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Instagram Goes Wild

You can keep up with our Wild life on Instagram:  Family_wild

Watch for our new books about marketing for bait shops, hunting store and nature arts venues, coming in April, 2019.

Monster Pike on Houghton Lake

It’s a lovely time of year for ice fishing!  Here is a recent catch on Houghton Lake that our neighbor landed through a 10 inch hole, as well as a lovely perch and crappie.  Check out You Tube for how to create five fish steaks from Northern Pike that are de-boned and ready to prepare with a great batter or garlic and butter sauce!




Our newest bird siting! A Bald Eagle!

As the wind drove the snow past our dining room window, I happened to look outside over the back field.  We tend to put “leftovers” from cleaning animals out back on a rock shelf and allow the birds like turkey vultures and crows to perform a sky burial–they eat the bits left over.

Today, hounded by two crows, a Bald Eagle made an appearance!  As I write, he’s still perched in a tree at the edge of the wood.  He’s stayed there long enough that the crows have given up and gone to get out of the weather deeper in the forest. It’s a rare sight, and a welcome one!

Thinking of Christmas? Think Family Wild!

Family Wild Flyer JPEG

This Christmas, choose a gift that supports both families and the environment.  What children learn to love and respect, they will always protect. Whether participating in hunting, fishing or learning great outdoor/recycled art activities, this year you CAN choose to be the change the earth and your family deserves!


Family Wild Radio – November 24, 2017 – Interview with Outdoorsman Brian Beyer

Enjoy my interview with long-time outdoorsman Brian Beyer on Artists first radio.  We discuss a variety of hunting and fishing topics as the State of Michigan is in the midst of a sacred holiday season – White Tail Deer Firearm Season!  Beyer gives his thoughts on the state of hunting and fishing, how to get started hunting and fishing, and goes down memory lane with how he started hunting and fishing.  Click on the link below to enjoy Family Wild Radio!

PVC Loom and Home-Made Herb-Scented Lamps

My favorite fall-winter activity is weaving.  There’s an amazing quiet spot that builds up like layers of yarn, over-under, over-under, over-under, the rhythm rocking me, the textures of the fiber running through fingers soothing summer-dried nerves.  If the day is rainy and windy, like today, so much the better! This piece is nearly three feet wide, and about four feet tall and is being created on a PVC pipe loom that I made for under $15.00.  You’re already looking at over 14 hours of work.  One thing is true, you’ll never get rich being a fiber artist unless you are a self-promoting genius.  HA!

All the fiber has been donated to me–just pieces and ends of yarn other knitters and weavers and cross stitch folks didn’t want to bother with.  I have about four containers of such pickings, and it’s fun to watch it come alive on the warp threads.  This is a great project for a small group as well–warp the loom, have folks bring yarn scraps and even strips of cloth and each time you meet, have each person add a bit of weave to the tapestry.  It’s an exercise sure to get you over any control-freak inclinations you might have! HA!

In a later blog, I’ll break down the steps to create your own floor or table-top loom.  I will tell you I am getting some flex in the pipe with this loom, and will have to add some wooden dowling inside the pipes to help make it more rigid.

The other interesting project I am doing is gathering fresh herbs, a cinnamon stick, a shake of dry herbs and then some interesting pine cones or stones and making globe lamps.  I have ceramic wine bottle inserts that I will be using rather than just the open wick you see here–don’t want to blow up the house.  🙂  But it gives you a sense of the finished product.  I used lamp oil but you can also use olive oil. The unusual shaped container you see here used to contain rum.  No, I don’t drink but have friends who can “donate” their empties!  It’s the same way I get beautiful blue wine bottles which also make stunning lamps and delightful re-purposed Christmas presents for the Season of Light.

Also, look for an upcoming blog about building a deer blind from pallets and Restore materials–a 6 x 6 blind can be made for under $50.00 and I have the pictures to prove it!  Until next time, happy St. Antler’s Day and blessings.

Mike has a new audio book out!

10 Financial Tips for You and Your Family – Unless You Hate Your Family reviews those basic, everyday banking and financial situations people face.  Learn what you can do in just minutes to save yourself and/or your family months and thousands of dollars if not completed properly.  We know this isn’t about hunting or fishing – but we hope you enjoy it.

First Doe of 2017!!!

Kim and I harvested the first deer on the Family Wild acreage last night.  After watching a ruffled grouse and rabbit, as well as multiple cranky blue jays, a mature doe came out to our micro-plot.  After a couple moments, she turned broadside and offered a lung shot.  Kim had never witnessed a deer in a blind, much less watched one harvested.

I got the opportunity to pass on my Uncle Gary’s toilet paper trick of tracking as we followed the blood trail in the autumn leaves.  We found her and she got up and moved so we let her lay for a couple hours, had dinner, then went back out to recover the mature lady.

Kim also got her first experience of field dressing and performed assistant surgeon duties admirably.  We then set up our new pulley system in the garage and, after rinsing out our quarry, hung the deer overnight.  As a result, we have new nicknames, Brains and Brawn.  Kim’s the Brains (of course!) as she figured out the pulley system and I’m the Brawn, because God knows I’m not the brains.

This afternoon we took her to our favorite Alpena deer processor – Kipfmiller’s – and we should have fresh venison in about 10 days.  Suffice to say, we created another Family Wild memory!

Summer in October


What a strange month October has been.  The usual colors of fall are much more into the purple-red spectrum this year, and we’ve had 90 degree (record setting) heat here in the North Country. While its wonderful to get a few more weeks of summer, it’s also a little off putting.  Our pines are heavy with cones this year as well–Jack, White, Blue Spruce, even the cedar are showing more-than-usual cone growth.  Lots of folks are predicting heavy snows and a rough winter to come.


I’ve recently finished a small lap blanket, made with a simple nail and wood triangle frame loom.  I recycled a bunch of left-over yarns, then crocheted the triangles all together to create this project. Yeah, in 90 degree heat.  Go figure.  Rolled up and tied with a ribbon, it made a lovely gift for my friend.

My grand-daughter is working away at her first art slams–we sent the new art manual book to her this week.  I’ll share what she comes up with!

Final Deer Season Preparations

We’re getting to the last 14 days before we shut the property down for archery and rifle deer season.  We should actually limit access on the first of September – but I had more to do around the property this first year.  This last weekend, I created another micro plot between two of our blinds and on the way to our hub food plot.  Using a small rototiller, I broke up ground in a 20 by 30 area just a ways from a major travel corridor that leads to the main night food plot.

Also, had a chance to cut out a second window on one of the property’s remaining box blinds and started the process of clearing a shooting lane out for it.  I’m down 2 chainsaws as I wait for a carb-adjustment tool to come to our door.  Until that happens, it’s just hand clippers and me.

We found four more apple trees I want to liberate from the cedars; sigh…but, again, have to wait to get the chainsaws up and running.