Posted by: Arvid | October 31, 2007

Spruce Hen

It has taken the entire month of October, but we finally got two days of mostly sunshine, warm temperatures and very little wind. Most of the local folks were busy with fall chores, enjoying the weather and many were getting in a little fishing.

Diane and I have wanted to take a walk in the woods for weeks and we finally did it yesterday. She had the camera and I carried the single shot .410. She got a number of pictures of a spruce hen before it flew up in a tall spruce tree. We don’t care to eat those so we leave them be. We were looking for a ruffed grouse and they seem to be a little more scarce this fall because of the cool, wet spring that hurt nesting conditions. We were lucky and got three during our walk, so it turned out to be a successful day in the woods.

After we returned home, we decided to join what seemed to be the rest of Baudette, on the river for an hour of fishing. Fishing has been pretty good. The river has cleaned up some, although the current is still strong. Several reports have people fishing with spinners, using three-quarter to one ounce sinkers and fishing in 10-13 feet of water. We fished by the airport and caught numerous small walleye and sauger that we released. We did, however, get five nice walleye to take home.

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Spruce Grousealso called a Spruce Hen

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