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Huge Buck Caught On Trail Camera

October 13th, 2015

Alright we are two weeks into the Michigan bowhunting season for deer, and I have yet to see one in the woods! Seems to me I’ve been here before? Around my place the deer are more nocturnal than in other areas of the state that I have hunted. I picked up two more trail camera’s […]

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Michigans Fall Colors Are Worth The Drive North

October 09th, 2015

I just drove home from three days of hunting around my place in Luzerne. From what I saw (traffic wise) there are a lot of people heading northward. Traffic looked extremely heavy for the time of day (12:30 P.M.) Deer season is open, but I would bet more people were headed “up north” to see […]

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Pictured RocksPicture Perfect

October 05th, 2015

My wife had been asking me for years to go on the Munising Pictured Rock cruise. I am not much of a fan of the water, as I tend to get a little nauseous out on a boat. Well last week we were in Marquette for our annual fall bear hunt, which is 44 miles […]

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Opening Day Tree Stand Death in Huron County

October 01st, 2015

My bear hunting partner, and friend, Bob Baltrip knows all to well the dangers of hunting from a tree stand. Many years ago he took a tumble from his stand some 16-20 feet, and ended up in the intensive care unit of the Ann Arbor University of Michigan Hospital. Only by Gods Grace is he […]

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Bear Hunt 2015

September 30th, 2015

Just got in from my week in the Upper Peninsula trying to get my friend Bob a black bear. Bob had a third hunt license which opened on September 25. We arrived at the Baldwin Camp a day early so we could freshen the two baits we had going. One bait had been getting hit […]

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Blood Moon

September 28th, 2015

Taken from my backyard in Monroe – 9/27/15. I posted it on CNN here.

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Plant oats as a garden cover crop

September 24th, 2015

It’s not your imagination, the growing season is winding down early this year. The excessive rain and cooler than normal temperatures in our area have combined to make it a challenging season for many garden plants especially the warm weather crops like tomatoes or peppers. Farmers are noticing it too. Many field crops never fully […]

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Flowers on elephant ears colocasia

September 24th, 2015

I’ve been growing Elephant ears — Colocasia esculenta — for many years. Over that period of time I’ve rarely had them bloom. They just don’t set flowers very often. Normally when plants blossom, it means they are all set to produce seeds. Colocasia, however has been cultivated for so long, that it no longer is […]

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Youth Hunt 2015 Yields Huge Monroe County Bucks

September 21st, 2015

The youth hunt weekend is now history, but my two nephews and brother are going to forever be part of that history! My brother Darryl has been guiding his grand-kids ever since it was legal to take them afield. He has a slew of boys and even one grand-daughter that loves to hunt.Idon’t know if […]

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Bass Therapy

September 19th, 2015

Just yesterday I ventured out for what was probably my last bass outing of the year! I’ve been fishing a small 40 acre pond my daughter lives on, and been having the time of my life. Never a dull moment here. The lake is teaming with sunfish and blue gill and bass are voracious! A […]

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Black Bear Prelude!

September 16th, 2015

Just 8 more days and my friend Bob Baltrip and I will be heading to the Upper Peninsula for Bob’s bear hunt. We’re taking our wives this year which has never happened before. Bear camp isn’t what it used to be, so I think these lovely ladies will be alright. A few years ago Gary, […]

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The Empire Strikes Back

September 15th, 2015

There are plenty of frightening things about Trumps campaign. What is most frightening is his xenophobic appeal to nativism. It has given voice to an ugly white bigoted segment of society that has always been there, but was not discussed in polite company. These are the neo-nazi white supremacist racists who have enjoyed resurgence over […]

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Bear Hunt 2015

September 13th, 2015

The Ansel family has been bear hunting the hills of Marquette since 1973. Our father (Norm Ansel) got his six boys involved in the sport through his boss Herman Fowler, who knew the Baldwin family in Beaver Grove. Dick, Gary, and Gregg Baldwin taught us the ropes about bear hunting, and we’ve been enjoying this […]

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Black Bear With A Blue Head?

September 11th, 2015

Black bears come in more colors than any other North American mammal. They can be black, brown, cinnamon, blond, blue-gray, or white. East of the Great Plains, nearly all are black. These were the first bears early settlers saw, hence the name. The melanin in black fur makes the fur resistant to abrasion in the […]

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Medicinal garden growing at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor

September 10th, 2015

Not long ago growing culinary herbs in a home garden was regarded as an eccentric thing to do and only the most adventuresome gardeners grew medicinal herbs.Things have changed and more gardeners than ever are growing herbs of all kinds. Seeds for medicinal herbs are readily available in catalogs and online stores making it easy […]

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Mud dauber wasps are busy

September 03rd, 2015

This week while going through some items in a storage shed, I came across a beautiful dried ball of mud inside an antique trunk. It was the nest of a wasp known as a mud dauber. When we think of wasp nests, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the papery nest of […]

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Talk is Cheap

September 03rd, 2015

The definition of character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. I would suggest that character is the mental and moral qualities that DEFINE an individual. We discover our character and the character of others when we are faced with hard choices. Character is aspirational. It is not something that you are […]

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Whale Watching for Loons

August 25th, 2015

Lake George is a sizable body of water located just south of West Branch, Michigan. Like many small northern lakes it presents two faces during the summer. It becomes a boiling pot of motorboats and Jet skis during the weekend, thanks to the public launch, and a slew of private residences populating half of its […]

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Silky dogwood

August 20th, 2015

One of my earliest childhood memories in the garden is discovering a shrub tucked away in a out of the way corner of my grandmother’s garden. The shrub had the most striking metallic-blue berries I had ever seen.Years later I found out it was a silky dogwood. Now decades later, I found another silky dogwood […]

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Trump and the Crazy Train

August 14th, 2015

There is certainly one thing that you can say about Trump – he is entertaining. What people arent talking about is the fact that ALL of the Republican presidential candidates are in one way or another just as crazy as Trump. Trump represents an interesting populist anti-establishment uprising that has surprised the party establishment, the […]

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