Getting back into hunting

BALDWIN — Harry Carr has been a Bitely resident since 1995 and can't wait to get back into the hunting circles in the area.

Carr had open heart surgery this past year and hasn't been able to enjoy the outdoors as much as usual.

“But I do quite a bit,” he said. “I hunt squirrels, deer...about everything there is. I used to hunt rabbits but there aren't any rabbits around here anymore.”

He's a trustee with the newly formed Lake County Sportsman Club.

“I love nature,” Carr said. “I love to be out there. The deer, you have to look for them. You used to see a lot. But now, I don't see as many. The same way with turkeys, I don't see as many as I used to. Rabbits, I hardly see any. We have a lot of squirrels. Grouse and partridge, they're here.”

Turkey hunting hasn't exactly been a Carr specialty.

“I never really got into it,” he said. “But I've always wanted to. I've gone out with a couple of experienced turkey hunters. I just like to be there.”

Carr does most of his hunting in this area.

“We moved up from Ohio,” he said. “I've been to the Upper Peninsula a few times. I've gotten two bears.”

Carr said he's mostly an archery hunter.

“The same way with deer, I hunt deer with rifle but there's something about it when you're hunting deer with a bow, you're one-on-one,” he said.

Carr enjoys lake fishing for bass, bluegills and perch. He also enjoys river fishing.

“I came from Ohio where we had mostly inland lakes,” he said. “There was never good river fishing. So I grew up on bass, bluegills and crappies.”

Locally, he likes going to the Pere Marquette for trout, steelhead and salmon.

“I fish a lot of small lakes around here,” he said. “You have to know the spot and the time.”

He hopes to get into turkey hunting more in the future. “Every year I've been here as a resident, I've put in for an elk permit but I haven't gotten one,” Carr said.