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Missing a friend in the field

March 15, 2011
By Justin Lightfoot

Looking back to a year ago this week there were thousands of snow geese in Minnesota and South Dakota with very large flocks and hunting for birds was great.

Fishing reports were that the shore ice had melted on lots of lakes and you had to use waders or 2-by-12 planks to get onto the ice to still be ice fishing. Well, this year we have a lot of melting to do before that can happen. I just talked to our local DNR Fisheries Technician and he informed me that a few lakes still have very low oxygen levels and some lakes in the area still have 25 inches of ice. If you are thinking of heading to South Dakota for the spring snow goose hunt here is the hotline from the S.D. Game, Fish & Parks: 605-885-6401. This hotline reports goose numbers in South Dakota by number of geese and areas of large groups of geese. The geese should be here soon and will be gone just as quick.

In life we make many great friends, also we spend time with them in the field and on the water. We have a few select people that we spend time with in the outdoors. As we hunt and fish with friends we have great times and create memories that last a lifetime.

A good friend of mine, Doug Bruns, left us last week and he will be missed by many including me. Doug took me on my first Kansas turkey hunt back in 2002.

On that hunt I was able to harvest two Rio Grande turkeys. Doug also brought me and my daughters up to a cabin in Ottertail County many times in the summer and a few times in the winter. We fished a small lake and caught some of the biggest blue gills and largemouth bass that I have ever seen in Minnesota. I took Doug on a few duck hunts trying to repay for all the adventures that he took me and my girls on, but he didn't like the weather much because every time I took him hunting it rained and was cold. I took Doug walleye fishing last June on Big Pine Lake and he caught himself a 25 inch walleye along with a few smaller ones. Doug also taught me how to be a very good sporting clays shooter, how to reload shotgun shells and built me an amazing canoe book shelf out of oak. Doug, thank you for everything you taught me and sharing your time with me and my family.

Spending time during an outdoor adventure with friends and family creates those memories that last a lifetime.

Start planning those outing for this spring and summer. Shut the TV off and unplug those video games. Get out in these spring days and try doing some shed hunting when the snow is gone in your favorite deer hunting area. Tie some flys for fishing or make your own spinning rigs for trolling for walleyes.

Start thinking outdoor adventures because spring is right around the corner.

On March 18 and 19 I will be at Hoots Sports in Perham at the boat show and will be giving a seminar along with the other Lund Boats Prostaff members that weekend.

Lightftoot hosts the Prairie Outdoorsmen Radio Show on KMHL at 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays and 8:45 a.m. Saturday and fishing reports on KARZ at 7:35 a.m. Fridays.



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