I'm here at the airport in Las Vegas, Nev., waiting for the "red eye" to take me to MSP. It's been another one of those whirlwind trips. I spent today at the Shot Show, the big gun show in Vegas. So many guns and so many other things related to the shooting and hunting industry. One day is not long enough to cover all the ground and see all there is to see, but I tried. All these companies showcasing their new product for the upcoming year.
Friday the 13th and the moon is full.Ttake it for what it's worth, but if some seriously strange things happen you'll know why—it's the moon! I'm running on a few hours of sleep after taking a bonsai trip to St. Paul to promote Larson FX fishing boats at the Sportsmen's Show. Thursday was a quiet day, but I'm thinking the weekend will pack them in.
I'm fresh off of my second trip of the year to the big lake to the east—Mille Lacs. Mille Lacs is the second largest lake in the state at over 132,000 acres and it has had a lot of press over the years. I've always really enjoyed fishing the big lake to the east of Brainerd. It has an allure unlike any other lake that I've been on. It can be nasty and it can be nice. Fishing can be really good and fishing can be really tough.
What a year. Let me back up and begin by saying thank you! Thank you for reading my column, from wherever you are and whoever you are. I don't know how many years it has been that I've been writing to you, but it's obvious from the comments that I receive that some of you are loyal readers.
Merry Christmas! We celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time of year, not knowing when his actual birth date is. And why does that matter anyway? Shouldn't we celebrate everyday, knowing that He is the ruler of heaven and earth?
My first trip to the ice was cold. I had the itch, figured the ice was good enough (3 ¾ inch), so I ventured out on the north end of Gull Lake. I was solo, and this trip to the ice brought back memories when I did a lot of fishing by myself. All I had was my auger, and a bucket of goods. My handheld GPS was not functioning properly, so I went out there not totally full of confidence.
Going out fishing this weekend? I don't think I will either, but there will be plenty of people out there doing it. Fishing on the ice that is. I'm slowly preparing for the ice fishing season, but I'm still in pursuit of the white-tailed deer. It's a fun time to be in the woods. Sure it's cold, but it's a cool feeling to be dressed with the right gear and knowing that you have the woods to yourself. It's quiet, it's peaceful, it's beautiful and it's a great time to put some meat on the table.
The ice is coming, Christmas is just around the corner, the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show is happening right now, deer are still in season, the area trees took another beating (this time from the heavy snow) and life just keeps on keeping on. The times that we are living in right now are really interesting if you ask me!
Despite the craziness of this world, I truly believe that if we all look really close it's not really hard to find many reasons to be thankful.
Hey, let's party, that stupid pre-election crap is history! Now what are we going to do? I'm not sure what you are going to do, but I'm going to hunt, fish and love every day. Let's start with hunting! I love to hunt, and it's not just the harvest that I need, although that is a big part of it. I sat in my tree for the last couple of weeks and never touched off my release. For those of you that don't know what a release is, it's something that releases your bow string to send the arrow towards your target. Like a trigger.