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Crazy, So What?

It is springtime in Nebraska.  If you are serious about fishing, you are going to be on the water during some abhorrent weather conditions.  Otherwise, well, otherwise you ain’t fishing enough:

Of course, if you are on the water like you should be, then folks think you are crazy:

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I had a day like that already this spring:

IceGuides

The best part about it?  No one else fishing!

However, this gentleman came swimming by, literally right by my feet:

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He thought I was crazy, I know he did because he swam right by me, then noticed me, did a double-take, and turned around to take another look.  Look in his eyes, “Are you crazy?”

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Yes, I am.  Crazy like a fox!

After making a couple of circles eying me, he cruised a few yards down the shoreline and stopped.  Crawled up on the bank and stood to catch my scent.  Shrugged his shoulders and swam off; at least as much as muskrats have shoulders.

He paddled back and forth in front of me several times over the next few hours.  We had a good conversation.  Actually, that is not true.  Oh, I spoke to Mr. Muskrat (I called him “Mister”, I have trapped muskrats in the spring, I know how mean and nasty they can be, knowing that, you call him “Mister”).  I talked with him quite a bit.  I often speak with critters while I am in the field or on the water, especially when I am by myself.  No, I am NOT crazy.  They have not started talking back to me. . . .

Yet.

Have a great weekend, get on the water and start up a conversation with a muskrat!  Maybe next time I will tell you about Beav and Otter!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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