EVART -- Evart's Mark Sochocki is executive director of the Big Rapids Housing Commission but continues to keep busy with his love for the outdoors.

"As far as outdoor activities go, I've had a busy last part of 2019," Sochocki said. "I really didn't get much hunting in until November and had a couple of memorable hunts. First, I traveled back to the Thumb, in Caro, to be exact, to pheasant hunt with my former baseball coach who is 82 years old and still hunting pheasants almost every day of the season. We had an unexpectedly good hunt where we shot three roosters.

"I did also manage to take a nice 8-point buck this year on our farm on opening day of the firearm season, Nov. 15, around 7:30 a.m., which is the first deer I've taken on our place since 2012."

December was very interesting for Sochocki.

"I made a trip out to Nebraska in mid-December with my oldest son, Lane, to bird hunt and had a great hunt." Sochocki said. "I think we ended shooting 17 roosters and 11 quail which was better than we expected because the area we were hunting in Nebraska was severely impacted by major flooding last spring."