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  • Birthday 08/19/1967

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    Rush, NY
  • Interests
    Besides hunting and fishing? Volleyball, rod building and sci-fi/fantasy. Oh, and I do a little science on the side...
  • Home Port
    Sandy Creek
  • Boat Name
    Nothing But Net

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  1. Herring has been in short supply the past few years. I've looked unsuccessfully. If you happen upon a source, please pm me. Thx.
  2. Know that the entire University community will grieve together with you as the flags are flown half-staff.
  3. Like most of you, I'm far less worried about eating locally sourced fish than I am about all the other crap that's used to make the stuff around us, things that we'd have never even considered a decade ago. Teflon coatings. Microplastics in our shaving cream. I'm no Chicken Little, but there's enough data out there to conclude that many of these things are not entirely benign. The issue is determining cause-and-effect. I mean, look, it took 40 years for public acknowledgement that cigarettes might have some nasty stuff in them that's bad for you. And that was like, "Duh, of course" to most folks. I can't imagine how long it will take to do the same for the less obvious stuff we use every day. And it's cost-benefit, too. Try weighing some ridiculous allergy again the benefits of plastic. Non-starter. That is, until we find out that we've sterilized the human race by creating a cosmic Dr. Snip through some unanticipated avenue - like applying flame retardants to baby's clothing - we won't move on the issue. So, since we can't do jack all about it, we should all just grab some wings and a beer and enjoy the games this weekend. Go Bills!
  4. I source my PFAs straight from the lab, so I know exactly how much to use to get that perfect flavor. Seriously, though, and not to hijack this thread, but over the past decade I have become severely alcohol intolerant. I have a hangover before getting a buzz!! I'd think that it's a me thing, except that there's at least several of us on this board alone that now have the same issue. It happened as we got older. Knowing how some of these chemicals manufactured in labs can interact with our genome in unexpected ways makes me wonder how prevalent this sort of age-onset allergy is these days, and whether it's linked to environmental toxins. There's begun to be some interest at the national level in this sort of general phenomenon. We know the incidence of childhood food allergies are rising, and it's not crazy to extrapolate to older adults. Anybody else here experience unexplained allergies with age? Of the eight or so folks I know with alcohol intolerance, all are men. Obviously, I'm not claiming cause-and-effect with fish borne toxins, but it's enough to make me raise one eyebrow and throw this out there for discussion.
  5. Restrict your purchases to members who have some standing on the forum. A guy with a history of posting reports is unlikely to be a scammer. Googan, maybe lol...
  6. Buy once, cry once. Price out lithium 12V disposable batteries, then figure how many you'd need over a few years. HInt: twelve Energizer plus lithium AA cost almost as much as a single 10 Ah 12 V cell. Not only does a 10 Ah battery perform for longer, it ends up being cheaper in the long run. 2000+ charge cycles lol if you believe it. You also don't risk batteries leaking into the camera...which has happened twice to me. Luckily, the external setup works even when the internal battery case is corroded. Honestly, I can't think of a single reason that anyone would use AA batteries. Just make sure to wrap the cord in corrugated, split electric conduit between the battery and camera to keep critters from chewing on it (happened once a couple years ago to me) and loop the cord over the top of the camera before connecting it so that it isn't dangling down and can't be pulled out easily. Pm me if you need pics or details. Trust me, this is the way to go. Another upside is that you can use them to power your ice fishing cameras and flashers after deer season is over!
  7. I've had mixed experience with Tactacam. I had a couple Reveal X that worked well on trails but their detection circuit wasn't as good as a few other brands on field edges. One of them started having issues with signal this year. It would have one bar where others have four. Barely enough to squeak by, not enough to send HD photos. So, I contacted customer support, and they were very responsive - they're located in Michigan. Long story short, after multiple trips to the field to try various "fixes" and having sent the camera in TWICE now for service, I'm finally getting a new camera. Supposedly. The check is in the mail, as they say. I agree that XB is a great camera and I have no use for the LCD screen, but the XB is also discontinued. The Pro is identical is all ways that matter. Spypoint are great when they work, but when they don't, forget about it. Customer service is a joke. Finally, I'm running all of my cameras on external 10 Ah lithium batteries ($40 from Amazon - I look for cheap and have used Nermak) inside a Remington shell box ($8). The cord for Tactacam is not the same as most other manufacturers, you need a 4.0 x 1.7 mm cord. They're cheap. This setup will last at least three months in our weather taking 30-40 pictures a day, with power to spare. You also need a charger that works with lithium, but they will charge VERY fast with the right one.
  8. Wow, that's a tough one...did you have him hide the tail on purpose lol? 95% of the time, I'd call it a salmon, but it's got a long jaw more like a brown.
  9. I've certainly heard that before - I use bean bags or my shooting stick rather than a lead sled. Rob, did you ever figure out definitively whether the issue was your scope? When Scotty's went, it wouldn't hold zero, period, and he ran out of room with the scope adjustment screws trying to get it on paper even. That doesn't sound like what happened to you. Good luck in Ohio.
  10. I love that you prefaced this with, "I don't fish as much as I used to" lol. I suspect that for most folks, your photo journey would represent a decade of effort. Those are some great shots!
  11. You sure you want to admit that? Next kid born with three eyes in the Flour City, they may come looking for a scape goat. It's funny that Brian and I were having this identical conversation just a few days ago, and our ultimate conclusion was, "follow the money". Like lawyers, the folks who generate the EIS also make money, no matter whether it's green lighted or not. As do construction and (at some point) the demolition crew. I think that this was a good decision. Too many unknown variables.
  12. Nice late season buck on a tough stretch of weather! Good for her.
  13. If she was hurting after the drag and grimacing in pain, that would have been the perfect time to have had her take a "Rob picture"
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