My 77-year-old mother, Barb, went turkey hunting Thursday for the first time and boy was it a day! We're still laughing. It started around 8 a.m. and we were done shortly after 5 p.m. I don't think it got above 29 degrees today, so that made things extra special. No, she did not bag a turkey, but she did have four shots at two different birds. The first jake should have been dead meat, but I think she was a little out of practice and the bulky winter parka on this snowy, Minnesota morning probably didn't help matters.
Season A was an A. The Minnesota spring turkey season has six time periods (A-F). And the season runs from April 12 through the end of May. I figured with the early spring and some nice weather around the opener things would be good. My son Mac was the first to hunt this year and on his second day in the turkey woods this spring he was able to drop his first tom turkey. Wish I could tell you the whole story of Day One and Two, but I would wear out this keyboard and bore most of you to death!
The world is in unrest. Easter is this weekend, turkey season is open here in Minnesota, the lakes are too. Crappies are going to get caught, the Minnesota Wild started their Stanley Cup run, the new boat is about ready and just squeaked into the garage, I'm out of shape, smartphones are making us dumb, ticks are thick, but God is good. Easter. No, not bunnies. But it is a "holiday" that the retailers absolutely make a killing on.
Hello. Do you pick up hitchhikers? Me too. I've hitchhiked before and I think if you have that in you and have been that person with your thumb out, it's a lot easier to pick someone up. Is it smart? Probably not. I thought I was done picking people up after I had an interesting passenger about 10 or so years ago. I was coming back from Mille Lacs after a musky fishing trip and picked up a dude that had just gotten out of jail for killing a guy. Not sure the whole story, but that part of it was enough for me to not want to pick up another hiker for awhile.
A fishing team in high school? Are you serious? Back in the day, I participated in about every conceivable sport, and yes I hunted and fished, too. I really loved football and baseball, and I loved playing hockey, too. I played basketball, tennis, I biked, played broomball, played a bit of soccer and I'm sure I'm missing a few other "sports." These days, sports are year around and there's really not a lot of rest for these poor kids. And in order for them to be "better" than the rest, they better just focus on that one sport because who knows they may just get hurt.
The annual SnoBear migration to Lake Winnipeg was not spectacular. My son and I road tripped north seven hours for a day and a half of fishing and I will say that it really wasn't anything to write home about. Mac and I enjoyed some decent fishing on Friday, but we didn't catch any of the big greenbacks. Last year's fishing wasn't that good either and by the sounds of it, "The Big Windy" may be going in the tank. Commercially overfished. Who would ever think that such a massive lake could be overfished?
Hello from Winnipeg. My son Mac and I will be out after the greenbacks (Lake Winnipeg walleyes) in the morning (Friday). The temperature is low but our hopes are high. Although we are hearing mainly slow reports coming off of the big lake, we got some intelligence from a local tonight and we're going to check it out tomorrow. Mac and I got into town (Gimli) around 4 p.m. and decided not to rush out onto the lake to fish. Instead, we walked out onto the lake and sat down in a local's fish house. This gentleman was nice enough to clue us in on some things.
The educated fisherman, no I'm not talking about the fisherman that has a masters degree in Ichthyology, I'm talking about the dude that has all the fishing tools, knows how to use them and isn't afraid to go out and "work-it" no matter what the conditions. I was fishing and testing some product with Steve Baumann, the owner of Vexilar, Inc., Thursday, and we had the discussion about this certain group of fisherman on the way to the lake and also witnessed some of these dudes on the lake.
With the walleye and northern season closing this weekend, it's time to put our focus on the crappies, sunnies and perch. I've had my focus on the panfish for the last few weeks and it's been fun. Catching walleyes in the winter can get challenging and maybe that's part of the reason why I've had so much fun chasing the panfish.
Hello, how are you doing? I hope you're good and I hope you are out enjoying this unseasonable weather. It looks like about a week of warmth before we drop back down into winter again. Who the heck knows from day to day these days. This world is really keeping us on our toes! Let's call them current events. Those worldly current events are going to unfold just as they are supposed to, so I'm not going to get too bent out of shape over them.