WORTHINGTON — I was hoping to make it ’til the New Year without any snow. No snow at all would have been better. A few inches of rain in March needs no shoveling. But the snow is here and that is to be expected. And with the snow comes the winding down of the season’s hunting opportunities, with the pheasant hunting season closing Jan. 1.
WORTHINGTON — There isn’t a dog owner on Earth who hasn’t bragged about the performance of his or her hunting dog at one time or another. Hunting dogs can do some amazing things. Some dog owners can’t stop talking about it.
WORTHINGTON — What or who is a trapper? What a rare and endangered breed they are. Fifty years ago, trapping was like hunting. If you lived in the country, almost every kid trapped and hunted. I can remember, as a kid, trapping gophers on my grandpa’s farm near the tiny town of Wetonka in north central South Dakota.
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WORTHINGTON — It can only happen once for the dog and happens very seldom for most dog owners. For Tracer, it happened a few weeks back. The last time it happened to me was two years ago with a black lab named Axle.
WORTHINGTON — So what does the most beautiful woman in the world look like? I certainly can’t tell you. The definition of most beautiful is different depending on which guy you ask. Some guys love blondes and some love brunettes. Others yet think redheads are the most beautiful. So in the end, who is right? They are all right from their own perspective.
WORTHINGTON — It makes me wonder just who thinks up some of the laws regarding wildlife that make it on the books. I try very hard to stay on top of regulatory developments in the land of game, fish and wildlife. I am on an email list that gets me a few news releases every week regarding happenings on a state level and at the Department of Natural Resources.
WORTHINGTON — An item that has gotten lots and lots of attention by way of phone calls to my office and cell is, what is going on at the local rifle and pistol range?
I have often referred to my life with my dogs as living in an interdependent relationship. They need me and I need them. They need me for food and shelter and medical care. They also need the human love and affection that all dogs crave and I give tons of that. They need to know where their place in the pack as they are all descendants of wolves. Knowing their place in life gives a dog balance.
I have waited 364 days for tomorrow. Saturday, October 13 is the Minnesota Pheasant hunting season opener. Last year I wandered along with a group of mostly new hunters at the first ever Governors Pheasant hunt that was held in Montevideo, Minn. This year, the Governors’ hunt will be hosted in Marshall, only 60 miles away. I received another invitation this year, but am going to skip the actual hunting part of the weekend and attend a dedication ceremony for an addition to a local WMA in the Marshall area. This should be pretty cool.
WORTHINGTON — There used to be a television commercial that had a Carly Simon song called “Anticipation.” I think it was a Heinz ketchup commercial that showed a kid waiting and waiting for the ketchup to slowly drip from the bottle down on to his hamburger.
WORTHINGTON — Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you.
WORTHINGTON — The Sports Editor of the Daily Globe forwarded me an e-mail from a reader who was wondering what the effects of the new wind field north of Rushmore would have on wildlife in the area.
WORTHINGTON — Saturday was a really great day or a really bad one depending on your stance on the issue of dove hunting.
WORTHINGTON — Hunters, fishermen, dog owners, shooters of all sorts and general outdoor enthusiasts consider Game Fair the pinnacle of places to visit in early fall.
WORTHINGTON — I have written columns in the past highlighting the wetland activities that Ducks Unlimited has been involved with in southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON — What do you do if you are a youth that really wants to try hunting and you don’t have anyone to take you?
WORTHINGTON — There is a saying that goes, “this was a trip of a lifetime.” I have had many trips, but I think that I could repeat them all; thus, they do not qualify as a “trip of a lifetime.”
WORTHINGTON — As I watched the weather-guessers on television early this week, they talked about high dew points, which lead to those very high-humidity days that nobody really likes.
WORTHINGTON — The forth of July has come and gone and the beginning of those hot, humid summer days are now here. This is a time of year when dog training is difficult, due to these temps, and the fishing normally starts to slow down overall. This is a time that outdoors folks will use to fix up a deer stand, set up a trail camera and do those other work-related projects as they wait for the fall season to come around.