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#1588738 - 11/10/08 06:25 PM
Moving to Rochester
Tyler D Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
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Loc: up north, mn
So it looks like I will be moving to rochester for a job. Just wondering if I can get some questions answered by some locals on things for me to do in the area.

I love to fish and deer hunt. I wont firearms hunt in the area, since I do that on my parents land but is there some opportunity to do any bowhunting in the area next fall? Mostly wondering if there is some public land to do it on and how crowded it is going to be.

Is there any ice fishing to do in the area? How good is it, is there lots of pressure?

Also is there some possibilities for public land turkey hunting? Never hunted turkeys before since i am from northern MN but would probably try it if it is close by.

Thanks for any help.
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#1588751 - 11/10/08 06:32 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Tyler D]
Scott Stein Offline
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all i know is there sure is some good goose hunting there dont know if u do that but you could start!!
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#1588766 - 11/10/08 06:43 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Scott Stein]
7outof10 Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
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Loc: mankato mn
browning24 i think you for got this part

Surgeon General warning goose hunting costs a lot of money and will take up your hole life ...... lol but its fun
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#1588798 - 11/10/08 07:15 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: 7outof10]
Tyler D Offline
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I have never goose hunted before, my standard answer when people ask me is that I will start hunting geese the day we can score them with the boone and crocket system.

To be serious though big game hunting and a little fishing is what I am really all about. Am I wrong for thinking there is a big WMA in the area...whitewater wma or something like that?
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#1590573 - 11/12/08 06:11 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Tyler D]
7outof10 Offline
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Loc: mankato mn
there are lots and lots of deer down there
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#1590581 - 11/12/08 06:16 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: 7outof10]
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Hey Tyler,

I lived in Rochester for a while (many years ago) and used to bowhunt Whitewater WMA. I would only hunt during the week since it was full of other hunters on the weekends. So if your job allows you time to get over there after work you should give it a try.
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#1590679 - 11/12/08 07:30 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: archerystud]
Tipup101 Offline
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Loc: Kasson, MN
You don't need to go to Whitewter to shoot deer or turkeys. There is a ton of good WMA really close to Rochester. Plus they will be adding more to are area next fall. I bow hunted alot of puplic ground around here there is very little pressure.
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#1591181 - 11/12/08 01:20 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Tipup101]
crazyice Offline
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I moved down here about 5 years ago, and I couldn't believe the hunting and fishing oppurtunities that are around once I got to looking. I am sure that you will find it to be a great area to live in, I know I have, and couldn't see myself living anywhere else now.
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#1591670 - 11/12/08 07:41 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Tyler D]
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Loc: Rochester
Tyler - Not a hunter myself but I can tell you that there are tremendous fishing opportunities. The Missis. is a short jaunt and provides some of the best fishing anywhere all year long. Seasons open all year also I believe.You can try to cover all the backwaters between Red Wing and La Crosse without even putting a dent in all that water territory. Always something new to find. There is some decent reservoir ice fishing right in Rochester or within 5-10 minutes of here.They are developing a park in town that will have it's lake stocked with Walleye from what I've heard and currently is good fishing for gills and crappies. I don't do a ton of trout fishing either but SE MN is loaded with trout streams.
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#1592209 - 11/13/08 08:18 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: icemac33]
Crickschop04 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/04
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Loc: Elgin, MN
The Richard Doerer State forest is big and always getting bigger. Just contact the DNR and they'll hook you up with some maps.
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#1593022 - 11/13/08 05:58 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Crickschop04]
icemac33 Offline
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Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Rochester
There is a DNR headquarters right in Rochester also. They have a whole wall with all kinds of maps and info for SE MN. They have some pretty helpful people in there also.


Edited by icemac33 (11/13/08 05:59 PM)
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#1594781 - 11/15/08 10:55 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: icemac33]
keith schultz Offline
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 136
Loc: rochester mn
tayler d there is some really good fishing in the area. forster arend in roch silver creek pond etc.... trout crappie, blue gill too......
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#1597343 - 11/17/08 06:47 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: keith schultz]
james_walleye Offline
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Registered: 01/24/01
Posts: 4308
Loc: SE MN
There is alot of public land around. But i wouldnt rule out the possibility of knocking on a few doors to get permission either for deer and turkey.
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#1598323 - 11/18/08 11:32 AM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: james_walleye]
Tyler Holm Offline
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Registered: 01/20/05
Posts: 3843
Loc: Rochester, MN
Plenty of untapped resources down here. One just may have to look outside the comfort zone once in awhile.
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#1636494 - 12/11/08 12:49 PM
Re: Moving to Rochester [Re: Tyler D]
&JAG Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 426
Loc: Near the Bluffs
Bummer... I had to move down here three years from up north also. There is plenty to do but, the only things better here are goose hunting (if you have access to private land), deer hunting (go private, crowded public lands w/trigger happy people) and stream trout fishing top notch! There is some good backwaters to fish, but way too many people so you gotta find your own digs and keep it on the down low.... Try Pool 4 on the river by boat, that may help you get your fix, it works for me thank goodness for pool 4!!!


Edited by &JAG (12/11/08 01:05 PM)
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