|Typical Cover For The Deer River MN Area|
We left Mpls / St. Paul in the morning and made the three hour drive north. After stopping at our rented cabin to drop off some gear and supplies we headed to the woods. I decided to start out by trying some brand new areas to hunt. I had purchased some maps that were created using Google Earth to show clear cuts and trails. I loaded the gps info into the Garmin and we were on our way to just north of Deer River, MN. The first area was two sets of small clear cuts with a small foot trail along one side of them. As we worked the trail we came to some older growth and moved just a little ways into the new growth and turned back towards the vehicle. About half way back we got a wild flush and moved towards where it looked like it set down. Tina was working the scent but we did not make contact again. It looked like a good enough area and with moving a bird in the 30 minute walk it has made the list to try again.
Spot number two ended up being a forest road that bordered an area that looked to be an older cut over area. I was skeptical of it’s bird potential but we were there and it looked like easy enough walking for the 15 year old setter Marge. This turned into and out and back affair but on the way back Marge made a nice point on a young bird and I was able to drop it. Another 30 minute walk and another bird moved. This area looked older than I would like but since we got a bird I added it to the try again list.
Area number three turned out to be a MN Hunter Walking Trail. There were no other vehicles there and with it hitting 60 degrees we decided to give it a chance. There ended up being a number of different trails within the system. We took the trail that looked like it went through the younger looking area. It was hot and dusty. The Northern MN area has been pretty dry after a wet and cool spring. Tina was working a good pattern through the cover and after about 20 minutes and a few non-productive points she had one nailed and I got off a decent shot and connected. We were able to repeat the pattern on the back side of the loop and collected another one for the game bag.
We made a stab at a fourth new area that also looked good but didn’t move a bird. It was getting a bit later in the day so we went to our old standby in the Big Fork area. In the first 40 minutes we moved 10 birds, got off 2 shots and didn’t connect on anything. In the last 90 minutes we only moved one bird.
All in all it was a good start to the day with three birds in the bag and four new areas to try again.