Deer? What deer? I don’t know about you but something seems a little weird about this deer season. Maybe we should blame it on the election year. Or the wolves, or the full moon that preceded the rifle season or maybe the mild weather. I can’t put my finger on it, but either the population is down or it has moved to a different area!
I’m writing on this early Thursday morning with whitetail deer on the brain. I can’t exactly pin what it is about my whitetail fascination but I think it’s more than shooting a deer. In fact I know it is.
Last week I was able to bond with my daughter Elizabeth as we both hunted South Dakota pheasants for the first time. I grew up hunting pheasants in Comfrey, Minn., and those memories are some of my fondest childhood moments. This was a work trip (as we were filming for the new show), but a fun one. Our destination was Akaska, S.D., where we were to hook up with Chad Schilling, his wife Shonda and their children Samantha and Beau. Oahe Wings and Walleyes is the name of their business and that’s exactly what we targeted. Walleye’s on Friday and ring necks on Saturday and Sunday.
I have been hearing for many years about Devils Lake, N.D., and what it offers to the duck and goose hunter. I remember seeing photos of my brother and dad and the birds they bagged in Devils Lake while I was left behind back in elementary school. Just last week I was able to experience the waterfowl Mecca for myself. It was all it had been cracked up to be and then some.
Where do I begin? How about with a huge, “Praise the Lord!” He answered our prayers the other day on Mille Lacs in a BIG way.
I just picked up my 12-year-old daughter at the American Legion in Brainerd. Congrats Elizabeth, Jordyn and the rest of the kids who passed their firearms safety class. And thank you to all of the instructors. Be safe and happy hunting for the rest of your lives.
Hello readers! I would first like to let you know that the walleyes have been chowing down in the Brainerd lakes area and our guides have been making things happen out there. This starts “the season”, the season of everything!! And instead of talking about all of the things you can do during this awesome period of time I would like to talk to you about three things — rifles, handguns and shotguns. I recently joined Team Huldra (Stewart Mills, Troy Schreifels and Dave Timm) and set off for my very first 3-Gun Championship.
Early goose was just that! Up early and decoys set before legal shooting time. Our first morning in the field was enjoyable but we did not get a crack at any honkers. After the hunt I asked Mac (our 10-year-old son) if he wanted to hunt on Sunday and he said “not really”. That bummed me out a little but then he changed his mind when his friend Noah was able to come along and hunt (because Elizabeth dropped out due to a Hair Ball event).
It’s honker time! This will be my first goose shoot since high school and I will be joined by my dad, son and one of my daughters. Opening day of early goose begins this morning (Saturday), one half hour before sunrise. I am hoping that they come crashing into the decoys at first light so the kids can get cracking! We are hunting just north of Brainerd with Kyle Peterson, who has been watching the goose scene for a while now. Kyle is pretty confident we will see a little action and if Kyle feels good, we feel good.
I get asked all of the time, “Do your kids like to fish?” My typical answer is yes, but they probably don’t get out as much as one would think.