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  2. monstermoose78

    Deer Opinions

    Where I hunt in the extreme eastern part of the arrowhead deer numbers show be low. My group of 7 guys hunted the whole season and saw 5 deer while hunting. A spike buck has been lucky as most have seen him and chose to let him walk. My dad took a 6 pointer that was chasing a doe. It’s not about killing a deer for me it’s about spending time with my family and it was a great year. The population is where it it should be in the arrowhead. I am excited to see a possible wolf season coming again up there as it’s fun to have a wolf tag in the pocket just in case one slips up and comes out by you. My season was great would I have liked to see a few deer yepbut it was the relaxing I needed and provided me the stress relief I needed. Taking out wolves would help the moose population so that is my stance!!!
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  4. Well I went out and checked the lake Friday am. All locked up. I walked out a bit and it looked like 2 inches. It froze over even which is good. Hopefully it's 2 inches out in the middle too. More info to come!
  5. MJ1657

    Deer Opinions

    I have never seen as many deer as I did this season. I had several sits that I had 6-9 deer around me at a time. We are currently doing our post season buck inventory and things are looking good.
  6. ANYFISH2

    Deer Opinions

    Now that our firearms season is over, I have heard various comments of how our deer herd and overall season has gone. My personal observations have been that I was slighted by the deer this year! Through bow season to date and firearms I have seen a total of 12 deer from stand this year. 4 antlerless deer and 8 bucks, none of which I would guess were older than 2 1/2 yrs old. This has been one of the slowest years for deer sightings I can remember recently. This development has been a suprise to me, as over the course of the spring and summer the deer in my travels seemed to be very visible and numerous. I tend to believe that my stand sits were not indicative of the deer population. A complaint I am again hearing, and am sure will continue, is that there are not enough mature bucks. My goodness, this is getting old. From what I have seen and read, if the hunters score and register thier deer Minnesota probably produced 5 different deer over 200" this year. Morrison county has produced 4 deer that have green scored over 170" that I know of! And have seen pics of numerous deer I would guess would score over 140". This state produces 100's of trophy sized deer every year. There will never be enough for everyone to get one! Again wolves have been blamed for poor hunting again. I had one on camera as well. I am not one to blame poor hunts on them, so I won't. Hopefully legislation is passed so the state can get control again. Hunter numbers seem to be decreasing noticeably since I started hunting. Not a bad thing for me directly, however, may not be good for the future. What have your observations been? How has your season gone? How is population in your opinion? Anything need fixing in your opinion?
  7. Some guys were on Baxter but I had Finn with me so I did not check the ice thickness and it’s going to be cold tonight so I will try tomorrow to check
  8. Moose any reports? May check Baxter or Chisago channel tomorrow. Was just fishing open water Missouri River two weeks ago. We limited on walleyes two days in a row. Ready to fish some ice.
  9. I bought a bunch of polka dot jigs from widow maker booth at the ice institute in Sioux Falls last weekend. Was really nice to meet and chat with them in person.
  10. Lake pretty much locked up I think two nights ago. Haven't seen anyone out yet in the Buck Point, Battle Point, Schultz's Bay or Moon Bar area yet. Still to early I think. Haven't been over to Manthey"s Bay so don't know if anyone is venturing out there yet. That area usually locks up early. Usually there are a couple of spear houses out early in the Town Bay, Peterson's Bay, Two mile area but didn't see any out there yesterday. More often than not there is a ice heavy early in the season that stretches from Battle Point, kind of WSW across to the rushes on the west side of the lake. It pop by Battle Point yesterday morning but only went about a quarter of the way across. Looked healed up this morning.
  11. looking forward to trying the polka dots out. will be interesting to see if gills and crappies like them.
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  13. PRO-V

    Good Luck This Weekend!!

    So Monday my buddy sees a spike and 5 pointer sparring a little bit at 150 yards in a clear-cut. Gets a good rest with 25-06, shots the 5 and it goes down like a sack of hammers. Hikes up to it, pokes it's eye and not a wiggle. Sets down empty gunand finds a log to sit on 10 feet away with his back to it and validates his tag. Turns around and the buck is gone running over a hill 100 yards away and disappears over a hill. Small spot of blood where his head was laying. Must have deflected in the brush. He said it was out cold at least 15 minutes.
  14. papadarv

    Metro Area Ice

    Last night, local Anoka metro lake. 4" ice 20 ft off shore - open water 100 yards out. Not me just very young friend.
  15. eyeguy 54

    We Have Ice! (video)

    great video!
  16. I will be checking a couple lakes today and I know people have been ice fishing them
  17. As of yesterday forest lake has about 1 inch of ice, but there were still some open spots. Someone even launched their boat and went duck hunting out there.
  18. fish_time

    We Have Ice! (video)

    Be safe everyone and have a great ice season.
  19. fish_time

    We Have Ice! (video)

    We have ice! We are all excited for some ice fishing. We are talking ice safety and catching fish!
  20. monstermoose78

    Metro Area Ice

    Last winter was not easy for me either but this winter I will be going to some other lakes that i use to fish with my grandpa. The only good bites I got on last winter were the ones the St. Cloud boys invited me on. I just reached out to get a custom ice rod from a guy near me. I am excited to see what he can do for me. I will post as often as I can and if I get on a good bite you could tag along if ya want.
  21. popriveter

    Metro Area Ice

    I’ll be winterizing my boat and prepping my ice gear this weekend. I’m usually excited for ice, but my fishing was terrible last winter and this is way too early a start. We should still be out on open water. Around Arden Hills, Shoreview I’ve noticed Valentine and Silver are 100% locked. Island still had a small patch of open water yesterday. I’m not anxious to cut holes and check ice depth yet. It’s easier to make safe decisions this year when I’m so much less excited for ice fishing.
  22. From 2 to 5 to 7? What started as 2 fishermen Tylor and John last week. Wednesday Bill and Hays spent the night and walked out with not much luck. All though Bill is a photographer and said he never wet a line as he snapped pic after pic of the sunset. I caught the tail end of it and should of snapped a picture myself, as it was spectacular to say the least. Not even sure there's a name for the color, maybe blood red? Thursday morning hays was not feeling very well so Bill went out on his own. Down at the lake working I saw 5 fishermen counting Bill. Yesterday it was up tp 7. I have had a dozen calls, how thick is the ice, how's the fishing? Buddy Hillmen of Hillmens resort says around 5 inches, They are allowing walking traffic out to a mile where his road stakes stop. I have heard of 5 fish caught and 1 lost at the hole so that's the fishing report. Some one said it would be a zoo up here this weekend since the south end had that strong wind . I would have to disagree as I have no one spending the night here until after thanksgiving? All the house are prepped down at the lake and ready to go other then a few little things. If anyone stays down there they will have to be cleaned again but that's fine with me. Jonny boy did not get out as he was a little under the weather. I did get a shot at a grouse with my recurve going out to my stand Thursday night. It was a shot through the brush and my arrow just missed. I 'll always give up being quiet when I have a chance at a grouse, either when I'm going, sitting or leaving my hunting area. Years ago I took a grouse in the air with my recurve and flu flu arrow. I would love a repeat of that. Plus the hammer loves the way I make grouse as do I. I was going to pull my deer stand but now have second thoughts . Some venison in the freezer would be nice. I like cutting up steak in super thin pieces then quick frying for a minute steak sandwich. Plus I'm still trying to harvest a deer with my recurve
  23. monstermoose78

    Metro Area Ice

    There are people out ice fishing please use extreme caution!! Beaver runs can keep the ice thinner in a narrow area. Fish can cause thinner spots as well. I think I will check two early ice lakes today.
  24. monstermoose78

    Anxious

    I know a lake around my area that has ice anglers on it and it normally has the first Spearers as well, but I did not see a shack on the ice yet
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