WORTHINGTON — Does it take an airplane ride or a really long drive to see something totally spectacular? It really depends on what you think qualifies as totally spectacular. I took a four-hour drive and saw something very spectacular — the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, located across the Missouri River in South Dakota.
WORTHINGTON — The passage of the Land and Legacy amendment in 2008 raised the sales tax in Minnesota by three-eighths of 1 percent to create dedicated funding for the outdoors. It’s a legacy we should feel good about.
WORTHINGTON — It was a few years back on one of the coldest days that North Dakota had ever seen since the ice age that I pulled into a gas station in Ellendale, N.D. There was a guy gassing up his truck with Eskimo mittens on and he had on an orange cap so I assumed he was pheasant hunting.
WORTHINGTON — New adventures create new challenges that keep me thinking that as much as I might know about the outdoors in general there is still way more to learn.
WORTHINGTON — Two gentlemen (maybe even pheasant hunters after a day in the field) sitting on bar stools, enjoying a cold beer have debated the merits as to whether his Chevy Truck is better or worse than the other man’s Ford at least 100,000 times. At the end of the debate there is still no consensus and if they did it another 100,000 times the result would most likely be the same.
WORTHINGTON — I don’t know who can be credited with coming up with the saying “who would have thunk it.” I have said this more than a few times in my life and most of those occasions were right after something happened that cost a lot of money.
With the turn of the page we will soon be living in the month of September. Hunting season will be starting for Minnesota doves on the first. The early Canada goose season also starts on the same day. The start of the grouse season in both Minnesota and South Dakota is Sept. 15 and the Minnesota pheasant season opener is Oct. 13.
WORTHINGTON — In four weeks, I will be sitting in the State Office Building in St. Paul for a day and a half listening to 32 presenters make the case for their outdoor project to receive funding. The list of potential recipients has been narrowed from 38 down to 32 by a scoring process used by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
WORTHINGTON — I have always tried to live by the motto of “do what you say you are going to do.” My friends are of the kind that can be counted on. When they commit, they actually come across with whatever they have promised. It is this motto that got me wedged up last year on the opener of the dove season.
WORTHINGTON — Last week I shared with you a fishing outing with Casey and Rosa Ingenthron on Lake Michigan. When it comes to my knowledge of the Great Lakes, I was limited to seeing Lake Superior a few times when I made it to Duluth. I have never traveled to any of the other great lakes or spent any time on their shores or waters.
WORTHINGTON — It was about a month ago that I was lucky enough to “dodge the bullet.”
WORTHINGTON — It was a few days ago that the Lake Okabena Lake Association had the local conservation officer speak at one of their association meetings.
WORTHINGTON — I am quite certain that everybody over the age of 10 has heard the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
WORTHINGTON — There are not many encouraging signs these days when it comes to recruitment of new shooters and hunters.
WORTHINGTON — Always remember that you are not supposed to believe anything that you hear and only half of what you read.
WORTHINGTON — It doesn’t matter if I’m planting trees or native prairie grasses, the month of May is a great month. When you have a motivation to improve wildlife habitat there is always some part of your project that you can make better.
WORTHINGTON — When the clock struck the bewitching hour, the Minnesota Legislature called it a year.
WORTHINGTON — The big day has come and gone and the results are mixed. The 2009 fishing opener was better than some and worse than others. I spend a few hours on Lake Okabena in Worthington on Saturday and the morning hours of Sunday at Round Lake in Jackson County.
WORTHINGTON — Tomorrow is the big day.
WORTHINGTON — This week has been crazy.