The sun has finally decided to grace us unfortunate residents of the Midwest and it appears as if Spring is finally here. The girls are swinging on the set in the back. The smell of meat and smoke rises from the grill. Baseball is on the radio and a turkey tag in my pocket means I’ll be chasing birds before I know it.

The old foam block target in my yard has a fresh face courtesy of an old six-pack carrier and half-roll of duct tape, meaning my bows are out of their socks for the remainder of the year. The firewood has been collected, the tents and stoves stacked neatly in a corner for quick retrieval, and new sleeping bags have been purchased. The first MLA camping adventure is right around the corner and the Viau family prepared.

The trees are budding once again. The grass is greening up and everything smells fresh and new – even if it does stink a bit and make you sneeze on occasion. The seasonal ales of Michigan’s finest breweries are gracing the taps of the local watering holes and I am convinced they’ve never tasted this sweet.

I’ve got things to do, people to meet, and arrows to shoot and can’t wait to begin. May you empty your quivers daily and fill your hearts with the warmth of a new year.




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A Blessing in Disguise

Its April 5th and I should be thinking about turkey hunting…

I spent the morning pulling arrows out of a snowbank instead. The morale in Michigan doesn’t seem to be very high right now. The majority of us are wondering why we stay here at all. The answer is complicated for me. I like my seasons – all of them. I always have. I looked forward to winter as a kid and that hasn’t changed. I typically despise transition in all other aspects of my life, but I love it all when it comes to Mother Nature. As much as we complain, Michiganders are blessed with change. It is impossible to get bored here.

I’m not terribly excited about the lack of Spring thus far, and admit this winter has been unjustly lousy, but think the Summer will be all the sweeter because of it.

You’ve got to experience a little bit of Hell to fully appreciate Heaven.

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