Johnson optimistic about upcoming hunting season

CHASE — Roy Johnson attended the recent Blessing of the Bows with his daughter Ashley but the Chase resident is looking forward to the upcoming bow season.

“Hunting season, hopefully it’s going to cool down and make it a little bit easier to get the deer moving a little more,” he said. “Archery is usually a little warm like this.”

PRACTICE: Roy Johnson of Chase works with his daughter during the Blessing of the Bows. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Johnson plans on the youth hunt with his daughter this year. He’s hopeful of a strong archery season this fall.

“There’s a lot of acorns on the ground and a lot of forage for the deer,” Johnson said. “So hopefully there’s a lot of them out there and hopefully we’ll see some nice antlers too.”

He’s also involved in firearm hunting and has focused on deer. But he also fishes for trout and salmon.

“The salmon are getting up the river so it might be getting pretty good,” Johnson said. “The Pere Marquette is usually good for trout, steelhead and salmon. It’s probably one of the best rivers around.”

The area “is good for hunting and fishing,” he said. “Lake County, the tourism is huge and they get a lot of hunters here.”



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

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