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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Joel Nelson

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.

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

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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Here’s a modified approach to scouting fall turkeys

Sometime in the early 1990s, I attended a spring turkey hunter education clinic where I learned a number of cornerstones to success in the turkey woods. It shouldn’t be a surprise that scouting was chief among them.
We learned about gobbler droppings, wing-tip drag marks, and finding everything from feathers to scratching in the leaves. We were asked to go on a walk in the woods right before the hunting season itself, which generally involved finding (and spooking) the very birds we were trying to get the slip on. It wasn’t for many years that I learned how to apply an updated approach to scouting that informed without driving away turkeys I intended to hunt.

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The panfish of late summer and how to catch ’em

In the world of a crappie or bluegill, late summer can represent the best of times. Food availability is at its peak, and while the metabolism of panfish predators is also at a seasonal high, there’s ample vegetation in which the smaller fish may hide and find grub at the same time. Happy days.
Such conditions can make for challenging angling, with fish being in this “everywhere but nowhere” type of scenario that plagues late-summer panfish anglers. What to do?

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For early-season fishing plans, consider ice-out timing

It’s extremely rare for there to be ice on any of the state’s lakes during a May opener, even in the extreme northern portions of Minnesota. Yet, there are still additional considerations when ice-out is just days before we float the lakes it once covered.
We’ve all adjusted to what fishing cold water can mean: Shiners will be sold (where available), and jigs will be pitched. But other plans can work wonders.

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