March 2015 – Issue 38
Did you ever wonder how and why hunting evolved etc.? When hunting started it was for food and furs. They needed to eat and keep warm in the winters. Then the hunters were feeding the railroaders while the skins were shipped overseas to Europe. When you got a reputation as a good hunter people thought you were MACHO.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written by John Gunnell of Rockford, following his article that appeared in the September 2014 issue of Michigan Turkey Tracks. We welcome articles regarding our members and non members alike. All articles will be published as written in a professional manner.
If you are often disappointed like I am by the homogenized storyline of many media people pertaining to outdoor matters, you may have interest in reading further. Outdoor writers seem fast disappearing that still exercise self-discernment by rendering their views much beyond the storyline they are fed.
The October 9, 2014 issue of Michigan Outdoor News reported on a study conducted by Michigan State University on the disappearing Snowshoe Hare population throughout northern Michigan. The Study costing $118,709 was commissioned by our Michigan DNR using Pittman-Robertson funds. They looked at 134 sites statewide and found that 49 percent of the historic lower peninsula sites and 27 percent of the upper Peninsula sites do not have hares anymore.
Another fall…another hunting season…and again a moment of reflection as I sit in my stand waiting on a big buck to come my way. A chilly heavy fog this morning and the wet heavy leaves come down on me and blanket the ground below me. Sometimes they flutter and tumble straight down and sometimes one flies through the trees like a jet fighter. I find myself drawn to their final resting place.