The Spring-like weather of 2 weeks ago is now just a memory, but don’t try to convince migratory waterfowl of that, because they are coming on like Springtime Gangbusters. Mike Anderson reports that he spotted a flock of about 2 dozen snow and blue geese in a large slough on the south side of ND Highway #11, about 2½ miles east of the Rutland corner, on Thursday, February 23, along with a substantial flock of mallards. According to Christine Askerooth, a Wildlife Biologist at the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, small scout flocks of snows & blues have been surveying the area since mid-February, and, as of Monday, February 27, she reports that about 2,300 snow & blue geese were resting in the open water at Lake Tewaukon. Christine also stated that the main flock of snows & blues is still in northern Nebraska, gradually moving toward the birds’ nesting range in northern Canada. The Spring Conservation Hunting Season on snow geese and blue geese opened here on Saturday, February 18, and will continue until mid-May. All a hunter needs is a valid North Dakota Hunting License, with a current Waterfowl Stamp attached; a shotgun with an ample supply of ammunition; and, geese to shoot at. A hunter may harvest as many geese as he or she can hit, as long as the downed birds are picked up and taken home. If the current weather pattern holds, the main flock of snow & blue geese will be here in a couple of weeks, so get ready. Here they come, ready or not!
Just about all of the ice fishing houses had been removed from area lakes prior to last week’s cool down that started on Wednesday, February 22. There had been concern that the annual Silver Lake Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by the Cogswell Gun Club, with some assistance from the Rutland Sportsmen’s Club, might have to be canceled, or modified, due to lack of ice. However, a couple of nights with the low temperatures in the teens soon restored the ice to safe and sound condition. Greg Donaldson and Shane Kadoun even ventured out onto the Silver Lake ice on Friday, February 24, and jumped up and down on it, just to make sure that it would hold up for the tournament. It did! The fishing Derby went off without a hitch beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The following report was received from Joe Holmgren, a member of the Cogswell Gun Club, and a Cogswell native. “We had approximately 110 people fishing during the 2-hour tournament. Winners of the fishing prizes were: 1st fish, Karly Kadoun, 1 lb 14 oz. northern; 1st Place–Haley Anerson, 6 lb 2 oz northern; 2nd Place, Kolten Kadoun, 3 lb 4 oz northern; 3rd Place, Casey Lien, 2 lb 8 oz northern; 4th Place, Karley Kadoun, 2 lb 3 oz northern; 5th Place, Karley Kadoun, 1 lb 14 oz northern; and, Last fish, Payton Lien, 1 lb 13oz northern. A total of 14 fish were caught: 7 Northerns; 3 Perch; 2 Walleye; 1 Crappie; and, 1 Bullhead. Raffle winners were: $1000.00 Dennis Duerr, Lidgerwood; $750.00 Paul Heigh, Forman; $500.00 Phillip Freeman, Geneseo; $250.00 Ayden Swanson, Gwinner; and, $100.00 Jason Sirek, Wahpeton.” A lunch stand serving roast buffalo sandwiches and hot buffalo soup prepared by members of the Cogswell Gun Club was set up in the Silver Lake Pavilion, and many non-anglers made the drive out to the lake just to enjoy the lunch. Congratulations to all the participants in the 2017 Silver Lake Ice Fishing Derby, and to the members of the Cogswell Gun Club and Rutland Sportsmen’s Club, for another successful event. Read More