As we head into the early ice period here in central Minnesota, we are faced with some uncertainty such as less than ideal ice conditions and unfortunately a lot of snow to boot. Lots of snow with iffy ice conditions require anglers to pay special attention to ice safety.
Thirty candlelight ski, snowshoe and hiking events are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Good ice came earlier this season than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started. In the northern part of the state, anglers were even out before Thanksgiving on the shallower lakes and some of the walleye action has been red hot.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.
With the last of the deer hunting zones coming to a close it might be time to get back in the woods and chase a few ruffed grouse around. Even though the small game season extends through the end of the year it’s the time between the end of the deer season and the arrival of fresh snow that can be some of the best.
Now that the firearms season is well under way here in central Minnesota, we bow hunters are now facing the biggest change during the entire bow season…..the gun season. This radical change in the environment of the whitetail deer forces them to change their everyday lifestyle, adapt to different travel areas and re-arrange their feeding schedules.
Minnesota deer hunters have had it pretty darn good for last 20 or more years but things have changed a bit. The fact is the numbers aren’t there like they have been in recent past, especially in the north woods where a tough winter and too many predators (in my opinion) have taken their toll.