Last year at this time, youngest son, Evan, and I were storing venison in my freezer from the two bucks we shot on the second day of the Wisconsin gun deer season.
This year is a different story. Neither one of us fired a shot the first two days of the traditional nine-day hunt. Ev is sandwiching in a few more hunting hours between working this Thanksgiving week. We plan to hunt together again Sunday morning, the final day of the season.
There were no complaints from us about the weather, although the heater in my condo stand was a warm welcome both days. The woods were extremely quiet with little if any wind. Snow would have helped for sighting, safety and tracking, but no such luck. We didn’t hear a lot of shots fired in our area either.
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Meanwhile, across the Mississippi River, Minnesota DNR conservation officer Tyler Ramaker, in La Crescent, checked deer hunters participating in the B season. A complaint was received from a hunter who found himself in the middle of a deer drive being made by other hunters on state forest land. Hunters driving public land for deer need to be considerate of other hunters who may be in the area. Enforcement action was taken for tagging violations, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and concealing a pistol without a permit.
DNR conservation officer Tom Hemker, in Winona, continues to work with conservation officer candidate Meng Moua. They saw good numbers of deer hunters out during the second season, but deer harvest was much slower than the first season. Duck hunting has also slowed, with very few ducks checked per hunter. The officers responded to TIP calls about illegal deer hunting, along with several trespass calls. They did find violations of shining deer while possessing a bow, taking an over-limit of deer, transporting loaded guns and not wearing blaze clothing while hunting deer. Unusual deer happenings included a call of an injured deer attempting to enter a house patio door and an injured deer that charged a hunter, cutting him in several locations.
DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum, Rushford, reports a slower 3B opener. Deer movement was slow despite the good weather and colder conditions. Trespass complaints were up over the weekend. Other violations encountered were failure to validate a tag and baiting.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.
A blessed Thanksgiving, too.