About Hunting with Mike

By Mike Ansel (mikewansel@yahoo.com

This blog or on-line journal will highlight fifty (50) years of personal experience in the field shared by my family, friends, and myself. Hopefully I’ll explore, along with you the reader, the planning, knowledge, and insights that go into a hunters quest for adventure and fulfillment.My father Norm Ansel had six sons of which I am number two. My dad passed down his love for the outdoors by the example of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and good old fashioned fun.My personal exploits have led me to the north, south, east, and west in search of wild game, but more importantly in search of myself and who I am. What I’ve often found is a peace and solitude not easily discovered in the hustle and bustle of every day life. Some of my most intimate times with my Creator and His creatures has taken place under the canopy of the northern lights, or perched 18 feet off the ground, as the fresh invigorating aroma of swamp cedars envelops my senses.

The hunting fraternity (generally speaking) are some of the greatest people I’ve ever been associated with. I have met some stinkers in my time, but the good experiences far outweigh the negative. May the fellowship of the hunt, and our individual and unique paths blend together to make us a strong community.I certainly do not consider myself a “trophy hunter”, but I have been fortunate enough to harvest several very good “book” animals. To date I have three whitetail, one black bear, and two caribou, large enough to make the Pope and Young archery record book. I have also taken two turkeys with my bow and several other small game critters. I also hunt with a gun, but surprisingly enough have not been as successful as I am with a bow. Maybe its the “Cree” blood from my Canadian ancestors.

I have been a member of the Michigan Bowhunters organization for over 20 years, and also am a charter member of the Christian Bowhunters of America. I have writen several hunting articles for magazines representing these two organizations. I also do talks at schools, daycares, ects on Indian history using various animal hides, decorations, and Indian artifact replicas (I’ve made.)

That’s just a little (about me) for the readers information. If anyone ever has a question please feel free to ask away. I’ll do my best to get you a satisfactory answer.

Mike

3 Responses to “About Hunting with Mike”

  1. Mike Ski says:

    1948 to 1955 Mich. bow back tags/pins…..
    Wish to sell or barter…

  2. James says:

    Hey Mike, what’s your opinion on this camo clothing? This site says it’s pretty good but I’m not sure yet.

  3. Your passion for hunting certainly shines through in your writing. Agree with you on (most) of the members of the hunting fraternity being a great bunch! Thanks for publishing šŸ™‚

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