Monday, September 28, 2009

That Magical time of year is ALMOST upon us

What time of year is that?? Well, hunting season but more specifically BOW-SEASON! I cannot tell you how much I love fall for Bow-Hunting, its simply so great to be in the woods. My step-dad introduced me to the sport and let me tell you my passion for hunting Whitetails especially with a bow for some reason gets greater and greater each year that passes by, I hunt with a shotgun also but how. For example, when I started I when my alarm went off Id shut it off and go back to be simply because I just wasn't that into hunting. Now, I love to get up early and hit the timber so to speak and pay attention to things such as; wind direction, barometric pressure, and even things such as the moon phase. Ive learned that all of these things seriously affect your hunting. For the next few months well until Jan 1st the bulk of my blogging will be about my experiences in the woods. Before I continue any further I have to say this, if you think for a second I hunt just too shoot something YOU COULDN'T BE ANY MORE WRONG, also I believe in fair and ethical hunting. Thursday marks the opening day of Bow-Season and I couldn't be more excited to be able to start "Hitting the Timber" once again. Im going to be talking lots about my hunting in the few weeks. Im so incredibly blessed to have access to 3 family owned properties. I have made little nicknames for each of them. They are: The Faithful 10, The Woodlot, and The Farm. I will describe them a little bit.

The Faithful 10 is a pretty nice 10 acre parcel, what is nice about this parcel is that its actually the location of my parents house. What I think is interesting about this parcel is sure its my parents house and they have their lawn and stuff, but the back 6 acres has all been pretty much growing wild its gotten to be pretty thick. Also there is a small pond on the back corner. That is interesting because when the pond was dug the spoils were all stacked up on one side so there is a little mound and that mound divides the back portion of the property into 2 unique sections. When hunting at this location I have the option of hunting out of a covered tower blind or sitting on the ground by the pond its pretty neat. I call this location The Faithful 10 is because every year there is always at least one serious scrape and numerous tree rubs, buck sign is definitely always awesome but this location you always see tons of does and if there is does in the area you know there are some bucks running around also. This is my favorite hunting spot because this is where I learned to hunt and Ive hunted many many hours.

The Woodlot
is simply a thick thick 12 acre stand of timber. It's so thick that when its early bow-season and your walking around on the property you have to pay great attention to where you are going because you are going to get lost its that thick. Ive hunted this parcel a little bit and like it alot and have seen some deer. There is some serious potential in this woodlot, I just need to hunt it more. Its located in one of the best county's for big deer in southern Michigan.

The Farm is my stepdad's and his brothers property. I really like hunting here because I usually hunt here with my stepdad and my uncle and cousins are normally out there also, its just so great to be able to spend time with some members of my family in this fashion. This property is almost 60 acres. Its not really a farm but it has a 12 acre field that we have planted with a crop each year so its pretty neat in that respect I think. I call it the farm because well its a decently large piece of property and it has a big pole-barn. Ive hunted a few gun season openers at this property and have seen some very large deer here. What I really like about this parcel is that it feels and hunts much larger than 60 acres because of how its laid out its not just one big rectangle. One really cool thing about this property is that from the entrance to the back of the property which borders a creek its almost a half-mile back its pretty unique. I will be spending some time here this fall you can bet on it.

So there is a little preview of what I plan doing with my blog for the next few months and properties I hunt and all that jazz. Be ready for a new post soon, Thursday is the opener and I plan on hunting The Woodlot the forecast calls for some crisp cool conditions and with it being the opener deer will be moving. Take care

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The day it all hit me......

Most of you know now but a few weeks ago I made one of my biggest decisions in probably the last 5 years of my life.......I decided to leave the company that I was working at for the past 4 years. I know I know a stupid thing to do in this economy right?? WRONG!! I simply cannot tell you since Ive been home how INCREDIBLY happy I am. Sure the job was a pretty good job salary wise and stuff but the bottom line was that I was NOT happy doing what I was doing anymore,. How did this decision come about?? Well most of my good friends know that I was starting not to like it anymore, the last time I was home on vacation I was pretty much dreading heading back. I knew that I needed to make a change because in the past I would get excited to get back to Alaska and be with my shipmates and stuff but it was not the case this summer at all. Once I got back to work after my last vacation, I was in the dining room setting up and it hit me like a semi for whatever reason I DONT want to do this anymore. After that all hit me a few days later I really thought about why I felt so strongly about not wanting to do the cruise thing, to make sure that I had a reason to feel that way. After lots of thought and a very long pro's and con's list I came to the conclusion that I just simply want to pursue other things and see what is out there, also I just want to live a normal "Land" life. Ive realized that being able to sleep in my own bed every night is something that I want also just being able to see the family and friends whenever not every couple of months. Sure those things might seem small and I don't expect you to understand those small wants fully at all you have to do what I did for 4 years to understand it all. The bottom line is this......MONEY DOES NOT BUY HAPPINESS I learned that lesson very well this summer and will never forget it. Where I'm working now Ive taken a very large pay cut......But like Ive said I'm so happy its unreal!!!! Don't get me wrong working where I was at was an AMAZING experience and I wouldn't change it for a bit: I grew tons as a person and that's simply priceless. I also grew an amazing amount professionally, met incredible friends that I hope to have for life and wouldn't change anything during the past 4 years of my life. I just wanted to be home and be able to be around the people I want all the time and want that normal 9-5 life and have the option to have a dog that kinda stuff!! For some reason I feel the need to explain every little detail about this decision to people but I know I don't have too all people really need to know is; that's my decision. But I want everyone to know that I'm way way more happier now :) Have a good one!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Blog

I'm sitting here watching CNN and I just watched President Obama talk about why we should pass the Stimulus bill. I myself do not know enough about how to jump-start this economy, but I really hope and pray that Washington is doing what they should. I cannot criticize anything really all I can do is hope. BUT the BILLIONS of dollars that we apparently need just boggles my mind that's an INSANE amount of money. I just hope it works and creates jobs, but I have to ask is who will get these jobs? Will it be a fair job market?? If you have a college degree and you wanna get a job that would build a road would you be considered?? I ask those questions because lets face it people of ALL walks of life and income levels are seriously financially stressed right now. I hope that these jobs are offered to everyone because EVERYONE needs to prosper from all of these jobs created. Finally, once again I thank God that I have a job offer in April. I'm extremely lucky