Apparently Mike and Ken Muller and myself were pansies a couple of weeks ago when we got as far as Fergus Falls before we cancelled our pheasant hunting trip to North Dakota. Toughing it out in that North Dakota blizzard were Mark and Fred Menth who harvested possession limits of pheasants in the adverse weather. Mark said hunting in the wind, gust up to 50 mph, was not easy, but he said the birds were bunched up in groves and brush and not quick to fly which was good for himself and Fred. Travelling was impossible on the freeway and blacktopped roads so they used the gravel roads and hunted between Bismark and Dickenson. Fred had a young Lab which did a great job of retrieving on a cripple that it followed for a good 100 yards before it caught up with the cock. Mark, who I ran into Wednesday morning at M & M, jokingly said he had the tank full if I was ready to go. I took a rain check!
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I may have found the answer to getting some pheasants rather than walking for a couple of hours and maybe flushing one or two roosters. Actually, it was Mike Muller’s idea to go to the Gold Meadows pheasant farm out of Cold Spring last Tuesday where 12 birds were put out for the three of us, Mike and Ken Muller and myself, to hunt. We ended up harvesting 11 birds and should have had about 14 if my aim would have been better. We hunted mostly unharvested corn and some grass which gave the dogs a good workout as well the three of us. Mike’s dog, Lucky, had the most points of the two English Setters. Vanna had a hen pheasant pinned against a corn stalk and ended up grabbing the bird when it couldn’t fly away. She probably saved me some embarrassment had it flown and I missed it! While walking one stretch of corn I came across two unfired 12 gauge shells (2 3/4 in.) a previous hunter had lost which fit my older O/U Red Label.
The Maple Lake Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) would like to thank the following individuals and businesses who donated items or their time for our 41st Annual Halloween Carnival: Maple Lake Lions, Maple Lake Legion, Maple Lake Messenger, Star Bank, Bernatello’s Foods, Apple Jacks Orchard, Annandale Dairy Queen, Maple Lake Elementary custodians, especially Greg Helmbrecht, Maple Lake Elementary staff, costume contest judges, MC, and our 70+ volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for your help and support!
Just in case you may think I’ve lost my enthusiasm for hunting pheasants and have switched to woodpeckers, that just isn’t so. For the past couple of weeks a pileated woodpecker, like the one shown, has been buzzing around our neighborhood apparently in search of food. They’re a pretty bird and a quick check on the internet had this to say about them. “The pileated woodpecker is a large woodpecker native to North America. Roughly crow-sized, it normally inhabits deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific Coast.” That makes it sound like it’s out of place in ML, but hey, it adds some color to the winter gray. . . Now getting back to pheasant hunting a planned trip to the northwestern corner of North Dakota was going well until we hit a snag in the weather Sunday. We, Mike and Ken Muller, myself and three dogs, were on our way by about 7:30 a.m.
I would like to say THANK YOU to all my supporters. Even though I lost the mayoral race, I still have two years left on my city council seat. I will continue to work on the issues I feel are important for Maple Lake, be visible in the community and fight for the citizens and the future of this great city. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime with concerns or ideas for the city.
Contact: deb.geyen @ci.maple-lake.mn.us or (320) 963-3890.
Again, thanks for the continued support. It's much appreciated.
Maple Lake City Council
We would like to thank everyone who helped with our November 16, 2016 Bloodmobile. We were able to send 87 units to the American Red Cross. Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations for their time and donations. To all the callers who scheduled the appointments and volunteers who either worked at the bloodmobile or donated. To Monica, staff and American Legion Post 131 who provided the hall and paid for all the food for the workers and donors and to Margaret Webb and the Legion Auxiliary who baked bars and helped that day. Thanks to Celeste Dahlstrom and the Irish Mentors for promoting the bloodmobile and putting up posters in the businesses.
A special thank you to Marge Pavlik, who prepares and serves lunch to the donors and workers. You are a special volunteer and your time and talents are greatly appreciated.
A Howard Lake gentleman, Jim Wackler, who I got to know while I was working for the Howard Lake Herald years ago, as a town team baseball fan, and a Rock Lake winter angler, had the experience of a lifetime deer hunting this year. He bagged a huge 36-point buck (above) Friday while he was hunting near the end of a corn field and woods. He was armed with a 20 ga. Winchester pump shotgun and slugs. As the story goes Jim said he heard the deer in the corn field from his lawn chair several times and it sounded like a freight train. He waited until the deer stuck his head out of the corn and seeing its size, thought “O’ boy this is a big feller”. When the deer got near enough to shoot he hollered. The buck stopped and that’s when he pulled the trigger. Jim felt the buck had 32 points in its rack, but a closer count was 36. He said he isn’t very steady on his feet and consequently shot the deer through the chest from his lawn chair.
“Awesome” was the word I came up with to describe the Maple Lake High School Volleyball Team after they won the Class AA tournament Saturday afternoon. It’s a word that pretty well describes their performances as well in the two games prior to the final game (3-0) with Concordia-Academy. The team was really focused for their three games which is necessary to win and a credit to the girls for maintaining a winning attitude. I suspect their coach Marty Kiebel had a hand in keeping the girls on an even keel during the three day affair. My congratulations to each of you and thanks for bringing home a championship trophy for MLHS. . .
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Messenger employee, Linda Ordorff, provided us with this photo of a doe taken from one of their trail cameras before the firearms deer season opened. It looked to us like it was posing. Linda said her husband, Rich, has taken up bow hunting after getting a compound bow for Christmas. He’s been waiting for a buck. Her son, Zack, harvested a buck he arrowed south of Maple Lake.
We, Mike Muller, Daryl Hennen, myself and four dogs, still haven’t found the “mother lode” of pheasant roosters this fall, but we decided Lac Qui Parle County isn’t the hot bed it was several years ago. I had the only opportunity last Wednesday when we went after a rooster that flew out of corn stubble into grass in a WMI (Wildlife Management Area). Apparently, the wiley cock figured flushing near me was its best chance for survival. And it was, despite my throwing two loads of No. 3 steel after it. I heard some comments about the importance of capitalizing on scoring when a person has a chance, especially when there don’t seem to be many birds! On the way home we saw a red fox on the shoulder of the road, the first one any of us have seen for several years. I had a chance to redeem myself Sunday afternoon in the company of Daryl and his grandson, Evan, but I blew it again on a rooster that flushed about 12 feet ahead of me. Vanna wasn’t on the bird and it was a total surprise.