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Hunted just north of McGregor this weekend and only saw one deer. Didn't hear many shots either. Anyone have good success in the McGregor area this weekend?

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i was in aitkin last weekend i didnt see anything but the people i was with missed i buck and saw alot of does bu they didnt have doe permits. i heard alot of shots in the morning but later in the day and the next day i didnt hear anything.anybody else get skunked?

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Saw one buck all weekend hunting near Aitkin. Palisade registration station only had 75 registered Saturday I heard...man that is way down. Ericksons registration in Aitkin only had 123 registered Saturday and she told me 120 of those were bucks...weirrrrd. Why are these numbers down there are a bazillion deer around???

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We must of been lucky! We got 3, 1 spike, 1 small 8 pt, and one with less than 1 inch polished antlers. Heard more shooting this year opening afternoon then in the past 4 years. Only saw 1 doe. Saw 4 other deer in heavy brush but not well enough to tell what they were or get a shot.

We were near Palisade, and registered at the Spur on Sun nite. Our deer made 238 so far, but there were 10 guys behind us waiting to register. One truck had 5 deer in it, 3 legal spikes, one polished "button buck" like ours, and 1 doe. Looks like the bucks are running heavy this year. They didn't know how many were registered last year as they were new in that store. Friends down toward Glen had 5 for 9 so far, 4 of those were bucks.

Good luck with the rest of the season! grin.gif

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Hunting partner and I got 3 for the 2 of us on opener. 1 button buck, 1 doe, and 1 10 pointer that will be going on the wall. We are hunting zone 154. Buddy I hunt with never even saw a deer, which is better yet so I can raz him more.

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Hunting partner and I got 3 for the 2 of us on opener. 1 button buck, 1 doe, and 1 10 pointer that will be going on the wall. We are hunting zone 154. Buddy I hunt with never even saw a deer, which is better yet so I can raz him more.

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we got 5 deer on opening weekend 2 spike one 8 point and 2 doe then second weekend we dont see any see deer so we decided to leave woods alone for less 1 week we think all deers went to swamp and stay there so we hope to see deer this thurs

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One guy in my hunting party got a three point buck on opening morning. I saw eight does opening weekend and a few during the following week. This past weekend I didn't see a thing though. frown.gif

Too bad I didn't apply for a doe license or buy one. Oh well I suppose. One more week.
Good Luck everyone

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Weekend Two Update - Once again spent the weekend in the woods. 3 hunters = 0 deer. The snow in the woods helped to make seeing things easier but, still didn't see any. Heard very few shots. One more weekend to go.

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    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
    • leech~~
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    • SkunkedAgain
      How thick is the snow on the lake? Is there any left?
    • Kettle
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    • leech~~
      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • Kettle
      There's only one Waterfowl guide in the country that I went to. He runs about 20 trips a year. So he harvests about 185,000 less teal a year than some of the individual southern states. In MN, lots of the teal are gone before the early teal season 
    • leech~~
      Wow, don't want to be one of those guys.  But, you don't think such liberal limits down there, hurts the northern population next spring?  
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