Pheasant season should improve with fall harvest

By Bill Bartusek

Enter the third week of October and we are well on our way into fall. The pheasant season opened last Saturday and the outlook was very good. We had a good winter, spring and summer for raising birds and for the most part, they responded.

As usual, hunters faced a lot of cover in unharvested crops so that may have hampered their success. With a good dog, hunters were able to do fairly well. Hunting will improve as farmers make their way through the fields harvesting their crops.

The deer season for gun hunters opens on November 5. I would recommend that every hunter get and read their DNR handbook as soon as they can. There have been a lot of changes made for the hunt. I know many hunters who failed to apply for doe permits. In many areas, that was still a requirement. With all the hoopla about a record deer herd and multiple doe tags, we forget to get this done. The changes vary from zone to zone and hunting times during the month. Read your handbook so you don’t accidentally assume things are the same. It would be most unfortunate to explain a mistake to a conservation officer during your hunting time.

We should have an excellent hunt if weather cooperates.

Fishing remains very good for all species of fish, locally and across the state. The only slowdown may be during the time your lake turns over for the winter. Most fish are bulking up for the winter and that makes them vulnerable to anglers.

Walleye are really hitting on area lakes, as well as at Lake Mille Lacs. Boats there are moving back toward shore as walleye migrate to shallow water before ice up. Jigs with minnows or leeches and crankbaits are turning most fish for anglers.


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