Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 100

suddenly freezing like caught in an instant blizzard. You try to catch up to the dog, knowing what’s about to happen, hoping the scene will wait until you get there. The dog is looking at a pheasant with one eye, the other eye on you, wondering what the hell is taking you so long. And then it happens, the explosion… the radiant rooster, no longer able to hold itself, busts from cover before your widened eyes, and you bring it home. There is no finer moment in prairie hunting. Air Show -- Some of the best waterfowl days I recall are those when ducks strafed us, our decoys, over and over and over without coming in. The show was as magnificent as watching the Blue Angels. That’s the magic of waterfowl. My many hunting friends over the years have expressed the same sentiment. Even if you don’t do much shooting some days, the waterfowl concert is worth the price of admission many times over. Get fall savings on highest quality rigs now! 2017 models are in! The new redesigned STRATOS Trades Welcome! powered by EVINRUDE Outboards KICKERS INSTALLED AS LOW AS $3450! Call for info DanO’s Marine 1900 9th Ave. SW Watertown, SD 57201 605-882-4590 320 S. Charles Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 224-6612 Fall colors -- As a hunter or merely an observer, do you notice this? Do you see the brilliant, warm yellows, oranges and reds before you? Do you pause to wonder how this happens? Do you hear the rustle of brittle cottonwood leaves obeying the wind? They are compliant, even unto death. We must, to truly appreciate the fall conversion, witness our surroundings and connect with it. We are changing also. Solitude -- At some point, either on a deer drive or scouring the hillsides and coulees for roosters or grouse, you’ll find yourself alone, separated from your partners. I like those times. I often find a rock, a hillside or a fallen tree to park my butt and become part of it -- the quiet, the beauty of the prairie, knowing abundant wildlife surrounds me. I reflect during those times, on my life, my good fortune to be there at that moment. It brings a smile to me and I find it difficult to leave that spot, though someone, on the way home, may notice the shortage and ask if Bill’s in the truck. The fall cold front – I remember a day many years ago when, in late October, the forecast called PETE’S BAIT SHOP FISHING HEADQUARTERS • Large tackle selection • Seasonal bait • Snacks • Lake chips & maps 866-505-4590 www.danosmarine.com Low interest financing WAC 900 14th Ave. SE Devils Lake, ND (701) 662-8033 Page 100, Dakota Country, October 2016 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com