Well, there was no doubt this week that we are definitely into the fall hunting season. With my vehicle snow covered and a real chill in the air, one is ready to get his warmer hunting gear out and wear it. Then on top of this, if you are using a four-wheeler it can really chill you out.
Speaking of four-wheelers, here are some things to remember.
It is illegal to operate an ORV on public lands in the Lower Peninsula that are not posted open. ORVs are prohibited on state game areas or state parks and recreation areas unless posted open.
On state forest lands, ORV use on designated trails is limited to vehicles less than 50 inches in width. Off-trail or off-route ORV operation outside of a designated area is prohibited, except for licensed hunters operating an ORV at speeds of five miles per hour or less for the purpose of removing deer, bear or elk. Big game ORV retrieval provisions do not apply to the Pigeon River Country State Forest or to state game areas and national forests.
In all national forests, motor vehicles can be used only on roads, trails or areas that are designated as open on Motor Vehicle Use maps. For more information, contact the local national forest headquarters.
It is illegal to operate an ORV from 7 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on any area open to public hunting during the Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season.
Roads, streets and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way, unless designated open to ORV use by local ordinance. ORV operators should check with the county for local ordinances.
Private land is closed to ORV operation except by the landowner and the landowner’s invited guests.
An ORV may not be operated in a manner that creates an erosive condition. Michigan’s soils and shorelines are fragile, and ORV operation in these areas and along stream banks and other waterways is restricted.
It is unlawful to operate any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland or quagmire.
There are things that can happen only once in life and if you are not there to enjoy them you can miss out on a once in a lifetime chance.
This past weekend our son Rob and his two boys came up to spend time at camp with grandma and grandpa. It was the first chance they had to show us their new bows that dad had gotten them and how well they could shoot them.
I have to admit that dad made a great move here when he got each of them a first class bow that a youth can start out with and one that can be adjusted for the poundage as they grow older and stronger. He had equipped the boy’s bows with real good sights and a release that made it easy for them to pull back and shoot accurately.
They soon showed grandma and grandpa how well they could shoot them. I would say if you want your son to enjoy his hunt with you and become involved in the sport, a good bow for them is a smart move. If they like to go out and try to outshoot dad you have won half the battle.
I went out and sat with Rob’s oldest son and as luck would have it a nice deer came in and he made a great shot with his new bow. We sat for 15-20 minutes before going back to camp and getting grandma so she could go with us to find his deer. We found his deer and the smile on his face was worth a million dollars.
The next evening Rob’s other son wanted grandpa to sit with him to bring him luck. We sat for a while when we saw a number of deer. We had to sit and watch for quite a while until a deer was in the right position for him to make a shot. He made a good one.
We went again and got grandma and his brother and went to track his deer. The smiles on these two brother’s faces made our day. One of the boys later told grandma, “This has been one of the best weekends ever!”