Let’s Have October Weather!

It’s Oct. 5, and the mercury is supposed to hit 90 degrees today. While many people out there are absolutely gushing about the warm weather, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope it goes away soon.

To me, October is all about crisp days and walks in the woods for ruffed grouse, or the smell of my two-stroke Mercury outboard when I start it on a cold morning for a fall fishing excursion.

It’s not about 90 degrees and yellow jackets and red flag wind warnings.

And this certainly isn’t the kind of weather you want if you’re a waterfowl hunter or heading afield with a hunting dog. This kind of heat can be dangerous, if not fatal, to hunting dogs that aren’t cared for properly.

Still, there’s plenty happening on the outdoors front on this October day that feels more like July. A couple of highlights:

Field & Stream magazine announced this week that a North Dakota man is one of the publication’s 2011 Heroes of Conservation. Eric Myre of Sawyer, N.D., is one of seven conservation heroes to be honored by the magazine. Here’s what Field & Stream said about Myre in a news release:

“A cabinet and millwork designer by trade, Myre established West Dakota Waterfowlers in 2006 to provide hands-on education and promote habitat preservation that would benefit hunters in the community, as well as birds. As the group’s chairman, he started a mentored youth waterfowl hunt, which has introduced more than 100 kids to the sport since 2007.”

Myre and the other conservation heroes will be honored at a reception Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C., where they will be presented with a $5,000 conservation grant. One of the honorees will be named Conservation Hero of the Year and walk away with a new Toyota Tundra. The heroes also will be featured in episodes of the magazine’s “HOC TV,” available at www.FieldandStream.com/heroes.

For deer hunters in the Grand Forks area, the Forks Rifle Club will be holding its annual sighting-in days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at the W.G. Coulter Rifle Range, located 8½ miles west of Merrifield, N.D., on Grand Forks County Road 6. Club personnel will be on hand to provide assistance to hunters wishing to sight in their rifles before deer season. North Dakota’s firearms deer season opens at noon Nov. 4, while Minnesota’s version of the annual tradition opens Nov. 5.