Q: Have you ever had to tell somebody to stop something they were doing to Raven?
A: Very seldom. People are very kind to Raven. I watch, though, because you never know what people might think they can do to the dog. Literally 99.9 percent of people are kind to my dog. She’s the star after all.
Q: Ever taken advantage of Minnesota’s extensive bike trail system?
A: I don’t know how to ride a bike. Just joking.
Q: I’ve heard that when deer are on the roadway, you should just hit them.
A: I don’t know who’s telling you that, but if you swerve and don’t do it correctly you can total your automobile. Better you hit the deer than kill yourself. I hit my brake if I can. The other thing: Hey, wake up! Deer move early in the morning and late in the afternoon. If you’re in deer country, which is all of Minnesota, be more watchful. Slow down! Give the deer a chance.
Q: Who’s going to replace you: your grandson, Jake, 10, or daughter, Laura Schara, who does cooking segments on “Minnesota Bound” and co-hosts “Due North Outdoors” on Fox Sports North and “Destination Polaris” on the Outdoor Channel?
A: That’s a good question. You know, I’m kind of looking for someone to succeed me but I haven’t found anybody as good looking yet. [Laughter]
Q: What has your grandson taught you that you didn’t learn from your daughters?
A: Well, he’s a boy. I’ve raised two daughters, Simone and Laura, so there’s a difference. Simone is very much an outdoorsman like Laura. I tried to teach them that they could do anything boys do. You know, I don’t know why it is, but you seem to enjoy your grandchildren more than your children. That’s maybe not even true. But the thing is you can give your grandchild back. He’s been a delight. I think as a grandfather you’re more patient, not as uptight as you might have been with your own children.
Q: We’re up to Raven III. Why do you look splendid as ever, without being replaced every few years like hoary-haired Ravens are?
A: Genetics. Just been blessed. My mother’s brothers all were gray in their 20s. My dad never got gray except on the sideburns, which is where I’m gray now.