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Will I have the hunt of a lifetime?

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Hello, Im from Michigan. A group of 4 of us are coming to LaCrescent to hunt. Never been there. Just wondering If the trip will be a good time or not? Meaning do you think we will see alot of deer? Thanks for the input...

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Can't help you out with the number of deer you will see, but isn't every hunt a good hunt? Especially those spent with friends and family?

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I have to agree with you

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Blap, welcom to MN deer hunting! I am from Hokah, a small town just west of La Crescent. I have been hunting now for 12 years in that area and I love it. If the weather cooperates by giving us cool temps and cloud cover, you should have a very enjoyable hunt. I can't guarentee that everyone in your group will bag a B & C buck, but you should see some deer and hopefully some nice ones.

Write a post after the season to let us know how you did.

Where are you hunting? Just out of curiosity.

Good luck!

Cupper

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Blap ,

Start getting your cardio in shape. You will be humping some large hills. I've hunted the area for 20 yrs. It wears me out every year.

Good luck.

Mike

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Thanks for the info, that will help alot( I guess I better start running to get in shape) We are not sure where we are hunting. State land somewhere. We are getting there thursday to scout a little and try to find a spot. Any suggestions would be great

Thanks Brian

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Your basic good hunting spots will apply here (trail crossings, funnels, benches, saddles, etc...). Try figure out where feeding and bedding areas are and set up in between.

Hint: Sidehill trails about 50 yds. below the peek of the ridge, near the point of the ridge. Sit all day.

Oh, forgot about the hills, I am from the area so it is normal to me, but out-of-towners always mention the hills. Yeah, be ready for steep bluff terrain, thick cover, and shots 100 yds or under.

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Any specific area of state or federal land would be greatly appreciated right around La Crescent. From what I see there is alot around there. Is it good just south of La Crescent about two miles?

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should I focus on finding some state land to hunr South or North of La Crescent?

Thanks Brian

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Honestly, any land in that area will be good. Since you will be hunting public or state land, you will just need to get out early to beat the rush (there will be lots of hunters out)

As for speciffic pieces of state/public land, I can't reccomend any. I am blessed to have a nice big piece of private land down there.

Sorry I can't be of more help in that dept.

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Thanks for the input. Good Luck to you

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Hi there. This is Brian. We had 3 guys there from Michigan this year. We hung out with Mannix and Clint. Not sure if we met you at Hummers or not? Write Back

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    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

      Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 

    • if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you

    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.

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    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

      Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it. 

    • jigginjim

      Posted

      I have put my guide clients on lots of pike this summer. So far largest bass is 21"- 5lbs  Pike 36" Approx. 8-9lbs, Walleye is 23 inches 3lbs. The walleyes will get better as the water cools. Time to start jigging, everything you got. I'm even started using my crankbaits.

    • bassbouncer

      Posted

      I'm a local and yes we boycott the place. Friends have been told that they aren't wanted there that they only want the tourist business. Wife and I boat to Wolf Bay when we go out. We live 2 miles from the landing and wish it was still run by Jack.

    • RoosterMan

      Posted

      Well I made a decision to put the trolling rods away and go do some jigging.   It seemed to be a good one.  I concentrated on rocky transition areas.  I had three slot fish in an hour.  Went back in for some VC pizza and picked my kids up and went back out for a evening trolling run and that produced as well.  You have to love this lake.  

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    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      We have friends up and they wanted to take us out for dinner, via the boat.  With the wind, the only place was the landing, I tried vetoing It, but lost out.  Had $12.00 burger and fries.  Very good and the service was fast-only 8 others in the dinning area and a few at the bar.  I checked the prices on the wings-$16.00 for 1-1/2lbs.  Del, they had a pretty good burger menu.  I asked about the 20% off deal and the waiter blew me off and said he didn't know anything about it.  I asked who I should talk to, he said the manager or the owner.  We paid the bill and left without asking.  I liked it a few winters ago when they had ,25 wings and 2.00 beers.

    • knoppers

      Posted

      seen enough grouse to keep me interested, lots of turkeys, seems they and the deer are everywhere this fall. did not here much shooting from the duck hunters though.



  • Posts

    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.