Deer data on the way with NEW mandatory online harvest reporting

Michigan’s annual deer hunting seasons – to many, as much a fall tradition as football, apple cider and pumpkin patches – are once again underway. The Liberty Hunt, for youth hunters and those with disabilities, the early antlerless firearm season and the Independence...

FALL WALLEYE FISHING ISN’T OVER!

For many anglers, fishing in the fall is a tough deal. Hunting season gets in the way for many outdoorsmen and women who only have a limited time to enjoy the outdoors. So for those who decided to pass on fall walleye to chase whitetails and ducks, take note… fall...

Snowy Owls

One of Michigan’s particularly picturesque owl species features a fascinating fiesta of fun facts. Here are some terrific and tantalizing tidbits about snowy owls: The Name Game The scientific name of snowy owls is Bubo scandiaca. Bubo (no, that’s not a bubbly drink...

The Pine Marten

History in Michigan American or pine marten (more commonly called pine marten) are native to Michigan but essentially disappeared during the extensive original logging period in the state in the late 1800s and early 1900s. By the 1930s, martens were thought to have...

That day in December

Pawing through a box of travel notebooks the other day, I found one with 1992 on the cover. Wondering what on earth I did thirty years ago stirred some curiosity; so I refilled the coffee cup, fed a big bolt of cherry to the woodstove and carried the notebook to a...

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Banking On The RUT   3 Proven Strategies

Banking On The RUT 3 Proven Strategies

If you’ve been hunting smart all fall, squirreling away the cold hard assets of low-pressure hunting, then November is the time to cash in and reap the rewards of your frugal habits. If you haven’t done this and have blown out your best areas due to overhunting them,...

Foundation thrives thanks to generosity

Foundation thrives thanks to generosity

Our Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation is closing in on 25 years since our first grant. We’re very proud of the financial help we have been able to offer our youth, the disabled, our veterans, clubs and organizations involved with the outdoors. Over the last couple...

DIY Public Land… MICHIGAN  ELK HUNT!

DIY Public Land… MICHIGAN ELK HUNT!

The big revealing; every Michigan elk hunter starts their story by reflecting on the moment they learned that they won a highly desired elk hunting license. The MDNR holds an annual lottery for elk tags, and bull tags are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The only...

TROPHY WALLEYES And Where To Find Them!

TROPHY WALLEYES And Where To Find Them!

Trophy walleyes are where you find them. Trophy, in this case, is a relative term because everyone’s personal best will be a different number. A five- or six-pounder could be considered a trophy to the walleye enthusiast just getting started in this game. For the...

Big bucks can break your heart

Big bucks can break your heart

Deer hunt long enough, and it will happen. A buck with an uncanny ability to evade, is lucky and causes intense feelings of infatuation. This happened to me two years ago, in July. My trail camera revealed this beautiful 8-pointer standing on the trail’s edge, nosing...

2022 Deer Hunting Preview

2022 Deer Hunting Preview

Harvest reporting The 2022 deer hunting season is nearly upon us, and it is shaping to be one of the more historically important hunting seasons Michigan has ever experienced. In 2022, for the first time, hunters taking a deer in Michigan will have one additional step...

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