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  1. santaman2000

    Lobster Season

    As per the title: catching lobster by hand
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    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

    Is that live weight or dresed? Either way it’s big!
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    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

    @sasquatch. @RobsonRV and all our other Canadian members: Have an awesome Thanksgiving!
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    What did you buy today?

    Intact lens
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    underground water.. SAFE TO DRINK?

    I’m one of the luckiest in the US: my groundwater comes from the Florida Aquifer and is among the best in the country. To be honest most of the country has foot groundwater. Only the Southwest has a high alkaline content.
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    underground water.. SAFE TO DRINK?

    No doubt. Look upthread at what’s been said about local immunity. That said, the deeper the well, the less likely that is. Bacteria only thrive in the first few inches of topsoil.
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    underground water.. SAFE TO DRINK?

    No, your reply wasn’t catty. We’ve had several types here over time. The really old ones from the 1800s and before were dug by hand and we’re about 3 or 4 feet in diameter and water was drawn by a wooden bucket. The next wells from the early 20th century were drilled and were about 8 inches...
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    underground water.. SAFE TO DRINK?

    ^^^^This^^^^ Absolutely true. Regarding personal wells (y’all call them boreholes) I grew up with them as well as artesian wells, and with the old fashioned dug well with a cylindrical bucket to draw the water. Nobody ever had any of them tested nor treated the water.
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    Archery Bow

    Basically I would just echo what’s already been said: start with a simple light draw recurve and get a three fingered archery glove and an arm guard for the other arm.
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    @Toddy They make awesome preserves also.
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    Availability in the grocery store is pretty much a given here but regarding the selection we’re in the same boat: generally only two varietals available. Either the common Bartlet, or a large golden Asian Pear. That said, if the point is to decide whether or not you want to grow a pear tree in...
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    Food shortage again?

    It happens in most countries but it’s not the farmers that use that method: it’s the herding dogs.
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    Try a different varietal. There are nearly as many varietals of pears as there are of apples. And like apples, they range in texture from soft and mushy to firm. From a minimum juiceless to dripping down your shirt. From sweet to tart.
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    Thanks, but no. Ours are a variety of grapes. They’re vines that are grown either on trellises are on a fence row. They also often grow wild with the vines climbing trees. We eat them raw, make jelly from them, and also wine.
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    Framed packs

    As I remember the frames from the 70s (at least the early 70s when I was using them) hip belts were a rarity. None of my packs nor frames had them (the point was to raise the center of gravity up onto your shoulders and away from your back) As to attaching the pack to the frame it was simply a...
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    Should I axe my axe ?

    In the end the question depends on how you define “need.” Face it: this thing we call bushcraft is a hobby. We do it for the sheer fun of it. If you want to use an axe, you will. If you want to accomplish those tasks some other way then you’ll do that instead. Personally I’ve never “needed” an...
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    Framed packs

    I remember mine I’m the 70s. However I don’t remember the brand name or if it even had one; generics were common and those frames were ubiquitous then. What I do remember was that it was so much lighter than the internal framed packs of today. And the frames were normally bought separate from...
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    State Pension Awareness.

    Florida teachers and other public employees under the system are eligible for full retirement (employment based retirement) at age 60 or after 30 years of credited service (whichever comes first) They can opt for reduced benefites and retire earlier. The exception for public employees would be...
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    Pack animals in the UK - access rules?

    Goats ignore the stile and jump over the fence. Elephants ignore the entire fence and just walk wherever they want.
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    State Pension Awareness.

    They were always the same here: -age 62 for reduced benefits (reduced proportionately for how long it is until your full retirement age) -full benefits at your full retirement age (it used to be 65 but was changed to reflect what year you were born in. Those born before a certain year remained...