A few tidbits on this Monday morning as I gear up to spend the better part of the next two weeks in the woods of northern Minnesota:
Area teams had a strong showing in the three-day Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit tournament that wrapped up Saturday on Devils Lake. Wisconsin pros Korey Sprengel and Derek Navis won the tournament with a three-day bag of 85 pounds, 13 ounces, edging the Fargo team of Don Denning and Chad Maloy, who weighed in the biggest bag of the tournament Saturday with five walleyes that tipped the scales at a whopping 36 pounds, 12 ounces — more than a 7-pound average.
The tournament was headquartered at Grahams Island State Park.
Maloy said they caught their fish vertical jigging with Jigging Raps and Northland Puppet Minnows in a rock-mud transition area in 33 to 34 feet of water. Saturday, Maloy said he and Denning caught their fish early and were off the water about 10 a.m., dodging the brunt of the wind that grew stronger throughout the day.
Rounding out the area anglers in the 38-team tournament were Spencer Deutz, Moorhead and Ron Deutz, Fargo, who placed fourth with 71 pounds, 11 ounces; Troy Morris, Fargo, and Kevin Bruer, Robbinsdale, Minn., sixth, 64 pounds, 14 ounces; and Al Freidig and Clint Devier, both of Devils Lake, 11th, 59 pounds, 4 ounces. Freidig and Devier also had big fish of the tournament with a walleye weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces.
All are members of the F-M Walleyes fishing club.
Hunting success during the 33rd annual Ruffed Grouse Society National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt was on par with last year, despite a large increase in spring drumming counts. Hunters participating in the Oct. 9-10 event near Grand Rapids, Minn., shot an average of 1.07 grouse per day, up only slightly from 1.06 last year. The woodcock harvest was down, with an average of 1.8 this year, compared with 2.03 last year.
The Forks Rifle Club is holding its annual sighting-in days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25-26 at the club’s W.G. Coulter Range, located 8½ miles west of Merrifield, N.D., on Grand Forks County Road 6. According to club member Tom Reiten, club personnel will be on hand to help hunters sight in their firearms for the upcoming deer season. North Dakota’s deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 7, and Minnesota’s firearms deer season opens a half-hour before sunrise Nov. 8.