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Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mark Morrison

An archer’s guide to outsmarting the wind

Dealing with wind currents has to be at the top of a bowhunter’s checklist when choosing optimal stand locations. Failing to take wind direction, or hunting poor wind direction, will alert deer to a hunter’s presence long before they are seen or heard crunching leaves under hooves.
Deer, and all other big game, can discern human odor at incredible distances, sometimes more than a half mile.

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A late-season bowhunt in South Dakota eventually delivers during the secondary rut

I had a South Dakota archery tag burning a hole in my pocket all season, and I was itching to punch it. The problem was, my work schedule was jam-packed, and I had waterfowl- and pheasant-hunting plans.
So, bowhunting for Dakota deer looked to be unlikely until I made a hard decision to disregard work responsibilities and trek west to the South Dakota/Montana border region to chase whitetails with my recurve bow.

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Hoofin’ it for ducks: Experience the joys of the jump-shoot

The Minnesota waterfowl season has been a head-scratcher at times. The year began with pretty good success, as reported by a wide range of hunters across the state. But that enthusiasm quickly waned as mild weather kept ducks from migrating from northern haunts to Minnesota sloughs.
Then, local ducks soon wised up, giving even grizzled waterfowlers fits. Perplexingly, even when an arctic blast hit North Dakota, blanketing outstanding duck habitat in snow and ice, ducks seemed to have skipped over vast sections of our state.

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Hunting the suburbs? Here’s the best ways to make the most of it

Just like most whitetail bowhunters, I relish chasing bucks during the rut.
When late October rings in, anything can happen in the woods. An otherwise slow sit can turn productive in seconds when an active doe moves by, or a traveling buck creates an opportunity for success. One of those crisp, early November evenings found me 15 feet above the forest floor, looking and listening for activity.

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Common-sense prep for bear-hunting success in Minnesota

Bear hunting in Minnesota can be feast or famine.
Some years, nature offers bruins a smorgasbord of food options such as blueberries, hazelnuts, and acorns. Other years, those attractive goodies are unavailable to bears, and the critters visit hunters’ bait sites with regularity, increasing those hunters’ chances of tagging one of the forest beasts. My favorite bear hunts have occurred during those seasons during which bears munched wildly on native chow and largely ignored sweet bait offerings.

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Dogs need year-round mental challenges; here are ways to give it to them

My goal was to find out just how much time gun dogs spend hunting each fall here in Minnesota. To that end, I perused the DNR’s statistics page and came back somewhat astonished.

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