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Archive for November, 2010

29 Nov

Iron County Tales

Word from pal CO Jason Wicklund that while other counties might have a dirth of deer hunters and illegal activity, Iron County was the opposite. Lots of hunters, lots of crapola going on. For example, officers deployed “Blambi” (the infamous robotic deer decoy) three times and got five “takers” (four shooters and a hunter with […]

28 Nov

Let Freedom Wing

Long-time friends Griz (Joe) and Nan Harris of Old Mission Peninsula sent a note recently with this explanation: For those of you who might have missed this event yesterday at Bowers Harbor Park on Old Mission, it was amazing. This fellow was found in October on the porch of a cottage near us near death, […]

26 Nov

Part II: 2010 Firearms Deer Season

MONDAY, November 15: CO Niemi dropped me at my truck at the Stephenson MSP post around 10 a.m. and I headed to the DNR office in Escanaba, about 50 miles away. Sgt. Darryl Shann picked me up noonish and we head northeast into Delta County. He shared with me Chief Gary Hagler’s  phone mail to […]

24 Nov

PART I: Is Deer Season Dying a Slow Death?

MONDAY, November 8: left home and drove to the UP, signed books for Mary Carney at her First Edition Too book store in Brevort and had dinner with CO Kellie Nightlinger; the next morning booked it to Baraga to meet up with Steve Burton. Ironically I took the back way out of town and saw […]

24 Nov

Credit Where Credit is Due

KW (Kept Woman) Colleen Steinman advises that credit for the weird yooper humor photo of last night’s blog rightfully belongs to Diane Stampfler, czarina of Promote/Michigan. Over.

23 Nov


Back from DNR patrols, report to follow here with photos later this week. Worked in Keewenaw, Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, Chippewa and Otsego Counties. Not many hunters in areas patrolled. But the few deer being shot appeared to be fairly large. I append to this brief entry a photo of Father […]

04 Nov

Songs You Never Heard

This here song youses never heard before, but some night in a UP tavern, you just might. Meanwhile, I am starting to get juiced for deer season. You might run into me anywhere in the state, so don’t be surprised and don’t get caught doing something stupid or naughty. And finally, some interesting local photographs […]

04 Nov

An Oyrishman’s October Trout

Pals John O’Neil and Kelly Neuman  floated the lower AuSable, from Alcona to Loud Dam last Saturday, caught and released four dandy trout, 16-18-20-24 inches.  John says the stretch is beautiful water. In addition, John’s son Captain Norm has just earned his Green Beret, which you should know, is not an easy thing.  Many fail […]

03 Nov

The People Have Spoken

I found myself oddly moved very late last night sitting and watching the more or less calm and orderly transition our democracy brings through the electoral process. Rick Snyder tried to make a reasoned, restrained, thoughtful acceptance speech for governor, but many in his audience howled like fools, earning some well deserved intense stares from […]

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