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

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.