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The Buck-Shot Perch Dropper Goes National

September 24th, 2016

…or worldwide even! Northland Tackle liked my idea about combining the iconic ice fishing spoon, the Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon, with their Dropper Hooks. Liked so much that they wanted me to do an article for their blog section of the … Continue reading

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43 Years Of Friendship and Bears!

September 22nd, 2016

Who would of ever imagined that 43 years ago the Ansel family would have a chance encounter with the Richard Baldwin family and his son’s Gary and Gregg? We met Gary through my dad’s boss Herman Fowler. Herm just happened to be Gary’s wife Nancy’s uncle! Upon that chance meeting we were invited to come […]

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A Magnificent Specimen

September 21st, 2016

On a recent trip to a country dairy farm with my grandson my eye was captured by a piece of natural art. It was an exceptionally well-formed bird dropping perched atop a fence post. In an attempt to keep my young charge focused on the animals I did not direct his attention to the miniature […]

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Wrong Way To Interact With a Black Bear!

September 21st, 2016

With warmer months coming to an end, bears and other animals that hibernate are trying to pack on as much weight as they can before winter. Which means that bears may be a little bolder than usual. Recently, Willem Zuur of New York had a long encounter with a younger black bear which ended up […]

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Trump a Joker, a Welsher, and a Crook

September 20th, 2016

Donald Trump nearly went personally bankrupt in the early 90s as his casino empire collapsed. Bankers forced him to give up his majority holdings in four properties, sell his yacht, and his airline. He rebuilt his casino/real estate empire only to see it collapse again in 2004 and 2009. As part of the 2004 bankruptcy, […]

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Turkey Talk

September 20th, 2016

I started raising Turkeys back in May. I bought one big Tom and his girlfriend along with two other females. He quickly fertilized all three of them and in a short while I had three hens sitting on nest. I also bought some 2 day old chicks that have grown much faster than I expected. […]

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Rattlin Eyes Through the Ice

September 19th, 2016

Would be willing to bet that most people when they read the title of this, that there first thought was of a spoon with a rattle chamber attached to the back. You would be wrong, but it would have been … Continue reading

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2016 Youth Hunt Report

September 18th, 2016

I am going on record that the 2016 Michigan special “youth hunt” will be a “bust” for many participants! I base that assumption on the weather! Yesterday it rained all morning till about 2 in the afternoon, and no self respecting deer was going to move to much in that mess. They were “holed” up […]

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Michigan Youth Hunt 2016

September 15th, 2016

The 2016 Michigan Youth hunt is just two days away, and two of my grandkids are looking forward to it! Jacob Russo, Kyle Pafford, and Ava Taylor all were very late in trying to find somewhere to take the required hunter safety course. all of them have used up their Mentor and Apprentice hunts, and […]

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The Best Spinner Blade of the 2016 Walleye Season

September 15th, 2016

The best producing spinner blade the 2016season is….you have to wait for the background story. I work with some companies so I have their blades, I see a blade a like, so I get a dozen or so. Then I … Continue reading

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2016 Story Book Bear Hunt

September 12th, 2016

As many of you know the Ansel Family has had a love affair with hunting black bear out of the Baldwin camp since 1973! In case your counting that’s 43 years! Three generations of Ansel’s have hunted the hills of Marquette Mich. due to the tutoring and generosity of our friends Dick, Gary and Greg […]

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Different approach to controlling field bindweed

September 08th, 2016

I came across an old publication about dealing with weeds in farm and garden situations. The author discussed why weeds grow where they do and how we can use that knowledge to reduce weeds naturally without the use of herbicides.Needless to say, that is a large and complex topic, too big to go into detail … Continue reading Different approach to controlling field bindweed

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Netting on grapes

September 08th, 2016

We had to get our bird netting on the grape vines this week. The grapes have been turning purple very quickly and are getting sweeter by the day. That whole process of ripening is known as veraison in the wine making world. But for me and the neighborhood birds, it’s just plain ripening. The birds … Continue reading Netting on grapes

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Is There A Grizzly In Your Future?

September 06th, 2016

The mighty grizzly bear ruled California’s valleys, forests and coasts with fierce claws and jaws until people shot the last ones nearly a century ago. Now an environmental group is asking the state to consider bringing it back. In a proposal fanning strong emotions about humans’ uneasy relationship with big predators they are trying to […]

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Ohio Has A Feral Hog Problem!

September 06th, 2016

Wildlife biologists Steve Blatt and Patrick Mercer can spot the signs that wild pigs are roaming the Wayne National Forest: the mudholes they dig to wallow, and the swaths of soil they root so deeply that it looks like a rototiller came through. Feral swine are unwelcome guests in the state’s only national forest. They […]

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Bear Beaten off by Bare Knuckles

September 02nd, 2016

63-year-old Japanese man fights off bear with karate Most people don’t respond to charging bears by fighting back. Yet rather than run from a snarling Asian black bear, one Japanese man decided to put his karate skills to the ultimate test. Atsushi Aoki, 63, was fishing in the mountains when the bear attacked him. “The […]

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Labor Day Weekend Is At Hand

September 01st, 2016

Keep fire safety in mind during Labor Day weekend activities I know my family will be having a huge bonfire this Labor Day weekend. We are having a family reunion and I know there will be smores, hot dogs, and many stories to tell around a campfire. We will be able to have a garden […]

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Ice Spoon Conversion for Perch Fishing

August 31st, 2016

  Tired of trying ice fishing rigs that are too light for open water perch fishing on the big lakes? Convert your heavier ice fishing spoons like Northland Tackle’s Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon, with Northland ‘s dropper hooks! They come in … Continue reading

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The Enemy Is Us

August 31st, 2016

Ive spent some time writingabout the absurdity of Trump. Now Id like to spend a little time digging into the two fundamental dangers of his campaign. First a couple of basic assumptions. Trump is NOT a conservative in any conventional sense of the word. Though he managed to capture the Republican Party nomination, his views […]

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Tornado Sirens and Lake Erie Perch

August 29th, 2016

Although we go chased off the water by the tornado sirens and radio reports of a touchdown near Dundee, Michigan, we still managed to get into some perch on Sunday. Cannot express enough the importance of having a marine radio … Continue reading

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