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\ Page 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 By Kevin Skavhaug Cha cha cha changes (with all due respect to David Bowie)... There are absolutely, in my opinion, two gorgeous seasons in North Dakota. August and Sep- tember. And half of October. And two of the three are just around the comer. Although not seasons by def- inition, those months are many times the best time of year around here. August usually brings the wannest and calmest weather of the year and September and Oc- tober bring in the change. You can start seeing it already. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures a little cooler and the leaves are starting to transform. The cfittea start to change too. The Ducks are flying as groups again, Goslings, which just four weeks ago were gray caricatures of their parents, are now fully plumed and flight worthy and the deer are starting to shake offtheir velvet in preparation tbr winter. If you've lived in North Dako- ta for any amount of time and are even somewhat enamored with nature and the outdoors, perhaps it is for you as it is for me, the best time of year. I remember distinctly when I got hooked on North Dakota's fall season. I was 10 years old and my Dad took my brother and I on our first Duck hunt. The grass slough prairie west of Hwy 35 was full of Ducks back then and walking from pond to pond with a Long Tom single shot in my arms was about as cool as it could possibly get. Hunting Ducks was simple then. Park the truck on a field road and start walking across fields, stopping to check out each slough along the way. There seemed to be Ducks everywhere. I remember the first one I ever shot. A scream- er came up out of nowhere and blasted right over my head. I] winged it and it sailed for a hun- I dred yards or so and landed some- where in the knee deep grass be- hind me. I looked forever for that duck but never found it. I so des- perately wanted to claim that tro- phy but it apparently became "fox bait" and I was okay with that and we continued on to the next slough. Later that morning I held in my hands the first of what would be literally hundreds of ducks I have shot in my lifetime. I don't remember what it was, I do know it wasn't a Mallard, and I do remember that as hard as we tried to get it to fly off the water by throwing rocks at it, all it did was take off on a dead run. Nonethe- less it was a good shot at a 'run- ning duck" of some sort and as the wind eventually pushed it to- wards me, I was as excited and proud as a boy could be. A day on the prairie still gets to me; not like it did in my twenties and thirties when I was the world record holder for gungho-ness but once I do commit to a couple hour trip to west 35 country, the feeling that I had on that first day some forty years ago comes right back. I've come full circle with my own change. I don't want to lug eight dozen full body goose de- coys around so much now or the layout blinds or the l0 gauge goose buster anymore. And taking a limit means nothing to me know. Nowadays I just like to take the old truck and the old dog and park on a field road somewhere and start walking slough to slough. If we're lucky enough to scare up a few ducks here and there that's all that's needed. If we find a good looking slough that might make for a good spot to sit for a spell in the sun and wait for some to come back, well that's a pretty dam good thing too. Knocking one or two down is icing on the cake and reaffirms in the dog that I really am the best hunter on earth. And since the dog and I are about the only ones in my family that will eat fried duck breast we can both sit down on the deck and enjoy a nice old fashioned meal. So I'm looking ibrward to an- other go-round with the change. It's just around the comer. Photos: Larry Bid Above: Aggie running back Cadyn Hunter takes off on another touchdown run in the Aggies 64--6 win over Mil- nor-North Sargent. Right: Aggies defensive back Jordan Omlie goes up to bat the ball away from Bulldog re- ceiver Ryder Goolsbay. By Kevin Skavhaug racing 47 yards untouched to the end Hunter would pick off a Bulldog of The Press zone. It would be the first of three pass at the 32 yard line and take it PARK RIVER, N D. -- The touchdowns Flaten would score in to the end zone making the score 28- Milnor North Sergeant Bulldogs the half. 0. When the Aggies got the ball back may have avoided the hail storm that The Aggie defense would score for the third time, Hunter would fol- went through Park River Friday af- twice in the quarter as well. The first low the double pulling Rehovsky temoon but they certainly got caught was set up thanks in part to Spencer and Dobmeier over the left side for up in one Friday night. The Aggies Rehovsky. Rehovsky knocked the a 51 yard scoring nan. It was the third Aggie offensive touchdowns in five put the hurt on the visiting Bulldogs Bulldog starting quarterback Jacob offensive plays. 64-6 in non conference play and im- Hanson out of the game on their first The Bulldogs would get on the proved to 2-0 on the young season play from scrirmnage when he board with :55 seconds to play in the process, crushed Hanson in the backfield. The when Hanson hit Ryder Goolsby for The 64-6 win wasn't the largest next play with the backup in, Jack- a 28 yard touchdown. The first margin of victory for the Aggie foot- son Hankey picked off a short out quarter ended 34-6. ball team in the past two seasons but route and ran it 22 yards for the Jackson Hankey would score you have to consider that the final score. After the Aggies stopped the his second touchdown of the game score was also the halftime score as BuUdogs on three plays on their next on a 10 yard run. Hunter would the Aggies starting team totally possession, Flaten would score score twice more in the quarter; the again, this time from his running first on a 74 yard nm and the second dominated Milnor North Sergeant in back position as he took a Cudmore on a 68 y,ard run. Flaten would get the game s final score with three every facet of the game in the first handoffand muscled his way to a 38 minutes to play in the half when he two quarters. DamanFlatenwouldhaveastel- yard touchdown run, breaking three hauled in a 57 yard touchdown lar night for PRFL. The senior tackles as he put the Aggies up 22- pass from Cudmore making it a 64- wideout/running back would score 0 just four minutes into the game. 6 game at the half. Neither team the game's first touchdown on the The Aggie defense was just as re- would score in the second half as the first play from scrimmage. Quar- lentless. Led by Matthew Dob- Aggie JV played all but the first se- terback Levi Cudmore threw a per- meier and Flaten (7 and 6 first half ties of the second half. fect strike to Flaten on a 15 yard curl tackles respectively), the Bulldogs The Aggies go on the road for the route and Flaten did the rest on his could do nothing but three plays and first time this season as they travel own, spinning by his defender and punt. If they got that far. Cadyn to Fargo Oak Grove this Friday. GRAFTON, N.D. -- Doug Thompson of Park River was the high overall shooter for the 2015 trap shooting season with an over- all score of 848/900. Congratula- tions to Doug for a great shooting season. The winning team in the Win- chester League was the Centrol team. Shooting for Centrol was Dan Schindele, Doug Thompson, Brad Magnusson, Jamie Benning- ton and Tom Olson. The second place team was Thompson Truck- ers. The shooters included Jim Thompson, Greg Skibicki, Dan Schnidele, Josh Thompson and Ron Hultin. The Federal League was won by Magnus Force. Shooting for Magnus Force was Brad Magnus- son, Craig Magnusson, Grant Skibicki, Toby Welch and Andy Gemmill. There was a tie for sec- ond place between Jim's Super Valu and Fordville Coop. Shooting for Jim's Super Valu was Randy Hahn, Jeff Dahlen, Jerry Blan- chard, Dale Holand and Dustin Martin. Shooting for Fordville Coop was Grant Skibicki, Rick Carlson, Greg Skibicki, Jason Mc- Kee and Andy Gemmill. GRAFFON, N.D.- The Walsh County Gun Club who broke 34/50 targets. club shoot was held, Sunday, August 23rd. WD Suda Class D - First place to Andy Currie breaking ofGrafton was the 2015 club championbreaking 125 37/50 targets and second place went to Jordan of the 150 targets on an extremely windy day. He Loewen who broke 32/50 targets. broke 44/50 targets in singles, 40/50 targets in Sub k:- First placed to Will Magnusson break- handicap and 41/50 targets in doubles, ing 34/50 targets and second place went to Gavin The 16 yard singles winners were: Miller who broke 31/50 targets. Class AA- First place to WD Suda breaking 44/50 The Handicap event was won by Andy Thomp- targets and second place went to Grant Skibicki who son breaking 44/50 targets. Second place winner was broke 43/50 targets. Craig Magnusson who broke 40/50 targets. Third Class A- First place to Nate Tallackson breaking place winner was WD Suda breaking 40/50 targets 46/50 targets and second place went to Jerry Blan- and the fourth place winner was Wade Thompson who chard who broke 42/50 targets, broke 37/50 targets. Class B - First place to Jim Tallackson breaking The Doubles winner was Wade Thompson break- 45/50 targets and second place went to Lynn Miller ing 42/50 targets. The other winners for doubles went who broke 42/50 targets, to Rock Desautel breaking 41/50 targets, Aaron Mel- Class C - First place to Ashley Larson breaking land breaking 41/50 targets and WD Suda shooting 36/50 targets and second place went to Toby Welch 41/50 targets. The Remington League was Thompson, Jerry B| chard, Gary ing for the team was Andrew won by Olson Oil, Shooting for Hove and Doug Hove. Torkelson, Jeremy Bosh, Ron Line, Olson Oil was Josh Lien, Mark O1- The Browning League was wonJake Kulwicki and Beau Ruther- son, Josh Thompson, Run Hultin by PR Legion. Shooting for the ford. and Mike Brown. Second place team was WD Suda, Jim Mosolf, The winner of the Singles winning team was Extra End.Randy Hahn. Second place was League for 2015 was John Lien Shooting for the team was AI won by Torkelson Farms. Shoot- with a score of 344/350. The win- ner of the Handicap League was John Forbes with a score of 239/300. The Doubles League winner was WD Suda with a final score of 282/300. There will be a Youth Trap Shoot Benefit held on Tuesday, October 27 at the Marketplace on 8th in Graflon. The Social Hour will be from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a meal of either Prime Rib or Wall- eye to follow. Tickets can be pur- chased from Rock Desautel, Nate Tallackson, Jerry Blanchard or Brad Magnusson. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Pur- chasing a ticket gives you a chance at cash prizes. The Walsh County Gun Club would like to thank all the shooters who came out to participate in our trap shooting season. We would also like to thank the trap helpers for their hard work and dedication to the club and for helping make the season run smoothly. The Walsh County Gun Club will re-open next spring and in- vites anyone interested in having a fun-filled summer of shooting to call Nate Tallackson at 352-0276 for more information.