Winter Passions for the Outdoorsman


| 2/28/2018 12:00:00 AM


Tags: Winter activities, winter sports, ice fishing, snaring, coyote hunting, Lois,

Country MoonFor the true outdoorsman, winter is no excuse to go inside. As a matter-of-fact, it can beckon one to get outside and enjoy passions that the other seasons just don't offer.

One of those passions is ice fishing. For the true fisherman, this sport offers opportunities that summer fishing doesn't. For one thing, you can get to places that you can't in summer and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. All you really need is a hatchet or axe for checking the safety of the ice. My dad always figured on four inches to be safe to walk on it; however, you still have to be cautious about springs or holes from other fishermen. You can chop a hole with an axe or use a fancy auger.

The only other piece of equipment is your line for catching fish. You can use a line with bait on the end that is dropped into the hole or you can fashion a snare with a slip noose from fine wire and attach it to the end of the line. A snare requires a little practice to learn how hard to pull it without breaking the line or cutting the fish in two.

Either way, ice fishing has a charm all its own with a mystique of lowering a baited hook or jiggling a snare into a dark hole. Some ice fishermen are so caught up in the sport that they have their home away from home, their ice shanty on the lake. True, it blocks the wind and offers amenities; however, the down side is that you have to be sure and get the shanties off the lakes and ponds before the ice melts and they fall through. This was never an issue when we used to have old-fashioned winters where the ice stayed all season long but, with today's freezing and thawing, having a shanty can be more of a hassle than it is worth.

If your outdoors side leans more to hunting than fishing, then you may want to try coyote hunting. After the traditional hunting season in the fall is over, winter brings a time to try sport hunting and coyotes offer that perfect game. Winter is the time to hunt the hunter.



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NebraskaDave
3/2/2018 1:43:26 PM

Lois, I was never really a hunter mainly because I wasn't really a good shot. Fishing was my interest and during my younger years when anyone was going fishing, I tried my best to weasel my way along with them. I never liked ice fishing nor did I ever try it. I've fished in many waters over the years of my life. Unfortunately life gets in the way of our passions and I haven't had the time or opportunities to fish for many years. ***** Have a great hunting/fishing day. ***** Nebraska Dave


NebraskaDave
3/2/2018 1:29:01 PM

Lois, I was never really a hunter mainly because I wasn't really a good shot. Fishing was my interest and during my younger years when anyone was going fishing, I tried my best to weasel my way along with them. I never liked ice fishing nor did I ever try it. I've fished in many waters over the years of my life. Unfortunately life gets in the way of our passions and I haven't had the time or opportunities to fish for many years. ***** Have a great hunting/fishing day. ***** Nebraska Dave


graywolf12
3/2/2018 7:12:09 AM

Only cut holes large enough to pull the largest fish in the lake through. I once stepped in a snow covered hole that was at least 24"X24". I was lucky as only one leg went through and I had on hip boots. Safety first.







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