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Please Leave The Fawns In The Woods Where They Belong!

May 03rd, 2016

Expect to start seeing fawns in May and June, but enjoy from a distance A thicket, a patch of tall grass and a quiet spot in your back yard all places that fawns have been found. For the first few weeks of a white-tailed deer fawns life, its mother will cache or hide it […]

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Michigan Morel Mushroom Season 2016

May 02nd, 2016

Remember May is the season for Morel Mushroom hunting. The weather has not really been cooperation for these “sponges” to start sprouting but recently a few have burst on the scene! A little rain along with some warmer temperatures will get them showing up in their usual places. The Northern Counties are usually a few […]

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A Friendly Reminder About Wildlife!

April 30th, 2016

Remember to leave Michigans wildlife in the wild With spring in full swing, Michigan residents may be noticing an increase in sightings of nestlings and baby animals. For example, baby cottontail rabbits and raccoons are a common find this time of year. The Department of Natural Resources reminds those who stumble across a nest of […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin

April 28th, 2016

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam and admit that the watersround you have grown and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin’, then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin’. Come writers and critics […]

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Join the Million Pollinator Challenge

April 28th, 2016

While you’re deciding on what plants to add to your garden and landscape this year, think about pollinator friendly plants. By now most gardeners are aware of the steady decline in the number of pollinators over the past several decades. Bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and other pollinators have all taken a hit. A large percentage […]

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Chamomile tea protects seedlings

April 28th, 2016

In my last post we discussed damping off, a fungal disease that attacks and kills developing seedlings. A clean growing medium will minimize the occurrence of damping off. And a seed starting mix can be pasteurized by pouring boiling-hot water through it. Once the seeds have germinated and the newly emerged plants are off to […]

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Polaris 575, 500, 44s and 330 Sportsmen Flinging Mud!

April 28th, 2016

IMG_4031One of the benefits of spending time at the cabin with family and friends is being able to do some 4-wheeling. A.T.V. trail number 9 is right out my back door. It’s actually about 200 yards down the road, and it runs for untold miles through the Northern woods! This past weekend my grand-daughter Ava […]

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My Book Is Published On Barnes & Noble and Amazon

April 26th, 2016

My book – Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God – has just been published. It’s available here at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon.  

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Making Fond Memories In The Turkey Woods!

April 25th, 2016

Michigan turkey season is under our belts and did it ever turn out to be an awesome time in the forest! I had my 12 year old grand-daughter with me hunting under her last “apprentice” license and my almost son-in-law Dave Younger along for his first turkey hunt. It was in my heart to try […]

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A Shameful Case of False Advertising

April 22nd, 2016

I knew it was my moment. I purchased a pack of Cow Seeds at a garage sale. The package looked a bit worn, but thought the black & white contents might still be viable. The 10 cent price tag was ridiculously low, given that they could potentially produce 5 full grown Holsteins and, although I […]

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Michigan Turkey Opener 2016

April 20th, 2016

Last week while at the cabin I did some scouting/calling to see what was in the area. One afternoon I spotted three young Jakes heading toward the neighbors property. I got out my turkey call and went to the front porch to let out some “cackles’ and “yelps!” Those three “amigoes” almost ran to my […]

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Dipsy Doodle at Mackinaw

April 20th, 2016

My recent spring trip to Mackinaw turned out to be winter visit. No one should expect the first weekend in April at the Straits to be like Daytona Beach, but three inches of snow and teen-degree weather was a bit extreme. Nothing looks quite so desolate as a summer town in winter. Expansive empty ferry […]

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Michigans Ever Changing Weather!

April 18th, 2016

This past Thursday my wife and I left for the cabin. I was going to scout for my upcoming turkey hunt, and also wanted to get in a few rounds of golf with my buddy Ed and brother Randy. The forecast called for temperatures in the 60’s and even mid 70’s by weeks end. Now […]

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Cabin Fever Is About To Be History!

April 14th, 2016

Just like these turkeys need to be very cautious as to what direction they take, so do outdoor recreationistsin taking to the woods this Spring. I mean it is spring isnt it? At least the calendar says it is, but Winter doesnt want to release its relentless grip on Michigan! According to the most recent […]

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Michigan Turkey and Walleye Fishing Clinic

April 11th, 2016

Get ready for spring turkey hunting, walleye fishing seasons with DNR clinics in Cadillac As part of its Outdoor Skills Academy, the Department of Natural Resources will offer a turkey hunting clinic April 23 and a walleye fishing clinic May 7 at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac, Michigan. With spring […]

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One Pic Post: Air Mail

April 10th, 2016

Although few and far between this spring, a scattering of nice spring days have bubbled up to the surface. On such days, the sun takes the edge off the cool winds enough to call them refreshing as opposed to the de-fleshing blasts of unfriendly days. Newly hatched spiders, blossoming maples, swelling cottonwood buds, and […]

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Japans Wild Boar Problem!

April 08th, 2016

The United States is not the only country in the world with a problem with wild boars. At least the ones we have here don’t “glow” in the dark! Radioactive boars living around the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan are wreaking havoc as they run rampant in the region unchecked.Following the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in […]

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Avoid damping off disease in seedlings by using boiling water

March 31st, 2016

Growing your own transplants from seeds is a very satisfying experience and can save you money too. However it is not without it’s problems. Just about every gardener who has started plants from seed has a story to tell of watching a crop of seedlings just starting to make good growth then all of a […]

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Clean up used plastic containers before seed starting

March 31st, 2016

It’s that time of year again.The new seedling growing season is just about here. After a few years of gardening under their belt, many gardeners get the urge to start their own plants indoors, especially after paying retail prices for started plants. To be fair to retailers out there, when you consider all of the […]

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Belgian Dip

March 26th, 2016

    Donald Trump showed remarkable, if momentary, insight regarding the root causes of the recent terrorist attack in Belgium. This all happened because frankly there is no assimilation While this isnt the only reason that ISIS targeted Belgium. It is the primary reason why Belgian residents have been involved in the last two major […]

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