Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

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

Sept. 18, 2000

Bucks for ducks

Winsted's Chapter of Ducks Unlimited did its job in raising bucks for ducks and other wildlife Tuesday evening, Sept. 12.

A good number of local conservationists, hunters, and DU members, were on hand at the Blue Note in Winsted, all in an effort to raise anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 for Ducks Unlimited.

"That's about the average take for a local DU banquet the size of Winsted's," said DU Regional Director for West Minnesota Terry Kostinec.

Winsted DU Director Chip Biske noted the turnout was good and sponsor participation was excellent.

No matter how you look at it, Ducks Unlimited, as an organization with a specific goal of raising dollars for wetland conservation, is the leader in that effort.

Although it has raised millions over the years and accomplished much in the field of wetland conservation and restoration, I believe the organization's greatest accomplishment has been in setting the stage for many other groups and organizations, such as Pheasants Forever and the Minnesota Waterfowl Association.

DU proved that people can be motivated and brought together in an effort for wildlife, wetland, and habitat conservation, and that, in this format, dollars for the cause can be raised and efficiently used toward the goal.

For that reason, I believe DU is not only a leader in wetland conservation as it says in its mission statement, but is the leader of many conservation groups and efforts within our state and country.

Outdoor notes

  • The colors of fall are starting to arrive in our area. Take some time to watch them happen and you will be truly amazed.
  • Last week, there was a beautiful full moon set low in the eastern sky. If you missed it, watch for the full moon in October, which can be even more brilliant.
  • Crops are starting to come off. Also, last week I saw my first combine of the season rolling through a soybean field.
  • Make sure your dog is ready for the hunting season. Have him or her in good shape and healthy. Make sure all shots have been updated. If you're traveling out-state to hunt this fall, you may be required to have and carry appropriate verification that your dog has all required vaccinations.
  • The Minnesota waterfowl hunting season in set to open Saturday, Sept. 30.
  • The pheasant hunting season in Minnesota opens Saturday, Oct. 14.
  • The Crow River is extremely low right now, making it, in some instances, easier to fish. In other cases, it is more difficult. When the river is low, fish tend to be more concentrated in the deeper holes that remain. If you find fish, you will probably find a good number of them. The trick is finding the deep holes.
  • Look for the walleye bite on our area lakes to pick up very soon. As fall moves along, the fishing will only get better.
  • Take a kid hunting or fishing - he or she will have fun and so will you.

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