Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Update to my earlier post

Update to the farewell dinner for the Kohler's.   As I reported earlier today since our crowd has gotten so large, things have changed. I told you earlier today that we had three choices but it is four.  Listed below.  
As in the past you make your choice, for your meal and pay when you get to the door.  Scott asked me to let you know that it will make it much easier, if at all possible, to pay with a check.  Scott's wife is handling the orders and collecting the money.  They are not setup to pay with credit or debit cards, so that leaves cash or check.  Paying by cash, there is making change, how much spare change do you have to have on hand, to handle everyone, so if possible please be prepared to pay with a check.    
We do have a large room for this party, but as I say we have a rather large crowd, coming too. So helping move the line in is very important.  

Choices for entrée:
Chicken Picatta​​​​​$22.30
(Chicken breast sautéed and served with lemon caper butter and mushrooms)
Top Sirloin 8 oz.​​​​​$26.30
(Tender cut of beef. Always a favorite at Anthony’s)
Baked Salmon​​​​​​$27.60
(Fillet with our special blend of spices and lemon caper butter)
Prime Rib 10 oz. ​​​​​$32.90
(Beef Ribeye rubbed with our special blend of seasonings, slow roasted. Served with Au Jus on the side)

Reminders, info and changes

Have reminders and changes to post.  First is the farewell dinner on Monday nights party.  This is getting large.  Just was informed that with the reservation that has been made that we will have only three choices as a meal.  As of now that list is two different beef (steaks) and a salmon order.  I have no idea of price but as you know Anthony's are not out of line.  We are still receiving reservations, but again Anthony's are wanting to know, what to plan for and for help reasons and room size.  So please let us know if you are coming.  
Sure you all also seen the nice article that was in Sundays World Herald if you didn't catch it I am sure this address will get you to the article.   http://www.omaha.com/article/20140329/SPORTS/140339918/1603.  This still worked last evening.  

The next issue is the pending auction that is being held in the Tekamah  city auditorium at 1:00 on Sunday April 6th.   
Again if you are wanting to make the farewell dinner there is still time, but there is a change we have just three options.  
Let ya go. And check back.  I am hoping to post a few pictures, from the party.  Give me a few days to do this.  We are taking a trip to my daughters in Missouri, so give me a week to ten days to get that done.  
Also I am asking for your prayers, for the Kohler's, and their trip, and comfort,  in their new home.  
See ya.    Carl  

Friday, March 28, 2014

This season is over for us, and a new plan

Only one bird on Wednesday, just have to believe that that the strong winds told them it was not fit to fly in.  Reports of gusts exceeding 50 MPH.  But have to have them days so you enjoy the normal and good day.  

Fair size crew.  One that is armed with a cameras.  He is doing a story on the boss.  So checking the World-Hearld will be mandatory reading, on Sunday.  
Also before the shooting begins and other stories become important.  We are having this farewell party for the Kohler's, on April 7, at Anthony's Steak House.  If you are planning to attend, and not let's us know,  please let Scott Houston, or me know in the very near future.  We have had a very good response but sure there are people that are planning on attending that have not let us know. Anthony's is needing to know so, they have the right size room and enough staff to serve us.  Thank you to all that have responded.  

Friday:  We started off the day with Kevin walking the decoys.  Kicked up three.  Downing two. Percentage wise.  Not bad, but Kev, was not to happy.  Agreed he had a very good shot, but when you are in waders, sticky mud, knee deep water, it is tough job. 
We got into a flock, harvesting four more.  
The last of the reservations have all hunted, and the boss is getting concerned, as time is getting short, getting everything organized for the sale and the pending move to the west coast, so we shut down today.  We have blinds to empty and clean, decoys to get picked up, we have work before us, yet.  
I have been asked what are the plans for this blog.  So there has been a plan put in place that I think  can keep this blog going.  Have not got a commitment from Ralph as of yet.  He is worried how he is going to use up his time out there in Palm Desert.  My hope is to get him busy writing again.  Then his daughters can forward them to me and I will post them on this blog.  The longer we think of this and the more friends, I bring this up to, I always get a very positive feed back and everyone knows there are short stories he has to tell.   To keep the pressure off of Ralph, I know there are many people that also have a story, to tell, about hunting with Ralph.  So let me have them.  My plans is, to have Ralph contribute a story and let's say, I post his story, on the first of each month.  On the fifteenth of each month, we will post a story by a guest writer, or I have a few stories too.  So if you would like to submit a story please feel free to put it together and even if we have not got the blog rolling with this plan yet, I can save it on a flash drive  and post them, if and when we get the boss writing again.   Sure the boss will need a couple three months to get settled in, before he is up to writing, but sure he will feel up to it, some time. As I say get busy and sent me your story.  There should be about 25 stories on the day when we killed the 80 in an afternoon.  Or maybe you have a trip, several days, when you hunted, and those memories, could made a nice story.  As I say, this is just my plans as of right now, and I  have no "yes" yet from Ralph but, I am hoping to do this.  I am excited about this plan and hope it comes together and works out.
Give us a few months to get this to going.  
Well until we get to rolling again, remember the troops in your daily prayers. 
Also please get to putting your stories together.  
Until then, see ya and may god bless all of you, and thank you for loyalty to checking the blog.  Send me some stories.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another Two in One

Very slim crew today. Was surprised by some early morning birds this morning.  Was legal but visibility was still not the best.  Had a big flock of birds, maybe 100, setting in the decoys.  Then a guy had to get out, and these birds flushed and then rolled back over the blinds.  We had a shot but only the guy that was out,  knew what was going on, and they escaped, unmolested. They had to be setting on the bar just go the east of the decoys.  Had a very light south wind.  
Tuesday. Total bag was 9
 Sorry about not finishing and posting the above report.  But I fell asleep very early last evening.  Strange thing happened, I still slept, most of the night.   Didn't even get the pad plugged in to charge.  But have a charger out at the blind, so if that happened I can recover, during the day.  
Now to today:::::   Have a group of pheasant hunters setting in the pit today. As always, they are claiming to be, excellent shots.  So let hope they can prove their skills, and help us with getting this already good spring hunt into the, "excellent category", for this last season, for the boss.
10:10::::  we got into the first flock.  The stubble duck hunters still have not proved them self's yet.  Was a tough shot but nothing great happened.   11:05 the pheasant hunter went into action, second go-a-round, redeemed themselves a little.  They took 4 of 5 just before they left the blind.  Since they left they we have had, two more go-a-round.  Think the bag is at 15.          
Please remember the troops in your prayers, tonight.  Also if you can find the time please check back.
See ya,    Carl 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

They were not to plentiful today

Was a slow day, most if the time.  We took three out of the decoys shortly after legal, then throughout the morning we picked a up a cripple here and there.  Then the boss left us amateur, there alone. The best shot of the day occurred.  Spotted birds high-high, coming over the lake,  we talked them right down in here, at break neck speed.  Got a little scared that we may not get a better shot and took a tall shot, with pretty good results.  We knocked 4 down but have not found, one of them yet.   Sure he hit just on the edge of the decoys.  Will do a better sweep latter.
Had grandson and his dog, could not locate the elusive bird.  Can not believe he caught wing and escaped.  I was looking right at him, before I shouldered my gun, and he looked dead, when I seen him falling.  Only bird, that went down, in that area, of the lake.  Just can't believe he could have flew out.
Posting a picture. of Saturdays sunrise.  so sorry but i love the sun on the horizon pictures 
Say a prayer for our hero tonight, when you say your bedtime prayers.  Also check back if ya find the time
See ya.    Carl    

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Had another load, people wise, on Saturday.  Got a good sunrise shot, this morning.  Starting  about mid morning we stared decoying flocks.  Shooting was pretty good.  Keeping time of the flocks, and cooking conflicted, so we cooked and shot, forget times of flocks.  But the gang was whittling the birds out of each flock, so I just kept on cooking.  Had a strong north wind, about 20 MPN with the temp down the freezing mark or below, and it was keep the blind cold to me, most of the afternoon.  
Third biggest kill of the season and plenty of powder burn't, getting it done, today.  Bigger percent of the birds we harvested today were juvies, today.  Had some great decoying sights, but that always the case when you have strong winds.
As always, please say a prayer for the troops and let's see if I can't get a better posting together for tomorrow.  Be sure to check back, to see how we are progressing.
See ya.  Carl  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Slow but still a good day

Friday, have a load in the pits today,  think we are one hunter short of the Maximum.  Shortly after legal a 4 pack come in they made short work of them.
Not what I would call fast action, where you have a sky full of flocks, today.  We just had a slow flow of flocks. And almost all would give us a look.  Just didn't seam like to many, but the numbers in the bag was climbing and climbing.  Most of the time they were small flocks, so no big kill.  Around 2:00 we had a flock 35-40 of just Ross's that the crew got after pretty good.  At the same minutes, we had a huge flock high over head, of about 200, that was decoying hard, but as you know a bird in the hand is much better that two in the sky.  If only they were, separated by a few minutes, and we could have worked over, both flocks. 
After yesterday and no wind was so nice to have a 30MPH winds this afternoon. Much easier working the birds.  Sounds like there is cooler weather moving in for the weekend.  I was surprised with the number of birds we harvested today.  Only had on flock of any size, but when we counted the birds we had nearly 45 birds.  I was shocked.  
As you know the Kohler's are moving to California, the first part on next month.  The night before they fly out we are having a farewell party for them at ANTHONY'S in Omaha. As you can see below Anthony's are wanting to know how many to plan on for the size of our party room and help to serve us, so we are asking you if going to please respond back, and we will get the total to them.  
We have made reservations at the following for “Kohler’s Farewell Dinner”
What: Kohler’s Farewell Dinner
When : Monday, April 7, 2014
Where: Anthony’s Restaurant, 72nd & F Street, Omaha, NE (402-331-7575)
Time: 6:00PM Arrival, 6:30PM Dinner
RSVP: Please RSVP to Carl Marhenke at 402-870-1728 or Scott Houston 402-297-8600.
Dinner: We will be choosing our dinners off the Anthony’s Menu.
Well, say a little pray for the kids that are defending our country again tonight. Also please check back in.  See ya.    Carl   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday morning.  Was understanding there was to be moisture over the night and they missed it.  I am not upset over that, when hunting, mud means hard work, Not the most energetic man, any more, so I love that.  Arriving at the lake, and out of the affect of no street lights, we could see clear shies.  Smile number two. Old Sol got to shining bright, and that gave the reason for smile number three.
About 8:00 we started seeing birds. Most were dark, but that is not a bad sign, most of the time when see geese you see all kinds of geese.   As the day went on the bigger the flocks got. The dark ones were low, but the S&B's were high, high.  We could turn them, but was not successful of getting them in.  We did pick up a straggler here and there.  But getting the flocks was just a dream. Later in the afternoon we could every once in a while get one or two in. Not making a big assault on the goose population but we are killing a few each day.  Was tough hunting today, never got a large flock down much less down and in. Less than 20 birds in the bag. But we will give them our best, in the morning.  Tomorrow right now is sounding like a day when you should have a seat in the pits.  Nice but windy with, the wind out of the northwest 20-30 MPH. that prompts me to say. "Why I wouldn't miss tomorrow for nuttin 
So remember the troops tonight in your prayers, as always, and please take the time to check back if you can.
See ya.     Carl