Some places never change. Dearborn is Dearborn and northern Michigan is northern Michigan. They are both fine areas to live in, along with work and play. Through the years, a number of Dearbornites have made their way to the terrain of up north.
Jim Berry, now 79, is one of those many outdoor sportsmen who came out of Dearborn after high school (Fordson Class of 1953) and serving his country in the United States Army for three years.
In time, Berry’s love for the great outdoors, led him north to Gaylord and Vanderbilt, just a few miles shy of the Mackinaw Bridge and Upper Penninsula.
Berry turned into a wild game bow hunter and archery enthusiast, becoming a modern day Robin Hood. He refined his archery techniques to include a dead-eye aim and a sure shot. His hunting adventures are a mixture of long bow, compound bow and a cross bow.
On a recent trip to begin the Michigan bow hunting deer seaason, Berry landed an 8-point, 150-pound buck at fairly close range. He bagged the animal near an old logging trail near Boyne Falls. It was another successful hunt for the former Dearbornite who decided to make his living in the northern woods.
Richard, his son, has followed closely in his dad’s footsteps and has become a savvy deer hunter and a top angler in his own right. Richard has won a number of fishing tournaments and contests in a number of northern counties.
Jim reflects on his days of yesteryear this way: “I still have a special fondness for my old Fordson High School buddies. We have remained friends down through the years and we all look out for each other.”
Among his closest friends are Nick Hertlien of Grosse Ile Township, Jim Elmer of Dearborn and Gerry Beckes of Wyandotte.
“The northwoods is the place for me,” Berry said. “I love to fish and hunt, whenever I get the chance. My son and I have a continuous passion for field and stream sportsman activities.”
And then, back in the woods he goes.