Monthly Archives: January 2012

Show Rundown for January 28th.

I kick it off with an update on the threatening email I got a couple months ago after shooting a bear on my TV show. Long story short…they found a seventeen year old kid in Henry County, Virginia who local police are confident is responsible for the threat.

You can get more details in this USTREAM video recording of the first hour of the radio show.

Next, Ted Harpham of Darton Archery joins me to talk about that company’s appearance at several hunting and sport shows coming up across the Midwest over the next few weeks. Ted also has details on a contest to win a new Darton bow or crossbow.

The hour wraps up with Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews. He also announces a special discounted subscription rate for listeners of the Outdoor Magazine radio show.

Greg Abbas of A-Way Outdoors is my next guest. Greg is a six time Michigan turkey calling champion and host of the A-Way Outdoors television show seen on Sportsman Channel. Greg has some great advice on springtime turkey hunting.

Next, Tony Hansen of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs joins me to talk about his impressions of the big SHOT show last week in Las Vegas. Tony says the gun industry seems to be more upbeat than their counterparts in the archery business. He also updates us on a couple of important conservation related issues in Lansing.

The final hour of this week’s show features Glenn Duncan of Duncan’s Outdoor Shop in Bay City, Michigan. Glenn was also at the SHOT show and he talks about the interesting trends he observed there, including a new emphasis on “modular” gun systems.

We wrap it all up with Chef Dixie Dave Minar. This week Dave has a hearty rabbit recipe.

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

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Radio Show Rundown (1/21)

Another very busy show this week.

First, I talk about my impressions of the Archery Trade Association (ATA) show in Columbus. I saw some cool new product, but spent much of my time people watching.

I also unveil the new website… Webmaster Jim Gleason of Lakewood Media and I have been working on this for a few weeks now and I’m very happy with how the new site turned out.

Next, Derrick Poet of Jay’s Sporting Goods joins me with a list of cool new products from ATA that will soon be on the store shelves at Jay’s.

The hour wraps up with Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews. Tom has a preview of next month’s edition.

This first hour was unique because it’s the first time I’ve streamed an entire hour of the show live from the radio studio. If you missed that event, you can watch a recording of the segment.

In hour number two I talk with a guy who’s become a good friend…Pete Jones of Superior Bear Outfitters. Pete runs a first class bear and wolf hunting operation in White River Ontario.

Here’s a nice boar I shot last August while hunting with Pete.


…and here’s the wolf I took last winter.

Ontario Wolf

Next, Brenda Archambo of the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow joins me to talk about that prehistoric fish and the traditions that surround it.

In hour number three spearfishing is the lead off topic as I talk with Gary Swiger of the Michigan Dark House Anglers Association. Gary has some great insight into the appeal of pike spearing and advice on how to get started.

As always we wrap up with Chef Dixie Dave Minar. This time Dave has a hearty bear recipe.

Another fast paced show filled with lots of great information. I hope you enjoy it.

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Welcome to Mike Avery

It’s been several weeks in the works, but the new website is online. It’s called Mike Avery…kind of a departure from the old Outdoor website.

I made the change to reflect the new direction I’ve taken over the past few months. After more than a quarter century of the Outdoor Magazine television show, I’ve walked away from outdoor tv to concentrate on the Outdoor Magazine radio show and podcast. Along with that, I’ll put an increased emphasis toward my online presence through such outlets as facebook, twitter and this blog.

Also, since I no longer have a television show to distribute my video, I’ll be using you tube, vimeo and even Ustream more now.

Of course radio will be my main emphasis. You can hear Outdoor Magazine radio on broadcast stations across Michigan. The podcast version of the show is available on iTunes, the website and facebook page…and our mobile apps for iPhones and Android devices.

You can easily get to all of those outlets through the new website, Mike Avery You’ll even notice facebook and twitter integrated into the home page. Through those social media sites I’ll be able to quickly and easily update the website.

Webmaster extraordinaire Jim Gleason of Lakewood Multimedia has done a great job of designing the site as a portal to all things Outdoor Magazine and Mike Avery on the web.

While there are still some minor changes and tweaks that need to be made, I’m very happy with the new website and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Feel free to look around and let me know what you think.

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Radio Rundown 1/14

We don’t let the cold weather of wintertime slow us down this week on the Outdoor Magazine radio show.

First, Jim Barta of the Hunter Safety System joins me to talk about the new products for 2012. They include a “Hybrid” design that Jim says incorporates the best of their vest style and harness units.

Then Randy Jorgenson of Woods-n-Waternews checks in for a visit. I haven’t talked with Randy for a while and he has an update on all things WNW.

Hour two features “Michigan’s Mr. Walleye”, Mark Martin. Mark is a veteran walleye tournament angler and noted fishing educator who’s not afraid to share information. This week Mark has lots of great ice fishing advice.

Tony Hansen of MUCC wraps up the hour with thoughts on the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show and the state of archery today.

The final hour kicks off with Outdoor Writer Richard P. Smith. Richard is always a wealth of information and this week we talk about several topics including new regulations for bobcat trappers and Michigan’s camera moose hunt.

Here’s the winning entry submitted in this inaugural contest submitted by Ken Pamperin. It features a solitary bull in Iron County on October 8th.

Dixie Dave Minar wraps up this week’s show. Dave has a great story about a nice buck that walked through his backyard two days after the season closed. He has a nice recipe for us as well.

Another busy show, I hope you enjoy it.

Radio Show for January 7/8

First, Ted Harpham of Michigan’s Darton Archery Company joins me with a preview of their new bows and crossbows for 2012. That product will be officially unveiled next week at the Archery Trade Association Show in Columbus.

Next Tom Huggler of Showspan has details on the big Ultimate Fishing Show next week in Novi. You can get details on that show here.

The second hour features John Caretti of The Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association. Trapping has been used for centuries to control the overpopulation of animals, and it’s still a viable tool today. The sport has received some bad publicity lately from the animal rights crazies and John talks about why those people are wrong.

Next, Troy Waterman of MOAB Hunting joins me. Troy has details of a giveaway contest on the Outdoor Magazine Facebook page. You can get details on how to win a camouflage mailbox of custom dip camo skull mount here.

We wrap up the hour with Tony Hansen of Michigan’s MUCC. This week Tony responds to criticism of his group.

Jim Sprague of K&E Tackle joins me to kick off the third hour. Jim talks about running a fishing related business and the factors involved in being successful. He also has a preview of his involvement in the upcoming Ultimate Fishing Show and describes the bass tournament circuit he runs in the summer months.

We wrap it up, as always, with wild game chef Dixie Dave Minar who has another great wild game recipe.

A very busy show this week packed with lots of great information. I hope you enjoy it.

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