Deer seasons come and deer seasons go. Like a big feast, the leftovers are the best part. They are the memories. They drive and inspire hunters through the year. Here in the Brainerd lakes area, many memories were created, and from the activity at the Big Buck Challenge weigh station at Mills Fleet Farm, the happiest hunters were the youngsters. Grinning, hopping from foot to foot, telling the story three times in two minutes, pointing to their first deer brought reflective smiles to the senior hunters hanging around.
The traditions of Minnesota’s deer season were displayed far and wide once again this year. Hunters enjoyed the camaraderie of deer camp; ate too much; purchased gear and extra clothes; trampled out before daylight; sat in the wind (and some rain and snow); introduced kids to the sport; created new stories; and, most of all, they enjoyed the outdoors.
The math is good! Add Gull Lake fall walleyes plus an October fishing tournament plus a great cause and it all equals fun for a very worthwhile local cause. That cause is Kids Against Hunger, a nonprofit Brainerd lakes area humanitarian food aid organization. Their mission is to reduce the number of undernourished children from around the corner in local Minnesota towns to starving families throughout the world.
N ow in its second season, a young Baxter man’s idea has grown. Chauncey Hanson expanded his Big Buck Challenge concept into Wisconsin this season, and attracted hunting industry manufacturers and retail giant Mills Fleet Farm as the major sponsor.
To showcase the life of Nick Adams, head of the Brainerd-based Lindy-Little Joe tackle company for many decades, the following recollections from friends and business associates show how he influenced people to do their best. He conducted his life and business dealings with dignity, humor and integrity. He willingly shared his knowledge. He was a mentor to many and some of the people whose lives he impacted are reflected here — memories that will never be forgotten. Adams passed away on Christmas Day.