Monday morning, the Daily Mining Gazette's Michael Scott, Publisher, Brandon Veale, Sports/Outdoor Editor and I met to discuss my writing a once-a-month column for their Outdoor page. Since this was something I had done previously for a couple of daily newspapers while working for the Fisheries Division DNR in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula, I accepted their offer. They asked me to write an introductory column designed to tell you about me, relate what my column will contain, and seek input from you readers. Growing up in the Copper Country, more specifically Painesdale, was, as Pat McManus would say, "A fine and pleasant misery!" which, I am certain, led to my career as a fisheries biologist.