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One Pic Post: A Bat at the Back Door

April 25th, 2015

After a chilly spring night dipping into the low 30s, a Big Brown Bat was the last thing I expected to see in the morning (for that matter, I wouldn’t haveexpected to see a Little Brown Bat either or a Little Big Brownwhatever). The creature was perched gargoyle-like over the back door to the Monroe […]

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Chris Evenhouse Michigan Monster Deer

April 22nd, 2015

Knowledge, patients, and quality deer management pays off for Chris Evenhouse. Cris is from Three Rivers Michigan and this past deer season shot one of the highest scoring deer ever taken with a bow and arrow. His monster buck scored 205-2/8″ green and netted 196-2/8′ final net score. Chris and his hunting partner Paul have […]

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Never pruned apple trees before? Heres five fool-proof cuts you can make

April 22nd, 2015

Although you can prune apple trees just about any time of the year, most apple growers agree spring is the best time to do it. You may have seen professional orchardists out pruning trees as early as February but that is only because they have so many trees that they need the extra time to […]

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Behind the scenes at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

April 22nd, 2015

Mark May 10 on your calender, although it is probably already marked. That’s because it’s Mother’s Day and by default, Mother’s day is always shown on all calenders. However, there is another reason to mark that day. It is weekend of the annual Spring Plant Sale that happens at University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens […]

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Michigan Moose Encounter

April 21st, 2015

Just recently read this years DNR report concerning Michigans moose population. Seems there has been quite a drop in numbers according to the moose population studies done each year to keep check on the health of the herd. I know these studies have room for some error, as moose have been showing up in the […]

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Fairview Wild Turkey Capitol of Michigan NOT!

April 19th, 2015

Anyone who has been around the Mio/Fairview area over the last several decades knows that Fairview claims to be the ” Wild Turkey Capitol of Michigan. In fact there is a roadside sign, as you enter Fairview, that makes just that claim. I shot my first turkey in Fairview and followed that with five more […]

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Delightful Divers

April 16th, 2015

We officially opened our tiny cabin for the season and I un-officially opened my lake eyes last week. Only a few weeks earlier the water was still frozen solid, but on this bright April morning Dollar Lake was coming to life. Save for some pale Spatterdock leaves pushing up from the bottom there was very […]

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Jacksonville Crazy-Orlando Great!

April 15th, 2015

Talk about crazy. The traffic was absolutly nuts and it seemed to take forever to arrive at our destination. At just a half mile from our hotel a woman on a bike was hit by a car and seriously injured. The street we needed was blocked, and an alternate route had to be put into […]

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Treestands on Public Lands

April 13th, 2015

DNR reminds hunters to remove tree stands from public land The deadline to remove scaffolds, raised platforms, ladders, steps and any other device to assist in climbing a tree from public land was March 1. The Department of Natural Resources reminds those who have not removed any of the previous listed equipment to please do […]

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One Pic Post: A Portrait in Black & Red

April 04th, 2015

The Turkey Vultures are back and seeking out their old haunts. Once again, the old barn pair have returned to nest. I cant say I know them well (can one ever truly know a Vulture?) but I’ve seen them hanging about a derelict barn in the vicinity of Somerset Twp., Mi. over the past few […]

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Osceola Sticker Shock!

April 02nd, 2015

In just a few short hours my wife and I will be headed to Sunny (we hope) Orlando Florida. We are going with my oldest daughter Tara, her husband Glen, and our 10 year old grandson Kyle. Tara and Glen have a time share, and invited us along for some R & R in the […]

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Racoons Beware! No Free Grubs Here.

March 30th, 2015

Youve probably seen the t.v. show Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Well I was beginning to wonder Am I smarter than a raccoon? As you can see by the picture I won this contest, but not until the ninth inning! This raccoon has been tearing up my yard for over a week. I […]

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Spider in the Sap

March 30th, 2015

The spring flow of maple sap is just about at an end. In terms of the Red Maples I am tending this season, it is a stretch to say that the season actually ever started its been a poor year due to sustained cold temperatures and the natural whims of the annual cycle. Its […]

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Spring Means Ticks and Possibly Lyme Disease-Be Informed

March 29th, 2015

We are fast approaching a season that can literally tick you off! Im talking about (Ixodes spp.) or deer tick! The deer tick is the major source of lyme disease in the United States, with 43 states reporting cases, including Michigan. Up till 2006, 186 known Lyme disease cases have been documented here in our […]

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Super-sized Christmas poinsettias are started now

March 29th, 2015

Holidays for horticulturists usually have two dates. First, there is the actual date that the holiday occurs. The second date is the time when plants associated with that holiday need to be started. Greenhouse people are beginning to make preparations for Christmas now, in very early spring . I’m sure you’ve seen giant-sized poinsettias in […]

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Gimmicks and Tricks

March 29th, 2015

We do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks to balance our budget. This statement is in the introduction of the Republicans 2015 House budget. This document declares that the most important thing that the country can do is balance the budget. If you are doing a double-take at this point, so was I. […]

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Keep Your Secret Hunting Spots Secret

March 28th, 2015

Over the years Ive had the distinct pleasure of being able to hunt with good friends. Most of those experiences have been very enjoyable, and helped cement the bond between us. However there has been a few surprises along the way. One such incident stands out in my mind as far as living and learning […]

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Snow cover helps plants through harsh winter

March 25th, 2015

Our second bitterly cold winter in a row is finally over. Even though this winter was not as cold as last year’s, it still made the record books as one of the top twenty coldest.It’s kind of surprising to me how quickly it ended. Just a few days of moderate temperature erased the snow. The […]

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Up-cycle an old light fixture into a grow light

March 25th, 2015

There was a small project that I had to get done this week. I needed to add another bank of lights in my seed starting area. You would think that after so many years as a professional gardener my seed starting room would look like some kind of laboratory complete with stainless steel racks, electronic […]

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A Cool Reception In Myrtle Beach But Good Friends Warm It Up!

March 25th, 2015

Just came home from a week in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and what a week it was. Rainy and cold! Actually it was the coldest Spring temperatures they have had in the last five years. Hope they don’t blame it on us! We couldn’t believe that we would leave the cold and snow of Michigan, […]

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