One fact of note from the report: Minnesota hunters shot more than a quarter of their entire deer harvest on opening day of their primary firearms season.
Official entry score of 320-5/8 makes it only the fifth hunter-taken nontypical whitetail to exceed 300 inches in history.
Algae doesn't sour the usual adventures here, be it fishing, birdwatching, shelling or just general outdoor recreation.
Deer seasons mostly have ended, but January is a great time to keep pursuing squirrels and bunnies.
Small-game hunting might not be the big ticket it once was, but at least you can say it’s still hunting season and perhaps re-live your own memories. Get out there while the seasons are still open.
Looking at the season to this point, the writer is beginning to see that they're getting out of it what they put into it.
By marking a sparse blood trail, the hunter can use the information to determine the animal’s line of flight and, if need be, come back the next morning to easily pick up where he or she left off.
Sure, fewer birds may be available, but most hunters have hung up their upland bird spurs for chasing whitetails or tackling the hard water.
The leaves are down, but be prepared to walk some miles if you want to shoot a few ruffs during November and December.
Take someone fishing – you never know what’s going to happen.
Make the memories while you can, while your legs still allow you to hunt hard, and before something comes along that prevents you from doing what you love. You never know when your hunting time is up.
For the writer, the value of a rub is that it tells where a buck has been and in which direction he was heading.
Author's game plan is to hunt next week, around Oct. 15, after he's convinced himself he's as ready as he'll ever be to make the shot when it counts.
With water temps dropping, crappies are munching on minnows. Use your electronics to locate schools of suspended slabs, then find what triggers bites.
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