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Hunting with Mike
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:20 PM »

Thursday Morning Rain
11 June 2009, 9:26 am

John Grimes, if your reading this, tell me what kind of a bird this is.  I’m not sure.  I don’t think it’s a “Blue Heron.”  Anyone got a guess?

I just watched Susie Sorenson’s edited elk hunt from 2008, and is it ever good.  This is the kind of quality filming that any outdoor enthusiast can enjoy.  Check it out at the “Base Camp Legends” blog.  Gary and Sue make a camp meal, in the Idaho mountains, like nothing you ever laid your hungry eyes on.  Roast turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, talk about Thanksgiving!

Art at “Simply Outdoors” gave his readers a little update on his now 8 month old daughter, and shared his apprehension about exposing her on his blog.  I’ve felt that same apprehension due to the unknown factor lurking in the bushes.  We’ve seen, here in Monroe, just what kind of “monsters” are out there preying on our kids.  Better to be cautious and over protective than have your heads in the clouds.

Kristine over at “Gun Safety Innovations LLC” has their logo wear in stock, and ready for shipment.  Check it out.  All of us members of the “outdoor Bloggers Summit” are pulling for you and your company to hit a home run.

Well I was going to golf today, but the rain has changed that.  Looks like it’s time to clean the garage.

Mike



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Duke Schiller One of Canada’s Best Aviators
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:20 PM »

Duke Schiller One of Canada’s Best Aviators
12 June 2009, 11:19 pm

The guy on the far right in this picture is my great uncle Duke Schiller, and beside him is my great aunt Ada.  Ada is my grandfather Kelly Greer’s sister.  That’s Dukes brother Ken sitting across from him.  Both men were killed in action during WWII.  Duke was just 43 years old.

Clarence Alvin “Duke” Schiller was born to be a pilot, and during his day was the best pilot ever to come out of Canada, according to the New York Times.  Uncle Dukes exploits were legendary, as his uncanny skill, as a pilot, earned him a reputation of honor and respect all over the world.  At the time of his death he was the Senior Flight Captain with the Royal Air force Ferry Command.  Uncle Duke was flying a lend-lease Canso airplane (pictured above) when it crashed off the Bermuda coast during a mission.  Duke and most of his crew were killed, and he is buried on Bermuda.

Duke had a colorful and fascinating career as a bush pilot, flying instructor, mercy flight pilot and hero, along with being one of Canada’s best speed racers. (planes)  Uncle Duke actually joined the Canadian Army when WWI broke out, but was given an honorable discharge when it was discovered he was only 14 years old.  He then sailed for England and joined the Royal Flying Corps.  Still to young to fly combat missions, he remained in the RAF as a flight instructor.  Duke became a bush pilot and commercial aviator after the war.  He teamed up with the famous speed boat racing team of Gar Wood, and was preparing for a transatlantic flight with co-pilot Phil Wood, when his backers pulled out, due to a couple other flights ending in tragedy.  Uncle Duke had several daring rescues in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Northern Ontario during his bush pilot days.

Dukes brother Ken, a flight sergeant, was the navigator aboard a Lancaster bomber that crashed during a bombing run for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

There is quite a lot of information on the Internet about my great uncle, and I’m finding out he wasn’t the only famous pilot on my mothers side of the family.  I’m doing some research right now on two other uncles that made there mark on the history of aviation.

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Michigan Crossbow Season
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:20 PM »

Michigan Crossbow Season
16 June 2009, 8:52 pm

On my post, from several days ago, I had a picture of a large bird that I asked if anyone knew what it was.  Reader John Grimes has identified it as a Sandhill Crane for anyone who was wondering.  Thanks John.

If your a Michigan hunter you probably know that our state will be having a “cross-bow season” this year.  This is a controversial subject, as the Michigan Bowhunters Association has been against it from the get-go.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission voted to expand Michigan’s crossbow hunting opportunities.  The MDNR stated that the expanded hunting opportunities will help retain hunters and recruit new hunters.  It will also offer a way for some hunters with disabilities or physical difficulties stay in the field.  Under the new regulations crossbows may be used by anyone 50 years of age or older during the Oct. 1-Nov. 14 bow hunting season statewide.  Also any hunter 12 and older may use a crossbow in zone 3 during any open hunting season, and during any season in which a firearm is used statewide.

There will be a three year survey by the DNR as they monitor crossbow hunters in the state.  So far those hunters using  a crossbow must wear hunter orange, and shoot a bow with no more than 350 fps.  A crossbow stamp is needed along with a crossbow license.  At the end of the three year trial period the MDNR will evaluate the new regulations to see if anything needs to be changed or added to the regulations.

Crossbows certainly aren’t for everybody, but if it brings others into the hunting fraternity, how can that be detrimental to the over-all influence of hunting as we know it?  Crossbows are not a buy one and kill a deer guarantee!  They are noisy, cumbersome, and hard to reload, and rather pricey.  On the other hand they are fast and accurate.  Most people will need a cocking mechanism to pull the string back, as only the younger bucks can do it by hand and foot.  It will be interesting to see where this takes us as a hunting fraternity.  Seems to me we will either sink or swim together in the coming years

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Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple-Pie, and Chevrolet?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2009, 03:00:19 PM »

Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple-Pie, and Chevrolet?
19 June 2009, 11:52 am

Granddaughter Ava scoring from third base.  So far this summer there has been plenty of  T-ball games to go watch, along with some softball games.  I could’nt tell you how many “hot dogs” I’ve let “cool off” in my mouth!   I love those little tube steaks, especially with chili.  We have a root beer stand in Monroe that I used to go to as a kid, and they still serve the best tasting chili-dog around.  Of course my wife is into calorie and carb counting, so my visits have to be incognito these days.

Apple pie is kind of a rare treat anymore, but thankfully it’s a couple of my kids favorite dessert.  Instead of cake they ask for apple pie on their birthday, and my wife makes the best.  So I did have a piece just a few weeks ago.

Now the end of that familiar summer slogan is “Chevrolet,” and I don’t know if they may have to change that ditty to another word.  How would “baseball, hot dogs, apple-pie, and KIA sound?  Or maybe Dawhoo?  Or they could use Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Toyota or any number of foreign names that do business with us independent Americans.  “Your not going to tell me what kind of car I can buy!”   The slogan just wouldn’t be the same, as it has it’s roots in being “American.”  I for one will support American made cars only, and will encourage my large family to do the same.  Just in my own family we have over $400,000 thousand dollars worth of American built cars and trucks.  There are some bumper stickers out there that read “Out of a job yet?  Keep buying foreign!”  People are starting to find out just how true that is.  The American auto industry touches alot more people, than just those on the assembly lines.  When you drive a foreign brand vehicle you are “thumbing” your nose at your fellow Americans that forged the “Industrial Revolution” that led to middle class prosperity for countless millions of people.  Why support the economy of foreign nations, as we sink into the abyss of unemployment and welfare?  Personnally I hope “Baseball, hot dogs, apple-pie, and Chevrolet” are around for a long long time, along with Chrysler and Fords.  Lets keep it the “Big Three!”

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Ted Shinkle – A Man For All Seasons
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2009, 03:00:19 PM »

Ted Shinkle – A Man For All Seasons
22 June 2009, 11:53 pm

Ted Shinkle (on the right) and his brother Brad.  Ted passed away this past Sat. June 20th at the Toledo Hospital.  Ted was one special man, and a credit to every outdoorsman and hunter in Michigan.

Ted had a passion for life, and never quit working right up till last weekend.  He owned Shinkle flower Shop and Greenhouses in Temperance Michigan for over 40 years, until his son Gary, and his wife Sue, took over.  He remained an active part of the business, and was never afraid to get his hands dirty, or deliver an order of flowers to one of his customers.  Ted was 89 years young, and I say that reverently, as Ted was young at heart.  And oh what a heart he had!  He loved people, and he loved helping his fellow man, but most of all he loved his life long sweetheart Marge (Hatker) Shinkle.  Their 65 year marriage was one that is rarely seen anymore, and they truly were totally devoted to one another.

I just wanted to share something that sheds a little light on this one mans unique and wonderful life.  About a year and a half ago I visited the Shinkle home in order to interview Ted and Marge about an upcoming feature article I wanted to write about Ted (then 87) and his 89 year old brother Brad.  Marge had just fixed Ted lunch, after he had walked home from the nursery where he had worked the morning.  We talked about the old days, World War II, Hunting, and family.  Ted was so proud of his kids and grandkids, but he got a special twinkle in his eye when he talked of meeting Marge.  You could tell they were still sweethearts, even after all of life’s ups and downs.  I spent about 1-1/2 hours with the Shinkles, and had tons of hand scribbled notes.  I could of spent the whole day there.  Anyway as were winding down, Ted looks at his watch and says “Oops I’m ten minutes late, gotta get back to work!”  With that he embraced his wife, gave her a kiss, and was off and running again.  Marge explained to me that Ted never left the house without giving her a kiss, and she just seemed to “glow” as she talked adoringly of her tall handsome husband.

My brother Darryl is good friends with the Shinkles, and has sat around their campfire, in the Upper Peninsula, on many hunting trips.  I was fortunate enough to be asked, on a coupe of occasions, to join them during the fall season.  What pure delight to spend time with Ted and his older brother Brad.  Son Gary would always be around to keep camp running smooth, and make sure the poker games were on the up and up!  What a trip playing card with these two colorful brothers.  Ted and Brad never went up north to sit in the cabin.  In the last five years Ted had taken two Michigan black bears, and several deer.  This past year he even shot a nice turkey, and was going to use the turkey feathers for some flower arrangements, when the right opportunity came along.  How ironic, and fitting, that Gary and Sue had the feathers used in Teds own funeral flowers. Ted made you feel right at home when you stayed in the Shinkles lovely log retreat in Crystal Falls.  He was a fine a gentleman as you’ll ever meet, and I’m thankful and proud that I got to know him.  The world has less light than it did a few days ago.  May you rest in your Saviors arms Mr. Ted Vincent Shinkle.  (April 9, 1920-June 20, 2009)

Ted and Marge had four sons Ronald, Norman, Gary, and Robert.   Teds oldest son Dr. Ronald Shinkle, Pastor of Lemoyne Baptist Church, will officiate, and interment will be in Toledo Memorial Park.

You left a legacy of love Ted.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Thanks for sharing your campfire with the Ansel’s.  Hopefully this is not the end of the story.

Glad I knew you.  Mike Ansel



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Grandma’s A Jock!
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 03:00:19 PM »

Grandma’s A Jock!
25 June 2009, 11:36 am

My wife the “Jock!”   Back in my late 30’s and early 40’s I used to run some 5-K races in and around Monroe.  Two of my five daughters ran in high school on the cross country team, and track team.  My wife came from a family where no one was involved in sports, and she doesn’t have a competitive bone in her body.

About 6 years ago she started walking,  just to try and shed a few pounds.  She kept increasing her “walking” speed to the point I couldn’t keep up with her.  Less than a year ago she started jogging the 2-1/2 miles around our neighborhood, and hardly ever misses her early morning run.  (6:00 a.m.)

Some young friends of ours ask my wife if she was interested in running the “Wildwood Metro Park” 5-K race last weekend, and she agreed.  It was great to be the camera man and record my wife’s first venture into a competitive sport.  There were 847 people entered in the race this past Saturday morning.  My wife ran with Larry and Michelle Mau, who have already ran a few races this year.  My wife Lorna surprised us all by finishing 4th. in her age group, and just missed taking a medal by 30 seconds.  The competitive blood started to rise to the surface, as several times she said “If only I had of run a little faster!”

Hey dear your way to fast for me, and beside that your good looking.  Now if only I could loose about 30 pounds and run with her next year.  That would be great.

Mike



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Turkey’s In The Yard (Almost)
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 02:26:30 PM »

Turkey’s In The Yard (Almost)
28 June 2009, 9:20 am

I know turkey season is long gone, but check out these birds feeding almost in my back-yard.  The one on the right is a big Tom with a least a 10 inch beard, and the other two are hen...

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Whittaker’s Berry Farm
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Whittaker’s Berry Farm
3 July 2009, 10:25 pm

Whittaker’s Berry Farm in Ida Michigan is the place to go pick your own fresh strawberry’s.  We picked about 6 quarts, and couldn’t wait to make some strawberry shor...

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The Killing Fields
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The Killing Fields
8 July 2009, 12:59 pm

I live about 2 miles from our local shopping malls, gas stations, convenience stores, ect. but I’m still in the country.  I do live in a small sub-division with woods and farmers crops surrounding us.  I would venture to say that most of my neighbors don’t have a clue as to what goes o...

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Bear Lotto 2009
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2009, 03:00:31 PM »

Bear Lotto 2009
10 July 2009, 11:56 pm

And this years winners in the Michigan bear hunting lottery are Derek Ansel, Justin Ansel, (first week) Dean Ansel, and Mike Ansel (third week.)  We haven’t had that kind o...

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Ah! The Weekend Retreat
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Ah!  The Weekend Retreat
14 July 2009, 2:07 pm

My wife, grandson Kyle, son-in-law Glen, and oldest daughter Tara getting ready to enjoy our barbecued chicken and spaghetti while at the cottage.  The deck overlooks Lake Diane, and ...

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Wild Michigan
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2009, 03:00:13 PM »

Wild Michigan
16 July 2009, 1:51 pm

On July 24 my wife and I are leaving for 16 Mile Lake in the Upper Peninsula.  It’s about 10 miles from Munising located on the shores of Lake Superior.  We s...

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Hunting with Mike: Under Attack
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 02:00:13 PM »

Under Attack
21 July 2009, 12:50 pm

Take a good look at these non-human killers. They slaughtered (murdered) this poor oppressed and exploited being in a disgusting and perverse way.  There cowardly and callous ...

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Hunting with Mike: Joe Giarmo, Yellow Perch, and Vacation
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Joe Giarmo, Yellow Perch, and Vacation
24 July 2009, 4:31 pm

My wife Lorna with boxing coach Joe Giarmo getting ready to dig into a yellow perch dinner.  This is the first batch of perch we’ve had this year, and it doesn’t get mu...

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Hunting with Mike: The Two Faces of the Humane Society
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The Two Faces of the Humane Society
23 August 2009, 7:34 am

How many hunters and outdoors people own, and love their pets?  I’m willing to bet that a vast multitude, from our ranks, are bonafide pet lovers.  Recently I received an e-mail from my nephews wife Mary Ansel.  She was telling me about how she and her daughter Francesca had started to do v...

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