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  1. Woodies and Canned Pheasant

    Saturday morning had me sitting in the brush along the shore of little lake in Southern Michigan with my trusty Ithaca Model 66 single shot 12 gauge and my buddy Mike by my side. We were waiting for the sun to rise and the ducks to fly on my first hunt of the season. The wind was just a breeze out of the west over our right shoulder as the sun began to make itsí way over the shoreline to our left. As we listened to geese on a distant lake begin to chatter, the first wood duck of the day sped by ...
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  2. Best Day Of The Year

    The past week, it seems, has had me feeling like summer is finally on the way out. With the home fans no longer running all night, and daylight fading away around 9:00 pm, I have begun to feel the change. Then this morning I saw it. Right there in front of me, along M61 west of Gladwin, were orange leaves. Thatís right, orange leaves on two different trees. Sure there were only a few orange leaves on each of those trees, but they are the colors of fall. Those few leaves signal the approach of a ...
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  3. Oh What A Beautiful Morning

    3:00 a.m. came extremely early, and as I woke my 12 year old son Bryan his first words were, "I am to tired to go", but I knew he would not miss the day we had ahead of us. Waking so early was a must as it was Saturday, September 19, and was the opener of the 2009 youth waterfowl hunting weekend and I was sure all Bryan needed was to wake up a bit and clear the cob webs out of his head. I had loaded all of our gear the night before so all that was needed was to get dressed and drive to ...
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  4. A First For Me

    I finally managed to get my hunting license purchased and get after some waterfowl yesterday. My buddy Mike and I had the planned to float one of the local rivers and do some jump shooting for ducks. The weather was perfect, slightly cool in the morning with not a cloud in sight. We started the day by paddling 3 hours up stream while making mental notes along the way about where flooded back bays off the main river were located so that we could paddle along the cattail edges of all of them hoping ...

    Updated 10-23-2013 at 09:20 AM by BratsNMustard

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  5. Lonesome Duck

    When I arrived at the public access site that late November morning I was not expecting to see a layer of ice on the water. Sure it had been cold for the past few mornings, but I definitely did not think there would be ice. I was there with my kayak for a morning of waterfowl hunting but I was beginning to wonder if I could even get my kayak into water. It was still about a half hour before sunrise, which made it too dark to see if there was open water elsewhere on the lake, so I decided to just ...
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