Big Game Hunter Killed By Elephant And Anti-Hunters Celebrate!

May 22nd, 2017
 

Michigan Turkey Season Highlights

May 21st, 2017

Michigan Turkey season is winding down, but my brother Darryl and his crew of turkey hunters is “way” over the state average concerning “bagging” a bird!  It was only my grandson Jacob and I this year, but we both shot birds so as a group we did just grand.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that my brother Darryl and I have been doing this for as long as it’s been legal! Darryl is one of the best diaphram callers around, and he knows the quarry that he hunts and many times beats them at their own game.  Not many callers can call a big “lovesick” Tom away from his harem, but “Dink” (as we call him) has done it several times this year!

I on the other hand I am pretty apt on the box or slate call!  The diaphragm call made me gag so I never really got into it!  You also have to always have a back-up plan when hunting turkeys, and especially late season wary birds.  Strategy plays a huge roll in putting a bird in the freezer or buying one at Kroger’s! There have been times that I never touched my call (like this year) and I’ve still been successful!  Ambush and spot and stalk have downed me as many birds as using a decoy set up and calling.

I know season isn’t over yet, but Darryl is still hoping to get his son-in-law Scott Smiley a bird!  I will post pictures of this years successes, and hope that this fall we can be so blessed with a heavy hanging buck pole! The photo’s are Tanner McElvany with his first bow kill, Jacob Ansel with his first bird, Darryl with his umptenth bow killed Tom, Brad Ansel with his second nice Tom, Brett Ansel with his monster Tom, Caleb Smiley with his very hard earned “Bad Boy”, Derek Ansel with his massive heavy “roped” bow shot bird, Mike Ansel with his crossbow creme tipped (fan) bird, and jacob Russo with his second bird!  congratulations guys!  We love turkey hunting

By the way Caleb Smiley got his bird this past week and grandpa Darryl had to pull out all the stops to lure this big seasoned Tom away from his hens!  Not many turkey hunters (callers) could pull this off, but then Darryl isn’t your common turkey hunter!  He’s one of the best!

Mike

Women Looses Hands And Feet Days After Delivering Her Firstborn!

May 17th, 2017

I have been very busy for several weeks trying to orchestrate a dinner/auction for a brand new mother who had her feet and hands amputated just a few days after delivering her first baby!  She had planned a “water birth” at the largest and most famous hospital in Michigan.  Her son was born fine, but several days later she came down with “Sepsis”and was within hours of loosing her life!  Mary was an athlete and running was her outlet and passion!  She was a lovely, athletic, young vibrant, women who had just purchased her first home along with her husband.
Sepsis is a rapidly moving infection that attacks circulation damaging organs, muscle, tissue and everything in it’s path.  It is extremely hard to treat and eradicate!  Mary’s feet were amputated part way up the calf and her hands were taken (days later) part way up her forearms.  Not only that she had skin and muscle removed from her thighs and lower extremities!  Skin grafts were taken from her back and buttocks!  Her long beautiful hair was gone due to treatments!  This 29 year old first time mother has been through a nightmare of unimaginable proportions! Seldom have I seen or been aware of any veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan sustaining more horrific injuries, and many have been beyond comprehension!

Well this past Saturday we held our dinner auction in support of this remarkable women with the constant positive attitude and smile on her face!  It did not go as smoothly as planned!  Mary was being driven to Monroe by her husband and her Mom and brothers in a another car.  Mary’s car broke down about 15 miles short of their destination and a friend and I had to go retrieve her. We had to lift her in and out of the vehicle into her wheel chair once we arrived at church.  Her 8 month old son with her, and was as good as gold! We wheeled her into the auditorium to the applause of the 200 people gathered there to honor her.

It was a good evening for her and us as we got to know more about Mary and the challenges that lie ahead of her.  She has a supportive family, as well as a church family, and an overcoming spirit about her. My hope is that others will pass her story on and that by doing she will find avenues of help concerning making her home handicap accessible, better prosthetics, and the full gamut of medical care available to her!  So those that read this pleas copy and paste and send it along the different social media please.  I purposely did not use Mary’s full name or her families for obvious reasons!  If you want to help give me a shout at mikewansel@yahoo.com!

Mike

 

Black Bear Attracted to The Sweet Smell Of Brownies!

May 13th, 2017

If your going to do any baking in “bear country” do not have the back screen open while the aroma of fresh baked goods permeates the forested area around your house.  You could be asking for an unexpected guest just wanting to “bite” into your dessert!  In fact if your not careful he just might want to bite into you as well!  A Connecticut woman got an unexpected and terrifying knock on her door last week while she was making brownies, as a bear came by to see what she was doing.

“My neighbor across the street just came over in a panic,” one of the resident’s neighbors said to a 911 dispatcher. “She’s a little old lady screaming that a bear got in her back porch and is slamming on her glass door.”

A slim pane of glass was all that came between the woman in her Avon home and the hungry bear drawn to the house by the delicious smell of fresh-baked brownies.

“The bear apparently moved the screen slider with his paw,” one neighbor told Inside Edition.

A second neighbor’s call to 911 showed how desperate the bear was for a taste of those brownies.

“We have a bear attempting to get into a house and he’s not afraid of noise, screaming, or yelling, or pounding,” the other neighbor said.

The 2-and-a-half-year-old bear, who had giant yellow tags hanging from his ears bearing his name — No. 16 — would not budge from the home, no matter how much noise the owner made.

Bear sightings in the area are reportedly common.

Michigan Turkey Season Success!

May 9th, 2017

It just keeps getting better and better here in the Michigan turkey woods.  So many of my friends including Bob Edwards, and Randy Smith, have downed long beards it makes you wonder could there be any left.  Bob just reported that he was at Knudson’s today, and five hunters walked in with a “longbeard” each!  Thats pretty remarkable considering the wild Eastern Turkey had to be restocked by a group of birds from Pennsylvania over 40 years ago!  Turkey success in the Ansel family is almost a given over the last 25 or so years, and many of the birds harvested have been downed by bow and arrow.  Not an easy feat in itself!

Part of that success is due to the excellent turkey calling of my brother Darryl and his son Derek. Before Darryl downed his big bird last week he helped two of his grandkids connect (Jacob shotgun and Tanner bow) and he also helped his brother Brad down a long beard!  Today was Derek’s day as he worked a huge Tom for 7 hours.  The Tom was already “henned up”, but Derek never gave up.  Darryl chipped in with a few calls of his own, but master caller Derek eventually called the finicky Tom with a slate box call and some excellent mouth calling!  Derek took his prise at 15 yards! Now that is dedication along with Turkey University knowledge! The huge bird had a “paintbrush” of a beard that measured 10-1/2 inches. The bird did not move from the point of impact!  Dropped dead in his tracks!  Darryl said it was one of the most exciting turkey calling sequences he has ever been involved with, and was in awe of his son’s calling!

So far that’s 8 birds harvested in the Ansel family and I suspect a few more will bight the dust before season ends!

Mike

 

 

 

 

Jay-Bird Gets His Bird!

May 7th, 2017

Took my grandson Jacob Russo up to the cabin to try and get him a turkey.  He’s 12 years old and shot one a few years back with his dad, but I have never taken hi.  Two of my other grandkids have shot turkeys at my cabin (Kyle Pafford and Ava Taylor) so this was going to be Jacobs big hunt.  We only had two days to pull this off so we didn’t waste time getting in the blind thursday morning.  Heard several gobbles from the roost, but no takers coming into the decoys.  Jacob got cold early so we headed back to the cabin at 7:30!  Bad idea as we flushed 5 tom’s still on the roost 200 feet from my front cabin door! Saw nothing that evening.

Next morning we got out even earlier 5:20 a.m. and again had gobbling from the roost.  We had a huge Jake come in with a 4-5 inch beard, but his tail fan was messed up big time so we let him walk! That was around 6:30 and it got quiet from then on.  I new that some Tom’s don’t gobble very often and sneak in on you silent.  I told Jacob to be patient and we may have some action if we stay put!  Around 8:30 Jacob was ready to “hang” it up, but I convinced him to stay a few more minutes.  Just like Papa said two Tom’s came sneaking by without a peep!  They seemed to like my decoy set up, and at 15 yeards I told Jacob to take the second bird, as it looked a little bigger than the led bird!

“Pow” the little 20 gauge exploded and turkey feathers flew!  Jacob is now the third grandkid to bag a turkey at Papa place.  He was grinning from ear to ear!  That made it all worth it to me. We took many pictures and Papa then showed Jacob how to clean a turkey and get it ready for the freezer.  It may have been a fast two day trip, but things went our way and we now have some memories that will last a lifetime.  Way to go Jay-Bird!

Mike

Suburban Coyote Spotted At Detroit Zoo

May 2nd, 2017

A coyote was spotted on the grounds of the Detroit Zoo on Monday morning, just before school field trips were about to get under way, prompting park officials to close the zoo temporarily while staff tried to search for the coyote.

As of 10:20 a.m., the coyote had not been caught or seen, but the zoo reopened for business and zoo officials stressed the public is not at risk for any harm, noting the coyote is more of a risk to the smaller animals at the zoo.

“Every now and then, these things happen,” said Detroit Zoo spokeswoman Patricia Janeway. “We will shelter animals that might be at risk.”

According to Janeway, animals that might be at risk include the flamingos, storks and other birds. She said this isn’t a new problem for the zoo, noting unwanted visitors like skunks, foxes and raccoons have showed up in the past, prompting closures. Last year, she said, a deer caused a temporary shutdown.

But nobody has been hurt. And zoo officials weren’t expecting any trouble this time, either.

According to the Humane Society, coyote attacks on people are very rare. More people are killed by errant golf balls and flying champagne corks each year than are bitten by coyotes, the organization states on its website.

“Often, coyote attacks are preventable by modifying human behavior and educating people about ways to prevent habituation. In many human attack incidents, it turns out that the offending coyote was being fed by people. In many other instances, people were bitten while trying to rescue their free-roaming pet from a coyote attack. Less often, people are bitten by cornered coyotes, or even more rarely, rabid coyotes.”There have only been two recorded incidences in the U.S. and Canada of humans being killed by coyotes. One involved a child in Southern California in the 1980s and the other a 19-year old woman in Nova Scotia in 2009.

Coyotes are generally nocturnal and seldom seen. You may catch a glimpse of a coyote, however, as it moves from one part of its territory to another in search of prey, usually small mammals such as mice or voles.

Observing a coyote in this manner (even during the daytime) does not mean that the coyote is sick or aggressive. If the coyote is scared away by your presence, it is exhibiting natural behavior and this should not be cause for concern.

According to CoyoteSmarts.org, coyotes are naturally timid animals and will usually flee at the sight of a human. If they linger or approach, here on some tips on what to do:

  • Be as big and loud as possible. Do not run or turn your back.
  • Wave your arms, clap your hands and shout in an authoritative voice.
  • Make noise by banging pots and pans or using an air horn or whistle.
  • Throw small stones, sticks, tennis balls or anything else you can lay your hands on. Remember, the intent is to scare and not to injure.
  • Spray with a hose, if available, or a squirt gun filled with water and vinegar.
  • Shake or throw a “coyote shaker” — a pop can filled with pennies or pebbles and sealed with duct tape.

More 2017 Ansel Turkey Success

May 1st, 2017

My brother Bradley got his nice Tom last week over in Jackson.  His bird had a 10-1/2 inch beard and he said he’s looking for a taxidermist to do a full strut mount. He better be ready to remortgage his house cause it isn’t cheap (around $800.00 dollars.)  My brother Darryl and son Derek have been trying to get Derek’s boys Jackson, and Jacob a bird, and several days ago Jacob scored on his first bird.  Jackson had three sneak in (silent) but could not pull off a shot.  Now grandpa Darryl’s permit started today, and it didn’t take him long to put down a super big Tom, and with his bow no less!  He called in two big Tom’s early this morning that fell for his set-up, and was able to let an arrow fly true to it’s mark!  Darryl’s bird had a thick eleven (11) inch beard and weighed 24 pounds.

I’m taking my grandson (Jacob) up north for a shot at a bird this coming Thursday.  We have many more permits to fill, but I’m confident more birds will be in the freezer before the season is over. Pictured is Jacob, Brad, and Darryl!

Mike

Animals Gone Wild At The Zoo!

April 27th, 2017

bear 2014 004What kind of a zoo could possibly have conditions exist where those attending the zoo are killed or mauled?  This particular zoo is found on the West Bank in Palestinian territory.  Where are the zookeepers, and why are the animals not kept at a safe distance?  Evidently safety precautions are not that important in some parts of the world.

Recently a bear bit off and ate the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it during a school visit to a zoo. You mean he could actually stick his hand through the bars to feed this obviously hungry bear?  What a shame! Police said the Palestinian lad lost his arm at the elbow when he was attacked in the West Bank town of Qalqilya.The bear then devoured his limb.

The victim was being treated at a local hospital for his horrific injuries.Currently home to around 170 animals, the zoo is the only one of its kind in the West Bank and was built in 1986.

In January a tourist was mauled to death by three tigers in front of his wife and child, stunned witnesses have reported.Chinese media claims the father died after he entered the enclosure and walked towards the hungry cats as they were feeding – one tiger was shot and killed during the drama.Horrendous footage shows the visitor writhing in agony on the floor as the three animals bite and claw his body with their massive paws.

Three ISIS fighters Killed By Wild Boars!

April 25th, 2017

Three militants loyal to the Islamic State group (ISIS) have been killed by wild boars ashey planned to ambush Iraqi tribesmen opposed to the group, according to a local anti-ISIS leader.

At least eight ISIS fighters had reportedly taken cover among dense reeds in Iraq’s al-Rashad region, about 55 miles southwest of Kirkuk, in preparation for a surprise attack on local anti-ISIS tribesman when a herd of wild boars attacked the jihadists on Sunday, killing three. The militants likely disturbed the notoriously short-tempered animals, said Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, a chief of the local Ubaid tribe and head of the group of local tribesmen who took up arms after ISIS took control of the nearby town of Hawija.

“It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields. The area is dense with reeds, which are good for hiding in,” Assi told The Times.

The event was corroborated by local Kurdish fighters who have joined Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militias in attempting to oust ISIS from nearby Hawija. The jihadists’ mutilated bodies were reportedly discovered by refugees fleeing the violence that has beset the war-torn nation. An alliance consisting of Iraqi military, majority Shiite Muslim militias (called Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi), U.S.-led coalition forces and Kurdish units (known as peshmerga) are seeking to drive ISIS out of Iraq, according to Brigadier Azad Jelal, the deputy head of the Kurdish intelligence service in Kirkuk.

“Three fighters from ISIL were near the Peshmerga checkpoint in al-Rashad. They met some feral boars and the boars killed the three fighters,” Jelal told The Telegraphusing an alternative acronym for ISIS.

“Some refugees saw the bodies on the edge of a farm when they were fleeing and they told us. A few days later ISIL started to kill pigs around the area,” he added.

 The news first appeared on the local Iraqi news site Al-Sumeria, which quoted unidentified local sources, and later gained attention on social media as officials confirmed the event. While fatalities caused by wild boars are relatively uncommon in the region, the animals are known for their relentless, ferocious attacks that can result in death, according to a 2006 article titled “Death by attack from a wild boar” published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine.

“The boar has a typical method of attack wherein it steadily rushes forward, pointing the tusks towards the animal to be attacked and inflicts the injuries. It goes back, takes position and attacks the victim again. This repeated nature of attack continues till the victim is completely incapacitated due to multiple penetrating injuries, which can have a fatal consequence,” the authors wrote.

Sunday’s incident reportedly came after ISIS massacred at least 25 local civilians attempting to escape areas under the jihadists’ control. As pro-government forces close in, ISIS’s territory, which is down to less than seven percent of the nation from 45 percent in 2014, has been largely reduced to the northwestern city of Mosul, where a months-long battle has been waged by the Iraqi military and its allies to defeat the jihadists. The militants still maintain small pockets of control in southern Kirkuk.