Back to civilization. Not sure I like it as much as the mountain life. We had one heck of a trip. Four of us had archery elk tags and if all would have worked perfectly, we would have been four-for-four. We ended up two-for-four, one cow and one spike bull. My brother was the first to draw blood and five minutes later our son Mac let fly at another cow.
I'm writing to you on the first day of fall, and it feels like it! The new ScentBlocker hunting clothing is hanging on the line to dry, but got wet again last night. Hopefully it's dry enough before it needs to be packed into the bag for our trip to Idaho. Archery elk, and some brother, son and daughter bonding in the mountains. It will be a mad scramble to get all of our ducks in a row before its time to go. And boy will I have a story or two when we return; remember, we're going to be hunting with brother John!
I'm sitting here in the Madison, Wis., airport waiting for a flight back to Brainerd. There is a maintenance issue so if this is the last time you hear from me ... I love you, and I'll see you in paradise.
I told you that I would keep you updated on the bear hunt. Here is the story and you will soon be able to watch the story on YouTube too. This hunt took place about 20 minutes west of Gull Lake. We started baiting just a few days prior to the opener (Sept. 1), and I went on stand that opening night ... nothing but one squirrel.
As I sit here in "Dorothy" (the old rocking chair at the office) getting a back rub (by an automated massager), I'm thinking of all the cool people we get to meet as fishing guides. Gunnar is certainly one of those people! The rest of his family are cool people, too, but Gunnar is something else. I've fished with him a number of times since spring. Each trip has had its "moments" and I would have to say it's because of all the "Gunnarisms."
Boy oh boy ... this world! I'm not even sure what to think anymore. Maybe this full, sturgeon moon has my brain tweaked a little more than normal, but I'm thinking that we are nearing the end of our time here on earth.
Hi! Fish, fish, fish, all day long—actually I did do a couple of all-dayers and wow was I ever wiped out after that stretch! My boat batteries were shot and so were my body batteries.
With July about to be in the rearview mirror, things are shaping up to be a pretty darn good open water season. The weather has been decent, the fishing has been decent and things are good! Our guides seem to be holding things together. This gets to be the time of year when the candle has been burning at both ends and things can get quite interesting in the life of a fishing guide. We have our families to keep happy, our customers to keep happy, our boats, bodies and trucks to keep clean.
It's 3:29 p.m. on Thursday and hotter than a pistol! I'm running on a few hours of sleep, as I was awakened by the weather that took us by surprise last night. But, it sounds like the folks to the north took the brunt of it and that will change a lot of people's plans for the next couple of weeks!
The ICAST 2016 show, which was held this year in Orlando, Fla., is the fishing show of all fishing shows. It's international, but there are many Minnesotans roaming the many aisles. Electronics, lures, rods, reels, line, new products, funky products, clothing, batteries, products that have stood the test of time and some things you wouldn't even believe. Bottom line, it's the place you would like to be if you are into this sport of fishing. My daughter Alex and I roamed the floor for about a total of one day and were able to see about everything in the worldwide fishing market.