Our sad farewells are becoming too frequent. This time it is Don Ingle and his wife Jean. During the early morning hours of March 8, 2012 Don’s house in Baldwin caught fire and both he and Jean died in it.
Don was a prolific outdoors writer and a member of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association. He received many awards and honors for his writing. Don wrote for a number of publications and each year Don made sure that the Turkey Hunters Rendezvous received a lot of publicity.
Did you ever make a simple or silly mistake, or forget something while going hunting, etc? Cleaning your gun, checking your shells, taking your license and wearing the right clothes? These things never happen to us, always to some one else. During the excitement of the hunt things can be overlooked.
A very special THANK YOU to our members who were responsible for making the complex Wild Turkey Hunters Rendezvous run so smoothly. Without you there would be no Rendezvous. Another very special THANK YOU goes out to the crew from the Brighton area for their terrific...
The following contains activity by both the Pere Marquette Chapter and the state chapter. The P.M. Chapter meeting was held on 12/22/12. A number of issues were discussed and resolved. Planning was done for the pending expos and the Rendezvous. Attended the MUCC District 13 meeting on 1/15/12 at Cadillac. Several issues of interest to us were discussed including an update on S.B. 412.
In the last issue of Michigan Turkey Tracks we reported on Senate Bill 412 that was introduced on our behalf by State Senator Darwin Booher. We reported on the language of the bill and the very specific reasons for it. The article stated “It is gratifying that our organization and the Michigan Chapter of the NWTF were able to set down and come up with an agreement that is agreeable to both organizations.” This was short lived as the bill moved to the House of Representatives.
Those of us who were fortunate to have hunted our 3.9 million acres of state forest during the 1940?s and early 1950?s found excellent numbers of game including deer, grouse, woodcock, rabbits and hares. Hunting on the public forests was actually fun. Today game on these same forests are severely depressed. What has happened?
Quite simply the DNR has been managing our state forests as tree farms and has invested very little resources to manage varied habitat absolutely critical to wildlife.