Fred has left us, and the fields and streams, woods and waters and the skies of Michigan. Some people loved every aspect of him, some despised him, some even found a bit of themselves in some of his more memorable moments. Who hasn't hada trailering mishap like Fred, or been bit by a bug or shot a branch in the way of their intended trophy? Yes, it seems that Fred didn't mind showing us the real side of hunting and fishing adventures, even at his own expense. He went ice fishing in deplorable conditions on a few episodes, not catching much, but reminding us that you don't always get to pick your days fishing or hunting. He also reminded us that you needed to just get out there away from it all, where-ever that may be, and make the best you can of things. Fred also spoke his mind, as many know, and it cost him dearly. But Fred was a man who stood by his words and did not back down from the beliefs he had. Love him or hate him, you have to respect a man for that. I've missed his opinions on issues since his show went off the air, no matter if I agreed with him or not. Fred showed us more of a real hunting show than most other shows (excluding MOOD) in the sense that he went into the public lands, without guides, or stocked farms where most of today's "hunting" shows are shot. He usually didn't go on charters, but did on occassion(Remember the Stannard Rock Charter?), choosing more to pusue the fish on his own or with viewers of the show who invited him along. He also visited real deer camps, not mega-buck hunting lodges seen on the "Real Hunting Shows", showing the real life conditions that the everyday sportsman/woman encounters. I wish his family our condolences, Cpt. and Crew.