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Drove by your CRP the other night, its looking pretty good!!! The switchgrass and big blue stem really took off!! Nothing like a good burn to get those native grasses going!!!

I understand why farmers plant their CRP in brome, they're familar with it and its easy, but a stand of native grasses has tons more wildlife potential!!

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Blackjack,so it goes that grasses grew so tall this season that we have to mow rows so Pheasant hunters can get lanes to walk thru.A month ago towards center south of spruce grove the tops when still growing with seed were as tall as 9 to 10 feet.I can not remember any time in my life that this has happened.The forbes near lower areas were and are outstanding.Cant wait till next year to burn other side.Some of the 19 new potholes have water in them also.Weird and sad part is did the dove migration happen and I missed it???Been very busy,stalking a lot of Coyote at couple farms 2 miles south by Swenson Lake.Never seen so many,tonight the moon is huge so gave rights out to couple night stalkers with artillery for the kill.Have you seen many Coyote???We flew over farm when you mentioned the row patterns,it was really cool,wasnt bad just driving by either.Have finally had some tresspassers and limited theft but were gonna take care of that,like freind said ,just shoot them drag them into house ,open a beer ,and say they musta been breaking in.How foolish can someone be to rob a hunting farm,didnt they know we might be armed?Get ahold of me and lets look the neighborhood over.

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I wouldn't mow rows, pheasants will get on those wheel tracks and run like banshees, the dog will follow, and guess who will be coming up a poor third!!! Leave the cover tall to draw them in! My theory has always been to create/find the best habitat possible, then its up to me to get them, whether its nibbling around the edges or go right down the middle and then let the posters get them.

Seen and heard a lot of coyotes, even shot one with my bow, tried to draw on another one. Its pretty eerie, sitting in your deer stand and a pack opens up less than 1/2 mile away. As I'm walking out in the dark, I keep telling myself that I'm the biggest, baddest creature in the woods!!

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Blackjack,we got 3 mature otees thursday nite ,2 last nite.Freind sat there today and got 2 off alfalfa,18 to 25 inches tall .The dogs lay out on top of high spots waiting for prey and when they stick heads up he said they kept doing it and looking around like supper was coming to them.One he got today was the largest i have ever seen,no mange or any normal sick looking stuff on any so far.Several dozen Pheasants and couple doves got up when drove in to Swenson lake farm.Cant stop the lane mowing as we have always got half our birds off of it,Hope it doesnt screw up regrowth but I think that should be good.Drove by green today twice ,one boat trailer in parking lot,two boats on lake .One boat on Norway .none on Games.What do people do around here this time of year???Buddy said that after 29 years listening to coyotees he ran down the road the other nite to get home as he got eary feeling that he was being stalked,so can tell how it feels shooting them out of stand.

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Prime... lots of ppl huntin ducks this time of year or following the hot walleye bite on >>> better e-mail me if ya wanna know I dont wanna start a convoy grin.gif

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masher I am gonna have a lot of time to fish this next month.Going over to laqp tommrrow night to fish after dark.Usually go by twice on Sunday nites on way to races and back at Madison so being the dtive is habit will have to keep it up for some reason.Just got home from fall races and the moon is really glowing so guess gonna wake up a couple buddies and go ouy otee hunting again.We will be testing the waters of a clean tasting small lake this week afternoons and if its hot will invite you over for some fishing.

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prime.sounds like a plan to me!! im headad to LQP now but i see the wind has already switched.. will report later!

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What do people do around here this time of year???


Duck hunt, bowhunt, finish up the honey do list and goto a movie with her to keep her happpy, do final mowing before snow flies, and now pheasant hunting@!!!! I told my wife I won't be sleeping in on the weekend until December!!! I know I shouldn't but I actually winterized and put my boat away this weekend. Too many other good things to do!!!!

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BLACKJACK, Did you put a few fillets away until first ice? Or you could call a buddy to get some late season fishing in. The closest my boat comes to putting away for the season is being parked in the garage. Winter fishing(from the boat)at Redwing is as good and at times better than opener. The warm days confused.gif in Jan. or Feb. can be rather fun.

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Did you put a few fillets away until first ice?


No, I plan on eating pheasant and venison until first ice!!! smile.gif

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      Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2017 expire Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Licenses for 2018 are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. All 2018 fishing licenses become effective Thursday, March 1. New licenses are required for 2017 hunting and fishing seasons that continue past Feb. 28. This year license fees increase by $3 for a resident individual angling license, and fees also increase for other license types including deer hunting licenses, sports licenses and lifetime licenses. License fees support the ongoing work of DNR fish, wildlife and enforcement staff to conserve, enhance and protect our waters, fields and forests. “Thank you to all who purchase a license. License fees pay for the work we do and the dollars go directly toward improving fishing and hunting opportunities in Minnesota,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. Customers who purchase online via a smartphone won’t receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they’ll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. A printed copy of the text or email also can serve as proof of a valid license. Customers are encouraged to update their customer record online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Adding an email, while not required, allows the DNR to send important hunting and fishing information, and gather input through surveys. More information about how the DNR spends license dollars can be found at mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtWork. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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      A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors from evening on Friday, April 27, to afternoon on Sunday, April 29, near Lanesboro.  “Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can learn to fly fish together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Department of Natural Resources. “When they finish the weekend, they’ll be ready to take on more fishing adventures for a variety of species.” To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 27, and adult and youth must each have less than 5 hours of fly-fishing experience. The registration fee is $130 per pair and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs. Apply online. For more information, contact Groebner at 507-359-6049 or deborah.groebner@state.mn.us. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • nytelyter
      how is the ice should i bring four wheeler or is half ton truck good to go??  
    • nytelyter
      So l@@king to saturday. i will be sporting the new otter lodge xt pro modded out and way ready to go will have my 8" lazer on the new 40v strikemaster and may bring the 3hp power head as well. my girlfriend will be coming and she is stoked for the fun time. thanks everyone for the awesome prizes and also the pre-fishing. will be checking the forum before saturday for updated info. has anyone volunteered to bring a garbage can or two along with some bags yet?? if not i can handle that i will bring some chips and a pan of mounds bars for lunch oh some "pie"  this event always has to have "pie"                         ' Born to Fish. Forced to Work  
    • trro0901
      Just hauled our shack out last weekend, didn't get a bite.  Graphed some, but no takers, could have just been the weather, or tactics, ha.  Haven't really fished the lake much in the winter, figured we should seeing it's a half mile from home. 
    • nytelyter
      i do plan on being there and hopefully a bit early.  
    • Fathom
      Set up deeper on rock reef for the rest of the weekend and only managed one fish (26" eye), missed a couple others. We wanted to stay deeper due to all the traffic on the lake. We did enjoy a good time at Fishing for Ducks, we saw a nice walleye pulled through the ice but it only measured 27.5". Talk about a bummer for that guy!
    • Jarrid Houston
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    • cookie129
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       I can tell you again as the season winds down I'm never ready for it to end, as I truly love being out there in my trucks, moving houses, plowing the  hillmen highway, giving advise, helping other fishermen when they do something silly, Driving into a snow bank, dropping there gun down a hole or any other important object like there keys. Every year all the workers seem to get a little grumpy as fighting mother nature, going from sun up to sunset takes a toll physically and mentally. It also seems I ruffle a few feathers every year and its never my intent  so I have to chalk it up as a long season. If I stepped on anyone's toes it sure was not planned or intended as all most every day plan a turns to plan b and c. Mother nature dictates where I go sometimes as well as any plowed roads that can make our job easier. The cookie shuffle worked very well this year as I tell everyone that gets lost in my maze of trails. I'm not a road engineer.
       Man did we get overwhelmed with wheel house's this past weekend, any fish coming from southwest had to go threw a gauntlet of hooks to find my fishermen.
       I had two wheel house's  that I set up at the end of the hillmens highway and was surprised how bad they did. I guess I should of went south not east? The nw road has gotten to much to maintain, there's one lone house out that way that will need a new trail made .
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       Ben who proposed in old Minnesota to Shawna 8 years ago were in old Minnesota with there two adorable kids. Louie the fishing machine and his little sister Willa plus there friend Nelli.
       They had a blast also with Shawna getting a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie to boot. They also managed to take home a nice batch of upper red lake walleyes.
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       Mother nature has given us another bout of snow so tomorrow I will let every one know how the houses did the last two days as its time to check the fluids and fire up the fleet
       
    • nickeleye
      Figured I should report back... I fished prime time on Saturday morning and Saturday evening. No action. It didn't help that I forgot to grab the vexilar on the first outing, but it didn't help to have it on the second outing either! ha! Marked a few but couldn't get them to bite. Used a GPS chip to punch some holes over structure, but when I came back with the vexilar, they weren't quite as deep as I hoped. Thanks for the pointers BrianF
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