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Liking your lovage

July 11th, 2018

Every once in a while we’ll be making something that calls for celery, like potato salad or chicken soup. I’ll check the fridge only to find out there’s no celery in the crisper drawer. Not to fear, there’s a perennial plant growing in the garden that’s always on stand by for such an eventuality — … Continue reading Liking your lovage

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Money Grabbing state Officials At It Again

July 09th, 2018

A few years ago the State DNR upped the price more than double to ride your 4-wheeler or snowmobile on state lands. In fact if you wanted (or needed) a state sticker you first had to buy another sticker (base) that would allow you to buy the sticker you needed. What a bunch of crap! […]

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Cabin Week July 4th.

July 08th, 2018

Finally five days at the cabin. My wife and I were able to leave Sunday after a grandson’s graduation party and stay until the following friday evening. Our daughter Tara, her husband Glen, their son Kyle, and his cousin Brady joined us late Tuesday evening. We crammed a lot into 4-5 days and were even […]

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Fleeing to Another Country

July 07th, 2018

  Fleeing to another country is the ultimate act of parental desperation. Yet somehow those parents who are seeking asylum in this country are being cast as the villains in Trump’s twisted passion play. Instead of embracing this situation with the compassion that we as a country normally exhibit when when people are in need, […]

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BigMouth CatchCounter: Counting Perch Made Easy

July 05th, 2018

Its the day after the fourth of July and I was thinking about all the perch we have been catching lately, and what shows up in my memory feed on Facebook…a perch article about last year’s fishing. I guess this … Continue reading

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Buggy Blades for the Mayfly Hatch

June 25th, 2018

Its that time of the year and the feeding frenzy has started out on Lake Erie. The bug bite is in full gear and the mayflies are covering every building in eastern Monroe area. The old timers would say that … Continue reading

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Line Poundage + Lure Weight = CONFUSION

June 23rd, 2018

So last night I get the 911 call about a broken rod and what does all the scribbling on the rods mean. It is actually a pretty good question and not the first time someone has asked about it. In … Continue reading

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Alaska Bear Attack!

June 21st, 2018

Police in Alaska are searching for an “aggressive” brown bear that they believe killed a hiker who went missing this week and later attacked a member of the search party that was out looking for him, authorities said. Officers discovered the remains of the missing hiker, Michael Soltis, in a wooded area in Anchorage on […]

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Braid vs Monofilament

June 19th, 2018

  Somebody asked this the other day, so here is a quick take on when to use braid, and when to use monofilament lines.   Trolling and casting are the main times to use mono types of line. The reasoning … Continue reading

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Mystery of the missing apples

June 19th, 2018

At a function I attended over this past weekend the conversation turned to gardening. A friend mentioned his apple trees were being raided by an unknown animal. This animal was very stealthy, so stealthy in fact, that it left virtually no trace of ever being there. The thief left no footprint despite the fact that … Continue reading Mystery of the missing apples

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Liars Poker 2

June 13th, 2018

The ink isnt dry yet on whatever it was that Trump and Kim signed and we are already dealing with WILDLY divergent claims about what happened and why. Before we start, however, I do want to acknowledge that at least in the short term, this is much better than threatening any kind of conflict. On […]

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Milkweeds can become a nuisance

June 12th, 2018

In this day and age pretty much everyone knows about the relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It wasn’t always that way. Before modern chemical weed killers, farmers had limited ways of dealing with weeds. Depending on the weather conditions, a farmer might have to go over a field two or three times with … Continue reading Milkweeds can become a nuisance

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Finding a sphinx moth pupa

June 12th, 2018

Butterflies and moths overwinter in different forms depending on the species. For example, the famous Monarch overwinters as an adult, swallowtails in the chrysalis stage. Other species of moths or butteries spend the winter as as eggs or as pupae. Earlier this week I was filling up a plant container with growing mix that I … Continue reading Finding a sphinx moth pupa

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Liars Poker

June 11th, 2018

via GIPHY Heres how the old joke goes. Two liars walk into a bar. The first turns to the other and says, Isnt this the place that you always told me about? The second says, No. Liars Poker is a fun card game when you and your pals have tired of all of the other […]

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Third Animal Attack This week at Yellowstone

June 07th, 2018

A woman was gored by a bison yesterday as a crowd of tourist once again invaded the territory of these lard beast. A crowd had gathered on the lower basin when a herd of bison were seen from the road. People got out of their cars and walked within 15 feet of these dangerous and […]

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Late Season Turkey Update

June 06th, 2018

My brother Darryl finally arrowed his gobbler, as he once again goes for the coveted Michigan Bowhunters “Grand Slam” award! He dropped the Jake in it’s tracks as it ran into his decoy after some persistent “hen” calls. He set a personal record this year by helping 11 others get their birds. Also pictured is […]

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Intent

June 04th, 2018

A great oldie from the Castaways is a good theme for this post. As a follow-up to my previous post speculating on the effect of dishonest President, heres a little more speculation on the difference between lying and simply being misinformed. The difference in a word is intent. The liar knows that they are lying. […]

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Insane Walleye Week on Lake Erie: Pt2

June 04th, 2018

Why am I doing a two-part post today? Had to take a break after the first article to get the pups out for a walk, call it being on “Beagle Time”. A little coffee and breakfast didn’t hurt either after … Continue reading

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Insane Walleye Week on Lake Erie: Pt 1

June 04th, 2018

Right now the fishing on Lake Erie is some of the best fishing to be found anywhere where walleye are found swimming. After working with fellow Church Tackle and Northland Tackle staff member Captain Ken Clark from Fishmas Charters for … Continue reading

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Boxing A Bear To Save His dog!

May 30th, 2018

A Michigan man put up quite a fight against a bear as it tried to attack his barking beagle earlier this month. TheBoyne Falls man let his dog outside around 4:30 a.m. When he returned minutes later to let the dog back in, he spotted a large shadow moving slowly across his driveway. He soon […]

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