Monthly Archives: December 2009

Outdoor Magazine Radio (weekend of 1/2/10)

We kick off the new year with another good show on Outdoor Magazine Radio this weekend.

First, I talk about my recent hunting adventures for whitetails in Michigan using a Darton Lightning Crossbow. Hunting with a crossbow is different than using a compound and I’ll tell you why.

Then, Adam Starr of Showspan joins me to talk about the upcoming show season. Showspan is one of the midwest’s biggest producers of hunting and fishing shows. That season kicks off in Novi at the Ultimate Fishing Show in just a few days.

Next, Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews wraps up the hour talking about hunting and fishing in Michigan this time of year.

In our second hour, we talk about a sport that’s growing fast….predator hunting. Blaine Bailor of Jay’s Sporting Goods joins me with some advice on how to get started.

Then Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 and Precision Angling picks up the Outdoor Magazine phone line to talk about the new season of his show on Sportsman Channel.

Our third hour continues with a fishing theme as I talk with Dave Rose of Dave is an outdoor writer and fishing guide who specializes in the northwest part of Michigan. He has some great advice on panfishing through the ice.

We wrap up the show with Chef Dixie Dave Minar. We didn’t do a recipe this week, instead Dave brings us up to speed on the launch of his new line of wild game soups.

A busy show to kick off 2010. I hope you enjoy it.

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New Air Times

Starting this week, Outdoor Magazine TV has new times on Sportsman Channel.

They include….
Thursday 7PM
Saturday 7:30AM
Friday 1AM

I hope you can check it out.


Outdoor Magazine Radio (12/26)

A wide range of topics this weekend on the Outdoor Magazine radio show, including a conversation with Kirk Herman of the OJ Herman Company. Kirk owns the Mid Michigan Argo franchise. Argos are the ultimate ice fishing vehicle and Kirk tells us why.

Then, an extended conversation with Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews. Tom and I talk about the top outdoor stories of 2009 and look forward to next year.

The second hour kicks off with Mike Murphy of the Tahquamenon County Sled Dog Race. That race is coming up in a few weeks and Mike gives me the details on that event….as well as the sport of sled dog racing in general.

Then, Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 and Precision Angling joins me. Mark has been absent for a few weeks and he brings me up to speed on winter fishing opportunities and the new season of Fishing 411 on Sportsman Channel.

The third hour kicks off with Doug Deming of the Fish Point Lodge. Doug has been on Saginaw Bay enjoying some early season ice fishing action on Saginaw Bay and he has some great tips.

We wrap up the show with Dixie Dave Minar . Dave has another great venison recipe for us.

Another busy show, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Big Ohio Bucks

The last few years central Ohio has become known as a hotspot for big whitetails. My friend Bill Pyles of Ohio Bowhunting Outfitters is right in the middle of that big buck country.

Here are the pics of his successful hunters this year. By the way, Bill has a few openings for 2010, but don’t wait too long…


Outdoor Magazine Radio (12/19/09)

I’m glad to be back in the studio after missing a week while hunting in Kansas with Ed Barton of B & C Kansas Hunts, and the show starts out with a recap of that hunt. I talk about Pat McKenna’s big eight point and the several bucks I had close encounters with while bowhunting.

Then Bill Pyles of Ohio Bowhunting Outfitters joins me with a wrap up on his season in central Ohio. That part of the Buckeye State has become known as a top whitetail destination, and the bucks coming out of there this season should solidify that reputation.

We wrap up the hour with Randy Jorgenson of Woods-n-Waternews. Randy tells us what to expect in the January edition of the magazine.

Next, Lance Valentine of Walleye 101 joins me to talk about ice fishing for walleye. He has some great tips on choosing, and using, electronics for hard water fishing.

Then, I’ve been hearing lots of complaints from Upper Peninsula deer hunters about the high number of wolves they saw this season. To illustrate the wolf problem Kevin Hale joined me to talk about his close encounter with the big predators. Kevin had three of his beagles attacked (two of them were killed) by wolves when he was rabbit hunting in October.

The hour concludes with a segment from me talking about sighting in my new Darton Lightning crosbow. I was very impressed with the performance of that weapon. You can hear my comments on the Outdoor Magazine Facebook page.

Our final hour kicks off with Joe Marion. Joe is a retired Coast Guard Chief who spent many years specializing in ice rescues and training. He gives us some great tips to stay safe on the ice this winter.

We wrap up the show, as always, with wild game chef Dixie Dave Minar. This week he has a hearty venison dish.

Another busy and informative show….I hope you enjoy it.

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More Tower Maintenance on 790AM

I know it’s necessary, but the tower maintenance schedule on my flagship station of NewsRadio 790 WSGW in Saginaw, Michigan is driving me crazy. The show wasn’t on again last Sunday, and it looks like that will probably be the case this weekend coming up.

The good news is you can hear the show on their sister station Saturday morning.

WSGW-FM 100.5 airs the show from 9-noon each Saturday morning….and they’re not working on their tower.

This weekend’s radio show (12/12)

A busy show this week….

First, Steve Francis of The Country Smokehouse in Almont joins me to talk about the deer season from his perspective. Steve is one of Michigan’s biggest venison processors, and he says his season was down considerably.

Then, Melissa Grzegorczyk of the Ieuter Insurance Group talks about insurance concerns for the winter season, especially as it pertains to ice fishing. She’ll tell us if our vehicles are covered if we take them on the ice. The answer might surprise you.

The first hour wraps up as always with our friends from Woods-n-Waternews. This week Tom Campbell joins me.

Hour number two features one of my favorite guests, Tom Lounsbury. I can’t give you a link to his website because it’s not done yet, but I can tell you Tom and I have a great conversation about late season deer hunting, rabbit hunting with beagles and lots more. In fact, I found this conversations with Tom so interesting I offered him the “coveted third segment”. That’s an honor not many guests receive.

We wrap up the show with Ted Harpham of Darton Archery and Chef Dixie Dave Minar. Ted and I discuss the new “quad limb” Darton compound just introduced and we talk at length about making the transition to hunting with a crossbow.

Then, the Chef tells me of his plans to re-open the Old Dixie Inn (under a different name) and the status of his wild game soups. Dave also has a tasty recipe.

Another busy show. I hope you enjoy it.

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DNR says Michigan Deer Harvest Down

The following is a news release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. I give the Department credit for admitting it.

DNR Preliminary Estimates Show Firearm Deer Harvest Declines 10 to 20 Percent from Last Year

Initial estimates indicate Michigan firearm deer hunters killed 10 to 20 percent fewer deer this year than in 2008, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Decreased harvests were most noticeable in the Upper Peninsula and less apparent in the southern Lower Peninsula.

Weather — both a harsh 2008-2009 winter and unseasonably high temperatures during most of the firearm season — likely contributed to the decreased harvest, wildlife officials said. Although weather across the state was good to ideal for hunters to sit in the woods, it was less than optimal for encouraging deer movement.

DNR biologists estimate the harvest was down by 20 to 30 percent in the Upper Peninsula, 15 to 25 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula, and 5 to 10 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula.

“The season has gone pretty much as we expected in the Upper Peninsula,” said DNR deer program leader Brent Rudolph. “We set antlerless quotas lower in anticipation of a smaller deer herd following last winter. We may have had fewer hunters in the Upper Peninsula. If you have fewer deer, fewer hunters, and deer moving less than usual, those factors are going to have an effect on your deer harvest.”

Biologists were a little surprised by the size of the decrease of the harvest in the northern Lower Peninsula, where a more modest decline was anticipated.

“Check stations reported a lower than usual percentage of 1-1/2-year-old bucks in the Upper and northern Lower Peninsula, an indication of poor survival of last year’s fawns,” Rudolph said. “Antler development was below average as well, another indication of the impact of last winter’s severity.”

In southern Michigan, a cool summer that caused corn to mature late and a wet October put the corn harvest far behind schedule, providing additional sanctuary for deer in many areas.

“The corn harvest was around 35 percent by Nov. 16,” Rudolph said. “In an average year it’s 80 percent. So it’s likely that some deer never left the standing corn. That may become apparent during the muzzleloader season.”

Rudolph emphasized the preliminary estimates show a wide range in the harvest because of changes in data collection this season.

“Because we operated so many fewer deer check stations, we could not utilize the models as we have in previous years for our preliminary estimate of the firearm season harvest,” he said. “But we’ll have solid numbers next spring after the mail survey is completed and those are the numbers we use for making management decisions.”

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.