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

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
jltimm

Another season

Recommended Posts

jltimm    0
jltimm

After last season I thought that this season could only be better? I was wrong, not hardly any deer to be seen again around here. I've hunted this area for over 7 years now with the last 2-3 being poor. Maybe it's time for a new spot, but hunting at home is nice. I hunted in zone 1 area 157. how did everyone else fair this year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Surface Tension    265
Surface Tension

Being in an Intensive Harvest Area that is a little surprising. Cheer up, I've had seasons with few deer and that was with a lot of preseason scouting. It'll get better. I didn't get the buck I wanted but saw plenty of deer and in the end took a doe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson    0
Mark Christianson

Hey, we are in an intensive harvest area too, and I have not even shot my rifle or muzzleloader for 3 years.....

This year I had a chance at one deer with rifle. A spike that I passed on. So I cant say I am seeing nothing, but geez.... My Dad saw one deer all weekend on opener. No possible shot even if he wanted.

Last year with muzzleloader my Dad and I hunted all 3 weekends and never saw a single deer while on stand. Zero.

Really sux if you ask me. And we are not just weekend warriors. We have food plots and continue to work on habitat improvements by removing invasive species such as buckthorn, box elder and prickly ash.

The one thing I can say, is all the hours we spend on the farm every summer is still very mind cleansing. I love it.

I really do love the time in the fields and in the woods. Now if a few deer would show up, it would top it off nicely. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
USPENAMC    0
USPENAMC

same here on the RUM SF and last year we didnt see anything all 3 weeks this year my father took a doe on opening morning at 9:30 seen nothing else will have to keep on bow hunting

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Surface Tension    265
Surface Tension

Having seen few deer in the past few years, whats your thought on the being able to take 5 deer in your area?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson    0
Mark Christianson

My opinion, it doesnt matter.

Nobody anywhere around us can fill the first tags for everyone in the party, much less start filling bonus tags.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
brassman    0
brassman

I hunt an intensive harvest area and I have sat for 5 and a half days and saw 3 deer. Thats the way it goes sometimes. Have you seen a lot of deer out on the roads at night? The deer have to be there. It also depends if you hunt private land or not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch    318
Borch

The deer really seemed to be bunched up where we hunted,(156). One person saw tons of deer while others, (Like myself) saw only a few. What were usually hot stand were cold and those that were usually ok were hot. Go figure!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
dakotakid31    0
dakotakid31

Did not get a deer for the first time in 7 years, heck i didnt even see a single one. last year same spot-seen 15 in just the first and last weekend of zone 1. i saty in my stand from well before light to sundown. oh well have to hope for better results next year. we had alot of realy "bad" hunters on the state land we hunt this year- noisy,late,inconsiterate,riding thier wheelers in the "no motorized vehich area" and at all hours of the day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hines R    4
Hines R

I hunted 5 days in the farmland by the Red River in the Northwester part of the state. It's interesting that the first morning we will see probably around 8 deer apiece. My buddy passed 10 bucks opening morning. One of them was definitely a shooter but he's waiting for something to put on the wall.

As the season goes on are numbers drop significantly. Our season just changed 2 years ago to the longer zone 2 season. We thought it would be great in that we could stay in the stands hunt during the week and see more deer after the deer got over the shock of opening weekend. I usually now hunt rifle through Wednesday.

What we've found though is that the deer just hunker down and don't move much after the initial weekend. They stay in the area's they are in during the week. With no other hunters out knocking them around we probably see about 20% as many deer after opening weekend.

I'm starting to debate on hunting the opening weekend, and then going back for a couple of days of Muzzleloader. Logistically it's hard to go back for the Muzzleloader season because of a place to stay and all of that stuff.

Ryan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyecrosser2000    0
eyecrosser2000

First year since 1997 I didn't get a deer. First year since 1987 that my Dad or I didn't get a deer--that includes those tough seasons after the brutal winters in '96 & '97.

I know there were plenty of deer in the area--trail cameras showed multiple bucks and doe groups from mid-September right up through the opener. But, it is still deer hunting and definitely a right place/right time thing, especially in the woods we hunt. There are no specific feeding or bedding areas and little, if any, hunting pressure.

My season was marked by these outstanding moments: a quick look at the rump of a deer going into thick popples on opening day; a deer that walked 15 yards from my stand, right in my boot tracks (light dusting of snow) while I checked out another stand for about 45 minutes; a deer across the slashing in some thick buck brush that I just could not get to hold for a good shot at 175-200 yards--always had the deer in the scope, but not the vital area; and, finally, the coupe de grace--a nice buck that came through a nice shooting lane on the last day while I was unstrapping my portable ladder stand and my gun was on the ground. mad.gif

Oh well, a hungry dog hunts harder--and, after this year, I'm starvin'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MikeYager - Suzuki    0
MikeYager - Suzuki

I personlly believe deer numbers are nothing compared to what they used to be and I dont like it. Allowing hunters to shoot multiple deer per season has ruined many areas in my opinion. I'd rather go back to doe permit lottery in many areas instead of the slaughter house rules currently in effect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jltimm    0
jltimm

Yeah, I wish we could do something different as I don't see it getting any better and only worse? Maybe 2-3 deer a person? Move the rifle season to the third or fourth weekend of Nov.? Earn a buck program? Something has got to change.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson    0
Mark Christianson

How did the plots grow jltimm?

If they grew some, do they show signs of animals having ate in them, or eating it now??

Do you have any trail cameras?

I know for a fact we have deer. Plots are eaten, trail cams show deer present. Impossible to say beyond a shadow of a doubt, if there are more or less deer than years ago, or if the last few years lack of luck is more related to nocturnal only movements.

I dunno. I am cornfused and frustrated to a degree too man.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jltimm    0
jltimm

The plots grew fairly well for the DRY summer and spring we had. The clover did good in lowspots (where it actually got water). I had anywhere from 1-6 deer at a time in the plot up until 1 month into bow season, then it was sporatic deer sightings. I did manage to shoot the only adult doe I saw all season the 1st Mon. of rifle opener. Now my wife says it is her plot, and I'm not allowed to hunt it? confused.gifgrin.gif I just got a trail camera this year, and it has been alot of fun using it. My neighbor (who's land joins mine) didn't get a deer this year, and it's been a loooong time since that has happened to him. It just gets frustrating as a guy puts alot of time and effort into hunting and has not much to show for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slick814    0
slick814

Could it be the area that you're hunting is full of hunters?

Private land or not, if you have limited space and too many guys in the woods, just the shooting on openeing weekend will drive the deer to deep hiding and a more nocturnal lifestyle. SOunds like you're doing a good job with managing the herd as much as you can. Maybe it was just a couple of off years. Things'll get better.

And now if I may rant about an earlier post in this thread...

To be honest, I have a hard time with statements like

Quote:

First year since 1997 I didn't get a deer


and

Quote:

Oh well, a hungry dog hunts harder--and, after this year, I'm starvin'


Dude, welcome to the world I live in...

I've had many years where I didn't even see a deer, much less have a shot. I got my first one in 10 yearsthis season... and that's not an exaggeration, believe me, I wish it were. It's been a lean decade for me. I

t isn't always about getting one. That's nice, but believe me, sometimes the fates just ain't on your side.

Things happen.

You get busted by one when you adjust a little to get a better shot.

Your left foot stepped in something on the way out to your stand and smells funny.

For whatever reason things didn't work out. You go back the next season and work that much harder. You move your food plot to an area that works better for your property. You move your stand.

You do whatever it takes... and things work out.

But PLEASE don't complain about not getting one for the first time in years... or how tough it is not to get one. How frustrating, whatever.

It's supposed to be a challenge, to be difficult. If it was supposed to be easy, everyone would do it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyecrosser2000    0
eyecrosser2000

Wasn't complaining, Slick--just adding my two cents to the thread which seemed to have a theme of sharing some of the misses instead of the gots. By the way--I don't hunt food plots, so I can't move 'em.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slick814    0
slick814

I don't hunt food plots either..I hunt thick brush, swamps, ridges between swamps, wherever we're finding the deer. Mostly on the ground, very little stand time.

That part of the post was meant more for jltimm... he mentioned food plots on his land.

Sorry if you took offense, though.. I was only trying to say that not getting a deer for the first time in such a long time isn't all that bad. If it was, I would've given up a while ago.

There's a million reasons that the deer don't come around, and it's never a guaranteed thing. We just need to learn to enjoy the hunt, the chase, the actual being in the woods. Harvesting a deer is the reward, not the reason to go, in my opinion.

I feel that after such a long drought, I've become a better hunter, and less of a shooter, to use a statement I've heard before, and now read that Bud Grant said something along those lines. I see more in the woods than I did before, and I feel more comfortable there than I once did because of it. I only hope that we are passing those kinds of things on to our kids, not the mentality that a season is a failure if we don't harvest something.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
UdeLakeTom    0
UdeLakeTom

I had an article earlier about this being a frustrating year. All the signs were there, the stands are in the right spots..etc. The only buck I saw was sent my way by the aid of 2 dogs running loose. I missed him and then vacated the area figuring with all the ruckus, nothing would be coming thru. My nephew left his stand about an acre away heading back to camp at dusk. He came close to the area I missed the buck at and saw 2 white flags waving at him out of gun shot range. I out thought the deer. Maybe that is why it is called hunting. smirk.gifsmirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hammer Handle    0
Hammer Handle

In our area, there is many more hunters than in the past. Also, many of the hunters have their "towers" in the middle of fields. Also, our land is strange as some is in a rifle zone...and some is in a shotgun only zone.

The deer appear to be in the woods and only running at night once season opens. They don't go out to the towers. I think they learn to avoid these. The shotgun only area is getting more and more deer.

The neighbors will call us and ask "Making any drives?" They want us to scare the deer out of the woods. But, we are already filled or close to it.

Our habitat in the woods is great for wildlife and is getting better every year. That means, more deer in the woods. That can also mean, less deer for some of the people around us...I am not sure.

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • delcecchi
      Any thoughts as to which will hold up better, or be easier to fix?
    • Rick
      With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  “Forests with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees offer a wonderful fall color experience,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “The dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees.” Here are a few routes to consider: Late September Bear Island State Forest From Ely head south on State Highway 1 toward Isabella for about 20 miles. Take a right on New Tomahawk Road toward Babbitt for about 17 miles. Turn right on County Road 21 for 15 miles back to Ely. Kabetogama State Forest From Orr head north on State Highway 53 for 4 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 to head east for 16 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 203 to head east for about 4.5 miles. Turn right on Vermillion Falls road to head east for 8 miles. Turn right on County Road 24/23 and follow to Orr for 26 miles. White Earth State Forest starting at Roy Lake head east on State Highway 200 for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Strawberry Mountain Road to head south for 5 miles. At Norris Trail turn left to head east for 3 miles. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. For a longer loop follow Strawberry Mountain road to State Highway 113. Turn right on State Highway 113 to head east. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. Early to mid-October Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From I35, take Hinckley exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48 for 19 miles. Turn left to head north on County Road 24 and follow as it curves east and north for 7 miles. Turn right on County Road 25 to head east for 9.5 miles. At Markville, head north on County Road 31 for about 12 miles. Turn left on Park Forest Road/Park Truck Trail to head west for 13 miles. Turn right on County Road 171 to head north for 2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 154/Kerrick Road to head west for 5 miles. At Kerrick, head south on State Highway 23 for 18 miles to I35 exit #195. Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest From downtown Red Wing head south on Highway 61 for 10.5 miles. At Frontenac take a right onto Country 2 to head east for 9 miles. Take a right onto County Road 3 to head east for 4 miles. Take a right onto State Highway 58 to head north for 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Hay Creek Trail to head north for about 4.5 miles. Hey Creek Trail turns into Twin Bluff Road at Pioneer Trail. Continue on Twin Bluff Road for 1.5 miles and turn left on East Ave to return to downtown Red Wing. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/fall-colors.html for additional scenic routes and state forest information. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night. Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October.   Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Hunter success was just slightly below average the five-year average on three popular waterfowl lakes for the 2017 waterfowl hunting opener in the Grand Rapids area. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks on opening day September 23rd on Big White Oak Lake, Mud Lake (both near Deer River) and Big Rice Lake near Remer. Hunter success in terms of ducks bagged per hunter was 2. The average take the previous five years was 2.2 ducks per hunter. Blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mallard ducks were the most common birds in the bag with blue-winged teal the most commonly bagged bird at all three lakes. Based on vehicle counts at these lakes, hunter numbers were down about 25% from the five-year average. “Hunters had to contend with an early morning thunderstorm which may have kept hunter numbers lower than in previous years. Some hunters delayed going out or decided to try another day because of the rain and lightning from the storm,” said Mark Spoden, acting area wildlife manager. This year’s duck hunting season is 60 days in length. The duck bag limit is six ducks daily and may not include more than any combination of the following: four mallards (two may be hen mallard), three scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, two black ducks, and two canvasbacks. If not listed, up to six ducks of a species may be taken. The daily bag limit for coot and moorhen is 15. The daily bag limit for merganser is five, no more than two of which may be a hooded merganser. More information about waterfowl hunting in Minnesota including weekly waterfowl migration reports can be found at online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Muskieman1977
      Thanks Rick, we will be launching out of Long Lake, so Becker may be our best bet.  I assume Schneider is a long haul from Long Lake?  Do you think we should just fish outside weed edges or do you think the fish will still be on the docks?  I'm a bit concerned with the lower temps this week. 
    • Rick G
      Cedar Island for smallies, Becker or Schneider for largies
    • Muskieman1977
      My partner and I will be fishing a 10 boat bass tournament this Sunday (Oct 1st) on the Horseshoe chain.  We have never fished this water, so we are at a loss right now.  Do any of you have any recommendations on what areas to fish, types of lures, etc..  No sure where the fish would be around this time of year, but any advice would be much appreciated!!!  Thanks so much
    • Rick
      Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the final game in this offer coming up Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. the Detroit Tigers.  As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap. Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins. Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      New fall hours take effect Oct. 1 Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the month of October due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Oct. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Hiking trails around the bison range provide more bison viewing opportunities. Trails are open daily year round during regular park hours. A vehicle permit ($7 daily or $35 year-round) is required to enter the park. Bison range road hours will be adjusted again to follow daylight hours for the winter. Beginning Nov. 1, winter hours will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Minneopa State Park’s bison herd arrived in September 2015 and has been a popular attraction for the park since then. The bison are part of the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd, managed through a formal agreement between the DNR and Minnesota Zoo. The partners are working together to preserve American plains bison. The plan is to grow the herd to 500 animals at several locations, including Blue Mounds State Park, Minneopa State Park and the Minnesota Zoo. Genetic testing of the herd from 2011 to 2014 found them largely free of any genetic material that would have come from cross-breeding with cattle. Less than 1 percent of all American plains bison tested so far have been found free of cattle genes. Bison viewing tips: Bison may be difficult to spot at times. Visitors should drive slowly and keep a watchful eye as they go through the range. Remain inside vehicle while driving through the bison range. Bison should be given clearance of at least 75 feet from people and vehicles at all times. Dogs can make bison nervous, so pets must be kept on a leash while in the park and hiking around the bison range. Bison get nervous around loud noises or lots of activity, so keeping voices down and movements to a minimum may help keep the bison within easy viewing. Hiking is not allowed inside the range, but there are hiking trails all the way around the outside of the range that can provide some fantastic views of the bison. For information on the Minneopa State Park bison herd, see:  mndnr.gov/minneopa-bison. Resources on bison can be found here:  mndnr.gov/bison. For more information on Minneopa State Park, call 507-389-5464 or visit: mndnr.gov/minneopa. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  “Youth deer season is about putting the youth’s hunting experience first,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Many students get a couple days off school for teacher workshops during the youth season so the long break is a great time to plan a hunt that can teach valuable skills and help grow a youth’s interest in the outdoors.” Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission. Youth ages 10 through 15 must obtain a deer license. Youth ages 12 to 15 need to have completed firearms safety or, if not, can obtain an apprentice hunter validation. During the youth season, a parent, guardian or mentor age 18 or older must accompany the youth and only need a license if the youth is taking advantage of the apprentice validation option. Party hunting on a youth license is not allowed – so youth must take and tag their own deer. The bag limit for the youth season is one deer only. Youth may use their regular license or a bonus permit if they take an antlerless deer, regardless of the management designation. Bucks must be tagged with the youth’s regular license. Participation does not affect eligibility for the regular deer season; however, the harvested deer counts against the youth’s annual statewide bag limit and the bag limit for the deer permit area. If hunting in permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603, the early antlerless only season is in effect from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, so adults and youth can hunt at the same time in these areas; however, if a youth harvests a deer and wishes to continue hunting during the early antlerless only season they must purchase an early antlerless permit. Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603. CWD testing during the youth season is not required in the other permit areas where mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season. More information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Forests with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees offer a wonderful fall color experience,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “The dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees.” Here are a few routes to consider: Late September Bear Island State Forest loop. From Ely head south on state Highway 1 toward Isabella for about 20 miles. Take a right on New Tomahawk Road toward Babbitt for about 17 miles. Turn right on County Road 21 for 15 miles back to Ely. Kabetogama State Forest loop. From Orr head north on state Highway 53 for 4 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 to head east for 16 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 203 to head east for about 4.5 miles. Turn right on Vermillion Falls road to head east for 8 miles. Turn right on County Road 24/23 and follow to Orr for 26 miles. White Earth State Forest starting at Roy Lake head east on state Highway 200 for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Strawberry Mountain Road to head south for 5 miles. At Norris Trail turn left to head east for 3 miles. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. For a longer loop follow Strawberry Mountain road to state Highway 113. Turn right on state Highway 113 to head east. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. Early to mid-October St. Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From I35, take Hinckley exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48 for 19 miles. Turn left to head north on County Road 24 and follow as it curves east and north for 7 miles. Turn right on County Road 25 to head east for 9.5 miles. At Markville, head north on County Road 31 for about 12 miles. Turn left on Park Forest Road/Park Truck Trail to head west for 13 miles. Turn right on County Road 171 to head north for 2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 154/Kerrick Road to head west for 5 miles. At Kerrick, head south on state Highway 23 for 18 miles to I35 exit #195. Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest loop. From downtown Red Wing head south on Highway 61 for 10.5 miles. At Frontenac take a right onto Country 2 to head east for 9 miles. Take a right onto County Road 3 to head east for 4 miles. Take a right onto state Highway 58 to head north for 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Hay Creek Trail to head north for about 4.5 miles. Hey Creek Trail turns into Twin Bluff Road at Pioneer Trail. Continue on Twin Bluff Road for 1.5 miles and turn left on East Ave to return to downtown Red Wing. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/fall-colors.html for additional scenic routes and state forest information. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night. Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.