Yes, the new year is here and many hunts have closed. However, for those real hardy folks who don’t mind a little snow and cold wind, there can still be some action. I, of course, refer to chasing bunnies and squirrels.
In a past column, I discussed the lack of deer within my hunting area. Then, in a more recent column, I said that some hunters were informing me that they were seeing quite a few deer in an area not too far from my territory. Well, while I’m uncertain about their more recent remarks, I guess the Department of Natural Resources is agreeing with my earlier thoughts.
Around this time of year I almost always write short stories about St. Whitetail and other creatures in the woods and waters, and those stories are usually geared for youngsters. Why? Because it’s Christmas time and I believe that kids are what it’s all about, beyond the religious aspects, that is.
Of course I have no idea how many deer hunters will be around your hunting grounds come November 15, but I’m pretty certain that we will have less hunters in our area. There are several reasons for this.
I simply grit my teeth whenever I hear a professional athlete use the term “We’re taking it to the next level,” or when I hear one remark ten or fifteen times during a conversation “You know.” Don’t any of them learn the proper use of words within a conversation? All right, so that’s one of my pet peeves, and I’m sure everyone has one or even a few of them.
I’ve been attending Pheasants Forever’s annual banquets for more than 20 years, and this year’s was, as usual, a great success. The event was held last Saturday at the Holland Lake Golf Course facility, and once again was fun and profitable for the Montcalm County chapter. Fact is, the chapter has had an excellent record since its inception 28 years ago.
You’ll need to consult the DNR hunting guides for many details, but I think I’ll attempt to give you a little heads-up on a few of the hunting seasons of interest.
My wife’s church sewing circle was holding its annual “Crazy Hat” day at a friend’s cottage up by Newaygo. I thought I’d take her and several of her friends up there, but it wasn’t really a place for a guy, so I decided to put on some business clothes and call on a few customers while the ladies were having their party. Well now, we got there and I dispatched the girls at their party. Then I took off and called on a couple of my usual customers.
Yes, I took a trip out west for a book. But not to get one but to write one. I think telling a little about it will help to clarify my column. OK? To begin with, my son Steve and I have taken several trips out west, and to Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and a few other states as well. But our most recent trip spawned the idea for a western story, and after coming home I wrote the book “Montezuma’s Treasure Canyon.”
Yes, we have a little time before we can hunt either turkey or deer, but it’s actually an excellent time to do some scouting. In either case, the best time to scout is early in the morning or during the evening hours.