When I venture out on the ice early I’m constantly checking the thickness of the ice. I walk out with a spud bar and with every step I pound it into the ice. If you punch through turn back immediately. About every 20 yards I’ll drill a hole and measure the ice. Having ice picks around your neck and cleats on your boots are a must.
As the long, cold winter months set in, it can be tempting to stay inside and curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good movie. However, inhaling the brisk, fresh air and immersing in the outdoors is so beneficial for one’s mental health and overall well-being.
From the cottonwood bottomlands of the Red River Valley to the richly forested southeastern bluff country, the pileated woodpecker can be seen flying in its deliberate rolling manner, or heard by its thunderous drumming on trees with its bill, or identified by its distinctive hysterical call resonating through the woodlands and the gaping tree-cavities they mine so effortlessly.
The incident occurred the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 23, when Kittson County deputies Alex Rudnik and Dave Thompson spotted what at first glance looked like two bucks standing side by side eating in a field near Hallock, Minn.