Monthly Archives: April 2009

Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV (week of 4/27)





Outdoor Magazine Radio 4/25

This week on the Outdoor Magazine radio show…

We start out with an update on the turkey season so far. I’ll let you know if I’ve been successful yet, then bring you up to speed on a hunt I videotaped in Gladwin County.

Next, I’ll check in with my friend Jim Barta of The Hunter Safety System.  Jim is not only a hard core bowhunter, he loves to fish as well.  Jim’s on the Detroit River this week after walleye and he’ll let us know how the action is there.

Hour two kicks off with master taxidermist RJ Meyer of The Trophy Room Taxidermy Studio.  RJ gives us some tips on how to take care of our turkeys to get the best mount and also things to keep in mind about those trophy fish as well.

RJ does all of my work and he does a great job.  I’ll post pictures of some of my mounts here in the future.

Mark Romanack joins us next with a springtime steelhead report.  He also talks about his new Starcraft Boat.

This week’s show wraps up with Pat McKenna of Ameristep.  I had the pleasure of hunting with Pat for a couple of days on a very interesting turkey adventure.  You’ll see that on the Jay’s Outdoor Magazine television show in the next few weeks.

Speaking of Jay’s, Blaine Bailor also joins us this week.  He gives us details on the “Food Plot Day” coming up at Jay’s Sporting Goods.

As always, we wrap it up with wild game chef Dixie Dave Minar.  This time the chef has another tasty turkey dish.

A fast moving show with lots of great information.  I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, if you missed the program on your local radio station, you can listen here anytime.


I Think I’m Addicted

I’ve found a new passion, and it’s in the form of a recurve bow.

For twenty years I’ve shot a compound bow while hunting and enjoyed every minute of it.  Today’s compounds are sophisticated pieces of archery equipment that shoot high tech arrows at unbelievable speeds.  They’re extremely accurate and very effective.

So why would I want to give that up for a simple recurve that’s harder to shoot and less effective?

I’m not quite sure of the answer, but I know it’s something I’ve been drawn to for a few years…and now is the time to make it happen.

I’m shooting a Predator recurve from Hunter’s Niche Archery in Tawas, Michigan.  I’ve been practicing a lot and feel like I’m shooting pretty well.

Shooting a recurve is completely different than a compound.  There are no sights, so you have to aim instinctively.  Theoretically, you look at what you want to hit and your brain sends the arrow there.

Most of the time it works pretty well.

Also, with a recurve you don’t have the speed of a compound so you have to generate kinetic energy in other ways.

I’m shooting heavier arrows and broadheads.  The shafts are Easton Full Metal Jackets.  Those are aluminum shafts wrapped around a carbon core for extra strength and weight.  I’m also using  cut on contact broadheads.  NAP Razorcaps are my choice.

Fortunately, I have a long draw length and that helps store energy and improve performance.  My bow is forty eight pounds at twenty eight inches.  Since my draw length is closer to thirty inches, my poundage is in the low fifties.  That’s more than enough for whitetails and bear.

It will also do the job on turkeys, and that’s what I’m hunting now.  So far I’ve had several close encounters with big birds…even missed one that was farther than I thought.

I still have a lot to learn about traditional archery, but it’s exactly what I need at this point in my bowhunting career.  It’s made me excited about the sport again like I haven’t been in twenty years.

In some ways, it’s like an addiction….

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See What You Hear

For years I’ve done television, and for years I’ve done radio.  Now, I’m combining those technologies.

This week I put three video cameras in the Outdoor Magazine studio at WSGW radio.  The goal was to record some segments of the radio show to use on Jay’s Outdoor Magazine Television.

Here’s an example of what it looks like….

It’ll take a while to fine tune this presentation, but for now I expect to use these video clips to introduce some of the television segments.  I’ll also use them as “stand alone” pieces like this one about my new passion for traditional archery…

I also plan to post them on the Outdoor Magazine You Tube Channel.  This clip about my love for turkey hunting is an example of that…


I can’t take credit for this idea. My friend Jason Brown of Jack Pine Productions suggested it. It looks like he was on the right track, and I look forward to seeing how these new segments develop.

Let me know what you think.


Outdoor Magazine Radio 4/18

This week’s Outdoor Magazine show is a little different than most. This time we have video cameras in the studio. You can learn more about that here.

I started the show out by talking about those cameras, and what we plan to do with them.

Then the conversation turned to the topic of forest fires. This is the time of year when uncontrolled fires are a big threat across the Michigan woodlands. Paul Kollmeyer of the Michigan DNR joined me to talk about preventing those fires.

Our first hour wraps up with Randy Jorgenson of the Woods-n-Waternews. Like many of us, Tom is getting ready for turkey season.

This is also the time of year to work on food plots. Eric Sherwood of Whitetail Select is an expert in that area, and he joins us in hour two with some tips on getting started.

Next, Mark Romanack of Precision Angling and Fishing 411 jumps on the phone line. This week we talk about steelhead fishing on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam.

Hour three sees us continue the fishing theme with Terry Weber of Michigan Stinger Lures. Terry is a veteran Great Lakes Angler and an expert when it comes to trolling spoons. He shares his thoughts on the status of the Lake Michigan salmon fishery and gives us some tips on catching for fish.

Finally, we wrap up this week with my friend and expert wild game chef Dixie Dave MInar. Dave has a very nice turkey recipe for us.

Another busy springtime show. I hope you enjoy it.



Sponsors are more than just advertisers.  They’re key partners in the success of both the TV and radio shows.

Without sponsors there would be no Outdoor Magazine Radio or Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV show.

Speaking of Jay’s, they’ve been with me since the beginning.  The Poet Family who own Jay’s Sporting Goods are the best people you’ll ever meet.  They have two stores, one in Clare and the other in Gaylord, Michigan…as well as a strong online presence.

If you’re looking for a first class retail or internet buying experience, I can’t recommend Jay’s highly enough.

I’m also excited to work with another Michigan company, Ameristep.  That company started with a single screw in treestep and they’ve grown to one of the major players in the hunting industry.  Ameristep now has a full line of top quality treestands and ground blinds to fill just about any hunting need.

Personal relationships mean a lot to me in my business, and the good folks at The Hunter Safety System are right at the top of my list.  John and Jerry Wydner and their good friend Jim Barta grew up hunting and fishing in Michigan.  Years later they would come up with the idea for a treestand safety harness that has saved countless lives.

I’m excited about some new partners on the radio show as well.  The Tru Glo company makes some great sights and binoculars,  New Archery Products (NAP) has a product for just about every bowhunter and Predator Trail Cams are some of the best on the market.

I’ll be talking more about those companies and their products in the future, as well as our other television partners.

On the radio side I’m blessed with great companies to work with as well.

In my opinion Starcraft Boats is the Great Lakes premiere aluminum fishing boat.  I’ve fished out of Starcrafts for years and I’m proud to be working with that fine company.

I’ve  worked with the Ieuter Insurance Group for a long time as well.  They handle all of our business and personal insurance work, and they specialize in hunting and fishing related policies.

The Sportsman Channel is a sponsor of the radio show as well.  I work closely with TSC on both TV and radio.  Sportsman is rapidly growing into the premiere outdoor television network and I’m glad to be partnered with them.

I’m also glad to be working with Jerry Slade of The Slade Group.  That company is Michigan’s premiere hunting land specialist.  If you’re looking to buy hunting land Jerry should be your first call.

And finally, our newest radio partner is Outdoor Adventures Resorts.  They’re  a series of first class resorts across eastern Michigan that offer something for every camper.

These are just a few of our sponsor/partners.  I’ll use this space in the future to talk more about each one of them in more detail.  I’ll also bring you up to speed on the companies we work with that are not listed in this post.

Thanks again to all our TV and radio partners!  Without you we couldn’t do it.

Holy cow, look what I found!

I was going through some old videotapes the other day. That’s quite a job since I have several hundred of them from the past twenty five years or so.

Anyway, I want to get some of the more important ones transferred to a digital format before the tape deteriorates any more than it already has.

I found some very interesting old shows and excerpts from newscasts when I was the outdoor reporter at WNEM TV5 in Saginaw, Michigan. It seemed kind of strange…even somewhat surreal, to watch a young, skinny, dark haired Mike Avery in those early days.

It’s also interesting to see how the show has changed and evolved over the years. Early on it was a broad based outdoor show designed to appeal to a generic broadcast television audience. Now it’s morphed into more of a hard core hunting and fishing show suitable for a specific cable and satellite market.

Dixie Dave Minar was in those early shows. So was a concept well ahead of it’s time. Way back twenty years ago I started a “home outdoor video” segment that featured hunting and fishing vhs video submitted by viewers.

Eventually I had to drop that feature because not enough people carried camcorders at that time and I ran out of material. These days, several national shows feature viewer video and some even use it for their entire content.

Had  I known then what I know now, I never would have dropped that segment.

Without a doubt the most exciting video I’ve found so far is the raw (unedited) interview I did with bowhunting great Fred Bear back in 1986.  The conversation was recorded at the famous Grouse Haven hunting lodge in northern Michigan on one of Fred’s last visits there.

To watch that tape and listen to Fred talk about his thoughts on bowhunting and why he loved archery so much gave me goosebumps.  Fred explained how he got started in the business, why bowhunters are usually the best hunters and why the word “retirement” wasn’t in his vocabulary.

Then, to make it even more special, Fred picked up his recurve and shot several arrows while the video camera captured every second.

I’m not quite sure what to do with that video.  I will certainly use it on an upcoming Jay’s Outdoor Magazine show.  I’d also like to get it out on the internet, but I’m afraid it will get stolen and used without my permission.

I suspect that Fred Bear video will be the highlight of what my archives hold, but I’m going to keep looking and I’ll let you know if anything else of interest turns up.

Stay tuned.


Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV (week of 4/13)

This week on the TV show we’re bowhunting whitetails with my friends from The Hunter Safety System.

First, Jim Barta takes us to Kansas where he has several close encounters with nice bucks before finally taking a wallhanger at just twenty yards.

Then, Jim jumps in a treestand to show us how the Hunter Safety System can keep us safe while hunting off the ground.

Finally, John and Jerry Wydner of The Hunter Safety System take us to Ohio.  First, John walks up on a small buck making a scrape and almost mistakes him for a shooter.  Then Jerry tries to get an arrow through some thick brush and gets a deflection.

Some great whitetail action this week on Jay’s Outdoor Magazine…..


Outdoor Magazine Radio 4/11

This week on the Outdoor Magazine radio show…..

My first guest is Glenn Duncan of Duncan’s Outdoor Shop in Bay City.  We talked about the current ammunition shortage and the causes for it.  Glenn also told me about the rise in ammo prices and shortage in some gun models.

Next, Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews joined me.  Tom is a hard core turkey hunter so we talked about the upcoming season.

Hour two starts out with charter captain Gary Schaefer of Trout Scout Charter in Manistee.  Gary told me about the finer points of early season trolling for brown trout.  We also talked about the transition to fishing for king salmon later in the season.

Our fishing conversations continue with Mark Romanack of  Precision Angling and Fishing 411.  Mark and I discussed the action on Lake Erie and Detroit River.  Later, our conversation turned to the topic of choosing the right binoculars for your needs.

Turkey hunting is the topic for the beginning of hour three.  Chet Loar of Star Creek Guide Service joins me.  Chet is the best turkey hunter I know.  Each season he guides more than thirty hunters on successful hunts.  Chet told me the importance of scouting and he stressed the finer points of calling.

Finally, we wrapped up with Chef Dixie Dave Minar.  Dave has moved his operation to the Clio Country Club, but he still joins us each week with a great tasting wild game recipe.

Another good show…..I hope you enjoy it.

Dixie Dave Turkey w/Frangelico

Here’s another great recipe from Chef Dixie Dave Minar.

This one also uses fresh springtime wild turkey breasts, but with frangelico liquer.