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Old 06-19-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
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New guy. First post. I hunt, fish, and play guitar.
Only guy in Michigan that has two State record fish.

J

Some pics

Doe fawn/s


I saw these shortly after she gave birth about 10 feet away from
where some of these pics were taken. Her second set of twins.
The twin bucks from last year came in to check out her newborns
shortly after they were born. Very cool to see.




Turkey/squirrel



Double and trouble


Tom trying to intimidate 4 lesser jakes




Squirrel/Wood Ducks doing a drive by


Turkey/Deer


Wood ducks at dawn


Drakes at dawn


17lb 4 oz Rainbow


25 lbs of walleye


Back side of the pond last March. This area where most of the deer are, I planted one of two food plots. A couple varieties
of sweet clover, rye, and some annuals and perennials that they have been using quite a bit lately. I put a small 1/4 acre plot here,
and then a larger 1/2 acre plot a couple hundred feet back from the garden area. Hopefully these food plots will keep them out of the
garden. I put up an 8' seasonal fence around the garden, but prior owner mentioned that the some of the more determined deer will find a way over or under the fence. If they wear out their welcome in the garden, I may have to up the number that end up in the deep freeze this fall.


Feeding the hybrid gills in the pond



I could go on and on with the pics. It would be easier to
share a link with my photobucket library starting on page one.

http://s196.photobucket.com/user/bel...?sort=3&page=1

Some music
Youtube vid

https://soundcloud.com/belleswell/saying-goodbye-1

https://soundcloud.com/belleswell/non-cover-cover-dt

Here is the soundcloud link where I have about 30.
The very last song has a country feel. The rest are
rock.
www.soundcloud.com/belleswell

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Old 06-19-2017, 02:29 PM   #2
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welcome to the site, and nice pic's
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to HNI newbie! I live in Allegan. Where do you hang your hat?
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:18 PM   #4
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Welcome to HNI newbie! I live in Allegan. Where do you hang your hat?
Lived in Lansing my entire life and then, just after retiring last year,
bought a home south of Cadillac and north of Barryton. We love it here. Tons of deer. The pond has some monster hybrid gills. I counted almost 60 deer that filed out of my woods to feed in a neighbors hay field when they were yarded up last Jan. Loving the country living which is why the first few pages of my photobucket link above contains so many wildlife pics. Most of these pics were taken from my man cave/ music room with a canon power shot with 12x magnification.

Thanks for the welcome guys.
J

Some Lake Michigan salmon caught trolling.


This is the walleye pic that did'nt show up in the original post. Possibly a limit on pics per post. 2 walleyes 25 lbs combined.


Same thing with this fish pic. It did'nt show up in the original post.
17 lb 4 oz rainbow,(steelhead) caught surf fishing Lake Michigan with 2 lb test
leader.

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Old 06-20-2017, 06:32 AM   #5
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I bought a snowmobile once in Lansing, wile there for a nascar race, back in the 90's
was killing time, and stopped in a dealership, and he was blowing out sleds in July, or AUg, forget,
but I grabbed one, and was the only person at the race with a snowmobile in the back of there pick up truck LOL

country living is the best way to live, I would be lost any other way
I have critters in my yard almost 24/7, from small to big
its nice being able to watch things from your couch
Only thing I don;'t have here is a pond, wish I did, just not enough room to build one, DO have one not far from my back yard, but cannot see it, just out of sight by a small hill blocking views
Maybe some day, will buy more land and build one?
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Retired you say! You don't look old enough to be retired from anything, LOL! I'll be 70 in August and have been retired from the MI Dept of Agriculture since June of 2002. I've had a place on 20 acres about 10 miles se of Kalkaska since 1973, so that is not too far from where you are. Maybe we can make connections some day when I head up there and you can show me how to catch some of those monster fish since I'm pretty much a hunter and hardly fish at all. However, that could change quickly if I could latch on to a few monsters like you have in those pictures!
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My brother lives near Avondale between Evart and Marion.
Fishes the Manistee a lot below tippy dam.


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Old 06-20-2017, 02:13 PM   #8
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Belleswell, those are great pictures, you have a beautiful location, plus loads of fishing talent.
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Old 06-23-2017, 07:59 AM   #9
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Retired you say! You don't look old enough to be retired from anything, LOL! I'll be 70 in August and have been retired from the MI Dept of Agriculture since June of 2002. I've had a place on 20 acres about 10 miles se of Kalkaska since 1973, so that is not too far from where you are. Maybe we can make connections some day when I head up there and you can show me how to catch some of those monster fish since I'm pretty much a hunter and hardly fish at all. However, that could change quickly if I could latch on to a few monsters like you have in those pictures!

Thanks TG. I'm a few months away from hitting 63. PM me when your heading this way. I can't promise limits
but I'm better than the average guy.


Thanks everyone. We're loving the scenery out the windows here.
I recently added more pics to my photobucket library, and am still amazed at what's happening just outside the window.
http://s196.photobucket.com/user/bel...?sort=3&page=1

My wife was running the small mower between the pond and the house, (I do most of the 2 acre yard on the riding mower), and while I stood there waiting to get her attention to ask if she wanted me to take over for a bit, an eagle on the back side of the pond came down into the pond and then flew off in front of us with what looked like bass in its talons. Wow!

Last summer, one week after we had closed on the home and while fishing the pond, I heard one and looked up and saw one soaring in circles above the pond. I thinks she was wanting me to leave so she could go fishing. I had not seen another until yesterday, when she left with a bass. ( Probably one of the 12 to 15 inch models that have beds in that part of the pond where the eagle flew down to the water to grab a meal. I wish I would have had a vid cam going for that. I don't mind the bass feeding them, but hoping the hybrid gills and perch I planted are off the menu.

Jeff

I mentioned my two state records, (I've since been de-throwned on
both but I'm still in the record books twice). This is a pic of the
Lake Michigan Whitefish record caught surf fishing for steelies on the beach at St. Joe/Benton Harbor. This is in the mid 90's. It weighed 13 lbs./4 oz.


Long rods, 2lb test leader, and small hooks



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Old 06-23-2017, 12:20 PM   #10
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Nice photos..
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