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.
Thursday was a good day on the water. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go as I woke up to drizzle and cooler than normal temperatures, but by day’s end success was achieved! I was originally going to head up to the Whitefish Chain but I looked at the weather and also the fact that I had a 5-year-old and an 11-year-old, plus their grandparents. Four people fishing with a strong wind and chilly weather can be tricky so I opted for one of our smaller area lakes.
Rain days can be good! For the farmer, most definitely but fisherman need them too. We need them to get caught up on all the things that pile up as we are out there on the water “working it”. Fishing guides’ jobs are never done! Lines need to be re-tied, boats need to be cleaned, phone calls and emails need to be returned, the lawn needs mowing (thanks Shell), the fishing reports need to be done, the family needs a little attention and the batteries need to be recharged both in our human bodies and on the boat!
Thursday morning was a beauty! I was up on the Whitefish Chain with Curtis of Motley, Jim of Greer, S.C., and Jamie of Gloucester, Mass. Curt and Jamie work with Trident Foods (makers of Sea Legs) and Jim is with Old Country Buffet. It was one of those trips where everything went well — the weather was ideal, the fish were biting and I had three nice guys to fish with. When the fish bite, I am happy and when the walleyes are going it’s even better!