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Bear Roast-Some of Natures Finest Bounty

August 28th, 2015

With just a month to go my friend (Bob Baltrip) and I are getting excited about our upcoming bear hunt. We’re getting our baiting supplies all lined up along with a few special concoctions that I came up last year on my bear hunt. I didn’t draw a tag this year but my hunting partner […]

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Do Second Amendment Rights Protect Illegals In America?

August 25th, 2015

What may seem like a stupid question at first sight evidently is not seen that way by the 7th. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving Mariano Meza-Rodriguez. His family brought him to the United States from Mexico illegally when […]

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Whale Watching for Loons

August 25th, 2015

Lake George is a sizable body of water located just south of West Branch, Michigan. Like many small northern lakes it presents two faces during the summer. It becomes a boiling pot of motorboats and Jet skis during the weekend, thanks to the public launch, and a slew of private residences populating half of its […]

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Bear Season 2015 Right Around the Corner

August 22nd, 2015

Bear season is just a month away here in Michigan. Brother Randy is heading up to Marquette with his son Justin and Justins wife Jill along with their two kids. They have two coveted first hunt permits, and from early reports bear hunting should be good. One has been spotted wandering the perimeter of the […]

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Silky dogwood

August 20th, 2015

One of my earliest childhood memories in the garden is discovering a shrub tucked away in a out of the way corner of my grandmother’s garden. The shrub had the most striking metallic-blue berries I had ever seen.Years later I found out it was a silky dogwood. Now decades later, I found another silky dogwood […]

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Trail Camera Captures Big Bucks

August 20th, 2015

Trail cameras have come a long way since they first came on the market. They are an indispensable tool in any serious hunters arsenal. If you want to know how the deer move around your hunting area then a few trail camera’s are the ticket. As you set them up in strategic places you can […]

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Bear Gets Stuck In Cat Door

August 17th, 2015

Doug Harder of Sandpoint, Idaho, snapped this photograph of the young bear, whose head got stuck in his cat door last Thursday. (Note: Go to Harders Facebook site below to see picture of the bear.) The bear had tried again and again to get through, Harder wrote on Facebook. Its believed that the bear burglar […]

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Trump and the Crazy Train

August 14th, 2015

There is certainly one thing that you can say about Trump – he is entertaining. What people arent talking about is the fact that ALL of the Republican presidential candidates are in one way or another just as crazy as Trump. Trump represents an interesting populist anti-establishment uprising that has surprised the party establishment, the […]

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Marco Rubio Camelot Detour

August 13th, 2015

Marco Rubio has a problem. He has to find a way to distinguish himself in Republican primaries when the major emotional flow is fueled by xenophobia. He was supposed to be the leader for the new generation of young Republicans. Good looking. Latino. Basically the Republican version of JFK. Unfortunately as Wart learned, the road […]

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The Bassinator!

August 12th, 2015

Hey it’s been one of those years that usually happen once in a life time! Up to this point in my 68 years I have never caught the amount of nice sized largemouth bass like this year. It all started when my daughter got a place on a little pond that used to be a […]

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Yellowstone Employee Killed and Eaten By Grizzly!

August 09th, 2015

At least one grizzly bear is thought to have killed and partially eaten a hiker in America’s famed Yellowstone National Park, authorities said. The National Park Service said the man’s body was found Friday and though the exact cause of death had not been determined, he had defensive wounds on his forearms. “Based on partial […]

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Elk In My Lap!

August 09th, 2015

The Elks Club has state offices in Gaylord Mi. They have about one hundred acres fenced in with elk roaming all over the place. Its quite a tourist attraction, located within the city limits. We were within 10 yards of some of these 600 pound monarchs! There size is impressive, but these elk had all […]

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Another Alaskan Bear Attack!

August 06th, 2015

Two women jogging out of an Alaskan back country lodge startled a grizzly on the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday. The male grizzly attack Gabriele Markel as it stepped out of the thick brush. Markel was flown to a hospital in Anchorage and is in good condition. She had bites on her head, back, and arms. Markel […]

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Time To Start Thinking About Fall Deer Season!

August 01st, 2015

I remember from my old boy scout days the scout motto was Be Prepared. Well October first is fast approaching and it is time to get your act together concerning the upcoming bow season. I drove over to my lease property this morning in Hillsdale thinking I was prepared to take care of business. The […]

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Monroe in the Time of Typhoid

July 30th, 2015

This post is not about beer, it’s about water. So why is a beer blog doing a post about water? One; beer is mostly water. Two; beer was often drunk as an alternative to polluted water. St. Arnold of Soisson’s miracle was to get local peasants to drink beer, “gift of life”, instead of water. […]

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Flight of the Sphinx

July 23rd, 2015

Last summer I brought you some incredible views of a Spurge Sphinx caterpillar from Northern Michigan. Later in the month, after the leathery burrowed into the soil to complete its third stage of metamorphosis, I peeled back the moss to reveal the equally fascinating pupa at the end of the tunnel. The adult emerged last […]

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More tree frogs in our garden this year

July 21st, 2015

It sure seems like our garden has become a haven for baby tree frogs. Standing in one spot without having to move, I could see three of them. I’ve also seen a lot more hopping around in the yard. Tree frogs need water to reproduce, either permanent ponds or temporary pools of water. This wet […]

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Wet weather now may contribute to gnarly tomatoes later

July 15th, 2015

I don’t have to tell you we’ve had more rain than usual this gardening season in southeastern Michigan. Some locations, like my garden, have had significantly more rain than the official reporting stations because of localized heavy down pours. Don’tbe surprised if you see a higher proportion of misshapen tomatoes in your garden this year […]

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What Do the Skinka Do?

July 13th, 2015

The skinka the five-lined skinka to be precise do what it hasta do to stay alive and healthy. A big part of this survival strategy involves keeping the inside fires burning and because lizards like skinks dont have inside fires they depend largely upon the generosity of the sun. For them life is all […]

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Pain relievers carry higher risks

July 13th, 2015

Suddenly, many over-the-counter pain relievers don’t seem to be that safe anymore. The Food and Drug Administration recently decided to increase the consumer warning language on the labels of many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) due to the increased risk of stroke or heart attack for users. NSAIDs are used to reduce fever temporarily or to […]

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