The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and the Vikes are ready to kick-off another “great” year. Yes . . . the season is changing, and fall has officially arrived!

This is my favorite time of the year. There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors during the fall, and I encourage you to tackle as many as possible.

Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting or just exploring nature itself, the time is now. The lakes are clear of all the recreational boaters, so you can finally sit on your favorite spot without casting around skiers, tubers and wake boarders. You can have some great numbers days on the water this time of the year, with most all fish putting on the feedbags to prep for the winter.

This is also a great time to head up to your hunting land, and scope out future stand sites for October and November. The weather is perfect for cutting trees, clearing brush and working up a sweat.

After you get your stand set up, find a place for your trail camera. If you have the ability, check it often to get an idea of potential wildlife is in your area. You can learn tendencies of certain deer, like what time they come through and what trails they use. All of this can be valuable information later on in the season.

If you don’t have land, I encourage you to head to one of our many beautiful Minnesota State Parks. Walk their many miles of trails, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. This is an excellent time of the year to see nature at its finest.  Don’t miss out!

By Mike Anderson

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