For the past 13 years, I have loved the October 1 opener of bow season. A sacred time for me to get into the woods. Ahead of the sounds of the artillery fire that November 15th brings and the sea of orange worn by my fellow hunting enthusiasts. Don't get me wrong, I held sacred for many years, that day in November as if it were Christmas itself. But there is something about the Michigan bow season that is just so peaceful.

For the past two years, I have found myself in conflict. Not only with my interest to hunt whitetail in Michigan, but to even pick up my bow. Practice was a daily occurrence and then something changed. I haven't taken it out of the case in that amount of time. And frankly, I cannot see myself buying a license again this year.

With the current state of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and the new regulations that have been approved by the Natural Resources Commission, it may be more than a couple of more years before I even decide to do it again, if ever.

Fortunately, spring turkey hunting is still a big part of what I truly enjoy. And I have yet to harvest a Michigan black bear to complete my Michigan big game cycle.

Until then, the show will go on! We have a great State full of great sportsmen and women and an industry full of some of the best manufacturers in the outdoors business.

Best of luck to all and make sure to share your success photos and your outdoors photography. Because you now that your cell phone can be your best friend and worst enemy, while you're in the treestand!

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