I have no idea who this pro-fisherman is but it was a prime photo- op. Road Trip Maxim Number One: When a Photo Op presents itself, take it. (Road Trip Maxim Number Two is a little more mystical: Always go to the left because you don't know what lies to the right. (As true in politics as on the road...)) Maxim Number Two is reversible on one way or narrow-minded streets.
How often does a buck like this walk through the woods of Michigan? Quite often before and after hunting season. My dad hunted for years and the only buck he bagged was using a caliber of bullet called a '67 Chevy. Was it worth totaling a classic car to have venison summer sausage? 35 years later I'm still mulling it over.
The first thing that catches your eye when you walk into Cabela's is the stories high mountain decorated with 'trophy' animals. It reminds me a good deal of Call of the Wild in Gaylord, Michigan- a museum devoted to rescued roadkill from northern Michigan. Both places depict the animals in various poses. While those at Call of the Wild are somewhat tame, the scenes at Cabela's are little more dramatic.
Yes- it is a bastion for those who live to hunt and fish. And it does go out of its way to encourage wildlife conservation. As soon as you walk through the door you realize this is what Michigan- especially northern Michigan- is all about.
The bear reaching for a hive is actually covered with real dead bees. It is one of the many scenes peppering the man made mountain.