Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday Morning Coffee- November 14

Deer Season Eve Edition

Opening day of the firearm deer season is tomorrow here in Michigan.  It has always started on November 15 here for as long as anyone can remember.  While everyone else is making their final preparations, I'll be wrapping my season up.  So far I've hunted a total of two and a half hours.  My hunting time has been severely limited this year by work, and moving and other factors, so I took my bow out Friday and shot the first doe that came along.  I've been holding out for bigger bucks the last two years, but I also had 8-10 days to hunt and had the luxury of passing up smaller bucks and does.  I have more than the usual amount of open space in my freezer, and thought it better to fill it rather than worry about aesthetics.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of rifle hunting.  The best part of the rut is over, when the bucks are wandering everywhere all day long, and instead I always end up with some restless hunter wandering through where I'm hunting, or else the daylight reveals some guy set up 150 yards upwind of me.  I'm going to do something I've never done tomorrow, which is to do the little bit of work I have scheduled, then go around to buck poles, shoot some pictures and talk to hunters.

death in the big woods

I didn't get out fishing this last week, but I did get my fly tying station at least partially set up and tied a handful of streamers.  I swung into Jay's Sporting Goods in Gaylord Thursday and got to meet and talk to Alex Cerveniak of  He has written for Midcurrent and other such publications, and does free lance photography in addition to his day job.  It was nice to finally meet him and I hope we hit the river somewhere soon.  I'm planning on hitting a couple of streams later this week, once the initial rush of the deer season winds down and there's less bullets in the air.

As far as this blog goes- don't look for an OBIF post Thursday, as Brandon will be wrapping up his fishing then.  It looks like he's going to make it.  I figured he would.  We'll probably do the final post Sunday, along with a drawing of the winner then.  I have at least three reviews and two interviews to get done, so I'll try to get at least one of those up, and I'll even try to let my mind wander and put a short story of some sort together.

Well, I've got some butchering left to do, so I'm going to get back at it.  Have a great week.


  1. mmm mmm good! you got a lot more out of your bow season than i did mine, and in less time!

  2. I like it when your mind wanders off into short stories...hope it does so soon!

  3. Enjoy that fresh venison. I've been in the same boat with work, storm clean up and kids keeping me out of the woods for all of the bow season. I even had to cancel my annual archery trip to NJ. I hope to make up for it during gun season though.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Well done sir! Enjoy your bounty...