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 on: March 14, 2012, 08:34:09 pm 
Started by mwildman42 - Last post by mwildman42
Hunted SW Iowa the past two weekends.  We saw a lot of birds coming north in the morning to feed and heading back south to roost during the day.  They came back north in teh evening and then headed back south at dark.  With the warm temps and south winds, we were expecting to see more of a migration.  The birds seemed pretty content hanging around.  A lot more Rossies and Juvies this past weekend.  We did manage to get 6 geese over the two weekends.  Hunting was tough though with several big feeds within a mile of our spread.  Couldn't get very many looks as the birds were all locked in on the big feeds.

 on: March 01, 2012, 08:22:48 pm 
Started by mwildman42 - Last post by mwildman42
Getting ready to head out this weekend to chase some snows.  Saw a small flock in eastern IA this afternoon.  Haven't heard of many light geese in Iowa yet.  They are starting to see some juvies moving in to northern MO.

 on: October 15, 2011, 01:04:07 pm 
Started by mwildman42 - Last post by mwildman42
We just returned from the annual Wildman Boys Fall Trip.  Ben, Adam, Dad, and myself spent September 30-October 5 fishing in the Park Rapids, MN area.  Saturday found us facing pretty strong winds, but great fishing.  Ben and Adam found a spot out in the wind where the walleyes were hammering and boated 6 nice walleyes the first morning.  Dad and I found a couple nice fish, but they were scattered out.  Sunday was a little tougher with no wind and sunny skies.  We only managed a couple of fish.  On Monday, Dad discovered that the fish were actually still biting, just not on Redtails.  He tried a green nightcrawler and once we all switched, we started catching fish again.  Monday and Tuesday we consistently caught walleyes on crawlers in about 10 -12 feet of water.  We limited out on Tuesday morning, ate some walleyes for lunch, and then fished Tuesday night until we filled up our limits again to bring some fish home.  It was a great trip and I am looking forward to next year already.  Time to get the bow out!

 on: October 15, 2011, 12:56:16 pm 
Started by mwildman42 - Last post by mwildman42
Finally had an opportunity to get out in the stand this year.  Two weeks prior to opening of bow season, I went to hang a couple of stands and discovered the land I had been hunting for the past 20 years had been sold.  So, I had to find some new land to hunt.  Last week, I found a spot close to home in Northeast Linn County, IA.  I met the landowner on Thursday night and got a tour of the property, which borders some state land.  It looked pretty good.  I headed out this morning, not really knowing where to go or where the deer would be.  I wondered around for about an hour and a half in the dark before I found a good spot for the climber.  About 30 minutes into the hunt, I caught movement of a deer headed my way.  I was surprised to see a buck headed my direction.  When he got in the open at about 40 yards, I saw it was a 10-pointer about 130 class.  There were two other bucks following him, a six and an 8.  The ten crossed a fence and turned broadside at 25 yards, but I had decided I wasn't ready to take him this early in the season.  I soon began to regret that choice.  As he fed on seeds from a downed willow, I noticed how tall he was and his main beams circled around to about 4-5 inches from touching.  He did not present another shot opportunity, but I was able to study him for about 20 minutes.  He was a nice buck!  While I was watching him, I heard antlers clanging together.  The other two smaller bucks were sparring about 50 yards away.  They soon ended their minor battle and all 3 bucks wondered off into the woods.  I had a button buck and a doe come by and feed on the same downed willow about a half hour later.  Not bad for the first hunt on a new property.  I am going to hunt by Tama tomorrow and maybe try to take the boys back to this spot on Sunday night and Monday.

 on: October 10, 2011, 12:54:59 pm 
Started by awildman - Last post by awildman
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 on: July 05, 2011, 09:52:04 pm 
Started by mwildman42 - Last post by mwildman42
July 4th Walleye fishing on Cedar Lake was a little slower than it had been earlier in the year.  Reports from the locals were that fishing had been slow.  A major cold front moved through the area on Friday night.  Saturday I managed to catch one small walleye on a crawler and lindy.  Sunday morning I managed one more small walleye and Sunday night I finally got a keeper.  It was a 20-incher and came out of the weeds in about 8 feet of water.  Monday I caught three walleyes, one border line keeper that swallowed the hook so I ended up keeping it too.  All of the fish were in 8-12 feet of water and holding tight to the weeds.

The boys and I did a little bluegill fishing on Tuesday and caught 24 keeper bluegills in about 4 feet of water.  The boys had a blast and my 3 year old caught a 15 inch bass to go with the bluegills.  We had a blast.  Looking forward to our next trip to the cabin.

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