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Welcome ...................................... 3 Libby Dam .................................... 5 Bow Hunt for a Tom Turkey ......... 6 Recipes ......................................... 9 Ready or Not! ............................ 10 Jigging Rivers in Spring ............. 12 Bird Nests .................................... 14 Jump Start Your Season ............ 16 MN Fishing Challenge ............... 19
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Happy Campers ........................ 20 Pedaling The Goods ................. 22 Northland Arboretum ............... 23 Golf: Getting Ready for Spring 24 Service Directory ....................... 25 Calendar of Events ................... 26 Best Shot ..................................... 27
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A R E A . One of my favorites is the area known as Libby Dam at the Sandy Lake Recreational Area north of McGregor. The pristine waters of Big Sandy Lake are regionally famous, and this gathering point offers a plethora of public services. Situated at the outlet of Big Sandy Lake, the park is the last link of the old canoe route that connected Lake Superior to the Mississippi River. The dam was built in 1895, originally built with a lock that allowed boat traffic through to the river. At the time it was the farthest north a lock had been built on the headwaters. RECREATION
The area is a clean, well-maintained space that offers boating, fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking, interpretive programs and playground areas. Visitors can camp with their RVs or pitch tents in the several riverside camp sites. About half of the sites are nestled near the shore of Big Sandy Lake and the Sandy River. The beach is lined with trees, covered in sand and provides access to the cool waters of Big Sandy during the summer heat. The dam itself is an impressive stone structure. When the water is let out of the chutes, large cascades of white water fly through the air. Large carp or buffalo fish can be seen lolling in the quieter gates. Downstream from the dam is a popular fishing area that boats do not have access to, providing a quiet, safe fishing area. From the parking lot, crossing the dam leads to a playground, volleyball area and picnic sites along the water. A trail also leads through the campsite and into the woods through the thick hardwood forest that characterizes the lake and river area. During the spring the freshly melted snow gives life to the river and water gushes through the dam’s spillways. The budding trees, spring ephemeral flowers on the forest floor and the warmer days bring people to the area from all around the county looking to get a breath of fresh air. The area is primarily used for recreation now, but there are plenty of ways to see how the land was used in the past. The old lock house has been converted to a museum, renovated to display interpretive exhibits and artifacts, and information about the surrounding area.
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By 1904, the original timber dam was deteriorating and was in need of repair. Steamboats and horse wagons carried concrete from the Pine River Dam to make the repairs. The lock was converted to a spillway in 1957, no longer allowing boat traffic through. The significance of the area reaches back to the 1700s when explorers and fur traders portaged the area, which connected Sandy Lake and the Upper Mississippi River with the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. Just south of the dam, the Northwest Company established a fur trading post in 1794. Several old graves line a small hill near the dam tender’s house that are also of interest. This is one of the best family hiking and picnicking destinations in Aitkin County. If you have a boat, there are three boat landings and plenty of parking, as well. Don’t forget to take your fishing rod. Big Sandy has delicious walleye.
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BOW HUNT FOR A TOM TURKEY. Against a backdrop of young jack pine, Bill Marchel carried his bow-killed tom turkey. The bird weighed 19.5 lbs. and sported a 9.5 inch-long beard. Fort Ripley, Minn. - Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 4:15 a.m. I awoke suddenly to the sound of a turkey gobble. Only a turkey hunter would own an alarm clock that provokes him from bed with the gobbling of an amorous tom turkey. And only a turkey hunter would think that was kind of neat. 4:20 a.m. Coffee is brewing. I glance at the outdoor thermometer – it’s 46 degrees. When I walk the dog, I note the sky is mostly cloudy, and a stiff breeze is blowing. That’s not good for hearing turkey gobbles. Snow still remains in the shaded areas, remnants of a storm five days prior. 4:30 a.m. I had arisen plenty early. Legal shooting time is 6:00 a.m., give or take a minute or so. I had packed my gear the night before, and since it’s a short drive to my hunting location, I have time to leisurely consume a bowl of cereal and sip coffee. I also took time to surf the various weather sites on the Web looking for the day’s forecast. No problems, other than the wind. 5:25 a.m. I arrive at my hunting spot. As I step from my truck, I pause to listen, even though I know it’s too early for turkeys to be gobbling. Before I leave, I double-check my gear. Bow and arrows, release, rangefinder, turkey calls, got’em.
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5:30 a.m. It’s about a 1/3-mile walk in to where I’ll hunt. That’s perfect. Long enough of a walk to get the blood moving, short enough that I don’t work up a sweat. In the oak woods, the snow is about four inches deep – wet, slushy and quiet. I follow a faint set of footprints, mine from two days earlier when I had placed my blind. I had also carried in a folding chair and three turkey decoys. Then, the snow was more than a foot deep. As I near my blind, I break out of the oak forest into a meadow surrounded by jack pines. Many of those pines were snapped off due to the recent heavy snow. Even in the open meadow, patches of the white stuff remain, and much to my delight, in the gray light of pre-dawn, I note turkey tracks here and there. 5:45 a.m. I arrive at my blind, and find it crumpled at the base of a jack pine. Yesterday, the wind had gusted to 40 mile per hour. One of my decoys was missing, too. Ten yards downwind I found the decoy. It only took a minute to reset my blind. I paused and listened. Nothing. I was concerned because I figured it was gobbling time. I placed one hen turkey decoy about 10 yards in front of my blind and settled in. 5:50 a.m. A tom just gobbled. Last spring, I had spent several days photographing turkeys at this location. I knew where the birds liked to roost – a stand
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of towering red pines about 300 yards behind me - and the gobbled had emanated from that location. Other animals were also awakening. Nearby, a ruffed grouse drummed. Sandhill cranes, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, all were announcing the coming day. Occasionally, a turkey gobble or two followed those announcements. 6:00 a.m. Itâ€™s it now legal shooting time, and time to rehearse. I nock an arrow and clip my release to the bowstring. I kneel on the damp earth, draw my bow and aim through a port in my blind. To my surprise, standing just beyond my turkey decoy and aligned perfectly with my bow sight is a whitetail doe, a mere silhouette in the gray light. If I accidentally touched the trigger on my release, well, I might have some explaining to do. The turkeys are still gobbling. I guess there are at least two or three, maybe more. The doe wanders off. 6:10 a.m. Now the gobbling sounds muffled. The birds have flown down from the roost. I â€œyelpâ€? using a diaphragm turkey call. Nothing. Oh no! The jack pines are swaying in the wind. Whispering pines? I wish they would whisper more quietly. I call again. This time the toms answer.
From the same blind in which he arrowed a gobbler, Marchel called and photographed these two strutting toms the next day. A hen turkey decoy is visible in the left foreground. 6:30 a.m. I havenâ€™t heard a gobble for 15 minutes. I call only sparingly but get no response. I know the routine. It is early in the turkey â€œrutâ€? and the toms are with hens. Itâ€™s easy to visualize the gobblers, big black balls topped with heads of red, white and blue, following every move of the unimpressed hens as they march about beneath the dark pines.
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