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Got lost last Saturday. That certainly will come as no big surprise to people who have known the hack over the years. To be truthful, the last episode was just the latest in a long history of getting turned around in the woods. Oh yes, it's happened many, many times before. In more than one state, in fact. The worst episode came while bow hunting for elk in the mountains of western Colorado. It had been a wonderful morning, full of bugling bulls, fresh mountain air, golden leaved aspen ringed parks and glorious blue skies.
The season may be in the second half and the team playing below the .500 mark, but Bemidji High boys soccer coach Rick Toward said the Jacks aren't about to cash things in just yet. The Lumberjacks saw their record fall to 4-6 on the year, following a 7-3 loss at Hillcrest Academy on Monday.
And so it begins ... Ruffed grouse hunting and archery deer hunting begin Saturday, unofficially signaling the beginning of the very best time of the year. After this weekend it's a constant progression of wondrous hunting seasons - woodcock on Sept. 23, duck/goose on Sept. 30, firearms deer hunting on Nov. 4. Throw in fall fishing, which can provide some of the best action of the year, and the outdoorsman's plate is full over the next few months. Usually, this weekend marks the start of the annual treks to the deer shack for the Bullmoose Camp boys.
A cold and rainy day combined for less than ideal conditions for the opening round of the 2006 Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club Saturday. No one in either of the championship divisions was able to take a major advantage during the difficult playing conditions. On the men's championship side, Neil Rude fired an opening round 69 to take a one shot lead.
The Bemidji High volleyball team made it three in a row to start the season Thursday, topping Grand Rapids 3-1 at the BHS Fieldhouse. The Jacks combined stretches of solid play with numerous Grand Rapids serving errors to defeat an athletic Thunderhawk team. "We seem to be getting better each time out," said BHS head coach Teresa Colligan. "We were a little better tonight. They had some very talented hitters and our blocking rose to the occasion." The Jacks took control of the first game early, building a big 21-14 lead.
It's often said that once an outdoorsman experiences hunting with a dog it's never again the same without one. That's certainly been the case with me. From my earliest encounters in the outdoors I've been fortunate to have a dog by my side. There are so many great memories of days afield with each one. First there was Shawn, a black Lab purchased my Dad in the late 1960s. He was a rare combination of great family dog and excellent hunter - both waterfowl and upland. A few years later we added Cinder, a female black Lab that was won in a drawing at a local grocery store.
While the North American continental population of Ring-necked ducks is stable, and even increasing, the situation in Minnesota isn't nearly the same. Over the last 40 years estimates are the state population of the diving duck has dropped by over 60 percent. A recently launched study out of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources regional office in Bemidji hopes to provide answers to the decline. "We've conducted a ring-neck population surveys on 14 lakes near Bemidji since the 1960s," said Dave Rave, Minnesota DNR wildlife research biologist.
Birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-par-birdie- birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie. Finding himself four down just six holes into the match, Detroit Lakes' Kane Hanson went on a mind-boggling 10-hole run to defeat Tim Skarperud of Fargo for the men's championship of the 82nd annual Birchmont Golf Tournament Saturday. The twosome put on a final that left all observers shaking their heads in amazement. Hanson ended the day 10 under par medal with Skarperud 7 under. Imagine, being seven under and losing a match.
When the final putt fell and victory was assured, the emotions came pouring out of Bob Kobilka. "Pretty emotional," said Kobilka of Bemidji. "I've played in this tournament for 21 years and have been the co-chair for 14 years. This is the first time I've won. I've got a lot of things going through my mind. This tournament means a lot to me and I know how much it means to the community. To finally win something ..." The executive division final was a classic, going 19 holes before a winner was decided.
Josh Bergrud of Grand Forks had one thought coming into the 82nd annual Birchmont Golf Tournament - win the junior division. Bergrud, entering his senior year at Grand Forks Red River High School, had reason to be optimistic. He reached the division final in 2005 before losing to Bemidji's Chris Curb in a tough match. "This was the last year I could play juniors before aging out," he said. "So I thought I might as well win it." Bergrud made his intention clear when he qualified as medalist, shooting a 1-over par 73.