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Time To Enjoy The Fruits Of Hunting Season

January 17th, 2017

Deer season is over and it’s time to relax, sit back, and enjoy the fruits of the hunt! In my case I decided to go with the venison back straps this past weekend. I retrieved them from the freezer and let them thaw out for several hours. Once I could slice them into half inch […]

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Michigans CoyWolf Hybrid Confirmed In Two Northern Counties

January 13th, 2017

Phil Myers had heard the stories from Cheboygan County farmers: Tales of odd, oversized animals that looked bigger than a coyote, but smaller than a wolf, and hunted in packs and how strange they sounded. He wanted to hear for himself. Wolves are known to have a rendezvous point where, in the evening, individual […]

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Sharing Venison With Family, Friends, And Non-Hunters

January 12th, 2017

Not very long ago I wrote about a venison meatloaf that I had made. To me winter is prime time venison eating time! I love the taste of venison, but that is not the only reason I enjoy the bounty of nature. According to the USDAs website on nutrition, venison is one of the most […]

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Make plant tags from broken window blinds

January 12th, 2017

A new winter gardening project presented itself yesterday. The frame on one of our window blinds snapped as I was pulling on the cord to open it and the whole works crashed to the floor. As it turns out, mini-blind slats make fine pot markers, you know, those small white tags that gardeners use to … Continue reading Make plant tags from broken window blinds

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Bias and Free Press

January 10th, 2017

One of the freedoms cherished by the founding fathers was a free press. They felt it was an essential part of a robust democracy. They also were not so nave as to ignore the challenges that come with unfettered publishing. The basic challenge is balancing the publics right to know with the power that a […]

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Venison Meatballs Yum Yum!

January 09th, 2017

I just made the best venison meatballs I’ve ever made. I thawed two packages of venison burger from the spike I shot earlier this year. Once thawed i added italian bread crumbs and a can of tomato paste. I stirred that up and then added two eggs and two tablespoons of Worchester sauce. Added some […]

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Michigan Spring Turkey Permits Available!

January 07th, 2017

Hey you turkey hunters out there it’s time to send in your application for the Spring turkey hunt. January 31 st. is the deadline, so don’t wait for the last minute! Turkey hunting has become one of my favorite hunting sports, which has allowed me to share with others, including grandkids. My 12 year old […]

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Not All Bucks Are In the Freezer!

January 05th, 2017

  Sure now you show up and stand 20 feet away from me. I saw this nice 8-point a few days ago, as I traveled the back country of the north woods. He looked healthy, and no worse the ware for being on the wanted list for over three months. Its a good thing that […]

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Insecticides work in different way

January 05th, 2017

Winter is a time of planning for gardeners. I decided during the deep, dark days of the dead of winter to take inventory of my fertilizers and pesticides. That got me thinking about some of the different insecticides and how they work. Chemical insecticides have been around a long time. Fortunately, modern chemistry has eliminated … Continue reading Insecticides work in different way

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Another Florida Python Alligator encounter-Alligator Looses Again!

January 03rd, 2017

OCHOPEE, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) — A reporter in South Florida witnessed a large python battling an alligator while on a bike ride in a nature preserve in the Everglades. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post spotted the epic battle between the gator and the approximately 15-foot long Burmese python after hearing several loud […]

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Check those plants you moved indoors for scale insects

January 03rd, 2017

With Christmas and other hectic, holiday happenings over, now is a good time to check those plants you brought inside for winter. When potted plants live outside during the summer, they become susceptible to infestations of all kinds of insects. Usually, if they are in reasonably good health they can tolerate a moderate insect attack. … Continue reading Check those plants you moved indoors for scale insects

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Protect potted perennials from winter cold

January 03rd, 2017

Just about every year, going into winter, I have perennials or other potted plants left over from the growing season that never got planted for one reason or another. I usually have plans for them so I like to keep them over winter. It’s a good idea to keep plants out as long as possible … Continue reading Protect potted perennials from winter cold

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Deer Season 2016 Is In The Books

January 01st, 2017

I went to the cabin Friday morning with a doe tag in my pocket and came home today with a doe tag still in my pocket! I was wanted to donate some venison to a couple families I know that love venison, and could use some help in putting meat in the freezer. It wasn’t […]

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Ansels Tag Four (4) Record Class Bucks For 2016

December 30th, 2016

Wow what a year the Ansel’s and their kids and grandkids had hunting this year. Ten deer taken and nine of them were bucks! A couple of the grandkids shot their first deer which was quite a thrill for my Brother Randy as three of his grandkids downed bucks along with his son Justin. And […]

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Elk Herd Perished On The Powder River!

December 28th, 2016

A herd of 41 elk died Wednesday morning after falling throughice in east Oregon, according to wildlife officials. TheOregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a Wednesday Facebook post that the elk perished after falling through the ice on the Powder River. After several years of drought, Eastern Oregon is experiencing a real winter […]

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Trumps Ticking Time Bomb

December 22nd, 2016

There are a lot of things that could blow up the young Trump presidency. Conflicts of interest abound. Russian hacking could easily become the dog that bit its owner. Foreign conflicts involving China, Russia, Israel, Turkey, or Iran all loom on the horizon. ISIS lone-wolf attacks will continue and may soon begin to focus on […]

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What Happened?

December 20th, 2016

  We elected Trump president. He is by all objective accounts the least qualified person ever elected to this office. Yes he is a businessman and by all appearances a very wealthy person. We have elected business people to this office in the past, but never one with absolutely no government experience. We have also […]

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Fall rye cover crop growth progress in the garden

December 04th, 2016

Our mild autumn temperatures have accelerated the growth of fall-planted, over-wintering, cover crops. Back in October I wrote about planting cereal rye as a cover crop in my garden. Since then the crop has germinated and made excellent progress toward establishing itself. When rye seed germinates, it emerges out of the soil as a single … Continue reading Fall rye cover crop growth progress in the garden

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Why does a jade plant bloom?

December 02nd, 2016

One of our jade plants has started blooming this week. Anyone with a jade plant knows this is fairly uncommon. I have had a few jade plants through the years that produced flowers but not very many. So whenever it happens, I get a little excited about it. There seems to be no way of … Continue reading Why does a jade plant bloom?

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Best tasting potato variety?

December 02nd, 2016

I just finished digging the last of our potatoes last week. They were growing in a well-drained, sandy area so I was able to let them sit there in the ground for quite a while after the vines died down. Since I couldn’t get to them right away, leaving them right where they were was … Continue reading Best tasting potato variety?

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