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Dogs In My Life

February 08th, 2016

This is my very first dog skippy! Actually I dont remember much about the dog, except for the dog poop we had to dodge while playing in the back yard. Our next dog was a cocker spaniel named blondie, by my mother. I dont remember an awful lot about her either, except for the day […]

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Turkey Drawing Results March 1st.

February 05th, 2016

Hurry up dad this thing is heavy! It would seem that my son could possibly be saying those words. He is straining just a tad. Hope everyone got their turkey permits turned in on time. Season opener will be upon us sooner than you think. I put in for the second hunt this year for […]

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Floridas Python Hunt A Huge Success

February 03rd, 2016

Its done. Hunters have smashed the record for catching Burmese pythons during the state-sanctioned hunt when they raised the number bagged to 82 as of Monday. That surpasses the 2013 catch by 14 during the inaugural Python Challenge. Organizers say this time around more training and cool weather has likely helped hunters. The snakes, which […]

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Michigans Whitetail Winter!

January 30th, 2016

This is the time of year some people start hunting for deer sheds. If the snow’s not to deep they can be quite easy to find. I have found a couple sets around my place over the last few years and both have been in or around my food plot. This is also the time […]

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Deer and Turkey Fight for Winter Survival

January 28th, 2016

How in the world do deer and turkey make it through a brutal Michigan winter without help from somewhere? There are five or six counties in Michigan where it is illegal to supplement the feeding of the whitetail deer. It’s called the “no baiting zone,” or T.B. area! I know many property owners who have […]

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Conservation Service spring tree sale underway

January 28th, 2016

Every year, for as long as I can remember, the Monroe County Soil Conservation District has hosted a spring tree sale. Nowadays the soil part of their name is gone and are now known as the Conservation District because they are involved in so much more than controlling soil erosion. Nearly every county in Michigan […]

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Fall planted plants are off to a good start this year

January 28th, 2016

Now that normal winter weather is here, it’s easy to forget about the mild fall and early winter we had. That mild autumn and early-winter will probably turn out to be a real bonus for gardeners especially for those who did any kind of fall planting. The roots of most fall planted plants continue to […]

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The Vexilar Advantage for Big Lake Walleyes

January 27th, 2016

Was out on Brest Bay over the weekend, using my Vexilar in this three hole arrangement. Had my two 10 inch holes drilled with my Jiffy Pro4 augerset up for jigging with two rods, while in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Spring Turkey License Deadline Fast Approaching

January 25th, 2016

February first is the deadline to mail in your Spring turkey permit application. Don’t procrastinate or you may miss out on one of the best hunts Michigan has to offer. Back in 1977 there was only a 25% chance of getting a license, and hunter success was only 10%. A total of 400 turkeys were […]

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Crockpot Rabbit!

January 22nd, 2016

This is the time of year (after deer season, and before spring turkey) that I start getting a little restless for something to do outdoors. Well that’s why hunting rabbits is such a favorite winter sport. Trust me it’s not for the “faint of heart!” Deep snow, cold temperatures, and thickets full of briers and […]

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Cleaning Jig Eyes: the easy way

January 20th, 2016

I placed an order the other day for some new jigs, which got me thinking about all the jigs, and blade baits I either bought or made last year. There is nothing worse than pulling a jig out of the … Continue reading

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Conservative Myth Climate Change Part 1

January 19th, 2016

This is an interesting one because it is so revealing about both the politics and the psychology of the conservative movement in this country. It speaks directly to the power of tribalism that Jonathan Haidt and Chris Mooney have written about. In this first part, lets see if we can figure out why climate change […]

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Sandi LaFountains Monster 2015 Bucks!

January 19th, 2016

Sandi LaFountain did the unimaginable this year while deer hunting her property in Allegan county. Her and her husband own 30 acres, and most of it is thick swamp. That’s where the bucks tend to hang out, so Sandi and her husband like pursuing the big boys that “hunker” down there. Late in October Sandi […]

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Navionics + and Ice Fishing

January 18th, 2016

Now that the ice fishing is finally into full swing across the ice belt, it is time to break down one of the keys to any successful fishing trip. Of all the equipment an angler can use to his advantage, … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Income Inequality

January 16th, 2016

Paul Krugman recently published a good summary of the historical discussions regarding income inequality. Before diving into climate change, I thought it would represent a reasonable addendum to what has already been posted. It does venture in a little bit into the territory of why we should reduce income inequality and how we should go […]

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Gun Manufacturers In Democrats Crosshairs!

January 16th, 2016

Gun manufacturers could be sued by victims of gun violence under new legislation from Democrats. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would roll back long-standing protections enjoyed by the gun industry that shields it from many lawsuits. ADVERTISEMENT The bill would make firearms manufacturers and dealers liable for harm caused […]

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Are You Smarter Than A Whitetail Deer

January 14th, 2016

These trail cam pictures were taken on January 1st and the following days after the close of deer season. During my 16 days sitting in my various ground blinds I saw a total of 4 deer. One was a buck that I barely got a glimpse of. Just this last weekend I was at my […]

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THE LOTTERY IS THE MIGHTIEST FAIRY IN THE WORLD

January 10th, 2016

I entered a convenience store in Joliet, Illinois. It was 1975. Some people in front of me were purchasing lottery tickets. When it was my turn to pay for my items the attendant asked, “Do you want to buy a … Continue reading

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Going to Church on a Saturday, Church Tackle that is!

January 06th, 2016

Ok its time for the annual Ultimate Fishing Show in Novi, Michigan, and due to scheduling conflicts the last couple of years, this is my first time back in a while! I love this show, it has everything a walleye … Continue reading

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TJs Tackle at the Ultimate Fishing Show in Novi, Michigan

January 04th, 2016

With the weather like it was five or six years ago, my thoughts are turning to the open water bite for 2016 already. With that in mind, I am already thinking about pouring jigs and blade baits for the … Continue reading

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