Archive for September, 2012

Tanner McElvany Does It Again

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Here’s a picture of my “great nephew” Tanner T.J. McElvany.  He’s my brother Darryl’s grandson, and early on Darryl took Tanner under his wing to train him in the ways of an outdoorsman.  I’m telling you his efforts are paying huge dividends.   I was 16 before I shot my first deer, and Tanner has three or four under his belt, and he’s only 14.  He took this big doe during the youth hunt last weekend with grandpa’s Remington model 870 20 gauge shotgun.  The shot was over 100 yards but T.J. dropped her in her tracks.  Did I ever tell you that the three oldest Ansel brothers all qualified “expert “as they served their country during the Viet Nam war.  The boy seems to come by it naturally ya think?

Tanner loves his grandpa, and grandpa sure loves spending time with his protegee.  The kid is a crack shot with rifle, shotgun, and bow.  He’s also one heck of a football player.

These are the kind of activities that will keep your children’s heads on straight.  There is so much they can get into, in this day and age, that is “oh” so harmful to them.  The old saying “Take your kid hunting, so you aren’t hunting for your kid” is very true.  Enjoying the outdoors with your kids and grand-kids is one way to build great memories, and cement those relationships for years to come.

Tanner we are all proud of the way you conduct yourself in the field, and have learned your grandpa’s lessons well.  Hope to make it to one of your games and see this “tackling” machine for myself!  Congratulations young man.


Youth Hunter Weekend Success

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Brother Darryl took several of his grand kids out for the youth deer hunting weekend, and what a weekend it was.  Grandson Tristan Ansel is pictured with his big 8 pointer that he put down with his trusty Mossberg 20 gauge.  Tristan’s first shot was quite a poke (140 yards) but it found it’s mark.  His dad Derek was there giving advice and guiding his son’s success.  The deer ran in some thick cover, and grandpa played “bird dog” and flushed the deer almost in Tristan’s lap.  The deer was quickly dispatched, and Tristan had a buck any seasoned hunter would be proud of.

Only thirty seconds later a doe ran into the field where Darryl’s other grandson (Tanner) was perched on a round hay bale.  He dropped the doe in its tracks with a perfect shot.  Tanner was using grandpa’s Remington model 870 20 gauge, and was right on at 120 yards.  There will be venison in freezer early this year.

Sunday evening Darryl took his grand-daughter Mackaylee Smiley out in the same area.  They saw a doe and a half racked 8 pointer, but poor shooting light prevented “Mac” from taking a shot.  Not to worry though, as Uncle Mike again will have Mac and her family up at camp  during gun season.  That’s where she shot her first deer last year.

If this is any indication of how this years deer season is going to go, I may need to buy a bigger freezer!


Pre-Season Report

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Just returned from three days at the cabin, and my wife and I were greeted with rain, rain, and more rain.  The colors seem to be at least two week early, as many of the trees (especially the maples) were really “showing off!”  I have mostly pines around my place, but we do have four maples that the previous owner planted.  I would have preferred apple trees, but I guess I’ll have to plant those myself.

Seen a few deer, but nothing to get to excited about.  The little fawns around the cabin did not make an appearance which has my wife a tad worried.  I did set one tree stand, and scouted the swamp for a possible “set up.”  Hardly any water in the swamp, but there was plenty of boot sucking mud.  My legs are still sore.  The food plot has gotten plenty of rain lately, but it came to late to save it.  Some white clover still covers the ground, but this year has been a “bust” for a lush green food plot!

When I got home my brother Darryl called to tell me two of his grandsons shot deer during the youth hunt.  Tristan shot a gorgeous 8 pointer with grandpa’s model 870 20 gauge and Tanner shot a big doe just a minute after Tristan downed his buck.  I’ll do a blog on their hunt when I get some pictures.  Darryl also took out his grand-daughter Makaylee last evening, but rain and darkness won this time.  Six more days till regular bow opener.  It just kind of sneaks up on ya sometimes!


Chief 10 Bears Speaks – Royal Rangers Listen

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Our church has a group of young boys and girls that are part of our Royal Rangers program.  A couple of the leaders (Ferl Bomia and Jerry Sievert) asked me if I would speak at their opening “kick off” gathering for this upcoming year.  Of course they actually wanted “Chief Ten Bears” to give his presentation, and Ferl even set up his authentic tepee for the occasion.  We even had several buffalo hides covering the floor of our get-to-gather.

I planned on giving my Native American “show and tell” presentation, which normally takes about 35-45 minutes.  The kids, and adults, where very interested in all the stories, history, artifacts, and animal hides I had brought with me.  Our little pow-wow stretched into just over an hour.  The kids asked many questions, and I even tried to teach them a few “Cree” words.

The Royal Rangers program is run by some very dedicated individuals in our congregation.  They unselfishly give of their time, talents, and resources in order to have a positive impact on the young “Rangers” under their care.  A great big Cree thank you “meegwich” is in order for all you do for our young people.


Chief 10 Bears

Michigans Summer Deer Die Off

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Upwards to 900 deer in eight Michigan counties have died from a viral disease known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease.  This seems to be a nation wide outbreak, because of the hot dry drought conditions many of the Midwestern states have been experiencing.  Deer infected with EHD have been found in Barry, Calhoun. Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Montcalm, Ionia, and Branch counties.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports that EHD outbreaks are not rare to the Michigan deer herd.  Isolated sections of the state have had repeated deer die offs over the last several years, but there is a definite upswing this year.  The drought and high temperatures seem to be the culprit!

Tom Cooley, DNR wildlife biologist and pathologist, stated ” Although it is difficult to see so many dead deer, this is still a localized issue and the regional deer population should not be impacted.”

EHD is transmitted by a midge, a type of biting fly.  It causes internal bleeding, high fever, loss of appetite and weakness.  Infected deer are often found sick or dead along various bodies of water.  So far there seems to be no evidence that humans can contact the disease according to the DNR.


Our Cheerleader Nadia!

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Every now and then I need to veer off course and post something that probably won’t interest many of my readers.  That is unless your part of my family!  This article is personal, but so important to me and my wife.

The young lady “flying high” is our granddaughter Nadia Layne McNamara.  She’s been a Clawson cheerleader for several years, but we rarely get to see her cheer.  She is the third girl on the right in the group photo.

This afternoon we decided to “fight” the traffic, and make the drive up I-75 to 14 mile road.  Construction plus prime time traffic made it a nerve wracking drive, but we arrived at my daughter Mindy’s house in plenty of time to see Nadia cheer on the undefeated Clawson Trojans.  Nadia is the lightest girl on the cheering squad, so she does many of the high flying cheers during the year.  My wife and I about “croaked” when they threw her almost to the moon this evening.  You can see by the smile on her face she was loving every minute of it, even if grandma and grandpa were nervous.

The cheers for Clawson were well received as the football team won it’s third straight game by a score of 42 to 7.  Way to go Nadia!  We love you.


Labor Day – Summers Last Hurrah!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Returned home last evening from our long  Labor Day weekend at the cabin in Luzerne.  Why does it seem that the time goes by much faster when your doing “fun” things, rather than every day living?

We crammed a lot into the few days we had.  In fact I didn’t wake up until 10:30 a.m. this morning, and I never sleep in that late.  We fished, swam, tubed, had bon-fires, hiked, road 4-wheelers, played golf, and ate!   Many that have cabins in the Mio/Lewiston area know of Ma-Deeters and the great pizza they make.  We went there twice, and enjoyed each “slice!”

My daughter Tara, and her husband Glen, and son Kyle took one day and drove to the Upper Peninsula to see the Tahquamenom Falls and Whitefish Bay lighthouse and museum.  Every Michigander should visit the falls at least once in their lifetime.  It is a beautiful site to visit.

I finally got to use one of the kayak’s and floated the Ausable River on one of our adventures.  The kayak is far better than trying to steer a rubber raft or inner tube,  Can’t believe I can paddle upstream with that sweet little craft!  I did see one nice brown trout as I silently drifted over his hiding place.  Earlier Glen and Kyle had caught a couple brookies from the river, and released them.

The last day was spent putting insulation in the ceiling joist of the new bunkhouse.  Glen and I worked about nine hours on that, and I’m still itching.  When we were done we took a swim in the frigid Ausable waters.  You talk about a “cool down!”  Yikes!  That first plunge beneath the fast flowing waters took your breath away, and didn’t want to give it back!

Pictured is Tara, Kyle, Erica, (Nina’s friend) Nina, Jacob, and Glen.  We finally cooked “food” over the campfire, but then “pizza-rolls” may not actually qualify as food!