This is the “man” himself as he hopes for Mr. Black Bear to pay him a visit. I took this picture before Darryl had a chance to put charcoal on his face, as we were in a ground blind on this evenings hunt. We were surrounded by hills, and had the bait placed in a berry thicket. We made a shooting lane to the thicket and had a favorable wind to start the evening. Just before dark the wind shifted, and blew our cover, so Mr. Bear decided to wait till we left to chow down. Usually the weather plays a big part in our hunting success, but this year’s weather was the best we can remember in a long time.
Tomorrow is the bow deer season opener here in Michigan, and it looks to be a warm one for Monday. I have noticed where a lot of the corn and soy-beans are “down,” and that should help us hunters. My son in law reported that I have a big new scrap close to my tree stand. This spot is not a good morning place, but the evening will see me 20 foot up my ladder stand. Hope all you fellow hunters have a great season, and are safe in all your exploits.
Incidentally my brother Darryl has two Michigan “grand slams” under his belt (bear, deer, and turkey in the same year.) Of coarse this is with a bow, and he has come very close to doing it on several other occasions. Very few hunters receive the coveted “Master Bowhunter Award” from the Michigan Bowhunters Association, but my little brother has! Thats why we reverently call him “The Man!”