Pre-Rut Started – Big Bucks On The Move

It’s late October and most of the Big Whitetail Bucks have been caught on the game trail cameras either early in the morning or late at night. However, with the temperatures dropping and the crops being harvested we are starting to see the larger bucks (pushed out of the corn) in the woods again during the daylight hours. We also have the Pre-Rut starting, which has the more mature bucks running and chasing.

Has The Pre-Rut Started?

The Pre-Rut is in its early stages, which begins around the last week of October through the first week or two of November. In this Video below it was not a mature doe that this buck was interested in, but a first year fawn.

Does Doe Scent Really Work?

During the Pre-rut and Rut you want to be dragging a scent rag to your stand, which I call a drag-line. Watch this young buck walk past my stand approximately 35 yards out, and as soon as he hits my scent trail he follows it right to my stand, up to the scent rag, and takes a sniff. So yes these scents work and you should be using them!

How To Use A Scent Drag-Line

Two ways to use a Scent Drag Line. Start by using a material that will soak up and hold the scent. Tie a string to this material, making it long enough to either tie to your boot or to drag it on the ground from you hand. Use the drag-line for the entire walk to your stand. Once you’re near your deer stand hang the scent rag in a tree approximately four feet off the ground, this will allow the wind to carry the scent and help mask your scent.

Hunting The Pre-Rut!

If there is a time to be in the woods hunting the Whitetail Buck it’s during the Pre-rut! From my experience this time of the year is better then the Rut itself. During the pre-rut there is no best hour of the day as the bucks will be looking and chasing doe all day long. So plan your day and enjoy the scenery as you are waiting for that right buck to walk by. Don’t forget to bring along your rattles and grunt as these work well in the Pre-rut.

Where To Find The Walleyes In Your Lake – 2018 Walleye Fishing!

Where To Find The Walleyes?

Every lake is unique, but the structure where the Walleyes are and their patterns are very similar. So once you understand structure, feeding, and seasonal effects it should not take you long to locate Walleyes in any lake.

Does The Season Affect Where The Walleyes Are?

Yes the season change from Spring to Winter will affect the depths and aggressiveness of the feeding Walleyes, but the structures (Flats, Sandbars, Weed-lines, Rock edges, etc.) do not change, thus continue to fish the same structures giving attention to depth, bait, and color.

What Are The Walleye Patterns?

Spring Walleyes are either spawning or done laying eggs depending on your open season, but either way you will want to focus on the shallower depths. Weed-lines near sandbars are great early morning and late evening, otherwise move out unto the rock edges, shallow flats, and sandbars, working depths of 12 -17 feet. In the Summer time the Walleye bite tends to slow and you will find them suspended 11 – 14 feet, so work those deeper weed-lines, sandbars, and drop-offs. In the Fall the Walleye bite picks up again, but the bait fish have gotten larger and have moved to deeper water, so you will want to work your same structures just a little deeper, say 14 to 24 feet.

Catching A Few Wallyese

How To Fillet A Walleye

How To Use A Bass Buzzbait – 2018 Bass Fishing!

If you enjoy Bass Fishing then what is better than using a top-water bait and seeing the strike, or catching the action on video, well nothing! One of the best top-water baits for Bass is the Northland Buzzbait.

How To Use A Buzzbait

The two most common methods for using a Buzzbait are; to keep it 2 – 4 inches below the surface or to retrieve it just fast enough to keep it on the top of the surface. Both are very effective, but I prefer the top-water method as there is nothing more exciting then seeing that big strike.

Tips For Keeping Your Buzzbait On The Surface

Here are a few tips for getting and keeping your Buzzbait on the surface;
1. Make sure the distance between the propeller blade and the lead body stays short. If this gap gets to large it will be much harder to get and keep your Buzzbait on the surface, requiring a faster retrieval speed.
2. Close the bail on your reel and start your retrieval just as the bait hits the water. This will also improve you action and bite.
3. Once you have your Buzzbait on the surface then slow your retrieval down a bit, allowing the propeller blades to create more water turbulence.

The Buzzbait I Prefer To Use

I have tried many different brands of Buzzbaits and have found the ⅜ oz Northland Buzzbait works best. The skirt color will vary depending on the clarity of your lake, but I get my best acton on the Yellow/Orange & Green/White skirts.

Video On How To Use The Buzzbait

Video On The Buzzbait In Action!

2018 Whitetail Archery Season – First Evening Hunt!

First Evening Hunt!

It is Sept 29th the third weekend of the Minnesota Archery season and my first opportunity to get into the woods for an evening hunt. The temperatures are swing from the high 30s to the high 50s and the wind is blowing aggressively from the Northwest. In this video the deer are very tentative and cautious for a couple of reasons; the wind makes it very difficult for them to hear and my scent is traveling in their direction. However, there were no shortage of bucks as I had 6 different bucks come through, all but one within 30 yards.

How Can You Judge Distance?

There are two methods I use for helping me keep my bearings on distance when in the deer stand; one is for the open field and the other for the woods. Open field, to help me calculate distance in an open field I will place 7 dead sticks (standing straight up) every ten yards (starting at 20 yards) at 90 degrees (3 sticks) and +/1 45 degrees (2 sticks each). This will give you a wide range and a pretty accurate idea of your shooting range in front of you. You can even place scent on the sticks at 25 yards to help attract the deer. When shooting into wooded areas I will use the same pattern as I use for the field, but instead of sticks I will use white spray paint. Make a large mark that is easy to see approximately waist height.

Where Are The shooters?

This is a good question, but the answer is simple if you understand Whitetail Deer. To start with, as soon as the bucks start to rub off their velvet they change their patterns, so you may need to move your cameras to find where they are during the day. Try the corn field edges especially where you have acorns dropping into the corn or beans. To find the big bucks focus on the food source and areas of the most dense cover such as; swamps, thickets, standing corn…

The Evening Pictures & Video!


2018 Whitetail Archery Season – First Morning Hunt!

Early Morning Hunt

It is Sept 22nd the second weekend of the Minnesota Archery season and my first opportunity to get into the woods. The temperatures have finally cooled down, the wind is almost motionless, and the deer are becoming more active.

Where To Focus- Early Season

For the early archery Whitetail season you will want to focus on the corn fields, looking for nearby Oak trees (acorns dropping). If possible Oak trees that are dropping those acorns right into the corn. Also take into consideration the Deer Corridors; traveling between their water supplies, bedding areas, and feeding areas.

Scent Protection

Even when it’s the first week of the deer season you will want to cover your scent as much as possible. The first and most important is your odor and clothing, then focus on your path to your stand and how you will want to approach it. The Whitetail Deer will detect your scent when they cross over your walking paths, so plan your path to and from your stand accordingly.

For early scent coverage try to use natural outdoor scent such as leaves, fungi, corn dust, etc. leaving the buck lures for the right time of the season.

The Morning Video!