Winter brings hunters opportunities to hunt other wild game besides deer. Expand your skills and harvest wild game like squirrels, bobcats, pheasants, and raccoons. All of these animals are legal to hunt in Minnesota, the home state of Banks Outdoors, and can extend your hunting season. If you live near Banks Outdoors’ headquarters, consider hunting the wild game below for a new opportunity and a new source of meat on your table.

Squirrels

Squirrel hunting is legal statewide and the season ends Feb. 28.

Squirrel hunting is a great way to introduce a new hunter to the process. Starting with small game will help them get the hang of their shot process and help develop their scouting skills. Once they’ve gotten used to the mechanics, they’ll be able to take their knowledge and translate it to deer hunting next year.

Squirrels are incredibly sensitive to human activity in the woods, so you want to avoid walking around and scaring them away with your footsteps. Sit quietly in your Stump blind and observe with a pair of binoculars. Once the initial rustling of your walk to the blind has settled, the squirrels will begin to come around. Stump blinds deaden sound, so it shouldn’t be long until quiet returns to the world outside the blind and the squirrels present themselves.

Bobcats

Bobcat season is a relatively short season, beginning Dec. 19 and ending Jan. 24. Bobcat hunting is legal north of 1-94 and U.S. Highway 10.

Stump blinds can be elevated with a wooden leg system or our Steel Tower System and nestled among trees, making them perfect for scouting bobcats. Bobcats can climb trees and like to survey their surroundings from treetops. Hunting from your elevated Stump blind will give you a better angle for your shot because you’ll be closer to them. The Stump 4 ‘Vision Series’ has full-length windows, so even if the bobcat is at the top of a tree, higher than your blind, you’ll be able to aim up and make an ethical shot.

Pheasants

Pheasant hunting is legal statewide and ends Jan. 3.

When hunting pheasants in Minnesota, state regulations require hunters to wear at least one blaze orange article of clothing that is visible above the waist, such as a hat, jacket, or vest. Nontoxic shot is required on federal land in Minnesota as well, so make sure you read up on Minnesota’s hunting regulations before your hunt.

Consider the pride that would come with serving a pheasant you harvested yourself for your holiday dinner.

Raccoons

Raccoon season ends March 15 and is legal in the North furbearer zone.

Raccoons are scavengers and they’re no stranger to digging through trash and trying to break into deer feeders. Check the trail cameras that are set up near your Feedbank Gravity Feeder to see if you have any raccoons visiting your feeder after the deer have gone.

Whether you live in Minnesota or have these opportunities in your state, consider hunting a new source of wild game to make hunting season last through winter. Hunting a source of wild game that you’ve never hunted before can help sharpen your skills, keep meat on the table, and allow you to enjoy your Stump blind longer.

What wild game do you hunt during winter? Let us know your winter hunting preferences in the comments below!

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