Hunting birds below a brooding sky when a pores and skin of frost has blurred truck home windows and the air remains to be and heavy appears surreal. The earth sucks up scent, and the pointer’s tinkling bell sounds uninteresting. On this March morning the bell falls silent, as a result of Roo, my year-old shorthair, has struck a pheasant within the sorghum patch earlier than me. Breath pouring like smoke from an previous two-cycle tractor, the shaking canine desires this ringneck lifeless within the air so he can retrieve it and go discover one other. And discovering one other is a given at Meemo’s Farm, close to Evart, Michigan, within the middle of the Decrease Peninsula.
From pals and journal advertisements, I had heard about Meemo’s: “a looking lodge and sport protect like no different.” Actually? How might or not it’s that totally different from different high-end business taking pictures locations? I now have visited thrice and found why.
The 1,168-acre property is tucked among the many rolling woods and farmlands of Osceola County, a few of the prettiest nation within the Midwest. A brief drive from main journey arteries, Meemo’s is served by worldwide airports at Grand Rapids and Traverse Metropolis, in addition to the native airstrip at Evart, which may deal with small jets.
The eight-year-old important lodge options 4 bedrooms and is exceptionally nicely appointed with handcrafted furnishings, heated toilet flooring and a sizzling tub. The Lanes (named for a full-size, two-lane bowling alley within the basement) is a three-bedroom hideaway separate from the lodge. Just like the two-bedroom Cottage (with the front-porch sizzling tub overlooking a duck marsh), it’s model new and equally spectacular. With 18 beds complete, Meemo’s is right for households and small teams and is well-liked as a company retreat. Supervisor Mark Evans quickly will break floor for a brand new convention room and second lodge that may double in a single day capability.
Friends can put together their very own meals at The Cottage and The Lanes, each of which characteristic totally geared up kitchens and fireplaces. I stayed and dined on the lodge, the place Chef Randy Gibson ready a luxurious dinner of native, fresh-caught walleye in a cream sauce of morel mushrooms picked on the property.
Meemo’s presents quite a lot of clay-shooting alternatives, together with a skeet course, wobble entice and 5 Stand setup. The 13-station sporting clays course is the most effective I’ve shot, interval. Every stand options three automated traps, most of that are nestled in dips and swells of the glaciated terrain and hidden in foliage. A grouse-hunting good friend and I shot the course in August and got here away feeling prepared for wild birds.
For looking, Meemo’s presents liberated pheasants and chukar. The ringnecks I shot in March had been long-tailed birds that ran forward of Roo; my setter, Ragan; and a younger Elhew pointer named Willy. My information that grey morning was Looking Supervisor Dave Fischer, who designed Meemo’s foodplots, oversees the kennel operation, and organizes walk-up looking and European-style shoots.
Wild-bird looking alternatives are additionally obtainable, and Fischer plans so as to add waterfowling on the ponds dotting the property. Guided or go-it-alone forays for grouse and woodcock on close by public lands are an choice, as are helicopter flights to hunt each species within the Beaver Island group, in Lake Michigan. A nine-passenger airplane whisks purchasers and canine to Beaver Island for the brief leap by helicopter to Excessive Island for this singular journey.
Fowl hunters who wish to fish can catch rainbow trout on the property or pattern the Manistee, Pere Marquette, Pine, Muskegon and Au Sable rivers for trout, steelhead, salmon, walleyes and smallmouths. All the waters are simply accessible by car or helicopter.
Open year-round, Meemo’s is the nickname for proprietor Bob Barnes’s daughter, Emily. Fifteen years in the past Barnes, an avid wingshooter, purchased the unique 80 acres, parked a trailer there and traveled there usually from his Detroit-area residence. His dream of making a world-class vacation spot for discerning sportsmen is now a actuality.
For extra data, contact Meemo’s Farm, 231-734-9066.
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