Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Scott M

Anyone dove hunting on Tuesday?

Recommended Posts

I found a spot last week that looks promising. A WMA near a picked pea field that is full of weeds; has a small ditch with water bordering it, and is also bordered by a gravel road with telephone poles. It's a nice assemblage of dove habitat. I've been seeing a few out that way every day. Just need to get the timing down.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will not be out. I have not had a good scouting trip that worked out for me yet. One guy stoped cutting what he used to cut. Another stop to chat with a farmer cutting a wheat field resulted in a nice tractor ride, but a resounding NO.

The spot I have the most confidence in, a waterin hole with nice gravel and roosting areas, that I was seeing 2-300 different birds a night using, is private property. I just couldn't bring myself to ask to hunt there because his kids dont work, dont go to school and dont want to do anything that requires work. So I did not want to ask to hunt there untill the season opened because I figured that way I could at least get one good shoot in before his kids figured out what was going on. What I did not count on was (someone I will not name because he may read this) mentioning to him I wanted to hunt it and everything I explained to him I learned about the spot. How the birds approached it, used it, time of day, everything. Last week, his kids started shooting trap in the exact place the birds use to approach the water. Same flight path, same set down location, same time of day. They did this three days in a row, I have only seen 15-20 birds an evening since. What I thought would happen did, now the spot is shot.

So I will have to check on some public land areas later in the week. Until then, I will take the time to focus on school.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I plan on hunting the evening of opener and then taking the day off wednesday to take my two girls (ages 9 and 6) out with me and the dog. Its the only chance i will have before they go back to school.

I have nothing in mind yet so I'm using tuesday for some scouting too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Will be working in the morning, but plan on hitting up some state land sunflower plots or cut wheat fields. Lots of birds around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just moved back to MN from Texas where I used to do some Dove hunting and I'd like to do some here this season. I'm living just west of Minneapolis right now and don't have any land anywhere so I was going to try and use some of the public land. I see there's some places down south by the Iowa border and some places out West. Does anyone have some suggestions on which lands I should try out West preferably?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is an abundance of public land in MN. Use the maps on the DNR's HSOforum or buy a public land atlas at one of the sporting goods stores.

I'm taking my daughters out the first couple times but I might be looking for someone else to help keep my dog busy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found out fri I have to go out of town for work tues & wed. Needless to say I wasn't happy about it. I'll get out this weekend though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Powerstroke,

I've been looking at the DNR site and the Map of the WMA's. I'm in Chanhassen so it looks like the ones down south by the Iowa border and pretty close to the same distance as the area's out West by the Dakota border. Since that is so I was just wondering if someone knew if one area was better than the others. Also, when you search Yellow Medicine county on the WMA map it gives you about 30 area's with Doves. Any suggestion on which one I should check out. Just trying to find out if anyone has any experience that they wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm going this afternoon out west of Clearwater. A friend of mine has a spot along a wheat field where he said that there is a lot of them hanging around. Ive never realy had good dove hunting so I'm pumped to get the shotgun out again. As far as blackbirds I think if its a crow it is legal to hunt them right now??? I know a few weeks ago my cousin had his crow call out snd went hunting them in a gravel pit up north. I don't have my reg book here but I'll check the dnr web site.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone have suggestions on whether I should head out to some of the public lands around Lyon county (ex. Amiret WMA, Bosque WMA, Brakke WMA, Coon Creek WMA, etc...There seem to be a bunch right around here).

Or if I should head down south to somewhere like (Carex WMA, Panicum Prairie, Boyd Sartell WMA, Whitewater WMA, Mc Carthy Lake WMA, Naylor WMA, Aurora WMA, Somerset WMA)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ebes you're looking to drive 3 hrs for dove hunting?!? Start closer. I'm sure you'll find plenty of land. As far as where to go, I'm not sharing right now cause I don't have any one place nailed down yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Powerstroke,

All of those places are under 3 hours. The ones out west near Lyon county are probably 2-2.5 hours from Chanhassen and some of the ones down south are only an hour. The farthest south is maybe 2 hours from Chanhassen.

I don't see any public lands that are closer that I'd be able to go on and I don't know anyone with any private land that I can ask.

Dave TN,

All those WMA's I listed in my last post are public lands you can go try. The ones I listed that are South are a little closer than the ones out West (At least from Chanhassen).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • You heard wrong and he left on his own, multiple times....
    • I have been adding a little equipment to my butchering hobby every year and this year I am going to add a bandsaw to the mix.  On the WWW there are a bunch of them in the 280-450 range that all look like rebranded clones of each other.    Then, from there it looks like the next jump is the Rikon/grizzly model that has bearing guides, a better blade and it looks like a better fit and finish for 650- 800 depending on the retailer. Does anyone have any experience with either of these types or anything similar?  I'm not going to spend the dollars to get a commercial model.     
    • Ya its been a long day. I don't know if I'm a puss or what but I havent even been able to eat today. Never lost a deer before. Hopefully never again. Worst part is I don't know what went wrong I would make exact same shot again.
    • Awesome thank you  
    • Sorry Charlie.  Way I heard it, the lords didn't like him having a plug for his sight in his .sig so he moved on, like many of the cooking folks did to another place.   I am there too, so come on over....  Just leave the politics here.  
    • Gee Dave, you are sure a  believer in the overprotective government.   I bet you cook all your eggs hard, and your chicken to 165.  You need to read up on pasteurization... It's a time and temperature thing. 
    • Reinhardt's skin was about as thick as sausage casing, it was after Obama got re-elected and the realization that he couldn't howl from his deer stand after Romney's victory. That's when he left, so it's been a while. He was a good dude with a lot of experience in a variety of things. A lot of folks are missed around these parts.  
    • Yeah, I think the first time was after too many people made fun of Michelle Bachmann.  Too bad. He had some great old school knowledge of sausages and butchering in general. 
    • I thought he just got mad and took his ball and went home? Didn't he do that at least a time or 2? I do miss Reinhardt though....
    • Check his web sight which caused him to get expelled from HSO many moons ago.... It has all his recipes and info on it.   www dot sausage heaven outdoors dot com   with a http:// and some deleted spaces you will be golden. 
  • Our Sponsors