Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

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

July 9, 2001

Angus update: he's grown fast

At times, it seems like I just picked Angus up yesterday. Other times, it seems like I've had him for a lifetime.

If some of you have forgotten, Angus is my hunting dog and family pet. He just turned three and is a big scrapping black lab with a little springer spaniel mixed in.

In general, he's the typical lab. Good in the field except for his occasional wild streaks and other than a few - whoops, I ran you over events - good with my three-year-old daughter Abbi and one and half-year-old daughter Emmi.

In fact, the kids love him and, I think, would probably rather play with him than me.

Here are a few items and daily routines of family and field life with Angus:

­ Although Angus weighs in the neighborhood of 90 pounds, Abbi and Emmi refer to him, more often than not, as a puppy.

­ Abbi, who has a creative imagination and likes to take complete ownership of Angus, has renamed him several times in the past year. Lopsie, Litsie, Lover, and the latest and current new name of Angus Davis.

­ When Abbi and Angus were about a year old, Abbi started the tradition of feeding Angus one piece of dog food at a time. It took forever and was even worse when the bugs were bad.

Abbi has since given up on the one piece at a time routine to allow more time for play. However, and sorry to say, Emmi picked up right were Abbi left off.

Angus has turned into a very patient eater and had become accustomed to the entire affair.

­ For some reason, Angus loves to chase and eat bugs. Last year, he became a champion bee eater, and this year has developed a taste for water bugs. When taken to his favorite swimming hole Angus will routinely swim for over an hour chasing the little critters.

I'm just hoping all the water bugs are gone by the time the duck hunting season opens.

­ Finally, Angus' favorite place on earth seems to be our picnic table on the deck. Our deck sits fairly high off the ground and is shaded in the afternoon.

Angus loves to perch himself on top of the table and keep an eye out for anything that's going on in the neighborhood. Also, just about everyone in the neighborhood knows his name and who he belongs to. He's a pretty social dog and likes to go visiting more than I like.

Outdoor notes

­ The panfish bite picked up again last week, and the largemouth bass action on several lakes in the area has been excellent. Last week, I nabbed a nice bunch of sunnies fly fishing with a yellow panfish popper in nine feet of water just off the outside edge of a well-defined weedline.

­ According to reports from local anglers, the walleye bite on Mille Lacs is still very good. Although the slot limits make it tough to bring a few fish home, the action has been worth the drive.

­ Winsted Sportsmen's Club will meet Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Mary Clubhouse.

­ The Wright County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a Leopold Education Project educator training workshop Saturday, July 28 at the Ney Nature Center, Maple Lake. For more information or to register call 877-773-2070 or visit www.lep.org.

­ If you plan on heading to the lake in search of sunfish, bring with a tub of small leeches. When sunnies move to deeper water, the small leeches seem to work best. Troll the outside weedlines until you feel the nibbles or catch a few, and then set the anchor and drop a leech down about a foot off the bottom.

­ Plan your fall hunting trips now. The early Canada goose season is only a couple of months away.

­ Remember that conservation is the key to the future of outdoor and natural resources.

­ Take a kid fishing. You will have fun and so will he or she.

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