This Northern MN resort is a great place for quiet relaxing vacations and amazing fishing. Our family has always had a great Minnesota fishing trip on Sand Lake, always catching our limit of walleye.
Howard & Ava Mcgill
Flora, Indiana


Hunting Minnesota's Northwoods from Driftwood Resort

Whether you’re an experienced hunter or taking your first hunt, you’ll know this to be a hunting paradise.  Driftwood is located in the heart of NorthernHunting the Chippewa National Forest - Driftwood Resort Minnesota's premier hunting grounds in the Chippewa National Forest where hunters find excellent hunting for black bear, grouse, ducks, and deer in the hundreds of acres of open hunting ground. Whether you shoot black powder or a rifle, shotgun or a bow, you will find amazing hunting right here. Whitetail Deer are plentiful with open season starting mid-September for Archery and early November for Firearms.  Ruffed Grouse Season and Partridge Season begin in mid-September and continue to the end of the year. And for the "really big game" hunter, Minnesota Black Bear Season opens at the end of August. Driftwood welcomes and encourages you to bring your favorite hunting dog this fall and try our grouse & duck hunting. With hundreds of acres of state and federal land and several small secluded lakes close by, Driftwood offers a great base of operations with well kept cabins and low rates.

Grouse Hunting

Duck Hunting

Black Bear Hunting

White-tail Deer Hunting

MN Duck Hunting Info.(Provided by DNR)

MN Ruffed Grouse Hunting Info.(Provided by DNR.)

MN Black Bear Hunting Info.(Provided by DNR.)

MN White Tail Deer Hunting Info.(Provided by DNR.)

Minnesota Hunting Opener Dates (Provided by DNR)

Grouse Hunting
Minnesota is the top Ruffed Grouse-producing state in the United States.  No other state harvests as many Ruffed Grouse each fall or provides as much public hunting land populated with Ruffed Grouse.  The Ruffed Grouse is 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, while other Ruffed Grouse, called “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.

Duck Hunting
Minnesota's duck population can be divided into two groups:  puddle ducks and diving ducks.  

Puddle ducks live in shallow marshes (puddles) and rivers and feed by dabbling. You often see their bottoms tipped up as they feed in the shallows. These ducks also feed in grain fields. Puddle ducks are able to lift off from water or land immediately.  Minnesota puddle ducks are the Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Pintail, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, Wood Duck, and Black Duck. Diving ducks spend their time in large, deep lakes and rivers. They feed on fish, shellfish, mollusks, and aquatic plants by diving, often to deep depths. They can swim long distances underwater by kicking their large paddle feet. Diving ducks can't launch from water straight into the air like puddle ducks.  Instead, they patter along the water surface for several yards before becoming airborne. Minnesota diving ducks are the Canvasback, Redhead, Ringneck (also called Ringbill), Scaup (also called Bluebill), Golden Eye, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Duck.

Black Bear Hunting
Looking for a thrill? There’s nothing like hunting for big game in Northern Minnesota! For the "big game" hunter, bear hunting in Minnesota offers a thrill like no other. Minnesota Bear Hunting Season opens the Minnestoa Blackbear Hunting - Driftwood Resortbeginning of September. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota bear population is about 30,000 and has been estimated to be increasing at a rate of 6 to 7 percent each year. The license application deadline was May 3.  The Black Bear was originally found throughout Minnesota, but now occurs only in Minnesota’s northern woodlands. Bears lead solitary lives except when females are rearing their young, or when concentrations of food bring bears together. Before European settlement, the Grizzly Bear also roamed in what is today Minnesota, mainly in the western prairies. Grizzlies have been extirpated (locally extinct) from Minnesota for more than 150 years. An adult Black Bear weighs between 250 and 300 pounds and stands two to three feet at the shoulders. Coat color may vary from light brown to deep black. The Black Bear is omnivorous, eating grasses, fruits, berries, buds or leaves, nuts, insects and their larvae, and on small animals, deer fawns, and carrion. Less than ten percent of a bear's food is animal matter. During hibernation, a female will give birth to one to four young. At birth, cubs weigh eight to ten ounces and are hairless. They grow rapidly, weigh about five pounds by the time they leave the den, and 60 to 100 pounds by their first year

White-tail Deer Hunting
We have a tremendous abundance of Whitetail Deer in the area. Hunting groups nearly always fill out their tags. Whitetail Deer Archery Season begins in mid-September and Firearms Season begins in early November for your Minnesota deer hunting experience. The white-tailed deer is Minnesota's most popular wildlife species. Each year, roughly 500,000 hunters harvest roughly 200,000 of these amazing creatures. Deer can run at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and leap over an 8-foot-tall fence.  Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 pounds, males 170. The heaviest whitetail ever recorded in the United States was a 500-pound Minnesota buck. Deer are nocturnal animals and are much more active at night. Deer have more light-detecting cells in their eyes than humans, which aids their nocturnal vision. However, a deer's nocturnal vision is not perfect on a very dark night. A deer will spend more time looking for food and less time eating food on a dark night than they would on a clear night with a full moon. Deer tend to be the least active on days following a clear night because their stomachs are usually fuller and they are content to stay near their bedding area until sundown. As sundown approaches, the deer will start the feeding cycle all over again.  Deer travel to their feeding area from their bedding area in the last minutes of daylight. On the reverse trip they travel from their feeding area to their bedding area in the first minutes of daylight. In most areas you are allowed to hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. This one hour time period is usually the most productive time of day to hunt.

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Chris & Stacy Olson
Driftwood Resort
56029 County Rd 157
Max, MN 56659

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