Fall is Coming!

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The Salsa Blackborow has been pulled out of the garage for a scouting ride. I have had a great summer playing with the kids and working hard at the shop. Hunting season is just right around the corner and I am so excited!

I keep asking my kids, if and when do they want to go hunting? My son has said yes for sure, daughter said no. A drive to work one day this past week. A epiphany hit, and started to think. Has my son really thought what was hunting all about? He is a picky eater and I am sure he wont want to try squirrel? The first animal most likely he will be getting after this fall to get some experience. As I type this I look back to my first fall days of hunting with my father and uncle. I carried around a Ruger 10/22 with a banana clip or my uncles 410. I was afraid of big loud guns. To this day I just shoot a 270. Out in the woods we came up on a porcupine trying to get away from us. My uncle said we have to give it a sporting chance before shooting. No shooting animals in trees or sleeping. I am sure we were not going to eat it. Just wanted to give me the first chance of killing an animal to see and feel what it does to a human. A young teenager I have shot many birds and squirrels and didn’t eat all of them.

So back to my son on the question of, If you shoot it, will you eat it? I picked him up from school and was heading to his sisters school. I started the conversation of, dude hunting season is coming up. He said really? I really want to go with you. I replied its going to be great! Then I said. You know if you shoot a squirrel that you have to eat it? I instantly saw a the look on his face of, I did not think about that? I said you know hunting is just not all about killing animals. It’s a lot more! I told him we can go and he has to try the squirrels and we will prepare many different ways to find the way he likes. Trying not to be too hard but want him to understand what hunting is. Well I am super excited to get him out in the woods figuring out how to shoot and testing his human skills on feeding his belly. I have been wanting to try squirrel hot wings. Grill up some squirrel and toss them into a bucket of wing sauce.

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The Salsa and I have been getting along for years now and I kind of think it’s time for the new Salsa BlackBorow? Plan on really working the bike and hunting this year. The Flat River State Game area is right down the road from and its a easy bike ride to it. Scouting is on my brain. Trying to see just where it will give me that chance for a deer. I still see my uncles for first week of gun season. October is a busy month so I am not sure I will get many chances for that. Still shooting my bow for that practice. Today need to glue on some new fletches. All mine are old.

I am going to cut this post short and go for a wonderful fall ride in the game area.

more pics coming soon

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I’m Gonna Say It!

I really don’t like saying it. I usually frown at people that say it. It’s to early to think it. I want Spring to come around. We have plenty of winter left and I have many hobbies that use winter. I haven’t even pulled my skis out to ski or wax. I’ve taken some beautiful Fatbike rides with friends and by myself.CkS6%xDJTJyY0vexfd9lzQ

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I have taken some hikes to clear the North Country Trail. I really enjoy clearing downed trees. Been doing it for some time up at my uncles. I have been refurbishing some axes, getting ready for the hunting season.%hxEghRPQ2+cVUIsLJPOIg

You can say I really like to play in the wilderness. I am not ashamed for it, I truly love being outdoors. Do I think I am cool doing it? Yes! I don’t care who sees me, I am just down with it.

So I love the winter, actually prefer the cooler weather because of no bugs, air is cleaner. But I want Springtime to come fast. Fast enough for me to get prepared. Prepared for, you ask? I have finally applied for my first Michigan Spring Turkey hunt. Last fall I looked into it for thanksgiving. I found a few private lands that I had permission to hunt but wasn’t ready or didn’t know enough. I have seen plenty of turkeys in the woods while hunting. I’ve played with them in my neighborhood. Never went after them. I have contacted a friend that I believe has years of experience hunting for turkey and other flying birds. The area I applied for doesn’t offer many tags. I am not sure why because I see turkey all the time up there. If I don’t get one I am sure I can hook up with a local land owner and grab a left over tag for a turkey hunt around Lowell. My fingers are crossed and I am so excited.

Last week I had learned that my uncle is selling the property and it was a hard blow to my heart. I don’t bring enough home to purchase it. It is most likely going to a friend of his and he said most likely I will be able to still hunt there. Thats all fine and dandy but I had some cool plans for the property in these following years. I had been drawing cabins, sharpening axes, and gathering hand tools for the possibility of building a small cabin for some good ol fashion living.3VkR1BPkTC2GTYUYvdoO6A

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As my father was telling me my uncle is selling the property I nearly started to tear up. My past time that created some great memories was coming to a end. My mind was creating new future memories for I and my children. I was even thinking of my kids having kids go up there and passing the Bentley way of nature. You could say I failed on securing it for those thoughts because my uncle was not going to live for ever. It was up to me to be able to provide enough for that chunk of land to be in the Bentley hands for future Bentley’s. All I have to do now is get every inch of that land used up until it is sold. My goal is to hunt for everything that I can and make it the best time left. Make it count!

February I will be heading to the property and gathering a old SD card and locating all cameras to the spot that I will put some work into it and make it a great spot. My goal is to create natural feeding spots, I’ve hunted feed spots to many times and want it more natural. This season will be fantastic!

A side note, I never think I write properly. I write to slow for my mind, so if you read this blog and think I am a dumbass? You are right in the English department! I failed English all of the time but love getting my thoughts on paper.

Quick note, I switched my thoughts on fishing for Steelhead. I broke down and bought a spinning reel. I have been fly fishing for years and love it. I want more steelhead in my freezer. Drifting or float style gives more chances than my usual swinging for steelies. It’s learning process and thats what I enjoy. So springtime has me itching and can’t come any faster.

Ted