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South of Crystal Falls, Iron County, November 15, 2006. COs Jason Wicklund (l) and Dave Painter (r) pose with 3 year old gray wolf illegally shot the day before. This photo was taken when we went to retrieve the animal for the evidence locker and immediately after getting a confession from the shooter.
CO Matt Eberly and I were patrolling Keeweenaw County in 2006 during the firearm deer season and when we reached Lost Lake, (a DNR-designated trout lake you won't find accidentally) we found these patterns in the ice. Technically they are probably called dendrites in ice and the black part is actually clear ice. Naturally we came up with a new name for the phenomenon, which I think works better. Ice Spiders
CO Jeff Ginn of Ionia County found this river sturgeon during one of his patrols. Glad it didn't latch onto one of my flies....
In the summer of 2006 CO Pat MacManus was patrolling the Allegan Game area and heard some shooting. Curious about what might be going on, he stopped and found four boys, 16-14-14-13, with all of these weapons and 3,000 rounds of ammo. They had skipped school for the day to do a little shooting. The boys were all cooperative. The AK-47 had been bought off the street in Grand Rapids for $400, which one of the boys had gotten for Chrismas. All the parents were called and came to fetch their young men, and one might say they were NOT happy with the boys.
This is the gray wolf as we discovered her in Iron County about 8:30 A.M., 16 November, 2005
Conservation officers take wolf shootings seriously. Here the illegally killed animal has been loaded into a body bag for transport to the DNR evidence locker. These are the parts of the job most civilians never see.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This camp in northeast iron county has its exterior covered with old license plates. The camp is a landmark. CO Dave Painter is talking to one of the hunters from the camp
Deer season 2004, CO (now Sergeant) Steve Burton and I "took a little walk." This permanent blind is in Dickinson County, built of logs and tucked out in the bush. Steve is kneeling to talk to the hunter inside. After a lot of evasions and lies, the man confessed to shooting a seven-point buck without a license. We ended up going to the camp and confiscating the deer. Major Steve Burton of the Michigan National Guard is now in Iraq with his combat engineer outfit, clearing routes in Baghdad. You might want to throw a prayer his way once in awhile.

Okay, it's not a great photo, but we weren't a great team either. Hard to believe that in a few years there will have been 50 years of men's lacrosse at Michigan State, part of the time as a varsity sport, part of the time as a club. Those were great days with great men wearing green and white and bashing everything that moved.
Meet Shanahan, my main walking and hiking companion. Guess who LOVES snow...
One of the most interesting times to walk and hike visually is right after a good ice storm. These berries are less than 300 yards from my house in Portage. I thought they'd make the basis for some paintings.
Pal and river guide Joe Guild joined Lonnie and me on the Paint River in the summer of 2007. As far as we know, Joe's 24-foot-long, hand-made Au Sable river boat is the first ever on the Paint, and perhaps in the U.P. The locals were not at all sure it WAS a boat.
U-Tapao, Thailand during the Vietnam war. My crew, left to right: John "Bear" Popular, Mike "Goose" Vairo (of St. Ignace), moi, and Tom "Big Bopper /Zorro " Davey, our aircraft commander. Them was sure interesting times.
The Peterson Brothers, Bob (l) and Dave (r). In my writings I sometimes talk about Bob who we all know as Robochef. Actually I invited them over for dinner and they showed up in their waders. Swedes....
It took me a half dozen years to finally land my first steelhead. My son Troy landed a half dozen his first time out. Go figure.
Confession here: I have capsized or rolled every canoe I have ever been in, in every kind of water. On this occasion, Robochef Peterson and I were on a two-day float down the Eleven Point River in southern Missouri with our friends from the St. Louis Fishheads. Leaving shore after a stop, we rolled and immediately began to shout and swear at each other, which greatly amused the Missouri boys. (But dammit, this time it was HIS fault!)

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