Ok so you have limited time to pull a deer in. You know there's deer within 1/4 mile due to sign. Around the rut maybe shortly before or during, what would you use to pull a buck into your set-up either blind or stand. Rattling and calling wont work just an attractant of some kind be it corn or liquids or such. What do you use and why?
First time on this site. I’m from Prior Lake Mn, I am looking for private property to Turkey hunt on this coming April, will travel up to 1 hour away. I don’t know anyone in the area and with this Covid-19 happening this is why I’m reaching out otherwise I would be knocking on doors. I am 57 yrs old, responsible, law abiding. Please if you possibly have any leads PM me. Thank you for your time and good hunting.
Starting to go through my Turkey vest and started practicing some of my turkey calling again. Yes Ill admit I'm no Will Primos 😂 In fact far from that but I can strike up a cord or two with the turkeys 😉 As far as calls go Ill start with some of the ones I personally use.
LOCATOR CALLS - I use 3 different ones a Owl hoot, crow, pheasant cackle for location or pinnign down the location of a TOM. Shock gobbles work also but be very carefull it can draw hunters on public land so watch your backside.
BOX- One of the easiest to use a great call for beginners. Easy to make some of the basic sounds on it. In fact probably the most common call in peoples Turkey vests. Tip use a box call rubber band or make sure call is secured or when walking through woods call will make some unwanted noises.
Diaphragm calls-Probably one of the best but also the hardest. Takes some practice and is not for everyone. Some people will have a serious gag reflex when attempting to use one. Positive you can make quick putts purrs, clucks etc with one. Probably the best call to master and best for a ground hunter without blind. Takes away all hand movements when you got a Tom in close.
Friction Calls- My Favorites I've been using friction calls for years. For Very windy days I use a Crystal top to strike out there cut through wind very loud birds can hear it from long ways off. For reaching up over a ridge distance on a more calm day you cant beat glass kind of a medium range call. Slate is the one I use when right in the woods calm days and have birds close by a very soft more subtle call that produces great results with birds in closer distances and face to face.
Call conditioners- You will want to add a stone, sand paper, chalk to keep all your calls in good working condition. A high pitch unwanted squeal will send a Tom running in no time!
Decoys- Big fan of Flextone have a feeding and resting hen and a Jake. Plus I have a Primos B-MOBILE when I have a aggressive dominate I'm after. At last resort and I have shot couple using a mojo scoot-and-shoot . This is a true rush if you haven't tried it! 👍
Blinds- Been using Ameristep doghouses for years, Setup 4 of them on my private property's in strategic locations but if all else fails have a vest and seat and will get right up in there faces if I have to.
Just throwing out some of the tools of the trade that have helped me be very successful in Harvesting some nice Toms over the years.
With all the craziness going on. I need turkey season to focus my mind on something. I need to shoot the crossbow soon and get the gear sprayed for ticks. I thought about getting a lay down hen but do I really need another turkey decoy?
The turkeys are using the corn field on the neighbors land but I will cut them suckers off. I cleared a spot last year so I can shoot behind my blind.
let’s get some good turkey talk going on in here!! Come on guys.
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Try lakes with motor restrictions. Fewer recreational boaters to dodge, and less fishing pressure as well. Here is a list of waterbodies in the state with restrictions by county: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/boatwater/local_regs.pdf
I’ve fished this lake one week a year, at the end of July, for the last 8 years. We stay at Timber Bay Lodge and I have fished the SE part of the lake, all the way up to the Stony River. I almost solely target walleye. I say almost because I will fish bass or northern at times for fun. I’ve yet to target crappie on this lake and this year will be the first. I’ve caught a handful of big crappie by accident on this lake. I’ve heard they are in there. For walleye, I’ve typically used Lindy Rig with crawler or leech, and Jighead with a minnow. I typically tie a 3-5 ft leader, red hook, gold bead, 1/4 oz weight. If the wind and waves kick up I’ll use 1/2 ounce weight. I’ve often used a worm harness with gold or silver spinner too. Sometime I’ll throw crankbaits and that can the ticket. If I’m covering a flat I’ll use lindys or harnesses, if I’m hitting specific points and structures I’ll use a jighead. I’ve had the best luck in 8ft to 14ft but every year is different. For the record, I’ve never caught a huge walleye on this lake. I’ve caught countless eaters. But I’ve yet to connect with many big ones. I know they are in there. It seems like each year the fish are hot in June to mid July. Since we go at the end of July, we can be in the doldrums of Summer, so perhaps this is why Ive missed many big ones. There’s also a chance I’m targeting the wrong areas. Who knows. As for areas, I’ll typically target shorelines that have been hit by the wind for the day, or previous day. If I work an area for 15-20 min with little results, move on. I’ve experienced the fish stacking up on very specific points before too. If a point is holding fish, don’t be afraid to drift a small area and use your motor to return to the starting point, over and over. I’ve done this many times and limited out in an hour. One thing I have noticed is that the walleyes don’t seem to be active in the early morning. In fact, the best action I’ve seen has been 10am to 1pm, and 6pm to 9pm. I’ve never fished after dark. I have fished as early as 6 am on this lake and do not connect with the walleyes. I’m guessing it’s due to the dark water and low visibility. I hope this has been helpful and welcome other advice. If anyone would like to add or refute, feel free. This has been my experience on this lake and I’m welcome to hear other tactics, I’d also love some advice on the crappie. Where and what time of day? Best of luck on your trip.
Any advice on a good place to stay on Rainy? Was supposed to stay on Canadian side this week and obviously didn’t go. So now I am trying to put together a quick trip with my Dad on MN side maybe later this month instead...
How close to comet island was it? If I remember the story correctly comet island was named after one of Aronsons early motor boats named “comet” hit the island and sank. I think the story was in one of the lake vermilion history books the timberjay published about 15 years ago.
I was able to talk to my Father about his days at LOTW. He and my Mother caught 12 walleyes in 3 days over 27 inches, plus numerous other smaller ones. Didn't catch a single sauger. They caught them jigging, spinner rigs, and on lead core. Lead core seemed to catch the bigger fish as they use bigger crank baits that weed out the smaller fish. It was calm all 5 days so they could get to and fish just about anywhere they wanted to without any difficulty.
Vermilion is a "no brainer" when it comes to smallmouth. You'll be fine in early August. What is your favorite way ti catch bass? Start with that and work from there. One of my favorites is a white/pearl fluke...they eat those things up.