Bow hunting at a fever pitch.

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By:  Tom Lounsbury. When August arrives I can feel an annual bout of bow season fever coming on, because with summer winding down, I know the Michigan archery deer season which opens October 1 isn’t all that far away (and the older I get, the faster time seems to fly). It is the key preseason time frame to get all of my archery equipment checked over and start doing some dedicated shooting practice. I’ve been avidly bowhunting local whitetails for quite some time now, mostly with traditional archery tackle involving recurve bows and longbows, and … Read More

Plinking – “You’re a Daisy if you do”.

Wild Game DynastyYouth Hunts

By:  Tom Lounsbury. The young girl avoided stepping on downed leaves and twigs and quietly eased up to the tree trunk for steady brace, slowly brushed a wisp of blond hair away from her shooting eye, shouldered her gun, took careful aim at her quarry as she eased off the safety, and then touched the trigger. At the shot, a little green apple lying on the ground several yards away rolled over with a direct hit. The girl re-cocked her little lever-action and shot the apple again to make sure it was down for the … Read More

Exhilaration on foot

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It’s exhilarating to be on foot in the woods, with the knowledge that if you head left and follow the trail, you’ll end up in North Dakota.  If you hang a right, you’ll end up in New York. It gives me chills to ponder this type of decision in light of all of the daily choices I make. Imagine wandering off, with only shelter, water and food to worry about as you move across the nation at a pace not often experienced in our modern world.  When you complete a long trail like this in … Read More

Trapping Came Early

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Growing up in southern Michigan meant a lot of things…to me.  My Dad worked for a job shop making parts for the automotive industry.   Mom cooked and cleaned and went grocery shopping each Friday because it was payday.  Our parents took us to a few Tigers games each year…parking in a nearby empty lot because of a torn down building.  We also felt we had the best of both worlds…the big city opportunities in an hour, or so drive while living in the middle of “outdoor life”.   Our outdoor life took on many meanings but … Read More

The Land Of Superior…as its affectionately called.

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In today’s society, instant gratification is virtually nonnegotiable.  We want it, and we want it now, whether “it” involves grabbing a burger from McDonald’s or speeding down the highway on your way home from work.  Simply put, we don’t like to wait around for stuff anymore.  If we don’t have to, we won’t. That attitude has trickled down to nearly every aspect of our lives, including deer hunting.  Growing up, the U.P. looked to me like a paradigm of the great outdoors.  It was brimming with wildlife, a special, almost mythical quality surrounding all it … Read More

He timed his whistle perfectly!

Wild Game DynastyYouth Hunts

  By:  Jim Kushner. 2014 was my 43rd deer season here in Michigan. I live on 20 acres in northern Mi. and have enjoyed pretty good success deer hunting here in the last 20 years. My own son does not hunt (where did I go wrong) and neither does my younger brother who lives about 40 minutes from here. A few years ago my brother’s son John expressed an interest in deer hunting and I finally convinced him and his Dad to try the youth hunt weekend here at my place.  Because of problems with … Read More

Do it! Hike it!

Wild Game DynastyTake A Hike!

Spend a day or afternoon on a section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) in the 500,000 acre Hiawatha National Forest.  The NCT meanders through the Hiawatha “playground” for 82 miles. Pack your daypack, take water, and dress for the weather and season. Stroll along an ancient sand dune ridge.  Wander under whispering red pines.  Rest on the banks of a gurgling brook, or trudge beside the Niagara Escarpment outcrop.  Enjoy the Lake Superior waves lapping the sandy shoreline along the Whitefish National Scenic Byway. Experience the amazing four seasons on the NCT.  … Read More

Bear Prepared: Scouting Starts Today

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We all know a successful outdoor experience begins with adequate preparation…or, ‘scouting’ as it’s called by most hunters.  Scouting for bear hunting season is without exception.  My brother and I, (both guides & outfitters) talked about how scouting has changed.  Using Google maps, online topography, etc. along side of our traditional ways is now commonplace.  Our “pre-scouting” before going out-of-doors is critical, thus, our efforts likely begin months ahead.  Synergize our knowledge of the area with new technology and this gives us more than a visual of the area before our boots are on the … Read More

Deer Calling – “Marlene” Strikes Again.

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By:  Tom Lounsbury. I enjoy watching old black and white movies and one of my favorite actresses was the late Marlene Dietrich, who was born in Germany in 1904. She starred in quite a few U.S. movies during the 1930’s and usually had an opportunity to sing with her unique voice that offered a deep and sultry nature to it. With Marlene in mind, I try to imitate her inflection when I duplicate a doe call, and when it comes to calling deer, inflection I have found after over 30 years of deer calling, means … Read More