Life - isn't it interesting? I'm not quite sure how to put words to what's going on in this crazy world but it's getting harder and harder to stay "up" on things. I guess it's almost best to not pay so much attention to the negative crap going on and try to focus on the good stuff. The outdoors is where I spend most of my time and I know it's where most of you like to spend your time, too. If you love the outdoors, September is the start of the most awesome season here in Minnesota!
I'm back from a successful Wyoming pronghorn hunt. I sent my last column to the Brainerd Dispatch from my blind (via my iPhone) an hour or so before I harvested a nice pronghorn with my bow and arrow. I shot the buck at about 10:30 a.m. last Friday morning as he was coming to a watering hole. The shot was right on, and the animal hit the ground in less than a minute and expired! That was certainly one of the highlights of our trip but there was so much more that we experienced.
Good morning from Gillette, Wyoming! I'm here in the blind with cameraman Kyle waiting on a big buck pronghorn. This is the first day of my first-ever pronghorn hunt and I feel pretty darn confident that I am going to get a chance to harvest one of these beautiful creatures with my new Bear bow. We had three bucks come in behind us right away this morning but there was something that they didn't quite like. We also spotted a lone buck that looked to be a trophy but he moved on, too. So, we were told it would be a waiting game and right now that's what we are doing.
Good morning, I hope you are doing well. We are at that point of the season where the avid outdoors person starts to shift their thinking from the water to the woods. In my case, my shift is going to be to the western prairie where the antelope play. We will be heading to Wyoming for an episode or two of "We Love It! Outdoors" television which is owned and presented by Mills Fleet Farm. The first and foremost "task" is to get within archery range of an antelope buck. I have been shooting my new bow and I am starting to feel pretty good.
What a trip! We were wondering how to keep our son busy for the rest of the summer now that baseball is over and I think we just figured it out. I helped him scrub the little 1982 14-foot aluminum boat last night and we got the 6-horse Evinrude fired-up. We rounded up the necessary safety equipment and he grabbed his tackle box and rod and we were off to the launch, just down the road on Gull Lake. I backed him down the ramp and floated him off.
So many lakes, so many fish! Not sure what the scoop is, but I am guessing that there are multiple lakes that are producing fish right now in our area. Our guides have been hitting Gull Lake pretty consistently and it's been really nice because there hasn't been a lot of other fishing pressure. I know that by writing this, there may be a few more that try their hand on Gull and that's fine because there are a lot of "spots." I guess what I am trying to say is that it's been really nice that we have so many "other" lakes in the area that are producing as well.
Good morning to you! I am back from a road trip to Packerland where I was filming an episode for Mills Fleet Farms’ “We Love It! Outdoors.” We (myself and the two cameramen, Kyle Peterson and Pete Palony) hooked up with guide Larry Smith, who has been at this guiding program as long as I have. It was fun for me to see his fishing style, hear his stories and learn a bit about the kind of person he is. These are things that make my job fun!
It’s go time. Guiding, filming and wrapping up the gobbler season are just some of the things shaking down on the calendar. I have a new fishing boat this year and it’s a little bit of a change for me. It’s a console (steering wheel), and after 5 years in a row with a tiller steer motor there is some “getting used to” that needs to be done. The comfort of the ride, the protection from the windshield and more speed are some of the benefits of the wheel over the tiller.
Welcome to the lakes area all of you visitors! I am hoping your stay is going “your way.” and that you are enjoying our community and all the things to do here. The lines are getting wet as you read this and I am hoping the walleye (and/or pan fish) are cooperating.
The Minnesota Wild/turkey zombie is in pretty rough shape right now, just saying! Getting up at dark 30 to chase gobblers around is exhausting all by itself, but mix in the Minnesota Wild hockey games running late into the night and it doesn’t make for a very healthy combination. And there’s a little fishing event coming to town next week, too. Oh, and my boat should be ready by Thursday. These are going to be some interesting times! Can you say scramble?