Every year I like to look back through my social media and remember the year I have had. Last year I joined Instagram and have loved being on the site. Instagram is a great tool to keep track of my adventures during the year. I take a lot of pictures but it always seems like my best end up on the “gram.” I also like watching my friend’s account as they share their moments with me.
I had one of the best years ever. I don’t know why I consider it the best considering the year it was. Every year I have people who assume that the reason I do what I do is because it’s all about the killing and catching. But, it’s the exact opposite, and this year proved it. Fishing was the worse I have seen it with the salmon failing and steelhead entering really late. Deer numbers were not the best but I seen more older deer than ever. I think the challenge of the seasons is what made it the best. If it came easy, would we enjoy it as much? I was able to fish with my family more than ever. I also got to fish a lot with my friends. I also spent a lot of day’s deer hunting by myself, my dad and with my buddies. The older I get, the more I enjoy spending time with others, especially with my parents, as they get older.
To celebrate this year with you, I am going to countdown my best days in the outdoors via my Instagram account with a quick summary. I tried to keep it under 10 photos but there were just too many awesome days in the outdoors to keep it below 10 so I apologize right now. It was also hard to put the days in the exact order because they all have a different meaning to me.
A picture of my first day as a Deckhand. We had a 100% landing ratio on Lake Trout and caught our first salmon of the year. It was a great trip with great clients.
This trip was a lot of fun with my buddy Rob. Roger, from Steelhead Manifesto, also joined us for a day. Fish were caught and we had a lot of fun. Rob topped it off with this awesome photograph of me releasing a steelhead.
My buddy Nate joined me on the first day on my new boat. The fish were down super deep but we managed to catch a few out of the new rig. I can’t wait to fish this boat more.
This picture was a collage of the weekend. My long time friend, Sam Pasinski, asked me to fish the Uncle Sam shootout in Frankfort, Michigan. We did a ton of fishing that weekend and had a lot of fun. Sam also taught me a ton of Laker tips that helped me limit out on my first day first mating. We ended up finishing sixth place.
This was my second time snowmobiling but the first time the sled didn’t break. My buddy Calvin asked me to go up north with him, his dad and friends. We rode over 250 miles and had a great trip. Calvin showed me some incredible sights from the Gaylord area. Here is a video from the weekend:
This 21 lb salmon won the biggest fish of the year award. We also had a triple going with an 18lb King and a small Laker when we were pulling lines in the dark. When the 21 lb fish bit, it wrapped itself around the downrigger cable twice. It was complete chaos during the dark but we managed to land all 3 fish.
Tori had won this trip for him and his son Vito at a Wild Game dinner I had donated. The trip was a success and Vito landed his first Steelhead. We also managed to land several other fish that day.
I have always wanted to catch a Muskie. I didn’t think it would come during a walleye excursion I was on with my buddy Rob. I hope to get after them more this summer.
This salmon trip up north was a tough one. We fish hard all weekend and was challenged every hole we fish. Calvin did manage to land his first center pin Salmon which was close to 20 lbs.
This year my parents bought a cottage. We had a lot of fun fishing the lake its on. My mom got the first big fish which was a nice 18.5 inch bass on a perch rig rigged with crawlers. I can’t wait to get out there this year.
It’s still hard for me to believe that I rode 115 miles this summer. I rode from Frankfort, Michigan all the way to Leland, Michigan and back. I won’t forget that ride anytime soon. Here is an article on the my Top 5 Rides this year:
This picture reminds me of a great day in the deer woods. I had a nice 9-point show up around 10:30 and bed down 35 yards away for 5.5 hours. At sunset, the buck got up and walked away. I was heart broken.
The next day I had another big buck come chasing a doe. He got within 35 yards away but I could not stop him while at full draw. That story can be seen here:
This picture is also not the best but it reminds me of a great day. I had been having a cat and mouse game going on with this buck. He was a borderline shooter on the camera but I needed to see him. When I finally was able to see him clearly I decided to pass on him. This was the biggest deer I have ever passed on. I can’t wait to see what he turns into next year. Hopefully, I will be able to end the story with him being a respectable buck on my wall. This article can be seen here:
1. My favorite picture of the year:
It was a long and tiresome deer season for me. I hunted hard during the rut and had some great encounters but it never came together. Sometimes that happens. It was starting to look like we were going to go a year without venison. Luckily I shot two deer within 3 days the week before Christmas. It’s funny how the season goes sometimes. The second deer I asked help from my Dad. I had shot at a deer the night before but found it still alive. We went to where I last seen it but it was gone. I thought several times that I was going to lose the deer even though I had lots of blood. We did not give up and ended up finding it.
This last picture was not part of 2015. It is one of my all time favorite though. To start off the New Year my buddy Rob closed down the season with this doe 20 minutes left in the season. What a great start to the year!
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It was an incredible year, and I can’t wait for 2016. I hope everyone had a great year. Thank you for following along with my adventures. I hope to write more but it will be tough. I have been holding out for a dream job since college but that has not come. I will probably be taking something that will take up more of my time than normal so I don’t think I will be in the outdoor as much this year. This will be a good thing and help me grow as a person. I can’t wait to see where my life takes me in 2016.
I do have some big outdoor goals for 2016.
- Introduce more people to the outdoors through guiding, blogging and volunteering
- Spend as many days in the outdoors as possible
- Ride 1000 miles on trails
- Finish the “One Day Ride Across Michigan” for Hope Water Project
- Write a blog post once a week
- Scout whitetail once a week till June
- Shoot a P & Y buck
Happy New Year everyone!!!
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