Opening Day column: Public land allows hunters, outdoor enthusiasts to escape to nature close to home
While many hunters made their annual trek to northern Michigan for Thursday's opening day of firearm deer season, others started the day with an early morning cup of coffee in the comfort of their home.
For some this is possible because of the opportunity to access privately owned land in area; however, for the rest of us state and federally owned land will be home for the next few days. Thankfully, Washtenaw and neighboring Jackson and Livingston counties offer hunters and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their sport of choice through wooded rolling hills, on serene lakes, and flowering fields
Although everyone may not agree with the sport of hunting, and for hunters it can be a frustrating experience to find a secluded corner of the woods away from others on public land, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to explore nature without driving hours away. If you've yet to take advantage of these public lands I'd highly suggest checking them out and seeing what they have to offer as we all need a break from the computer screen now and then.
Are you a hunter that had success in the field this year? Send us a photo of you and your deer using the form found here and we may feature in an upcoming gallery.