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A Family Affair or You Dont Need 160 Acres To Be Successful

November 22nd, 2015

I have a good friend (Tom Calloway) who has a son-in-law Francesco, and a son Scott, who has a son Scottie, and they all lived happily ever after on their 20 acres of deer hunting woods! Of course this isn’t really a Fairy-Tail, but the dog gone truth so help me God! Just this last […]

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The Buck Stops Here! By Derek Ansel

November 21st, 2015

My nephew Derek Ansel (brother Darryl’s boy) is one of the managers at Cabela’s in Dundee. He’s a perfect fit for the job of his dreams, but there is one slight drawback! As much as Derek enjoys the great outdoors in the fall, his job requires him to put in many hours during their busiest […]

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Father and Sons Michigan Memories

November 19th, 2015

This is a really good deer hunting story told by my friend Ken Currie. He hunts pretty close to where I hunt, and actually had one of those years dreams are made of. Not that he saw a ton of deer, but non the less Ken and his son put two nice bucks on the […]

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Southern County Bucks!

November 18th, 2015

Man you just can’t beat these big Southern County bucks here in Michigan! My brother Darryl hunts in Branch County and he sees many huge bucks all season long. In fact three of the bucks in these pictures came from the property adjoining his. The other is my nephew Brock who shot his deer in […]

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Larry Kreps 2015 Monroe County Booner!

November 15th, 2015

Reports of successful hunters have been coming in slow. If hunters saw the amount of deer we saw it will be a dismal year for sure. My crew hunted eight days and saw a total of 4 deer. I only saw one yearling and that was it. My niece saw a buck the last day […]

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Conservative Myths Free Market

November 14th, 2015

One of the basic claims of conservatives and libertarians is that government intervention in capitalism distorts and ultimately inhibits the free market. More importantly, the implication is that the free market would somehow operate more efficiently if it were unfettered. Republicans have claimed among other things that an unfettered free market will cure poverty, solve […]

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2015 Big Bucks

November 07th, 2015

Some really big bucks have been hitting the ground so far this season, and I happen to have a few pictures of some beauties! A couple of these deer are from Ohio including the monster main frame 14 pointer the succumbed to a car bumper! That just is a total travesty! This monarch should of […]

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Help monarch butterflies by encouraging milkweeds

November 05th, 2015

It wasn’t your imagination, there really were more Monarch butterflies this fall and it wasn’t just because we were looking for them anymore than usual. The folks at Monarch Watch have evidence that the monarch migration is shaping up to be somewhat larger this year than last. As more gardeners and homeowners become aware of […]

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New Rifle = Background Check

November 04th, 2015

for those of you who have not purchased a gun (rifle) in many years, you may be in for a shock as you fill out the paper work needed to be approved for said purchase. I went into Dunhams this evening as they were running a sale on their Bushmaster Carbon 15 – 5.56mm NATO/.223 […]

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Rut Advice

November 02nd, 2015

The rut is not far away from being in high gear. Bucks have been scraping for some time, and chasing the females relentlessly! The reason I know this is I’m starting to see dead “doe’s” along the highways much more frequently as the rut goes into full mode! These next days, before gun opener, should […]

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Florida Bear Hunt

October 30th, 2015

This past Sunday Florida wildlife Officials closed a week long bear hunt after just two days of bear hunting! Nick Whiley of the FWC said that this hunt was the first bear hunt in Florida in the past 21 years, and that it was a learning process for all involved. A total of 320 bears […]

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Conservative Myths Dependency

October 29th, 2015

The basic construct of democracy is that candidates campaign for votes. The candidate that gets the most votes wins the office. Since this is a representative democracy, candidates try to give voters a sense of how they are going to behave if they get elected. This gives voters an opportunity to select those candidates that […]

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Turkey Falls Bonus Hunt!

October 29th, 2015

I love hunting turkeys in the Fall. The fact that a Tom or a hen is legal game is certainly a bonus for the hunter. Once that turkey is in the roasting pan, cooked to a golden brown, no one can tell if it’s a tom or a hen! I not only love hunting wild […]

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Protect backyard chickens from migrating hawks

October 15th, 2015

Urban chickens are not making as much news as they were a few years ago but plenty of people still keep chickens in their backyard.Chickens, in a lot of cases, have become just another part of the garden. Right now the fall wild bird migration is in full swing. It is not just song birds […]

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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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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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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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