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Anyone seen any rubs or scrapes yet in the area?

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In the Palisdae area, I've seen plenty of deer but no rubs or scrapes in the area where we hunt.

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Anyone hunt near Portage LAke? Last chance we got up there to do some fishing, we had an 8 point buck come down and take a drink on the shore of Portage... Beautiful animal

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Going up to Portage this weekend to check out the stands and put up a "hut". Have 30+ acres just south of the railroad tracks. Will do some scouting and hopefully get in some grouse hunting.

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I was out today and finally found some scrapes. Seems like they are starting a little later this year. It might be the area i'm in might not have alot of bucks this year. Last year i found some in the beginning of Oct.

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Ude Lake Tom... I couldn't help but notice your name, is Ude Lake on your property? We've had a cabin on Portage Lake for many years and each time we drive up we pass Ude... I'd be very interested in talking to you about the lake, I'm so curious about what's in it and how deep it gets because I've heard so many different rumors about it.. How's the grouse hunting up there in a typical year? We've never hunted grouse up there but seen a few of them from time to time... Good luck to you and I hope you get a chance at that big buck!

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My parents used to own the 1st house on Portage Lake Road..right on Ude Lake. The garage is right next to the road. There used to be lots of big crappies, snakes and bass. Since we moved I haven't been able to fish the lake except in the winter. The crappies were almost wiped out. We talked to the owner last deer season and he said the crappies are starting to come back. With a lake that small, a large group can wipe out the crappies in one winter. We own the old Zak property now. The grouse hunting is ok...but I wish I saw as many grouse hunting as I do sitting in my stand during deer season.

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That is so awesome! Wow, thank you so much, you just answered questions that we've been pondering over for years! I totally understand with a small body of water how quickly a good population can be ruined... Are the Crappies pretty nice size wise or has that also sort of gone down hill, because we fish Portage all the time for Crappies and we always pull a couple pigs each year but it seems like the average fish is declining and the good eaters are harder and harder to find. Our family owns one of the farther cabins down Portage Lk Rd... Thanks again!

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He said they are starting to come back....I noticed the crappies are getting smaller on Portage too. Didn't do much scouting because of problems getting up there, but we did see some signs. Was that 8 pointer down by the access or on the other side on the lake? Really, with the big bucks, I would rather just see them, kinda like the smaller ones for taste.

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It came down to us while we were tossing jigs on the far shore from the road, almost where you first see the lake as you drive up the road and turn left as the road turns... not at all near the access... Yeah, the younger meat is much more delicous! Its good to hear the crappies are making a comeback in Ude because I dont see a comeback anytime soon in Portage, seems like every winter more and more snakes leave the lake and the crappies get a better chance to stunt themselves with less northerns around.. Speaking of northerns, we pulled a 13 pounder out of the big bay across the lake 7 summers ago now and since we havent came close to pulling in anything northern even close to that size... I'd say a 5 pounder tops! I hate to see the lake we grew up on produce smaller and less northerns and crappies and on top of it, it seems to be getting more and more weed choked every year.. I'm sorry, I dont mean to sound negative about Portage, I love it and have many great memories, I just am hoping for a turnaround for the fishery there really soon..

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I headed up to the deer shack yesterday to hang a few stands. Nothing for doing for rutting activity on my property yet. I made a few mock scrapes and hung the drippers out. I'm hoping for some action by this weekend. Grouse numbers seem ok. I've got three living around the shack.

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was grouse hunting north of mcgregor this weekend, and a buck had some nice scrape lines on the trails and thats it.

we fished portage a few times this fall, caught and released many northerns up to 5 pounds and some dandy bass.

have not tryed portage for crappies yet, maybe this winter I will make it over there. I am on fleming lake, and we have plenty of crappies with no size also.

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Its good to see you got some Pike in the 5 lb range at least... Them along with the crappies have gotten consistently smaller each year... Same deal on Flemming with the Crappies huh? Its frustrating because every year we get one or 2 dandy slabs that make you think that there is still something down there.. Too many little potatoe chips coming outta the whole the past couple winters on Portage

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The one thing I noticed that last couple of winters when I go up during the week, even the locals aren't out on Portage. This kinda tells me either the fish aren't biting or that there aren't too many nice ones to be had. I used to be able to catch a couple of eater sunnies on they bay we are on, now the last couple of springs, no bites or potato chip size only.

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Saw lots of grouse while we were out chasing bambi....

If you drive down the road and see a rabbit hanging by a driveway, that is our driveway.

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    • Ya I think my dog would want to go after them he gets really excited around other dogs. That's why I will never hunt him without his e collar because I know I can stop him in his tracks with it. My dog likes to hunt close and I never let him push out way in front of me so at least I have eyes on him at all time and can give him the command to come to me if I see a wolf. I always keep a slip lead with me as well so I can put that on him and not have my hand tide up reaching down holding on his collar.

      I had a couple run in with wolves last year in the Longville/Remer area but that was just with me on foot with no dog.

      The one thing that gets me is "Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed" 

      I don't think I could just stand there and watch my dog die.

      Anyway did you hunt a different area? Any birds I have only been out once in the mille lacs area and didn't see any. Going to Nemadji this weekend and should see some.

       

    • smalliehunter

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      A friend and I will also be up chasing smallmouth this weekend!!!

    • slammer

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      Add Sallie to the list.

    • BlackArrow1

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      Went up north of Tofte last weekend camping/looking for a few grouse and to see the fall colors. Was in the region of the grade and 600 road. Pulled off on a walk only trail to run my lab and see if I could kick a few. Anyhow, my lab sits and barks like hell with anticipation at me every time I'm getting the gun out and getting ready to hunt her. So for about 5 minutes she's harassing me loud barking with excitement. We start walking down the trail maybe 50 yards and I see all this brown commotion jumping around ahead of us about 75 yards. At first I think we startled some deer. Then one came out full on the trail and stood watching me/dog. They were timber wolves. That one slunk off in the woods and another came out and just sat there looking at us for about a minute or so. When I noticed they were wolves I grabbed the dog by the caller. They seemed interested in my dog. Her barking must have drew them in. They ran off after looking us over a bit. I turned around and left that spot to avoid any issues. I'm thinking that maybe some younger bird dogs would be enticed to chase after wolves that show this kind of interest in them. In my opinion that would be bad and a dog may not come back alive, given their boldness and interest in my dog. It was fun seeing them, but we didn't just walk up and surprise them, they were coming to see the barking dog. Just curious? Maybe. Looking for an easy meal, maybe. I'm just putting this out there to inform bird hunters up there what I saw, so they can be aware if they have dogs. And no they were not coyotes. 

    • ANYFISH2

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      Made it out yesterday evening, SAW 4 deer. The same small buck and 3 does.  They sure seemed skittish with the wind.

      For the fact I am getting very few daytime pics of any deer, I am at lest seeing a few every sit.

    • delcecchi

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      The crescent and south switch meet all the criteria, except for boat access.   And they even usually have some sort of craft beer on tap, like surly furious etc. 

      The only place near the lake that has upscale food that I am aware of is the casino.    We try to get to the wilderness grill for lunch a time or two.   And daughter and husband will sometimes go there on date night while they are up, although the pull to the east is less now that the quilt shop in tower shut down. 

    • I am going up this weekend with a few buddies and the plan is to fish hard...will post back and let ya know if we find anything.

    • cabin040

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      Was up for the week of Sept 10-17th.  First day spent on East and West Fox lake and we did well on bass, crappie and northerns.  Second day was very slow fishing.  Spent one day on Kego and did well on bass and norhterns.  Hit Mitchel twice and did well on sunfish and bass.  A few nice crappies in the mix as well.  Went to Little Boy for a day of walleye fishing, and it was very slow.  1 walleye and 1 smallmouth bass.  Great week of fishing on a few new lakes.  A very nice area to explore.

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    • Cliff Wagenbach

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      The trees are turning color fast now! Seems to gain color by the hour now!

      Cliff

    • Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  

      Finland State Forest

      Finland State Forest

      “Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.”

      Here are a few state forests routes to consider:

      Late September

      • Finland State Forest heading northeast along County Road 7 from Finland.

      Early October

      • Bowstring and Blackduck state forests along state Highway 46 between Deer River and Northome.
      • Pillsbury State Forest along Beauty Lake Forest Road between County Road 77 and County Road 1.
      • St. Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From Interstate 35, take exit #183 and head east on state Highway 48. Head north on County Road 24. Head east on County Road 24. At Markville, head north on County Road 31. Head west on Park Forest Road. At Kerrick, head south on state Highway 23 to Interstate 35 exit #195.

      Mid-October

      • Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest has two good options. Along Zumbro Bottoms Road off of state Highway 60 southwest of Wabasha. Along state Highway 16 between Interstate 90 and state Highway 26.

      Visit www.mndnr.gov/stateforests for information about visiting a state forest and additional scenic routes. 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.



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    • ZachD
      Ya I think my dog would want to go after them he gets really excited around other dogs. That's why I will never hunt him without his e collar because I know I can stop him in his tracks with it. My dog likes to hunt close and I never let him push out way in front of me so at least I have eyes on him at all time and can give him the command to come to me if I see a wolf. I always keep a slip lead with me as well so I can put that on him and not have my hand tide up reaching down holding on his collar. I had a couple run in with wolves last year in the Longville/Remer area but that was just with me on foot with no dog. The one thing that gets me is "Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed"  I don't think I could just stand there and watch my dog die. Anyway did you hunt a different area? Any birds I have only been out once in the mille lacs area and didn't see any. Going to Nemadji this weekend and should see some.  
    • smalliehunter
      A friend and I will also be up chasing smallmouth this weekend!!!
    • slammer
      Add Sallie to the list.
    • BlackArrow1
      Went up north of Tofte last weekend camping/looking for a few grouse and to see the fall colors. Was in the region of the grade and 600 road. Pulled off on a walk only trail to run my lab and see if I could kick a few. Anyhow, my lab sits and barks like hell with anticipation at me every time I'm getting the gun out and getting ready to hunt her. So for about 5 minutes she's harassing me loud barking with excitement. We start walking down the trail maybe 50 yards and I see all this brown commotion jumping around ahead of us about 75 yards. At first I think we startled some deer. Then one came out full on the trail and stood watching me/dog. They were timber wolves. That one slunk off in the woods and another came out and just sat there looking at us for about a minute or so. When I noticed they were wolves I grabbed the dog by the caller. They seemed interested in my dog. Her barking must have drew them in. They ran off after looking us over a bit. I turned around and left that spot to avoid any issues. I'm thinking that maybe some younger bird dogs would be enticed to chase after wolves that show this kind of interest in them. In my opinion that would be bad and a dog may not come back alive, given their boldness and interest in my dog. It was fun seeing them, but we didn't just walk up and surprise them, they were coming to see the barking dog. Just curious? Maybe. Looking for an easy meal, maybe. I'm just putting this out there to inform bird hunters up there what I saw, so they can be aware if they have dogs. And no they were not coyotes. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Made it out yesterday evening, SAW 4 deer. The same small buck and 3 does.  They sure seemed skittish with the wind. For the fact I am getting very few daytime pics of any deer, I am at lest seeing a few every sit.