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Should be a good rut week.Good luck to all.

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I agree, I'm really curious to see how much it picks up, I really didn't see much last week. I remember a couple years ago, sitting out the morning of the 4B opener and watching a buck chasing a doe full bore right by me. From first sighting til they went out of sight was about 45 seconds. Hope to see more of it this weekend!!!

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I'm thinking that the activity will be much better. I did miss an opportunity last Friday a.m. as I must have deflected off a small twig, clean miss. I saw a nice one last night with his honey. I'm hoping to bag one before the chasin slows. A person needs to spend as much time as possibe in the woods RIGHT NOW! Good bye and good luck.

Walleyedan

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I agree, lets hope with the cooler temps coming in those deer will start to move more than they have been. can't wait

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I'm hoping it picks up too and so does my wife who wants some venison in the freezer and for me to stop hunting. Been a terrible year for bowhunting. Haven't got out much and not seen much activity when I did. I had two does last year by this time and it was my first year bowhunting and first two deer ever. So maybe I got spoiled.

Anywhoo, opening weekend last year I counted more than two dozen deer that came by my blind before 8 am. This year, four in the span of about a minute on Saturday and I didn't get out much on Sunday. Didn't hear a shot within miles all weekend though.

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Saw 10 does/fawns this morning while on stand. No bucks to be seen in that area though. On the way home I swung by another spot and saw 2 small bucks chasing a doe. She was content staying about 10-15 yards in front of them. I am headed to ND to rifle deer hunt this weekend. I hate to miss prime time in the archery stand, but it is the only weekend I can make it to ND to hunt.

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Rut seemed very slow last weekend. I as well hope this weekend is better.

Hope to take Friday off and get another day of bowhunting in before the gun hunters reenter the woods (zone 4).

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Gotta second all the comments here. Our opening weekend was much slower than usual.

I drive by the Arden Hills National Guard Training Center every morning and afternoon. Saw a 2.5 year old 8 point cruising an open field and a much larger buck chasing a doe just 30 minutes ago!

Let's hope for me (and my wife) that this coming weekend is more productive!

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i hope so, i passed on a couple little guys that where hot on my scent drag...hopefully the big boy will stop by this weekend.

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I'm hoping this cooler weather will do it. This morning I glassed seven does/fawns frolicking by one of my stands on the way to work. : P How come these are the mornings I have to go to work? I will be out tomorrow and all weekend though!

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I hope so too!!! I took the week of work before gun seasoon and a few morning / evenings this last week and I have hardly seen anything. I was thinking about moving my stands, but they are located in areas that have good sign. I wonder how much this full moon has deer hunting? I noticed on a few web sites that peak game movement / action time was around midnight all last week...

Good luck all....

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I agree things are finally starting to bust free!

I missed a big 10pt on Friday! Got buck fever and shot over his back, In hind sight I did nt even aim! He ended up getting shot by a neighbor Sat AM! He was now a 9pt broke off a time during the night! He did havea nice shaved patch right on top of the shoulders that matched my broad head!

Tuesday I had a great encounter. On the way to vote with my 18 month old in the truck. Went by one of my hunting areas and a huge 8 pt is standing gaurd over a bedded doe fending off three other bucks. Watched them for 10 minutes, ran and voted, dropped Janey off at day care and went back. As I came around the corner looking for them the buck was mounting the doe 20 yds from the road!

I ran home and grabbed my bow ( I have the all season tag, and had the rifle in the truck) figuring i can sneak in and maybe get a shot at him.

When I returned they were still there.

I snuck in to them, and came aroudn the corner of an old house foundation. The buck was at 6 feet!! Needless to say We were both suprised. He really did not care about me and the doe took off with im in tow, No shot with the bow.

Had I brought my rifel He would have been in trouble.

I will be back in the tree Friday after him again.

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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

      Posted

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

    • slammer

      Posted

      Add Sallie to the list.

    • BlackArrow1

      Posted

      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

      Posted

      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

      Posted

      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

      Posted

      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

      Posted

      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.



  • Posts

    • 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.