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Anybody actually have success on a WMA?

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I recently moved to MN. Going crazy with buck fever right now. The problem is that I haven't lived here long enough to get a resident tag. Next season I hope to go afield. I have been reading, looking at maps and talking to as many people as possible about areas to hunt and it seems everybody hunts private land. Are there good public lands to hunt in MN? Are the few WMAs that the state has over crowded with city slicker hunters? Without having access to private land what are my chances of taking a deer?

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Where about in the State do you live? How far would you travel to hunt? There are lots of places that are not too crowed on state land.

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Way up north here there is a load of nice stae land to hunt on. If you archery hunt you almost never have to worry about seeing another hunter. Sometimes bird hunters but not much else. I even hunted on a small WMA right near Warroad on Saturday and took a nice doe with my .44 Mag pistol at 38 yards. Never saw another hunter.

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There are some really good deer hunting WMA in Minnesota. I am a big woods guy, so my advise is find the largest, and densest WMA, and do some late summer or early fall homework. My party hunts one, and it has a lot of pressure. But, with a little walking and some pre-season grouse hunting/deer scouting, one can find some nice secluded areas that are very productive year after year.

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Are the few WMAs that the state has over crowded with city slicker hunters?


What kind of critter is them city slickers? When is the season and how much is the license cost? Are they best cooked on the grill or in a crock pot?

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For bowhunting there are many oppourtunities. I have been hunting public land with bow all year and have been very pleased with my experience. Firearms although can be a different story. However I do know of some that still have had enjoyable hunts.

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Are the few WMAs that the state has over crowded with city slicker hunters?


What kind of critter is them city slickers? When is the season and how much is the license cost? Are they best cooked on the grill or in a crock pot?


City Slicker Hunters are considered a nuisance pest, thus they are open year round for the taking. The signs to look for to determine if your secret hunting spot is being over ran by City Slicker Hunters is an abundance of beer cans and Pork and Bean cans laying at the edges of parking areas. Shot gun shells littering the trails into the woods with more beer cans peppered with holes along the trails. As you move into the trees look for initials carved in the bark and various targets from pieces of ply-wood to milk containers left leaning against trees. Open fire pits just out side of view of the parking lot is another sure sign the pest City Slickers are moving in. During the high use times (hunting season) be careful stepping over logs laying over the trails since these species don’t leave the trail to relieve themselves. You know you are on to a big male City Slicker when you pull into the parking lot of a public access hunting area and the sign has been destroyed by gun shots (which usually says ‘no motorized vehicles’) and the trail leading into the woods has atv tracks running down it. As far as eating these critters, they are a lot like carp, some will do it, but I never will.

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Where about in the State do you live? How far would you travel to hunt? There are lots of places that are not too crowed on state land.


I live in St Michael, NW corner of the metro area. I am open to travel. Althogh a back up location within an hours drive would be nice for day hunting. I black powder hunt. I moved from out west where we usually packed into the wildness area for elk in Colorado and my family has a cabin in Norhtern Utah that has huge mulies around for those willing to explore off the beaten path. I realize MN is different terrain so I am looking for an area that can provide solitude and hopefully a deer or two. My kids are getting to age where I want to introduce them to hunting so I am looking for area that I take them to and hopefully have success at hunting while showing them the wonders of the outdoors and nature.

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Thanks, thats a well worded answer. I recall seeing all of those "Signs" in the past. Especially the one I've had to scrape off my boot sole with a stick! I think I'll pass on trying to bag one however.

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700 - for good hunting on WMAs, think North, waaaay North, and when you get there, go in deep. We had 5 bucks hanging after this weekend: 8pt, 8pt, 9pt, 10pt, & 12pt - all from the same WMA, and there are smaller ones still walking out there that we left to grow up a bit. We are blessed in MN to have great public deer hunting land available to us.

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    • leech~~

      Posted

      2 hours ago, JBMasterAngler said:

      Drove all the way up to grindstone this morning from Forest Lake. As I'm driving along the shoreline, I can't stop admiring how beautiful of a day it is, and how great it will be to be on the water. Was totally amped up to fish for some trout! Then I pull up to the boat launch...and it's closed down! :mad: This dredging project has been pushed back for years, then they finally decide to do it on a beautiful sunny day, that I picked to come here...on the last day of the lake trout season nonetheless! Needless to say, I was very upset! 

      Could have throw a line off the south shore since you were all the way up there. :(

    • easyrider25

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    • JBMasterAngler

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      Drove all the way up to grindstone this morning from Forest Lake. As I'm driving along the shoreline, I can't stop admiring how beautiful of a day it is, and how great it will be to be on the water. Was totally amped up to fish for some trout! Then I pull up to the boat launch...and it's closed down! :mad: This dredging project has been pushed back for years, then they finally decide to do it on a beautiful sunny day, that I picked to come here...on the last day of the lake trout season nonetheless! Needless to say, I was very upset! 

    • papadarv

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      1 hour ago, delcecchi said:

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      Actually DMV and DNR do quite well at their auctions. You win bid, You Pay, You own. No red tape, no collection process, simple and things seem to sell for quite a bit of money. Go and one see for yourself, its quite amazing. Lots of them at the Arden Hills DMV. Hard to collect money over the phone and on the internet. I do believe they will use the same auction process for this property sale as the DMV and DNR are good at it and a lot of buyers will be there. If the internet were to be used, the "political cronies" would need to create a bill, Ear Mark several million to develop a site, create an app, hire 40 to 50 people to manage and than increase taxes to cover the cost much like Obama Care Not a good plan. If your interested, go to auction, bring lots of money, win a bid and own.

      2016 MN auction schedule if your interested in going to one.

      http://mn.gov/admin/citizen/surplus-property/auctions/schedule/

    • SpecialK

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      They were dredging there today. Not sure if they are done or if it will take longer.

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    • delcecchi

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      I bet the state, not the political cronies, would get a lot more money by having the auction on the internet or allowing phone bids.  Heck, put them on the bay of E. 

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  • Posts

    • leech~~
      Could have throw a line off the south shore since you were all the way up there.
    • easyrider25
      Hey guys thanks for the tips.  What you are saying really makes sense.  I have been working on these items this week, not expecting a completely changed dog out there but looking forward to continued exercises this weekend out in the blind.
    • JBMasterAngler
      Drove all the way up to grindstone this morning from Forest Lake. As I'm driving along the shoreline, I can't stop admiring how beautiful of a day it is, and how great it will be to be on the water. Was totally amped up to fish for some trout! Then I pull up to the boat launch...and it's closed down!  This dredging project has been pushed back for years, then they finally decide to do it on a beautiful sunny day, that I picked to come here...on the last day of the lake trout season nonetheless! Needless to say, I was very upset! 
    • papadarv
      Actually DMV and DNR do quite well at their auctions. You win bid, You Pay, You own. No red tape, no collection process, simple and things seem to sell for quite a bit of money. Go and one see for yourself, its quite amazing. Lots of them at the Arden Hills DMV. Hard to collect money over the phone and on the internet. I do believe they will use the same auction process for this property sale as the DMV and DNR are good at it and a lot of buyers will be there. If the internet were to be used, the "political cronies" would need to create a bill, Ear Mark several million to develop a site, create an app, hire 40 to 50 people to manage and than increase taxes to cover the cost much like Obama Care Not a good plan. If your interested, go to auction, bring lots of money, win a bid and own. 2016 MN auction schedule if your interested in going to one. http://mn.gov/admin/citizen/surplus-property/auctions/schedule/
    • SpecialK
      They were dredging there today. Not sure if they are done or if it will take longer.