2013-10-17 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, the fall rain and cooler weather is here and it sure makes it look and feel like hunting season is here for real. I am still not seeing the deer and pats I have the last few years. In fact, they seem to be way down in the areas I always travel. One can only hope the deer show up for deer season if they are hiding somewhere.

There are a lot of people out there getting their deer blinds squared away for the firearm deer season coming up next month. It is hard to believe we are already at the midway point of October and it sure makes one wonder where the time goes so fast. As you do this make sure to check that all your blinds off the ground are solid and in good shape.

The fall color season is just about over in a lot of areas but you can still find some nice color if you travel along the southern part of the U.P. I kind of hate the color season to be over because Wifee and I sure like to take a ride and see the natural beauty of the U.P. I would have to say Wifee and I sure saw a lot of nice color this fall and we never get tired of looking at it.

Someone sent me this article seeing there are those in Michigan that would like to see Michigan hold a moose hunt.

Moose populations across North America are plunging at an alarming rate and scientists can’t figure out why. The die-off has hit regions from British Columbia to New Hampshire, and one of Minnesota’s two moose populations has declined from 4,000 animals to fewer than 100 since the 1990s. Moose hunting in the state has been suspended while the decline is investigated, although experts believe the drop in moose numbers has a lot more to do with climate change than with hunting.

In some areas, shorter winters have caused an explosion in the numbers of winter ticks, up to 100,000 of which can gather on a single moose, sucking so much blood the animal becomes anemic— and causing it to scratch off its fur. Heat stress and snail-borne diseases are also believed to be a factor in many moose deaths. Moose are solitary animals so their deaths are hard to track, but researchers in Minnesota aim to get some answers this fall with a monitoring system that sends out an alert as soon as a moose dies.

It will be rather interesting what they find out and hopefully they do before the moose population gets any lower. It sure looks like it may be a real project to figure out just what is causing the problem.

It is really scary when you stop and think of all the crazy things that are taking place out in the great outdoors we enjoy so much.

I have written before about all the diseases that are hitting the trees that cover so much of our forest land. We also read about diseases in some of the fish that is an important part of our heritage up here. Now if the wildlife starts having problems what kind of outdoor activity can we see down the road?

There has been a story going around about a problem with the deer herd once again in Lower Michigan. I don’t know all the how-when-or where of this but it sure will be interesting if something does pop up.

I know for most of you that read my article you may have never heard of Orville Harrison from Cooks, but he was one of the most interesting men I have ever come across in all my travels in the great outdoors.

I always tell people that with my memories they had to issue me an ID card with my picture and name on it so if I forgot who I was I could always pull it out, look at the picture and the name, so I would be ready to go again.

Plus if you ever heard me in court I had trouble with directions but could handle right and left or up and down pretty well.

But getting back to Orville I never met a person before that knew every two-track trail and road by its number. He also knew just about every lake and fishing hole. He was also able to meet people at their camp or cabin and recall who they were and everything about them years later.

It sure was impressive to me, when for me it took my entire memory to keep U.S. 2, M-28, 94, 77 and Forest Highway 13 squared away – just kidding.

Orville’s dad had a hunting camp up in the Melstrand area North of Munising where they hunted for years, so he spent a lot of time up here. But still to be able to recall all the roads and two-tracks was unreal. Now I have no one to ask where something is.

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