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Camp Back Acres Clean-Up

The fire cut a twelve foot hole in the 27 inches of snow,
15 sled loads,
a lifetime of rugs,
of clothes,
of broken picture frames.
Each item sends up sparks of prayer,
carrying an “I’m sorry”
into the embrace of bare maple branches.
I can only promise to honor the lives
who created the buildings on our new land,
to walk the trails they cut
in reverence,
and with a promise to care-take well.

Nature Arts: Reconnecting with the Forest

One way to reconnect with nature? Take your cell phone camera for a walk in the woods! I try to stop periodically and “listen” for where my attention wants to go–this rock, that mossy stump. I move around it, then, almost like asking permission, then snap the shot. When I first come into the forest, I’m aware everything is a blur, running together. But as I settle and start to observe, a million individual parts of the wood begin to capture my imagination, and the world comes back to life in all its individual colors and textures.

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Instagram Goes Wild

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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!

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!

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!