Many area hunters look forward to the many different seasons that take place this time of year. They enjoy hunting the ducks and geese that frequent our area, as well as pheasants, while others can’t wait for deer hunting season to begin.
I am sorry to say that I didn’t hear any shooting going on early on Saturday morning. Maybe there are still too many hiding places for the deer, as many fields of corn have yet to be picked.
I did stop at the home of Brian and Pam Muri late on Saturday afternoon to check and see if their usual deer their hunting group had been successful this year. Much to my surprise, Pam said that the group was still out hunting as they had not been able to get any deer yet. They are usually very successful and have a deer or two, or maybe even three hanging from the tree in the Muri’s front lawn on Saturday.
Pam did say she heard that Scott Hunter and Craig Bailey had been able to bag a nice deer, so Daryl and I went to check it out.
I located the hunters at the farm of Craig Bailey, which is north and west of Ellendale, and sure enough, Scott and Craig proudly showed me their prize catch. They were able to get a nice 10-point, 180-pound buck at 8:25 on Saturday morning in the Hope area, an hour after the season opened.
This year’s hunt was not a first for these seasoned hunters of 20-plus years. Craig shared that he bagged his first deer when he was but a young lad at the age of 12. Craig went hunting with Ben Pence that year. Scott also was a young lad, just 14, when he got his first deer.
Ron Kaiser, a former resident of the Ellendale area, was also at Craig’s when I stopped to visit. Ron said that his deer hunting group had also been successful. When I inquired about the size, as well as where Ron had gotten his deer, he said that the successful hunter wasn’t him, it was his wife, Jody.
Ron and Jody had been bow hunting in the Rushford area in September, which is when the bow hunting season began. They were very pleased to get a deer that weekend, and have already had their deer processed at Steve’s Meat Market and look forward to enjoying the deer sticks, hamburger etc.
Ron shared that Jody started deer hunting with him about seven years ago and over the years she has been able to get three deer with a bow and arrow. This year she was able to get a nice 10-point buck.
Ron said he is still hoping to be able to bag a deer yet this year, as the bow hunting season runs until Dec. 31.
I did see two deer hanging from the tree in the Muri’s front lawn on Sunday morning, but I haven’t heard who the successful hunters were.
I hope that if there are other successful hunters in the area they will contact me so we can share their news.
Daryl and I almost got a deer on Saturday as well when we were driving home as a nice big “doe” stepped out in front of our van, but she quickly dashed off into the ditch and went on her merry way.
Wendy Schultz wasn’t as lucky. A big 12-point buck came out in front of her as she was driving out west of Ellendale near Tom and Patty Byron’s farm. She was happy that the air bag in her van deployed and she survived the crash in pretty good shape, but her van was totaled.
Once again the yearly hunting season reminds us that the annual Wild Game Feed will be here before we know it too. The 33rd annual event will be held in Geneva on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Geneva Bar & Grill parking lot.
A host of guns will be raffled off over the course of the day, starting at 10 Saturday morning. At 11, people will be able to start filling their plates as well as their stomachs. This annual event provides the opportunity to try a whole host of different types of wild game, prepared in a variety of ways.
Many local hunters and fishermen are not only successful with their guns and fishing poles, they are also exceptional cooks as well. Over the years a great group of people have found a variety of ways to prepare all of the different food items that have been donated and people look forward to enjoying all of the different meat choices.
If you have wild game or fish that you would like to contribute to the Wild Game Feed this year, give Geneva Bar & Grill a call at 256-7278.
While talking with Ron Kaiser this past weekend Ron said that he, Jeremy Reese, Jon Stoltz and Al Reese had been very successful in 2016 so they decided to donate one of the deer that they had gotten to the Wild Game Feed.
It is hoped that many people will put the Wild Game Feed on their calendars for Saturday, Dec. 2.
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Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, November 9th: Phyllis Hagen, Tami Lund Wacek, Scott Coxworth, Jon Aronson, Kent Kruckenburg, Cindy Gould, Tim Westrum, Christopher Jepson
• Friday, November 10th: Elizabeth Benning (2011), Keith McDonald, Eric Anderson, Russell Reistad, Tomm Richards, Jennifer Zimprich, Jessica Kasper, Andrew Olson, Jessica (Johnson) & Dan Rebelein, Stan & Liz Reichl, Everett & Diane Jensen
• Saturday, November 11th: Torey Lee Christensen, Amanda Schmidt, Jason Tracy, Kate Laudon, Agnes Christensen, Ione Hagen, Dale Hunt, Paula Swearingen, Jennifer Jacobs, Dawn Diemer, Rachel Gould, Dave & Linda Brandt
• Sunday, November 12th: Harbor Lee Pence, 2012; Trinity Tracy Vulcan, Tatum Charlotte Vulcan, Samuel Henry Kaplan, Lois Johnson Aitchison, Holly Thompson, Helen Kellem, Jill Jensen, Jill & Shannon Jensen, Scott & Jan Sorenson
• Monday, November 13th: Geoffrey Nelson, Abbey Louise Titus, Jeffrey Nelson, Diane Brighton, Steve & Pennie Ladlie
• Tuesday, November 14th: Brickyn Moen, Cassandra Hill, Dakota Tracy, Kaye Larson Allen, Jill Ottesen Kehne, Gloria Tufte Keehn, Dawn Farr, Brandon Grunwald
• Wednesday, November 15th: Eli Fussy, Sydney Ann Collins, Greg Riley, John Flor Jr., Daniel Mucha, Lee Waage, Cynthia Callahan, Jacob Douglas Bell
• Thursday, November 16th: Ross Sletten, Asa Daniel Russell Johnson, Matthew Marcus, Betty Brandt, Ronald Johnson, Fred Schmidt, Miranda Dubois
• Friday, November 17th: Eli Lutgens, Presley Ann Broskoff, Brynn Routh, Mikayla Sue Brouwers, Stuart Kubat, Nathan Larson, Milton Wayne, Gloria Jensen, Nathan Schmidt, Elvern Holland, David Kasper, Jim Olson, Daniel Ingvaldson, John Nelson, Trisha Cyr, Brad & Donna Borchert
• Saturday, November 18th: Edrea Marae Kubista, Toni Wayne Smith, LeRoy Peterson, Kim Lehmberg, Ernest Anderson, Paul Groth, Allen Schewe, Gordy & Karol Carroll
Make your special day be a day you'll never forget, filled with smiles, good cheer, and laughter!
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I am very thankful that two of our NRHEG Star Eagle readers, Ed Jensen and Hank Thompson, called me after they saw the story about Einer Nelson that we ran in the Oct. 5 issue.
They called to let me know that they could identify the name of the person we were not able to identify in regards to the pallbearers who had served for Einer Nelson all those years ago.
Einer lost his life in World War II on the beach of Normandy and Carl “Swede” Sward, had also been chosen to serve as one of his pallbearers for Einer’s burial.
Once again, Thank you Ed and Hank. It makes one proud to live in our little corner of the world.