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Falls (The): To most in state this refers to Tahqamenon Falls north of Newberry and west of Paradise.

Faygo Red Pop: The state’s favorite soft drink.

Firestarter: Slang for the city of Flint in the lower peninsula.

First Blood: Among some hunting groups refers to the initial hit on a deer and first blood usually meant that hunter could claim the animal, no matter who finally dispatched it. The term also refers to the first buck taken at camp, and to the traditional fried venison heart and liver meal that followed.

Fish Car: See Beater.

Fish Coffin: Creel.

Fish Club: See Priest.

Fish Juice: Every angler has his or her favorite flavor/concoction. The Bullshido standard is below.


Fiborn Cave: See Fiborn Quarry. Also called Hendrie River Water Cave.

Fiborn Quarry: Near Rexton in western Mackinac County. Limestone identified by Chase S. Osborn in 1898, editor, prospector, writer, and governor of the state (1911-1912). Osborn and William F Fitch bought the land and opened the quarry in 1905. The name Fiborn combines Fitch and Osborn. Algoma Steel bought the land in 1909. Quarry operated until 1936. Village around the operation was called Fiborn Quarry. Caves in the area first explored in 1901. 1983 the area was purchased by the Michigan Karst Conservancy. One main cave remains and may be visited with permission of the MKC and in the company of? a qualified guide. The cave is 2,140 feet long, and includes an underground 5-foot waterfall, cut there’s only one safe entry into the cave and you have to have permission and a trained guide to lead you. Other caves also may exist on the 480-acre site. Other caves in the system include Disgusting Cave, Quarry Cave, Hendrie River Water Cave, and Kochab Cave.

Finndian: Ethic mix of Finnish and Native American. Town of Sidnaw is epicenter.

Finlandia: College in Hancock, formerly called Suomi.

Firestarter: Soak cotton balls in Vasoline, put in film containers, carry in your survival kit. Will ignite fast with lighter or spark from steel and flint.

Flag: The lifted white tail of a deer fleeing when spooked. Biologists theorize that this is an evolutionary development, designed to allow fawns to follow a fleeing mother from danger.

Flasher: Road-hunting is best for woodcock just before dark, when the birds gather on two-tracks. Old time violators brag, “Da best time hunt woodcock is when you can see da muzzle flash.”

Flatlander. To a Yooper, anyone from downstate, though plenty of the U.P., especially the eastern half? is extremely flat. This term was also one of contempt by trappers for someone green, or new to the mountains.

Float Your Hat: Lose your footing while wading and current carries you downstream. Sometimes this can be fatal, but usually a joking warning.

Floating Island: Made of spaghnum, shallow intertwined roots, often over bogs. Looks solid. Often it isn’t. A lot like walking on a rotting trampline. Carry a looong walking stick and go slowly, if at all.

Flying Squirrel: G.sabrinius, the northern flying squirrel is found in northern lower and Upper Peninsulas. In southern Michigan it’s B. volans, southern flying squirrel. Populations of G sabrinius are shrinking, B. Volans increasing, reasons unknown. Few people ever see this largel nocturnal creature.


Flyway: Migration route of birds between breeding and wintering grounds.

Food Plot: Food (barley, oats, rye grass, etc) planted to attract game animals or waterfowl, sometimes to provide feed during long, hard winters, sometimes as bait for hunters in blinds. A widespread practice outside Michigan and confined to larger landholdings in this state.

Four Wheeler: Generic terms for four wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles.

Free Trapper: One who worked for himself, where and when he wants. As free as the weather and geography will allow. The ultimate self-sustained individualist.

Fudgie: Tourists to Mackinac Island and on either end of the bridge.

Funnelhead: Slang for a Canadian. Derived from custom of wearing toques.


Galamolyacka: Finnish fish-head soup.

Garden (The): The Garden Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula.

Garden Gold/ Green: Refers to a particularly potent form of marijuana grown on or around the Garden Peninsula.

Gay: A village in the Keeweenaw, former sites of major stamping plant for the copper industry.

Gipper (The): Nickname of George Gipp of Laurium who played football for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame and died young. Ronald Reagan played Gipp in a film

Glaze Ice: The clear, lethal ice from an ice storm. Amorphous and dense, clings to everything.

Glovebox: Glove compartment.

Go…: In many parts of the UP people talk fast and efficiently, that is they choose to leave words out. Doesnt’ hurt comprehension, no big deal, eh. Examples,Let’s go camp, go grudge, go Red Owl, etc.

God’s Country: The U.P, according to Yoopers. They’re probably right.

Grade: Refers to abandoned railroad, usually with the tracks and ties removed, the line being converted to recreational use by various vehicles (four-wheelers, snowmobiles, etc.]

Grass Cutter: Yooperese for a lawnmower.

Grease Hunger: Trapper talk for wanting meat to eat.

Green Fish: Salmon fresh into the river for their autumn spawning run.

Greenstone: Chlorastrolite is the state’s gem stone, found mainly in the Keeweenaw Peninsula and on Isle Royale. Greenstone is made into jewelry.

Grudge: Yooperese for garage.

Guide: An individual skilled in baiting and leading hunters to game.

Gutshot: A poorly placed shot that strikes an animal’s abdomen, but not necessarily vital organs. Death is slow and painful.

Gutting: Field-dressing an animal by removing its viscera. Also called gralloch in England.


Hair of the Bear: The highest praise a trapper, backwoodsman can say about another.

Half-Face Camp: A leant-to.

Hammerhandle: A small, usually illegal northern pike

Happy Mount: Slang for town of Mt. Pleasant in the Lower Peninsula

Happy Rock: Slang for town of Gladstone (Delta County).

Hard Rain: Sleet or ice.

Hard Tree: Slang for town of Ironwood (Gobebic County).

Hard Water: Slang for town of Iron River (Iron County).

Hard Water Fishing: Yooperese for? ice fishing.

Hartley’s: The favored brandy in Yooper hunting camps and ice sheds.

Has-been: Joking term for CO retirees, but also used to describe officers who have lost their enthusiasm for doing the job. See Roady.

Headhunter: One who seeks trophies only.

Heikki Lunta: The imaginary Finnish god of snow and winter, alleged supreme diety of the U.P. Literal translation of Hank Snow.

High Speed Beef: Deer. Sometimes called Speed Beef.

Hivernant: Trapper talk for someone who winters in the bush

Hoar Frost: Formed by direct deposition from water vapor to solid ice. White appearance.

Hoosier: Slang for citizen of Indiana or the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas.

Hoot-nanny: Small device used to hold a crosscut saw while sawing a log from underneath; also, nickname for any gadget or tool whose name escapes you. Forerunner of gizmo and doohicky.

Hornblende: A mineral of dark green or black color.

Hoser: Slang for a Canadian.

Hot Pond: Pond at lumber mill kept deiced by running exhaust steam into it. Hot pond was holding place for logs about to be made into lumber.

Houndsman: Hunter who uses dogs to legally pursue game.

Huivi: Head scarf worn in a snow storm, wraps around head and the face. Pronounced we-vee.

Hump: Can mean either to walk, hike (go on foot) or to hurry up. In Vietnam soldiers humped the bush.

Hunter’s Ball: Bar promotionduring deer season.

Hogleg: See Cannon.

Holy Wah: Yooperese for Holy Cow or wow, and similar exclamations.

Hooking: Hitching a ride on icy roads by holding onto vehicle and sliding on boot or shoe soles.? Also called a bum ride, shacking, shagging, many other terms.

Hunter’s Supper: Open-to-the public (for a fee) dinner held by various social clubs and churches in northern communities the night before the firearms opener.

Hunter Orange: Also called International orange and blaze orange. Required during firearm deer season but worn by many year round.

Hunting White: Deer hunters using muzzle-loaders or bows, who hunt after the regular gun season and often in snow. They also often where white.

Huron Mountains: Beautiful area between Marquette and L’Anse.

Huron Mountain Club: An exclusive private community located in the Huron Mountains near town of Big Bay. Started more than 100 years ago by prominent industrialists. The club’s holdings contain some of the most scenic land in the U.P. HMC is patrolled by security. There are similar clubs in the U.P. but the HMC is oldest, best known.

Hypothermia: Loss of body heat can lead rapidly to the shakes, shock and death. When someone gets the shakes, get them to warmth – immediately. This condition happens more often in temperatures in the 30s when it is raining or there is wet snow, than in colder conditions.

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