Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Fishing Report Clubs - LIMITED MEMBERSHIP - Join Today - FREE   01/24/2018

      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Nate McVey

MN Elk in Kittson County

Recommended Posts

Nate McVey

Some of you may have seen my posts campaigning for the RMEF. Here is a picture of a bull from earlier this week in Kittson County. You can bet the RMEF's fundraising efforts play a very large role in the reintroduction of elk to MN.

MNElk2.jpg

MNElk1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

That looks to be a sure book bull. Out west class elk. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
xedge2002

That would be awesome to get a big elk herd going in MN! I am planning on going out west sometime to try and hunt one of them but it would be even better if I could stay in MN!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jlm

Numbers are certainly on the rise in Kittson county as well as in other areas. I wonder why the only hunting season is in the Grygla area??? Anyone know the logic behind not opening a season for the other herds in MN?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey

The reason for the lack of a hunting season in Kittson is becuase it was there last year. The MN legislature decided to alternate hunts in these early years. Hunting these smaller herds often breaks them up and scatters them increasing the odds for predators and for starvation. If I remember right, they did not issue any bull tags this year, only a couple of cow tags. The Kittson herd also travels between Canada and the U.S., they winter in Canada and summer in MN. If the herds keep growing we will have more oppourtunity to hunt them with more regularity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jlm

There was a hunt in Kittson County last year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey

The reading I have done says they were going to alternate hunting zones year to year, but I can't find anything to back that up on the DNR website. I will see what I can some up with tomorrow. Sorry for any confusion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lcornice

Quote:

The reason for the lack of a hunting season in Kittson is becuase it was there last year. The MN legislature decided to alternate hunts in these early years. Hunting these smaller herds often breaks them up and scatters them increasing the odds for predators and for starvation. If I remember right, they did not issue any bull tags this year, only a couple of cow tags. The Kittson herd also travels between Canada and the U.S., they winter in Canada and summer in MN. If the herds keep growing we will have more oppourtunity to hunt them with more regularity.


The Kittson county herd has never been hunted in Minnesota.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CSP

lol.......wow....that pic is taken like two miles from my place......that's the richarville town hall in the picture right? -- yeah, we've never had a hunt here in kittson county for the elk. There was talk last year of opening a limited season that would be open primarily to land owners (yeah me).....but something went wrong and we still don't have a season.

shiner if you ever make it up to this area again, let me know.....the elk hang out on our property quite a bit.....it's crazy when you're sitting in you stand and tbey start to bugle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jlm

Anyone know if a Kittson County hunt is in the works. My understanding is that there are more elk in the Kittson County area than there are in Marshall county (Grygla herd). At least at times anyway!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey

Thanks CSP, I talked with my regional director and he told me the same thing......that they had hoped to be able to alternate hunt sites but it never got past the planning stage, sorry for the missinformation.

That picture was taken by a fellow volunteer and emailed to me, so I'm not sure of the exact location. Although there is the RMEF First Annual Bugle Days being held at the Lake Bronson State Park on September 14-16 that I am trying to make it up to, although that is bow opener so I'm not sure. Is that bull really as big as it looks?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
north red river

I seen a herd of about 8-10 elk northeast of Hallock here a few days ago with a couple VERY nice bulls out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CSP

yeah, that bull is huge.....there's actually one bigger out in the caribou herd, but it's SO remote where that one hangs out it's really rare that you see it......i acutally haven't seen it this summer yet, but one of the locals who lives out that way has seen it a couple of times.......the one in the herd out here sure is beautiful though. Every spring all the neighbors are out looking for the sheds...no one found this years though (from what i know anyways)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey

Thanks CSP! Elk are amazing animals. I can not wait until I am driving to CO on November 3 for the 3rd rifle season. That week I spend out there sets me right for the rest of the year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lcornice

Quote:

Anyone know if a Kittson County hunt is in the works. My understanding is that there are more elk in the Kittson County area than there are in Marshall county (Grygla herd). At least at times anyway!


It's not. The only reason the Grygla herd is hunted is because of the lack of landowner tolerance of depredation. The statute forcing DNR to consider hunting when the population exceeds 20 adults goes back to 1987. There is no statute governing Kittson county even though that herd is larger (probably around 75 vs. 55 in Grygla). It's doubtful the Kittson bunch will be hunted until their numbers grow. Quite frankly, there wouldn't be hunting in Grygla if there was the negative history with those animals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CSP

from my understanding, the herd here won't be hunted untill they reach around 135 animals via the dnr surveys.....there are alot more elk around here than the DNR ever gets a count on.....the caribou herd is around 60 in all, the ones here (in richardville township) has about 30 in all, plus theres groups closer to hallock, and down towards lake bronson, plus misc. satelite bulls and others scattered all over.......i'd guess the number to be well over a hundred at most times if you're talking county wide

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • nlayne882
      Lot of ice on the shore, only place to fish as of Thursday is two harbors breakwall
    • Wanderer
      I found a great bait selection at the Baxter Fleet Farm today.  3 sizes of suckers, multiple sizes of golden shiners, and of course fat heads and crappies. The first bait shop I tried only had fat heads and crappies.
    • mrpike1973
      Been very slow around here any luck anyone? don't want the lake but just general feeling around here. Did some pan fishing in 8-10 fow but got very slow.
    • Alex wilhelmi
      Hey Justin, if you see a 2004 burgundy 1500 Silverado with Iowa plates on shields, Yukon tent. That's the girlfriend and I. Stop by for a Busch latte, or a white Russian. I can't wait to get out of Iowa for the weekend. 4 am on the road!!!!!!!! yeah baby!!!!!! Good luck!!  
    • fowldreams
      There was a couple mixed in the bucket. They were big shiners 5 to 6 inch range. The shiners would be down for 6 hours or so each time and we never waited that long for a sucker to be taken. Just our experience. If a guy could have both I say try and see.
    • Wanderer
      Call ahead for shiners.  I’ve heard there aren’t any left in the state.  At Mille Lacs 2 weeks ago I asked for some and the guy looked at me like I was stupid. Of course I blame that on the question... 
    • Jplante
      Fowldreams, did you have shiners? Just curious if preferred them over shiners, or thats just what you had.
    • fowldreams
      suckers, suckers, suckers. This was the only bait that worked for us last weekend and when the fish hit the rattle reels line spooled fast.
    • Flash
      Thanks! Flash "Set the Hook"
    • MN BassFisher
      What surprised me about the fishery in SE Florida is that it is mostly live bait (Shiners). There are so many fish in those channels that the Peacock's won't chase a bait for long. I guess they can be caught on the fly but your casts needs to be very accurate and your hookset quick because they spit the flies fast. Our guide said artificials could be done but you're going to spend all day to maybe catch a few fish. Watching the videos of those Amazon Peacock's destroying topwater plugs and jerkbaits looks like a riot!!!
  • Share & Have Fun