Another beautiful day in Ontario. I have driven into Red Lake to get the campers license for our students and go to the library to type this article. Whenever traveling up here, I am ever alert to see some wildlife. On this particular trip, I left after breakfast and headed into town and had traveled only about three miles when a big black bear crossed the road in front of me. No danger, but his black shiny coat was beautiful. We had seen two moose on the way up, a cow and a young bull, both near the road.
We still enjoy two old favorites, the beaver and the loon. If you know the beaver is swimming nearby, you are prepared. But if you are unaware of his presence, the slapping of tail can really startle you.
The loon has one of the most unusual calls in nature. Our students find them quite entertaining.
Our scouting group consists of my brother Ron, the brothers Kirgan, Larry, Richard, and John and Jerry Pattelli and his partner, Randy Lafferty. Ken Funfsinn of Mendota is entering his second year. Six of us have travelled to Black Bear Lodge for many years.
We had arrived at Black Bear Saturday afternoon. After getting unpacked and our gear in the boats, we headed out to try luck. Richard Kirgan landed a 12 pound lake trout and Ken Funfsinn, after a lengthy battle, brought in a 15 and a half pound northern pike.
They had a late spring up here and the ice went out only a week ago. We should start hitting it good and hopefully it will be perfect when our high school kids get here.
The chow up here is great and so are the nights, even though you might call them nippy. We burrow into our sleeping bags and breathe in the great Canadian air and sleep like a log.
I hope things are good back Bureau County. When we left the farmers were finally getting a lot of their planting finished. Its time to take the kids out fishing and have a great time.
I want to take this time to wish all the Bureau County graduates the best of luck for the future. May you be healthy, happy, and prosperous. Good luck!
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org