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Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Joel Nelson

The walk-off tom: Be in position and ready should he return

Hunt turkeys enough, and you start to see some patterns develop, especially in the case of eager gobblers. Each year in the woods, I do my best to think like a gobbler. I fly down from the roost, gobble to gather, and keep walking and gobbling my way to a usual strut zone until I can get some hens to join along.
With that in mind, it’s helpful to consider that on the hunter’s end of the equation, you, a stationary hunter, may just be too slow or otherwise too immobile to interest a bird with a purpose. But there’s a technique for killing birds that keep creating greater distance.

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Getting pushy with toms: Here’s when and how to call aggressively for turkeys

We’ve all heard aggressive turkey calling – on TV, sitting next to a hunting friend, or sometimes even in the woods just after fly-down as two hens dish out an array of insults toward one another.
The results of such calling can be wholly ineffective, or strangely successful, at times with no rhyme or reason to the responses. Zero-to-hero moves are what make turkey hunters get out of bed in the morning, but often there’s a purpose to the practice, rather than haphazard hunters getting lucky.

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When is it time to be mobile for toms, and when is it best to stay put?

No doubt you’ve been a part of that’ll-never-work type of maneuvers in the turkey woods that end up paying dividends. Maybe it was a 20-yard reposition on some birds working around you. Or perhaps a complete end-around where you reconnected with a ranging flock you last laid eyes on hours earlier.
I can think of several times when I thought all hope was lost, when walking back to the truck and changing my view made all the difference in the world. So, can we harness that effectiveness deliberately, rather than randomly? 

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Three techniques to entice Minnesota’s opening weekend walleyes

The fishing opener is nearly upon us in Minnesota – finally, once again, the chance to connect with friends and family, while at the same time, catch fish.
As with all other openers, water and air temperatures likely will dictate the willingness of walleyes to eat, but there’s usually an effective pattern going on somewhere. That’s true in early ice-out years such as this one, and it is with late ice-outs. But you just might need a handful of tricks up your sleeve to keep throwing at them.

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A Minnesota veteran’s return to hunting results in a dream season

Chad Sheridan’s childhood during the 1980s and ’90s was like that of many rural kids in Minnesota’s southeastern Driftless Area: chasing squirrels, deer, and waterfowl along with family and friends near their home in Cannon Falls.
It was an incredible introduction to the outdoors, laced now with memories of family deer camp and the camaraderie that accompanies such a camp. To this day, Chad beams when telling and retelling stories about early mornings in a duck blind, with brightening skies and whistling wings overhead.

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Going light is key during ice-fishing seasons of inconsistent ice; here’s where to cut weight

Not that shaving a few pounds is an excuse to creep out on thin ice, but saving some weight keeps us nimble and after the fish, especially when hand-dragging our gear so late into what’s typically midwinter conditions.
Call it a first-ice mindset for what may be much more of the season than we intended. Here’s how I look to keep it light out there.

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In search of a perfect electric ice auger? Here’s what to consider

Deer seasons are over for many of us, so as December returns, so too does our interest in ice fishing. If you’re like me, that starts with some equipment review and accounting.
I look at what I can live with and what I need to replace, which always tends to start with the big-ticket items. Shelters, electronics, and, ultimately, the one tool that is necessary to do it all: your ice auger. No hole means no fishing, and these days, there’s a pile of ways to drill ice and get your fix when the hardwater hits.

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Why it might be best to wait a bit for early-ice panfish

Deer season is nearly behind most of us, and thoughts of ice fishing get the blood flowing.
You know the days: just a few inches of clear, black ice with sunfish twirling below and to the sides of the hole as we extract them from hungry schools off the edges of standing green weedbeds. It’s typically the shortest part of the season, with 3 to 4 inches of safe, walkable ice. And it’s the first and last trip most ice anglers will see with these conditions.

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Farmland strategies: A few tips to help you make the most of your firearms deer season

Among friends and family, I’m more of a turkey guy than someone who chases whitetails with strong conviction. Yet, come opening morning of deer season, I’ll be devoted to deer like so many people reading these words.
Call me a gun-hunter, a slugslinger, or part of the orange army, I enjoy the tradition each year and wouldn’t dream of missing it.

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