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.
Now that we have survived the boring, warm weather of September we move into the best period of the fall for bow hunting for whitetail deer.
Duck hunters in general are an odd lot. Where else can you find a comparison to someone who enjoys sitting outside in a swamp when the temperature is hovering below freezing or the sleet and snow are blowing sideways at hurricane force speeds.
Every fall in Minnesota is seems the duck situation changes according to weather conditions, rain amounts and air temperatures. Heading into the early season here in central Minnesota, Mother Nature has thrown us some curves and the modern waterfowler needs to adapt accordingly. Here are some insights into our early season and some of my budding strategies.
The news for Minnesota bird hunters isn’t all that rosy, not with drumming counts for grouse being down and pheasants taking a big hit.
After spending August scouting my favorite whitetail bow hunting areas, I have come to the conclusion that the majority of the deer right now are keying on water sources and expect this trend to continue into September.
by Steve Carney Contributing writer August fishing has always been nothing great over the years as we head into some very warm temperatures. Over the last few years I have dedicated the month of August to hanging portable tree stands in preparation for the upcoming bow opener in a few weeks. Nothing can contribute to [...]