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“Trophy of-a-lifetime!”

On Memorial Day 2015, I hooked into a fish of a lifetime! Earlier that morning, while trolling in 9-feet of water, I caught and released a 3-pound Walleye. Perhaps this was the beginning of my good luck?

I returned to the cabin for lunch and later a pontoon ride with the family. Later that evening — I decided to go back to that same spot. Trolling in the same area I had caught a Walleye. On my second pass, I noticed a large fish jump out of the water. To my right was a deep hole about 28-feet deep. On the surface of the water I could see what looked like bait fish or a school of Crappies. I thought to myself, “I should cast into them!” On my second cast I hooked into this big fish! I had no net  — and I was fishing by myself. I fought the fish until it tired and then reached into the water and grabbed it. It was huge!

My plans where to let the fish go, but I had to get a picture! I placed the fish in the live well and raced to the cabin to show everyone. This once-in-a-lifetime trophy was eventually released to be caught another day!

Minnesota

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Give Her More Throttle!

Give Her More Throttle!

“Give “HER” Throttle!”

If the folks at Polaris are listening…Thank you for all the years of excellent engineering. As the Team at Polaris reviews my resume — I hope you find great value in my creative/management skills.

Minnesota

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“What Keeps Me Coming Back for More!”

I’m at the hunting shack, sharing stories with friends and excited for tomorrow’s hunt. The crisp, cold air fills my mind as the frost on the corn and trees surrounds me. Wishing everyone the best and safe hunting!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“Fall Spender!”

Today‘s Featured Canoe Trip (Crow River, North Fork): Unseasonably weather brought 80-degree temperatures on this fall canoe trip. Friday we ventured to Lake Maria and boiled up Crayfish with Mussels, while roughing it with some homemade brew. Saturday was a tummy-buster with Pot Roast, carrots and potatoes. The half-mile trek to our campsite kept us in shape for dessert — Homemade Apple Crisp!

Crow River, MN

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“A Picture Perfect Day!”

Today‘s Featured Canoe Trip (Crow River, North Fork): A one-hour drive west of the Twin Cities puts you in your canoe and paddling one of Minnesota’s best rivers. This narrow river, with a procession of large oaks and maples trees along it’s banks, challenges paddlers attention. Dead-fall and low hanging branches are around every corner — making manoeuvring this river a fun attraction in low water months.

Crow River, MN

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“Be Organized and Plan for the Unexpected!”

Today‘s Featured Canoe Trip (BWCA): This was my third trip into Minnesota’s largest untouched ecosystem, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. With my guiding hat on — seven hardy paddlers from Eden Prairie, Minnesota’s Outdoor Center, set out to explore and experience this large majestic forest. Along our trek we found many kinds of mushrooms, moss and granite protrusions.
Preparing for any trip outdoors requires planning and preparation. Knowing that conditions can — and most often WILL change require you to respond and act appropriately when conditions turn unpleasant. On the fourth day, we had rain, lightning and hail. By having a shelter, such as a lean-to tarp or canopy, everyone was able to enjoy a hot meal.

Brule Lake, MN

 

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“To Know A River — Is to Gain a New Friend!”

On The Itinerary: Today, I guided three lovely ladies for a sun-soaked day canoeing on Minnesota’s Zumbro River. The river was filled with summer-seeking individuals and a doe — wading to cool off.

Zumbro River, MN

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“Ten-Point Buck Antler Shed.”

While searching for Morel mushrooms, I found this antler shed from a ten-point buck. I don’t know who was more surprised, while walking only a few more steps, I could see a large deer running with a doe. Could this be the buck that lost this antler? As I continued my search for Morels, I spotted turkeys, coyotes, owls and Wood Ducks.

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“The Future of Hunting Depends on Us!”

Kids today, have many more opportunities and plenty activities to take up their time. If we don’t spend time teaching kids and introducing them to the outdoors — who will?

Pictured Above: Finishing their Field Day is the South West Metro Minnesota Hunter Safety Class taught at Staring Lake Outdoor Center in Eden Prairie, MN.

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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When the Lilac’s begin to bloom it’s time to start hunting. Visitor’s to Fat Man’s Landing know when winter’s chilly breeze is replaced by the warm sun and smells of Mother Earth’s fall display decaying, you will find me hunting for my favorite mushroom — the Morel. How do you find Morel’s?

TIP: Search south-facing hillsides for trees that have died and are now loosing their bark. Look around the base of trees and as far out as 30-feet!

Wild Morel Mushroom Soupmorelmushroomsoup

Ingredients:

  • 2 -1/2 cups fresh Morel mushrooms
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Green onions
  • 5 cups beef stock (cook roast in crock-pot for pulled beef sandwiches; save the juices)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 fresh chives roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. Add chopped green onions, garlic and 1 sprig fresh thyme and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Chop fresh Morel mushrooms and add to the pan. Stir over medium heat until softened. Pour in the beef stock and bring to boil. Add fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Lower the heat, half cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour about 3/4 of the soup into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Return to the remaining soup, stir in the cream and heat thoroughly. Check consistency, adding more stock or water if the soup is too thick. Serve hot and sprinkle with chopped chives and fresh thyme.

Special Note: You can add Horseradish to spice to give it some kick!

 

 

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“I love Morels!”

A simple reminder…once you start to see Lilacs blooming, it’s time
to start looking for mushrooms.
Look for trees loosing their bark on south-facing hillsides, especially
towards the bottom of the hill!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“Fear, no fear.”

We are only as strong and creative as the experiences and new opportunities that we present to our children.
I promise to give my daughter the same guided attention as my parents did I.

(A very proud father smiles today — every day:)

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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Finding Deer Antlers in Minnesota Woods

Some call it luck…I call Fate. This fall, my buddy Brian and I walked the trails hunting for grouse only to find this ivory memento of a large eight-point buck.

Congratulations! What A great find!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

 

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Each year, the summer heat lifts and the first fall breeze fills my head with excitement. This is a time for hunters, near and far, to dial in their groups, rig decoys, ready their best four-legged friend and put the finishing touches on the gear. Yes! This is a magical time — when we reflect on seasons past and prepare with anticipation for this years harvest.

With the 2011 hunting season upon us, there’s no better time then RIGHT NOW to start setting goals.

Having yearly goals is a great way to achieve success.

The same principles translate to everyday life. When we focus on something important — something we really want to achieve and work hard towards, we truly maximize our potential. From a hunting standpoint, you’ll soon realize that by doing this, you gain much more from the experiencee of planning. Before you know it — your skills, knowledge and overall enjoyment of the outdoors has also increased!

The goals you set — whether it’s herd management, shot proficiency, gaining greater knowledge or simply forming a better attitude; the fact is…it makes you a better hunter! The next step is to recognize what’s realistic (especially with the amount of time you have to invest with each goal).

For as long as I can remember, I’ve set goals for each season. Because I have new goals, I’ve matured as a hunter and a man. I remember some of my earliest goals: “Shoot my first grouse” or “hear a buck grunt.” Even as a bright-eyed youngster, I became less concerned with killing the buck I saw chasing a doe, but rather —  THRILLED with seeing the whole experience! I realized that it isn’t so much about the destination, as it is the journey getting there.

There are many ways to measure success. If you fall short of reaching your goal — what matters most is the experience you gain and lessons learned in the process. It will certainly give you a sense of accomplishment and a better outlook on what it means to “pursue game.”

Whether you enjoy chasing fur, fins or feathers — start setting seasonal goals and before-long, you’ll start to experience what I like to call, “Increased Hunting Success!”

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“Best Fish Fry I’ve Ever Had!”

After a weekend of catching monster sunnies — the whole family sat down to enjoy a world-class Fourth of July fish fry and fireworks!

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