Who would of ever imagined that 43 years ago the Ansel family would have a chance encounter with the Richard Baldwin family and his son’s Gary and Gregg? We met Gary through my dad’s boss Herman Fowler. Herm just happened to be Gary’s wife Nancy’s uncle! Upon that chance meeting we were invited to come to Marquette on a fall bear hunt. Over four decades later were still going to the Baldwins deer/bear camp in the hills south of Beaver Grove!
Much has transpired over those years. Our first hunt was in 1973 and my dad was the leader of this fledgling bear hunting party. We hung two bear on our very first attempt due to the excellent bear guiding of Gary. That first year we stayed at the old one room camp that was on the way out to make room for the new one to be built the old fashioned way (by hand!) All it took was Baldwin logs, sweat, and ingenuity! My dad passed away just after his fourth year at camp, but he also took his first bear that year. He was able to enjoy the new camp for two years. That camp lasted for 36 years, until Gary decided to get off grid and build a camp that the women in his family would enjoy. Gary, Greg, Dick, and a few family friends outdid themselves on this new place. It should outlast us all, and get plenty of use by the upcoming generation of Baldwin and Sides boys.
Just last week my brother Darryl and his grandson Tanner took nice bear, and Derek had a chance, but came up empty handed. Those two bear make a total of 47 black bear we, and a few close friends, have taken over those memorable years. Dave and i hope to add to that total. I will be leaving tomorrow for the third hunt along with my daughters boyfriend Dave. Gary has been baiting for us and the reports are excellent! This is as exciting as it gets! I am so looking forward to seeing all the Baldwin clan and spending time with them as we relive days past and hope for successful tomorrows.
It may be a week or so before I can blog again so be patient with me Ken Currie. I hope to write a great report about our 43rd. year of adventure and friendship! I’m going to post some random pictures from over the years.