Outdoors

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ED GILBERT: Support your fishin’ sheriff

I was fishing one of my favorites spots this past week when a sheriff’s patrol car pulled up nearby and an officer stepped up to ask if I had a license. They can do that, you know. It doesn’t always have to be a conservation officer that asks a fisherman for his license.

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ED GILBERT: Are you prepared for camping?

Yes, I was going to write about my useless turkey hunt today, but my family changed all that by reminding me that they’re anxious to go camping. So here I am, thinking about when and where to camp, and even what to take and so on.

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ED GILBERT: Fishing has its ‘moments’

It really wasn’t a bad opening weekend for Michigan’s trout season. The weather was quite cooperative and a few of the fish were in a feeding mood as well. As usual, many fishers gathered at the places where I chose to open the season each year, even a few newcomers came as well. Those spots included the North Branch , the Little South Branch and the main branch of the Pere Marquette River.

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ED GILBERT: Trout opener may not be the best one

Is it just me, or does it always rain, snow and be very cold and miserable on the opening days of Michigan’s trout season? Well and regardless, here we go again!

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ED GILBERT: Don’t fish with your knife

Yes, most certainly a knife plays an important role when you’re fishing, but most often it helps to clean or scale a fish later on, not when you’re actually fishing. Well now, here’s a case where a knife played a very important role while actually on the water.

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ED GILBERT: Fun things happening and other things

The Flat River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will stage its 20th Anniversary Hunting Heritage Banquet on March 7. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the St. Joseph Parish gym, at 409 South Bridge St., in Belding.

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ED GILBERT: The out-of-doors is still active

Yes, winter is still with us and so is that pile of snow that still may be blocking your driveway. However, some hunting is still with us and fishing is an outdoor getaway as well. Along with that, some of our outdoor organizations are either planning or about to stage their annual banquets and fundraisers.

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ED GILBERT: Pulling up a Coke machine

My friend Gary and I were fishing on a lake over by Ludington, and we’d been having some success by landing a few northern pike, when suddenly something grabbed my line and took off like there was no tomorrow! The ice was glassy and see-through in some areas, and Gary shouted as he looked down near one of his tip-ups, “Wow! I believe you’ve got a submarine on! This fish is about five feet long and easily a hundred pounds!”

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ED GILBERT: A good thing, be prepared

Sure, it’s an old Boy Scout motto, but it is as good today as it ever was. Those who go into the woods to hunt or hike, or those who venture onto the ice to fish, should be prepared.

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ED GILBERT: Big cats, wild and dangerous

Yes, you can still hunt rabbits and squirrels, if you don’t mind the cold weather and snow, but there isn’t much more hunting one can do. But, if I can mention it, don’t go after some of those predators that are also out there hunting those critters.