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10-15-2019 09:25 PM
M134 Troll Recent excursions to Fish Point on Saginaw Bay for waterfowling and downstate for grandson baby sitting suggest the rut might be starting. Noticeably more early AM and dusk deer movement as well as a spike in fresh roadkill on both rural roads and interstate highways. Also observed more coyote and fox roadkill than seen over the summer, maybe victims of fresh meat uptick.
08-12-2019 10:28 PM
M134 Troll Fawns down here are all good sized and about the same size. Not so for those we saw east of Cedarville this weekend. Wide range in size with some little tiny ones which looked like they were just getting around. Several does with just one fawn.

Habituated wolves are bad medicine.

A .22 would suffice for porkies, but "something" might dictate 9mm or larger and perhaps with a laser!
08-07-2019 10:37 PM
spruce A doe has been coming out to the apple tree by my house lately and eating the half ripe drops. Only saw more than one out there a couple of times so far, most years there are several that keep the drops cleaned up.

On my way home today there was a lone wolf standing in the road about a half mile from my house. I slowed down and it just stood there and looked at me until I was within probably 30 or 40 yards and then it slowly walked off in the woods. Made a mental note to slip a gun in my back pocket when I take the dog out - just in case I see a porcupine.......or something!
08-07-2019 08:51 PM
Drilling Man I've been seeing some deer around my blind, here's three picts.,











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08-02-2019 10:55 PM
M134 Troll Driving down our road and in the countryside the past few days I've spotted a half dozen does with fawns out in the bean fields in broad daylight. First fawns I've seen this year and all were good sized and appeared to be grazing. All but one doe had twins

Have not heard any coyotes lately. Hmmm.
06-27-2019 10:54 PM
M134 Troll Regarding those farm fields: I've seen just one with sprouting corn, many with substantial areas of standing water, and many fallow fields.
06-27-2019 10:52 PM
M134 Troll In midstate farm fields we have herds of small deer out and about in the morning and evening. Single large deer are loitering in corners or not far from hedgerows. Typical patterns after fawns dropped. We had a spate of roadkill a few weeks ago, but I have not seen any fresh kills on the shoulders lately and only one spotted fawn down. Again a typical pattern as matriarchs abandon yearlings to drop fawns.

Took a short, too short, run up to Les Cheneaux early this week where we saw just one deer, a small skinny doe with a long face, in the area east of Cedarville and along M134 from all the way from M 48 to I 75. Normally we would see a couple of dozen. Now, we did not drag a bag of carrots down Forest Lane on Island No. 8 but still..... Only one Sandhill Crane which was spotted from the new observation tower at the Aldo Leopold plaque park. Lake Huron levels are crazy high and there is a lot of debris floating around the channels. 2 inches of water over my dock deck with a SW wind and there isn't any room at the top of the trestle posts to raise it higher.

We did spot 4 osprey fledglings on or near nests from the the old 27 overlook on the Houghton Lake flats.
06-01-2019 07:09 AM
lloyd smale when I was working we drove through that area often. Allways lots of deer there. You should see the Cornell area we do crop damage shooting at after the sun goes down. Youd swear theres 5 deer for every person in the UP. Almost wears you out driving because you have to be so alert.
05-26-2019 09:39 AM
spruce Up until last week I was driving back and forth to Marquette General everyday for 24 days to visit my wife (she's better now and been moved to rehab). One night I came home about midnight and driving down M95 down around Witch Lake I began to see a few deer. When I got down to the Floodwood there were deer literally all over the place along the sides of the road. All feeding on the grass along the shoulder where they resodded it several years ago when they repaved the road there. Had to slow down to about 35-40 MPH for several miles as there were often 15 to 20 deer in sight in the headlights in the short stretch between the Floodwood and Silver Lake and after that gradually saw less and less and after Channing I saw just a few for the rest of the drive.

Didn't count them, but a conservative estimate would be around 125 or so, and probably more. Only saw that a few times before at other places. Just happened conditions and timing were right. A whole bunch of hungry deer probably coming from miles away to the best, and maybe only really good, food source in the area.

Worked out okay - I was really tired, but I was wide awake for the last 40 miles of the trip home!
05-26-2019 06:36 AM
lloyd smale I thought the deer would have caught **** last winter but I went to camp Thursday and about 15 miles of the road going there is a dirt road and I saw 4 deer between the highway and camp. that is actually kind of exceptional. I usually see one maybe two but rarely as many as 4. Looks like some made it.
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