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Mr. B

Opening Day Etiquette?

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This will be the first season that I have actually gone out on the opener. I usually wait and hunt mid week, less people out and about. But this year friends and family want to head out and try it on opener. I will be hunting in the area between Willmar and Alexandria.

Since I will be hunting public land what are the unwritten rules? Some of the WMAs and WPAs are huge, if there is one truck in the parking lot should we just move on? On smaller ones that makes sense. Is it going to be a mad rush to try and find a spot on Saturday?

Any tips would be great thanks.

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You will want to try to find a spot early on Sat. Pick an area with lots of WMA's and run and gun. The more ground you cover the better off you'll be. If a WMA is big enough and a truck is in the lot by all means park and hunt. Just try to determine where the other party is and go in the other direction. The unwritten rules are know where everyone (especially other hunting parties) is so you don't shoot at them and also keep the noise to a minimum. Also don't try to beat another hunting party to another spot if they were heading towards it first. Nothing worse than having another hunting party intentionally cut you off.

Good luck and have fun.

gspman

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If you can see the other hunters, a wave to acknowledge you see them is appreciated, don't cut each other off, a little communication goes along way with the vast majority of hunters. Some may even ask you to join them if the group isn't to big. You will run into guys who think they own the WMA, if you do, move on, the hassle is not worth it. Its a long season, no sense in letting that ruin your day. There will not be many places that do not have somebody hunting them all day, both sat & sun. Another post is debating the "pound the public land before we hunt our private stuff." Tough question, depending on what side of the fence you fall on. Hopefully there will be plenty of birds to go around for everyone. Have a safe hunt.

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      Posted

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    • Big Kype

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      People are getting smarter.

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    • FrazerBay
      Have to agree..food is great..best place in the winter on snowmobile.. but..the dock situation could use a big upgrade.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      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.
    • Big Kype
      People are getting smarter.
    • Big Kype
      Northern Minnesotans are strong supports of the SS rule. Shoot and shut up.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have never had a bad meal at the Vermilion Club! Great pizzas, wings, steaks, etc.! Cliff