsup:
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:02 pm

To keep ridicule from suicidal scaup, I'll write up a story too, lol.

Yesterday I got up at 3AM to go hunting, then was at a buddies place working on my snowmobiles way too late. After all the running around was done, I go home and get a wopping 2.5 hours of sleep. When the alarm went off, I gave serious thought to passing on this hunt. I finally kicked my butt out of bed, and got out the door for the 2 hour drive aided by an energy drink. Got up to meet ProJosh just a couple minutes late (maybe 10?) but he didn't say anything. He had everything ready to go. I threw on the heavy clothes, stuffed toe warmers in the socks and hand warmers in the pockets and we set out. The wind was "from the NW" as the weatherman would say, which means it blew every which way except for from the SE. I helped pitch decoys, but he was running the boat so the pattern was all him. Even with swirling winds, it worked. The changing wind (which didn't finally pick one direction to come from till about 10) kept turning the layout this way and that, but being anchored it kept facing down wind and the birds had a line to run up. The BB I shot was probably 15yds out and feet out, and the redhead was less than that and just about to water ski. The Buffies, well, those things always do their own thing which is always the "wrong" thing so they set down in the decoys behind me so I had to flip over and jump to my knees to shoot. Having to keep low, and watch every direction was a little difficult for me. I don't think I saw a single flock on their first pass but thankfully most made multiple passes to give me chances. Unfortunately the cans and ringers only were close on their first pass, which of course caught me completely off guard. I probably should have had my limit, by didn't shoot when I should have on a flock of nice golden eyes, or the cans, or the ringers, or another flock of Buffies, the flock of blue bills, the quartet of mallards, the flock of Canadas... you see where this is going. I'm also not very good at knowing when to high tail the tender over either it appears. While Josh was taking his turn shooting, he dropped a blue bill that got to the edge of the weeds before I got over to it and it kept diving till it didn't come back up.

I learned a lot today, and had an absolute blast. Being in the decoys like that, and literally being buzzed by the birds is a rush. If you are a waterfowler, you have to try open water hunting. Remember though that you are laying flat, so make sure to take your Dramamine if you don't like waves being above your head, lol.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:09 pm

Okay that sounds awesome. So what was the tender boat? I know what the tender boat I mean like what kind of boat was it? And you guys just had to take turns shooting? Did you thumb wrestle for who got to go first?
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby recker » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:51 pm

Looks sweet.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:45 am

Nice write up goldfish :thumbsup:
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:06 am

He has a 19ft sea ark. And he let me go first so I didn't have to bust out my special top knuckle thumb drop move.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby kbooger » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:30 pm

If you want to pm me you can but how $$ much was it? Sounds like it was a lot of fun.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby beretta24 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:00 pm

It wasn't a paid trip.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby PROjosh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:24 pm

He doubled on some canvasbacks out of the layout boat, and is now in the tender boat to take a picture.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby PROjosh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:31 pm

My limit from Wednesday morning. They were all over the place.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby PROjosh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:33 pm

Gold fishes Two nice Bufflehead
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:17 pm

kbooger wrote:If you want to pm me you can but how $$ much was it? Sounds like it was a lot of fun.



beretta24 wrote:It wasn't a paid trip.

Correct. He does guide tho, and his price seemed very reasonable considering the cost to throw everything together to do it yourself. He has upwards of 200 diver deeks, so you can price that one out. If he had any openings next week he would have had a couple more clients added because I want to do it again and I convinced my friend he needs to do it as well, lol.


Look at it like field spreads. That's a lot of money for decoys that most aren't going to use but a couple times. Paying some every time you play works out pretty decent considering you don't have to store them all either

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:19 pm

Woops, goofed that post up
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby PROjosh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:52 pm

I didn't charge goldfish anything. I am offering to take people hunting on the site, if you feel like paying for gas or pitching some shells my way cool. I am just trying to get the open water thing out as well as what mille lacs has to offer, which is more then fishing. Its an over looked area for hunting not only waterfowl but deer, bear, grouse etc. I just thought I would offer to take out some other die hard hunters, and make some new friends who like to hunt waterfowl. I am a diver nut its all I do and just want to share that passion with everyone else here in hopes of making friends. Meeting goldfish was cool and I hope to do more hunting with him as well as other people off of the site. Maybe we can do a big giant get together on Mille Lacs or one of the other lakes. Sorry if I did not explain that earlier. thanks
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:04 pm

Cool man that's real stand up of you to take people out. Kinda wishing I still lived in Brainerd. Wow never thought I would say that haha
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:05 pm

Left at 4 am to make it out west and hunted a good portion of the day. Man I'm real tired.

Me and Woodrow trying to look like Kurt Warner in 2000
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby kbooger » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:19 pm

PROjosh wrote:I didn't charge goldfish anything. I am offering to take people hunting on the site, if you feel like paying for gas or pitching some shells my way cool. I am just trying to get the open water thing out as well as what mille lacs has to offer, which is more then fishing. Its an over looked area for hunting not only waterfowl but deer, bear, grouse etc. I just thought I would offer to take out some other die hard hunters, and make some new friends who like to hunt waterfowl. I am a diver nut its all I do and just want to share that passion with everyone else here in hopes of making friends. Meeting goldfish was cool and I hope to do more hunting with him as well as other people off of the site. Maybe we can do a big giant get together on Mille Lacs or one of the other lakes. Sorry if I did not explain that earlier. thanks


That's awesome! If you want to go Friday I'd probably be in (the rest of the week I have to work).
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:59 pm

Josh that is very kind of you and Dan nice pile of birds :thumbsup:
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:11 pm

A awesome reports boys. I'm stuck here in South Dakota for 2 more days.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

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