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Hunting hard or Hardly hunting?

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, fleece, g5, g5 quiver, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, scent-lok, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized, vertigo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

So as I sit here reminiscing on my 2010 hunting season I’ve realized its been really hard hunting this season.  The weather has not cooperated at all, its been windy, rainy, snowy, and cold.  I’m not just talking 15-20 mph winds but I’ve been out in 65 mph winds.  Crazy,  right?  Well, when you only have x amount of days a year to hunt,  time in the woods is at a premium.  You have to subtract work, family time, and don’t forget the honey do’s.  I remember one weekend while we were up at our cabin, we had just came in from the morning hunt and after breakfast I had turned on some hunting shows.  After watching show after show I realized there was a common pattern.  They kept mentioning how hard they had been hunting that week, as I though about that for a minute it kinda got under my skin a bit.  Hunting hard!!!  They are on a ranch where they specifically grow monster bucks, they have a guide tell them where the best spots are or at least have trail cam pictures of where to hunt.  Now I totally respect that they have to run from place to place, hunt to hunt, to get enough film for the tv show.  Matter a fact I love watching the shows, but If I hunted the same ranch for the same period of time pretty sure I would come out of there with a buck of my lifetime too.   I was thinking, imagine that!!   how it would be fun to have one of the TV show crews come to my home state of Michigan, give them the topo maps of the local state game area, and let them hunt in the rain, snow, sleet, wind, you know unexpected weather and see if they could pull a good buck from there in the same 7 day period.  You know hunt hard, no guide, no fence, no 40 acre food plots, you get the picture right?  Now I don’t doubt some of their hunting skills, and im pretty sure there are a few of them that would produce, but if I were a betting man my money would be on the deer!!!   I’m not saying they don’t work hard at all, im just saying they usually are given the best possible opportunity to get that big buck.  Remember, when you hit your favorite woods to hunt hard, you know where the big deer are, most people just don’t want to go there.  Hunt hard!!!! or are you hardly hunting?

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Imported Sugar Beets In Michigan!!! REALLY?????

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, fleece, g5, g5 quiver, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, Ruttin' Review, scent-lok, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized, vertigo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

OK   REALLY???? This past weekend I was back at it, deer hunting on our property in Manistee, MI.  After hunting the first day we decide to run to town and pick up a few bags of sugar beets to put out for the deer.  We pull in to the local trading post and see lots of sugar beets piled up by the gas pump, the front door, out by the road.  The first thing that got our attention was the fact that up until this week of hunting the sugar beets were $5.99 a bag or 3-$15.  Look on the counter and lo and behold now they are 3 bags for $18.. Kinda like the gas price gouging I would say but whatever that’s another topic.  We buy the bags and throw them in the back of the truck.  I look on the bag and lo and behold it says Grown in USA… Grown in Mexico.  The grown in Mexico box was checked.  First thing that came to my mind was usually people use old onion bags to put beets in and that is what it was Mexico onion bags with sugar beets in them.  After further review, nope nice little Mexican looking fellow with the absolute fact that these are actually Mexico grown Beets.  OK just so people know, Sebewing Michigan is the sugar beet CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.  The CAPITAL OF THE WORLD… So why is it that we have Mexico grown sugar beets in Michigan at all.  I love the fact that we can keep other countries economies going but let our own Michigan growers suffer because of it.  I will never buy those beets again after noticing this and I guess if there are no beets except those the deer will get some sort of American carrots, apples, corn who knows. This is ridicules we need to stop the madness.   Please comment your thoughts, please subscribe to my blog, tell friends, and have a great day.

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TEAM DIRT OUTDOORS PROMO

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, fleece, g5, g5 quiver, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, Ruttin' Review, scent-lok, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, Uncategorized, vertigo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

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Ruttin’ Review: Quest Primal

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, fleece, g5, g5 quiver, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, scent-lok, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized, vertigo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

 

Well to start with here is a little about this great product:

Specs:
Axle to Axle 32” +/- 3/16”
Brace Height 7-1/8” +/- 1/8”
IBO Speed (Approx.) 330-332
Mass Weight 3.9 lbs.
Primal Retail $699.99
Primal GFade™ $729.99
 
Features:
SYNC Cam – Patent Pending Twin Track SYNC Modular Cam System*
Draw Lengths – 26.5″-30″ in 1/2″ increments
80% Let-Off
Peak Draw Weights – 40-50, 50-60, 60-70 lbs.
Available in right and left hand
Realtree AP camouflage
Patent Pending I-Glide™ Cable System
Riser is forged and then 100% CNC Machined
Pivoting and Locking Limb Pockets
MIM (Metal Injection Molding) Broadhead Shelf
Two Piece Laminated Wood Grip
Fully Adjustable String Suppression System
Blue Black 452X Precision Bowstring
BowJax Limb Silencers
All new stout 13” limbs provide greater stability and reduced hand shock.
 
Camo Patterns:
Standard Finish Options
  • Solid Black
  • Solid Realtree AP HD Finish 
Custom GFade™ Finish Options
  • Realtree Advantage Max 1
  • Realtree Advantage Max 4
  • Realtree AP-HD

When I first pulled my new Primal out of the box I really was amazed at how great it looked.  The G-fade camo was amazing and really set the bow off.  After I adored my new piece of hunting equipment for a while I decided to take it to the local bow shop and get all my accessories installed.  I put the G5 sight and also the G5 drop away rest on the bow.  I brought it home and set the target up, 10 yards.  I put the pin on, released, and wow it blew right through the target quickly.  I was amazed at how fast the bow was and the fact that my other bow did not blow thru.  Again I shot and the same result.  After a quick adjustment, bullseye.  Then to 20 yards again bullseye.  The bow took me less than 15 mins to start driving tacks at 20 yards something I could not accomplish with my prior bows.  I am a good shot but a spot shooter I havent been.  The bow is smooth, fast, and looks amazing in the G-fade camo.  If you don’t know what G-fade is the limbs of the bow are camo and as the camo comes down the riser the paint fades to an all black riser.  This is helpful in all hunting situations as the black fades with the shadows of the trees, it also blends with the black insides of a ground blind.  To say the least I love this bow.  The bow is sooooooo quiet, smooth, no vibrations, it’s just a great all around bow.  I have been happy with all my previous bows (Illusion, Mach x) Both have been extremely quiet and great shooters but so far this has been my favorite.  I would recommend the Quest Primal bow to everyone!!!!!!  

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Game Time Recipes: Easy Grilled Trout Canadian

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, fleece, g5, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, scent-lok, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized, vertigo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

Well it’s that time a year for us here in Michigan.  The Steelhead Trout are running the rivers to spawn.  Lucky us we have Fishing poles to catch this beautiful and tasty creature that God blessed us with.  My dad and brother have just finish a few days this week fishing there favorite holes and brought me back the bounty.  So I figured I would share a quick and tasty recipe that not only works well with trout but most fish. 

You will need your favorite fish, some butter or olive oil, and Canadian Steak Seasoning.

Take your cleaned fresh fish fillets, brush with butter or I use olive oil, sprinkle with a good helping of the Canadian Steak Seasoning to taste and grill.  Remember fish does not need to cook long you do not want to over cook.  You can also fry in a pan and it will come out great also.

If you try this out, throw me a line and tell me how it was. D.I.R.T= Dinner Is Right There

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Game Time Recipes: Open face BBQ Goose breast sandwich.

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, g5, guns, Hunting, outdoors, recipe, reviews, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

Since we are stuck here again in this winter mess, I decided to go to the freezer.  What better way to enjoy being stuck in the house than a couple of  Canadian goose breasts that have been marinading in the freezer for a couple of months.  I decided to prepare these in a little different way than usual.  Usually I would make a roast with potatoes, carrots, onions, you get the picture.  No, not this time.  So I figured I would share this recipe with you.

You can marinade the goose breast(or duck) in what ever you prefer.  I prefer oil, Worcestershire, lite soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Emiril’s essence, and Canadian steak seasoning.

Now take the breast and slice it very thin and on an angle across the width of the breasts.  When you get it all sliced set aside.  Get yourself your choice of bread, or bagel and toast each piece.  When toasted, place frying pan on high heat.  Butter the bread lightly and set on cookie sheet. When the pan is nice and hot add some oil to the bottom of the pan just enough to stir fry.  Place goose meat in pan and stir quickly.  Add some Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce(or your favorite) to lightly coat and salt and pepper(you can also add onions and peppers).  Stir til the meat is medium and remove from pan.  Top bread with goose meat.  Place a piece of cheese on top of each piece of bread I use provolone or swiss.  Now place in oven, broil til cheese is melted and hot, do not burn bread.  Now eat with your favorite side for a delicious lunch or dinner.  You could also use a sub bun and cook meat with onions and even peppers to make a great tender steak sandwich.  Now most people think Goose is greasy and dry, try this recipe and you might think again.  Hope you all enjoy it, I know I did and will continue to in the future.

What’s it all about? The Experience!!!!!!!

Posted in 6or7, antlers, archery, bear, deer, experience, fishing, g5, guns, Hunting, outdoors, reviews, sheds, sportsman, team dirt, typical, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by THENONTYPICALSPORTSMAN

I reluctantly get up early and roll out of the musty cabin bed.  As I slowly walk to the bathroom I start to think of the new experience I will be having today.  I brush my teeth, splash some water on my face, and proceed to put on my hunting clothes.  The cabin starts to awaken as my family and friends get up to a new hunting experience.  I grab my bow, say good luck and open the cabin door.   As I step onto the deck the slightly cool,  crisp late October air hits my nose.  I take a deep breath to take it all in, look up at the seemingly millions of stars that I don’t get to see down state, and proceed to head down that trail again toward my tree stand.  As I walk, my dad and I have light conversation in the flashlight lit darkness about who knows.  It doesn’t matter what the conversation is, it only matters that were hunting together again.  I break off the trail into the trees following my tacks deeper into the woods, as I get closer to my tree stand I think of the many times I have hunted here before, and all the experiences I have had.  This gets me even more excited to be here.  A perfect morning I think to my self, cool, clear, no wind.  You could here a pin drop.  As I hook my bow to the rope I clip on my safety harness and head up into the stand.  I pull my bow up, knock my arrow, place it on the hook and take another deep breath of the cool crisp air.  Wow, 20 feet closer to God again, In his creation that he made for me and you.  As always, I close my eyes and start to pray for a great hunt, safety to all hunters everywhere and there families, I pray for my family to have great success, and to thank God for the land that we are able to hunt.  Then I just sit quietly, eyes closed, and listen.  Its pitch dark, and you can here everything.  I quickly pick up foot steps coming up the trail I walked up on.  To fast paced though to be a deer.  It gets closer as I pick up a slight silhouette under my stand,  Not 100% sure what it is, the movement tells me coyote.  As it moves off into the distance once again quiet.  I hear the occasional rustle after that, it doesn’t matter what animal it is,  it is just cool being there.  The sun starts to show its face as the trees, brush, and animals start to become visible.  I turn my head just in time to spot a white flash, oh man  5 deer right behind me and never even heard them.  I watch as they walk just out of range into the cranberry marsh to my left.  Next, squirrels everywhere I look.  I love watching them chase each other around, up and down the trees then stop suddenly as they realize I m there 3 feet away.  I have even had a flying squirrel run across my shoulder, birds land on my arm, and porcupines climb the very tree I sit in.  Really is there a better experience out there? I can’t think of anything like it.  I start the walk back to the cabin empty-handed as some would say,  My soul is full and content from the amazing experience I just received.  I once again step on the cabin deck where my experience started.  The door opens and my smiling family greets me as the smell of fresh sausage crosses my nose.  We all proceed to tell of the time spent in the woods that morning, smiling and laughing the whole time.  Nobody harvested a deer but nobody cares cause it’s all about the time spent together and about the experience together.  I have seen others blog about how their equipment, or sponsors products somehow make their hunting experience bearable.  I don’t get it because even without a bow or gun in my hand, a tree stand or ground blind to sit in, or call in my hand,  just sitting next to a tree watching the experience unfold is really what it’s all about.  Of course its a blessing to have nice things, its wonderful that a sponsor would bless me with an opportunity to use their product, or to have the opportunity to harvest a beautiful animal humanely.  That stuff is only a bonus to the amazing experience we have every time we step out that cabin door, smell the fresh air, look at the stars, and watch the amazing forest come to life all around us giving us a unique blessing every time.  I hope you enjoyed and can relate, please comment I would love to hear your thoughts. If you like my blog please subscribe I would appreciate it.

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