It has been awhile since I last posted but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything fun and worth reporting. Quite the contrary actually; I’m sure I’m not the only one who fills their summers full of adventures and activities to take advantage of the beautiful summers we enjoy in Minnesota.
I started off the spring with a turkey hunt which I previously shared with you. Shortly after that was the walleye opener. My dad, grandpa, and I headed up to Sugar Point Resort on Leech Lake. I’ve been going on the trip since I was 12, my dad has been going for around 30 years and my grandpa was going long before that. It’s a tradition that we’ll continue as long as we can. We had great fishing and limited out for our second year in a row. This goes to show that good management practices can and do work.
We all caught plenty of fish, had a fish fry, enjoyed some beverages and most of all, enjoyed the great company.
One Saturday, I went to a local gun range and participated in a 16 gauge shoot. Last year, I purchased my first 16 gauge, a Fox Sterlingworth, from a friend. Some of his friends started the event and I was invited along. I think there were close to forty shooters this year that participated in sporting clays and a grouse shoot. I met some great people and was able to drool over a few shotguns.
One weekend, we went on our first family camping trip. We went up to Itasca State Park and learned a few lessons about camping with a 1.5 year old. We experienced temperatures in the low 30s in the morning and ate breakfast in the truck with the heat on high! We enjoyed a hike up the fire tower and went to the Mississippi headwaters. Overall the first camping trip went well and we’ll continue to go.
I have spent a few days out with the pups doing a little training. I haven’t done anything formal but it sure is fun to put a few pigeons out and see them point. We’ve also been fortunate enough to run into a couple woodcock and pheasant at the local dog park.
We headed north to the hunting shack for a weekend of work. We had some painting to finish up that we didn’t get to last year and we also put a layer of insulation on the existing floor and topped that off with new tongue and groove plywood. No more frozen drinks in the morning during deer season. We had beautiful weather accompanied by plenty of mosquitoes and fireflies. I’ve never seen fireflies in that quantity before, it was quite a sight!
In preparation for the 4th of July, I had to do some reloading. I dusted off the press and reloaded around 50 rounds for my .300 wsm and a few hundred .38 specials.
On the 4th of July, we headed up to my brother in-law’s parents’ place in North Dakota. We had a fun filled weekend with friends and family. We did plenty of shooting, including rifle, pistol, and shot clays at their personal trap range. We also hit the pool and had our own fireworks show.
We just finished up 10 days of travel out to the Grand Tetons which deserves a separate post.
In my free time, I’ve been enjoying Burton Spiller’s Grouse Feathers and More Grouse Feathers. If you haven’t read them yet, do yourself a favor and find a copy.
Now that we are in August, my mind is endlessly drifting towards the fall and hunting season. I’ve got a couple of trips planned that I’m excited to share with all of you. My plans are to hunt grouse and woodcock here in Minnesota as much as possible. I’m hoping to go to Montana on a sharptail grouse hunt in the beginning of October and then the last week of October I’ll be heading out to meet some friends in Michigan for a ruffed grouse hunt.
I hope you all have been enjoying the summer as much as I have!