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
Muskieguy

2nd weekend -- what to expect?

7 posts in this topic

For the past 8 years, I typically hunt opening weekend(public land) of Firearms Deer(A1). This year I will not be able to go until the 2nd weekend. What can I expect in terms of numbers...both deer and hunters. Will there be deer left to shoot, and how many hunters still hunt the 2nd weekend? I read a stat that 70% of the deer are shot in the first few days? Is that because the number of hunters drastically reduces after the first few days of the season?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can not shoot a deer from your living room. Get out and hunt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Think I only seen about 5 groups of hunters in the area I hunt all last week. You should be ok yet. Looked like alot of the deer weren't quite in full rutt to me. Had two bucks & 4 does standing & playing right by each other. The larger buck gave the smaller buck a little push in the butt, but then left him alone. They were by each other all afternoon until night. If they would have been full rutt there would have been a show down for those pretty does. Also had to play with my rattles & calls while they were directly in front of me for a couple hours to practice. They did not even respond to any of this. Very exciting watching them though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1st weekend was on rum river state forest there seemed to be less hunters than all 3 years before and less shots fired too..

2nd weekend im heading to preston minnesota its right off 52 and i have permission to hunt right behind some stables. ITs only a total of about 50 yards but its very productive sicne last year i was there 10 minutes and shot a buck. im going to check the regulations see if its still open for firearms this weekend in preston if not ill take my bow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Typically, the first weekend is full of excitement for everybody. The first morning will have the most shots and the most deer down. Lots of people will try to get their deer that weekend so they can "be done with it" and say they have their deer.---Which is fine...I used to be in that group as well.

The second weekend will be mostly hunters that didn't see anything the first week or passed on deer the first weekend. There is always less shooting and less people, at least in my area (also Zone 1). The hunters that are out on the second and third weekends usually are the ones who enjoy being out there and don't necessarily have to have a deer. They probably passed on a few to have an excuse to go on the second and third weekend.---That's how I am now.

Yeah, some of the young and dumb deer are taken the first weekend as well as a few big bucks, but there are still plenty of deer out there. That's my $0.02 of how the season progresses.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

The hunters that are out on the second and third weekends usually are the ones who enjoy being out there and don't necessarily have to have a deer. They probably passed on a few to have an excuse to go on the second and third weekend.---That's how I am now.


Sounds like our group!! My dad goes out into the woods with a chair and a book, and sits on the same ridge every year. He has not shot a deer since I started deer hunting 16 years ago. I have only shot 1 in that time. We are by no means die hard deer hunters.....we get out once it's light...and often leave the woods a little before dark. I used to smoke cigarettes in my stand. It's more just a fun trip up north up north to BS with the other guys, and if a deer happens to cross my path and I am ready for it I will drop it. I am 1 for 1 on shots per deer and dropped my one and only deer 12 ft from the stump I was sitting on!! LOL

With the guys I am with.....one or two deer is more than they want. Don't matter to me....I get to hear the old stories in the cabin and drink beer while sitting by the fire in the cabin. If I see a deer or get a shot....it just makes it that much better. Although I now really appreciate that meat in the freezer....so I am starting too get a little more serious about it.

First weekend is a zoo where we hunt and we have never hunted first weekend because of that. We alway go second weekend and don't see many hunter out on the state land we hunt.

I will say my attitude is just a bit different for duck and pheasant....I am 100% serious about bird hunting!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My experience (in Zone 1 as well) has always been fewer hunters as the two plus weeks wears on, and fewer deer running around completely panicked. The ones I do see are more cautious than bow season, but by no means unhuntable. It's a lot more enjoyable out the second and third weekends...... I tend to be in the same camp as a few of the posters above, I am passing on does and small bucks just to have an excuse to sit out there longer, and maybe have a chance at a really nice buck......it's all about having a relaxing day out for me....

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

    • nmitchell17
      No idea the brand, it's an 8 inch, it's in good shape needs a sharpening I would imagine.  Haven't used it for a couple years
    • otterman91105
      Hey guys heading up to the canadian side in a few weeks just wondering when fishing over rocks what works better 1/4 or 3/8 for jigs to stay out of the rocks?
    • ANYFISH2
      7/20 day 6 Today was was the feast day. Spending most of the day hanging on shore visiting and eating the weeks catch of fish for lunch and burgers and salads for supper.  Some water time for the kids and the wife.  Avas' parents also drive up to spend the evening around the fire.  It was quite the family affair.   Fishing today was targeted towards finding the big panfish for my folks to catch.  This plan was an utter failure.  Both boats out this evening and no one could find the panfish!  Frustrating to say the least. I decided late in the evening to go back after walleyes to try and put the folks on some fish.  I ended up boating only 1 northern 20", Dad landed a 18", 17", and 14" walleye, while mom boated a 14" walleye, and 2, 8" bluegills.  Not bad for a fall back plan the last hour and a half.   7/21 day 7   Today was a day to say goodby to My folks and the borther and sister inlaw.  As well as to start to sad action of packing up and being ready for our trip back home early the next morning. Our late afternoon was interupted by a nice strong thunderstorm that would rattle cabins, dump a ton rain, and light a couple of trees on fire around the lake from lightning strikes!  Also leaving us without power for 7 hrs.  It was a good storm. With the kids off to a movie, and the in laws on shore with boat.  It was just me off to lake for one last fishing outing after the storm.  With only a little over an hour fish i hit our standard walleye spot.  With old faithful providing me with two small walleyes 12" and 14".  The darkness came and fishing for the week was over.    
    • curt quesnell
      I was to Graceton a couple of times and saw the boats but never saw the fish. I really like that are but missed it this year. Bouncers in reeftops is hot as heck right now. Lemms was loaded with big biters yesterday. Good plan. I have been jigging out in the mud, more and more fish out deep every day. Good luck
    • srj
      Hey Curt, not me. But I might get over that way tomorrow as I'm coming up this afternoon. Depending on the wind, I hope to go reef hopping pulling bouncers rather than trolling. I'm curious if the big school is still sitting over east of LP, more or less in front of the Graceton cut. It was a big bunch of fish. A week or so of stable weather would sure be nice. The only  time the wind seems to blow from the same direction for more than a day is if it is somewhere out of the north.
    • curt quesnell
      Nice fish and plenty of them is what has been happening this week. Almost as many slots as keepers.  We have been jigging but pulling spinners or cranks works great too. One of the attached pics is what is showing up in the deep mud, mostly Saugers now but more Walleyes and tons more fish piling in the next few weeks. Joe Paradis from Plummer Mn out with me this morning behind the fish board and, from Thursday fishing buddy Mike Lindholm with the biggest, fattest, best looking 25 incher I have seen in a while. Having plenty of fun fishing in the wind
    • curt quesnell
      Thanks for the reports. Steve, were you at Long Point today? I saw a Stratos
    • certified jumbo
      Bugs have been brutal all summer up their.   Glad you had fun!!!
    • JBMasterAngler
      Well, we went back up there to make up for last month. There was no making up anything! Bugs were horrendous, and the fishing was slow to nonexistent. The biggest point of going back up was to fish West Bearskin and Two Island lakes, and we didn't make it to either this time around either.    We still had lots of fun. Did a lot of hiking and sightseeing, particularly on the way up and he way home. Seen a lot of things I've never seen before. Was nice to sit out by the harbor and eat Sven & Ole's. Definitely a lot more people up there in July, as opposed to June. Well, we'll be back in October. 
    • monstermoose78
      Yeah I like decoys this thread used have some on here. I will try to hit a show Thank you