McArdle'sMcArdle's Resort

Craig & Paige Brown
1014 W. Winnie Rd NW
Bena, MN 56626

Phone:
218-665-2212

Reservations:
1-800-535-2398

relax@mcardlesresort.com

 

Outstanding Minnesota Hunting

Hunters appreciate the great Minnesota duck hunting at McArdle's ResortHunters staying at McArdle's Resort on Lake Winnie find a great Minnesota hunting resort located in the heart of prime public hunting ground.  Contact McArdle's today to plan for your next trip north for duck hunting, black bear hunting or grouse hunting.

Duck Hunting

With more than 1,300 lakes, 923 miles of rivers and streams and 400,000 acres of wetlands within its borders, the Chippewa National Forest offers waterfowl hunters a plethora of opportunities for a great Minnesota duck hunt or goose hunt. According to the DNR, Minnesota has 23 species of ducks and geese. The ducks are typically divided into two groups: puddle ducks and diving ducks. Puddle ducks are those that live in puddles and rivers and feed by dabbling. You will often see their bottoms tipped up as they feed in the shallows. This variety of duck is able to launch itself directly off of the surface of the water and can land immediately. Minnesota ducks that fall into Northern Minnesota offers great duck hunting opportunitiesthis classification are the mallard, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, pintail, gadwall, wigeon, shoveler, wood duck, and black duck.

Diving ducks spend most of their time in large, deep lakes and rivers. They find food by diving beneath the water's surface and can swim long distances underwater by kicking their large paddle feet. While submerged they forage for fish, shellfish, mollusks, and aquatic plants. Unlike puddle ducks, these diving ducks cannot launch from water straight into the air. Instead, they patter along the water surface for several yards before becoming airborne. Minnesota diving ducks are the canvasback, redhead, ringneck (ringbill), scaup (bluebill), goldeneye, bufflehead, and ruddy duck.

Bear Hunting

McArdle's is the best Minnesota resort for your bear huntA Minnesota bear hunt is an exciting adventure for the avid outdoorsman. Originally, the black bear was found throughout Minnesota but now only occurs in the northern woodlands. Common throughout northern Minnesota the black bear lives primarily in forested areas such as the Chippewa National Forest.

According to the DNR, black bears tend to lead solitary lives except when females are rearing their young, or when concentrations of food bring bears together. Typically, an adult black bear weighs somewhere between 250 and 300 pounds and stands two to three feet at the shoulders. Their coat color may vary from light brown to deep black. Before European settlement, grizzly bears also roamed the land that today is Minnesota. However, it is safe to say that grizzlies have been locally extinct from Minnesota for more than 150 years.

A bear will take advantage of any food source available and will attempt to eat anything that looks, smells or tastes like food. Less than ten percent of a bear's food is animal matter and, in fact, they more often seek out natural foods such as nuts, meat berries, insects and tender vegetation.  When those food sources  are scarce, bears search actively for others. That is typically the occasion when bears come in contact with people. However, most bears are wary of people and will usually leave when they encounter man. If bears find a source of food they will usually return regularly until it is exhausted..

During hibernation, a female will give birth to one to four young. At birth, cubs weigh eight to ten ounces and are hairless. But they grow rapidly and usually weigh about five pounds by the time they leave their den.  By their first birthday a cub's weight is usually 60 to 100 pounds.

Grouse Hunting

Hunters staying at McArdle's find plenty of public land for their Minnesota grouse huntMinnesota is the top ruffed grouse-producing state in the U.S.  No other state harvests as many ruffed grouse each fall or provides as much public hunting land.  Ruffed grouse are a native woodland bird about the size of a small chicken. The bird is noted for its fan-shaped tail marked by a broad, dark band. Some ruffed grouse (called red-phased birds) have chestnut-colored tails, and the gray-phased birds have gray or slate-colored tails. The bird also has a concealed neck ruff that the male puffs out during courtship displays.


Male ruffed grouse make a well-known drumming noise that sounds similar to a distant lawnmower engine. He drums by beating his wings in the air, starting slowly as a series of thumps, and then, as beating speeds up, the sound resembles a drum or engine. The drumming occurs on logs, boulders, tree roots, or other elevated sites known as “drumming logs.”

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