Fall is here!

Getting to be that time of year again, pheasant season opened this past weekend and it sounds like hunters are seeing better bird numbers than predicted! Furbearer hunting and trapping kicks off this coming weekend which will be a welcome sight for our family as we will get out to start a couple of trap lines. For the beginning part of the trapping season I will taking my son along who is now two, so I will be running a little more accessible trap lines than normal. Our son loves the outdoors and loves being in the woods, he has been out with us squirrel hunting numberous times however he still doesn’t understand that the more he talks the less we will see. Trapping coons on dry land or in ditches required a little less quiet ans stalking through the woods.

Getting a start on trapping this year I have had to buy all new traps as I havent been trapping on my own before, I have been with very experienced trappers a few times while checking their trap lines and since have done a large about of reading up and self educating myself. Three main sources for learning have been the National Trappers Association, Minnesota online trapper education manual, and Youtube, though not all things are credible on youtube there are a significant amount of videos and how tos produced by trapping companies and well-known trappers. As far as traps go I purchased an assortment or traps in which some I haven’t used before but I’m excited to give it a try. My traps all made by Duke Traps are as follows:

(4) 220 Conibears

(3) 160 Conibears
(3) Homemade cubbies to dogproof

(4) DP dog proof traps

(12) #1 1/2 Coil Springs

(1) #2 Coil Spring

(1) #1 Longspring

It may be a little more than what the average trapper will do but to help me learn i have made up a couple of trapping logs, as well as a notebook to bring along in the vehicle to log things from trap used, set type, location and bait to things like miles driven each day, temps, weather, and time taken and well as other notes i might jot down along the way.

Trapping, when done correctly, is a very practical and humane way of managing certain types of wildlife that are overpopulated, under hunted, of impossible to hunt using traditional methods. Conibear traps  as well as foothold that are set in water as a drowning set will dispatch the animal very quickly, and dry land sets using foot holds or dog proof traps do not physically hurt the animal other than holding their foot, hence the name “foot hold”. Great strides are taken by many trappers to add such things as swivels, rubber padded jaws etc. to keep the animal more comfortable until the trapper can arrive.

Conibear traps are a newer design compared to leg holds but have also be put under much criticism as they can easily injure and sometimes kill a dog if it happens to get into the trap as the trap is designed to be set off when an animal sticks their head through the trap. For smaller animals when a trap is set off around their heads it produces a sharp blow to the base of the skull as well as blocking the windpipe. For dogs, which are typically larger headed than the intended game animal this isn’t such and instant death and in many cases un-educated hunters / dog owners make the problem worse trying to get the trap off of their animal. Many states have set various restrictions on the use of these traps, none outlawing them but some being restricted to only underwater sets. Minnesota has restrictions relating to size, locations around buildings and cubbie requirements which prevent dogs from getting their heads through the trap.

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Youtube Channel

Hey everyone, this spring has been amazingly busy, but I have managed to start a youtube channel to start posting some videos of out stuff that we do and use for hunting, camping, survival, etc. The Channel is Fullchoke001, please bare with me as I get used to using both of these sites as I learn something new everytime I post on either one of them. As of today I only have one video that is posted but I promise you that more are to come.



Sorry for the lack of updates the last few months, we are going to get more on top of posts as well as add in some survival chat. Remember anything said on this site is purely point ov view!

Now for updates in the last few months.

Lindsey and i decided to build a permenant fish house for this winter which proved to be a very fun and rewarding project as it is on a small local lake where we are having fun catching a variety of perch crappies and northern pike.

Prior to completing our fish house we had an oppotunity to hunt the late slug season of zone 3 in southeast MN. Being Lindseys first time gun hunting for deer we had a great time and took home a small 10 point buck, although that wasthe only hunting we were about to do this year.

Unfortunately I lost my closest hunting and fishing buddy and my best friend just before Thanksgiving this year in a car accident. Combined with other unfortunate circumstances we havent been about to do much other than spend occasional time in the fish house, which i need to thank my father for helping us build.

Check back for more posts as Lindsey and I both will keep you updated on whats been going on.Completed Fish house


Upland is Here!

We are just a few days away from Pheasant season and i could not be more excited, except for the fact that bird numbers are way down after the harsh winter we had. My wife Lindsey has never been pheasant hunting befoer and is really looking forward to her chance at her first rooster, hopefully i can make that happen for her. Last year proved to be a great year as I saw large numbers of birds on most outings, however i must say some of those were on very protected private pheasant habitat.

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Hunting / Fishing


Trail Cam Update

Well we went to check our trail cam after the last move and all to find was one lonely do making all of those tracks. I might want to mention that the area we hunt is close to a nature trail that is heavily used by people who let their dogs run around with them as they walk. In this case the camera was quite close to the trail and I have found in the past that deer movement is not regular by any means close to the trail. We have a very busy weekend, but this coming week are going to put the camera up in a differant area where we already have seen lots of action. We have less that a week before the Archery opener and we are getting very excited however are starting to wonder if we are going to hunt yet on opening weekend. The area we hunt is within our city limits and i open to archery only and requires a special permit before being able to hunt it. He have yet to recieve our back tag permits. The following weekend Lindsey is teaching a Personal Protection firearm course on saturday so that day is out as well.

Doe caught on camera a couple nights ago.

I started a new job this last week and luckily i will be working 4-10s with Fridays off, and we decided to keep our son in day all five days a week so i could have time to get some things done, this will also give me the opportunity to do a little morning hunting as well. The archery permits are for all legal game and its not uncommon to have a coyote walk under your stand as they cannot be hunted with a firearm and therefor thrive in the area.

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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Hunting / Fishing


Getting a late start….

This year has been a very busy one with a little one crawling around the house and getting into everything. Archery opener is just 12 days away. Two days ago we put up a trail camera on a trail with quite a bit fresh sign on it. Today we went to just swap out the memory cards and found out that I had activated a feature that stops it from taking any pictures until you hit a button, so nothing. We decided to move the camera to a different spot that is closer to a staging area that we want to hunt, so we will see what the next few days bring. I found a handy chart that shows you hoof size/age ratio.

We are in Minnesota’s Zone 3 which currently states that a “legal buck” must have at least 4 points on one side. This has caused a lot of controversy because hunters state that they don’t want to settle for a doe when the bigger buck might be following her, but we both see the point. We are also hunting an area this year that is an “earn-a-buck” area meaning that you have to harvest a doe before you can obtain a permit to harvest a legal buck. For the two of us, we have agreed that basically this will be a “Doe Management” year for us, at least for archery. As for firearm deer season Nick will be hunting in middle western Minnesota, where the rules are drastically different.

As always stay tuned for more hunting, fishing, and all around outdoors updates.

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Hunting / Fishing