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Off Topic / Looking for someone who can braze
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:55:31 PM »
I have a brass branding iron I use for my decoys to identify the carver and carving shop. It is brazed to a steel stem with a wooden handle.  This is the third time it has worked loose in the eleven years I have owned and used it...a bit tired of shipping it back to the vendor to fix and consequently be told that this is the first time this has ever happened with one of his brands.

Does anyone know of a local fabrication shop that does brazing well?


Hunting / Trapping / Closing-in on the end product...
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:02:05 AM »
I started a general repaint and repair effort on my decoy spread after the season closed.  I had six mallard hens that I had grown to hate looking at, to the point where they never left the shelf in the boat unless I needed a big spread. I painted these 17 years ago, so it was a combination of a bad paint job as well as wear and tear that moved them to the nearly never used tier. Started the repaint the last few days of December and I am just about ready to let them sit prior sealing them. Good practice on a variety of feather layouts and painting styles...but tedious!

Lake Michigan / Ludington Lake Michigan Fishery Workshop
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:55:57 AM »
As part of the Zonal Management approach the MDNR is adopting for Lake Michigan, coho plants along with the majority of Chinook plants on the Michigan side will shift southward to ports in the southern portion of the basin.  Brown trout plants will be cut 30%, but will all be concentrated in the northwest portion of the basin, as well as a new plant to occur in Escanaba. By concentrating brown trout plants in northwestern Lake Michigan MDNR managers hope to increase survivorship of browns and provide an enhanced Spring fishery.

This was initially slated to begin in mid-peninsula DMUs as part of the UPDHWG efforts. The CWD incidence outbreaks in southern Michigan have influenced the MDNR to move this to border counties with Wisconsin to aid in management decisions down-the-road, should CWD occur in this area first in the U.P.:


Gun Talk / Looks like Marquette is going to get a Public shooting range
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:26:02 PM »
DNR shooting range construction funding gets nod from trust fund board
Crucial step in public firing range development reached

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board recently recommended funding a Michigan Department of Natural Resources project to develop a public shooting range in Sands Township in Marquette County.

DNR staffers have been working with local units of government, residents and non-government partners to consider over a dozen potential range locations in Marquette County over the past decade.

The proposed site for the range is located along Marquette County Road 480, about 2 miles northwest of the M-553 intersection on property owned by the Marquette County Road Commission.

The recommendation to approve $225,000 for the project by the trust fund board marks a pivotal step in the future success of this financial investment to the sporting community.

“We are thrilled that the trust fund board has recommended the Marquette Firing Range for funding,” said Stacy Welling Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator. “We are now looking forward to continuing to work with local government on the next steps to develop what will be the first public DNR shooting range in the Upper Peninsula.”

The funding recommendation, which was part of a total of $40.3 million in outdoor recreation development project and acquisition grants will now be reviewed by the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder for final approval consideration.

The firing range will meet National Rifle Association and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and offer a safe, accessible shooting opportunity for residents and visitors in Marquette County.

“The next step in developing the range will be to seek support for the project through the Sands Township zoning process,” said Lori Burford, DNR shooting range and facilities specialist. “Following the outcome of that application process, the DNR will seek public input on range design later in 2018, with a goal of completing the project construction during the summer of 2019.”

Over the past year, extensive sound testing was conducted during the site selection process.
“With the years of consistent illegal shooting in the area, the new DNR range should actually reduce the level of whatever gunfire may be heard now,” Haughey said.

The total estimated project cost is about $900,000, with the DNR expecting remaining project funds to be obtained through a grant from the NRA and matching money already being aligned from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“State-of-the-art safety features, sound and lead abatement and providing users with proper accessibility all factor into this price tag,” Haughey said.

For more information on the Marquette County firing range project or to provide input, contact Lori Burford at 989-600-9114.

Hunting / Trapping / TV-13 CWD panel discussion segment...
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:26:48 AM »
There were a couple of miss-statements, one quite glaring, during the MDNR's panel discussion on CWD.

Specifically, Terry Minzey, Wildlife Division Region 1 Chief, stated that the follow-up testing at the captive cervid facility near Big Rapids, Mi., where two deer from a sample submission of six heads tested positive initially, revealed no subsequent positive animals prior culling of the herd. Here is testimony from an Amish farmer that processes wild deer for area hunters, as well as some of the deer from the game farm, without a permit to operate as a meat processor i.e. no records available of who he processed deer for, or where they came from or where they were killed.


His testimony would indicate that five of the six heads the game farm owner initially submitted for testing,came from cervids killed in the surrounding area, indicating that there is no known specific site (focus) of contamination within the geography...kinda hard to contain an outbreak when you have no means of determining where it actually is!  Considering that no deer from the facility that were culled tested positive, I strongly doubt if this outbreak is contained, nor effectively managed in this geography of Michigan.


If you are interested, contact the MDNR Wildlife Division and ask for specifics on their timeline toward opening a season, since it will likely be in the U.P.

House of Representatives pass Resolution 154, requesting that the Michigan NRC act to place sandhill cranes on the game species list.  Should this happen, then the next step would be to request USFWS season structure recommendations.  USFWS has already approved seasons for Tennessee and Kentucky, within the Mississippi Flyway.

Sandhill cranes are more difficult to kill than a turkey, very wary, with excellent eyesight.

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / GHG full body goose decoys
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:24:25 AM »
One dozen flocked head GHG goose decoys for sale.  These have standard full bases, as well as motion stakes that can be used with the leg-base pulled. No bag. Asking $115 for the dozen. Send me a PM if interested.


Trout/Salmon / Chinook management discussion for Lakes Michigan/Huron
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:48:38 AM »
Not sure why this never received broader communication, meeting occurred in 2016:


Classifieds/Buy/Sell / Shimano TLA 90 MC-2 Roller rod for sale
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:48:30 AM »
New, still in packaging-$110.

SOLD, pending funds. Thanks!

Lake Michigan / Lake Michigan Chinook-Muskegon 41.48lbs
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:10:46 AM »
I had to chuckle when I found that Jay Wesley was the one who posted this on a Michigan based website.  I like to walk on sand...not real fond of being asked to drink it!  The MDNR can't even claim Lake Michigan is becoming a big fish destination like Lake Ontario, since the catch rate data have fallen so low

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