Irons resident keeping busy with family camp

IRONS — Chuck Decker would like to think he has a unique family fishing camp in the Irons area.

It’s definitely unique in many ways.

Decker is originally from Detroit, but he comes up from Florida to spend time at the family fishing camp in the Irons area.

“This family has been coming up here since 1880,” Decker said.

The hunting camp is located on the Manistee River. The family comes in and out of the area to enjoy the outdoor activities.

“When I got here toward the end of March, I caught some rainbow,” Decker, an avid fly fisherman, said.

Decker has been thinking about turkey hunting. The season goes through the end of May. He’s anticipating possible trout fishing for a season that starts this Saturday.

In the fall, Decker enjoys coming to the cabin with his son and hunting grouse and woodcock.

“We had a slower year last year,” he said.

The Deckers have also seen a lot of evidence of black bears in the area.

“They’ve torn down bird feeders in the last year,” he said. “Some of the people have seen the bears doing it.”

Decker continues to enjoy the beauty he can witness from being in the area.

“I’ve seen some hawks and I’ve seen some eagles,” he said.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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