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Well! just when prime time duck hunting around here in upstate New York hits. We get hit with around two feet of snow. The ramps are covered with snow and so are the personal ones. I'm pissed ! I was watching flock after flock of geese today filling the sky. And I am pretty sure the ducks are on the river. Saw a flock of snows just before the storm hit. Hoping the State plows out the ramp by the weekend. To make things worse I went off the road at my camp today and had to get pulled out. They had to plow the road going up to the camp to get me. And guess what!!!!!!!!!! They plowed my boat in on all sides to get to me. Sorry just venting and other then that I am still here thanking the lord for another day. Hope all is well with all my friends on here.
anthony sr
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Wow Anthony, that's a lot of stuff going on! But the snow will go quick and the ducks and geese will be waiting.
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I feel for you - the marsh i hunt is under snow and ice

i could not get out Saturday for the second split opener but the pre storm report was way more birds than normal but they stayed high and wouldn't work.

hoping for the forecasted warm up next week and some ice breaking




"Just because the man does not offer you a drink Hastings, does not mean he is automatically guilty of other crimes" Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Rick L: Dec 3, 2019, 5:14 PM
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I hear yah, where I grew up in northeast PA got over a foot of snow. Just in time for deer gun season.

Down here in Tampa it was 84 on Sunday and today it was 42 this morning and barely got to 60 today. But it will be in the 70s when the split opens Saturday. Real weather roller coaster.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Carl

I know your area well my friend. Vacationed down that way for many of years. Great place to live! I know what it like for you guys when the temp goes from eighty to forty. Hope you got to get out this year. Thanks for the reply. Merry Christmas and happy hunting my friend.
anthony sr
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If there is a will there is a way I guess. Tuesday going to be in the forties here so maybe your right. Thanks buddy Merry Christmas
anthony sr
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Well old buddy, you know what it like up here this time of year. Not only did I have a fun day like my post says. My deer tent was under two foot of snow. Me and the miss dug it out. Then we got hit with another ten inch and with the stuff off the trees. You can not even find it now. Merry Christmas and God Bless
anthony sr
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Around here, If you want the boat accesses plowed, you better bring your own equipment. Many a time, I made two trips to the ramp. First trip being to use my snow blower to clear the ramp and a spud bar to clear the frozen water at the ramp. Then back home to unload the snow blower and hook onto the boat.

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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That's a lot of snow Anthony. Just this morning I woke up and there was ice on my birdbath. That is plenty cold enough for me.

Carl, welcome to winter in FL.
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Dave, what's a spud bar?
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Many years I plowed the snow off the ramps. I dont have my plow truck anymore. Snow is a way of live in the Northeast. You just got to handle it. It will get plow when the Highway boys are done cleaning the roads. There good to use. So Its just a waiting game. Merry Christmas to you all.
anthony sr

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anthony m coons sr: Dec 4, 2019, 5:38 AM
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Dani wrote:
Dave, what's a spud bar?


Just a heavy round bar about 6 foot long. One end is flattened and sharpened like a chisel. I would chip all along the frozen edge and try to break away the ice in large chunks to float away down river. We also use a spud bar to check the ice thickness before and as one walks out onto the ice for ice fishing. If a good solid whack with the spud breaks thru or draws water, the ice may not be thick enough to continue walking,,,, unless you are real religious and in a hurry to meet the Lord.

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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I used a spud bar for years for chopping ice fishing holes and under-ice beaver trapping.
When the ice is less than 1' thick, and the ice chisel on the end is sharp, its almost as fast as a hand auger.
And weight a lot less than a power auger.
Over 1' and its auger time.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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thanks dave....why is it called a spud bar? Did it originally have something to do with potatoes?
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Spud Bar - pretty much a everyday tool if you ever worked in a steel mill. Makes a crowbar feel like to tooth pick.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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thanks dave....why is it called a spud bar? Did it originally have something to do with potatoes?


Dani,

the ultimate origin of the word ?spud? isn?t known, first showing up in English around 1440 referring to a short dagger, possibly from the Dutch ?spyd?, the Old Norse ?spjot? (spear), or the Latin ?spad-? (sword).

Why are potatoes also called "spuds"? (just yanking your chain) Whistle

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Anthony -

If yer calling the three day, day time blip that is forecast around here a warm up. You may be disappointed my friend.

Some years the birds and animals we love win. If the harsh winter does not kill the ones that must stay.

Looks to be one of those years, even though winter has not yet begun.


Please take care my friend, and don't try to dig out all that is buried in snow. We are way past doing that.

God put it there and he shall take it away, is my way of thinking.


The three day blip is just in time for muzzleloader season.

Keep Your Powder Dry.


I am already thinking about the trout that are finning away in the cold water, not far from our home.Smile


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Dani,

the ultimate origin of the word ?spud? isn?t known, first showing up in English around 1440 referring to a short dagger, possibly from the Dutch ?spyd?, the Old Norse ?spjot? (spear), or the Latin ?spad-? (sword).

Why are potatoes also called "spuds"? (just yanking your chain) Whistle



huh....learn something new every day

and there's a good question I hadn't thought of...google doesn't know why potatoes are called spuds and if google doesn't know then there probably isn't an answer (cuz google knows everything ya know)

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Dani: Dec 4, 2019, 7:12 AM
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,,,,,,,,,,, and if google doesn't know then there probably isn't an answer (cuz google knows everything ya know)


LOL Wink

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA. ,,,,,, "As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats." Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Spud Bar - pretty much a everyday tool if you ever worked in a steel mill. Makes a crowbar feel like to tooth pick.


...or, in combination with an ice auger, needle bar, a 2.3 tine pitchfork, and about seven overlapping lengths of 12' fir flooring and some braided nylong ski roap, all you need to fish gillnets under ice!
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Anthony -

I am already thinking about the trout that are finning away in the cold water, not far from our home.Smile

Best regards
Vince


with the snow on the ice - it will take a bit, there is limited moving water in the marsh -

so, i have been thinking the same thing - trout or maybe steelhead




"Just because the man does not offer you a drink Hastings, does not mean he is automatically guilty of other crimes" Agatha Christie's Poirot
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The ice spud bar I used was fairly light weight, hollow tube steel shaft with a T-handle and lanyard, w/ 2" wide ice chisel welded on the business end.
Nothing like the big heavy weight ones used in steel mills, etc...

I knew a few guys who forgot the put the landyard around their hands and when the punched through, the spud slipped through their gloves and went to the bottom. Never going to get it back if you're in more than 4' or 5' of water!


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Spud Bar - A place where Spuds McKenzie hangs out hoping to find Mrs. Spud.......

Had to use the old spud bar a few times this year both at the landing and out in the slough. Same thing, break away this ice at the landing and to clear a spot to place decoys. Send that ice downriver.

One of the places I hunt has quite the steep landing. They take out the dock early and then never used to plow it after that. I did the same, brought along the little snowblower with some ice melt and cleared my own landing. I've gotten lucky the past couple of years. The county maintenance shed is up the hill from this particular landing. One morning while bowing it out down comes a plow truck. Driver gets out and tells me to move over. Turns out he is a life long deer hunter and appreciates us outdoorsy people. Never had ben duck hunting so I took him out later in the season. He now plows the landing and lays down sand through the end of duck hunting. Nice guy.

Got to hunt only a couple of times when it was snowing this year. Nothing better in my book. The peacefulness of being out when it is snowing is unlike other duck hunting experiences (my opinion)

Good luck on your season, ours was done a week ago.

Mark
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Vince Vince VINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You always make me smile. You have a great out look on everything my friend. Muzzle loader season down here is next week, I'm ready. But I am still going to find a way to get out on that dang Hudson River. Going to be near fifty next week here with lots of rain. Should be some heck of a mess. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again for looking at the positive side. Merry Christmas and God Bless.
anthony sr
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I guess for you that is like twenty below. We all deal with different weather and we all bitch. But I wouldn't have it any other way. As Vince tells me: The animals and birds we love to go after win once in a while. I'm okay with that. Hope God turns the heat up for you guys down there. Have a great Christmas its coming fast.
anthony sr