Monthly Archives: March 2010

Radio…last weekend in March

This week on the Outdoor Magazine radio show we start out with one of my favorite guests..Richard P. Smith.

Richard is opposed to proposed changes in the Michigan bear hunting regulations that would institute a private land tag. He explains why, and also talks about his new DVD on field judging black bear.

In our second hour Doug Reeves joins me. Doug is an old friend of mine and Assistant Chief of the Michigan DNR Wildlife Division. We have a good conversation about feral swine in Michigan and why they pose a real problem to native habitat and wildlife.

Next, Charter Captain Bob Guenthardt joins me to talk about a fishing tournament out of Manistee in May for wounded veterans….a great idea!

The the third hour of the show kicks off with veteran turkey hunting guide Greg Abbas of Away Hunting Products. Greg has some great advice on getting ready for turkey season and improving your odds of success on a big tom this year.

The show wraps up with chef Dixie Dave Minar who has another tasty recipe for us.

Another busy show….I hope you enjoy it.

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This Week’s Television Show

I’m in Kansas this week on Outdoor Magazine TV and I’m hunting with my friend Ed Barton of B and C Kansas Hunts.

The show starts out in early November, traditionally a great time to shoot a big buck. A full moon and warm temperatures have slowed down the daytime activity though and after a week I headed back home to Michigan.

Early December found me back in Kansas, this time with Pat McKenna of the Ameristep company. Pat is hunting with a rifle and puts a nice buck on the ground the third night of our hunt.

With Pat’s success, I was able to head back to a ground blind with my Darton bow and try to put down a nice buck. I had several close encounters with beautiful animals, including a very nice ten point with a drop tine.

Here’s an excerpt from the show with a look at some of the bucks I saw…

You can see the show on broadcast stations across Michigan, and nationally on Sportsman Channel. Air times on Sportsman are….

Sunday 9:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Thursday 7:00 PM
Friday 1:00 AM
Saturday 7:30 AM

I hope you enjoy the show….

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Baiting Update…”No truth to any of it”

I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the Michigan DNR‘s plans to bring back baiting for deer in the lower peninsula. Those rumors include lifting the ban completely, limiting the quanity of bait involved and allowing only certain types of feeders (broadcast style).

The most interesting option I’ve been hearing is that the Department is going to institute a “baiting license”. Supposedly that system would allow biologists to keep track of how much bait would be used and also allow the DNR to make money off the situation.

I haven’t given much credence to any of those comments, especially since wildlife chief Russ Mason told me on the Outdoor Magazine radio show last year that “baiting is a bad idea”.

However, the frequency and volume of the baiting comments has been increasing, so I checked with the DNR’s PR person, Mary Detloff. She told me via email there’s “no truth to any of it”.

I believe Mary and Director Mason. They’ve given me no reason to doubt those statements. At this point the Department is basing it’s reputation on the decision to ban baiting because they say it can cause disease in whitetails. To contradict that at this point would destroy any credibility they have.

In the meantime it seems clear a good percentage of Michigan deer hunters want baiting to come back. As long as that’s true, I don’t expect the rumors to go away anytime soon.

Outdoor Magazine Radio (3/20/10)

We kick off the official start of spring the is weekend on the Outdoor Magazine show.

First, Eric Sherwood of Whitetail Select joins me to talk about food plots. This is the time to start thinking about putting in those food plots and Eric has some great advice.

The hour wraps up with Jeff Ford. Jeff is the guy who followed Michigan’s only known wolverine for the past several years. Recently, that animal was found dead and Jeff tells us more about where, and how the wolverine spent it’s days.

The second hour kicks off with Lennie Rezmer of Carbon Express. Lennie has some great advice on choosing the right arrows and broadheads for hunting. He also shares some tips on shooting a crossbow more accurately.

Then Tony Hansen of MUCC and I talk about a crazy proclamation by Michigan’s governor to declare March 20th as a “meatless day”. Tony gives me the details on how the animal rights groups are behind that move.

In our final hour we talk turkey guns with Glen Duncan of Duncans Outdoor Shop. Glen tells me about some of the new turkey loads, and how many hunters are turning away from the specialty turkey guns.

Glen also gives a preview of their big fiftieth anniversary celebration coming up in May.

We wrap up with wild game chef Dixie Dave Minar who’s a little under the weather this week, but still manages to promote his upcoming fundraising wild game dinner.

Another busy show to kick off spring. I hope you enjoy it.

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Michigan Wolverine Dies

DNRE Confirms Death of Michigan’s Only Known Wild Wolverine

Michigan’s only known wild wolverine has died.

A female wolverine, first spotted in the Thumb in Feb. 24, 2004, was
found dead by hikers at the Minden Bog in the Minden City State Game
Area Saturday.

Todd Rann of Marysville and Morgan Graham of New Baltimore spotted what
they thought was a dead beaver, partially submerged in the water near a
beaver dam. Rann pulled it from the water and realized it was a
wolverine. The pair called the Report All Poaching hot line. Department
of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Officers Seth Rhodea
and Bob Hobkirk responded immediately and retrieved the animal.

The officers reported no visible signs of trauma.

DNRE wildlife biologist Arnie Karr, who originally verified the animal
was a wolverine after it was treed by coyote hunters in 2004, said the
carcass will be sent to the DNRE veterinary lab for necropsy. The
department plans to have the specimen mounted and displayed, probably at
the visitor center at nearby Bay City State Recreation Area., Karr

The animal was the first wolverine ever actually verified in Michigan.
Biologists say that if wolverines were ever native to Michigan, they
were extirpated about 200 years ago.

At the time of the wolverine’s sighting, DNRE Director Rebecca
Humphries signed an emergency order protecting the animal from
harassment or harm. The animal, which has been seen, photographed and
videoed by numerous people since it was discovered, was thought to be
alive and well until it was discovered dead Saturday.

This Week’s Radio Show (3/13)

We start out talking about a recent day spent fishing walleye on the Saginaw River. It’s not often you can fish open water in mid March and hundreds of anglers are taking advantage of the opportunity.

Then, Kurt Akin of Akin Outfitters joins me to talk about his hunting and fishing operations across North America. Kurt guides for elk in New Mexico, whitetails in Iowa, salmon in Alaska and steelhead back home in Michigan.

The hour wraps up with Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews. That magazine has the title of Michigan’s Premier Outdoor Publication, and for good reason. Tom talks about their latest edition.

In the second hour I give the details about an award presented to me by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. I’ll also talk about an email I received telling me I’m “going to hell” for killing animals.

Next, Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 Television joins me to talk about his efforts to go ice fishing for perch in Michigan’s upper peninsula. That trip was cut short by unseasonably warm weather and bad ice.

The hour wraps up with newest member of the Outdoor Magazine radio team…Tony Hansen of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. We talk about wolves in Michigan, the anti hunters efforts to protect those animals and river fishing for walleye.

Our final hour wraps up with Derrick Poet of Jay’s Sporting Goods. Derrick is an expert turkey hunter who has lots of tips on getting ready for the upcoming season.

The show wraps up with Chef Dixie Dave Minar. Dave doesn’t have a recipe this week, instead he talks about some fundraising dinners coming up in the next couple of weeks.

As always, a busy show, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Michigan TB Update

Here’s a news release from the Michigan DNRE dated 3/8/10…

Bovine Tuberculosis Prevalence in Deer Unchanged in 2009

A total of 31 white-tailed deer tested positive for bovine tuberculosis
in 2009, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced

No elk tested positive for the disease.

In Deer Management Unit 452, the core area of concern, 1.9 percent of
deer tested for TB were infected, the same percentage as in 2008.
Elsewhere in the five-county tuberculosis zone, .4 percent of deer
tested a positive a slight, but statistically insignificant, increase
from .3 in 2008.

No TB-positive deer were found in Iosco or Shiawassee counties, where
infected deer have been found in the past.

Although the trend continues to show a statistically decreased
prevalence of infection since TB was discovered in the deer herd 1995,
prevalence is flat over the last five years, said DNRE wildlife
veterinarian Dr. Steve Schmitt.

“We’re kind of in a holding pattern,” Schmitt said. “We
haven’t been able to gain any ground in the last five years. Unless
we change our strategy, we may maintain the current level of
transmission for the foreseeable future.”

In 2009, one captive cervid herd tested positive for TB.

The DNRE is committed to the conservation, protection, management and
accessible use of the state’s environment, natural resources and
related economic interests for current and future generations.

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Radio this weekend (3/6)

We kick off the show with an old friend of mine, Mark Gwizdala. Mark has been fishing the professional tournament trail for years, and these days he’s involved in the AIM circuit.

Mark and I discuss tournament fishing, and how the sport of walleye fishing in general, has changed over the years.

In the second hour I talk with a new friend, Terry Harmston of Hunting Made Easy. HME is a leading manufacturer of hunting accessories and this spring there are some exciting new products for ground blind hunters being introduced.

Next, Mark Romanack of Precision Angling and Fishing 411 joins me. Mark tells me about a perch fishing trip coming up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The hour wraps up with Tony Hansen of MUCC. We follow up on last week’s conversation about legislation to legalize shooting of feral hogs in all Michigan counties.

The final hour kicks off with veteran charter captain and river fishing guide Gary Schaeffer. Gary is the owner of Trout Scout Charters out of Manistee Michigan. Gary and I talk about river fishing for steelhead and ice out trolling for browns.

The show wraps up with Chef Dixie Dave Minar. This week he has a very nice rabbit recipe for us.

Another busy show. I hope you enjoy it.

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Outdoor Magazine Radio award



Veteran outdoor journalist Mike Avery has received a “Broadcast Excellence Award” from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

Mike’s syndicated “Outdoor Magazine” show received a Merit Award in the “Special Show Broadcast Personality” division of the 2009 competition.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the MAB” says Mike, “MAB is Michigan’s premiere broadcast organization”.

Outdoor Magazine is syndicated by the Michigan Radio Network, and currently carried on eighteen stations. The show is also available as a podcast on the internet.

“It’s my goal to produce a quality show that promotes the history and tradition of hunting and fishing in Michigan”, says Mike. “This award means we’re on the right track.”

Avery’s entry featured a discussion about the opening day of deer season in the Great Lakes State and went on to examine the battle between hunters and those opposed to the sport.

Mike is also the host and producer of the award winning Outdoor Magazine television show seen nationally on Sportsman Channel and on broadcast stations in Michigan.

For more information contact Mike Avery or Ryan Hermes.

Mike Avery

Ryan Hermes