FIDDLEHEADS

Another Delicacy of May...   May is known as “morel month in Michigan,” but there is another delicacy that makes its appearance this month: fiddlehead ferns. Though not as commonly collected here in Michigan, New Brunswick and Maine produce about 200 tons of...

Berrien County produces second BOONER BUCK

The 11-point typical that Rachel Wheeler from Stevensville shot on opening morning of the 2020 firearms season that scored 176 7/8 wasn’t the only world-class buck bagged in Berrien County last fall, according to Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM). A 16-point...

Longtime State Wildlife Biologist calls it a career

The end of March 2021 brought the end of an era at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with the retirement of Al Stewart after 50 years of service. Actually, he hit the 50-year mark last year, says Stewart, who was the DNR’s Upland Game Bird Specialist...

A Power Twist for FINESSE

Zip small lures through those early season cruisers...   Perhaps the most frustrating period for Michigan bass anglers occurs in April and May as our waters warm, and bass come up shallow from their winter haunts. You can see schools of them, largemouth, in...

Great Lakes brown trout fisheries have greatly improved with offshore stocking by Wisconsin’s DNR

Brown trout fisheries in the Great Lakes are very popular, especially with early-season Great Lakes anglers. Brown trout fisheries were very good in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay in the 1980s and 1990s, although they declined after 2000. In recent years the Great Lakes...

RECENT EDITIONS

TREMENDOUS TURKEY OUTLOOK

TREMENDOUS TURKEY OUTLOOK

Last spring, Michigan wild turkey hunters had a success rate close to 45%, which is simply fantastic. But just when I thought populations were reaching a peak, Mother Nature served up a pleasant surprise. Spring 2020 had an abundant poult hatch, and out of the deep...

CREEK STEELHEAD

CREEK STEELHEAD

Last fall, the steelhead runs in most rivers were on the light side despite having some timely rain events. We shall see whether the spring run will make up for the lack of fish during the fall and winter. If the run continues to be weak, targeting your fishing to...

Spring Deer Hunting

Spring Deer Hunting

There’s never an offseason for serious hunters...   Of course, the 2021 whitetail season is half a year away right now, but hunters with consistent success each year on mature whitetail have one thing in common: they take no time off. No, I’m not talking about...

Tribute to a True Woodsman

Tribute to a True Woodsman

There are those certain and often rare individuals who inspire and impact, many times unintentionally, those who are fortunate enough to have been in the “wake” of their lives. There are those who silently stand tall yet speak loudly by the consistent and honorable...

Red black bear harvested

Red black bear harvested

Ed Groom from Saline has always been lucky when it comes to hunting. One of the first turkeys he bagged was a smokey gray gobbler, and he got a bull moose in Ontario with antlers that had a 58-inch spread. Then, on his first bear hunt in the U.P. last fall, he shot a...

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