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Any 346 reports? Foliage, weather etc...........

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Heading down to 346 May 5-9. We're going down blind and will also be looking for a place to setup the wall tent. I've moved to Duluth any it's tough to get in a scouting trip. Any help would be appreciated. -JD

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Never know what the weather will be like that far out but in 348 this week it was windy! Same everywhere else I 'spose.

The trees are still bare. Some of the thorny underbrush is budding out but things are mostly brown.

Its dry and the creeks are low and clear. Dry = very noisy walking which made the wind somewhat of a friend.

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I've found morels in the past. Just wondering if theres been any rain. I'm not asking anyone to tell me what the weather is going to be like when I'm hunting.(Over 10 days out) I find myself pacing between the clock to the calendar quite often. Maybe I'll go chase some steelies. Thanks -JD

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That's the thing about MN. You can always be chasing something. cool

Too early for morels yet. That's something I miss about late season hunting.

Here's a pic of the area this last week.

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Don't wear a hole in your floor. grin

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Up here in Duluth, my last patch of snow just melted today. 4/24!!!

My Ski-doo is sad, but I'm pumped and my release finger is SUPER ITCHY!!!!! I'm tapin a guillotene hunt this year. My buddy and I are introing 2 newbies, but I hope I can get some good bow action on tape. This hunt is about them though. It's good that they are "Gung-Ho" but they have NOOO IDEA! Guessing they'll be lifers! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!Anymore

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I rode fresh untouched powder on March 31st. (Last day snowmobile trails were open) I rode from my steps in Duluth throught Two Harbors to Finland and back over 9"s of powder in a day.(180mi.) Trophy walleyes staging the St. Louis River, steelies running, North Shore coho salmon for the taking, loopers abound, coasters,(but you're not suppost to know about that) families of ruffers(safe for now), Superior agates and college cuties(never safe)-yet that pic makes me feel like I'm In Prison. Besides 12 chromers (happy happy brag brag),this site is the only thing keeping me sane this spring. At least now I can count the days on my fingers!

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This past week in 346 was tough going to start with. The weather to start the week was cold, damp and the wind blew all week of course until friday mid-day. We were able to get two nice birds, but we didn't hear much after about 8:00 am. Saw alot of birds henned up, so I would assume your season should be hitting it pretty well as long as weather cooperates!! crazy

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Here are a couple photos of my bird and a hunting partners that we took near Winona. Both birds weighed in at 21 lbs, 10.5" beards, 1 1/8" spurs. Must have been brothers!! Off to Nebraska tommorrow for some Merriams!! laugh

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There is a 8 or 9 unit campground named Vinegar Ridge about 4 miles east of Rushford, part of the RJ Dorer Memorial Forest. It has a biffy, fire rings, picnic tables and flat gravel spots to park. I was there last week with about 5 other groups. There is about 1000 acres of public hunting, out the back door so to speak and several farmers in the area generally give permission to hunt or cross their lands to isolated tracts of public lands. The area is fairly rugged and wooded. But the turkeys are there.

Go to DNR state forest site and it actually has some small maps you can print. Plus if you look at google earth or local live websites you can look at really nice aerial photos of the area. The birds seemed a bit quiet last week.

when I left on Thursday afternoon there was about 33% success in camp. Sad to say, I was not one of them.

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Good-Good! That has been my plan. What's up with the field north of camp. Overlays of Google Earth and other maps show it public. We didnt draw and went for surplus. By that time private land was booked! I've talked to over 20 different landowners that said "nephews comin" or "have a group that week" Livin up here in Duluth, I'm so frustrated because I really want these newbies to have an awsome experience! I have no private land to hunt. Ideally I would like to put my pop-up within hiking distance from camp. I can sit at any tree anywhere because just like you, I've had it all come togeather. These guys might want to mosey from the blind to camp. I normally don't hunt around there and any info would be HIGHLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!! Thank You Very Much!

JimDanelski@hotmail.com

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