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Eric Wettschreck

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Eric Wettschreck

I was sitting in the local watering hole the other day talking to a couple of guys from the twin cities that were in the area chasing roosters. Nice fellas. They told me they were planning on coming back in November when things were a tad bit cooler. I mentioned the dates they were talking about were during deer season and their jaws dropped. That's no big deal for some people and a huge deal for others.

Slug season for us is Nov 3-4, and Nov 10-13. If you are planning on coming out to chase roosters these are 2 weekends you should be aware of. There will be a lot of people out hunting these 2 weekends. From reading the forums I know there are a lot of people planning trips to SW MN to chase roosters. Come on out, but if you plan your trip during deer hunting be prepared for a lot of people and slugs flying everywhere. It can't be stressed enough that if you plan on hunting these weekends you should be in orange from head to toe. Paint your face orange, wear orange gloves, fly an orange flag, paint your truck orange, put an orange vest on your dog, wrap your gun in orange tape, etc. Let's all have a good time and stay safe at the same time.

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Ely Lake Expert

I think you have to be nuts to go pheasant hunting during deer season on public land. I sure wouldn't do it.

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fishwithteeth

I would have to agree with BG. I hunt at least one day each weekend (also deer hunt up nort) but I totally avoid hunting pheasants during deer season. It's a good time to hit Mille Lacs or the game farm.

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Eric Wettschreck

I'm not saying don't come out. I'm saying if you do come out to be ready for deer hunters too, and be safe.

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