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Ultradog last won the day on October 6 2017

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About Ultradog

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  • Birthday 07/04/1953


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    Twin Cities MN
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    Literature, History, Ford Tractors, A little hunting and fishing.

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  1. Ultradog

    Friday the 13th check-in

    The concrete man came to our house this week. 3 pours, 31 yards of concrete for a new garage plus apron and side slab. I will take it from here. Going to start laying a single course of block around the perimeter of the garage tomorrow.. Weve been nearly 3 years without a garage.
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    RT has sadly gone dead

    Yes, I don' t post much here but do read the boards fairly often. The slow demise reminds me of one of the tractor forums I frequent. It is specifically aimed at the Ford N series tractors which were the first tractors Ford built but by no means the best or the last. But the moderators - and posters would chafe about, or even ignore posts about the later models of Ford tractors which didn't help to expand the reader base. So the forum is slowly dying off while other forums have gained in readership. This forum has always been mostly about shooting monster bucks. Actually, shooting monster bucks with a bow. So the average weekend warrior who rifle hunts and is happy to take a spike or doe doesn't feel that he really fits in here. It was those types who despite their lack of passion for big bucks, were the bread and butter of a place like this and they did add a lot of otherwise interesting stuff about deer plots, teaching kids and wives to hunt, family events, laws affecting hunting, gun control debates and lots of other stuff that may not have been interesting to you "hard core guys" but was interesting to other weekend warrior types - like myself. A forum needs a lot of 1 star types to support the platform for you 5 star hunters. Going back to tractors; another board I frequent is supposed to be about all tractors but has devolved into a place where any and all types of topics are welcome. It's become like a bunch of guys - and gals sitting around at the coffee shop discussing all sorts of things and is hugely popular. Incidentally, sometimes a tractor question does get asked there and when one does it is answered with fantastic advice. I have commented before about how I would never show off my deer here. They'e just dinks and does. But I challenge anyone to say that they have a greater passion for deer hunting than I do. We've lost the weekend warrior types here. The type who added color and humor and news and camaraderie on a daily basis. I do not know how to get them back. But the decline in readership is a bit self inflicted. Just like the Ford N Series forum who didn't much care for posts about other tractors or topics. Lastly, It must be said that the terrible forum software we suffered through a few years ago really killed this place too. That caused a huge decline. It made a lot of people seek out other venues to chat about hunting - l suppose like Facebook, etc. Anyway, these are just my thoughts and opinions. I don't claim to be right about it all, just opinionated. And I sure don't mean to accuse anyone of any wrong doing. Your passion is your passion after all.
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    Friday check-in/ June check-out

    Elkoholic, You do know that if you don't have a job you never get a day off. Right? :) We're the same age. I'll be 65 tomorrow. What was your draft number? Mine was 22. Happy retirement to you. I'm going to go a couple more years.
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    Spring is finally here.

    I did not plant a plot this year. The rye I planted last year was measly and sparse but came back with a vengence this spring. My plots were over run with weeds so I let the rye grow and hope anorher season will crowd out the weeds. Mt plan is to let the rye ripen then bush hog it down. Then set the disc harrow at a gentle angle and disc the rye back in for a fall plot. Next spring I will start over with a new plot. Was up last weekend and this is how the rye looked. 4 months and 3 days till the rifle opener. Bring it on!
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    Friday check-in/ June check-out

    PS, I hated to just tear the garage down. It needed paint but was structurally sound. So I picked it up and put it on my trailer and hauled it 120 miles to our property. I just set it on treated 2x6s on a gravel pad. Cheap storage.
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    Friday check-in/ June check-out

    Much cooler today but raining. I was hoping to get a trench dug. Have to cut the blacktop driveway along the house and pull the asphalt up then hand dig 12" deep trench below that. Only about 20' though so not too bad. But I no sooner started and the rain came back. Concrete man is coming 7/12 to pour the slab for a new 30'X33' garage + apron. Am putting new 100 amp service to garage. Direct bury wire. I've been 2 years without a garage here at home. We added on to the house and the old 1 car garage had to go.
  7. I went up to the land this weekend. I went up about a month ago and brought the rear tires and rims home and did some work on them. Sandblasted , prime/paint and put some decent, used tires on them. Went back up last weekend and put them back on the tractor. Also changed all the fluids in it. My goofball tractor. I'm going to try it out for plowing up my deer plots this year. I got the plot seed about a week ago so probably 2 weekends from now we'l go back up and do our planting. The first hunting related event of the year.
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    Just a check-in and a heads up. 203 days till the rifle opener. You might want to start getting ready now. Ciao, Jerry
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    That was fantastic. Thank you.
  10. Ultradog

    The cost of hunting.

    Here it was $31 for resident deer license. Doesn't matter if firearm. archery or ML License and supposed to go up this year. I think it is $15 each if you have a deer licence but want to add ML or Archery to it. You can still only take ONE deer per year except some areas in southern MN they can take bonus deer. Bonus deer are 1/2 price of normal license but we never get those where we hunt - not enough deer. Usually it's bucks only except by lottery. Bear, small game, trapping, fishing and wild rice are all seperate licences plus state and Federal stamps for waterfowl. About all I do is deer hunt - rifle only. Add the price of land payments, taxes, a tractor or two plus implements, fuel for plowing/discing plots, seed, and fuel going up north and a guy could eat Tbones all year for the price of a measly doe but that wouldn't be the same.
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    Is it spring yet?

    Hello all. It' been a couple of months since I logged in here. Had to get a new phone so lost all my bookmarks and guess I just forgot about this place. We're still in the midst of a fairly hard winter on the tundra here. Not so much snow but it's been colder than average this year. But the days are already getting noticably longer and the sun is stronger too so the long haul is a lot of it behind us now. Still too early to start fixing tractors or putting the new shares on my plow that I bought but never too early to think about plowing, disking, picking rocks and what to plant for plots even those things are 3 months away yet. Not too early to think about hunting either. Anyway, I just thought I'd say hello. Keep warm and remember that the opener is only about 260 days from now. Oh, and there's venison in the freezer yet so all is good. Ciao Jerry
  12. Bedroom, living room, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen. Knocking around inside the house. One room to another. Not much to do. Dark when you leave for work. Work in a room. Dark when you get home. Too cold outside to fix my tractor. Aint no hunting now. Snow. Could dust my wife's knick knacks I suppose. Never did learn to darn socks. Anybody getting sick of those four walls and it aint even Christmas yet? Maybe roomatism is just a precursor to cabin fever in February and March when being crabby and fighting and raising a ruckus here on the boards is ok. Even expected. Except now you're still supposed to be Merry about it all. Even if youre a little bored. Go ahead and call me deluded or something so I can call you an upstart and a fool Get a little invective going so the roomatism don't set in.
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    With a heavy heart

    Wow. I am sorry. My wife is widowed twice. She survived. Not to make light of your sorrow but not long after her second husband passed a friend of hers asked her what she would do now. My wife, who has retained her sense of humor through it all just said, "Eat, drink and remarry." Then God led her to me...
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    Cousin saw this

    He hunts about a mile away from me. It's a little piebald fork horn. You have to look close to see him. He declined to shoot it the first time it went by. The second time he shot it with his cell phone camera. It would be interesting to come across him in a couple more years. He still wouldn't be a trophy but he'd make an interesting mount. What do you guys think about these? By the way, both piebald and albino deer are legal to take here.
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    10-27 Halloween check-in

    Going to work for a couple of hours tomorrow morning. Am skimming out the plaster walls in an old house. Repairing cracks and water damage. Have wiped about 15 gals of mud in there the last couple of days. A couple of hours tomorrow saves a whole day when it comes to finishing the job. Sunday Mike and I are going up to do some brushing around our stands. Clear shooting lanes, etc. And we take his leaf blower and clear the leaves off the paths so it's quiet going in. I made some chicken noodle casserole last night for dinner. Then froze a couple of plastic containers to bring along for the hunt. We leave a week from today. Snowing here this morning. Enough to cover windshields and slow traffic down