The past week was an eye opener for me as Betsy and I spent it on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. We made the trip with our daughter, Lisa, son-in-law, Rodney, granddaughter, Nichela, and grandson, Sam. Nichela and Sam were on spring break from college. In the past, Betsy and I had spent time on the big island, Hawaii, where we took in the volcanoes, Kauai, perhaps the least developed but most beautiful of the islands, and an airport layover on Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor.
About a month ago, my column dealt with Little Jane, a children's book character who preferred guns, archery equipment and elk hunting to dolls and girl things. I also praised Kim Rhode, an American female shotgunner, who has won medals in the last six Olympic Games. With reference to that column, I received a great email from Dennis Groen of Scotland. Dennis told me that I was talking about Savannah Shrake, his granddaughter from Pierre. Indeed I was!
Wolves have decimated some of Wyoming's and Idaho's elk herds. Have coyotes done the same thing, at least in some areas, to our deer? Let's imagine that we are sitting around a campfire. We're talking deer, and someone asks what we think about deer depredation as it relates to coyotes. Do the coyotes, at least the ones in South Dakota, affect the size of our state's deer herd?
I've been busy hunting, but I haven't squeezed a trigger. In a past column, I mentioned that I failed to draw my West River deer tag. I checked the list of leftovers, and successfully reapplied for Unit 30-A19, double antlerless tags in Gregory County. I spent almost all of Nov. 5, opening day, in a well-placed stand, a veritable hot spot, without a doe coming by. It reached 80 degrees that day, and I don't believe that I've ever hunted deer in that much heat. With the exception of a few young bucks, they just weren't moving. It was a good lesson.
It is my opinion that we really have no choice when it comes to presidential candidates in next Tuesday's election. It comes down to Supreme Court nominations, our Constitution and our national defense. President Obama has run roughshod over our Constitution, and Hillary Clinton will continue to do the same. Yes, Donald Trump can be offensive and obnoxious, but he will not sell out the United States.
Editor's note: This column first appeared in the Yankton Press & Dakotan on Nov. 28, 1987. It was rerun in the P&D as "The Best of Wiltz" on February 1, 1992. I had this dream the other night that left me terror stricken until I woke up and found Betsy beside me. Often something happens during the day that inspires me to dream at night. This was no
The Vietnam Era was not the best of times.
About a month ago, I wrote in detail about a fishing trip with friends on northwest Ontario's Kwinigans Lake. I mentioned that during the first two days, the action was slower than one might expect on pristine waters. Jeff Doom, my boat partner, brought up the slow action as a topic of discussion while we were on the water, and suggested that it could relate to a possible mayfly hatch prior to our arrival. It was an excellent supposition. It is also relevant column material as we have mayfly hatches right here in South Dakota.
In gathering my thoughts for today's column on waterfowl hunting and non-toxic shot, I got to thinking about the old days and some of the old-timers I hung around with. Gus Wilson came to mind.
A few weeks ago Tom, my son-in-law, Sam, my grandson, and I were out on Madison, Wisconsin's Lake Mendota. Tom knows the lake and he has a number of flats, weed beds and ledges marked on his GPS. I had my hand-held GPS along, and I entered the spots we fished for future reference in the event I would be fishing without Tom.