Minnesota Deer Hunting Opener 2010


I come to you from my tree stand near Cotton. Curious how you Northland hunters do this opening weekend 2010.

I harvested a small buck and have seen a few doe. But otherwise pretty quiet, hence the reason I am posting while I try to pass the time. I know it’s ideal to have snow opening weekend but this weather makes it easy to sit up in this tree longer.

Be safe and good luck!


Hot Shot

about 12 years ago


Having lived in that town for 21 years, I never hunted.  Hope you snag a few before the locals do.


about 12 years ago

Not a hunter. No objections to hunting though. As far as I'm concerned, the less deer in this state, the better.

My only objection with hunting is calling it a sport. Not really a sport if the other team doesn't know it's playing.

With that being said, good luck.

Bad Cat!

about 12 years ago

Did anyone see today's Eh? column from the DNT? It said if you're not into deer hunting, you can go hiking in the woods and pull up some invasive species.

Gee, should I also wear brown and my deer antlers??


about 12 years ago

Read the Eh? Column again. "Wisconsin wildlife officials" are suggesting a hike in the woods to remove invasive species.  Wisconsin's firearm deer season doesn't start for another couple weeks.

eco eco

about 12 years ago

You harvest plants, you kill animals.


about 12 years ago

You kill plants. You kill animals. You eat both, then poop, which fertilizes the soil, which grows more plants and animals.


about 12 years ago

How can one tell what IS an invasive specie when all of the plants are leafless during hunting season? (That is assuming you know an invasive specie when it HAS leaves:-)


about 12 years ago

buck thorn isn't that hard to id with or without leaves if you know it. Tansy is also real easy, but I think it's probably past the time of year where pulling tansy will have any effect.


about 12 years ago

Thank eco eco. I was thinking the same thing myself...

Biff Nimrod

about 12 years ago

Nice pic and post, good luck, Cory. I harvested one yesterday and will take the dog and look for birds. I have a cabin near Schroeder and heard more shooting today. Guys filling tags, I suppose. Black powder season next!


about 12 years ago

First, good luck to the hunters out there. 

But I am something of a word geek and share the curiosity about the use of "harvest" here. Based on Webster's, anyway, it seems like a stretch. So why do so many people make that stretch? 

I see two possibilities, though I'm sure there are more. First, there's an aversion to killing, or we want to protect folks from the image of killing. Second, the act of deer hunting is ultimately a harvest. Emphasizing only the hunt or the kill would detract from the sense that it's done for the purpose of gathering food. 

And then there's "fishing..."


about 12 years ago

I am going to start calling it gardening.  Free range, locally grown, organic meat gardening.

Barrett Chase

about 12 years ago

What about harvesting human organs?


about 12 years ago

If you don't harvest plants (corn, beans, wheat), you also kill animals (humans).


about 12 years ago

Based on the Sam Cook article today, it sounds like a lot of hunters do the killing and then pay someone else to do the harvesting. 

Harvesting human organs is a good one. That gives the impression that the human was raised to meet the end objective of gaining more organs.


about 12 years ago

I would argue that it's a "harvest" because the deer population is heavily managed by our state natural resources department just as a farmer might rotate crops in their field and weed it.  In this case the "crop" that has been tended to just happens to have four legs and a tail, and rather than capturing it with a combine we capture it with a gun.  The corn probably views the combine as a deer views a gun.


about 12 years ago

I was a vegetarian for several years, and I still prefer to mostly eat plants. But I also have come to see that eating the animals that eat the plants is just part of the overall cycle of things. It seems like a good idea to be part of the cycle of plant-animal life that flows through my place in the world, especially given that I'll be feeding the process myself in a couple decades (I hope), when my energy moves on.

In my capacity as a local food advocate/grower/researcher, it's become pretty clear that if we ate only plants in this region, we'd be quite a bit hungrier, and we'd need to have a much smaller regional population.

Lost Boy

about 12 years ago

The other team does know the game and the rules. That's why it is so difficult.  They practice 24/7 and are very good.


about 12 years ago

Not to mention they have home field advantage.


about 12 years ago

Cows eat plants and are therefore vegetarians. I eat cows. 

I am a vegetarian by proxy.

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