Brute’s Bleat September 2nd, 2015

I finally got out on Maple Lake one morning last week and, while I didn’t bring any fish home for supper, I found out there was plenty of activity. I was trolling with a nighty in 17-20 feet of water and would catch sunfish, and crappies. Some would have been keepers, but only one 11 inch crappie met my self imposed 8 inch minimum. The fishing grapevine told me walleye anglers may want to consider Cedar Lake. That might be my next early morning outing considering we’re supposed to have some 90 degree days this week.
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Postmaster Ed Trager showed me a trail camera photo of a buck with it’s six points still in velvet from the Appleton area where he plans to bow hunt this fall with his son, also a bow hunter. He commented about seeing a covey of pheasants out there and while they were building a the stand a buck was watching them. But right now he’s thinking more about the duck and goose season (Sept. 26th) which he enjoys along the Pomme De Tarre river. Vanna and I saw the resident deer family on the township road below Jerry Carlson’s house. The twin fawns’ spots have disappeared and they’re growing. . . South Dakota’s 2015 pheasant brood survey report is out and the pheasant numbers are up 42 percent statewide according to our Mitchell, SD resident source, Don Curtis, who was elated with the report. Maple Lake hunters who favor the Huron area will be pleased to know their numbers will be up 49% from a year ago. In 2014 the count was 2.92 per mile compared to 4.02 this year. We hunted the Watertown area, up 67%, for number of years after initially hunting out of Redfield. The moral of the story is hunting should be much better in South Dakota, but bare in mind it’s still 30% below the 10 year average. Minnesota’s bear hunting season opened Sept. 1 and hunter are asked to avoid shooting those with collars. Most of them are in northwestern Minnesota near the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. There are also some radio-collared bears in and around Camp Ripley, north of Grand Rapids and near the Cloquet Forestry Station. Officials say taking a radio-collared bear is legal because in some situations, hunters may not be able to see the collar or ear tags.
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Region 12 has two teams, Howard Lake and Maple Plain, still in the amateur state baseball championship hunt while Delano and Loretto were eliminated 7-3 and 8-7 respectively Saturday. Laker draftee Todd Fuller started on the mound for Delano and pitched well into the fifth inning when a defensive lapse opened the flood gates and New London-Spicer scored five runs. After that game in Watkins Daryl Hennen and I headed for the Howard Lake vs. Lastrup game where Laker draftee Mitch Wurm got the pitching call. He was nearly untouchable going the distance allowing one hit. Lastrup scored one unearned run in the 4th inning. The Orphans took the lead 3-1 in the sixth inning and scored once more in the seventh. Both teams had two errors. Maple Plain was a 5-2 winner over Morris. Howard Lake will play the New Ulm Brewers Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Watkins and Maple Plain plays Saturday, 5 p.m. at Cold Spring. Kimball, another neighboring team and a 4-3 winner over Ada will play Waconia in the nightcap at Watkins on Saturday. The tournament continues on Sunday with the winners playing two games that day and the finals will be at Watkins at 2 p.m. Monday. . . and if you’re not into baseball the Hasty-Silver Creek Sportman’s Club has it’s annual Labor Day party at their grounds with a host of activities with includes a noon dinner and trap shooting. And after that’s it’s back to school, pre-school and on up which is also time to keep alert on the streets for those ML youngsters as they hustle off to their classrooms.

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