Dimich Outdoors Article: “Do a Good Turn Daily”

“Do a Good Turn Daily”

 By Nik Dimich

When I stopped over at Dimich Outdoors Corporate Headquarters the other night (the former nest) to check on some gear, after I took a look at the faces of our board of directors, my mom and dad, I knew they had been into the garage/antique sales scene again.

I have to tell you our “Headquarters” has been renamed as “Dimquarters.” Why? Well, when my dad and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Executive Director Mark Johnson interviewed (for “Whitetales” magazine) iconic rocker and hunting and youth advocate Ted Nugent, the “Motor City Madman” and host of “Kill it and Grill It,” and found out Ted calls his headquarters, “Tedquarters,” it was “Dimquarters” (even though it sounds stupid) all the way.

Yup, the “rents” had that look of kids in a cookie jar. They had just come back from Hibbing and by the looks on their faces after visiting antique shops or rummage sales or both, they had found some sort of memorabilia from one of Hibbing’s favorite sons. 

As a side-note, this is easier than you might think. If you are looking for a small (around 17,000) town in America that has produced memorable people, wow, look to Hibbing. Okay, Grand Rapids has Judy Garland, star of perhaps the greatest film and for sure, the most watched, film of all time “The Wizard of Oz” and Bill Baker (“1980 Miracle on Ice”), but you tell me of a city that has produced anywhere near the likes of America’s most iconic singer/song writer, Bob (Zimmerman) Dylan, an NBA Hall of Famer and current NBA head coach (Houston Rockets) Kevin McHale, a governor, Rudy Perpich, a billionaire frozen foods entrepreneur who changed the face of frozen foods, Jeno Paulucci, and the enigmatic breaker of Babe Ruth’s “unbreakable” home run record, Roger Maris, and you have story almost too good to be fact.

But, hold on. Add to all this the incredibly famous and rightfully so, Hibbing high school graduate and state tournament tennis player (maybe state champion, I’m not sure) Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecuting attorney and best selling author of the “Manson” trials, among the top five trials of the century, and you have the rest of the story. To read an excellent recent story on Mr. Bugliosi, check out Rick Weegman’s front-page story in the August 12, 2014’s “Duluth New Tribune.”

Anyhow, the first thing I saw as I looked at their “loot” was a “Handbook for Boys,” a 1944 book of the “Boy Scouts of America.” The cover was a Norman Rockwell painting and the cost was 50 cents. Wow again.

I opened it immediately. On the first page, the top banner was the BSA motto, “Do a Good Turn Daily”; the subtitle was, “Duty to God, Duty to Self, Duty to Country.”

In order to “do a good turn,” allow me to offer some tips.” Before I do, however, let me “do a preliminary good turn” and cite some historical happens for August 23. On August 23, 1936 future Hall of Famer Bob Feller, then 17 and making his first major league start struck out 17 St. Louis Browns, still a major league record for a rookie pitcher debut. On August 23, 1942, in a fundraiser game at Yankee Stadium for the Army/Navy Relief Fund, Walter Johnson pitched to Babe Ruth before 69,000 fans and raised $80,000.

Then on the same date in 1964, after being eleven games out in the pennant race, the St. Louis Cardinals started winning and, incredibly, eventually won the World Series. According to my Grand Rapids math, the Twins are only 12.5 games out, so they still have a chance to be the 2014 version of the 1964 Cardinals. And, for you financial gurus, on August 23, 1993 the Dow-Jones hit an all time high of 3,638. This summer it topped 17,000.

Well, to do my “good turn daily,” I would like to point out that on August 24, 1891, Thomas Edison patented the motion picture process. Although obviously not indented, thus began what we now call the “trail camera” phenomenon.

Some of you, like my grandpa, might be already linking the advance of hunting and fishing technology (electronics, trail cams, etc.), but I am among the many who feel that these advancements will not only enhance hunting’s and fishing’s future, but will and has made it much safer. The big caveat, of course, is that with these advances must come restrains in harvest.

The GPS and lake chips are good examples. After growing up at our cabin on Big Winnie and fishing it since we cabin (not “Cabbage” but pretty close) kids (Edminsters, O’Briens and guests) bobbed in radio-less boats (except marine) and idled away the hours with Ninja Turtles in the landing nets and poking and prodding minnows and fish in the livewells, I am here to tell you that now on any given day the humps and bumps and bars our dads put years into finding are now at the touch of a finger and have new owners every day.

Anyhow, I still believe that with restraint and catch and release and let a deer walk, technology will not only add to the take, but also enhance the pursuit. Let’s go back to trail cameras. These cameras are basically “remote cameras,” cameras place where the photographer can’t be. Think sports, especially hockey and the net cam or overhead net cam. Then go on to wildlife and the big bears and rams and all those reclusive creatures, like the nocturnal ones (think National Geographic) and even consider, but approach with caution, especially with kids, the fatal journey of one Timothy Treadwell and “his” bears.

When considering “trail cameras,” the old adage holds true, “You get what your pay for.” And that is gospel. From timing of shot to quality to reliability good generally means more expensive. But don’t just listen to me; although I have used one for several years, I am by no means, an expert. My first advice would be to do some research, talk to hunting friends that have used them and then, finally, go to were you get your sporting goods and talk to their people.

Some things I have learned, however, is that, first of all don’t face your cam west. Most deer will come in the evening and if you point west, you will find mostly sunset glare. Another thing is to “know” your camera. Experiment at home with settings and such. Otherwise you will get a bunch of nothing. Also keep in mind that you should have a focal point in mind, like a trail or mineral lick or a baiting station. Obviously, if I say “baiting station” hackles are raised as this “baiting” thing is “slob hunting,” and so on. This may be true for the “hunting” of deer, but it is not true for the “filming” of deer, but there are times when the two intertwine.

Baiting for bear is legal. Baiting for deer, if not hunting within the 10-day window before hunting is also legal, but all, including kernels of corn or sunflower seeds, etc., is not within that 10-day window. Check DNR regulations for what’s legal and what’s not. Although many hunters bait to film and see not only what’s around, keep in mind the documented progression from velvet to polished antlers is priceless. Put out a trail camera and let the footage roll. You won’t believe what will trip the shutter. From predators like fox to coyote to wolves to game animals like bear and deer, your chip will be full.

As a side-note, experiment with mock scrapes near your camera with various scents and even consider using what I heard of from a couple Western elk hunters, a horizontal rub. The crux of the “horizontal rub” is to screw a conifer horizontally three feet up to be used as a “rub.” Elk, and supposedly, deer, like the horizontal rub as it mimics a real battle.

Enhance your hunt, monitor it, and enjoy it. Even if you don’t harvest the animal, you will have had the opportunity to share its private times. Sometimes there is more to the hunt than pulling the trigger.

Nik Dimich is a year round Grand Rapids, MN and Lake Winnie area fishing guide and outdoor communicator. To book a trip or media event please contact him at 218-259-8459 or at www.DimichOutdoors.com and “like” Dimich Outdoors or Nik and Becca’s Outdoor Promotions on Facebook.


Photo caption trail cam: Put out a trail camera and let the footage roll. You won’t believe what will trip the shutter.

Photo caption fish: Some of the best fishing is in the fall…

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