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nbadger23

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I had an itching to go shed hunting last weekend but went ice fishing instead. The lack of snow should make for some good hunting but after seeing a small buck in the yard today who was still sporting his antlers I will likely wait. Anyone been finding any?

I'm still looking to find my first one. I've only put about 12 hours in total over the years but thought at some point I'd stumble on one.

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It varies so much, in 1 of my areas shedding is under way, in the other it doesn't really pay to look until mid-march on, we have plenty of bucks in March with full headgear, have dozens of trailcam pics that show that, so years ago I used to look way to early for them, no wonder I never found any or many, and some bucks just may shed a lot sooner than others, some a lot later, if you have the area you plan to shed hunt in try putting a t-cam there and every so often check it out, that will give you a rough idea in your area when it generally happens, can this type of winter though have anything to do with when they'll drop em, I'll be interested to see if it changes my late shed area. Many told me in bad winters they'll drop em sooner but I haven't noticed that according to t-cam footage, good luck.

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I saw a huge buck on my way in to work this morning on 62 just west of tracy ave in the cattails.

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Saw 3 bucks last night in SE metro and all of them had both antlers. 1 was 1.5 old and the other 2 probably 2.5 years.

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I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes and I'm not sure if I still believe it. I just saw a buck walking through the woods by my house with what looked to be antlers in place on both sides????!!!??? I tried to get a pic, but with the brush and "browness" of the woods right now there was no way.

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I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes and I'm not sure if I still believe it. I just saw a buck walking through the woods by my house with what looked to be antlers in place on both sides????!!!??? I tried to get a pic, but with the brush and "browness" of the woods right now there was no way.

Not at all uncommon. I have seen bucks carrying into the latter part of April in extreme cases, and quite a few into the mid to latter part of March. Just never know.

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Two of the biggest bucks I've ever seen were running together mid-April several years ago.

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Uncles T-cam report just starting to see 1 horned bucks and most with both sides yet, but it's underway and by the end of the month we're good to go.

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
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    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.  Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.    Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety. Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.   On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out. Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there. Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • Wanderer
    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
    • Wanderer
      At least they can all say they were there early!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I'm still hoping for a sunny warm-up to melt all of the existing snow off of the existing ice, and then an arctic blast. After that, I'm hoping for a giant walleye to hop out of the lake and filet itself before skinny dipping in some batter and then relaxing in a hot pan of oil in my kitchen.
    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
    • gimruis
      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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