Thank you to everyone for making this such an awesome year for Minnesota Outdoor Journal! Without you, what I do just wouldn't be as special as it is. Let's buckle up and get ready for another great year in the outdoors! Thanks again and enjoy!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Busted my hind end today. I was on the ice from sunrise to sunset checking and setting. Pounding into frozen rock hard huts all day long really beats a dude a down. But, you have to keep on keepin' on. Day after day. It really does pay off though. I have never caught so many giant rats as I did this morning. Snap happy!
Friday, December 28, 2012
No shot opportunities on a shooter buck means one thing. Well, actually it means a lot of things but we'll save that for another post. Where I was going with this is, last few days flat top killin'.
If you don't fill your tag with Mr. Big don't be ashamed to kill a flat top. I save those last few days for tag fillin'. This year we got a good snap of cold weather just in time. We don't have a ton of snow but the cold will work.
I slid into one of my favorite late season stands. There is always a mashed trail about 18 yards out form my stand, this year was no different. A single doe took her time down the trail after sunset. For this hunt I'm sporting my recurve. Bow in hand and arrow following my mark. Just before my shooting lane she turns and trots right to my stand.
I released a meat missle at my target standing only 5 yards out. Shizam! Done deal. She went just under 100 yards and spun out. Love killin' baldies with the curve, or anything for that matter. Backstraps on the George Foreman and the rest to be made into brats. Oh how I love this.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I caught this beaver in a 330 guarding a den entrance below the ice. Vertical pole set with some guiding. It took me a few days to produce on this set, but persistancy pays. It was, however, a very odd catch. A back foot catch! Snap happy.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I strive to not let myself get too wrapped up in all the negative going on amoungst and around us, for obvious reasons. I will promise you this, there are not many things in this world that make me as sick as I am when I hear of innocent children being robbed of their entire lives by some mindless person living without a heart. One question seems to hold its ground in my thoughts, what the hell is happening to us?
Monday, December 10, 2012
Brought my first round of fur in to sell. Over all, I left fairly happy. I think I could have done a little better on a few items, but I believe that's always the case.
My focus is going to be on muskrats from here on out. I will, however, do a little dabbling with coyote snaring and under ice beaver. With this fresh cold snap my opportunities should greatly increase.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Well, I managed to slid out onto the little tiny bit of ice we have. Don't worry, when I break through I only sink into muck up to my knees. Not many huts around, most are bank rats. I set some colony traps and 110's with a very few hut sets. I did pick up a few rats and really got the taste for ice trapping again. When the ice thickens later in winter, it will be all in.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
My first check went pretty well, all in all. Low water and cool temps are sure making it tough. A lot of my coon sets were under ice. Due to the lack of water trappers are a lot more concentrated as well. If you see water, you can bet your ass there's a trap in it.
Tomorrow I will be doing some pulling and setting in new grounds. Hope the weather hold out for us. Got more fur to catch. I'll keep you posted!
My trapper look. Oh yes I did.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Trapping is just around the corner. Next weekend land then the following weekend water! Well, what's left of any water. The drought is going to make this season super tough, I'm guessing. Rats especially. I'm just getting some of my last tasks done, suck as doing some night latching. Anyone else gettin' the itch for fur?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
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I have poured my heart and soul into this adventure and reached a new level of focus. I am honored to be able to share it with fellow outdoors people. Thank you and enjoy. Cheers!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
It's where hard work, motivation, dreaming big, and focus all meet. This is indeed the purest moment.
My life long goal has been filled. On September 2, I killed a black bear with my recurve. Just to boot, he was my best bear so far.
I fill in more blanks after I return from round two. You didn't forget did you? I have two tags! I'll keep you posted...
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Stumbling down my little goat path carrying buckets filled with bait, my eyes do not look ahead of me. Staring down not to look at the station too early. My foot almost gracefully lands in a large pile of bear crap. Looking up to see the devistation.
It is very hard to fist pump when your arms are like jello from carrying bait. So, I set them down and to a little dance. My baits have been on the ground for a while and I am happy to report that they are getting hit good. I am running two stations and both looked as if a gernade went off inside the funnel. Not a peanut or a gummy worm left.
I got both stands hung this weekend. I set them for a recurve shot, yeah, closer than I normally hang them. The acorns are already falling, which I am rather pleased with. Hopefully, they will be gone by the time September 1st rolls around.
There is lots and lots of logging continueing throughout my hunting area. This will help or hurt me, so far, it is helping. I am very excited to see what lies in store for me come sitting time. I am one step closer...
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The bait stations have been established and baited!
The weather was most excellent and suprisingly the bugs weren't all too bad. We made two trips into the stations. One of the baits had a visitor before we had all the bait on the ground. I am rather concerned about all the logging traffic that is and has been taking place. Lots and lots of logging due to last years storm damage. Time will tell.
I can't wait to get back up there next weekend to see what the stations look like. Hopefully they look like a bomb fell on them!
I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Our dreams are the soul motivator in life. A life long dream of mine will be chased to my full abilities this fall.
Sending an arrow out of my recurve into a public land black bear is something I have longed for all my life. This bear season will be the start of my accomplishment. Just a single bear fallen victim to my recurve.
The practice and preperation will continue. Baiting begins this Friday. I will be heading up and putting some bait on the ground. I will share my journey and keep you all updated. It's time to do what we love to do.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
My new addition to the 2012 Minnesota archery season has been officailly named as the Pond Ridge Plot. My new food plot project I started this spring.
I have planted it in turnips. As you can see, they are really shooting up! Can't wait to be sitting over these bad boys...
Monday, August 6, 2012
I have shot aluminum arrows all my life, with the exception of some cedar arrows out of my recurve. To me, there are many advantages of aluminum arrows over carbon. From safety all the way to price.
I said I'd never do it, but I broke down and bought myself some carbons. I figured I would give them a season and make a complete judgement. One of my main reasons for doing this is the availability of aluminum arrow supplies. I pretty much have to order everything, if I can find it. They definitely are slowly being fazed out.
I found the heaviest arrows make by Carbon Express, aimed towards high penetration. They are Pile Drivers. I have been shooting them and do enjoy the flat shooting of carbons. I can't help but be a bit gun shy of blemished arrows breaking. I've known more than one archer who has had to deal with this horrible situation.
If I'm going this far in the other direction, why not go all the way? So, I have been researching mechanical broadheads. Yep, you heard me right. Carbons and mechanicals! Wow, NEVER thought I would be saying that. I will give them a season and form a solid opinion.
I hope all goes well. I am very sceptical. Researching and finding the best set up for what I need was done very carefully. Anticipation fills my veins, because I said I would never do it...
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Well, it's that time of year again! The cameras are out and the pics are coming in. I will be updating my 2012 trail cam pics throughout my season. The deer are starting to show up!
To view the photos simple click the 2012 Trail Cam Pics button!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I went back Saturday in search of more bass. I was a bit concerned if the fish would still be there because the night before we had a pretty good storm blow through. As soon as I started, I was getting bit. Flipping heavy jigs towards the bank and slowly, I MEAN SLOWLY, pulling them back. This is how I got my 30 fish day. I think I may need a thumb transplant, it is messed up!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The bass in the above photo I believe made a spot in my top 5 personal best. She was a real PIG!
The fish all were caught tossin' jigs and draggin' them very slow. The bite was extremely light and water temps were through the roof.
I don't get this too often, but he sure was delicous!
After two days of rippin' lips my thumb was trashed!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hot, hot, hot. I did some more work on the plots.
I moved stands, trimmed up my lanes, and did some brush spraying. Above is the view from my stand overlooking the saddle plot. Wow! Did it ever thicken up from last year. Can you say security cover!?!
The new plot is, well, in need of more sweat. I have very little options for hanging a stand. My best option entailed a good amount of trimming back the edge brush. It still needs some trimming but I got the majority of it done and the stand hung. Like an idiot, I didn't pack any beverages so I started to feel a bit funky and had to bail. When it's that hot and humid staying hydrated is no joke. Drink and drink some more.
I got some brush sprayed and will need more rounds of weed spray. New plots in tight quarters can be a task to kill of the established weeds, but stay on it and it will start to take shape. The damn golden rods are my biggest problem. Oh they are going to die!
The journey to killing deer continues...