Fall: A season every outdoorsman enjoys

By Bill Bartusek

After a wet week, the skies finally cleared, and the sun was shining. Area outdoorsmen got going and took advantage of the great weather. As I drove to the New Prague area, I passed several lakes on the way. A couple of them had six or seven vehicles parked at the access as anglers were testing the late fall fishing. Later in the trip, I noticed quite a few duck hunters set up in the wet fields.

Together with my boys and a couple of friends, a pheasant hunt was planned. When we arrived at our destination, I noticed a big change. It was really wet in the fields. I wasn't 50 feet from the truck, and my feet were already soaked.

Of course, the crops had not been taken out, so that created another scenario. We had no place to corner the birds and make them fly. The birds were plentiful, but the shooting

opportunities were few. Several times the dogs went on point, but most turned out to be hens.

We did get a few shots and were able to harvest a couple of roosters. Added to our bag, the boys collected a couple of mallards they located in the flooded corn.

The crops probably won't come out until it freezes. That's when the pheasant hunting will be a lot better.

Right now, there are too many crops and too much water. Any more rain and the ducks will need life jackets!

I also talked with Steve Klonne. He, along with Brandon and Jeff Klonne, teamed up with Phil Simon

to do some duck hunting. They found excellent shooting just outside of Veseli, hunting a flooded cornfield.

Their bag limits included teal, wood ducks and pintails. Many of the ducks were migrators from the north.

Thanks to big Ernie Skluzacek for letting us hunt with his pointer Hailey.

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