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June 15, 2010, 04:58:39 PM
Emailing all members is possible, BUT, we still aren't able to get to that area of the forum, but the remaining problems are still being worked on and hopefully will be fixed soon. Hang in there!
June 15, 2010, 04:47:34 PM
Hello Paul!
There are still some bugs to work out but I'm pointing them out to RB and she keeps gnashing her teeth at me:D
ADMIN FORUM / Maintenance Procedures
January 20, 2009, 04:30:27 PM
Daryl and Barry,
I just completed running routine maintenance and I will list what I did. You guys can then do this anytime you feel the need. These aren't critical issues and don't need to be run often but it is a way to remove unwanted and unneeded stuff from the forum, that accumulates over time.
In Admin Control Panel under Maintenance button go to the Update Counters button. There are 10 items you can perform without any problem. They aren't numbered but I have numbered them in the order they appear, from top to bottom.
1) Update User Titles and Ranks
2) Rebuild Thread Information
3) Rebuild Forum Information
4) Fix Broken User Profiles
5) DO NOT TOUCH THIS ONE - Rebuild Search Index
6) Rebuild Post Cache
7) [Empty Signature Cache- I haven't done this one, but it should be ok to do]
8) DO NOT TOUCH THIS ONE - Rebuild Statistics
9) Rebuild Similar Threads
10) Delete Duplicate Threads
11) [Rebuild Attatchment Thumbnails- I haven't done this one, but it should be ok to do]
12) [Rebuild User Reputation- I haven't done this one, but it should be ok to due and use
      the default value of 10]
13) Update User Names
14) DO NOT TOUCH THIS ONE - Update Post Counts
15) DO NOT TOUCH THIS ONE - Rebuild Styles
16) Remove Orphan Threads
17) Remove Orphan Posts
Many of these functions will have a default value in the white box, use the default value in each operation.
Lastly, there is a new version of vBulletin available and we will update to it as soon as we get some information from our Server, at which time we will get information that will enable us to do our own database back ups as well. We hired it done last time but this needs to be done frequently, at least once a month if not weekly and it is long over due. This one task is probably the most important task of all of them. If THL ever crashes again, we would still have all our files as of the last update and we would be able to bring THL back. Without the database backups, we would lose THL completely.
Look these tasks over and get familiar with them. Run a  few of them every now and then so you can see the process. If you do all 10 of the ones I did, in sequence, it will take about an hour. I would suggest making sure two people aren't trying to perform the same task at the same time. I don't know what would happen, but I wouldn't want to try to find out.
I'll let you know when we have the information we need from the server and have done the backup and update.
TURKEY HUNTING / Re: turkey tactic questions
February 27, 2008, 06:11:06 PM
you might have the makings of a great setup. If the birds continue to use the bottom field, the toms might start using it as a strutting/ breeding area. With the roost being 4-500 yards away, if they start coming to the field in the mornings, set up between the roost and the bottom field and let them come to you. In this case, I'd move in on the roost, say 1-200 yards away, put out a decoy and would call to them before they fly down in the morning, to let them know I'm there. If they gobble at my call, I'd back off on the calling and hope they fly down towards me. If I thought the toms were without hens, I'd probably go easy on the calling and let them find me (unless they are really hot, in which case I'd call every time they do). If I thought they had hens, I'd start calling to the hens to try to get them to come by, bringing the toms along in the rear.
If they are going to the field from the roost, this could be a killer setup.
TURKEY HUNTING / Re: turkey tactic questions
February 26, 2008, 02:21:55 PM
I'm a firm believer in keeping myself undetected as much as I can, and that includes calling. If an animal is coming in on it's own, I let him. I call to locate and then try to entice them to me, when I don't know where they are or where they are wanting to go.
You didn't clarify what you are trying to do or when, so I am assuming you are talking about hunting them. If the season is open and you can go sit in the bottom every day until they come back, that's a pretty sure fire way to get one. If the season isn't open yet and you are making plans for later this spring, then I suspect it is too early to know if the birds will stil be feeding in the same place when the season opens. Turkeys move around alot and a hot area this week may be cold next week, but they do have regular places they come back to periodically so it's a good idea to keep an eye on the places you have seen them before.
As for the tree stand vs ground, I like being on the same level with the birds so if I need to move in a hurry, I can. If you can plan an ambush ahead of time from your tree stand, I'm sure it will give you a little advantage over their eyesight. I don't think turkeys expect danger from above as much as they do from the ground.
WHITETAIL / Re: saskatchewan white tail
January 16, 2008, 05:23:17 PM
I'm jealous, I'm jealous, I'm jealous! Great buck manbow! How bout telling us a little about how it all went down?
BIG GAME / Re: For Shadow
January 15, 2008, 09:44:20 PM
How does the law read? I have to be at least 50 feet off the road? You just keep rubbin it in, don't ya. Ihave taken your advice for the last several years. The FWP doesn't always let me apply for the same unit every year, but I'm trying when they do!
try it now paul:biggthumpup:
In an effort to try to combat these unwanted posts, I have been tweaking alot of buttons this evening. What did the message say? Did it tell you what your maximum is? Did you get the message when you tried to post a picture or did it come up in another manner?
HUNTER'S GEAR REVIEW / Re: Digital trail cam
January 10, 2008, 08:42:40 PM
Forney Rider,
I don't have the  answer for sure. I have been researching these things off and on for the past two years and am about to decide to build one of my own. None of them seems to be the perfect trail cam and the ones that have all the neat features cost WAY too much money for my liking. I tried a Bushnell IR and a LeafRiver IR last winter. I bought them from Cabela's and wound up returning both. Poor construction/durability was one of my objections on both (broken latch on the LeafRiver) and only fair quality pictures. The IR feature yielded blank pictures or blurry subjects when it did capture them.
I just purchased a $99.00 Moultrie from Walmart and set it out yesterday. I'm going to try the cheap one and see how well it does. One unit that I am very interested in and may try is the one by Wildview. It is reasonably priced and has a wide trigger angle. I believe the Stealth does, too. A good feature in my book.
I have thought about the stealth also but it advertises a PIR  trigger distance of 28 feet. That seems a litle short to me.
One of my biggest concerns is battery life. These things seem to use batteries FAST! I like the idea of being able to attach a battery and solar panel but none of the trail cams seem to ready made for this. Several of tem have a 12v lead acid battery pack available and I know a panel could be added with a little engineering. The new Moultries advertise a 6v solar panel kit that supposedly plugs into the camera itself and will workif you use rechargeable batteries. The Moultrie I just bought has a port for a pin plug that is wired to the battery terminals. I haven't yet bought the solar panel to try it out, but I am worried that the rechargeable batteries (it uses 6 D cells) won't provide enough voltage to operate the camera because the NiMh D Cells I have found are 1.2v instead of 1.5 volt. We'll see.
Good luck. Buy it, try it, if you don't like it, return it and try another. ;-)
THE WELCOME WAGON! / Re: I remember a time
January 10, 2008, 08:09:50 PM
You are so correct. Almost overnight we were swamped with unwanted trash. It wasn't long ago we never had to worry about monitoring the forum for these type posts. If we knew how to completely stop it without making THL a totally private forum, we would.

The Administrators and Moderators spend a tremendous amount of time just checking the forums for the trash and removing it when they find it. They'd much rather be posting interesting articles and replies.

To make matters worse, we now have to contend with computer generated registrants and posts. I too, wish it would end, but I am not very optomistic right now.

We here at THL appreciate everyone's patience and understanding when it comes to removing unwanted posts. We remove them as fast as we see them. Unfortunately, we can't always get to them before the members see them.
TURKEY HUNTING / Re: First time turkey hunting tips?
January 01, 2008, 04:42:55 PM
The only thing worth eating on a wild turkey is the breast. I breast them just like a dove.
TURKEY HUNTING / Re: First time turkey hunting tips?
December 26, 2007, 04:48:37 PM
Welcome to the turkey woods. I hope you didn't spend all your money on xmas gifts. There are lots and lots of turkey toys to add to your collection of neat hunting stuff. David has some good advice for sure.
Any call you are comfortable with is a good call. From hardest to easiest would be diaphram, slate, box and push button. There may be other types but most are some variation of these. If you have any doubts about your calling and want to be sure you are "sounding good", get a push button call and use it until you build some confidence in calling and then try the others. The box call is a very good call to get some volume from your calling. Good to have on windy days or anytime you want to get your calls on out there. The slate is a very good finesse call and once you learn to use it, you will probably use it alot. The diaphram is a "do it all" call and if you use one to call elk, you are a shoo in for using it on turkeys. They can be tough to master without someone to show you how and as you know, no one else appreciates your efforts. Just carry lots of paper towels in your truck to wipe off the insides of your windshield with. Tha's about the only place you can practice and be married. Never mind the wierd looks you get from the other cars. You are on a mission.
Tom's quite often gobble just before or right after they fly up to roost in the evening, in the spring. They also like to gobble from the roost before they fly down in the morning, to announce their presence to the hens, hoping to get the hens to come to them. Find a good listening point just before dusk and again just before first light in the mornings and try to pinpoint the location of any toms you hear. If you hear some in the evening, they will be there in the morning. Plan a way to get close to the roosted birds the next morning. Usually 100 yards is about as close as you want to try to get, if you want to try to call them in once they fly down. You never can be sure which way they will fly down off the roost so you just have to give it your best shot as where to set up. This is a real good situation to use a hen decoy. The tom will be expecting the hen he hears (you) to come to him. You are hoping that he will get curious after a bit and will come to you. If he sees a decoy, he will focus on it and it will help to assure him that the hen he hears is really there and he will be more likely to come on in. Be sure to set the decoy up within gun range but not in your lap.
If you locate some in the morning after they have flown down off the roost, go to them. Be careful. They have excellent eye sight and will bust you in a heartbeat if you try to get too close. If you can get within 200 or even 100 yards of the tom, it's time to stop, pick a good spot and start calling to him. If he doesn't have any hens with him, he may very well come in to you once he flies down. You can set your decoy up if you have time and want to, but this can be too time consuming sometimes. The toms will be moving and won't stay still for long, if they are without hens. Call to him and wait. If you get an answer, call back. Don't get wild with the call. Be shy. Make him be curious and come to you. It is normal for the hen to go to the tom and not the other way around. If he doesn't call, don't quit right away. Sometimes they come in silently, especially if they aren't a dominant tom. Keep your eyes peeled and look for movement  and never ignore your back completely. Sometimes they will circle behind you quietly and surprise you. The first time you have one come in behind you and gobble in your ear, you'll be glad you have a spare pair of underwear back at the truck.
If you aren't able to connect with a tom at fly down or shortly there after, don't quit. The birds will go to their breeding area and breed after they fly down. This is quite often done along field edges. Once the breeding is over for the morning, the hens will wander off to find their nests. The toms will then begin to cruise, looking for anymore receptive hens. This usually happens around 10 AM, give or take. The tom will be cruising through the woods feeding and occasionally gobbling, hoping to find a hen. If you hear a gobble mid day, get as close as you can as quick as you can, get set up and then call and be patient. Sometimes they will charge in. Other times they won't call at all. Be careful when going to the tom. You don't want to run head on in to him by trying to get too close.
Wear camo on your face and your hands as well as your body. When you set up, sit with your back to a tree if possible and raise one knee up and rest your gun on it, pointing in the direction you expect the tom to come from. This puts you in position to be ready to shoot without having to move much at all. Once a bird is in close, they can see your eyes blink if you aren't careful. This is a brief bit of info but maybe it will help. Goodluck.
WHITETAIL / Re: Hunting around dead animals
December 26, 2007, 03:42:04 PM
The rancher where I hunt has a dead cow dump ground about 100 yards from one of my best stands. There are three dead cows there right now and a major deer trail is about 20 yards away. It has had no affect on the deer in my area, but he has been dumping cows here for years and I'm sure the deer are used to it. Occasionally there will be a dead cow in the woods that died there on it's own and it didn't seem to bother the deer.
Were you seeing deer from your stand before the dead cow arrived? If you were and now your not, maybe they are being affected. They'll get used to the dead cow, but if your season is short, maybe not soon enough. I think Alboy has a good point about the coyotes and hogs. If they are visiting the carcass, this will have more negative affect on the deer than the cow itself. Have you thought about moving your stand a hundred yards or so up or down the trail from it's present location? Maybe the deer are still coming through but skirting the cow. Just a thought.
BIG GAME / Re: Colorado Hunting
December 04, 2007, 04:35:24 PM
Great pics MM.
Tha's alot of good eating hanging there! The horns aren't anything to apologize for either. Great job, especially considering the un co-operative thing about hunting in pleasant weather, at least for me, it makes being out there cause me to appreciate what God has given us and makes me thankful I am able to see it and know how fortunate I am to have been raised with the desire to seek it out.