Take a Kid Hunting – The future to it all is there.

Wild Game DynastyYouth Hunts

  By:  Tom Lounsbury. There is no question that the future of hunting relies on introducing (and mentoring – preferably one on one) kids to this wonderful outdoor pastime. It is the key reason I am a Hunter Education Instructor. I’ve always believed if you are going to talk the talk, you better be able to walk the walk. This also relates to why I fully support the special youth hunts as well as lowering (actually removing) the age requirement. I truly appreciate the Mentor Hunting license that allows kids age nine and under to … Read More

The Essence of Black Bear Hunting.

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears

  By:  Tom Lounsbury. The May application period will be here before we know it with a deadline for applying for a Michigan black bear license (and elk license) being June 1st and I’m working on building up my points. I’m not expecting any miracles in getting an elk license but it is my goal is to harvest a Michigan black bear with a handgun, and I’m hoping I have enough points now. It has been a while since I’ve hunted bears in Michigan, although I’ve frequently bear hunted in Ontario, and I am looking … Read More

A High Calling – Managing Our Resources (w/3 part podcast).

Wild Game DynastyA Companion Trap line

This past fall was a successful and fun filled hunting season being able to build new friendships and developing my skills as a hunter and trapper in Michigan’s Great Upper Peninsula. I’m an Active Duty Coast Guardsmen, and last fall was my first time back in Michigan for the past three years.  Stationed in Sault Ste. Marie I could not wait to get back into Beaver Trapping. Going through my traps that were left behind at my parents’ house for the past few years I decided to part with a few, and add some more … Read More

‘Twas bear season

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears

This winter I had the privilege of chatting with Richard P. Smith, outdoor writer/photographer, just before he headed off to a speaking engagement at an outdoor hunting and fishing show. Most know Richard for being an expert hunter, scoring many book bucks and bears. Because of his time outdoors, I classify him as a bear and deer behavior expert…with a wealth of information. Gary L. Morgan (GLM): After hunting for over 50 years, scoring several book bears, what can you share with our bear hunters…whether a first timer or having hunted for years? Richard P. … Read More

Deer season with E.L.O.

Wild Game DynastyFriends of ELO

Those few days in November are truly a special time of year!  Over the last 27 years, I have had the privilege of making the trip with my Dad ( his 63rd trip), my son ( his 12th trip) and for the first time this year my future son in law.  Every year is special and provides memories that will last a lifetime. We desired a change for the upcoming season and after a few conversations with Gary Morgan, we decided to book with East Lake Outfitters.  And we had a fantastic trip! There was … Read More

Deer season was marked by three milestone events

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears, Friends of ELO, Youth Hunts

This season marked my 60th consecutive season hunting Michigan whitetails.  When i was twelve my dad convinced my mother that I was old enough to join him and my uncle in their annual hunting trip.  was I excited!  camping in a tent and sleeping on a bed of straw covered with a canvas tarp.  My first rifle!  Dad had single shot 16 ga. shot gun with an interchangeable .30-30 rifle barrel.  I wanted a lever action Winchester like his but dad insisted that the single shot was a better choice for me.  Dad stressed marksmanship.  … Read More

Said the deer: “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears

In the midst of a busy lifestyle…time is of the essence.   I won’t argue that point because most people don’t have time to listen anyway.  But as I listened to a couple of my hunting buddies talk about driving up north a day or two before the start of their season with bait-in-hand…I must say, “really?”  You see, I rode up with them a few years’ back.  Every couple of miles I heard a noise come from one of their cell phones.  Then the other’s cell phone must have rung a half dozen times.  I … Read More

You Ever Get That Feeling…?

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears

The spreadsheet showed a busy schedule just around the corner as several small groups of hunters booked with us for the upcoming season.  The other spreadsheet showed what was behind us – year-round scouting results.  Our scouting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula usually begins in early May.  You see, we wait until the snow melts in the heavy timber, but not too late to allow for a full blown black fly and mosquito hatch.  After ‘the hatch,’ the next tolerable field work depends on weather patterns, usually sometime in the later part of July.  I remember … Read More

Three’s Company…if you can keep up;)

Wild Game DynastyBucks n Bears

As the three of us continued our walk down the ole’ skidder run I kept wondering where in the heck we were going.  I yelled ahead a similar sentiment: “Hey, Bob! You must’ve walked back in here before, huh?”  There was no answer.  The three of us continued back into no-man’s land with my brother Bob leading the way.  Trailing about 50 yards behind was Gage and I.  Gage is one of Bob’s three sons (my nephew).  Some might say that Gage and I lagged behind to hide our private conversations from our “lead scout,” … Read More