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Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: Ice Augers
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:03:35 pm »
Nils. They are a bit more expense and you need to handle them with a little more care but it is the best hand auger I have ever used.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Norwegian Gstove
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:00:07 pm »
My first stove was a Kni co stove and after many years I decided I needed to upgrade to a ti stove. I didn't want to spend the money of a four dog stove so I bought a ti barrel stove from lite outdoors and although it works ok and it is probably less than 4 lbs I have a few issues with it. It is very flimsy, dents and crinkles easily and after a few uses it does not put together very well. I wish I would have just coughed up the money and gotten a four dog then but I won't be making the same mistake a second time. my next stove will be a four dog whenever the budget allows.

Bothwell Voyageur / Top Bag
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:30:52 pm »
I recently returned from a trip and I got to try out my new top bag from BV for the first time. It is perfect and holds my auger in place just as I had imagined. Having multiple zippers makes it easy to place them in a spot or multiple spots where I have items I may need to grab quickly. I was also impressed with the quality of the bag and zippers. This bag will last me a long time and will get a lot of use. Thanks again!

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: If you could start over
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:23:44 pm »
There are probably a lot of things I could list as I really learned a lot after my first handful of times out but the main two are a sled and a tank bag. Since using the black river sled kit to make my sled and purchasing a tank (with lashing) from lure of the north it has made towing so much easier. The sled pulls much easier and with the tank I have to fears that my load is secure so I don't have to turn around every once in a while to see if anything fell off.

This year I added a custom made top bag from BV, I am very excited to try it out in a few weeks here. The biggest item on my wish list is the four dog ti stove. I currently have a ti stove but it is a barrel stove and I miss being able to heat things on top of it. I like to make a couple upgrades every year but coming in around $900 this will have to wait for a couple years.

Classifieds / Re: Bags & Boggans for the Coming Season
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:21:06 pm »
I got my top bag today. It's exactly what I was looking for. I can't wait to test it out on my sled. I can't recommend BV enough. The bag is high quality and customized to my need perfectly. Thanks BV!

Classifieds / Re: Bags & Boggans for the Coming Season
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:40:17 pm »
The biggest issue I currently face with packing my sled is my auger. I bring a 8" nils and have been placing it at the bottom of my tank bag and then packing items around it and it works ok but I think it could be better. In the past I have also tried to strap it on top of the tank but it has always slid side to side then then cause issues when going through portages. I am thinking that if I disassembled it and placed the blade/shaft into a top bag this may help since the straps would help keep it from sliding side to side.

Let me know what you think. I would be interested in a top bag either way. do you have a list of options and or prices?

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Re: Minnows
« on: January 13, 2017, 12:23:45 pm »
The fishing was good. The lake we went to is generally a pike lake but can produce walleye now and then. We caught a couple dozen pike or so using fatheads. Not much for size as the biggest one was maybe 27" but plenty of action. I have some pictures on my go pro that I still need to get onto my computer and then I can post.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping on Ice
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:09:44 pm »
I was out last week and was able to find an area of the lake with no slush to set up camp. We packed down the snow and set the tent up on that. Good thing we did because by the time we left the slush had found us and it would have been impossible to get the tent off the ice if it wasn't raised. We did have a couple puddles form inside the tent but nothing that caused any problems. Our first experience of camping on ice went very well, thanks for all of your input.

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Re: Minnows
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:04:43 pm »
We took our first trip of the season last week and I purchased a 1 gallon cheap plastic thermos and it worked perfect. There was a little ice build up from the walk in but nothing major. I changed the water daily and only had a handful of minnows die during the 5 days we were there. It was nice knowing I didn't have to worry about the water spilling on the trek in. Thanks again for your help!

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Re: Minnows
« on: November 30, 2016, 03:55:10 pm »
That's brilliant. Is that half gallon? I typically bring a couple dozen fatheads which keep pretty well as long as they don't freeze.
Thanks for your input!

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Minnows
« on: November 30, 2016, 01:01:09 pm »
What doe people use for bringing live minnows on trips? As long as the lake allows I bring them on all of my trips and I feel like I can improve my method of transporting them. Right now I leave them in the plastic bag inside of my minnow bucket. Just curious to know what other people do and how they pack them down as I feel like my bucket is never quite secure.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Sleep Systems - What's Yours?
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:45:53 am »
I use a cheap blue foam pad, an Exped Downmat 7 and a bag rated to -10 and I have never had trouble although I still haven't found a good way to keep my face from getting cold without frosting up my bag.

Ontario & Quebec / Re: Great news for the Great Lakes area!
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:40:09 am »
Parts of MN already have around 2 feet of snow. Now we just need the cold to stick around so we can get out on the lakes. It looks like Thanksgiving weekend may be mild but temps look to drop after that and the ice should start forming.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Bringing or collecting wood?
« on: November 21, 2016, 01:53:53 pm »
A challenge I am not used to for sure. Not being able to cut standing wood would seriously inhibit my ability to safely live outside in winter. Here, any tree within reason live or dead is fair game, either on my trap lines or  on crown land.

It can be a challenge at times but I understand why the rules are in place with so many people visiting all summer long. Camping away from the summer sites helps a little as we usually don't have any problems finding a couple downed trees leaning against live standing ones. I wouldn't complain if we had the same rules as your area though.

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