Sunday Morning Drive...
Woke the 9yr old up about 0700, grabbed cup of coffee and headed out the door (pretending I was in Nodak) to glass the fields & observe critters for future possiblities, never to late to scout, aye... Well living in Western MI There arent to many open fields, but lots of trees and farmsites, far more than what I am used to.. Anyhow, may have found some hunting land for this winter critter season and next year for smokepoles, only further research will tell. The land is in the "Hunters Access Program" and totals 275 acres, observed 7 deer on it this morning. From my perspective, I could have had my choice of which doe to dump.. I am having a hard time going from having private land (6000+ acres) to hunt entire life, to dang near begging to hunt 37 acres with houses on all corners..... Culture shock amximus..
After conversing with Ian M., I think my best route is to LRH with a muzzy. I know this post may be an aimless rant, but where I am living, the amount of rifle hunters afield is mind boggleing. The winter season and the amount of muzzy hunters (lack there of) may be my best bet for me introduce my daughters to a real deer hunt.. I did take my 11 yr old daughter out this year, we had a great time, I did not take a deer, but not for lack of seeing any. Could have dumped a 60lb fawn at 12 yards, but how sporting is that and that was the purpose of this hunt. Get my kid in the field and instill hunting ethics and morals. This was a test and we passed, she dug it, I certainly did and next year time to go further. Just wanted the first year to be positive.... All my hunts I plan include both my girls, ya only have so much time...
So thats what this rant is about, quality time outdoors with my kids and I may have found a place to go next year... [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
Ian, thanks again for the help..
[ 12-21-2003: Message edited by: Nodak7mm ]