Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

April 5, 1999

Hunting, fishing, and baseball

If Sy Seymour's barber shop in downtown Winsted was ever included in one of the credit card commercials we see on TV today, the commercial would say: "Haircut just the way you like it, $6; atmosphere and conversation, priceless."

When I head over to Sy's for a haircut, I'd love to walk out with a buzz, flat top, or even heine. A heine is what we called a real short haircut when I was a kid.

But Sy is well aware that my wife just wouldn't go for it, so I usually walk out with just a little bit more than a trim and all kinds of good stuff on hunting, fishing, and baseball.

To me, Sy's shop was tailor made for good guy talk. You walk in, and in seconds, the atmosphere takes over.

Old and current outdoor magazines, the high walls and ceilings, outdoor clips and prints on the walls and, of course, two classic barber chairs.

The atmosphere is a great booster for conversation. But, the real garb on stuff kicks in when you plop in the chair.

During this particular session, Sy and I were into a deep conversation on pheasant hunting in Nebraska and South Dakota before he even had the clippers in hand. By the time he started cutting, our conversation had covered snow goose hunting in North Dakota and Canada, and by the time my hair was in good shape again, we had talked about dogs, fishing, the next hunting season, strategic placement of snow goose decoys, high school and town baseball and what local, young talent was coming up through the ranks.

We talked about that and probably much more in the span of 20 minutes.

Just like the commercial: "Haircut just the way you like it, $6; atmosphere and conversation, priceless."

I wish I could tell you how long Sy has been in the barber shop and conversation business, but that's one of the few questions I've never asked him. Actually, if I said an awful long time, I'd be close enough.

Firearms safety classes

Lester Prairie's firearms safety classes are already full with a waiting list.

Another class will start in July at the archery lanes in Winsted. Anyone interested in that class may contact Brian Wolford at 320-485-4237.

The Lester Prairie classes are Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dates are April 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29, with testing on May 3.

Howard Lake firearms safety classes will be Monday, May 10; Tuesday, May 11; Thursday, May 13, and Saturday, May 15. Weekday classes are 6 to 9 p.m. with Saturday's from 8 a.m. to noon. Classes are at the high school in Howard Lake and there is a $5 fee.

In Waverly, classes start tonight and run Mondays and Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. for four weeks at the Waverly Gun Club.

For both Howard Lake and Waverly, you can contact HLWW Community Education at 320-543-3600, or Howard Barth for Howard Lake, 320-543-3526, or Ed Marketon for Waverly, 612-658-4231.

Outdoor notes

  • Ice out and another short ice fishing season. The ice left our area lakes on Tuesday, March 30. Smaller lakes and potholes were ice-free several days earlier. By all accounts, it was another easy winter and another short ice fishing season. On average, Howard Lake usually becomes ice-free on or around April 15. In 1950, the lake opened up on May 2 and in 1987, the lake opened up on March 16.
  • Get your gear ready for open water fishing and look for the spring crappie bite to start very soon.
  • I never gave global warming a lot of thought. But after the last two winters, I'm changing my mind a bit.
  • Along with all the Canada geese in the area, I've also noticed a good number of ducks. Last week diver ducks were making their way through our area in big numbers.
  • The ice is gone, and if you have noticed, the water levels on our lakes and rivers is very low for this time of year.
  • Plan now for your fall hunting trips.
  • The Lester Prairie Sportsmen's Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse.
  • The 1999 Minnesota fishing opener is set for Saturday, May 15.
  • Spring is here; get outside and take some time to enjoy it.

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