SCI Applauds “Long Overdue” Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting

Safari Club International celebrates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and hunter-conservationists throughout the country the impending delisting of grizzly bears. The removal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) population of grizzlies (Ursus arctos horribilis) from the federal threatened species list means that management of this recovered population of bears will finally return to the state agencies who have worked diligently with stakeholders to conserve the population. The GYE population consists of portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Biologists estimate that approximately 700 bears now live in that area.

SCI has long been involved in the grizzly bear delisting saga. The Service first listed the grizzly bears in the lower 48 states as threatened back in 1973. In 2007, the Service delisted the GYE population and were soon after sued in federal court. SCI joined the suit as an intervenor to defend the delisting. After the district court invalidated the delisting, SCI, along with the other defendants, appealed the ruling. The appellate court affirmed only part of the ruling but the grizzly remained on the threatened species list. Although the Service predicted that it would be able to delist the bears again in 2013, the Service did not propose to remove the GYE population of bears from federal ESA protection until March of 2016. SCI filed two sets of comments in support of the proposed delisting.

The Service will publish a final delist rule in the next few days and the delisting will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Despite decades of recovery efforts, extensive scientific research, and demonstrated recovery, the battle over GYE grizzlies is far from over. At least one anti-hunting group has already stated that they will sue to reverse the delisting. If that happens, SCI is very likely to join that litigation and once again defend the delisting and sustainable use management of the bear.

Food Plots for Healthy Deer

By Glen Wunderlich

spring buck in clover plot

With summer at the doorstep, the process of growing deer is in full swing.  This year’s mix of high-yield treats will be planted to maximize attractiveness and nutritional value throughout the year.  To do so, however, takes a fair amount of planning.

Late last summer, a blend of brassicas and legumes was planted in a small plot giving the local herd some fine turnips and rape plants for forage during hunting season and well into the winter months.  Not all the plants were consumed, thus allowing the remnants to decompose and to provide nutrients to the developing clover and alfalfa plants that would now take over. 

However, in comparison to a nearby healthy food plot of ladino clover, the new perennial plot was a pale green – nothing that a shot of fertilizer wouldn’t cure.  And, if one wonders about the difference in a plot that is well-maintained and one that has been neglected, a trailcam won’t lie.

A perennial plot that was “sweetened” in the fall continually drew more deer than even a nearby brassica plot. 

On several occasions, another trailcam has also revealed a striking revelation immediately following a thunderstorm with lightning:  A tiny plot – maybe a quarter of an acre – has drawn as many as 50 swarming deer, as though the dinner bell rang at the storm’s conclusion.

In a thunderstorm there is enough electrical energy in lightning to separate the nitrogen atoms in the air, thus making them available to plants. Once the atoms are separated they can fall to earth with rain water, and combine with minerals in the soil to form nitrates.  This form of fertilizer is obviously readily available and attractive to deer.  The point is that fertilizer makes all the difference in desirability.

Another means to improve the attractiveness of clover and alfalfa is to periodically mow.  The new growth that follows a haircut makes for a tender and juicy salad!

This year’s experiment with annuals continues, as a blend of soybeans and sugar beets is on the planting schedule for July 1.  The idea is to make luscious soybean foliage available to the deer, when typical soybeans are brown and being harvested.  Sugar beets speak for themselves and should be another good energy source in the bitter cold. 

 Unfortunately, there was no preparation last fall, so herbicide was applied late April to rid the site of grass.  The challenge has been to get the old Ford tractor on the site to disk up the dying vegetation, because a wet spring delayed progress.  Since then, lime and fertilizer has been disked into the soil, but with about three weeks until planting time, more prep is needed.

So, whether you settle on annuals or perennials or both, understand a lot of time, energy, and some cash are all part of the equation for healthy deer that’ll call your place home. 

Second DTE Energy Mountain Biking loop set to open June 10

male and female mountain bikers riding on wooded trail
A 5-mile loop of the DTE Energy Foundation Mountain Biking Trail near Chelsea is about to open to the public.

Located in the heart of the Waterloo State Recreation Area just north of Chelsea, the Big Kame Loop at DTE is the second 5-mile mountain biking loop in the trail that will eventually be 20 miles long and connect the Huron-Waterloo Trail and the Pinckney Trail.

A grand opening celebration is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 on the trail. Participants are invited to bring their bike, or their hiking or running shoes, to explore the trail on opening day. Visitors can bring their own food and drink to the event, as well as a charcoal or gas grill, which can be elevated off the ground. Alcohol is not prohibited at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail.

The first 5-mile section of the trail, known as the Green Lake Loop, opened in the spring of 2016. The Big Kame Loop is a bike-optimized, single-track trail that requires more intermediate technical skills than the Green Lake Loop. The Big Kame will be accessible from the M-52 trailhead at 17819 M-52 in Chelsea. Read more

SureFire R1 Lawman with IntelliBeam

Fountain Valley, CA — SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the all new R1 Lawman™ with IntelliBeam™ is now shipping. The auto-adjusting R1 IntelliBeam™ was designed for law enforcement, but is an excellent rechargeable handheld for anyone looking for power, versatility, and the optimal amount of light for one’s surroundings. It replaces our popular R1 Lawman™, taking this predecessor to the next level by equipping its versatile beam with SureFire’s proprietary IntelliBeam™ Technology, an intelligent microprocessor-based system that continuously evaluates the environment, to seamlessly adjust light output and deliver just the right amount of light for the task at hand. Learn more at:

About SureFire—Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is the leading manufacturer of suppressors, high-performance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations forces than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2008-certified company.

June 6, 1944 -Allies Begin Invasion of Europe

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and despite more than 9,000 Allied soldiers being killed or wounded, the Allies established a hold by the end of the first day’s fighting (Image courtesy of Stars And Stripes, with permission)

Military Record of Osburn Adkins

2018 Can-Am Off-Road Lineup Adds Power and Diversity

The 2018 Can-Am off-road vehicle family includes new performance levels, specialized packages and exceptional value. © BRP 2017172hp and 120hp turbocharged 2018 Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicles
Can-Am SSV families receive refinements, new packages and more value
Specialty ATV packages for performance, hunting and snow-belt enthusiasts
Valcourt, Quebec – BRP (TSX:DOO) continues to optimize its Can-Am off-road lineup with multiple changes for 2018. The brand is again setting the bar with the most powerful factory-built side-by-side vehicle on the market, the new 172hp 2018 Maverick X3 Turbo R model. The thrilling Rotax ACE engine was reconfigured to deliver a potent 172hp straight from the factory. Additional lineup changes include more options for utility and recreational use, with the introduction of additional specialty packages.

“The 2018 Can-Am lineup reflects the passion and exhilaration we bring to people,” said Anne-Marie LaBerge, BRP’s senior VP, Global Brands & Communications. “Along with expanding our Maverick X3 and Defender family of off-road vehicles, we have enriched our recreational-utility category Can-Am Commander and Outlander ATV segments with added performance, improved value and more specialty packages.” Read more

MI DNR reminds drone operators of wildfire flight restrictions

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding drone, and other unmanned aircraft system, operators that state laws restrict drone use at the scenes of wildfires in Michigan.

Michigan’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act prohibits an individual from knowingly or intentionally operating a drone or other unmanned aircraft in a manner that interferes with the official duties of firefighters, police, paramedics or search and rescue personnel.

“When a drone is in the air at a wildfire, it poses a safety hazard to our pilots and firefighters, which could require us to ground our spotter planes and fire suppression aircraft,” said Kevin Jacobs, DNR aviation manager. “This can prolong the amount of time it takes to put the fire out, hampers the ability of firefighters to protect lives, property and other resources, while also jeopardizing the safety of fire crews battling the fire on the ground.” Read more

Garmin Introduces Quatrix 5 Smart Watch

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced the quatix 5, its next-generation marine GPS smartwatch that’s specifically designed for life on the water. More than a watch, the quatix 5 provides comprehensive boat connectivity with compatible Garmin chartplotters and other marine electronics to offer autopilot control, remote multifunction display (MFD) waypoint marking, data streaming – including speed, depth, temperature and wind – sail racing assistance, and much more. In addition to preloaded marine-specific feature sets, the quatix 5 also includes a host of built-in activity profiles for land and water sports like running, hiking, biking, swimming, rowing, and paddle boarding to name a few.
With an extended battery life, daily activity tracking1, smart notifications2, and Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, the quatix 5 can be worn 24/7 and easily transitions from water to land. Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the quatix 5 measures at 47mm and features a rugged yet sleek design with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case that’s more compact than previous models. Thanks to the new QuickFit™ bands available in metal, leather or silicone, users can interchange their watchband in seconds and without tools. Read more

Garden Prep 2017

disk harrow pulled by 1948 Ford 8n

Keeping the garden site “clean” until we can trust Mother Nature not to turn a cold shoulder to us Mid-Michigan gardeners.  Lots of funs stuff planned this year – some of which is already flourishing indoors.  The list includes watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, jalapeno pepper, onions, garlic and a variety of herbs.


Tractor operator, Mike Tepper, seems to be a bit chilly on this late-April afternoon.  But that’s not it:  It’s a dastardly swarm of black flies.  These pests have become particularly annoying as a result of huge doses of rain this spring.  Fortunately, the black flies tend to die off after a month or so.  Then it’s skeeters followed by the attack of the deer flies.


It’s headnets, potions, and lotions ’till fall.  Wind can equalize things better than any of that stuff, though.


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