Good morning! For those of you that are on the ball, you are probably reading this paper on Saturday morning, and if you are really clued in, you are about ready to embark on the 25th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza! It starts at noon today, Jan. 24 and it so happens that this year, it's on my birthday! You don't have to get me anything, but please do me a favor and just say a prayer that if "Jingles" decides to bite today that she bites on brother John's line (and that he lands her).
Catching any? Then move! That's exactly what we did yesterday out on Gull Lake. I had a two-day guide trip and on day one all we caught as a group (nine people) were about 7 northern, 1 walleye and some perch -- slow for an all day affair with that many people. So the following day, Nick Miltimore (one of our guides) picked up the house and moved it to another "spot." We didn't get started until about 9 a.m., but there wasn't much happening there either. So, we got after it!
A Minnesota winter without any snow - not a really good thing. But the way things are going in this wild world, the next two months could turn out to be the snowiest ever! In the meantime, maybe we should just "love it" indoors. That's what we have been doing over at the Mills Indoor Shooting Range this winter. What an awesome facility for those of us that like guns and bows, and like shooting them, too. We are starting them young too, something that I am a fan of. Thanks to Jason Bahr, his wife Carla and the folks at the range, we have started up session two of a youth archery league.
Good morning to you. I am writing to you on this second day of January and I hope things are swell. It's been pretty "chill" (except for a little sickness) around the Eigen household over Christmas break and it sounds like things are going to turn the other kind of "chill" as the kids prepare to head back to school. This next round of cold should drive that ice down even further and this should put to bed any question on whether or not this years Extravaganza will go off as planned on Jan. 24. I think Sheriff Dahl would like to see 18 inches of good, solid ice before he gives the nod!
The new year is just around the corner, and as I look back on 2014 I would have to say it has been full of mostly good things. No, things aren't always super rosy in Walleyedan's world but overall I am very thankful for another awesome year. God is always good and as we wind down on the final days of 2014, we can only wait and see what's next.
I grew up hunting pheasants in southwestern Minnesota as did many others, and the memories I store from these days are forever etched in my brain. Hunting with the cousins down in Comfrey, what a blast it was! The other day I had some of those memories brought back as I was invited to join John Maile and some of his cohorts down south and west of St. Cloud. We hunted two different parcels of private property and it sure did seem like the good ol' days of pheasant hunting in Minnesota.
We're having a heat wave! We will experience a melt-down this weekend and that is going to make the ice fishermen and women want to get out and get after it. Just make sure you are wearing your ice creepers (cleats that fit over your boots), because she's going to get pretty slick out there. I was out last night on the north end of Gull Lake and there was about 12 inches of ice where we were. Cars, trucks and ATVs are out and about. Is there a need to watch out where you go out there? You betcha! There are cracks, heaves and areas that didn't have as many days of ice coverage.
Christmas is creeping up on us, are you ready? Well, if you are like me, you count on your wife to carry this weight (and no, she does not like that!). Not fair is it? Not really, but ladies you are wired differently than we are and that is quite obvious. Well, here is a little help for you ladies so you don't have to wander around the stores trying to figure out what to get us. How about a ticket to the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
If you are a hunter, or want to become a hunter you better be ready for those days when things don't go as planned. I am speaking to you this morning (Thursday) with extremely sore legs and a very disappointed heart after shooting and not finding a deer. I headed to the woods on Tuesday morning as the kids and Shelley were just rising out of the sack.
Dear deer, do you know what is about to happen? Of course you do. But how is it that you know that the bullets will start flying in another couple weeks? I know, because your mom and dad taught you, right? Or is it that God has given you senses that are so uncanny that hunters have to use their tricks to fool you? These tricks are many and some of them work some of the time but none work all of the time. In my opinion it all starts with your hunting clothing, get it all washed up nicely with some non-scented detergent and hang those articles on the line for days or even a week.