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teers help plant prairie at Bonanza Ed. Center of the prairie at Bonanza was completed on A prairie gar- help of vol- ;roup of 4-H Go-Getters oore of Browns of Ortonville, ler Robert Dybvig DNR Wildlife donated the native were put in the 28 species of 6 species of of wildflow- ts are intended to The gar- of what local if they are inter- plants for land- be a good tool aspects of prairie isa Part of a prairie includes a area that has been ve grass and wild- project was funded Minnesota VOLUNTEERS ADMIRE THE FINISHED PRAIRIE GARDEN that was planted at Bonanza Education Center Saturday, August 9. Left to right: Kristen Morrill, Dani Karsky, Sarah Diekmann, center, Kasey D|ekmann, Jenna Heck; back, Harold Moore, Nathan Karsky, Meghan Smart, Cindy Smart, Shondelle Sweets, Peggy Heck, Robert Jaeger, Jared Heck, Rudy Smart. Not pictured: Wade and Justin Athey. completed without the help of the numerous volunteers. Special thanks to the DNR Wildlife office of Madison for donating seed, plants, equipment and to Cal Gunnick for the ing and seeding the larger site. If you would like more information on using native plants at home or volunteer opportunities to help maintain the prairie, please call B-E-C at 320-265- the whole time as he came closer, approaching straight-on." The bull eventually stopped at the base of Bice's tree, a mere six feet away. "I couldn't believe he hadn't heard me hyperventilating," said Bice. Astonishingly, the bull never offered Bice a clean shot. Now the Minnesotans were down to their last day of hunting. With the final day of his clients' hunt looming and nothing to show for it, Martin offered to let the pair stay on another couple of days. Bice decid- ed to take advantage of the extra time by catching up on some much-needed sleep. He suggested that Karels head back to the site of his most recent moose encounter, hoping the big bul! would return and perhaps offer him a better shot. The afternoon passed without event, however. Karels planned on hunting again the next morning, and because Alberta law doesn't allow hunters to carry a bow on a four- wheeler until noon, he decided to leave his bow in the stand. He also considered leaving his fanny pack, but almost as an afterthought, he remem- bered Martin's advice. If he should encounter a bear, the air horn he car- ried in his pack might deter it. After a three-quarter-mile hike to the road, Karels arrived at the pick-up spot. Another of the camp's guides, Dan Abel, was scheduled to pick him up 8 o'clock. Karels was early so he decided to lie down in a little hut the outfitter had made out of evergreen boughs. His repose was short-lived, however. Barely five minutes had Karels' audacity, checked her bluff charge. Standing mere feet from Karels, she rose up on her hind legs, towering over him, and let out at roar that shook Pete to his very marrow. Meanwhile the little 150-pound cubs had also stood up and were., now bouncing on their hindlegs, as if to say, "Go get him, Morn, go get him!" Somehow, Karels stood his ground. To an onlooker, the scene might have seemed almost comical, had it not been so frightening. Here was a man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, trying to face down a bear that towered three feet over him and was nearly three times his weight. Both were standing, staring at each other, screaming and roaring and flail- ing their arms. Saliva, snot and the foul odor of bear breath filled the tiny space between them. But the bear came no closer. Karels turned slightly and reached down for his fanny pack and the air horn inside it. As soon as he did, the bear dropped to all fours and got ready to charge again. Karels franti- cally pulled the air horn from his pack, then came to the horrific real- ization that the horn was still in its plastic container. Screaming at the bear, Karels desperately tried to free the horn. That screaming gave him the few extra seconds he needed. Just when it seemed the bear would lunge forward, Karels freed the horn and blasted her. It startled the bear momentarily and, still standing, she backed off. Then, to Karels' dismay, the horn quit, and the bear came at him again. bear, yelling and blowing the horn. He had seemingly escaped with his life, but the bear was not done with her ter- rorizing. No sooner had she disappeared from Karels' sight than Abei came rid- ing up on his four-wheeler. Both bear and four-wheeler rounded the same corner at the same time. "I saw a flash of gray go through the bushes and thought it was too small to be a moose," Abei later related. "First I saw a cub, then the sow. She reared up and roared. Spit was coming from her mouth. I reached for my rifle, but I didn't know if Pete might be some- where behind her in the bush." The bear hesitated, turning from Dan back toward Pete. Then she dropped to all fours and, choosing flight over fight, hurried her cubs uphill and out of view. When Dan finally got to Pete he was so stunned he appeared almost calm, except for his ghostly white complexion. "Dd you see the bear?" Dan excitedly asked, breaking Karels' trance. "She charged me; she charged me!" Karels shouted. That night by the glowing lantern, Karels, still shaky from his ordeal, told and retold his story. He humbly averred, "I don't know what most people would do in that situation. I just did what I had to do." He also acknowledged that Martin's advice had probably saved his life. "He pre- pared us well by telling us not to run." Karels' nonchalant attitude about bears had also changed. 'Tve been a hunter for years," he said. "It's a little different when something's after yOU." not have been many hours he volunteered in prepar- 6944. passed when, lying on his side and Karels challenged her once more. looking up the four-wheeler trail, Roaring and advancing on her, he ,4 Is relates encounter Karels suddenly perceived a horrify- managed to tighten the top and get the ing sight: a full-grown sow grizzly, horn working again. The bear backed with two cubs in tow, headed straight down, turned and headed away. By for him. Their eyes met, both becom- now adrenaline was surging through ing aware of the other's presence at Karels' body and he chased after the charging grizzly bear the same instant. Karels was overwhelmed with a , feeling of helplessness, but he knew he didn't want to be lying down. He following, you, and I know I can outrun you." The days passed with no moose scrambled to his feet. Whether Humphrey, Upon arriving at camp, Karels and sightings, but each night there was because of his sudden movement, issue of Bice met their outfitter and discussed more grizzly talk among the hunters their proximity or perhaps both, when magazine, their plans. They would be hunting and their guide. Their discussions Karets stood, the bear charged. an "life-or- from tree stands, overlooking natural took on a more serious tone when a There was no time for fear. Karels VISIT THE NEW PROPANE EXCEPTIONAL ENERGY  BUILDING AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR See exciting products that make Propane the exceptional energy source for: * Mosquito free yards and patios Safe fish houses Clean burning alternate fuel engines Agricultural crop flaming which mineral licks. These minerals are an problem bear was reported within four acted on instinct and adrenaline. With Karels lived important dietary supplement for miles of camp. Hikers had encoun- 600-plus pounds of pure fury bearing hunting moose; the animals are drawn to low tered the bear over a moose kill. down on him, and his life hanging in muddy swales where the licks are Because it was on a hiking trail and the balance, he had to make a split- ***** concentrated. Bice and Karels spent roughly a mile outside the town of second decision. His initial, gut t.for we the first day scouting licks, hanging Hinton, the bear was classified as instinct was to go behind the hut, but seldom con- stands and cutting shooting lanes, extremely dangerous; people were as he turned and took half a step the eye fate With their mission accomplished, they advised to steer clear of the area. The outfitter's advice raced through his Situation that will headed back to camp for dinner, bear was eventually tranquilized and mind: "Don't ever run from a grizzly situation where As is often the case in that part of relocated 200 miles to the north, bear." even success the world, the subject of grizzlies With that potential danger Most people wonder how they Such came up while the hunters ate. Martin removed, fear of the bears once again would react in a life-or-death situa- One and some of the other guides related subsided, until Bice noticed some tion. Animal behaviorists call it a ing against the various tales of grizzly encounters to a fresh sign near one of his moose fight-or-flight response. Soldiers call enJoying a captivated audience. Having grown stands. It was a rubbing tree, the kind it trial under fire-- the test of battle. Your M|llln@,lt of a up in the area, Martin was familiar bears sometimes use to scratch their Karels now faced that test. He turned Propane Dealers plR:)ANE The with the big bears, and though he backs and perhaps deposit scent. The back toward the bear, then waved his e with the most respected them, he did not fear them. tree was covered with coarse grizzly arms anc[ yelled with all the force he I IWWw'MnPrepane'cm EXCE/:rrIONAL ENERGY" America By the itght  the glowing lantern, hairl It was also right on the half-mile could muster. -,,t)t__ I I His fate rest- Martin offed some advice to his trail that Biee had to travel each day The bear, perhaps taken aback at., WOuld react in the wide-eyed clients on how to react walking to and from his stand. Bice should they encounter a bear. "Forget admitted that his bow and arrows earlier, when what the books tell you," he said. offered little comfort on those daily .... "Your best chance is to stand your walks, particularly at night in the along on a ground and try to act bigger and dark. "For the first time in my life I meaner than the bear." Even after knew what it felt like to be potential for black hearing the guides' stories, Bice prey for something," he said. guide Everett thought the odds of a grizzly extreme- Meanwhile, Karels continued to make the two had ly remote. Karels summarily dis- light of his partner's growing concern. one of missed the idea. Still, both kept Whether it was his respect for the and Martin Martin's advice in mind during the bears or the lack of moose sightings, the coming hunt. Bice decided to shift his attention to a to his home, "To be honest, I was looking for different stand, some 30 miles from join in. They grizzly tracks from the very start," where he'd been hunting. The choice in the inter- said Bice. Seeing no evidence of the ultimately turned out to be a good big bears the first day put him more at one. That evening Bice had his first their ease. "I felt an encounter was unlike- chance at a big bull. "Shortly after ' truck and made ly, which boosted my confidence to getting settled in, I heard aloud crash Thursda)00 Aug 21 2003 Minnesota to walk through the brush with only my to my left," he said. "It was a cow and bow and arrows." While Karels main- calf coming my way, passing by about Q tained his nonchalant attitude about 20 yards out." A few minutes later he for bears. He the bears, he sensed Bice's trepida- heard the grunting of a bull approach- 4 1 30 to 6:30 PM over tion. It became a running joke ing on the same path. The 40-plus- m gonna get between the two. "That night old Pete inch rack of the bull materialized out was teasing me about my fear of and of the dense spruce, as the moose sixty dol- respect for these bears. He laughed headed straight for Bice. Parents and children are and joked about it pretty much "I couldn't draw the bow because hunting with throughout the hunt," said Bice. he seemed to be staring straight at me invited to tour the facility "ng for Winter Heating and visit with Grain Drying Now! Christine Peterson 127 Elevator /* Director of Kids' Kingdom Room for all pre-school children, ages 3-5 Christine Peterson For immediate registration materials or other information, please call 839-3504 or 839-7176 . ,, KIDS' CALL TODAY! 320-568-2216 Agronomy 320-568"2126 Petroleum 636 Jefferson Avenue Ortonville, MN 56278 3 INDEPENDENT Page 3b teers help plant prairie at Bonanza Ed. Center of the prairie at Bonanza was completed on A prairie gar- help of vol- ;roup of 4-H Go-Getters oore of Browns of Ortonville, ler Robert Dybvig DNR Wildlife donated the native were put in the 28 species of 6 species of of wildflow- ts are intended to The gar- of what local if they are inter- plants for land- be a good tool aspects of prairie isa Part of a prairie includes a area that has been ve grass and wild- project was funded Minnesota VOLUNTEERS ADMIRE THE FINISHED PRAIRIE GARDEN that was planted at Bonanza Education Center Saturday, August 9. Left to right: Kristen Morrill, Dani Karsky, Sarah Diekmann, center, Kasey D|ekmann, Jenna Heck; back, Harold Moore, Nathan Karsky, Meghan Smart, Cindy Smart, Shondelle Sweets, Peggy Heck, Robert Jaeger, Jared Heck, Rudy Smart. Not pictured: Wade and Justin Athey. completed without the help of the numerous volunteers. Special thanks to the DNR Wildlife office of Madison for donating seed, plants, equipment and to Cal Gunnick for the ing and seeding the larger site. If you would like more information on using native plants at home or volunteer opportunities to help maintain the prairie, please call B-E-C at 320-265- the whole time as he came closer, approaching straight-on." The bull eventually stopped at the base of Bice's tree, a mere six feet away. "I couldn't believe he hadn't heard me hyperventilating," said Bice. Astonishingly, the bull never offered Bice a clean shot. Now the Minnesotans were down to their last day of hunting. With the final day of his clients' hunt looming and nothing to show for it, Martin offered to let the pair stay on another couple of days. Bice decid- ed to take advantage of the extra time by catching up on some much-needed sleep. He suggested that Karels head back to the site of his most recent moose encounter, hoping the big bul! would return and perhaps offer him a better shot. The afternoon passed without event, however. Karels planned on hunting again the next morning, and because Alberta law doesn't allow hunters to carry a bow on a four- wheeler until noon, he decided to leave his bow in the stand. He also considered leaving his fanny pack, but almost as an afterthought, he remem- bered Martin's advice. If he should encounter a bear, the air horn he car- ried in his pack might deter it. After a three-quarter-mile hike to the road, Karels arrived at the pick-up spot. Another of the camp's guides, Dan Abel, was scheduled to pick him up 8 o'clock. Karels was early so he decided to lie down in a little hut the outfitter had made out of evergreen boughs. His repose was short-lived, however. Barely five minutes had Karels' audacity, checked her bluff charge. Standing mere feet from Karels, she rose up on her hind legs, towering over him, and let out at roar that shook Pete to his very marrow. Meanwhile the little 150-pound cubs had also stood up and were., now bouncing on their hindlegs, as if to say, "Go get him, Morn, go get him!" Somehow, Karels stood his ground. To an onlooker, the scene might have seemed almost comical, had it not been so frightening. Here was a man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, trying to face down a bear that towered three feet over him and was nearly three times his weight. Both were standing, staring at each other, screaming and roaring and flail- ing their arms. Saliva, snot and the foul odor of bear breath filled the tiny space between them. But the bear came no closer. Karels turned slightly and reached down for his fanny pack and the air horn inside it. As soon as he did, the bear dropped to all fours and got ready to charge again. Karels franti- cally pulled the air horn from his pack, then came to the horrific real- ization that the horn was still in its plastic container. Screaming at the bear, Karels desperately tried to free the horn. That screaming gave him the few extra seconds he needed. Just when it seemed the bear would lunge forward, Karels freed the horn and blasted her. It startled the bear momentarily and, still standing, she backed off. Then, to Karels' dismay, the horn quit, and the bear came at him again. bear, yelling and blowing the horn. He had seemingly escaped with his life, but the bear was not done with her ter- rorizing. No sooner had she disappeared from Karels' sight than Abei came rid- ing up on his four-wheeler. Both bear and four-wheeler rounded the same corner at the same time. "I saw a flash of gray go through the bushes and thought it was too small to be a moose," Abei later related. "First I saw a cub, then the sow. She reared up and roared. Spit was coming from her mouth. I reached for my rifle, but I didn't know if Pete might be some- where behind her in the bush." The bear hesitated, turning from Dan back toward Pete. Then she dropped to all fours and, choosing flight over fight, hurried her cubs uphill and out of view. When Dan finally got to Pete he was so stunned he appeared almost calm, except for his ghostly white complexion. "Dd you see the bear?" Dan excitedly asked, breaking Karels' trance. "She charged me; she charged me!" Karels shouted. That night by the glowing lantern, Karels, still shaky from his ordeal, told and retold his story. He humbly averred, "I don't know what most people would do in that situation. I just did what I had to do." He also acknowledged that Martin's advice had probably saved his life. "He pre- pared us well by telling us not to run." Karels' nonchalant attitude about bears had also changed. 'Tve been a hunter for years," he said. "It's a little different when something's after yOU." not have been many hours he volunteered in prepar- 6944. passed when, lying on his side and Karels challenged her once more. looking up the four-wheeler trail, Roaring and advancing on her, he ,4 Is relates encounter Karels suddenly perceived a horrify- managed to tighten the top and get the ing sight: a full-grown sow grizzly, horn working again. The bear backed with two cubs in tow, headed straight down, turned and headed away. By for him. Their eyes met, both becom- now adrenaline was surging through ing aware of the other's presence at Karels' body and he chased after the charging grizzly bear the same instant. Karels was overwhelmed with a , feeling of helplessness, but he knew he didn't want to be lying down. He following, you, and I know I can outrun you." The days passed with no moose scrambled to his feet. Whether Humphrey, Upon arriving at camp, Karels and sightings, but each night there was because of his sudden movement, issue of Bice met their outfitter and discussed more grizzly talk among the hunters their proximity or perhaps both, when magazine, their plans. They would be hunting and their guide. Their discussions Karets stood, the bear charged. an "life-or- from tree stands, overlooking natural took on a more serious tone when a There was no time for fear. Karels VISIT THE NEW PROPANE EXCEPTIONAL ENERGY  BUILDING AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR See exciting products that make Propane the exceptional energy source for: * Mosquito free yards and patios Safe fish houses Clean burning alternate fuel engines Agricultural crop flaming which mineral licks. These minerals are an problem bear was reported within four acted on instinct and adrenaline. With Karels lived important dietary supplement for miles of camp. Hikers had encoun- 600-plus pounds of pure fury bearing hunting moose; the animals are drawn to low tered the bear over a moose kill. down on him, and his life hanging in muddy swales where the licks are Because it was on a hiking trail and the balance, he had to make a split- ***** concentrated. Bice and Karels spent roughly a mile outside the town of second decision. His initial, gut t.for we the first day scouting licks, hanging Hinton, the bear was classified as instinct was to go behind the hut, but seldom con- stands and cutting shooting lanes, extremely dangerous; people were as he turned and took half a step the eye fate With their mission accomplished, they advised to steer clear of the area. The outfitter's advice raced through his Situation that will headed back to camp for dinner, bear was eventually tranquilized and mind: "Don't ever run from a grizzly situation where As is often the case in that part of relocated 200 miles to the north, bear." even success the world, the subject of grizzlies With that potential danger Most people wonder how they Such came up while the hunters ate. Martin removed, fear of the bears once again would react in a life-or-death situa- One and some of the other guides related subsided, until Bice noticed some tion. Animal behaviorists call it a ing against the various tales of grizzly encounters to a fresh sign near one of his moose fight-or-flight response. Soldiers call enJoying a captivated audience. Having grown stands. It was a rubbing tree, the kind it trial under fire-- the test of battle. Your M|llln@,lt of a up in the area, Martin was familiar bears sometimes use to scratch their Karels now faced that test. He turned Propane Dealers plR:)ANE The with the big bears, and though he backs and perhaps deposit scent. The back toward the bear, then waved his e with the most respected them, he did not fear them. tree was covered with coarse grizzly arms anc[ yelled with all the force he I IWWw'MnPrepane'cm EXCE/:rrIONAL ENERGY" America By the itght  the glowing lantern, hairl It was also right on the half-mile could muster. -,,t)t__ I I His fate rest- Martin offed some advice to his trail that Biee had to travel each day The bear, perhaps taken aback at., WOuld react in the wide-eyed clients on how to react walking to and from his stand. Bice should they encounter a bear. "Forget admitted that his bow and arrows earlier, when what the books tell you," he said. offered little comfort on those daily .... "Your best chance is to stand your walks, particularly at night in the along on a ground and try to act bigger and dark. "For the first time in my life I meaner than the bear." Even after knew what it felt like to be potential for black hearing the guides' stories, Bice prey for something," he said. guide Everett thought the odds of a grizzly extreme- Meanwhile, Karels continued to make the two had ly remote. Karels summarily dis- light of his partner's growing concern. one of missed the idea. Still, both kept Whether it was his respect for the and Martin Martin's advice in mind during the bears or the lack of moose sightings, the coming hunt. Bice decided to shift his attention to a to his home, "To be honest, I was looking for different stand, some 30 miles from join in. They grizzly tracks from the very start," where he'd been hunting. The choice in the inter- said Bice. Seeing no evidence of the ultimately turned out to be a good big bears the first day put him more at one. That evening Bice had his first their ease. "I felt an encounter was unlike- chance at a big bull. "Shortly after ' truck and made ly, which boosted my confidence to getting settled in, I heard aloud crash Thursda)00 Aug 21 2003 Minnesota to walk through the brush with only my to my left," he said. "It was a cow and bow and arrows." While Karels main- calf coming my way, passing by about Q tained his nonchalant attitude about 20 yards out." A few minutes later he for bears. He the bears, he sensed Bice's trepida- heard the grunting of a bull approach- 4 1 30 to 6:30 PM over tion. It became a running joke ing on the same path. The 40-plus- m gonna get between the two. "That night old Pete inch rack of the bull materialized out was teasing me about my fear of and of the dense spruce, as the moose sixty dol- respect for these bears. He laughed headed straight for Bice. Parents and children are and joked about it pretty much "I couldn't draw the bow because hunting with throughout the hunt," said Bice. he seemed to be staring straight at me invited to tour the facility "ng for Winter Heating and visit with Grain Drying Now! Christine Peterson 127 Elevator /* Director of Kids' Kingdom Room for all pre-school children, ages 3-5 Christine Peterson For immediate registration materials or other information, please call 839-3504 or 839-7176 . ,, KIDS' CALL TODAY! 320-568-2216 Agronomy 320-568"2126 Petroleum 636 Jefferson Avenue Ortonville, MN 56278 3 INDEPENDENT Page 3b