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Up North With Gary Talarico – February 2010

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I want an avatar, that mythical carbon copy of myself. It would be great. Just think how cool that would be. “Honey, what chores on my list will you be working on today?” would be answered with what females love to hear “what ever you want!”. While Gary Avatar slaves away cutting the grass, cleaning the basement or painting the sewing room, Gary Fish Finder could be out drowning some worms or makin’ noise with one of my guns. Gary Avatar could sit in when forced to share a meal with that guy, gal or couple that makes your jaw hurt from grinding the ‘ol molars. Gary Fish Finder could accomplish many things fun and then have Gary Avatar do the dirty work, like gutting the deer and huffing it out of the swamp. Having your own avatar would be a hoot.

February. What to do? Fishing is hit or miss this time of year. Go deep is my advice. That’s where the fish are. Coyote hunting can be a real challenge. Want to see more deer or flush more grouse? Go shoot a coyote. They are probably the hardest Midwest animal to bag. Wile E Coyote didn’t get that name from being slow on the uptake. What else?  Show season!  A “must attend” this weekend is Outdoorama in Novi. Stop by Booth 5651 and say “hi” if you get a chance.

See you on the water, out in the woods or at the show!

Gary

Gary Talarico is an Editor at Fish and Game Finder Magazine. His monthly column, “Up North”, can be enjoyed by picking up a copy of this great magazine at any store that offers fishing, hunting or outdoor products, or by downloading it from their website.

Up North With Gary Talarico – December 2009

This was one strange firearm deer season here in Michigan. The lack of snow in November was unusual and not really a good thing for most hunters after the wily whitetail deer. Deer just do not seem to be active in this kind of weather. The worse the weather gets it seems the more they move in search of food.

How they handle hungry deer elsewhere…..

I must admit it was kinda nice hunting without heavy outerwear. It’s not every year one can hunt in comfort without shivering. In the past I have shivered so much the screws on my glasses loosened and fell out. One defense against shivering is the luxury of a heated blind. This year I was invited to a camp in the eastern Upper Peninsula with a bunch of great guys and very nice “hunting condos”. One even had a cot for if your eye strain from scouring the landscape got to be too much and horizontal rest was the cure.

I was super excited to be at the camp, so much I came a bit bleary eyed from lack of sleep the previous night due to extreme anticipation. I arrived at camp 5 days after the opener. In the morning I was directed to a blind perched on top of a hill that overlooked swampy hammocks for as far as the eye could see. The great thing about hunting the U.P. is if you desire, you can hunt where you are and guaranteed you won’t see another hunter. There are miles and miles of public and paper company land available if you aren’t lucky enough to have access to private acres.

At first light I was greeted by some of the most beautiful scenery a man could ask for. It felt and looked “deery” if you know what I mean. I know the deer were there as another new friend, Tom, bagged a big eight point out of the very same blind 2 days earlier. Tom’s trophy was a heavy beamed swamp buck with a typical type rack. I was hopeful.

At 10:10 AM my buck walked out of the swamp, nose to ground. A few days earlier Bob, the camps gracious host, had poured a new scent, Deer Beer, right were the buck was headed. When the buck came to the scent location he stopped, still with his nose to ground. I took the shot. A second after my Sako .30-06 launched 180 grains of lead at the deer he was down. A couple of kicks and he was still. The 5 point buck was mine! My heart pounded loud. I thought to myself “Thank goodness for my heart medicine” and waited patiently, although mentally painfully, for 15 or 20 minutes to exit the blind and head back to camp to get the help of Bob and his ATV.

I firmly believe there are fewer hunting health related problems with the invention of the 4 wheel drive ATV. If I had to drag that buck through the swamp and up the hill a couple of nitro pills were probably in my future. Thank you Bob! That night Bob’s brother Bill, the camp cook and other wonderful host, put out a feast of Tom’s venison tenderloin and Bob’s bear tenderloin along with all the trimmings. It was just fantastic. I can’t wait until next year to go back. The comraderie and great hunting is truly a blessing.

Gary Talarico is an Editor at Fish and Game Finder Magazine. His monthly column, “Up North”, can be enjoyed by picking up a copy of this great magazine at any store that offers fishing, hunting or outdoor products, or by downloading it from their website.

Up North with Gary Talarico – September 2009

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Wow. It’s fall up here in the north woods. I saw red leaves falling. It gave me the shivers for a second. I had a flashback to snow shovel in hand, shivering. Up here in the Upper Peninsula it was the summer of no summer. It was generally cool or wet or both. I do look forward to the fall activities though. Grouse and squirrel hunting. Fantastic fall fishing. Bow deer season. Turkey hunting. Lots of excuses not to rake.

grousegunswoodsI have to get on the ‘ol soapbox for a few minutes. If you don’t want to hear about loss of your liberty, turn away. Better yet, give this magazine (or the address to this blog post) to another sportsman. Here’s the deal.

It seems that President Obama’s homey in Chicago, Representative Bobby Rush, has introduced a bill in Congress to take more of your gun rights away. It is called the Blair Holt Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, better known as HR45. It would require all gun owners to apply for a 5 year license to own a firearm. It would require current gun owners to apply for a license to keep your gun. No license, no gun ownership. You would be under the whim and authority of the Attorney General. That Attorney General, by the way, is the same Eric Holder who wants to prosecute the interrogators that got information from terrorists that kept us safe for the last 8 years. Is that the guy you want deciding whether you get to own a gun?

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There would be a tax on every firearm you own and purchase in the future. Every 5 years there will be a re-application fee (tax). Remember, the anti-gun zealots will keep trying to get guns out of the hands of us law-abiding gun owners. Criminals will always have guns, they do not go to gun shops or shows, fill out the ATF forms and submit to the system. They buy their guns illegally. No gun has ever killed a person, people kill people. If you take away the guns and rights of law-abiding citizens, only the criminals will have guns.

It’s time we band together and act like patriots, not sheep. Do not let the socialist wish list of the liberal progressives get passed into law by a congress that has a slobbering love affair with Obama’s vision of a socialist nation. Call, write or email your Congressmen and Senators with your opposition to HR45 and the other pending legislation that will be bad for our country.

And don’t forget…

FISH ON!

Gary

Gary Talarico is an Editor at Fish and Game Finder Magazine. His monthly column, “Up North”, can be enjoyed by picking up a copy of this great magazine at any store that offers fishing, hunting or outdoor products, or by downloading it from their website.