Did you ever wonder how the DNR thinks? They make Rules and Regulations on wild whims and guessing. Adult Hunters have to count antler points to make sure we don’t shoot an illegal Buck. Last year I had a seven point buck go by me at 30 yards, but I couldn’t count the points as his ears covered the small rack.

Did you ever wonder how the DNR thinks? They make Rules and Regulations on wild whims and guessing. Adult Hunters have to count antler points to make sure we don’t shoot an illegal Buck. Last year I had a seven point buck go by me at 30 yards, but I couldn’t count the points as his ears covered the small rack.

Then I put the glasses on him, he turned at about 50 yards away going thru the trees I saw the antlers, but couldn’t shoot thru trees.

The same things apply to Does. I thought about shooting a doe with my bow. It was limping along with a wounded left rear leg going broadside to me at 30 yards. When it stopped and looked at me it had about 5 inch Spikes so I had to let him go. While he was there a 4 point came along that was a big, older Deer and his antlers were about 10 inches or more, with no brow tines. I had to let it go also. I did eventually shoot a nice lone doe in the latter part of the Rifle Season so I did get some meat. That was how my Deer season went.

Now if I were a youth during the youth hunt I could have shot anyone of those Deer. This is the way the DNR thinks, to entice the youth to hunt and buy licenses. The rest of us who bought licenses since we were 14 years old don’t count. Then they can save all the big Bucks for the Trophy Hunters who only want the Racks to brag about anyway. The folks that would like some meat don’t count. The DNR does nothing for our class of Hunters. We are supposed to just donate money to satisfy the Trophy Hunters and Youth, while the DNR gives us the Shaft.

Turkey Hunting—I didn’t have time to scout any this year due to a flooded basement to take care of. Having the last hunt in May I could take my time. The 1st day I went scouting and hunting, setting up in a place I had used before. Calling, I heard a gobble quite a way off to my right. I waited to 9:30 then moved to another area, nothing. Going to the next area that is sandy no tracks at all. Back to my first spot while listening, I see a hen. She came by about 25 yards. Where hens are there are toms. About 12:00 looking to my right I see the tom following the hen, going where I can’t shoot him. Then disappear in to the pines. Then the hen and him reappear with a second tom. They fed and wondered around until 2:30, too far away and then left.

The 2nd day I went to the same place, putting on all my camo but no decoys. While calling I hear turkeys behind me talking but won’t come my way. Then it starts to rain so I wait. When the rain stops about 10:30 I called softly. At 11:00 I see the same tom coming across a field looking for me. Then he gets about 30 yards out. Sitting in the trees I spot a couple of openings. At the the 1st one my gun doesn’t go off, safety was still half on, pushing it on at the next opening 15 yards, Bang! Got my bird at 12:00, nice one 9 1/2 inch beard 7/8 spurs. I only saw 3 Turkeys 1 hen 2 toms. Patience and Perseverance.

An Open Letter to Director Keith Creagh and Michigan DNR Commissioners