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08 Nov

The Time Approaches

Packing tomorrow for time with COs. It’s always exciting right about now as the early cheats start working (and often get caught). Don’t know if any of you read most recent bi-weekly report, but COs found moosehead on a rock in SW Marquette Co, which is where Limpy Allerdyce resides. The dopes who killed the moose put a sign by the head that read, “The wolfs won’t get this one.” Ironically, the total number of deer wolves have killed since their return in the late 90s, is less than the number killed by violators and poachers annually.  Thought I’d share some things from earlier this season.


Silverado Still Life


Your basic illegal ORV trail.

With Ellen Airgood (South of Superior) at Deer Park Lodge in September. Ellen's a great writer. Treat yourself.

At first glance the wood structure just left of center looks like a moose head in the water.

CO Derek Miller tawkin' to the dawgs...

Accommodations in the foret royale


Cedar face.

Baby eagle on road kill. Pal Mike Brown pulled the deer into the woods to keep eagles from being hit by vehicles. We call juvenile eagles baby eagles, shortened to "beagles."

Beaver pond birch on a gorgeous day.

04 Nov

Road Show Continues (Readings, Etc)

More photos from recent goings-on.


Camp signs always amuse, and sometimes edify.

Nature's twist, or Native American Signal Tree?

Wife Donna assists Grady Service's official geographer into Knights of Columbus regalia. The famous licensed Michigan fisherman looks a bit demented, but he was Navy, so that helps explain it.


Autograph for Julie Gates at FOP meeting in Grayling.


Speaking at Escanaba. The word Ghoti on the board is pronounced "fish." Trust me on that.

Darryl Shann introduces me at Escanaba Public Library

Sylvia Benavidez introducing me at Books and More in Albion, and I'm wondering," Is that ME she's talking about?"

03 Nov

More From the Road Show

Dawned on us today that there are other photos on separate memory sticks. Will dump those later and share. Meanwhile: 


Old time hunting camp, tarpaper and all.

Snake in the rocks. (Copperbelly)

Mike Brown with spent coho.

Moonlace night.

Old Man, Old Fish

Check that face. I swear it looks human!

Hey Poppy, is that food up there!!!

Flicker in the Grass

Erosion above the Manistique River

Coho Closeup

Better picture of the Upper Tahq


Beaver slide.



03 Nov

Summer Pix

More from the Summer and Fall Above the Bridge.

Walk in the autumn woods.

Bloob fields west of the Blind Sucker Impoundment.

Painter's dream.


One year the snow was so high that snowmobiles ran over the roof of this old hunting camp and tore it up. You can see where repairs were attempted, and Lonnie is 5-8 or so, which gives you some perspective.

Traffic control oot in woods, eh.

Morning fire mojo.

Logger leavings from Long, long ago in Schoolcraft Co.

Casey Lake Marina

Upper Fox River at Smitty the Hermit's Old Homestead site.

Early one Muskallonge morning....

Casey Lake Exploration Team (L-R) Brenda Stinson, Jambe Longue, and Max Stinson with Shanahan supervising and begging for treats.

Big Honkers on the Upper Fox

Autumn tunnel, northwest Luce County

02 Nov

Tahquamenon Country

Sometimes conservation officers find themselves between rocks and hard places and often such places are green,green,green. Turn around, or plunge forward. Well we opted for forward till the road dropped into a sinkhole and made retreat necessary. You do not understand green until you are buried in it. This particular day we were wending our way north toward the Tahquamenon River — very interesting country.

The Road Ahead of Us (for 50 meters)

The Road Behind Us

02 Nov

The North in Color

Where are we now, Weds? It sometimes the days run together. Word this week came that Lyons will publish Red Jacket, story of a game warden in the Keweenaw during the 1913 Copper Strike. Cast of characters include Teddy Roosevelt, Big Louie Moilanen, Big Annie Clemenc, Mother Jones, George Gipp, and more.Publication will be sometime in 2012, but I don’t know exact timing yet.  This is not a Grady Service story, but it is Yoop and COs in perhaps one of the most interesting years in state history. Meanwhile, I’m prepping short stories to go to my agent and getting ready to head north for coupla weeks with COs in the UP, (hoping no big snows to contend with). Having the Green Streamer’s tires checked this week, to see if we need new skins. Meanwhile, here are more photos from summer and fall in da Yoop. Enjoy and over.



Fish Scout on The Precipice

South of Noobs

Fishing the Two Hearted's Magic Cohohole

Beaverneers' sweet dam

Superior's snit.Big blow coming.

Uh oh, da bears iss in da bloobs...

Picking Brenda's lettuce.

(l-r) Lonnie, Mary Miars, Mommyo Miars at Crisp Point on a windy day.

Riffle water

Lonnie and Mike Brown climbing down to the Two Hearted.

Belle Lac, northwest Luce County

Tamaracki off the Manistique River Road.


Fall popples: This is the color of bird-hunting.

This is a weed seen southwest of Curtis. No idea what it is, but the yellow is eye-catching.

Fire Trees. The color this fall was stunning.

30 Oct

Books & Stuff

Very nice time yesterday at Books and More in Albion.  Someone asked me what I read, and I couldn’t really answer because my tastes tend to run all over the place, but if interested, here’s the list of what I’ve read so far in 2011, in the order I read them:


 1.Winston Groom. A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy & Triumph on the Western Front. [NF]

2. Donald Hall. Life Work. [NF]

3. Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Flanders Panel.

4. Gail Levin. Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. [NF]

5.  Ernest Hemingway. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. [SS]

6. Jean-Yves Tadie. Marcel Proust: A Life. [NF]

7. Christopher Duffy. Through German Eyes: The British & the Somme, 1916. [NF]

8. Jef Simmons. Wipers: A Soldier’s Tale from the Great War. [NF]

9. Ernst Junger. Storm of Steel. [NF]

10. Ian W. Beckett. Ypres: The First Battle, 1914.[NF]

11. Gunter Grass. Peeling the Onion: A Memoir. [NF]

12. John H. Timmerman. Jane Kenyon: A Literary Life. [NF]

13. James Dickey. Poems 1957-1967 [P]

14. Gontran de Poncins. Kabloona: Among the Inuit. [NF]

15. Hazen L. Miller.The Old Au Sable. [NF]

16. Christopher Fowler. The Water Room.

17. Larry McMurtry. Oh What A Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890. [NF]

18. Germaine Greer. Shakespeare’s Wife. [NF]

19. Rich Benjamin. Searching for Utopia. [NF]

20. Martin Cruz Smith. December 6.

21. Umberto Eco, Ed. On Ugliness. [NF]

22. Joan Didion. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. [NF]

23. Craig Raine. T.S. Eliot. [NF]

24. Wm B. Mershon. Recollections of My Fifty Years Hunting and Fishing. [NF]


26. Christopher Fowler. Full Dark House.

27. Christopher Fowler. Seventy Seven Clocks.

28. Christopher Fowler. Ten Second Staircase.

29. Christopher Fowler. White Corridor.

30. Joseph Heywood. Red Jacket. [MS]

31. Bob Lemieux. Off Wing: Living in the Bowels of the Dead Wings in the 1970s [NFMS]

32. Karl Shapiro and Robert Beur. A Prosody Handbook. [NF]

33. Joseph Heywood.  Force of Blood [Edited MS]

34. Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken. [NF] 

35. Julie Burstein. Spark: How Creativity Works. [NF]

36. Joseph Heywood. Force of Blood. [Page Proofs]

37. C.J. Box. Cold Wind.

38. Alex Berenson. The Faithful Spy.

39. Alex Berenson. The Silent Man.

40. Jaimy Gordon. Lord of Misrule.

41. Virginia Morris. How to Care for Aging Parents. [NF]

42. Gareth Crocker. Finding Jack.

43. Wm Donohue Ellis. Land of the Inland Seas: The Historic and Beautiful Great Lakes Country. [NF]

44. Joseph Heywood. Force of Blood [Page Proofs]

45. Dana Stabenow. A Fine and Bitter Snow.

46. Dana Stabenow. Blindfold Game.

47. Marcus Luttrell w Patrick Robinson. Lone Survior. [NF]

48. Ian Wilson. Shakespeare the Evidence: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Works. [NF]

49. Susan Jacoby. Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. [NF]

50. Tim Corcoran. Bone Island Mambo.

51.Trevanian. Shibumi.

52. Jonathan Bate. The Genius of Shakespeare. [NF]

53. Norman Mailer. The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing. [NF]

54. Edward L. Galligan. The Truth of Uncertainty: Beyond Ideology in Science and Literature. [NF]

55. Michael Korda. Hero: The Life & Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. [NF]

56. Susan Jacoby. Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. [NF]

57. Raymond Chandler. The Simple Art of Murder. [NF, SS]

58. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels.

59. William Zinser. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. [NF]

60. Charles J. Hanley. Sand Hun, and Martha Mendoza. The Bridge at No Gun Ri. [NF]

61. James Welch. Fool’s Crow.

62. Donald Barthelme. Not –Knowing: The Essays and Interviews. [NF]

63. David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. [NF]

64. Edward L. Galligan. The Comic Vision in Literature. [NF]

65. Samuel Pepys. The Diary of Samuel Pepys. [NF]

66. R.A. Rieki. U.P.

67. Edwin Way Teale. Journey Into Summer. [NF]

68. Edward Marston. The Wolves of Savernake.

69. Sheryl De Vore. Northern Flights: Tracking the Birds and Birding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [NF]

70. Ellen Airgood. South of Superior.

71. Ross S. Carter.  Those Devils in Baggy Pants. [NF]

72. DNR Drummond Island Log Book. 1/2/74 – 10/3/81. [NF]

73. Nelson Lee. Three Years Among the Commanche: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, The Texas Ranger. [NF]

74. Edward Marston. The Ravens of Blackwater.

75. Frederic J. Svoboda, Joseph J. Waldmeir. Hemingway: Up in Michigan Perspectives. [NF]

76. Thomas Berger. The Feud.

77. Pam Houston. Women on Hunting. [SS]

78. Paul Doiron. The Poacher’s Son.

79. Dan Jenkins. Fast Copy.

80. Christopher Fowler. Bryant & May On the Loose.

81. Christopher Fowler. Bryant & May Off the Tracks.

82. William Saroyen. Short Drive, Sweet Chariot. [NF]

83. Lenny Bruce. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. [NF]

84. William Styron. Lie Down in Darkness.

85. Alan Lightman. Einstein’s Dreams.

86. Gary Provost: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing. [NF]

87. Stephen Crane. The Little Regiment and Other Civil War Stories. [SS]

88. Steven J. Gould. Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History. [NF]\

89. Robert K. Adair. The Physics of Baseball. [NF]

90. Karin Fossum. Don’t Look Back.

91. Philip Kerr. A Quiet Flame.

92. Janet Evanovich. Smokin’ Seventeen.

93. Philip Kerr. Field Gray.

94. Alan Furst. Night Soldiers.

95. Alan Furst. The Polish Officer

96. Alan Furst. Red Gold.

97. Alan Furst. Kingdom of Shadows.

98. Alan Furst. Blood of Victory.

99. Alan Furst. The Spies of Warsaw.

100. Larry McMurtry. Literary Life: A Second Memoir.[NF]

101. Louis Erdich. The Red Convertible. [SS]

102. George Singleton. The Half-Mammals of Dixie. [SS]

103. Craig Johnson. The Cold Dish.

104. Troy Henderson. Lake Superior Country: 19th Century Travel and Tourism. [NF]

105. John Dunning. The Sign of the Book.

106. Joseph Heywood. Horseblankets. [SS MS]

107. Bonnie Jo Campbell. Once Upon A River.

108. Olen Steinhauer. Liberation Movements.

109. Olen Steinhauer. The Tourist.

110. Olen Steinhauer. Victory Square.

111. Olen Steinhauer. 36 Yalta Boulevard.

112. Jeffrey Eugenides. Middlesex.

113. James Thompson. Snow Angels.

114. Stieg Larsson. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

115. Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Played With Fire.

116. Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

117. Olen Steinhauer. The Confesssion.

118. Anon.  Goetzville-Raber-Lime Island: 1879-1979. [NF]

119. Jill Lowe Brumwell. Drummond Island: History, Folklore and Early People [NF]

25 Oct

Fall Flying & We’re Still Here.

Predictions of the end of the world for Oct. 21 turned out to once again be wrong. Good turnout that night at Kazoo Books, where I read new short stories. Last night Lonnie and I were at Eagles Aerie in Grayling  for a talk to the Fraternal Order of Police lodge. Another good turnout; the folks from  Saturn Books came down from Gaylord to sell books. This coming Saturday we’ll  be at Books and More in downtown Albion, where I will read short stories and sign books. And then we’re done for a while with public book activities as I prep for fall DNR patrols, which I’m looking forward to.  Mostly I’ll be back to work on the next projects. We thought about trout fishing the AuSable River yesterday afternoon, but winds up to 30 mph and right down the river’s chute made that less than desirable. This morning it was 31 and drizzling: In a boat, it would have been an excellent  day for chucking big streamers for big browns. Wading? Not so much. We had rain off and on all the way home. Thunderstorms tonight, the dog is trembling.

Word came from old MSU lacrosse teammate Joe Sutschek that he has finally retired. We wish  him well. The 50th anniversary of Michigan State University lacrosse is coming up in 2013 and Joe and the rest of our teammates will gather to celebrate that milestone. Over.

21 Oct

Summer Memories

Today’s another world ending day, though it doesn’t seem to have arrived. Interview with Zinta Aistars was on WMUK this morning. Reading at Kazoo Books tonight at 7. Photos forthwith. Over.

God in His Two Hearted

Light Exploded

Trouble Above

Mirror World

Sky Fire

Lonnie's Rainbow on Bill's Peninsula

Beer-Butt Clucky Dinner

On the Road to the upper Two Hearted.

Beach Bones

Bald eagle feathers. These we turned into a CO to forward to the Native American Repository (Depository) that dispenses all eagle feathers to Native Americans. Sharp-eyed Jambe Longue and Shanny found these. The bottom one seems to be from a 3rd or 4th years bird, the top one from a younger animal. Bald eagles' tails ahnd heads turn entirely white inyear four. Until then they are sort of splotchy. The more white, the older they're likely to be.

21 Oct

DNR History Bits

Original revolvers issued to Michigan Conservation Officers, starting in 1938. Before this officers had to buy their own weapon and apply for a concealed weapon permit from their county.

Antique examines antique. The revolver is only five years older than yours truly.

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