Hunting14295 Canadian Border Road Ely, MN 55731 (218)-365-6010
You'll sense it's presence as the month of August draws to a close. The morning air is crisp and seems a bit fresher, and that first mug of hot coffee will feel good in your hands as you step outside. The sky seems a bit bluer, you notice the fog swirling thick from the beaver ponds as the water cools, and the sun descends westerly with more haste. You'll turn that jacket collar up and the evening breeze pushes you closer to the campfire. Autumn is in the air!
As autumn arrives in the lake country so does the hunting season. Here in the Northwoods, as the leaves change into a riot of reds, yellows, and oranges; both residents and non-residents alike take to the alder thickets in their plaid wool and blaze orange like they have for decades. Northern Minnesota’s hunting heritage is very strong with the tradition of hiking the rock ridges, the aspen glades and evergreen swamps dating back many generations.
Black bear season kicks it off starting in early September. This hunt is run by a lottery system and prospective hunters must apply for a permit well in advance during the springtime.
Come mid-September, the popular ruffed grouse season opens. Northeast Minnesota ranks as the number one place in the entire country to hunt the ‘Grey Thunder’, and the Ely area ranked number one in the state this year with the annual springtime drumming counts. The limits are generous and the season is long. Therefore, from the time leaves begin their change to when the forest is blanketed with snow, hunters can enjoy three and a half months of following their pointers and setters through well over a million acres of public lands.
Early in November after all the leaves have dropped and the forest is stark of color with only the whites and greys of the birch and aspen trunks and the deep green of the pines and spruces covering the hillsides; you’ll begin to see flits of color in the Northwoods. That color of blaze orange. The greatest of all days to many hunters from near and far begins and lasts for a month, with that being the whitetail deer season. Sixteen days of pure joy for many, and that includes three full weekends. Then the same for the muzzle loading season afterwards. Ely is again awash with activity, not unlike the busy canoe season just three months before. There is no hunt that compares to that of pursuing a mossy horned buck through the conifers. The late Bob Cary, author, artist and local woodsman; coined them the “Spookiest Bucks in America”.
The Jasper Company provides deluxe lodging accommodations for the discriminating hunter and autumn canoe tripper. The Jasper Lofts provides accomodations for larger groups as each loft has four beds that sleep six people above the Jassper Co. Bakery. A Stay Inn Ely is located in downtown Ely is perfect for the hunter who after a long day afield wants to dine at one of Ely’s fine restaurants or stop by the local pub for a cold one and watch the ball game. The Jasper Guest House is located on Jasper Lake and is ideal for groups who prefer solitude yet want deluxe comforts of a hunting camp. Jasper Company can provide box lunches from the Jasper Co. Bakeshop, plus ‘just out of the oven’ pastries, muffins and scones; and fresh brewed and good tasting coffee for you in the morning before your departure. We’ll even fill your thermos! Select teas and hot cocoa available too. The Jasper Company can also provide tow boat service for hunters who would like to try their hand at true wilderness hunting by canoe in the BWCA.