You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.

Journal

Buck Paradise Journal

May 18, 2021 - Hello everyone!  Sorry it has been so long since we have updated our journal.  The weather has been so beautiful here and we just finished seeding our crops.  We have seeded lots of peas this year which our waterfowl hunters know the geese love.  We also seeded canola, oats and barley.   We have had great staff helping us out including Blaine, Jared, Tammy, Noella, and our family of course.  It has been really fun and weather cooperated as well.  Its dry but weather forecast shows rain is coming so we will pray it is accurate.  The last few months our therapy for avoiding all the craziness in the world was to upgrade lodges and trailers as well as landscaping and painting.   We are so excited for you to see the results.  While the border is closed, we are diversifying our cabins to host family reunions, weddings, seismic crews,  and others.  We also have incorporated campsites for those that prefer to bring trailers.   The lodges have been renamed;  Big Cabin is the Big Moose Lodge,  Little Cabin is now the Buffalow Bungalow and the Cabin between the two is now called the Mallard Inn, as you can watch the Mallards come in on the field behind it.   We have another cabin behind the shop that is called the Bears Den and it is a perfect hideway to hibernate in.  Upstairs at the Big Moose Lodge we put in new flooring with noice reduction underlay, I know our guests will love it.   When our hunters and/or guests are ready to relax in back yard we have installed horse shoe pit.  We do have other backyard games available as well.   We love the new flags we have installed in the yard and  know you will too.  If you would like to check out pictures, you can have a look at our facebook page called Buck Paradise Hideway and Campgrounds.   Tonight we are so happy to be watching Jordan Eberle playing for New York Islanders in the playoffs,  we were fortunate to have him in camp this fall as he is a Canadian resident.  It is sure nice to be able to watch baseball and hockey again on TV.  We are trying to be patient waiting for restrictions to lift in Canada and praying the border will open soon.

Ian and Jared have some great bears on camera and we are excited to have some Canadian hunters coming into camp next week.

Lana and Grant

March 17/21 - Time flies as the weather starts to warm doesn't it... Well here is what has been happening around these parts. Just had to go Maverick shit as I think he now knows how to open the door with a knob on it. He could easily get in with the handle and so I am like I will fool you and put a knob on it. Well, now he paws harder till that opens. Drives me crazy so we just have to get used to locking the door but I don't think he will ever give up. A lab's determination to be close to its owner and other people is crazy.... Oh well, could be worse things I guess :)   We had our Skidoo rally on March 06th. What a great turnout and day for that it was. Over 300 registered and a $5000.00 1/2 the pot our little community raised over $10000.00 that day. Thank you to everyone that came and enjoyed our awesome trial and to all those that helped to put it all together in a safe manner. We had online registration. Waivers were text to everyone and had to be signed and text back to our administrator. Everyone had times to depart with 10-minute increments between the allowable group size. RCMP joined the rally and it was great to have their presence on it also. Again was a great day and I think people were excited to get out and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful terrain around our area. Lana and I along with here daughter Brandi and her BF Taylor headed out the next day to clean up a few of the trail markers on the trail and again with another beautiful warm day we stopped and made a fire and cooked up some smokies. Love doing that a lot. The following Tuesday, March 09, Garet and I and buddy Kim Mccubbing and Larry headed back up to our cabin by the Key Lake Mine. The weather had cooled down a bit but still not bad. We had some trouble along the way but not that bad in the end. We had a trailer tire in pretty rough shape by the time we got to Pinehouse. Luckily there is a tire shop there and we were able to put our new spare on and found a good used tire to put on the rim of the bughered up tire, so we were safe with spare to keep on rolling. No more tire trouble and we headed to the staging area and started to unload. We had my side by side with tracks on and my Skidoo that Garet drove and Larry's Skidoo. We were bout a mile from camp when my side-by-side made a pretty load snap and we stopped in our tracks. Blew a belt. Luckily I had a spare, but not the proper tool to spread the clutch to get the new belt on. The old belt was basically disintegrated. We fought with it for over two hours but with lots of determination and grunting we got the new belt on and away we went. Our hopes of fishing that afternoon were diminished so we just unpacked and organized and had a nice hot supper and hit the hay. We fished hard for the next four days. Weather was cool but it was beautiful. I got onto a lake with my skidoo that I have been looking to get on for a long time. Anyways to say the least it was the toughest fishing I have ever had. We caught 1 lake trout and about 6 pike. They just were not biting. That's fishing:) was a great time and I loved every minute of it. We headed home last Sunday with no problems and it was great to see my girl who had a delicious meal of ribs and veggies waiting for me when I got home. The last couple of days I caught up on office work and got pretty much everything cleaned up, organized and put away. Few more things to tidy up today and I will be done. Blaine & Tammy have been here and painting, building cupboards and all sorts of cool things around all the accommodations that we have. Lana has been very busy with her job as usual and manages to ace that and keep everything else around here flowing nicely. Garet is back to opening the bar in the AM and Ian bought himself an old single cab dodge truck that he is rebuilding. So everyone is keeping busy. Spring is so in the air and a lot of our snow is disappearing fast. Just a nice thaw. I hope everyone is doing well and we still have no clue when our governments are going to open the borders for our US friends to be able to come join us... We can not wait. If I hear anything I will post on here ASAP. Have a great day everyone. From the home of GIANT WHITETAIL DEER and GREAT WATERFOWL HUNTING and GREAT BEAR HUNTING IN SASKATCHEWAN you all have a great day. 
Grant

Feb.28/21 - Onto March we go tomorrow. First off Lana and I would like to wish my beautiful sister Lenora Selk a Happy 50th Birthday. Here is too many many more Lenora and we wish you happiness and joy as you deserve it so much. I had a good week, it went by pretty quickly. Monday I was off to the dentist to get my 3 implants in. They feel awesome and it is sure nice to have all my teeth back. Lana came to Lloyd with me that day as she had a dentist appointment also. We picked up a few things and headed home that afternoon. Tuesday I picked up Lana's Dad, Dennis and we headed to Martensville to pick up a beef we bought and was taken there to get cut and wrapped. Great store and we picked up some goodies while we were there. It is called the Smokehouse and I really like their meats. We picked up my buddy Larry on the way also from Battleford so the 3 of us had a great visit. Wednesday I headed to Edmonton. Lana had some box springs ordered there and they were ready for pickup. We also got a new bed for ourselves. It is great. So that was a full day of driving in and out of Edmonton, then I stopped back into Lloyd and picked up a new hot tub lid for over at the cabin. When I got home I cooked Lana and me a steak from our beef and we are sure happy with it. Going to cook another couple up for supper tonight also. Thursday I worked in my office quite a bit. Friday, Lana & Garet & I headed to Edam with a bed for Lana's folks and some furniture they wanted also. So we got that moved in and had a nice visit and headed home. Yesterday our Skidoo rally crew met up here and we finished flagging the Skidoo rally trail that will happen next Saturday. Was a fun day and we ended up here at the farm for a few drinks and snacks after the day. Today has been a slow one. I took the dogs on a good hike and watched a really dumb movie called Barb & Star go to Vista Del Mar. I got through it. Lana couldn't. It had a few funny moments but I do not recommend it. Well, thats about all I know for now. Got a load of seed barley coming tomorrow. Weather is supposed to be nice this week so looking forward to that. We had some spring-like days last week but it got cool again yesterday and today. All good. Have a great upcoming week everyone. Chat soon. 
Grant     SASKATCHEWAN WHITETAIL DEER OUTFITTER :)

Feb.19/21 - Well it is starting to warm up. The first morning in a little while that it was under -20C for temp when I got up this AM. It was actually -16 and is suppose to keep warming up and get in the plus temps on Sunday & Monday. Amen to that. So this past week has been pretty busy with some fun stuff and some work stuff. Monday was a holiday and it was cold so Lana and I did not do much that day. On Tuesday Lana was back to work in the office and Ian and I laid some flooring down in what we call Cabin C. There is a little left to do today but I need a saw to finish so my good friend Blaine Paul is bringing his table saw over and we can finish that project. We purchased a washer and dryer that will be moved into Cabin C as when we get hopefully busy soon again we will have more laundry capacity which will be great for the girls especially on our turnover days. So Garet and Blaine and I will get that moved over and then our plumber buddy Neil can get it all hooked up. We have Noella here this week and another young lady who goes to School in Walburg. They are busy purging and detailing the cabins and getting everything totally organized and ready for whenever we will be able to use them again. I don't think we have ever been so organized and cleaned in a long time. Thank you, lady's for a great job. The fun part of my week is that when I met my good friend Kim last week at Cosco we quickly said we need to get together for some ice fishing. So he called me last Sunday and we made arrangements for him to be here Wednesday at 7:00 AM and with Garet, we headed North East and picked up Barcley along the way in Walburg. We headed to Beatty Lake to try for some splake. Fishing was very slow for the 1st hour so we moved and then we got into some action. Splake is tricky to catch and Garet had the touch that day as he landed 3. I missed 3 or 4 and Barcley a couple. Kim, I don't think got a bite, but we had a great time and lots of old stories came out in the shack. It was -30 when we got up there that morning, but no wind and blue sunny skies it was a great day and we were very comfortable in my fishing shack. We fished till about 6:30 and then made the 2-hour trek back home. We visited with Lana for a bit and then hit the hay. Kim spent the night in our basement and yesterday we broke in Ians camper ice fishing rig that he fixed all up. It worked great and was warm and very comfortable. We just went to 1/2 moon lake which is 7 minutes from the farm. We put out a few tip-ups and fished from inside Ian's camper and it was again very slow. We managed to catch one when we were pulling the tip-ups out and lost one other on a tip-up.. But I guess we never got skunked so all good. Ian and Emalie are taking their camper to turtle lake today to fish with some family and friends, so I hope they have some good luck. Garet is coming out to help with some projects today. Lana and I are going to the Vawn Ski-doo rally tomorrow so that will be fun. We are going to take the side by side with a heated cab so we won't be roughing it at all, but sure will be good to get out and see some other people. Looking forward to it. Our Paradise Hill Community Center is putting on a skidoo rally for March 06 and on Sunday we are going to start making the trail. Thats about all I know for now. Take care everyone. 
Grant

Feb.12/21 - Good morning everyone. Lana & I got back home yesterday. We stopped in Edam to visit her folks Dennis & Barb and enjoyed some of Barb's homemade soup. Was great on a cold day. The weather has warmed up a little bit and I think we are over the worst of the cold snap. A couple more days of above cold weather and then back to some normal temps. We enjoyed our trip to Moose Jaw. Enjoyed the spa there and we were happy to see things were pretty busy there. Restaurants were open and shopping stores and it was nice to see people out and about. We left there Wednesday around noon and headed to Saskatoon. We spent the night there and Lana and I enjoyed a great bottle of wine and a steak supper for Valentines. Yesterday morning we met up with our good friend Larry Antenko and had breakfast with him as he was in Saskatoon grabbing a few things. Lana and I packed up and made a Costco run. It was busy as usual and met our great friends Karen & Kim Mccubbing in the parking lot when we were leaving. We had a short visit as it was too cold to stand outside for too long to visit. Anyways it was a treat to see them. I was up early this AM. Our security company called me at 4:30 AM to tell me we had a low battery on one of our doors..... I was like Ok. Thanks.. They must headquarter out East or something, anyway, no big deal, I may have fallen asleep for a little bit after that. So I sit here writing this. Enjoying a coffee and watching the day wake up. No big plans today as it is still pretty cold outside with the wind. But I have some tip-ups I want to get a line on that I have been wanting to do for a while and today may be the day so that when it does warm up I will be ready. Ian is back in the shop. He has sold his sled. Record on this one as I think he had it damn near 3 years. He will look for a good 2nd hand one probably to ride around here the rest of the season and then plans on snow checking a new one for the 2021-22 season. He has me tempted to do the same but I better wait till we get some hunters coming back. While I was in Moose Jaw I spent a day at my computer and redid our Waterfowl schedule. I will be sending emails out to all our hunters. There will be 15 hunting sessions. No overlapping. We will only be running 1 group per session and will start hunting from Sept 01 till Oct 24th every day. I am sure hoping the borders will be open for this hunt. We will see I guess and if I hear any news I will report on here, but as of right now it is closed and not open soon. Our SCPO CEO and directors are working closely with the government on support for our outfitters through these times. Garet & Rebecca are off to Edmonton this week to spend some time with Brandi and enjoy the city for the weekend. Much deserved for the both of them. Take care all. Later.... 

Grant - Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Canadian Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Saskatchewan Waterfowl Outfitters. Saskatchewan Bear Outfitters

Feb.09/21 - Well its been unbearably cold here the past few days. Like -40 and colder with a wind chill. I have heard up to -50 with the wind chill in places. Lana and I have taken off the past couple days and spent some time with her son Brent in Regina. Garet & Ian are holding down the fort at home. We are now in Moose Jaw and working from our hotel and at a spa resort here. It is very nice and we are enjoying the heck out of it. Got to keep this one short as we are off to dinner with our friends Rion & Amber White from Orion Taxidermy. He has his shop here in Moose Jaw and we are excited to see them. Things are good - the cold weather. I will chat more when we get home. Thanks all. Stay warm to all my prairie friends. 

Grant - Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Canadian Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Saskatchewan Waterfowl Outfitters. Saskatchewan Bear Outfitters

Feb.06/21 - Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer Outfitters. That is part of what we do. Sorry, I am trying this out as our tech who does our website says I should have a link to our site saying this so that when hunters google that saying it will take them to our site. So I am going to mess with it a bit to see if it does help get us higher in those search engines. Anyways it is -38 outside this AM. Yep damn cold, but no wind and I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise with a hot coffee this AM. Lana and I went into Lloyd late yesterday afternoon. I had to take my side by side to get a modular program for it as we put the tracks on it and the only thing this modulator does is correct the speedometer. Without it programmed I rack up a bunch of kilometres on the odometer that are not happening. Anyways took the side-by in there as they said they would need the unit to program and all for nothing as they could not program it. Anyways they ordered me a new Module so hopefully, that will work when it arrives. Other than that we picked up some flooring as we are going to redo a room in Cabin C or what we used to call Rays cabin and then we headed to Barcleys for a glass of wine and a couple of games of crib with him and his son Logan. Barcley has a great place and he had his woodstove going and Lana & I always enjoy going there to visit. Not sure what today will bring with it being as cold as it is but right now I think I will go refill my coffee and enjoy our fireplace for a bit. Have a great day everyone and if your from around these parts stay warm.
Grant

 

Feb.04/21 - Good morning. Well, again we are blessed with blue skies and sun. About -18 C out there this AM. Still warm enough to take the dogs for a hike sometime today. Garet & I have a meeting with our Agronomist this afternoon and then I am off to Lloyd to pick up an Island/Chopper block for Lana's kitchen that she has purchased. Yesterday was another good day. Lana busy as usual with her job and everything else. Noella was here for the day and prepared another awesome lunch for us and cleaned up the cabins. We then headed to Just one More in our shop and had a beer and a good visit with our friends Pookie & Blaine. Ian's first day in BC sledding with his buddies and I hope they have deep snow and sunshine. I have always enjoyed sledding there and maybe I will make a trip with the boys but we will see. I am just about happier to head north to our cabin and do some sledding and ice fishing up there. Hopefully plan a trip sometime in March to do that again. Watching the news a bit this AM and see the travel restrictions are ridiculous but what can you do. Lucky we have a great province to enjoy and that's exactly what Lana and I plan to do when we can. Well that is all I have for today. Take care everyone and chat again soon. 
Grant 
P.S - Note: Please follow our Buck Paradise Page on Facebook & Instagram. Also if you like follow my Personal Facebook page and Lana's Facebook page. Much appreciated. Grant

Feb.03/21 - Hello February. Hope everyone is doing well. Sun is shining here today. Little cool out and suppose to get colder but still pretty darn nice out as no wind. Ian and his friends are headed to BC for a few days of mountain riding. He took a newbie with him so that should be interesting and fun. Last weekend we had Brandi & her BF Taylor and GF Jessica come up and spend the weekend with us. It was Brandi's Birthday over the weekend and we were happy they came to share that with Lana & me. We ate fish and other great foods and played some games and visited. The weekend went by fast and as soon as they arrived it seemed they were leaving. I did go up to Round Lake myself late Friday afternoon. Never caught or seen any Splake. I may go back and try again as they are in there. Ian bought an older camper. It is in great shape and he basically gutted it out and is turning it into an ice fishing trailer. He built a stove and seats in there and it looks really good and I am excited to go fish with him in it. Lana is very busy with work and taking care of family and the farm. She never stops and I need to get her out of the house. Wish these borders would open for so many reasons. We are used to being on the road this time of the year. Not that we don't love it here but when you are used to being on the go it makes it hard. Anyways we are making the best of it. Cleaning, organizing, fixing, there is always something to do. With that being said that is why it would be nice to take off somewhere as when we are home all we do is work. Work is a good thing but just need a break away so we will see if we can figure something out. Come spring time we can hook up our fifth wheel and go do things but that's a few months away yet. Today I am going to measure up a floor in one of our facilities as we plan to put some new flooring in it and fix it up as another rental, where people can cook, sleep, etc in it. It will be a fun little project and a good one for the upcoming cooler weather coming in. I picked up some tip-ups in Saskatoon the other day and I need to get some line on them and a few other odds and ends around the shop and garage. I had about 1000 bushels of barley on my trailer as that was the last of it from the bottoms of several bins. I hauled it to a feedlot last Monday and traded the fellow for some beef for it. Good trade :) Anyways I spent more time washing the truck and trailer when I got home than it took just about to deliver it and unload. All good as it was warm out and the little bit of salt that got on the unit came off easy. She is nice and clean now and ready for when we decide to clean our oats and pea seed. I do have some canola in the back of my old 3 ton which I may try to put in a bin with some other canola so it frees that truck up also as it will be needed for when we clean grain. Hunters have been calling ready to book or see when they can come. This has been very frustrating for me as I just don't know. I don't want to take any more bookings until I know the borders are going to be open and my hunters can come accross. I really don't believe we will see a spring bear season, but I will have guys lined up to come in case it does open. But we sure have our fingers crossed on a waterfowl and whitetail season. I have been telling our hunters and people interested to give me some time and again with this colder weather coming in I plan on spending some time in my office and I will get everyone that has deposits co-ordinated to plan to come back. Then I will pencil in any new hunters that want to come in and go from there. So again, please be patient with me. I find it very hard to get in my office and do all of this with the un-certainty of what will happen with our borders...... My personal feeling are I wish they would just open up the world and let us get back to the old normal. People are going stir crazy and just plain crazy with all of this. Common sense would be greatly appreciated being if you feel a little under the weather. STAY home... Everyone else let's roll and get back to work and get back to being together. I could go on and on about this shit show but I will stop there. I think you can see how I feel about all of this. Ok... I have more to say about it but not going to. I am going to go outside and enjoy this beautiful day.  I will take my dogs for a walk. Might go check the deer trails out back around the house and see if we can find a shed horn or maybe just go down our beautiful drive way which is my norm. Yesterday I walked from the house to the cemetery and said hi to my Dad who is there and to all my other friends and family that are there. It does make you appreciate what we have and very thankful. All good. Stay positive my friends. I will be on the phone with in the next week coordinating the 2021 hunting season. Cheers
Grant

Jan.29/21 - Well January is just about over. The weather has warmed up here nice since I last chatted with you all. Got a little more snow over the past couple of days so I will spend some time in skid steer cleaning that up this AM. Lana & I took her folks to Saskatoon on Wednesday afternoon. We spend the evening there and went out for a great steak and wine. We met a waitress at the steak house who knew hunters who hunted in Paradise Hill and she was saying how quiet it was this year without them. It was funny as we never mentioned that we outfit, but after she said that we asked who and yes it was some of our hunters she was talking about. So that was fun and the steak was perfect and so was the wine and so was my company. Just Lana and I had gone as her folks just wanted to eat in the restaurant in our hotel. So we had a nice overdue dinner together. After that, we headed back to our hotel and Dennis (Lana's Dad) invited us into there room for a night cap which we did and had a great visit. As soon as we got into the city I dropped off Lana and her folks at the hotel and I headed to cabelas. I loaded up on some ammo and of course more fishing gear. The next day we took Lana's folks to there Dr. appts and did some running around and we were out of the city by around 3:30 PM. We picked up a new washing machine for over at the lodge as we find when we are busy we can not keep up with the laundry, so we have plans to put another washer & drier over there. Rebecca came over when we got home and we had some supper and a glass of wine. Ian was busy all day building a wood stove from scratch for his camper fishing shack. He did a great job. I am excited to fish out of his unit and maybe have to spend a night in it out on the lake. Today I am going to plow that little skif of snow and then I might see if Garet wants to head fishing with me. Word is there are Splake biting on a lake I used to love to fish, so I might have to head up for a few hours to see if it is true. Thats about all I know for now. Take care all and have a great day and if I dont get back on here this weekend. Have a great weekend. 
Grant

Jan.26/21 - Afternoon. Hello everyone from a windy very cold Saskatchewan here today. I have spent my morning first off being my favourite part of the day and that is having a coffee with Lana. We watched a little news (like maybe 5 minutes and then turned that crap off) and drank our smoothies and ate our vitamins. We have always taken vitamins and during this time of the year, I feel they are more important than ever. We take Vitamin D, Omegas, Circumlin, Multi-Vitamin & Echanasia. It's a lot, but either of us has been sick for a long time. We both try to exercise daily also. After that I headed to my office and I am just finishing up in here as far as paying bills go. Here is what has been going on this week. 
Jan.23/21 - Plowed the little bit of snow we received around the yard and put the blade on and plowed out the road as the wind was up and drifted some snow across it a bit. Rented UFC fights and Skip & my sister Lenora came out with some awesome tender roast beef and we watched the fights out in our shop. They were good. I was hoping Connor would win but he didn't and he should probably retire now I think. 
Jan.24/21 - Lana & I went into Lloyd for grocery run. We picked up a few things we needed around the house and farm while we were there to. We then went to Browns Social House and had a nice dinner together. Came home and we started watching a new series on Prime called "Little Fires Everywhere" Our good friend Brenda Mcnab suggested it and we are really enjoying it. I think I mentioned in past blogs that we watched Yellowstone. Lana and I loved it so much and we cant wait for season 4 to come. Probably have to watch it again before that happens and I have never done that before but we enjoyed it so much that I think its worth watching again. 
Jan.25 - MONDAY - Which was yesterday I guess :) we organized around the shop and garage and house. I took the dogs for their walk. I dressed up good and warm and it was a good hike we did. Noella was here helping us with stuff around the farm so that is always nice. Lana made a great greek salad and we also had some of Noella's soup that she made for lunch and some Brussel Sprouts. It was great. Then watched another episode of our show and hit the hay. 
Back to today Jan.26 - As mentioned above it is windy and -25 C today. With the wind chill it is in the mid minus 30s. So I dont think I will take the doggys for there walk today. If no wind no problem but it bites right through ya so no walk today. I will make myself go downstairs and jump on the elyptical for 40 minutes instead. I think Lana and I are going to re-organize behind our bar in the shop. It needs a going through as when we were in there watching the fights the other night I had to shut Lana down as she had started while the fights were going on. I also ordered a new cover for our pool table in the shop. I think its going to look awesome and cant wait for all our guests to play some pool on it and enjoy. Tomorrow Lana and I are heading to Saskatoon. We are taking her folks Dennis & Barb as they have some doctor appts there and Lana and will do a cosco run. Thats all I have for now. Take care everyone. Stay warm & Safe and chat soon. 
Grant 

Jan.22/21 - Good morning everyone from a lightly snowing AM here in Saskatchewan. Woke up this morning to no water. Always a joy, so I made a quick coffee to go and started the search to what the problem was. We have a RO water system that feeds our house and the lodges. Makes great water and we really like it, but it comes with some maintenance as all systems do I guess. Anyways it has two 100 gallon holding tanks that it puts the clean RO water into. Well, they were empty this morning so I had to figure out where it was going. I headed to the cabins as there was nothing running in our house. The little cabin was fine so over to the Lodge, I went. I could hear our pressure system in the crawl space going on and off and upon further inspection I found that is where the leak was coming from. Luckily there is no one in there right now and I turned off the big valve behind it so no more water could get to it and leak out. It's a gravel floor down there and most of the water was soaked away. I called our good plumber Neil and he will be out to see what is going on with that pressure system. Always something, but that's the way it is. Then I came back into the house and turned the system back on to find out it was only making .4 gallons of water per minute. It should make close to 2 gallons per minute and I knew I had to change one of the filters. When we first got the system and I did not know what I was doing it would take me a long time and make a nice mess and much cursing to get that filter changed, but now after doing it several times, I had it changed in about 10 minutes. Yesterday I organized the rest of my fishing gear so I am ready to go when ever. Ian just rolled in my office. He just got back from the mountains sledding and had a great trip. He is headed back west to Edmonton this afternoon to see his beautiful fiance Emalie as she is in school there for a little bit. I am going to go cook some Pike. Talk soon. 
Grant

Jan.21/21 - Hello Everyone. My apologies for the void the past 10 days without a Blog. Well, I will make this a good one so to catch everyone up. Thank you Lana for taking the time to write one up on the 14th. It was awesome. 
Jan.11 - Well I planned a little fishing trip with my boys Garet & Ian. Also, buddy Larry & Brother in Law Skip Selk joined. We loaded up on the 10th and at 3:30 AM of the 11th we were up with hot coffees and headed North to our camp up by the Key Lake mine. We had 3 snowmobiles, my side by side with tracks and our fishing shack all on between two trucks and I was pulling a car trailer behind my truck. Ian has a sled deck on his truck so he had two sleds on the back of his truck. I had a sled in the back of my truck then on the car trailer I had the side by side and fishing shack. We strapped down a 65-gallon slip tank on the front of the trailer also full of diesel fuel. And we brought about 8 Jerry Cans of gas for sleds and side by side. We arrived at the turnoff towards our cabin around 12:30 PM. By the time we got the trucks put away and unloaded and into camp, it was probably around 2:30. We put some tip-up outs that afternoon and set up the fishing shack but never caught any fish that day. We ate Larrys awesome soup and baked beans and some sausage for supper and had a good night sleep as everyone was tired from the long day. 
Jan.12 - Woke up, which is always a good thing. Larry was up first as usual and the fire was going and breakfast and coffee on the way. We fished around our cabin on what we call Lake 1 for a good part of that day and we caught some dandy Lake trout. We prepared them for the smoker that evening. Garet & Skip also went to Lake 2 and caught some great Pike which we fried up for supper that night. Was awesome. Ian & Larry and I spent some time on our sleds and we got into a Lake we call Lens Lake and I was excited to get back into it the next day for some trout fishing. It was one of the most beautiful days that I can remember in a long time. The sun was out. Probably temperature of Plus 1 or 2 and we had great snow. It was magical and a day I will never forget. Caribou tracks all over the lakes we travelled over to get to Lens Lake and the lakes were smooth with no drifts and you could just rip. In the trees the snow was deep and it reminded Ian and Me like we were in British Columbia in the mountains sledding. It was challenging riding but so damn much fun. Like all good things they come to an end but the fishing, sledding, weather and food were all so great. 
Jan.13 - We caught a couple more trout on Lake 1 that AM. Our plan was to wait until our friends Neil and his son and other buddy Theo showed up before we ventured into Lens Lake. They showed up around noon and we helped them get settled in and off we went to Lens Lake. What a journey getting sleds and sleighs in there as there a steep hill to climb right off Lake 1 then head west to Lens. We made it but it was a total work out. 4 of us basically pushed and pulled the sleigh up this big hill as the sled couldn't get enough traction to do it. But we got it and I would say by about 4:00 PM we were fishing. We tried a Lake between Lake 1 and Lens lake for about 20 minutes but never got a bite. I think we pulled our first trout out around 4:15 and we got a few more that evening. Well, we fished that Lake Jan.14 as well and had a great day of moving around looking for the trout. 
Jan.15/21 - Happy 26th Birthday Garet William Kuypers. Love you lots and we spent this day packing up and headed home. The trip was uneventful which is good and we got home around 7:00 PM. Lana asked me why when we are leaving we leave at 4:00 AM in the morning and when we are coming home we don't leave till noon? It was a hard question to answer and I will leave it at that :) . I got home and before I got a hug and a kiss I had to go shower. We did not hook the water up while we were there..... Used lots of hand wipes lol but we roughed it that week and all was good. I cooked Lana and a friend of hers up some fresh Pike for supper and visited that evening. I was pretty tired and hit the hay around 11:45 PM. 
Jan.16/21 - Unpacked some more things from the trip and then we were invited to an outdoor event by our good friend Jason for a horse & sleigh ride. Great afternoon and evening with some good friends and it was nice to be out as the weather has continued to be just great for this time of the year. 
Jan.17/21 - More cleanup and some Sunday afternoon relaxation was in order and man it was sure nice.  I unthawed the trout we caught and proceeded to debone the Y bones out of them. I then salted & brown sugared them and let them sit for 12 hours to cure for the smoker. Pretty simple mix but it is awesome. Lana and I before supper went for a walk North of the house through the deep snow with the dogs. This got our hearts going and was a good thing to do. When we got home we had some supper, watched a little TV and hit the hay. 
Jan.18/21 - Got the trout on the smoker and 5 hours later they came off. They turned out awesome and I made Lana her favourite Trout dip. It is also very simple as you just take a slab of smoked trout, Chop it all up. Chop up an onion really well. Mix it in a bowl with some MAYONAISSE (Not Miracle Whip) and boom some of the best stuff you can put on a cracker. We watched a movie this night with Tom Hanks called News of the World. We enjoyed it. Tom is a great actor and we really enjoy all of his movies. Ian headed snowmobiling with a good friend Brandon for a few days. 
Jan.19/21 - Garet came out to the farm and we cleaned up the shop. Did a big floor wash in our big shop and in our car garage that's on the house. Sure feels good when things are cleaned up and looking good. We stayed pretty busy this day just cleaning and still re-organizing fishing gear and stuff from our trip. 
Jan.20/21 - Had coffee with Lana before her busy day got started. I headed to Walburg for a hair cut as I was getting pretty shaggy. Picked up some Chinese foods for lunch and brought it back to the farm and had a nice meal with Lana & Garet. Garet and I had some hopper bins bottoms with barley in them so we got our semi started as the weather is still warm and emptied them out. I have to take the Barley to a feed lot by Edam and going to trade him so good beef for the last of my barley. Garet headed home and did a little office work and with less than an hour left of daylight I took Maverick & Sadie our dogs for a hike. It was dark when we got back. That was pretty much the end of another great day. 
Jan.21/21 - And that brings us to today. This AM I helped Lana around the house and then spent more time with my fishing gear still re-organizing and cleaning that up. I am pretty much ready to go fishing again anytime and maybe Barcley and I may head up to Bronson this weekend for a fresh feed of Pike if we are lucky. It has cooled down a bit. Still not terrible, I would say about average temps for this time of year. As I look out my office window there is a light snow coming down. Quite beautiful. I am going to go make myself a dec caf coffee and go organize my tackle box and then probably take the dogs for another walk down our beautiful driveway. Take care everyone. I 'll be back on here soon again I promise and thank you all for checking us out. 
Grant

Jan. 14/21 - Good Morning y'all from Canada!  Most of Saskatchewan had wind and freezing rain yesterday and some roads were closed as it was not safe to drive and multiple crashes occured in cities.  Some referred to this storm as a squall.  I had not hear this term before, but apparently a Squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed lasting minutes, contrary to a wind gust lasting seconds.  So today we will be hunkered down.  I am writing for Grant this AM to change it up a bit.  We sure appreciate you all checking in and have had over 9,000 viewers in the last month to our website.  We know you are all as excited to travel and come hunting as we are to entertain you.   Grant is going to start working on Spring Bear season schedule next week as we all need something awesome to look forward too.  My days have been busy with training on new program we are implementing at work, as well the company I work for Husky Energy is going through a merger with Cenovus, so there is alot of changes being communicated daily and sometimes hourly.  Grant keeps himself busy cleaning, organizing and fishing.  Typically we would be some place nice and warm this time of the year visiting our American friends.  We have been blessed with a mild winter this year and the frost on the trees has been magical, pictures cannot capture the beauty.  When I look outside sometimes, it looks like a post card.   I will post some pictures in the photo gallery. 

The price of oil is going up and with this brings hope to Oil and Gas companies and drilling wells have begun again in the area.  This brings revenue to our small villages and we are greatful for these little boosts to the economy and small businesses.  We have a couple of renters in our cabins and this is always great for us in the off season.  

Grant and I choose not to watch the news very often, but today I turned it on to find out about roads and to find out the restrictions for Saskatchewan residents has been extended for two more weeks.   It looks like vaccinations have begun for 70 + residents so this is good news and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this can bring hope to all, especially our Seniors that life can get back to the new normal.    

Rebecca and I went for a drive last night and we counted 12 deer in field beside our lane, and when I went to St. Walburg yesterday there was a bull moose and two cows (female moose) a mile and half from driveway.  So pretty.  Needless to say, we must be very careful driving at night as there is so much wildlife around.

 I must sign off to get to work, but I want to wish everyone a great day and hope you are all doing ok and staying positive.  We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and may 2021 bring togetherness, hugs, health and happiness to all.   Cheers - Lana

Jan.10/21 - Good morning everyone. Sitting in my living room enjoying a coffee with the fireplace going. Doesnt get much more relaxing then that and a great way to start the day. Heres whats been happening the past couple of days. On Jan 07 I headed up to Goodsoil, before I left Dean said we had about 45 Pike to clean, well when i got there it was closer to 90. His good friend Ed who also commercial fishes told Dean he had about 40 Pike left and if we wanted to clean them he would give us 1/2 of them, which Dean gave to me, so he took them on. By the time we were done filletting them and cleaning and vac packing them it was about 9:30 PM. I headed home that night and was suppose to get some whitefish I had taken out that morning on the brine to smoke but I just put them in the fridge for the night to deal with the next day as I had enough of fish for that day. Jan.08 - Had a coffee with my beautiful Miss Lana and then headed back to the shop to deal with the just about thawed out whitefish. Not to long that I was out there, my mom stopped by to drop off another 4 whitefish for me to smoke for her. They were still frozen, so I left them sit in the sink with cool water and we went and enjoed coffee then lunch. Ian was here also as he was busy putting the tracks on my side by side. So it was a great visit and lunch with my mom, Lana & Ian. After lunch I headed back to the shop. Brother Dean had all the whitefish slabbed and vac packed. He did not take the Y-Bone out of them and I thought of just smoking them in with the Y-Bone in them but decided to take them out. So that was another hour long process as I had 14 of them there to do. I got the Y-bones out of them all then dressed them all first with Kosher salt, then seasoning salt, then some Johnys Garlic seasoning some dill and then a little pepper. I then layered them in a tub and after I had a layer in the little tub I dressed them with brown sugar. Then put on another layer and did the same. I then put them in our cooler room and let them sit overnight. I then came in and showered and got ready to celebrate our special Girl Rebecca Kobes 23rd Birthday. My Mom came back out and we drank some wine, ate some great snacks and watched Rebecca open some Birthday Presents. It was a great evening and again Happy Birthday dear Rebecca. Yesterday Morning I headed back to the shop and took out the whitetfish. They were all covered in a liqiud Brine that created from what I all put on them the day before. I did not wipe them off, I carefully put them on the Bradley smoker trays and smoked at 200 degrees for 4 hours. Every hour I would flip the bottom racks to the top to not overcook the bottom ones. With 1/2 hour left to smoke, I brushed on maple syrup on all of them and let them smoke with that on them the last 1/2 hour. Then I pulled them out and let them cool down and while doing that I took my dogs Mav & Sadie for a walk down the the end of our driveway and back. It was beautiful with a lot of Hoare frost on the trees. When I got back I pulled out the vac pak sealer and then vac packed all the smoked whitefish up except for the 1 slab that I ate and 1 slab I brought in for Lana to try. She loved it. Then Lana and I watched a movie with Adam Sandler called Blended and that was the end of our awesome day. Not sure what today will bring. Still enjoying my coffee and just about ready for a 2nd cup. Have a great day everyone. 

Grant

Jan.07/21 - Short one today folks. Went ice fishing with my two boys yesterday. We headed to a lake called Worthington Lake. Been a very long time since I have been on that lake. Anyways we set up and Garet put some tip ups out. Fished it a couple hours and all we seen was some little perch swim by our camera. So we packed up and headed to Bronson Lake and this is another Lake I have not fished in many many years, but word is the pike fishing there has been really good. We caught 3 beauty Northern pike all around the 6lb mark. Great eaters. Came home to a great Ham and scallopped potatoe meal that Lana did up and finished cleaning up our fish and that was the day. Was great... As soon as I am done this little blog I am headed up to Goodsoil to help my brother Dean finish cleaning his commercial fish that he caught over Christmas. We have about 70 Pike to do up. I will take some of these home and put in our freezer as we love eating them. They are absolutely delicious. So I hope everyone has a great day and we will chat with you soon. One other note is that Dean in sold out of fish and so is my cousin Brandon Schrieber. I have had people calling me and unfortunately I can not help them out. Another beautiful sunrise this AM and warm temps again today. Take care all. 

Grant

Jan.05/21 - Good morning. Watching 4 deer browse infront of my office window this AM. Getting a little fresh snow this AM also. Yesterday I headed into Lloyd for a quick Grocery run and a few other items needed in the shop. Lloyd was I would say normal busy. Its not a lot of fun going there with these Mask restrictions. A person is wary to even to stop and say hi to someone you know. It is much simpler out here in the country. Neighbors come and go for coffee or to pick up fish I brought back from brother Deans for them. People out here dont seem to worried about the Covid. I dont like to talk about it on here but I will for a bit. Ian (my son) and Emalie (Ians fiance) YES THEY ARE GETTING HITCHED IN JULY 23 of 2022.... VERY EXCITED.... Anyways, they both got the Covid over the Christmas holidays. Ian said he felt pretty crappy for a few days. But they did there quarantine and are both back to Normal. Em said she lost her taste and smell for a few days, but that is all back now. Ian said not the worst flu he ever had but wasnt much fun either. Emalie headed back to Edmonton yesterday to continue her course that she has been taking for X-ray Tech. Anyways. All I have to say is stay healthy. Take your vitamins (Vitamin D is a very important one) and if you feel a littl bit under the weather, stay home, rest, drink some soup and get better so you can nip it in the bud soon and carry on with day to day life. I will be very happy when things open back up and people can get back to normal. Lana and I dont watch the news much as I am tired of hearing the same ol thing. Anyways thats all I have to say about that. Today, I am going to go shovel off some snow around the house and a quick plow. Feed the dogs. And work on my trailer that my fishing shack sits on. Just some lights on it that I want to finish up and get working. Ian is taking our skidoo trailer to LLoyd to get the brakes on it checked over and Garet is doing his shift opening up the bar. Lana is busy back at work with her job. The boys and I might go ice fishing tomorrow. I also have a couple of grain bins with some barley in it so being it is so warm I may get my truck fired up today and empty them and thats another job done that I have on my list. Have a great day everyone. Stay healthy. We are anticipating that the borders will be open by May for Spring bear. So if your interested in coming up for a great bear hunt, give me a call. Thanks everyone.
Grant

Jan.04/21 - Happy New Years everyone. -5 C here at the farm this dark Monday morning. When I got into my office this AM I left the lights shut off and picked up my bino's to scan for whitetail out front of our house. I seen 1. Wild Game is having one of the best winters around here that I can remember. When Lana and I were coming home from Goodsoil last week we saw 1 buck with 1 horn gone already, so the shed hunters will be happy soon and looking. Ok, so here is what has happened the last 4 days around Buck Paradise. Dec.31, Lana and I started New Years opening a bottle of wine and did a video chat with our friends Pam & Larry. There family (Daughter) is having some health issues and we pray for a speedy healthy recovery and no its not covid. But she has been very sick and with 2 little kids Pam and Larry have stayed close to home to help them. We had a good video chat and drank some wine and visited that way for awhile. It was overall a quite New Years like pretty much for everyone but was nice. Jan.01 - Lana and I slept in a little bit and then we pretty much just
hang around the farm. We started and now finished watching a series called "Yellowstone" We loved it and binged watched and now we wait for Season 4 to come out this summer. Thank goodness for these awesome TV shows that can help keep us occupied with all the Restrictions in place these days. So we brought in the New Year pretty queitly which was just fine all around. Jan.2 - Watched more Yellowstone. Later that afternoon, I headed back to Noeths Lake to try and catch one of the 13000 trout they put in that Lake over the past 3 years. I took my side by side with shack in tow and headed up there. Not a person on the ice. There had been a couple other people in there on skidoos a day or two before and they had some holes dug and upon further inspection I could see no sign that they caught any fish where they tried. So I tried some different spots and had my underwater camera with me. The water is very murky and I fished a solide 3 hours and moved one time and I did not get a nibble or see 1 fish... So I dont know whats going on. To much food in there for them and they all just laying around getting fat is hopefully what is happening. But I am going  to leave that lake alone for a little while. There are other lakes around that I want to try so that will be my plan going forward. I will let you know how I make out. 
Jan.2 - Garet, Rebecca, Lana & I headed to 1/2 moon Lake. Not even a bite there... Seen a few perch swim by on the camera but that was it, but we had a great day with great weather. Lana brought out a food pladder with wine for in the fishing shack.... It was fun and good. Jan.3 - Lana and i went for a good walk with the dogs. Ian & Emalie showed up to take there little dog Bella for a walk it was such another beautiful day. Lana and I headed to Edam later in the afternoon to spend time with her parents. They sure appreciated us coming and we ordered in some Chinese food for supper and Lana and her Mom Barb and I enjoyed a good game of scrabble after supper. Lana won, Barb 2nd, Me last lol... I even had my phone scrabble dictionary going and could not beat those two. It was a great way to spend the evening doing that and visiting and then we made our way home watching for deer and moose along the way. That brings us to today Jan.04 of 2021... Lana is back to work today. Garet is opening the bar for brother Dean. Ian will be out working in our shop. Em & Rebecca carry on with there jobs and I have to run to Lloyd for groceries and drop off some salmon to our good friends Dale & Michelle that we all caught last summer in BC. I need to re-organize my fishing gear as I will probably head somewhere tomorrow. I do have a bit of grain to move around and get cleaned but have quite a bit of time to get to that so no big hurry yet, but I should get at it with this nice weather as everything works better when its warm. But fishing is fun when it is warm to :)
All good. Take care everyone. Have a safe day and we will chat again soon.
Grant   PS - I have had hunters calling wondering what is happening for this year. If you had deposits paid I will be calling you and re-scheduling your hunts for this year. I also have new hunters inquiring and I will also get a hold of all of you and line up times for you to come hunt with us. We appreciate it a lot. So be patient with me, I will be working on that this month. Cheers everyone. Grant.

Dec.31/20 - Last post for 2020.... Still experiencing beautiful weather around here. A little cooler last night but warming up again this weekend and the 1st 1/2 of January is looking good. Makes me happy. Great for deer, great for ice fishing, great for working around outside.  Not much snow which is also good as We do not have to plow or shovel the stuff :). Heres whats been happening since last post. Late in the afternoon of Monday the 28th, Lana and I headed to My brother Dean and his wife Janda's lodge. We met Pam & Larry in Goodsoil and they followed us the rest of the short way to the Lodge. We enjoyed the beautiful lodge with a few glasses of wine and then were treated to a awesome supper by Janda. Was a great fun evening. Dean was super busy but took a hour off to come visit and have a drink with us after supper. Brother in law Skip Selk was also there and joined us for a great visit also. Larry, Dean Skip & I were all up around 5:30 AM to another awesome breakfast meal dished up by Janda. Then we headed to Primose Lake. As mentioned in previous post my brother has a commercial fish license to net that Lake between Christmas and New Years. Deans nets where a little slow but not terrible this year. This day we went up we caught about 40 walleye, 30 Pike, 25 whitefish, 4 ling cod & 80 good for nothing suckers... It was the first time I have helped Dean with this and I really enjoyed my self. I will be going back to help again next year. We pulled about 18 nets and then packed everything up and all the fish and headed back to the Lodge. Pam had to go take care of grandkids and Larry had to head out to help her with that so there was Lana and myself, Dean, Janda & Skip and then the real work began. We had all of Deans catch from the day before and todays catch to clean. I think we filletted and deboned, cleaned and vac packed about 80 walley and 50 pike. It was a long afternoon but when we were done we had a big feed of the walleye cheeks and fins. Was great... Went to bed fairly early that evening. Skip and Dean headed back up to Primrose to pull his last 12 nets out and Lana and I had a coffee with Janda and then packed up a bunch of fish that we bought from Dean and some for my good friend Stu Barthel and headed back home. We had fresh de-boned pike for supper and man was it good... Dean also sent some whitefish home for me to smoke so I will get after that in the next day or two. They were all slabbed and i just have to un thaw and then salt them down and let them sit for a night and in the smoker they will go. I wanted a few whole whitefish and I cleaned them this AM and we are going to fry them up for lunch. Garet & Becca are joining us. Ian and Emalie are up at Turtle lake enjoying some family time with Em's family. Not much planned for New Years. I may go ice fishing close by this afternoon after lunch as it is another nice day out. And have some invites to go ice fishing New Years day. So I will keep you all in the loop how that goes. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE.. Please be safe. Be thankful and Pray for a getting back to hopefully normal 2021. Cheers everyone. 
Grant. P.S. Lana also sends out a Happy New Years to all our family and friends also. 

DEC.28/20 - Hope everyone had a safe & Merry Christmas. This will be a short work week for everyone I would imagine so please be safe out there. New Years 2021 is around the corner and I think most of us are happy to put 2020 behind us and hopefully move on into a brighter 2021. 2020 wasnt all bad. Here is why. Well Lana and I had no travel after I believe February. That was a big change for us as we were used to being on the go all the time. It was good for Lana to have a break from travelling as I think she was getting tired. In saying that, we both would look forward now on getting back to our old normal, we enjoy travelling, we miss our friends and all the great places we are fortunate enough to go. I was able to do more work around the farm and shops. Garet, Ian and I really went to town on cleaning the place up. We got rid of old tractors, tonnes of pipe and metal, and just things that did not serve us a purpose any more and went to a home where it will get used. We buried our old barn as mentioned earlier in the blog and the old calf shed and the rest of the corrals are gone. Not much sign that there was cows on this farm anymore except for the barb wire fences around our home section. They can stay. We built a big mezzanine in our one shed to organize and make room for stuff we still need and use. It is awesome. And with the big shed we built in 2019 everything is inside out of the weather and the yard looks so good. Summer was enjoyable as Lana and I pulled our 5th wheel around. We did a trip to BC with Garet and Becca and Barc & Angela, was a fun fun trip. And then we would go park it at friend lots at different lakes and stay and visit with them and enjoy our beautiful summer. I put a phone booster in the camper so Lana would be able to work when she had to. It worked pretty good also. Then came harvest. It was one of the nicest I can remember. Good warm weather, decent yields and not much tough grain to deal with was so awesome. My boys were like, Dad is this real life, :) as the past few years have been a real battle to get the crops in. But this harvest was great. And then we had lots of time to clean things up nice and put away and did a lot of field work that will make this spring even easier. The boys were pretty relaxed this fall with not much of a hunting season upon us, but they still put a lot of time in the woods learning there areas, setting out knew spots and again as mentioned earlier we are super excited for 2021 season. And on this 28th day of December, we still have very little snow and above mild temperatures. Wild game is doing great... So that was just a little example of 2020 being not that bad. Most importantly, my family is all heathly and we are blessed for that. The past few days have been fairly queit. Christmas day, Lana took down our tree and we put it away. I went to Noeths lake again and tried to catch a trout, but still no luck, but I am not going to give up. Boxing day we went to Lana's folks for supper. Ate Ludifisk.... It is a norwegian fish dish. If you ever have the chance I suggest you try it... Yesterday, Lana and I ran into Lloyd for grocerys, we did the walmart parking lot pick up and went for a quick lunch and then stopped by my sister Lenoras for a short visit. Then we came home, unloaded our goods and settled into a evening of watching a new TV series we both really are enjoying called Yellowstone. Today will also be quiet, Lana has the week off and is looking forward to some down time before the new year starts as her job will be somewhat hectic then and I can elaborate more on that later. I may go to the shop and do a little more work in there on my fishing shack and trailer and more cleaning and organizing. Tomorrow I will be up very early as I am going to head North to help my brother Deant pull his commercial nets on primrose lake. I am excited as I have never done it before. I will take pics and post on the sight... Have a great day everyone. 

Grant

Dec.25/20 - Merry Christmas everyone. We at Buck Paradise hope you all have a great day and all the best in 2021. 
Lana and I dont have much going on today. I think some relaxation or possibly a little ice fishing trip close by might be what will happen for us today. Lana & I already opened our gifts over the past few days. Lana got me again this year with a surprise and I love it. I told her a few weeks ago that I was not liking my gas ice auger any more. Heavy, pull and pull to start, but it still worked fine and I would make it make do. Well she got me a new Strike Master Battery Powered 10 Inch Ice auger for Christmas. I have taken it out a couple times and I LOVE it. Fast, light, easy.. What a great auger. Thank you Lana. Well here is what has been happening since Dec.20th. Dec.21 - I worked in the shop on a trailer I have to haul around my ice fishing shack on behind the side by side. Fun project as I added a winch to the trailer and a Jack to the hitch of it and some lights. Also had my neighbor Brian come over and grab a load of feed barley to take to a feedlot over by Edam. I have one load left of Barley and then that is all gone. Then I got things ready to go for ice fishing the next day.Dec.22- Up early and Brandi (Lana's oldest daughter) & her BF Taylor and I jumped in the truck with some coffees and were off in the dark to one of my favorite little Lakes (Beatty Lake) It is north of Green Lake and I used to fish it a lot when I had the lodge and hunt area up there years ago. Anyways got there right at daybreak pretty much and got the shack, heater, underwater camera and a few tip up set up and started fishing away. The "Splakes" were not that hungry that day. We lost a few. Seen quite a few and managed to catch 3. It was a fun day and we packed up around 4:30 and headed back home to a great hot meal that Lana made up for us. Dec.23 - Garet & Becca came early on this day and we enjoyed coffee in our hottub and had fun watching there dog "Aurora" and our dogs Mav and Sadie play around. It was a beautiful morning with fog and frost on the trees and nice temps for this time of the year. After that, Becca made us a awesome breakfast. Brandi and Taylor joined us for that and after breakfast they headed south to Taylors parents to spend Christmas with them. Lana's folks, Dennis & Barb and Lana's son Brent showed up after that for some lunch. I fried up