Preseason Readiness – Deer Season is fast approaching

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By:  Tom Lounsbury.             Ever since my wife Ginny and I became the 4th generation to own the family farm 20 years ago, we’ve put a lot of effort since then into creating our own little wildlife paradise, thanks to various conservation programs our farm is enrolled in. My main focus is providing proper habitat for wild pheasants, and in so doing it has worked to the benefit of all wildlife, including deer. The majority of the farm entails prairie grass fields, which have evergreen windbreaks all around the outer perimeter, and it didn’t take … Read More

Gearing up and getting ready for the fall hunting seasons – that time is here

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By:  Tom Lounsbury.             Mid-August is the perfect time to take a good look at your hunting gear and make improvements or additions as is necessary, because before you know it, you will be out in the field pursuing various autumn outdoor pastimes. That is what I truly appreciate about our great state of Michigan, the very diverse availability of outdoor pursuits, in which my home Thumb area is no slouch at all. The crow season is already in progress and in a couple short weeks, the early goose season opens up. Mid-September represents my … Read More

A look back at the christening of Wild Game Dynasty (ELO)

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By:  Jim Kushner. The summer after Gary first purchased his place at East Lake I helped him out with some demo & remodel.   The “priority project” was removing a really old tub & toilet and replacing with new plumbing and shower stall.   The old pipe was black metal and came apart (more or less) in our hands. Seriously, it was as old as it was ugly! My friend, Matt,  also helped out with the project.   When fall rolled around we planned a 4 day hunt with Gary. I believe we were the first to actually … Read More

Are We Hunting For A Clean Kill ?

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By:  Jim Kushner. If you are reading this you are no doubt one of the millions(?) of hunting & fishing enthusiasts who participate and or browse the many Forums available on these subjects and much more. I am far more a browser than a participant in the many forums out there. Typically I am looking for some specific information on a particular firearm or load data etc. I also enjoy reading and seeing the many hunting stories that people post there. Recently I was compelled to start a post of my own after reading countless … Read More

Mine Is A Marlin 336 In A .35 Remington!

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By: Jim Kushner. It is that time of year when there is not a whole lot going on in the world of hunting & fishing. Depending on where you live in the State of Michigan there may be good ice or not. There are some predator hunters or trappers still out there but mainly it’s that time when you are either preparing for the spring turkey hunt or in my case, just thinking about hunting. Lately, I am thinking and doing a lot of reading about rifles & cartridges. My focus on long guns has … Read More

Mautz Paint

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By: Charlie Brand. Foreward & Afterward by: Bruce Ter Beek. Foreward – The Other Values Derived From the Outdoors Experience I have spent the last few evenings reading all the stories posted on Wild Game Dynasty’s blog. Many great stories and photos of hunters with their deer, bears, and turkeys but I also was struck by other values shared. Brian Smith’s story “My Buck from Dad’s Blind” posted Feb 2018 and Tom Lounsbury’s story “Take a Kid Hunting-the Future to it All is Here” posted April 2015 give a look into the intangible values the … Read More

The Hunt I Will Never Forget

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By: Luke Allen. On November 9th my friend Mike and I left for the hunting trip of a lifetime.  It was an early morning for me and a long night for Mike He had just gotten off of work at 4am.  We loaded the truck up to head to Missouri.  After about 11 hours of driving, we make it into Missouri.  Mike and I still needed to get our license from the Walmart in Bethany, MO, we get to the counter and tell the man we need to purchase our out-of-state license.  He reply’s I … Read More

The Moment it all Came Together…

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By: Bill Cowling. From the moment of our first hunt, my son’s anticipation of his first deer harvest grew exponentially.  Little did we know, that anticipation would grow over 7 seasons of deer hunting before the moment came to fruition. As a youngster, my son, Dylan, immediately became infatuated with deer hunting.  His first bow, delivered by Santa on his fourth Christmas, launched foam balls across the family room.  The very next morning, ‘ol Dad woke early with the young lad standing and staring at me while still sleeping.  “Dad, when can we go hunting?”  … Read More

Let’s Go Hunting!

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By:  Jim Kushner. I recently had a conversation with a couple of fellow deer hunters. One is fairly new to deer hunting the other is a long time hunter. Both of them hunt exclusively over bait. The conversation turned to the subject of the DNR announcement that all baiting will be banned starting in 2019 to hopefully help in controlling the spread of CWD. There was comment on what this would do to the deer population, one comment was that the deer population would grow out of hand because of the lack of not only … Read More

What deer hunting is really like

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Written by a thousand deer hunters…. Months of anticipation, planning & preparation. Getting up early, sitting outside all day in the cold wind (yesterday) or the almost rain snow showers (today). Seeing nothing so you move mid day to another spot for a while. When you decide to get a late lunch and dry off a little you find that a deer walked on your footprints in the hour since you made them (today). You gear up and head back out but the wind has changed so you have to make a new plan for … Read More