March 2018 – Issue 44

Pere Marquette Chapter Spring 2018 Update

Winter had arrived over our 13 county chapter area. On January 8, 2018, we made our first purchase of 10,000 pounds of shelled corn. This is being written during the last portion of January. It has been an on again off again winter. What had been snow cover has melted...

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Two Trout Streams Died and No One Cares

Two Trout Streams Died and No One Cares

In the fall of 2000, we became aware that the foreign-based Nestlé Corporation announced that they wanted to pump water from two springs in Osceola and Mecosta counties, in addition from wells they would establish. Little did I know that would be the beginning of the end.

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Of Deer and Rattlesnakes

The Baldwin-Luther Swamp is a large swamp complex in Lake County and is part of the Pere Marquette State Forest. It is a major winter deer yarding area. Sometime around the 1960s and 1970s area Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) wildlife biologists...

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Our Outdoor Habitat: The Crisis is Now

This is the eighth article by John Gunnall that has appeared in Michigan Turkey Tracks. John is a retired school educator who has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Mattawan, Detour-Drummond Island, Crystal Falls, Hale and Banger school districts. Many others...

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The Grant Gobblers MWTHA Banquet was a huge success and a terrific event. There were many games, bucket raffles, guns won (Gold Star Guns out of Edmore), great food (Chris and Leeann Hesse of PorkNStien) and five scholarships given out. Congrats gentlemen another fine event. ... See MoreSee Less
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In the April 2024 issue of Woods and Water News there’s an in depth article by Millard Holton about apple tree cultivation. This got me to thinking about lending some hard learned things about apple trees that we have. We have about 26 apple trees I’ve planted on my property for personal use and what hits the ground the animals get. Millard is right about the mice, etc. wanting to eat the bark on young trees, for this we put repellent granules around the base at the beginning of winter. We have lost a few to this before putting the repellent down; it’s worth it. Repellent is a small price to pay, replacing the tree and start growing a new one is needless tree growth time lost. Also, we found out we need to put 6 foot high chicken wire fencing around the young trees with supporting posts. Again, chicken wire cost vs tree growing time when you need to replace a young tree that was eaten to the ground by deer… your call! By the way, keep the fencing up permanently to avoid the tree being a buck rub. Losing an older producing tree is a tragedy. I’ve learned to plant the trees that come in dirt in roughly 5 gal containers; bare root trees never worked out real good for us. We make a fairly big hole for the new tree and we found the best results by mixing about 10 bags of top soil like material into the existing dirt as we have predominantly sandy soil. Thanks, Millard for getting me thinking about this, I’ll bet your cider was delicious. ... See MoreSee Less
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MWTHA State Chapter is going to have a general membership meeting May 19th, 2024, at the Clare Jay’s Sporting Goods in the Outback Room at 12 noon. The meeting will address, not limited to, the Charitable Gaming License rules, after banquet reporting “musts” and elections. Hope to see you there; Happy Hunting in the up-coming Turkey season. Gary Maas / MWTHA Pres. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a great time we all had at the 26th Annual MWTHA Banquet at the Clare Church of the Nazarene last night. We handed out three scholarships: (pictured left to right) presenter Mark Todd - Morgan Bowers from Clare HS, Jaiden Sharrow from Farwell HS and Blake Davenport from Harrison HS. Also pictured is a small part of the kids who lined up to go across the stage to pick out their free gifts, and pictured is lucky “Polly” who was the first picked for the women’s free raffle table and decided to take the gun which was about as big as she is, lol. And, of course, we had a delicious dinner catered by Mack’s on Main from Gladwin. I must give a special shout out to “Johnny” from the Church of the Nazarene for all his help - he’s the best. Ask around and you’ll find out this is a great family oriented banquet night out. Thank you to everyone who came and to all our sponsors and workers who helped make this event possible each year. Certainly couldn’t do it without your help and support. ... See MoreSee Less
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It is that time of year again. The Grant Gobblers are having their annual banquet March 22nd at Grant Community Church, doors open at 5:30 PM. For more info call Chapter President Brian Heminger at 616-291-1626. Also, of course, the North-Central Chapter is having their annual banquet March 2nd at the Clare Church of the Nazarene, doors open at 5:00 PM. For more info call Gary Maas at 989-588-1193. We look forward to two great MWTHA banquets and thank you for your continued support. ... See MoreSee Less
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