I have spent the last couple of days making arrangements to head down to Jackson for some whitetail bow hunting next week, and up to Michigan for a few days of grouse hunting the following week. The best news is I donít think that there is anything that can throw a wrench in my plans. All the usual culprits for ruining my well laid out hunting plans seem to have been addressed.
There is a Cowboy Mounted Shoot this weekend at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, so that should start the week off nicely. Doodles, and Dippy are both coming home to compete, so it should make a fun weekend with family and friends. I even got some new shoes on Jack this morning so he should be good to go.
Cowboy Jon and I are going down to the cabin in Jackson next week for some bow hunting. We didnít make it down for spring turkey season so none of us knows what condition the cabin will be in when we get there. I hope a family of raccoons didnít take up residence in our absence. Our bow hunting forays have gotten shorter, and longer in between the last few years. Between me attending dog trials all over the country, and his farm expansion it was almost impossible to match up on our free time. A lot has changed this year, I am not traveling near as much, and his youngest son ďskidmarkĒ is back on the farm. Besides hanging out with the cowboy it will be fun to get back in a tree stand for a few hours, and enjoy nature.
The following week will be a real treat. Lucky Eddie, and maybe even Birdman Bill are heading up to Atlanta, Michigan for some grouse hunting. My dog Addi has been going stir crazy in the kennel since we are not trialing every weekend like we used to. It will be good for her to get out and chase some wild birds. My buddy and host for these forays ďReal DealĒ has been calling for two weeks, telling me to get up there and kill some birds. Or as he puts it, to come up and shoot a grouse in the face. My one requirement for hunting Michigan that the leaves be off the trees, will be met by then. Most guys have been hunting for a month now, but I canít catch my breath, and get a gun up before they are out of sight when the leaves are on. I hope it all works out.
Catch you later
Published: October 17, 2011