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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Nova

What would you do?

11 posts in this topic

I have always wonderred what I would do if I get all set to hit the stand in the morning, creep in nice and quiet and then just as I am about to start the climb I see a critter in or above my stand Could be a coon or porcupine or anything. What do you do? Can't make noise to scare them or that stand is worthless that morning. If you climb up and try and chase them out you never know what might happen, can't shoot them out. Any suggestions?

__________________

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get a big stick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd go with the big stick, the noise made by a critter like that is natural enough & doesn't have to be from human interaction, might even make the deer curious & come to investigate. If it was gun hunting I'd do almost anything to get them away, at least opening morning. There's going to be so much commotion shortly, other than the first half hour of light maybe, it will be long forgotten. Deer's noise senses get overloaded on opening morning, they mostly deal with what they can see or smell.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got a surprise a few years back. Open the door of the stand and at eye level theres a coon lookin at me. Just about fell straight back. Got out of the tree and got a long stick and swung the door back open and started shoving the stick around and finally pissed him off enough that he went up the tree. I was brave enough to get in but then for the next 20min all i did was look up and see what he was doin. Finally he started down the tree (big oak) and went down the opposite side of the stand and took off. I didn't see any deer however that morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It depends if it is public land or not. I believe the regs say that on public hunting land, the spot is "first come first serve". grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

last year just about had to clean my shorts out, about sunrise did not know but above me was some turkeys when they started marking there sounds coming down,talk about #$it my pants. crazy.gifcrazy.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i was hunting with the girlfriends family in huntersville last rifle season when it was time to make a drive. they had me go to and old enclosed box stand cause i was the only that knew where the property line was, other than her and her dad. so i climb up this stand and almost had a heart attack when i opened the door. a window was broken out and there were three pigeons in there that went bizirk. holy crap, i about fell off the ladder shocked.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had this happen! I went to my stand and looked up and there was a big fat coon hanging in the tree about 8 feet above my ladder stand. I just got in and sat there. He went up the tree and sat in a Y and fell asleep. I just figured the tree is big enough for the both of us.

I was not going to do anything if he did not like the fact I was climbing into the stand. I would have just went to my other stand.

Froggy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Step 1: dont be a pussy

Step 2: pull out your hunting knife

Step 3: CHAAAAAARRGE!!!!!!!!!!!

grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a grouse in my stand one year, almost had to head back to change my pants.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

normally all the wildlife move when they see you coming...it's them darn squirls that piss me off! they run up your tree, down your tree, get right behind ya and peek around, get on the branches right next to ya and always look like they are gonna jump on you...or they make that stupid squirl call that tells all the other animals they found something not normal over here...chic chic chic chic ka kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Hoey
      I recommend considering other lakes.  URL by the 4th is nearly void of walleye.  8 years or so ago, we did a two-family trip and only caught fresh water drum.  Star Trib Article
    • eyeguy 54
      http://www.startribune.com/monster-muskie-found-on-mille-lacs-exceeds-state-record/431203243/
    • 2thepointsetters
      I was honored to be part of the "Veterans on Lake Superior" trip again this year. Channel six did a nice story about the Veterans. They were a great group out on the water.   http://www.kbjr6.com/video?clipId=13445592&autostart=true
    • 2thepointsetters
          Barry is retired. I bought his boat and fished her unitl I got the 38'er. Team Crush is still using the old Whitewater.   Barry does work on my boat occasionally as the first mate.    
    • portageguy
      Motor use day or camping.  Pick up day before or day of, May1-September 30. Fill out permit at entrance and put in box when exiting or mail in.  October 1-April 30
    • BulldogInTC
      Hi Cliff -   Thanks for the update on the hatch.  Is this usually a bust for 2 weeks once the big hatches start?  Will be up the 30th-9th, but still excited since its the first time staying for a full week at the in-laws cabin.  Hoping to provide a few updates on the West Side through the week.
    • jiggin9
      Thanks for the info.  I searched before and after this thread for any old threads on this topic.  I got nothing before and this thread is the only one that pops up after.  I will keep looking online or stop at one of the big box stores.    Tight lines. 
    • CaptJohnWis
      J-Roy,  I use UL rod and 4 lb a lot when throwing jigs. I have found that the lighter the jig head, the more fish bite and the more you hook. Wind will mess up using light jigs though. When fishing heavy jigs, cranks, top water or spoons, I use heavier line and rod. If fishing weeds need heavy line as well.   Hook ups/bites is much higher with lite jigs. I missed about 50% of hits yesterday using 1/2 oz head. Landed about 90% of hits a few days ago when using 1/8 oz head. Tough to fish 1/8 oz on even 8 lb line so I stick with 4 lb .
    • DJ_Slick
      oops - duplicate post.
    • DJ_Slick
      We've got the old Lakemaster chip in our Lowrance 10" unit (circa 2008-ish, I think).  The Lowrance is the generation before the HDS, but I forget the exact model.  Since getting that Lakemaster chip, Lakemaster was bought by Humminbird and their chips are now only compatible with Humminbird  units.  You might be able to find a used chip somewhere, but be sure it's from before the Humminbird acquisition.   Navionics is the only other option for Lowrance that I know of. Regardless, there have been several 1-foot soundings done in the recent past, so be sure that whatever you get has that level of detail and you should be satisfied.   There are several old threads on GPS chips for LOTW...use the search box at the upper right of your browser and type in "LOTW chip" (without the quotes).