Out and About with Bob

It's that time of the winter.
Commonly referred to as cabin fever by younger generations, we older outdoors folks call it boredom.
Oh, there's plenty of outdoors recreation available such as ice fishing, antler shed hunting, hiking, snow-shoeing, ice skating, birdwatching, snowmobiling, rabbit hunting and downhill and cross-country skiing. There's more I'm sure, but age, health and physical limitations prevent me from doing all those things I enjoyed so many decades.
I now live for my daily winter drives through the Coulee Region. For example, it's very apparent ice fishing has slowed considerably. Bald eagles are active by a couple of nests I monitor. Small and big critters continue to move about day and night depending upon the weather.
I'm spending time indoors getting my fishing rods, reels and tackle box ready for another open water fishing season. Gosh, I hope fishing is much better than it was last year when the river was so high throughout spring, summer and fall.
Meanwhile, across the Mississippi River, Minnesota DNR conservation officer Tom Hemker, stationed in Winona, reports checking anglers and snowmobile riders. There were many people out fishing, but success was spotty. He followed up on a complaint of a person feeding deer. Hemker also continues to receive many calls related to CWD in the area.Tyler Ramaker, a Minnesota DNR conservation officer in La Crescent, attended training at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent checking coyote hunters and anglers. Boats were inspected for exotic species regulation compliance. Minnesota DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum, in Rushford, reports a busy snow weekend. Six to 8 inches of fresh snow made the trails busy. Violations encountered included failure to display valid registration. Shed hunters were also out in force just before the heavy snow and reports are that hunting is getting better.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.

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