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
Dahitman44

Rattle?

15 posts in this topic

My dad said he saw two nice bucks sparing in the back yard the other day --

Do you think we should be using rattle calls this time of the year? Some say this is too early.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I shot a nice buck last week, 8 pts, 16in. inside spread, dressed 170, that I rattled in. He wouldn't respond to my grunts so I used my rattle bag. I just rolled it real light like some sparring and this buck came like he was on a string! He wasn't coming my way so I had nothing to lose by trying!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice jog, congrats on the deer, way to be resouceful. Pics??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son watched two bucks spar this past weekend in North Dakota.They are getting ready to rumble.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did a little scouting.. in an area that usually has some pretty decent buck sign... I heard some noise over a hill and saw a small buck fawn mounting up a doe... so some part of the rut is starting to happen... I didn't see much for rubs and or scrapes yet however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

this time of year the bucks are still just sparing. if you rattle; use just a lite tickling of the horns or rattle bag to simulate light sparing. then exspect the buck/bucks to kind of sneak in, instead of charging like they may later on.in a couple more weeks or so, then one can start with the crashing of antlers. grin.gifsome rubs are finally starting to show up down here. this cool weather should stir things up some.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As far as the rubs,I have seen them for the past two weeks in the Dakotas.This past weekend there were a few more new ones.

Still seeing the bucks in thier bachelor groups.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, I'm seeing the same thing- bucks with bucks still. I'm sure the smaller bucks will start chasing does pretty soon, but the big fellers will wait for at least a couple weeks. I'm also sure the smaller bucks will be sparring lightly like DD said (although I haven't seen this yet this year). I'll start carrying my horns with me when I head for the stand- never hurts to try for a buck that wouldn't otherwise come within range.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tuesday afternoon i'm going to get a heavy set of antlers out and do some heavy hitting in an area i dont hunt much.Kinda wanna see how far along things actualy are at the moment.Should keep those forky studs from attempting a peak at whats around the tree

Anyone down around south central Mn wanna have a go give me a shout.I'm going to try this wed afternoon as well in another area but add a couple decoys

I'll do the grunt work and you shoot um up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when and where tjm...always up to be the shooter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This cold snap should really help move things along. I am excited.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

E-mail me walleye leave a phone number

tjm

alaskan

at yahoo

I'm headed out probly until sunday but i'll have a computer to check my mail.More then welcome to hook up with me and another guy.works better with 2 shooters and 1 grunt man.Were throwing all the gear in the trailer and headed out.probly start out near waseca and head east south from there for a couple days.Then head north up 56 to cannonfalls area over to lakeville down home on sunday.

So if your in this area wanna go jump aboard.I can let ya know when and where we'll be at anyday your available

Looking at geting some good pics i hope.Maybe even call a nice buck in or 2.Weather change should bring out the best in the bucks.Were headed out around 3pm today

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

TJM hope you don't mind I shot you an email. It sounds like your going to be up in the Lakeville area hunting maybe we can hook up and do a little hunting and video taping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

probly sat or sunday.You can go along if we only have the 2 of us.No problem i'll call ya on fri to make plans if ya left a phone number in my mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sound like a good time and I left my # in the email.

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

    • monstermoose78

      Posted

    • You are right, it's a grouse.

    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      I am not a hunter and I live in southern Minnesota, so I don't know how to identify this bird.  It walked into our campsite at Tettegoche State Park last week.  I am thinking a grouse?

      20160917_105407.jpg

    • BringAnExtension

      Posted (edited)

      I don't have much to report, as I have not been fishing much lately, but wanted to add a topic on our quiet forum.

      I finally got a chance to go out on Mazaska this past weekend.  I tried my usual methods with almost no luck.  Fatheads on a jig and under a slip bobber.  From 9 feet down to about 25 feet.  I had a couple of bites, but that was it.

      Water temperature was still a balmy 68 degrees and a stiff wind was coming out of the southeast.  Even though I caught nothing, it was a beautiful day to be on the water last Saturday.

      One day closer to hard water season ...

      Edited by BringAnExtension
    • phillyfacks

      Posted

      We've got a cabin up on Pelican and I've definitely noticed less cormorants on the lake this summer.  The state did grant the owner of Gooseberry Island a permit to kill cormorants, which was done this Spring.  I talked to a DNR officer on the lake this summer and he said they had shot almost 400 birds, I don't recall the exact numbers but it was somewhere between 350-400. 

    • Consider me in on a personal boycott of The Landing. Horrible horrible horrible customer service skills by the owners/management.

      1) it is much quieter on the water without the big blasters running up an down the lake from the Landing.

      2) Had a craving for wings while out fishing one night. Called ahead ordered up some wings- great taste- tiny crappy wings. Asked for a side of Blue Cheese and Celery - upcharge of like $3.00 for those. Washed it down with a bottle of Coors Light. $23.50

      Large group went in one night and they usually tear up the bar. Were told they can't play jukebox until after 10 pm it was 9:40 PM- ONLY GROUP IN THE BAR.  "They are trying to build up an Ambiance"

      Got their bar tab and they were done. Yearly group that dropped a lot of cash in the past. Never again until new ownership is on board.

      Unfortunately they have deep pockets.

      As soon as new ownership / management takes over the crowds will return.

    • Big V Bobcat

      Posted (edited)

      That place is sinking faster than a boat anchor! I couldn't figure out why they were putting in so much money into it, especially since every time I'd drive by at dinner hour, there'd be at best 5 cars parked there. Always a good crowd at the Crescent of course. I don't mind the lack of view...since I'm usually on the lake most of the day already. I remember the days of Judd and Jack, and the place was lively and included the locals. Now it is mostly oblivious resort guests who see it as the only option. Very "pretentious" place that would be better suited in the Brainerd lakes area. My wife's co-worker told her that he was there this summer and they charged him $2 for a glass of water and .75 for mustard (in a stainless steel cup of course). I'd like to check out Wolf Bay, but I need a faster boat first! Don't even get me started on the $7 beers....

      Edited by Big V Bobcat
    • OhioVike

      Posted

      My entire family loves coming up to the lake. We make it part of the routine to stop at the landing at least once per trip.  At the end of the day a few extra bucks per entree is no big deal. Our meals have always been good, service has varied with the crowds which is true everywhere up there.  Run the per pound cost on your walleye catch. The few meals a year you eat there would pale in comparison.  I hope they stay open, it is a fun part of our trips!

    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Have to agree..food is great..best place in the winter on snowmobile..

      but..the dock situation could use a big upgrade.

      1 person likes this
    • LakeofthewoodsMN

      Posted

      Walleyes and Saugers continue to move closer to the south shore. Good fishing in 23 feet of water outside the Lighthouse gap and all along the south shore. Shiner minnows in the area keeping large schools of walleyes active! The bite will continue to improve in the coming weeks. Anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow successful with gold or pink/gold the colors of choice. Some crankbait action in the afternoons to cover water to find active schools. Lots of ducks and geese in the area as local waterfowl still around. Should expect a good northern push in a few weeks as it gets colder.

      The Rainy River continues to get better each day as more shiners and walleyes push into the river. Fall walleye fishing on the Rainy River can be some of the best! Sturgeon are being boated up and down the river daily. 

      Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye and sauger action is hot. Drifting with a bottom bouncer, spinner, and a minnow doing great. Anchoring and jigging with a minnows doing good as well. Look for deep holes and mud areas in 18-30 feet between Oak and Flag Island. Also look for points with depths of 8-18 feet as shiners have started moving into bays. On the Ontario side, walleye fishing is red hot as the feed bags are on to bulk up for the winter. Use electronics to locate schools of fish in 18 to 28 feet and use a jig and minnow. Bottom bouncers with spinners can be used to cover water to locate fish. Crappies over 15 inches are stacked up in sharp drop offs and around flooded timber in 30 feet. Muskie action has turned to trolling large minnow baits in 10-18 feet. Plenty of waterfowl in area with local birds still around.



  • Posts

    • monstermoose78
      Ruffed grouse
    • DANR
      You are right, it's a grouse.
    • BringAnExtension
      I am not a hunter and I live in southern Minnesota, so I don't know how to identify this bird.  It walked into our campsite at Tettegoche State Park last week.  I am thinking a grouse?
    • BringAnExtension
      I don't have much to report, as I have not been fishing much lately, but wanted to add a topic on our quiet forum. I finally got a chance to go out on Mazaska this past weekend.  I tried my usual methods with almost no luck.  Fatheads on a jig and under a slip bobber.  From 9 feet down to about 25 feet.  I had a couple of bites, but that was it. Water temperature was still a balmy 68 degrees and a stiff wind was coming out of the southeast.  Even though I caught nothing, it was a beautiful day to be on the water last Saturday. One day closer to hard water season ...
    • phillyfacks
      We've got a cabin up on Pelican and I've definitely noticed less cormorants on the lake this summer.  The state did grant the owner of Gooseberry Island a permit to kill cormorants, which was done this Spring.  I talked to a DNR officer on the lake this summer and he said they had shot almost 400 birds, I don't recall the exact numbers but it was somewhere between 350-400.