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  
erikwells

Archery deer opener this weekend

Recommended Posts

erikwells

I last bowhunted around 1988 and I'm excited to head out this weekend after working hard the past year on practicing, scouting and putting up stands. I've seen a few deer on my trail camera over the past week. Only 1 small buck but I'm not trophy hunting just yet so all deer get my heart pumping. What is opening typically like, what do you veterans typically expect that opening weekend? I hunt the New London Spicer area. Any early season tips for a newbie like myself?

Thanks,

Erik

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rippinlip

Don't set your expectations too high.

I have found that most deer movement will occur towards sunset.

Plan on dealing with bugs, Thermacell is a great product.

Have a plan for if/when you down a deer. The after harvest plan.

Have fun, enjoy the woods and if you see a deer and decide NOT to harvest it, still try to pull back on it and see if you can do it without getting busted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Musky hunter 82

where about the New London area do you hunt? I have hunted that area on Private ground for the last 5-6 years, you can PM me if you want to talk more off line, so we don't bottle up this thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BoxMN

Don't set your expectations too high.

I have found that most deer movement will occur towards sunset.

Plan on dealing with bugs, Thermacell is a great product.

Have a plan for if/when you down a deer. The after harvest plan.

Have fun, enjoy the woods and if you see a deer and decide NOT to harvest it, still try to pull back on it and see if you can do it without getting busted.

That is my goal, as I am still bow rookie. Only pulled back on one fawn so far smile and it was way out there. This year I hope to do that with some does, but can't really shoot one near where I want to, or my rifle season will be over too - hunters choice areas, though 150 miles apart... I do plan to hunt in metro though, so maybe more chances there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyesonly

I have found that most deer movement will occur towards sunset.

Plan on dealing with bugs, Thermacell is a great product.

I told my dad that a thermacell was Just a Gimmick and Id never be that Sucker that bought one- I was dead wrong. That thing is amazing . Its the most amazing Product !!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
erikwells

I have a couple thermacells that I use for fishing and they are a life saver. It's sure nice when you don't have to spray. I personally hate the feeling of having that stuff on but its still better than getting eaten alive. I remember bowhunting back in 88 and having deer in close and I was trying to blow biting mosquitos off my face and trying to not get busted by deer. Yay thermacell!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Swiftswamper

erik I hunt just down the road in swift county. My couple buddies and I have had a lot of luck in the first two weeks of season. We have shot five bucks in the month of september over the last four years. We hunt a lot of bean fields in the evenings. Mornings have been great to us also, it's typically cool in the morning which I feel helps with deer movement early in the season. We have been lucky enuf to run into a few bachelor groups of bucks still together on opening weekend.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

walk very slow to the stand with your hat off. helps me stay cool and that means less bugs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Swiftswamper

I many times walk to stand in a t-shirt this time of year....

white would not be my first choice...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lunker

warm, buggy, not enough deer activity during shooting hours....

every year i tell myself i'm not hunting for the first week or so...

and every year i'm sitting in my stand opening weekend...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hoyt4

Love opening weekend have taken most my bucks that first weeke or two. Mornings have been good to us also. Let a few walk last year on opener but this year I will be filling my tag with the first decent buck that comes by. Have a few other states I need to put some more time into this fall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
leechlake

I haven't hunted in September for years, it seemed the mosquitos flock to you whenever you see a deer you want to shoot. It's uncanny and I think mosquitos must have some deal with deer working as their bodyguards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott K

My goal every September is to get one early so I have some meat in the freezer, but then all I see is small bucks, and doe's with spotted fawns, and never let an arrow fly. This year, I have the same goal, but hopefully I can either see a decent doe, with no fawns, or a decent buck early on. I too have other states to hunt, in fact I will be in sconsin the following weekend.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
paceman

I probably won't get out until next week sometime. Kids activities on Saturday and a golf tourney sunday. But my mind will be sitting up in a tree..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
archerystud

Finally pulled the first image with antler on it last weekend and I'm really not sure if it will be a legal buck after the velvet is gone. Thus I don't think I'll label that one a shooter!?!?!?

I might stay out of my good spots completely for a while and try and harvest a doe somewhere else just for some freezer meat. The wife roped me into a golf tourney for this weekend so I'll do the husband thing for now.

Good luck this weekend guys!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Swiftswamper

Deer camp day is here! So excited! The boys will be here in less than 12 hours and the buck stories only get better every year! Good luck everyone! It it only takes 10 seconds for the hunt of a life time!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cheetah

Weekend is shot for me, but I have Monday off so will hit the field then.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
erikwells

I'm off to Kandiyohi county. A few errands and then it's out to the oat field for likely my last goose hunting for a while unless I'm lucky enough to shoot an early deer. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigbucks

Plan on SE wind, odds are that's what you'll get a lot of in September.

Skip the afternoons if it's over 75. You can still shoot deer in those conditions, but it's miserable, so don't go unless you can't bear not to, you're short on possible times to go, or you already drove a long ways to hunt. Shot the biggest buck of my life in hot weather. Only deer I saw in 5 sits that weekend...

Stay out of the good deep cover spots, until closer to the rut in my opinion, unless you think you have a big one patterned, then go get him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • leech~~
      2 Trout stamps.  Did I miss something and need to go back and get another?
    • Wanderer
      The 200 foot rule gets me a little but it has to be defined somehow what is occupied and what isn’t.   So for a wheelhouse we get to buy tabs to have on the road and a sticker to have it on the ice and go away for a little while.  Seems pretty close to double taxation since any LE can find out who the owner is from the current plate. Plus the spear shack that I might want to keep up over the weekend.  2 tags plus license. Combination sports license 2 trout stamps Waterfowl stamps Pheasant stamp  Turkey license (stamp now included) Deer license for all seasons   The bucket is getting heavy with all the drops in it.  
    • ib_jigged
      Really no different than using your boat.  $14,000 fish house and $14.33/year is going to kill you?? What gets me is at the lake we are at in the summer, mostly out of state people in the campground and all of their boats, never leave that lake and they are all licensed out of state and not in MN.  That is a chunk of money the state does not see.
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Great news to hear! Hopefully it will make enough tonight and hope it isn't going to get as warm as they say. Fingers crossed!
    • CLPDB
      Was hoping to come up with a 1/2 ton and a 16ft wheel house Dec. 1st.  Any thoughts if the ice will be think enough to go out of Hillmens?
    • timjones
      Took a drive around Lake Osakis earlier. It appears the cold and calm winds we had last night made a lot of ice. From what I could tell it appeared the lake was locked up except there was a small open area in Manthey's Bay that had a couple trumpeter swans swimming around and another small area in front of Holiday Resort that had some ducks swimming around. The rest was all ice, thin ice. Don't know if it will hold up over the next 5 days. High of 38 tomorrow, 46 and showers on Friday with high winds, 36 Saturday, 44 Sunday and 44 Monday. The lows over night aren't going to dip very low. If it was a few inches thick I wouldn't be to concerned, but as thin as it is, could be bad.
    • PRO-V
      Not by itself it won't but they raised the price on licenses for everything. Once you add it all up I'll bet you never got that big of a raise at your job. I paid for an ATV license since they first came out and we didn't get squat for it for over 20 years. What a joke, not to mention debacles like Mille Lacs Lake management. AAARRGGHHH!!  I gotta quit now before I pop a vein.
    • JerkinLips
      Thanks for the updates.  Think I will play it safe and wait until Thursday, November 30 to go out from McKinley Park.
    • Finnish Flash
      7" of good clear ice in the couple holes I drilled in Pike Bay this morning.   
    • cookie129
      not sure why its not showing I'm posting? Anyway walking out on the south shore gets you in deeper water quicker. Yes they do bite on red lake during the dark. I hardly ever go on the lake early ice unless Buddy Hillmen needs my help. Once I drive on the lake with blue thunder I will be on her just about everyday un  tell mid march if mother nature cooperates.