Who is T.R. Michels anyhow?

  • Blog Post by: T.R. Michels
  • September 30, 2011 - 2:45 PM

Someone was asking for my credentials. I believe it is the same person who is trying to get me banned from  speaking af the hunting shows, so he must already know my credentials, or he would not be trying to do that. Instead of typing it all out, I’ll paste and copy the biography from (I believe it was) the Minnesota Deer Classic a few years ago.

T.R. Michels has been called, "The most versatile hunting seminar speaker in North America." He is nationally recognized for his action-packed, informative seminars, which are based on his experience as a wildlife researcher and professional guide. As a speaker for nineteen (twenty-two) years he has provided seminars at the Deer and Turkey Classics, Expos and shows in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin; and at the Chicago Sport Show, Chicagoland Sport Show, Denver Sportsmen's Show, Eastern Iowa Sport Show, Gulf South Hunting and Fishing Show, Louisiana Sportsmen's Show, Michigan Outdoorama, Milwaukee Sentinel Sport Show, Minneapolis Sport Show, Minnesota Game Fair and the Quad Cities Outdoor Show, He has also been the featured speaker at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet, the Iowa Bowhunters Association banquet and the Christian Deer Hunters Association banquet.

T.R. began researching game animal behavior, including communication through vocalization, scents and visual stimuli; and ways to use this knowledge to attract game in 1990. He conducted a seven-year study to determine how weather and lunar factors affect deer movement and rut related activity; and the effectiveness of using scrape activity to determine when and where to hunt whitetail bucks. He conducted a four-year study to determine how seasonal and current weather conditions and lunar factors affect turkey movement, gobbling, and breeding activity. He has also conducted a three year study to determine how elk activity is affected by meteorological conditions and lunar factors; what calls elk use and how they use them; and how daily and seasonal bugling are affected by age, dominance and competition among bull elk. (currently in my third year of black bear research in Arkansas) 

As a professional guide, and owner of T.R. Michels Guide Service, T.R. specializes in trophy whitetail, turkey and bear hunts in Minnesota, and has guided in the Rocky Mountains for elk and mule deer. His clients include former Federal Cartridge Corporation owner Alan Newcomb, Trebark Camouflage designer Jim Crumley, former Feather Flex Decoys manager Dave Berkley, retired Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, retired professional wrestlers Vern Gagne and Paul Ellering, and outdoor writers Kathy Etling, Mark La Barbara former Editor North American Bowhunter, Mike Strandlund former editor of Bowhunting World, Norman Strung former writer for Field & stream and John Zent former editor of the NRA’s American Hunter.

As an outdoor writer for eighteen (twenty-two) years, T.R. has written articles for the National Rifle Association's American Hunter and InSights, the National Wild Turkey Federation's Turkey Call, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bow & Arrow Hunting, Buckmasters, Fur-Fish-Game; the Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Sportsman; and North American Whitetail. In addition, he has had columns in the Rub Lines and Whitetail Fanatic magazines; is a regular contributor to Adventure Sports Outdoors, Badger Sportsman, Dakota Outdoors, Fish and Game Finder, Fishing and Hunting News and Midwest Outdoors; and has written for Bird Dog News, Dakota Country, Wildfowl, Waterfowl USA, the Christian Bowhunters Association's Speaking Out magazine and the Christian Deer Hunters Association newsletter. He also writes for several hunting related Internet services: HuntingNet, Bowhunitng.Net, BowZone.CA, Fish and Game Finder, NAOutdoors, The Midwest Hunter,, Whitetail Fever, Trinity Mountain Outdoors, and Up North Outdoors.

As a result if his research and guiding experience T.R. has authored several books, including Whitetail Addict's Manual, Parts 1 & 2, Complete Whitetail Addict's Manual, Elk Addict's Manual, Duck & Goose Addict's Manual, and Turkey Addict’s Manual, Hunting Northern and Western Game; the seven volume Deer Addict’s Manual series; the Scrape Hunters Manual, Hunting the Whitetail Rut Phases, The Science of Predicting Deer Activity & The Art of Hunting Trophy Bucks, the Deer Manager's Manual; and three Outdoorsman’s Cookbooks.

As the owner of Trinity Mountain Outdoors T.R. is also active in the design of hunting products. He devised the Daily Deer Movement Indicator, the Moon Indicator, the Rut Phase Indicator and the Rut Indicator, which predict deer movement based on weather conditions, lunar factors, and rut activity. He also devised the Turkey Activity Indicator, which predicts daily turkey activity based on weather conditions; and the Turkey Breeding Phase Indicator, which describes the various phases of the turkey breeding season, and when they should occur. He is the innovator of the Feather Flex Upwind goose decoy, their bedded deer/elk/antelope decoys, their rabbit decoy, and the influence behind their strutting turkey decoy. His research on goose behavior is the influence behind the white crescent found on many goose flags and goose decoys. He has also consulted on the design of elk, goose and turkey calls.

T.R. is also the owner and webmaster of the Trinity Mountain Outdoors website at, which hosts his hunting articles and tips in the Trinity Mountain Outdoors Magazine, his "T.R's Hunting Tips", the "T.R's Hunting Tips" message board and talk forum, and his wildlife viewing and photography tips in the Trinity Mountain Outdoor Adventures Natural History and Travel Magazine.


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