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What’s in a (cow’s) name?

January 26, 2020 at 3:00 am

It’s funny how memories are jogged. Sometimes all it takes is certain smell, photograph or conversation for some past part of your life to bubble back up to the surface.This was the case last week when I caught part of a conversation at the...

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Time for ‘tip ups’

January 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

For today’s column, I will assume that many readers may have a very basic knowledge, or need a refresher on the many different types of “tip ups” there are. For starters, a basic tip up consists of a frame of some sort, that suspends the sp...

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Always the next big thing

January 19, 2020 at 3:00 am

I got an unexpected introduction to yet another new technology recently.I was picking something up at my son’s house while he was out of town and as I stepped up to the door I heard “Hey there.” The voice came out of seemingly nowhere. It t...

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Pulling the trigger doesn’t always make a great hunt

January 16, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Last November was a transitional point in my adult life. In early November, I fully retired from working for a living. For those of you that know me personally, you know that I spent over 30 years working as a forester for the U. S. Forest ...

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2020 trends include bionic kitties, ‘flexitarianism’

January 12, 2020 at 3:00 am

Now that we’ve all survived the holidays and have plunged into a new year and decade — the “Roaring ’20s” — I feel compelled to share some information I’ve uncovered about what we can expect in the way of trends in 2020. Get ready for some ...

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Hunting season not the end of fishing

January 12, 2020 at 3:00 am

Happy Hunting! For many anglers here in Montana, the opening weekend for the general rifle season also signals the end of the open water fishing season. Rods and reels take a back seat to rifles and shotguns, at least until the waters freez...

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Ice fishing fever is on the rise

January 11, 2020 at 7:47 pm

In my last column, I wrote about the awesome ice fishing extravaganza that is the St. Paul Ice and Winter Sports Show! After nine years as an exhibitor at this show, it still amazes me how robust and energetic ice anglers can be. Almost 200...

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St. Paul home of ice angler’s annual show

January 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Every year, for the last 20-plus years, avid ice anglers have gathered in St. Paul to talk ice fishing, showcase products and basically kick off each ice fishing season with a party that equals no other in the ice fishing world. Sure, there...

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Take care when headed out on ice

January 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

The early arrival of frigid, winter weather signals an early ice fishing season across most of the West and Midwest, a condition that has hardcore ice anglers very excited. It started back in September, when the first couple of Arctic blast...

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Turnover times...

January 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

When we hear the word turnover, especially in the fall, it usually means someone coughed up the ball. Someone is happy, and someone is not. However, to an angler, the term signifies a lake event and again, someone might be happy, and someon...

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