In observation of the Independence Day holiday Thinking Afield will be publishing minimumly on July 3 or July 4 and will resume regular publishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
By fusing HID and LED technology, Lightforce Performance Lighting has developed the ultimate driving light with the HTX Hybrid.
This hybrid light combines 20 LEDs with 80 watts of output to provide an instant flood beam, with a 70 watt HID (high-intensity discharge) bulb within a 170 mm reflector for long distance viewing. Together the two systems provide 8,400 effective lumens of visibility for driving in all conditions.
“By combining HID and LED technology, we are able to provide a combined flood and long-distance light for drivers in a single, durable unit,” said Tarnia Conti, Lightforce Chief Operating Officer. “This eliminates the need for additional light bars and spotlights beyond a single set of HTX Hybrids.”
The HTX comes in a lightweight, fiberglass-reinforced nylon housing, with an extruded 6063 aluminum heat sink to make the LEDs run more efficiently. It is IP69k rated to keep out moisture and contaminants, and features a hard-coated, impact-resistant polycarbonate lens. It also has a genuine Gore®
waterproof membrane, a high-current waterproof connector and thermal overload protection, as well as over, under and reverse voltage protection. Read more
DETROIT — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 17 people during two separate cases on Lake St. Clair, Friday.
Shortly before 7 p.m. local time, the Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a call, via VHF Marine Radio Channel 16, from the owner and operator of a 39-foot vessel with 15 people aboard stating that they were taking on water approximately four and one-half miles offshore from the Grosse Point Yacht Club.
The command center watchstander issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, launched a rescue crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores and diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit that was in the area returning from another case.
The crew from Station St. Clair Shores arrived on scene within 10 minutes and began dewatering the boat using a dewatering pump. A vessel from Tow Boat US also arrived on scene and began dewatering with two additional pumps.
The Coast Guard crew then began removing the individuals, all adults, and transferred them back to the Coast Guard Station in three separate trips, which was completed in about 40 minutes. All of the persons were wearing life jackets. Read more
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.
By Glen Wunderlich
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.
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
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: http://www.surefire.com/r1-lawman-intellibeam.html
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.
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)
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
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