Fall is a great time for deer, pheasant and fish

By Bill Bartusek

The above-normal temperatures greeted deer hunters for the second week of deer season. Hunters didn't have to bundle up as they headed into the woods Saturday! For the deer, warm weather is OK. Normally, they prefer much cooler weather. Warmer temps may have caused deer to move after dark a bit more. Warm weather also slows the rut, mellowing things out. Rut activity doesn't get as busy as it would during colder weather.

My hunt starts this weekend in Rushford. The crops are out, and deer are in the wooded and grassy coves. It should be a good hunt if the weather doesn't do anything radical. Hopefully, the deer are moving during daylight hours, and I can get a shot or two.

Pheasant hunting has gotten a lot better since the crops are almost all out. This not only reduces the cover, but gives hunters a place to corner the birds and make them fly.

I hope you didn't put your boat away yet. The fall fishing has been spectacular. In fact, Brian Prchal of Montgomery had one of his best fishing experiences a few weeks ago. Brian won the fishing trip guided by Marty Hahn. Every February, the New Prague Sportsmen's Club puts on a fishing clinic, and Brian was this past year's lucky winner.

According to an email I received from Brian's mother, there were not only several fish caught on his outing with Marty, but the fish were very nice in size, with Brian bringing some home to eat. You can see pictures of Brian and Marty's catch on Marty's website, walleye fishing report for the upper Mississippi river.

Thanks to the New Prague Sportsmen's Club again. I think Brian's hooked on fishing. Great job, Brian! See you in February.

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