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Duluth Area Hunting & Fishing Reports by Shane Z


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Hi Everyone!

As the weather changes and you're gearing up for the next hunting or fishing season to begin, it would be great to not only share the enthusiasm each and every one of you has towards YOUR sport but to share our knowledge and maybe get someone else hooked on our passion as well!

Duluth and the surrounding area has A LOT to offer and I know that it can be hard at times to connect with other people who share your passion such as waterfowl hunting, grouse hunting, Lake Superior fishing,bow hunting, trap shooting, ect. Rick (the Developer of Hot Spot Outdoors) and I thought it would be a great idea to give even more info in this community of hunting and fishing enthusiasts!! Especially in the hunting area.

I would like to dedicate this thread for seasonal reports on all the hunting or fishing action that is taking place. Locations are always optional of course!! BUT topics like, jig color, night-bite, morning duck hunt,etc. can be a very valuable tool to many of us who are soon planning to head out in the field or on the water.

As waterfowl season approaches, I will be giving reports on my hunts, as well as tactics that have worked and ones that didn't. Then, its bow hunting, rifle season, Ice fishing...you get the point! smile

I will be doing my best to give you current reports from the woods or on the water so that others might be able benefit.

Not only am I hoping that this thread will become a useful hunting/fishing tool, but I truly hope that those using it will grow in number BIG enough to put on local social events such as a Sportsmen's family night cook-off, a night out, or non-profit event that gives back to the community. I look forward to sharing with you all!!

Take Care,

Shane Zavodnik

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Happy Thursday Everyone!

Question of the morning- who got you into your favorite outdoor sport? What was that ONE experience that truly got you hooked?

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i was born in Germany. my father fished there a lot in the river that ran through our small town. fishing started for me there. we moved over to this wonderfull country and directly to Duluth where my dad's sister lived, who was married to a person in the military.

Duluth is a gateway to many outdoor activities including the Arrowhead where you can get as remote as you wish. my family still lives in Duluth. from Duluth you can get to good walley waters in short order, fish for salmon in Lake Superior, or hunt grouse, rabbits, bear, or deer. sometimes i think it's not one experience that hooks you to the outdoors, i think it may just be in your blood. what better place to exerience this love of the outdoors than the treasures that wait for you in that region. good luck.

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Well with cooler temperatures in the evening and night I have been seeing a noticeable change in waterfowl activity... Larger numbers of geese have been flying overhead and when I took my kid to the zoo, I saw about 30-40 geese feeding heavily. August 15th I'll be going to north Dakota for their early goose hunting season and can't wait!!

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Finally got out after a hectic couple weeks, which meant I wasn't able to get out over the weekend. Didn't see any deer, but did have a bear come and check me out right at dusk. Gets your heart going.

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Grunted in an 8-pointer and never got the shot.. Second time now hunting and I can tell you already that its going to be an obsessive sport!

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