By Bill Anderson
Although there hasn’t been a lot of talk about hunting so far, the early season on Giant Canada Geese opened on August 15 and closed on September 15; the mourning dove season opened on Labor Day weekend; and, the archery season for deer opened on Labor Day weekend, too. There is probably no experience more memorable in a young hunter’s lifetime than taking his first deer with bow and arrow. Rutland native Dan Narum, now a North Dakota District Court Judge residing in Lamoure, recently provided the following report on the first successful archery hunt by his son, Asher.
Asher is now 10 years old. This year was his third year deer hunting with his bow. He has hunted western North Dakota in my company during the last two years and has been fortunate to get three chances at mule deer bucks out there. But buck fever affected his shots each time. Fortunately, they were all clean misses. This year we decided that we would try to get his first deer on our land at Lake LaMoure. Since long before he was born I have been preparing the land as prime wildlife habitat for him to hunt. I have planted hundreds of trees and managed the grass. I have not even harvested a deer on the property. This year on opening day Asher, his classmate Owen Peterson and I set out for the blind as soon as school was out for the day. The boys were pretty slow to settle in to hunt and it took about an hour to get them to be quiet enough for any deer to come by our blind. Once the boys settled in to hunting, though, the deer started to come. After about two hours a lone doe came by and presented a 15-yard shot. Asher made a near perfect shot and the arrow passed clean through the vitals. We were able to watch the deer move off and lie down. The most difficult time for me was managing to keep the boys in the blind for an hour after the shot. Asher has hunted with me in New Mexico, the North Dakota bad lands and many areas in Dickey, LaMoure and Ransom counties. For him to take his first deer on our land means a lot to me. Someday it will also mean a lot to him. With Asher’s bow season done, the following morning I travel to Lonetree Wildlife Management Area near Harvey. I am serving as a mentor for a youth rifle deer hunt through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Through the hunters education program we find kids who don’t have an adult to take them hunting and provide them an opportunity to spend a day learning about hunting, and then we take them out to experience real hunting. This is my third year participating in the mentored hunt. It’s been a very rewarding experience.
Thanks to Dan for the report, and congratulations to Asher on a successful hunt in the company of his Dad and his best friend. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Norbert & Beverly Kulzer informed friends here last Saturday that they intended to head south early on the morning of Sunday, September 15, bound for Branson MO and a week of country music. The occasion for the trip was the Kulzers’ 58th Wedding Anniversary on Monday, September 16. Fifty-eight years ago Miss Beverly Sundlie, the only daughter of the late Andrew & Esther (Harles) Sundlie of Rutland, became the bride of Mr. Norbert Kulzer, son of the late Roman Kulzer and the late Myrtle (Aus) Kulzer, also natives of this community. Following the marriage ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Forman, a reception was held at the home of the Bride’s parents here in Rutland, followed by a wedding dance, featuring the music of the Albert Mikesh Band, at the Rutland Town Hall. Norbert’s younger brother, David, celebrated the event by rolling his Studebaker sedan in a slough along east side of the road north of town. Fifty-eight years later Norbert & Beverly, their marriage and brother David are still doing well. Only the Studebaker didn’t make it.
Members of Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion have participated in 2 interment ceremonies during the past two weeks. On Saturday, September 7, five members of the Rutland Post assisted the Havana Legion Post with military rites for the late Allen Nelson at the Nelson farm 5 miles south and ½ mile east of Rutland. Allen’s cremains were scattered on a grass covered hillside overlooking the farmstead which had been his home for most of his 71 years. On the evening of Monday, September 16, a detail consisting of Larry Christensen; Ted Lee; Andy Harris; Andy Hoflen; Doug Olstad; Calvin Jacobson; Roger Pearson; Rob Wyum; and, Bill Anderson; performed graveside military rites honoring the late Leif Sundlie at the South Trinity Cemetery 5½ miles west southwest of Rutland. Mr. Sundlie had been a veteran of World War II and was a Charter Member of the American Legion Post in Rutland. Post Commander Larry Christensen reminded his fellow Legionnaires that the Post’s next scheduled activity is a pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, October 20, in the Rutland Town Hall.
The Color Guard from Rutland’s Post #215 of the American Legion will once again be leading the Uff-Da Day Parade on Sunday, October 6, according to Bill Anderson, a member of the Uff-Da Day XXXV Parade Committee. The Uff-Da Day Parade will form up on Dakota Street, on the east side of town, and will step off precisely at 1:00 p.m. Parade participants are asked to arrive early and to be in place by 12:30 p.m. so the Parade can start on time. From Dakota Street the Parade route proceeds west on Gay Street to Ross, then north to Front Street, west to Main Street and then south on Main to Cooper. Parade units may then head east on Cooper back to Dakota Street. Parade Committee members are Lyle Erickson, Richard Lysne and Bill Anderson.
Carpenter Larry Job was on the job at 205 First Street in Rutland on Tuesday, September 17, applying the metal exterior to “The Bunkhouse.” Mr. Job states that he has worked on several historical restoration projects in the Black Hills of South Dakota, including several of the historic bars, bistros and bordellos in Deadwood SD, which were restored for use as gambling casinos a number of years ago. Mr. Job says that Deadwood did a pretty good job of restoring the historic area of the city, then allowed the whole effect to be ruined by allowing the construction of huge new concrete, steel and glass casino structures amongst the old. Well, we haven’t had that problem in Rutland, yet.
The Rutland population decreased by two this month when Rob and Dana (and Brianna) Wyum moved from their City home on Gay Street to the Wyum farm North and East of Rutland. Quinn Lock moved into the ‘City place’ in early September. Violet Wyum, who has resided on the farmstead, has taken up occupancy at the Four Seasons Villa in Forman ahead of the upcoming winter season. Welcome to Rutland Quinn!
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