Offshore continues to be the best, but we had to make some subtle tweaks to catch our better fish. The weather conditions played a small role but it was productive once small changes were made.
August 20, 2023
The weeks are winding down to the bow-season opener on Sept. 16 in Minnesota. Bucks are framed up, and while still in velvet, that won’t last much longer. Soon, they’ll be hard-antlered and not as likely to be found hanging with several other deer.
Thus, the window is closing to find your target buck if you want to make the most of your early-season hunts. While trail cameras have largely replaced long-distance scouting, the latter is still a viable path to finding a few deer worthy of your hit list. But it’s not as simple as parking your truck on a gravel road and throwing your binos to your eyes.
During the past month, angling guide Darren Troseth has been able to use more rod holders in his boat. On July 1, a new law took effect that allows the use of two-line fishing on part of the Minnesota River and Pool 2 of the Mississippi River.
Troseth, a fishing guide on the Mississippi, St. Croix, and Minnesota rivers, is taking advantage of the new law after advocating for it during the past decade. There have been many new changes and laws for rivers in Minnesota, including bait laws, but two-line fishing has been one of the biggest and challenging bills to pass.
Having taught hunter education classes for more than 20 years now, we always cover just how far a bullet is able to travel from various caliber guns. Some of the so-called backstops on these home gun ranges would allow a bullet to travel through the target and well beyond.
I’m sure you all have seen them, discarded political posters or real estate signs staked out in a field or nailed to a tree or a fence post with no landscape feature behind them to stop the rounds’ travel.
If you decide to develop a range, to avoid incidents, take the time to build a proper backstop where you shoot. It does not take a lot of time or money to do so and will last you for many years when done right.
As I espied the elk, I figured he was pushing 35 yards away.
Upon releasing my arrow, however, I quickly realized that he was much further away. The carbon shaft struck noticeably low, barely catching the top portion of his leg. What would have ended up as a long, yet fruitless, tracking job only ended up as a bit of disappointment and a lot of laughs as the elk in question was not made of flesh and bone, but rather foam. Bigger animals such as elk look closer than they actually are when you are accustomed to shooting at deer and turkey-sized animals.
Looked at the calendar lately? Deer season, or at least the earliest vestige of it, the Liberty Hunt, for youths and folks with disabilities, is only about three weeks away.