Lots of reports of good ice bites and of course, many places are not quite there yet. Dick Beardsley checked in a couple weeks ago to preview the season and give early ice advice. It’s always fun to talk with Dick Beardsley, who has never found a reason to NOT be enthusiastic.
Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors
Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors features discussion of all things outdoors in the True North. With thousands of lakes and thousands of acres of forest, Paul Bunyan Country is home to some of the best fishing and hunting in North America and you’ll hear from the some of the nation’s best guides and anglers.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: Northwest Regional Wildlife Manager Blane Klemek Recaps Deer & Other Hunting Seasons
There were certainly some good stories in the various hunting seasons this fall, but there was a bad one too…a CWD positive deer found in the wild south of Bemidji. Blane Klemek covers that and everything else deer and otherwise in this season wrap up…well, except for muzzle loader and a few hardcore archers.
Scott Mackenthun wrote about it last year, and this year he tells us the tale. As deer season wanes (just muzzle loader left…and a few hard core archers). We had it on the radio prior to the opener, but if you missed it then, listen now…plus a little fishing talk too (and his first Fast Five).
Mandy Uhrich is always in a quandary. She loves fishing and she loves hunting. When we talked to her prior to the deer opener, she was torn by the great bites every species were providing in the Brainerd Lakes area. But the call of the woods was hard to resist. Certainly since then, she’s probably given up on fishing, but a great conversation as always!
We talk alot of fishing with Bruce Jean of Rainy Lakes Guiding, but he also loves deer hunting, and we had a chance to talk prior to the opener. Great tales, plus some (now close to outdated) fall fishing talk and much more.
Assistant Northwest Regional Wildlife Manager Blane Klemek visits often to update the status of wildlife in Paul Bunyan Country, but this time he’s telling (true) stories. He had his annual Rocky Mountain elk hunt, but also had a bucket list trip to Alaska. Take a listen and you’ll probably be googling to prep for your own trip!
Lakes and Jasons around Halloween time might seem scary. But not this time. Jason Durham is the guest and while most are in the woods and fields, he’s still plowing the Paul Bunyan Country waters catching fish. We talk about the bite, staying warm, ice fishing shows (already!) and much more. Always a blast when Jason stops by!
Getting back on track with our Lake of the Week features. We missed a week in there, so today, we’ll feature TWO lakes. Up first we’ll head over to Ottertail Country and get the details on East Battle Lake with Jim Wolters out of the Fergus Falls Area Fisheries Office. Then we talk with Rick Bruesewitz of the Aitkin Area Fisheries Office on the curiously named Farm Island Lake.
Bemidji Area Fisheries Supervisor Edie Evarts stopped by to recap the spring and summer in the Bemidji area. We covered surveys, AIS surprises, potential rule changes on the Turtle chain and much more. Overall, things are pretty good and she’ll tell you why.
We chased him down on his Wedding Eve Eve, but Chuck Hasse of Leisure Outdoor Adventures was ready to chat. (I think he wanted Father-in-Law to be Jim Flesch to haul all the tables). We talked about walleyes, weddings, the upcoming Wild season…and as a successful professional tournament angler, you know what other topic was broached. Plus, a Fast Five and even a little hunting talk.