Nature Matters: Hooked On The Outdoors

By KBJR Manager

January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 8:08 PM CDT

The weekend's temperatures were chilly but that didn't slow down one group looking to catch some fish.

In this week's "Nature Matters" David Hoole catches up with some anglers trying to set the hook on interest in the outdoors.

"Fish on! Oh you didn't set the hook!"

Temps were cool and the panfish bite on Fish Lake wasn't much better. That didn't quench the learning and excitement at the ice fishing extravaganza hosted by Proctor High School Students.

"It was really fun, I never tried it before, I thought it was going be a little hard. It was scary and I got wet but it was really fun."

"It feels good, first time this year. I just hope to catch some fish, hang out with buddies, a lot of them I haven't seen since I graduated last year."

Not everyone was convinced.

Yea, it's cold. The one thing I hate about cold is ice fishing on a lake."

"It's to help get younger kids out here and stuff so that's always good. This is our first time Ice Fishing so it brought us out here."

This is the third event in a winter series called "Northern Outdoor Exposure" that pairs high school students who mentor youngsters on the benefits of outdoor activity.

"Once they get a taste of it you can see here today I think you can see it might be in there and they'll keep it up and it's a nice healthy lifestyle for them and their families as they get older."

As the fishing excitement cooled off, the snowmobiles got warmed up.
"Take a four wheeler and a jetski and put them together, pretty much."

Several students, and many anglers, depend on the machines to get them and their gear out on the lake. Or when the fishing is slow, some just like to ride.

"It's a blast."

"Get a group together and go riding."

But there was more to the event than simple winter fun. Students were taking part in a community service project... and have to write a paper.

"We'll write our whole project up in a manual and submit that to the DECA association."

"This year, our national conference is in Orlando, if we're lucky enough to make it to Orlando could you imagine showing this stuff to the people in Orlando?"

On this day we all could have used some mentoring on catching fish, but at least the group cooks a great bratwurst!

"We're Northern Outdoor Exposure and Nature Matters."

The Proctor DECA group presents their project at the state competition in February.