• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
bonasa

Introduction and request for info

Recommended Posts

bonasa

Hi all,

I just got transplanted to MN from out west and thought I would introduce myself. I moved here 3 weeks ago from Utah. And I am already looking forward to the Fall hunting season. I have 2 springer spaniels so I mostly hunt birds. They've hunted pheasant, dove, sharptail, ruffed, and blue grouse, desert quail, huns, chukar, and geese. I've been hunting for the last 30 years and enjoy travelling to new places to hunt and explore.

I've been looking at the MN DNR website and it looks like there is a huge amount of National Forest up north and WMAs just about in every part of the state. Towards summer once the chicks are grown I'd like to start scouting for grouse and pheasant too.

I was hoping someone could provide me with some areas that are likely to hold grouse. I'm used to hunting ruffies up in the mountains so I'm not sure what to look for out here or where to start. Are there any public areas that hold pheasant or is that strictly a private landowner deal?

I assume people here protect their honey holes like I did out west with the same rules. I'm just looking for information like "look in this forest in this quadrant (north, south, NW, SE), with this kind of cover or food. Stuff like that.

Also I've never hunted deer and would like to try that as it seems Minnesota has a good population and access to public land. I'd like to do the rifle hunt and don't care if it's got antlers or not for my first time. Any suggestions of any sort would be greatly appreciated. My wife and I are looking at houses up around Rockford if that helps at all but I don't mind driving.

I know it's a lot of questions, sorry this is so long. Thanks for any help and I look forward to contributing to this board!

Thanks,

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tealitup

Welcome to Minnesota. If I were looking for Grouse and Deer and the possibility of scouting both at the same time. I would look at the Paul Bunyan up between Park Rapids and Bemidji. There is alot of land up there with an abundance of deer (in rifle zone) - the past two years has been on the up cycle for grouse in the area. I think the peak will be within two years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LABS4ME

1st off welcome to FM...

Lots of forest land open for grouse hunting (and deer hunting) up in the area of Walker to Bemidji to Blackduck to Grand Rapids. With the population on the upswing, you should have little problem finding birds. Generally guys walk forest service roads and fire lanes, and while these will provide some opportunity, as usual the best hunting lies off the trails.

Pheasant hunting can be good to excellent on the public lands out in Western - Southwestern Minnesota. They get pounded hard early and on weekends, so weekdays are usually your best bet. Late season can be phenomenal as most of the WMAs hold cattail sloughs in which the birds use for loafing and roosting cover in the winter. Look for WMAs next to a food source and you should find some birds. It is still possible with some manners and door knocking to get on private land... especially later in the season.

As the time grows closer to grouse hunt, if I am getting into birds in some areas I know (and want to explore) maybe we can meet up and hit it hard for a day. I have a cabin in Cass Lake and I just bought a field bred Cocker and am going to get back into ruffie hunting after 20 years of waterfowling...

Keep in touch on the board and we'll see if we can't pick out a weekend to meet up.

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Powerstroke

Welcome to Minnesota nd to FM.com.

Depending on how much you hunt determines how much public land there is. The more you hunt the smaller the state gets. wink.gif

There is an abundance of state land for deer. If you check out the DNR's webpage click on hunting and then on deer. Ther eare some interactive maps detailing harvest statistics and population surveys. Some of the areas give up ~10 deer per square mile every year.

Pheasants on public land can be hit or miss depending on the pressure they get. Some public lands get hit 4-5 times a day on the weekends by different groups hopiing form WMA to WMA. I just got a Springer in the last year and I can't wait to start rooster hunting with my own dog. Not only will you find plenty of lands to hunt, hang out on here and you'll meet many great people who wouldn't mind a new hunting buddy.

Unfortunately I know nothing of grouse hunting, but I hope to start this year. With the new dog and a new lease on some paper company land I'm hoping to see a few.

Around here the birds like poplar and alder trees. They eat the buds of young trees. Finding places that have been harvested or burned in the last 5-10 years can be great locations. A lot of people use the trails and roads to find birds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bonasa

Thank you all for the information and warm welcome. Sounds like I landed in the right state.

I appreciate the help with where to look for grouse and the deer info. My older Springer was going to be a pheasant dog but he saw nothing but grouse for the first 2 years of his life.

It's a learning process. With each season he learned what cover to look for and where he was likely to find scent. And although western grouse seem to have a reputation for walking around, with a flushing dog on their butt they WILL fly. First couple times it scared the heck out of me cuz it's loud. Are there woodcock around here along with the grouse?

I'd be happy to share any information or show up to give a hand to anyone who is training a flushing dog. I've found once you're past basic obedience it's pretty hard to move to the next level without at least one, preferably 2 helpers. PM me for contact details if you're interested.

Thanks again for the help and information. I look forward to learning more about hunting in Minnesota from y'all and hopefully have something useful to contribute in the future!

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Powerstroke

MN grouse do fly but not unless you step on them!!! LOL.

We do have woodcock around here, but they migrate pretty early. They are fun and sporting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

Welcome to Fishing Minnesota and Hot Spot Outdoors. You have found a group of sportsman that will help you with just about anything.

Glad to have you aboard. cool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • eyeguy 54
      I LOVE SMALLIES !  LOL  I am blessed to live close to so much fun. 
    • pikeandchester
      Spent a couple hours on Elysian this afternoon.  Drove around some shallow areas on the south east end of the lake with the trolling motor and only saw carp. Water is still unusually clear for this lake, at any time of the year, and 79 degrees near shore. May be a great opportunity for a bow fisherman, even in the daylight. Tried soaking minnows in a hole on the north end with no luck.
    • Fully Kraeusened
      My choice would be Namakan, but honestly that’s mostly based on emotion. It’s where my dad and I fished the most while up there. I also think it’s prettier than Kab.  I’ve never been on Sand Point or Crane. Just my two cents. I’ll be up there one week from today. Staying on the Ash River if anyone would care to enjoy a cold one first round is on my buddy. 😁
    • ANYFISH2
      Sounds like a heck of an evening! Alot of fun also.
    • eyeguy 54
      Hit the water at 5 and back to shore at 7. 21 smallies smacked the stick bait.   Biggest went 18.  Had one that did a great jump and landed in the yak by my foot. LOL 
    • ANYFISH2
      Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all! I would like Thank all, that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all, as well as thier families.  THANK YOU! My blessings to you, who use this weekend in remembrance of you passed loved ones.  God bless.   Hope those that get out on our lakes have a safe and successful weekend.   Remember to let us know how your weekend went, and please give us a report in our Area forums!  
    • ANYFISH2
      Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all! I would like Thank all, that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all, as well as thier families.  THANK YOU! My blessings to you, who use this weekend in remembrance of you passed loved ones.  God bless.   Hope those that get out on our lakes have a safe and successful weekend.   Remember to let us know how your weekend went, and give us a report here in the Brainerd Lakes area!
    • Rick
      The Great Lakes Compact Council and the Great Lakes Regional Body are seeking public feedback on draft updates to the procedures for reviewing requests to divert water from the Great Lakes Basin. The compact is federal law that governs the use of water in the Great Lakes watershed. The compact council and regional body are accepting comments through June 21, at 4:30 p.m.  Under the compact, diversions of water out of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin are generally prohibited. However, the compact identifies limited circumstances under which diversion may be allowed. In some instances, before a diversion proposal can be approved, it must undergo review by the regional body and may require approval by the compact council. The draft updates are strictly procedural and would not modify the compact’s basic terms. The compact council is composed of the governors of the eight states that border the Great Lakes. The regional body includes the eight governors on the council plus the premiers of Ontario and Quebec. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is Gov. Mark Dayton’s delegate to both groups and provides data and water management expertise to assist implementing the compact. The effort to refine the procedures under the compact follows the states’ and provinces’ first experience reviewing a diversion request under the agreement. Reflecting on that experience and feedback from stakeholder groups, the states and provinces concluded that some aspects of the procedures should be clarified or refined. Following discussions with key stakeholders and tribal interests, the states and provinces developed the draft updates that were released for public review May 22. The updates include these changes: Expands opportunities for the public to participate at hearings and public meetings. Acknowledges the special status of First Nations and federally recognized Tribes through separate meetings with them and granting standing to contest compact council decisions. Identifies circumstances under which an additional public comment period would be offered between issuance of the regional body’s declaration of finding and the compact council’s final decision. Essentially, if the compact council views the regional body’s modifications to the applicant’s diversion proposal as substantial, the council would take public comment prior to making its final decision. The existing public comment opportunity prior to the regional body’s deliberations would remain. After considering public input received by June 21, the regional body will revise the draft procedural updates this summer. The compact council will then consider the updates and decide whether some or all of them should be adopted through rulemaking. The draft updates are available at www.glslcompactcouncil.org/PUT-DraftUpdates.aspx. This website includes instructions for sharing feedback. The public input process includes an in-person opportunity to share feedback in Duluth on June 21 at Fitger’s Inn at 10:30 a.m. Documents are also available on the regional body website. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Spss
      I'm camping out on echo lake next week. Any tips or fishing info would be great.
    • brrrr
      explore with a shallow water boat, there are a few big boulders in there,and lots of gravel bars.