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  • Birthday 07/01/1988

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  1. mitch

    Out west bow sling recommendations

    I don't think they're necessary. Like Scoot said just carry or strap to your pack. Also, hauling camp from 8,600' to 11,000, and possibly coming back down to 8,600' does not sound fun. I'm 27 and in pretty good shape, We hunted from our camp at around 8,800'. In 9 days of hunting I only went over 10,000' two days, and I was beat each day we did that. Not saying you can't do it, just make sure you're in good shape, and then get in even better shape. That's my best tip for hunting in the mountains.
  2. mitch

    Ripley

    I called the DNR and asked. They said that everyone that applied was drawn.
  3. Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately we didn't make it out on the water. Saturday was our only chance to fish and the high winds would have made things pretty tough, so we didn't go out. Will keep this in mind for next time.
  4. Hi everyone. I will be heading up to Yellow Lake for a bachelor party this weekend. Any general tips or suggestions? Not looking for secret spots, just general guidance. A couple of the guys that are coming don't really fish so it would be nice to see them catch something. We will probably be set up for northern/muskie but would be willing to try for anything.
  5. mitch

    MN Elk application is open

    Anyone know when they draw the tags?
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    Does MN ever tell us which streams get stocked?

    I just moved back to MN from Iowa and the trout stocking calendar is the only thing I disliked about trout fishing in Iowa. I would plan my outings for as far away from that days stocking events as possible.
  7. Hey guys I just wanted to show off and invite everyone to Echo Valley Archers indoor 3D range. We are located in West Union, Iowa. About 40 miles south of the MN border (just south of Decorah, IA) and about a 2 hour drive from Rochester. Take a look at our awesome setup. Click Here- Echo Valley Archers Photos Click Here- Echo Valley Archers HSOforum We have a few more shoots coming up this winter. February 1, 2, 22, and 23. I thought I would give everyone here an invite to come shoot with us. I know it may be a long drive for a lot of you, but the range is worth the drive. It's a fun place to shoot, with a lot of friendly people. If anyone has any questions feel free to send me a PM or post a message here.
  8. Hey guys I just wanted to show off and invite everyone to Echo Valley Archers indoor 3D range. We are located in West Union, Iowa. About 40 miles south of the MN border (just south of Decorah, IA) and about a 2 hour drive from Rochester. Take a look at our awesome setup. Click Here- Echo Valley Archers Photos Click Here- Echo Valley Archers HSOforum We have a few more shoots coming up this winter. February 1, 2, 22, and 23. I thought I would give everyone here an invite to come shoot with us. I know it may be a long drive for a lot of you, but the range is worth the drive. It's a fun place to shoot, with a lot of friendly people. If anyone has any questions feel free to send me a PM or post a message here.
  9. mitch

    Gun season in peak of rut

    I grew up in MN and went to college in Iowa and got a job in Iowa after graduation. I hunted the 3B and archery seasons growing up in MN. Before I left MN I bought a MN lifetime archery license, just so I would have more days to hunt with my dad when I came home to visit. So I still hunt MN and have been hunting in Iowa for 3 years. I am against the APR. I don't think the state needs to qualify the size of the animal you plan to shoot, that should be a personal judgement. BUT I do think the regulations should be written to give all types of hunters the best opportunity to have a successful hunt, whatever that may be. I wish MN would do something SIMILAR to Iowa. The archery season starts later, October 1. No one likes bow hunting in 90 degree weather in September anyway. The archery season is closed during the gun seasons. And the gun seasons do not take place during the rut. The hunting tactics between MN and Iowa are pretty much the same. During the gun seasons the orange army is out in full force, doing drives, just like in MN. Small bucks, mature bucks, fawns and does are all shot during the gun season here, no different than MN. In my opinion MN has MUCH more quality deer habitat than Iowa (Have you driven through IA its just corn!), yet all the TV shows brag about Iowa constantly. The difference comes that the MN gun season is during the rut. Deer are on the move anyway during that time, no need to have people pushing them through the woods. Give the deer a chance to pass on their genetics and then go ahead hunt them hard afterwards. I think MN would do itself a favor by moving the gun seasons back 2 weeks. And I'm not just saying this because I'm an archery purist that wants to save the big bucks for myself. I've shot one buck in my life and it didn't even break 125". I don't care how you hunt as long as it's legal and sporting. I think this would solve a lot of the issues that are dividing us as deer hunters. Down here there isn't a huge disagreement between "meat" hunters and "trophy" hunters. I'm not saying it's perfect but there is much less turmoil than there is up in God's Country. Sorry for the long message, but after moving to Iowa I honestly think they have the right approach, and MN could easily overtake Iowa as the deer capital of the US if the MNDNR took a similar one.
  10. Is the fan still available?
  11. mitch

    Mission Bows, Quest Bows, Others?

    I bought the Mission Venture this fall, and I love it. It's very fast accurate and quiet. Not to mention the price was reasonable for a brand new bow. I like that it is short axle to axle. Makes for easier shooting out of a blind, and easier to sneak through the woods without snagging as many branches.
  12. mitch

    My Run began in 2000.

    propster sent you a PM
  13. mitch

    My Run began in 2000.

    I can't agree more with mabr and propster. The TV shows that always brag about Iowa aren't exaggerating. I just moved to Iowa this summer and the hunting here is awesome. I hunt public land, and I've seen more mature bucks this fall than I did in 11 years hunting private land in SE MN. Now all I have to do is shoot one. Hunting the first two weeks of Nov without gun hunters disrupting the rut is awesome. I'm already looking forward to next Nov and this season isn't even done yet. If you come across $600 I would recommend putting it toward a nonresident Iowa license.
  14. mitch

    Opener date

    I just moved to Iowa and I love how the seasons work down here. I bow hunt and it gives bowhunters a chance to hunt the rut. I've seen quite a few bucks, but the only ones to give me a shot opportunity have been small. The big bucks I have seen have been out of archery range, but within gun range. So clearly more mature bucks would survive an archery season during the rut vs. a gun season during the rut. The gun hunters will have an opportunity to harvest these bucks later in the season. The bucks will be less vulnerable since the rut is over, so fewer mature bucks will be shot after the rut than if the season was during the rut. So the equation in Iowa is more bucks survive the rut + more bucks survive the gun season = more bucks for next season. The way I see it gun hunters will get deer no matter what time of year it is by doing drives, longer range, party hunting, etc. I would like to see MN do something similar with their gun season. I agree southern MN and northern MN are two completely different animals. Have the gun season start the last week of November in southern MN and the week before that in northern MN. I think just moving the gun seasons back would significantly improve the quality of the deer herd in MN. MN has much more deer habitat than Iowa and I think we could easily overtake them as the top big buck destination if some changes were made to the gun seasons. If it sounds like I'm bashing gun hunting that's not my intention, I gun hunt too.
  15. "Bubbles are you watching that documentary on Saskatchewans?" "It's "Samsquamtch" Ricky, and there's one right outside my door right now, he's trying to get into my shed!" Hahaha. Love that show.
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