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Deer Camp 2015

November 18th, 2015

Deer Camp 2015

Deer Camp 2015 was quite the banner year for our annual deer camp crew. With a full crew of 9 hunters for the year, several were successful within the first two days.  These are some of the best days of fall, hunting out in the wilderness with just the birds and the deer to keep you company.  Of course, the camp fare is second to none as we all enjoy great meals.

 

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MHC Summer Family Picnic

July 28th, 2013

MHC Summer Family Picnic

The Annual Michigan Hawking Club Summer Family Picnic was this weekend and it was a great time, right up until the rain hit.  The photo above was taken just in time before the down pour started getting everyone wet, including the birds.  There were many folks who came to share in the wonderful joy of our sport.  We also had some new birds on display this weekend, with many falconers proving background stories, history, and hunting adventures with the folks that came. It was a great day for raptor lovers with the Michigan Hawking Club.

 

Cedar was my ambassador for the day, as she did a great job perching for  photos and sat graciously perched on the glove for a few impromptu hawk talks.  Falconers from all over the state brought their birds as well.  Pictured below are a few of the other Raptors that came and were perched for photo-ops and admiration.  The bonus experience for me for the day was holding the Goshawk after coping.

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Annual Bird Camp Weekend – 2012

November 6th, 2012

Annual Bird Camp Weekend – 2012

The Annual Bird Camp Weekend is always a fun time with family in the woods of northern Michigan. This seasonal gathering at the cabin was later than usual, but was still a great time together. Our usual hunting spots were less productive this year than in previous years. Flushes were down and number of birds were down as well. It’s difficult to say just what was the cause of the difference in our hunting experience this year, but there are a few factors that we think contributed to the off-year. Hurricane Sandy ripped across the eastern United States just a few days before this weekend and had a significant impact on the weather in Michigan for the previous four days. The hunt was two weeks later than in previous years which has effects with the weather (it was colder) and the Woodcock had migrated through the area already. Lastly, the hot, dry summer seems to have affected the food sources for many of the wildlife animals that inhabit the forest. Wintergreen berries and thornapples were very scarce which is a typical favorite food of the Ruffed Grouse.

We ventured to the typical hunting areas that we have code names for: Gooney Bird Central, DoodleVille East and West, along with “The Meadows”. Each place has it’s own character and set of stories from adventures from years past. We had enough flushes each day just to keep it interesting, but not quite the action packed adventures like in past years. That’s the way it goes sometimes, and as much as I practiced this summer at sporting clays, it did serve me well this year as I was the only successful hunter this year with one Partridge in the bag. Tough luck for a tough year. We’ll get em next year.

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