Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

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

Oct. 15, 2001

Area lakes hunting and fishing report

Before I get into duck hunting, fall fishing, a little on pheasants and getting ready for deer hunting, I'm going to take a little time to think about conservation, and I hope you do to. Now is the perfect time.

While you're sitting in the duck blind or deer stand take a good look around you. Notice the cattails, the trees, the brush, the land and everything that's on it. Ask yourself if it's a good place? Ask yourself if you are connected to it? Ask yourself, if the place was no longer wildlife habitat, would you miss it?

The answers to those questions are pretty easy.

When you do have those questions answered, then ask yourself what you can do to conserve, protect and make that place better for wildlife, yourself and the rest of us?

When you answer that question, then make a decision to act and actually do something for conservation.

Here's a little tip on what you can do. Often I end this column with the outdoor note "Take a kid hunting or fishing. He or she will have fun and so will you."

Act on that outdoor note. Share your favorite spot with a kid. Tell him or her about conservation. Ask them the same questions that I want you to ask yourself. If he or she doesn't know or have an answer, go out again and again and again.

Share the outdoors with a kid, and help someone else develop a relationship with our outdoor environment. It's the longest lasting thing you could ever do for the conservation of our outdoor heritage and natural resources.

Moving on, ducking in our area has slowed a little since the opener, but compared to the last few years, it's still been great. Hunters I spoke with late in the week said a good number of ducks were still in the area. Local Canada geese are flying in good numbers, and the hunting has been good.

Reports on fall fishing indicate the walleye bite is picking up in a big hurry on several lakes in the area, including Collinwood and Howard. Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake also noted a few anglers have been finding fast action on large mouth bass on Howard.

Reports from the Crow River have been mixed, with some anglers going home empty handed and others nabbing limits of good sized walleyes. Deep holes and live bait have been the ticket for those getting fish.

Local pheasant hunting will definitely be affected by the late crop or slow crop harvest. At this time I'd say not even half of the corn is off the fields in our area. On a positive note, later season bird chasers should have better luck.

Lastly, now is the time to start getting ready for the firearms deer season. Read the regs, dig out your stuff, review firearms safety, and get familiar with your gun again.

Waverly Sportsmen's Club Rifle sight-in

The Waverly Sportsmen's Club and rifle range, located just northeast of Waverly on Wright County Road 9, will be providing rifle sight in opportunities Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.

For more information call Adrian Duske at (763) 658-4586.

Prairie Archer Club to host beginning archery instruction

Learn the fundamentals of sport archery, including form, techniques, and basic equipment used.

Classes will be at Prairie Archery Club, 412 Central Avenue North, Lester Prairie. Classes are directed to people of all ages. Equipment and targets will be furnished, however you may bring your own equipment if you prefer. Times are from 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 13, 15, 20, 27 and 29.

There is a $30 fee and the registration deadline is Oct. 31.

Please register by calling Jim Richardson at 320-395-2721, Mike Wendolek at 320-395-2792, or Rick Picotta at 320-395-2147. Class sizes are limited.

Winsted Sportsmen's Club announces raffle winners

Winners of the annual Winsted Sportmen's Club raffle include: first prize, an 835 Mossberg 12 gauge shot gun, Doug Lachermier of Winsted. Second prize, an AC/DC color tv with vcr, Karen Mikolichek of Silver Lake

$100 cash went to Michelle Fleischaker of Howard Lake. $50 cash to Willie Radtke of Lester Prairie and Alfred Habisch won a free club house rental.

Outdoor notes

­ Lucky firearms deer hunters receiving antlerless permits should be notified in a week or two. If you applied and were not notified you can assume you did not receive one. Also, you can check on the DNR's web site to see if you were selected or not.

­ Take proper care of the game you harvest this fall. Proper care is a responsibility of the hunt and harvest, and you will reap the benefits at the dinner table.

­ The hunting season for canvas backs and pheasants in Minnesota opened Saturday.

­ Take note of our beautiful fall colors. Very soon the colors will be gone and the trees will be bare.

­ Always ask first before you hunt on or enter private land. It's a matter of law and ethics. The landowner will appreciate your asking and you'll know you have done the right thing.

­ Take a kid hunting or fishing, he or she will have fun and so will you.

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