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Darryl Ansel Fulfills Requirements Toward The Michigan Bowhunters Coveted Grand Slam Award

December 06th, 2016

My younger brother Darryl is the most dedicated outdoorsman I know. He’s getting up in years(67 in Jan) but few half his age can keep up with him! I quit trying 20 years ago. During October, November, and December his wife Cathy is a true hunting widow. Darryl has been a police officer all his […]

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Make Your Walleye Presentations LOUDER on the Ice

December 06th, 2016

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to write about today, but then again, I never know some of the time where the inspiration will come from. I started cruising Facebook and then I found it, my friend Mark … Continue reading

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Big Buck Down

December 04th, 2016

First let me apologize for being away for several days with no new post! Secondly let me tell you the reason why. Believe it or not I shot a buck last Thursday! Not just any buck, but a really big buck! As far as I know no one had seen this buck in my area […]

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Fall rye cover crop growth progress in the garden

December 04th, 2016

Our mild autumn temperatures have accelerated the growth of fall-planted, over-wintering, cover crops. Back in October I wrote about planting cereal rye as a cover crop in my garden. Since then the crop has germinated and made excellent progress toward establishing itself. When rye seed germinates, it emerges out of the soil as a single … Continue reading Fall rye cover crop growth progress in the garden

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Why does a jade plant bloom?

December 02nd, 2016

One of our jade plants has started blooming this week. Anyone with a jade plant knows this is fairly uncommon. I have had a few jade plants through the years that produced flowers but not very many. So whenever it happens, I get a little excited about it. There seems to be no way of … Continue reading Why does a jade plant bloom?

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Best tasting potato variety?

December 02nd, 2016

I just finished digging the last of our potatoes last week. They were growing in a well-drained, sandy area so I was able to let them sit there in the ground for quite a while after the vines died down. Since I couldn’t get to them right away, leaving them right where they were was … Continue reading Best tasting potato variety?

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Deadliest animals In the U.S. Are Actually Bees, Wasp, And Hornets!

November 29th, 2016

An alligator killed a 2-year-old boy at a Walt Disney World DIS, +0.71% resort in Orlando, Fla., in June, prompting discussions about safety in the area where he was pulled underwater. Despite the fear this type of tragedy causes, the odds of a fatal alligator attack in the U.S. are small. In fact, bees, wasps, […]

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Winterizing Your Planer Boards

November 29th, 2016

  While some of you fine folks will be able to fish for a while longer, it was time for me to hang up the trolling gear and get ready for ice fishing. Which means I will be workingat the … Continue reading

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Is The Government At War With Standing Rock Protesters?

November 27th, 2016

Woman at Standing Rock Hit by Concussion Grenade Police Deny Responsibility November 24, 2016 Water protectors at Standing Rock were attacked by police on Sunday, November 20, as they were attempting to clear debris from a bridge. For at least seven hours, the police had surrounded and assaulted the crowd. Over 300 people were […]

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Chief Ten Bears Rides Again!

November 26th, 2016

This is the 8th straight year I have visited Mrs. Mary’s day care to celebrate Thanksgiving. My great grandmother was Northern Cree from Saskatchewan Canada and I have taken those Native American roots quite seriously. I have given demonstrations in several schools and day cares over the years as Chief Ten Bears with an emphasis […]

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Montana Grizzly Attack!

November 22nd, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. Montana wildlife officials say a female grizzly bear protecting her two cubs attacked and seriously injured an elk hunter. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Capt. Dave Holland tells the Great Falls Tribune that an initial investigation indicates it was a surprise encounter, with the bear defending her cubs. The man didn’t […]

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Ansels Putting Venison In the Freezer

November 21st, 2016

So far the Ansel clan has had a pretty decent year, as far as venison goes. The grandkids have certainly upped the ante, as five of them have downed deer this year with four of them being bucks. Josh Ansel’s two girls “Sammie” and “Scottie” both shot bucks at grandpa’s hunting camp as well as […]

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Maryland Bear attack!

November 19th, 2016

A63-year-old grandmother can be heard begging for her lifeas an enraged mother bear repeatedly mauledher Wednesday night, according to a 9-1-1recording released by the Frederick County Sheriffs Department. Hurry. Hes broken my arms and my legs.I cant move, and Im bleeding, and Im going to die, Karen Osborne says to the 9-1-1 dispatch on the […]

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Rye as a cover crop in the garden

November 18th, 2016

I closed the garden down during the third week of October this year hoping that the weather would stay mild so my cover crop of rye would germinate and make some good growth before winter sets in. Rye is one of the best winter cover crops for our area. You can let your garden grow … Continue reading Rye as a cover crop in the garden

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Ten Year Old Jax Jones Shoots Record Buck!

November 17th, 2016

So far this deer season has been “boom” or “bust” for those in the ansel family! It has personally been a big “zero” for me as I saw a total of “n0” deer in three days of gun hunting! It’s a little different story for several other members of the family. I guess the main […]

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Downriver Walleye Federation Seminar: January 16, 2017

November 17th, 2016

  As I was writing the headline for today’s announcement, I almost typed out 2016, another ice season, means another year is soon upon us. That being said, I am glad to announce that I will be giving an ice … Continue reading

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Near organic apples

November 17th, 2016

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to talk about the idea of growing near-organic apples. With the near-organic method, you spray as little as three times early in the season when the apples are still very small — starting when they first begin to grow. Then two more sprays are applies spaced … Continue reading Near organic apples

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Gardening as an investment

November 17th, 2016

In our garden this year we had two hills, with five seeds per hill, that produced over 60 pounds of winter squash. Considering the seeds cost 14 each that is a tremendous return. However there are other expenses besides the price of seed that should be looked at. The largest expense would be the labor … Continue reading Gardening as an investment

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Ice Fishing at Cabelas: Dundee, MI

November 14th, 2016

If Thanksgiving can be hijacked by Christmas, then by that standard it is never too early to start talking about ice fishing. That being said, the Cabela’s ice fishing catalog came in today’s mail with all the new gear available … Continue reading

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Trumps Swamp Fever

November 13th, 2016

One of Trumps closing arguments was his promise to drain the swamp. Less than a week after winning the election in dramatic fashion and preparing to move into the White House, he appears to have caught a serious case of swamp fever. He may have been infected from the whole set of Washington insiders that […]

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