Thanks fellas.... Up near Baldwin on state property. Started hunting here with my brother when I was twelve. Shooting a Black Hunter longbow from Twig Archery. 60" & 45@28" with the bamboo limbs. Gold Tip trad arrows with Onestringer wraps and 200gn VPA Terminators.
thought I reconized the beauty of those woods ... you are in my back yard !!!!! ........... lol ........... I live near Irons just north of Baldwin ......love living in the Manistee National Forest .... its great to live where others vacation ..... Lonnie
KPC - I grew up fishing the Big Man in your neck of the woods and hunted the river bottoms some. MI does have some GREAT public land opportunities for sure. It would be nice if we could get statewide APRs too, but that's a whole different topic. :)
I guess I'm spoiled. Born and raised 70 minutes South of the bridge. Sure wish I could share your enthusiasm about northern Michigan. Hunting always is a fight up here. Not pointing any fingers but we have a massive influx of people the last few years with our unlimited doe tags in our dmu. And what's up with the new combo tag. Musta missed it but I see now I can shoot a spike then a 4+ on a side. What's the point of that
trapperman what are you talking about,,,, a combo buck tag, which has been around for awhile, means that one buck must have 3 on one side and the second buck must have 4,,,,, read your regs,,,,, you shoot a spike yes, on a single buck tag if you want, but not on a combo.......
MI has one problem,,,,,, when it comes to cwd, the still allow deer, to come over the bridge from the lower, to the upper, whole,,,,,
What they should do, is treat that deer like out of state deer, and bring in boned out meat only,,,,,
I live in the non-APR zone. Could shoot and tag a 3"spike, second tag is restricted in all zones I believe for a buck with at least 4 on one side. (In the areas I hunt and live, I could also tag does during archery season with those same tags). Lots of extra company in the woods today. Beautiful morning in the woods.
You are right trapper. Unless you are in a APR zone. Strictly speaking on archery here. You can shoot anything you chose with the unrestricted tag, a spike a doe a sixer a porky forky. Its up to you. The restricted tag can be used for a doe, but if its used on a buck it must have 4 on one side.
Hard to beat Michigan with our fresh water resources, huge National forests, 4 REAL seasons, very few venomous reptiles and insects, and a diverse animal population. October , especially week days finds little competition in the woods, November hunting competition peaks (15-30 is firearms), and then December is great hunting again, if you can access your areas even in heavy snow.
Huge shout out to my family for helping me track this deer last night, over 400 yards through some pretty gnarly terrain.
All that effort was not in vain, as this morning, only 50' from last blood and on the opposite side of the channel that hindered our search last night, my first buck taken with traditional archery tackle was found.
This deer has catapulted itself to the top of my list of harvests, and I'm glad you all were there to share in the tracking.
Northern Michigan is a beautiful place. We ran around there in 2015 for a bit. Never hunted there but those big woods are very reminiscent of our northern Pa, but more evergreens. And, of course, Superior is absolutely an eye-catcher. Love the pics.
The Rocky mountains may be the marrow of the world, but the UP is the center of the universe,,,,,,, I had a relative once, now deceased, who live in New hamshire, and loved to hunt grouse and wood cock with his setters and double......
He came over to hunt in N Wis and the western UP, and he went home, sold his house and moved...... only so much time to hunt grouse, he thought,,,,,
Lots of fat on his kidneys as well. Surprisingly considering there are NO acorns around this year.
I've gone 4 tags left I hope to fill, because I feel winter is going to be hard on the deer this year. I may actually targetllll yearlings and larger fawns in the late winter season. Their biologic potential is zero as it is, might as well leave what little browse will be available for the mature deer that leave a better chance for fawn mortality.
Who knows what kind of weather we will get during the winter months. No-one. We live just 3 blocks from Lake Michigan and that lake dictates our weather. Some years I have to snow blow the driveway 3 times a day and in other years I didn't get the snow blower out 10 times the whole winter.
Still some nice bucks sneaking through the cedar swamps of the glorious U.P. This was from our camp in Copper Country State Forest from three years ago. We are headed up tomorrow. It's a bow-gun camp. We are up there for 10 days and love every minute of it.
A picture of our hootch we set up. Home away from home. More than enough room. It is hinged OSB panels with OSB roof panels covered with tarps. We haul it up on a trailer. Heated with a wood burning barrel stove. Windows are covered with clear poly just stapled to the panels. Takes us about two hours to put together but worth every minute.
You guys are bringing back some good memories for me, I've camped/hunted a lot of the same areas mentioned. I usually start my season with a weekend near Free Soil, where I spent my early days hunting with my Gramps, Dad and other relatives out of a cabin my Gramps built after WW2. A few spots we used to hunt are posted now, but still plenty of room to roam up around those parts.
I was going to say The last I know they are there. I was in that area last year and couldn't believe all the woods I use to hunt were gone, not select cut but clear cut with piles of stumps lined up. Big time bummer. The first time I hunted that area was in the early 80s. Man the deer numbers were unbelievable. Had alot of go Times there.
Jon, we live in Eagle River, Alaska now. We moved up here in 92. We used to live in Minnesota. We hunted Wisc. and Mich. close to 20 years. I went down to hunt with my friends 6 times, but seen a lot less deer. Can't believe camp 5 rd. is that bad. Had some good times at the Sagola bars Friday nite fish frys. Roger
I could have picked anywhere,,,,, I just love the UP,,,, its just for me,,,,, as far as photos go, keep em coming.... other than family, what is keeping me going now, is getting back into my beloved country.....
Frodert heart hospital in Milwaukee, is trying to fix my heart, one more procedure on Tuesday,,,,, I am saying my prayers, and the mind is a powerful thing,,,,,,,,
No where on earth for me, is there better trout fishing, in secret spots, which you can find, with no one there,,,,, My last fishing trip out west, too many people, could not get back fast enough,,,,,