Break out the blaze orange

By Bill Bartusek Jr., Outdoors Columnist

Halloween is now over and all the costumes are put away. But driving around this weekend I noticed some new costumes hanging outside... all of them are blaze orange. They are there waiting for the opening of the Minnesota deer season. Thousands of hunters will head for the woods this weekend hoping to harvest a deer.

The deer herd in most of the state is in great shape. If the weather is good, the harvest should be a good one. Crops are coming out of the fields every day in agricultural areas, reducing cover for the deer to hide in.

The rut is also kicking in and that should have deer moving for the hunt. I won't be hunting this weekend because I hunt the 3-B season in southeast Minnesota, which begins on November 22. But my son Bill and most of my friends will be out for the opener Saturday. I will monitor the hunt and report the progress next week.

I spent the weekend home and decided to do some pheasant hunting. I missed the opener so I had not yet gotten out. I was joined at the farm by friends Steve Fisher and Jeff Rattemamer. We were guided by my son Bill and Joseph's dog. I was surprised to see so much corn still standing around the farm. That definitely didn't help and I know it affected the hunt. We only saw one hen and one rooster. Needless to say the rooster outsmarted us and got away. All was not lost as the weather was beautiful and it was a great day to be out in the field.

My son Joe is bowhunting in Iowa with friends looking for a monster Iowa buck. They have been seeing a lot of deer, but none big enough to satisfy their taste. Hopefully they will see some big bucks in the days to come. Unfortunately, the weather has been almost summer-like down there. This kind of weather doesn't get the deer moving.

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