August 28th, 2012 ______________________________________________________________
A challenging year is ahead of us as we will try to kill some of the bucks we are after. My partner Jason Christianson and I will not be doing much hunting this year because of work and family, so I have recruited some close friends in hopes of bringing you some good footage regardless. On a good note I have some new properties and some pretty good bucks I will be chasing in the Little Falls area. There are three that I have my sights on. One is "The Ghost," another is "Mr. Clean," and the third is a 140class 10pt (I will not name him just to see if it helps me kill him!! HA).
We have some great food plots in place, both in grains and Frigid Forage seed! They are all in and the stands are in place for the most part, so we are staying out of the woods until a few days before season to check cameras. More than likely, you will be seeing some new faces with me this year, including my father who has never been deer hunting in his life!! I am taking him to one of my farms out during gun season on one of my farms during gun season to see if he can kill a buck with my Thompson Center Muzzleloader, which I am very excited for!!
- Chris Seidl
Only a couple weeks before opener and things are looking very good this year. The food plots are all in and looking great, stands are all hung, and we are getting some great pictures on our trail cameras. Most years we struggle to get good buck pictures until the end of September or early October, this year we have been getting good pictures all year. Needless to say, we are looking forward to the start of the season!
Here are a few of the most recent pictures from southeastern Minnesota. The 10 point with the flyer off the back of his G2 is a buck (right photo) I had an encounter with last year. The land owner saw him many times and wasn't sure of his age and his G4 on the right side was broke off, so he asked that no one shoot him. As you can see, he stayed about the same size adding some mass and the flyer off the G2. He has now been placed on the hit list for this year.
We encountered the buck a lot last year and are hoping that stays true this year. One of my buddies is bringing his oldest son out on his first bow hunt in this buck's core area for the opener. I think the odds of him seeing this deer are pretty good. I will keep you updated on what happens. The other two are a couple of the better bucks we got pictures of. This area of the state is in the third year of the antler restriction and after being down there last week finishing up food plots, checking cameras, and watching fields in the evening, I would say it is working.
As of right now, we are still trying to decide what to do for opening weekend. We are kind of thinking we will hunt Missouri that weekend just because it's a new area and we want to learn as much as we can about it before November gets here. That plan could change between now and opener depending on what we see on our cameras up north.
- John Bier and Mark Blumhoefer
Hello Everyone. I can’t believe it is time to start writing blogs again. That can only mean one thing. Archery season is right around the corner. For Chris Seidl and I, right around the corner is literally next Friday, August 31st. We will be making our annual trip out to North Dakota to try for some velvet bucks.
We went out to our property in ND back in April to do some shed hunting , scouting , to build a few ground blinds and to hang a few more stand sets. Things went really well and we accomplished everything we set out to do. We found quite a few sheds including a matched set to an 8 pointer we call “Curly”. In early June we made the trip up to plant the food plots. After getting the seed in the ground he set up a spot for a Trophy Rock and hung a couple of cameras.
Everything was going as planned. We had decent rain early in the summer and the food plots were doing well. Then towards the end of July - beginning of August, all of our plans really started going south. First off, things got really dry out where we hunt which really put a damper on our food plots. Second, the landowner pulled one of our cards and sent It to us in the mail. After waiting for 15 days and not receiving the card in the mail we realized it had gotten lost. So, as of this writing we still have not received the card and we are blind as to what deer we have on the farm out there.
Stay tuned and good luck to any one heading to ND for the opener.
- Jason Christianson and Chris Seidl
August 27, 2012
As the season draws closer, we begin to see signs of fall. Temperatures are dropping, leaves are beginning to change and acorns are starting to fall. This week I went out to our hunting property and the acorns were falling like rain. Fortunately, we have had just enough rain in central Minnesota to have a decent acorn crop. I have noticed that deer aren't frequenting fields as much due to this new alternate food source and our trail camera activity has slightly diminished.
After taking a more in depth look at the acorns, I noticed the majority of the acorns falling are red oak acorns. I don't know if the white oak acorns are just holding onto the trees longer, or if they are a little more sensitive to drought conditions.
I have a unique situation of having several pet deer on my small hobby farm. I have personally done some side-by-side research with white and red oak acorns to see which the deer prefer. Buster ,our buck and our two does all preferred the white oak acorns over the red.
This information may suggest to key in on areas that have an abundance of white oaks. This will give you an alternative spot to hunt, rather than spending all your early season time along edges of fields and food plots. In my experience, it seems that deer are more relaxed when feeding in the woods on an oak flat, versus an open field. This is especially true in central Minnesota, where hunting pressure is high and deer are often harassed if they make themselves visible in fields.
Stay sharp and God Bless.
- Jared Sypnieski
Well it's been quite a busy summer for me this year. The housing market seems to be turning around in the right direction finally, and that is keeping me busy with my drywall business here in Brainerd. I have just started my preseason preparation these past couple of weeks, which is a bit later usual.
I got started with clearing out a couple acres of buckthorn which has overtaken a small field on my hunting property. I used a DR Brush Mower and a skid steer to remove the pesky, invasive tree. Pulling them out by the roots with the skid steer seemed to work best. It also tore the ground up enough enabling us to broadcast some Autumn Quick Plot in addition to the 2 acres of Pure Trophy Clover we planted last year. With the added visibility and new food sources, I am stoked to hunt there this fall!
All we need is some rain. Fortunately, in central Minnesota we have been okay in that department, and I hope and pray that the rest of the nation will get some much needed rainfall soon. Here, our crops are looking great, just the other day my wife Tricia and I went for an evening drive and we saw our share of velvet bucks out in the beans and alfalfa fields.
Speaking of velvet bucks, the acorns are beginning to fall and a certain cool crispness is in the air, it must be time for Chad and I to return to North Dakota for the opener next week!
We Wish you the best in the upcoming season! Good Hunting and God Bless.
- Craig Warner