Love Nature

I chose to skip on Hunting this week and take my kids and girlfriend to the hunting property. I was a short trip up there to grab 2 weeks of trail cam photos and my ground blind. We rolled into my fathers Saturday afternoon and quickly headed up to the property to have some daylight. It has been snowing all last week here in Kent County and hoping the same for the east side of the state. The task for the weekend was to grab the blind and show the kids the property, then go to a Christmas party on Sunday down by flint.

When we arrived I put the kids in some winter gear and we grabbed some fire wood for a little fire. I grabbed 2 bags of corn and a sled to get out in the woods. Andrea my girlfriend came with me and it was a blast just showing her around. I’ve been going there since I was 10 and it means a ton to me to share it with my family. As Andrea and I walked checking out different footprints in the snow and I pointed out different features.  I noticed a few different trees had fallen across the lane, more work for me in the spring. I drop the bags of corn at a spot that I planned on moving the trail cam to. I noticed my ground blind had a collapsed roof from about 4-6 inches of snow. We quickly broke down the blind and cleaned up the area. Loaded it on the sled to swing around and grab the trail cam data card. As I reached it I noticed some fresh marks and pee at the buck scrap. that gave me some hope that the rut was still happening and a buck or 2 made thru the hunting season. I was wondering did we scare off the deer or was it earlier? turned out it was around 1pm that 2 bucks were at the scrap. We were there about 4pm, just enough light to get in and out. Andrea n I headed back with the sled full of gear and I couldn’t wait to see what was on the data card. Kids met us half way back and they had a fire going, papa started of course. We sat at the truck eating some snacks and I was getting the computer ready for a show. I had about 116 pics on it.1300:121617:22F:0000:CAMERA1:7E[145:0061]G[008:0x0006]

this one hit the spot after a little bigger buck did. A funky little spike. I don’t think I saw this one during hunting.

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A little bigger and maybe older than the other one. I don’t know for sure but one of the guys shot at a 4pt and missed during rifle season. So this one has 4pts on it but onside is a spike, other has a fork and little spike off its forehead. I have photos of him peeing at the spot just before this shot. damn I love nature and being able to capture it!2213:121117:20F:0000:CAMERA1:6E[084:0868]G[056:0x0076]

A nice doe wondering around in the snow.

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before the snow and a cute doe and fawn playing at night.

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I will never know why it is running thru the night.

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I am assuming the buck is stopping it’s feet at something if you notice the both pics. a good little spike that will be bigger the years to come.

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Calling her little piggy. She wonders up to the camera for a sniff.

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Maybe I left to much human scent on the camera?

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This pic is from me leaving on the last weekend I hunted, im just off the side walking away. This scrap has been used for more than 30 years on the same tree. The scrap rotates around from different years but always under this tree. My uncle has had a tree blind to the right on the photo for more than 30 years. My father and I have fixed the tree blind and now its used by another hunter because I quit going up for the last 7 years. I am back with more knowledge and patience. I plan on hunting in a different area so others can use this spot. Actually the tree stand is directly behind the tree to the left of its trunk. the little mounds are the property line that the new owner of that property put in about 10 years ago.

I am going to leave the camera here at this spot for 6 months and retrieve it in the spring. plan on getting. Few more and place them around the area I am going to work for the next couple of years unless it proves me to try a different spot. I have some major plans and hope I get the time to put them in place. Really looking forward to next year hunting season.

2017 Michigan Rifle Season

November 15th is coming up fast. People say the orange army is hitting the woods, I take that like they are upset or making fun of the hunters that use a rifle or shotgun. I bow hunt and use a gun, sometimes a muzzleloader. The more I think about bow hunting. The more I dislike it. Steven Rinella gave me something to think about, A arrow bleeds out the animal to death, A bullet kills the animal faster. As I started to think about that I questioned should I hunt with a bow? Well I am not going to give it up for small game and fun target practice. I won’t give it up for deer archery season either but the people that poke fun at The Orange Army can suck it! I started hunting both with my father and uncle for the meat, for the family tradition. Sure my father had some beers and my uncle had a bottle of whiskey, but know one drank too much and acted out of control. I can’t wait to pass this onto my children. Do I drink? No, but I can have a tasty beverage if I choose to. I choose to not drink because most beers out there are not what I like. I like a beer aged in barrels and 9% and above. I look for a great flavor of hops and malt.

So I am doing the last of the laundry, packing all the gear that I might need. I am taking a bigger stove, frying pan, and coffee pot. I plan on sleeping in my ground blind so I can be in the spot faster and less noise for the opening morning. I am switching out a lightweight sleeping bag for the giant heavy sleeping bag that I have used for years in the cabin. I still haven’t chose my spot, 70% sure but I need to look at it again. I plan on getting in Tuesday and ride my Salsa Blackborow around putting a grounds eye in the exact spot. Once I choose a spot setting up the blind and getting cozy for the night. Do I question setting up the day before and sleeping in the blind? Yes! A few spots will be on the far away spot from shooting or where I think the deer will be coming from. So that is a slight issue. One spot that I have been thinking about is going to need a real good camp blending job. This year I believe my father and uncle won’t be up there, I am a little bummed. I still have to get the job done.

I have had 2 customers bring in their fat bikes for the opener at the shop. It’s good to see others using a bicycle instead of a gas machine. I have been riding fat bikes since 2010 and it is a great mode of transportation for hunting and fishing. I ride one with 100mm rims and 5″ tires so 6-8 inches of fresh snow is still doable. The smaller 4inch tires do great with a max of 4-6 inches of fresh white stuff. My area doesn’t plan on seeing any snow but roaming of 5psi of air is perfect for the ground. Thought about making a decoy to attach to the bike as a cover up. I decided to not, maybe next year. I am not sure if I believe a decoy is a good thing? this year has been a bigger roar of fat bikes for hunting, I would recommend trying it. A lot of people say they are to expensive but look at what is spent on the other hobbies? They do cost some money for one that will last and be reliable in the field.

Time for bed, car will be packed tomorrow and just have one more day of work and a meeting after. Then off to a beautiful place that relieves stress and is great for the soul! So get out and give fat bikes, hunting, fishing, hiking just get outdoors and enjoy nature.