Jump to content


we are 'the leading edge' I Share on HSO
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About Tim_Anderson

  • Rank
    Sr HotSpotOutdoors.com Family
  • Birthday 06/01/1965

Profile Information

  • Location:
    Brainerd, Mn.
  1. Just set some good old fashioned rat traps (the jumbo mouse trap -wooden) and use sweets on the pan. We grew up in an old house (central mn) and had them all the time - esp in fall and winter. They are not hard to catch. I've caught four in the past two days in my dogproof coon traps (out on the trapline). They love marshmallows. Peanutbutter too.
  2. We've been really nailing lots of big bass on Millie with jigs and large sucker minnows. Got a 23.5 incher over 7 pounds last week. Several at 21 inches. They were very much weed related about ten days ago when the water temp was still in the 60's. It was 48 deg as of Tuesday, and the smallies we found were more active on the deeper rocks. We found them in 18-22 feet. Wounds on the top of their heads from digging for crawfish in the rocks and zebra mussels all summer seem to be healing up. I think they're more interested in minnows now. Be prepared to upsize your offering. It seems to really be getting their attention. Good luck.
  3. If you REALLY want to have fun, try the smallest Revo inshore (substantially smaller than the Toro, which I own a couple of as well). It's mismatched a bit for the long rods I use - but what the heck - I need something that stores line, and casts and retrieves it. That, and a drag that works. Super fun and challenging to land big fish on. And very "user friendly" for the guy with small hands, or in my case, old arthritic hands. My first one lasted me six years, and got me a heck of a lot of big pike and musky all across Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba. I just replaced it (gears FINALLY burned out as I would expect as this ain't what it's made for) and already have a couple big muskies on it this year. Hard to go wrong with the Curado 300 too. I have one and like it. Good for small to medium blades, and I "slow roll" big blades with it as large as the supermodel. Biggest thing you have to do is match the reel to your style of fishing and lures. The little revo I'm talking about is fast, and awesome for burning little bucktails, which I love to do. It helps old or out of shape people to last longer (smile). But use it to burn big blades or throw a big jerkbait or bulldawg, and it's just a matter of time till it's ruined... Good luck!
  4. Hopefully we'll be testing the load in question this week. I'll let you know how it turns out...
  5. Just a thought to put this in it's proper context... We all seem to have this in common - that we LOVE the outdoors; hunting and fishing thrill us. What the nonbeliever needs to keep in mind is a respect for the believers point of view - which is this: That anything that has every thrilled us - be it an encounter with a wild beast, harvesting a deer, or releasing a giant fish - all of this is made possible because of God. And when a "believing man" is truly grateful for such a thing, he cannot keep it in. Hence such subjects will get spilled over into the "open water forum" on an Easter Sunday. Nobody is pushing anything on anybody else. Just sharing in the joy of life, and in the comradery and fellowship of the outdoors and what we hold dear - which is what this site is all about. I don't care where it winds up, but if this site ever bans talking about God, I'm out! There's lots of touchy subjects posted on here. We can choose to "walk away" and be non reactive if we don't agree. We can be respectful of one another, whether we hold the same beliefs and values, or not. I've often thought there should be a "page" on here for the Christian outdoorsman - a place for people of faith to share their perspectives. There is for everything else - so why not? Kudos to the people who had the idea and the courage to post this. Yeah, it's what Easter is all about!
  6. Seeing the kids with turkeys brings back great memories. My son and I started this when he was 11. Now he's 23, and one way or another, we still turkey hunt every year. Congrats on getting a great thing going! Judging by the smiles, I bet he's hooked...
  7. Great to see the kids getting on the turkeys! Ya'all are getting me excited!
  8. I wish I could be "guiding", but alas, it is illegal in Mn. All my time and effort is a complete freebie. Like I said, I love it so much, I just keep doing it anyway. Can't seem to get enough...
  9. I don't anymore, but used to hunt the bluff country in southeast MN for many years. We experienced a lot of different scenarios, but generally, I'd say they fly down and walk uphill to us most often. Some of my coolest memories though, are of birds that were up top during the day, and when we called from the valley below, they set sail and glided down to us. Yeah - they look huge! Most generally, early in the am, they are roosted in the valleys - often up toward the top part of the draw. We set up above them, they flew down, and walked up to us. But I have also set up below them in strutting areas because I had them patterned there day after day. We've also had good success that way, with them flying down to the ground directly under the tree, and then walking down to us at the valley floor. Turkeys may have preferences and tendencies, but you never really know what they're going to do, thus, you gotta stay versatile. My opinion anyway...
  10. Last year was probably my most "complete" year of turkey hunting. I don't hunt out of state (YET), but hit it pretty hard here in Minnesota. Many of my friends hunt, and take their kids hunting - and I love it so much that I will go along just to experience the hunt, video the hunt, take pictures, call, strategize, and assist in any way that I can. We scout hard (I've been scouting several mornings and evenings a week for several weeks already), and get permission on A LOT of properties so as not to burn anything out. That has been suggested already, and I agree that it's pretty key. What I can tell you is that I was "out there" every season last year, from beginning to end. The turkeys were gobbling the whole time, and with persistence, we shot birds every season. In the final season or two, they were definitely wiser and more cagey, but they were gobbling nearly as much - especially in the morning. They were more difficult to call in, but by then we had them pretty well patterned, and were able to "bushwhack" a couple by getting on their line of travel. Another technique that worked great was to have the hunter sneak as close as possible to the turkey between the caller and the turkey. Then have the caller call aggressively while walking directly away. Sometimes I was 300-400 yards away when I heard "BANG"! Pretty fun. Also keep in mind that the late birds can become pretty desperate and their mood changes big time from day to day. We get to know these individual birds pretty intimately. One day they are completely unsociable and the next, they want to climb in your pocket. They sure are gobbling like crazy right now on the roost, but seem to quiet down fairly fast once their feet hit the ground. Like you, I have a license for the D season. I'm not worried about it one bit. Only a couple of weeks left to wait! Good luck...
  11. Thanks Paul. One of my hunting partners has been out in Idaho the past two years, and they have had some success. I think they went one for three both years, with some missed opportunities. They told me that numbers were so so - just enough to keep them interested - but I'm sure that changes as you go. We have been researching CO and NM for a change of scenery, but Idaho is definitely our ace in the hole. Thanks again. I'll check out the link... Tim
  12. We are looking for a good drop camp that's less than 2K. Add on license, transportation, food etc. and we're probably looking at 3K or more. We are a few "do-it-yourselfer's" who have chased most of what there is in the lover 48, but just have not gotten into the elk yet, but it's time! We love turkey hunting, coyote hunting, and the whole aspect of calling in game and interacting with them up close and personal. Elk hunting during the bugle seems like the ultimate - I never get tired of the video and tv shows. Having said that, I'm looking for my first bull with archery. My two partners have each shot younger 5x5's, which I would be TICKLED with. We are not at the point of trophy hunting yet - would be ecstatic to just get into some remote country that's not heavily pressured, and get in the middle of some screaming bulls. So having numbers of bulls (versus trophy quality) would be our priority. We've been looking primarily at Colorado and New Mexico. Have been doing as much research as I can, but it sure is time consuming. Thanks for the help guys.
  13. I would go to Arizona, but isn't it pretty tough to get tags down there? Love that state. Was down there on private land for a Coues Whitetaill hunt the past two years. Unfortunately, they don't have elk on those ranches!
  14. Does anyone have personal experience, or can you recommend a good archery elk hunt (outfitter) in one of the western states? My partners and I are looking for a do-it-yourself type hunt, prefer private land but would do remote public land, september bugle, drop camp, etc. Thanks!
  15. Does anyone have personal experience, or can you recommend a good archery elk hunt (outfitter) in one of the western states? My partners and I are looking for a do-it-yourself type hunt, prefer private land but would do remote public land, september bugle, drop camp, etc. Thanks!
  • Create New...