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Help Feed The Hungry With Your Game This Season

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger

The Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH) program is a perfect way for hunters to share a part of their harvest this fall, or donate a whole deer. MSAH is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization.

Since 1991, MSAH has been working to help connect donors, wild game processors and charities that feed needy individuals. An all-volunteer organization with no paid staff members, MSAH is operated entirely by sportsmen and women concerned about making a positive difference in their communities. Together, they have assembled a network of processors and charities to help channel wild game donations into the hands of those in need. The program is sponsored by Safari Club International, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Ted Nugent World Bowhunters, Michigan Bow Hunters Association, the United Methodist Men’s Club, Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Over the last few years, the Sportsmen Against Hunger program has helped provide over 100,000 meals annually.

Here’s how the program works:

You can help offset the cost of processing, and packaging venison by making a monetary donation when you purchase your hunting or fishing license. Just tell the retail vendor that you want to make a donation to the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. If you already purchased your license or are a non-hunter, you can still support this important program. Just click on the Help Feed the Hungry button below and make a donation that will also help with the cost of processing. To donate venison, visit a participating processor. You can either leave the whole deer or donate a portion of the deer.

 

An updated list of participating processors can be obtained by calling the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger hotline at (586) 552-6517 or visit www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org.

Non-hunters can also join in and help provide food for needy families. Just click on the Help Feed the Hungry button below and make a donation that will help with the cost of processing, packaging and transportation of donated venison.

Help Feed the Hungry

Tax-deductible donations can also be sent to:
Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger
P.O. Box 5127
Warren, MI 48090

Sitting on the beach at Hawks Cay Resort

That’s where I wish a were right now.  This winter in Michigan, like the one before has been a bear.  Temperatures below zero and lots of snow have me looking for a place to escape for a while.

If anyone has read my posts they would realize that I am a fisherman.  Being a fisherman in Michigan is tough with a shortened season.  In the winter months I do watch the occasional fishing show, usually filmed at some sunny locale.  I’ve seen a couple of shows filmed at Hawks Cay located about midway down the Florida Keys.  This place looks great; www.hawkscay.com.  I visited their website and found some great activities for the family (some real cool kid friendly activities) like some inshore fishing for redfish and tarpon.  The resort also has multiple pools (one adult only) and several restaurants, each has it’s own specialty and level of service.  Sunny and 80 with a big redfish on sounds real good while I look at the several feet of snow and frost on the windows.

If anyone would like to fund a trip for four down to the Keys…I’ll bring you back some great pictures.

Ameristep® Doghouse® Hunting Blind For The Dogs.

I’m an avid bowhunter in my home state of Michigan and I’m pretty disappointed with a recent purchase.

Here’s what happened

I’m finding as I get older, the safety and comfort of the ground is pretty attractive.  As a young man I had not trouble climbing a tree with a combination of screw in tree steps and whatever branches were convenient.  There are really only 2 ways I’ll hunt now; from a ground blind or from a sturdy ladder stand.  They each have their benefits, a ladder stand gets you up but can be a bit less portable, especially on your own, a ground blind is very mobile and easy to set-up for one person.  Having a need to increase the number of ground blinds need to cover our hunting property meant I needed to get an additional blind.  I chose the Ameristep® Doghouse® pop-up blind.  The price was good and Ameristep® is a Michigan company.

Ameristep® should be in the doghouse for this one.

The Doghouse® came nicely packaged in a backpack style carrying case.  I took the blind out to a spot that had a nice early season rub line and started the set-up.  This blind is a pop-up model (those spring rod types that pop open but few can figure out how to get it “unsprung” enough to fit in the original package).  Once I opened the blind I noticed stray threads hanging from the zippered openings, extremely poorly sewed seams and areas of the fabric that looked like they had been stretched causing irregularities.  This had to be one of the worst manufacturing jobs I had ever seen.  I had seen better work on the same type of tents for my kids, and those weren’t even meant to be outside.  From the quality of this product, I would be surprised to get more than 2 seasons from it.  The seams for the zippered windows are already starting to come apart after 1/2 a season.  Compared to all of our other ground blinds, I’d have to say this one is unfortunately the worst.

So it wasn’t the top of the line…So what.

I know that the Doghouse® isn’t Ameristep®‘s top of the line ground blind, but does that mean it’s OK to have not met the bare minimum of expected quality?  I say no.  I’ve seen other Ameristep® products and read reviews and expected great quality.  If I buy a Chevy instead of a Cadillac does that mean it should be poor in fit, finish and not start when I turn the key?  Unfortunately for Ameristep® I won’t be purchasing any more of their products.  Poor craftsmanship in a ground blind, what am I going to think about one of their treestands? Hunters need to make their voices and dollars count. Let us know of your blind/treestand experiences.