Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sportsman Who Has Everything

In the Romanack household, buying Christmas gifts is a pretty serious business. My pet peeve has always been spending money on useless things. I’ve got a zero tolerance for trinkets and other meaningless gifts that others seem to think are cute or something. I’ve...

Hiding in Plain Sight

“When two objects collide, there’s a reaction to the action.” As I recall from high school physics class, that’s a rough paraphrase of one of Newton’s Laws. Many years later I realize there’s also a “push for every pull” when it comes to human behavior. Do you...

Strange Hibernation Strategies!

Most hibernation is understood - but not all We all know the story of Punxsutawney Phil, that rather rotund groundhog (aka woodchuck) that hogs the media stage on Feb. 2, as breathless crowds await his false forecast of the weather as he shares shadowy “breaking news”...

Saginaw Bay’s Mega WALLEYE FISHERY

Last winter I couldn’t help but feel sorry for a lot of fishermen who were trudging out onto the frozen surface of Saginaw Bay. Not a few, but lots of anglers were walking out in hopes of finding the amazing walleye fishing that Saginaw Bay is fast becoming known for...

Mecosta Monster

My love for hunting and everything outdoors began way back when I was a young boy. Chasing squirrels and rabbits with my dad through the back woods in N.C. where I was born and raised quickly turned to chasing whitetails during my teenage years. Along with hunting...

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Learning how to be a FISHERMAN

Learning how to be a FISHERMAN

Sometimes I impress myself. I’ll admit, it’s rare, but it does happen. You see, there is this thing in fishing where the angler has to juggle, at times, two opposing options. One can go fishing more or less mindlessly. I do this most the time. I’m just there for a...

Fair-Weather Waterfowling

Fair-Weather Waterfowling

Adescription of the perfect waterfowling day would undoubtedly begin with wind. Wind makes waterfowl uneasy, fidgety. Rather than raft up in big flocks and loaf on open water, wind and the resulting waves forces ducks to seek shelter. Usually they move in small,...

Deer and Decoys

Deer and Decoys

We Fool Turkey, Waterfowl and Even Crows With Them...   As I look back I must be crazy not using a deer decoy. After all, I use turkey decoys every spring with success, so why haven’t I used one during archery season? Using a deer decoy had never crossed my mind...

MICHIGAN WOLVES

MICHIGAN WOLVES

Some identification and life history... Michigan Department of Natural Resource Wildlife Division surveys reveal wolves are present in all the counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Michigan DNR wolf surveys indicate there is a minimum wolf population of 662 adult...

BIG U.P. BLACK BEAR

BIG U.P. BLACK BEAR

Rural Menominee County resident Mark Hanna bagged one of the biggest black bears ever known to have been taken in the state on the evening of September 25 while hunting over bait. The enormous bruin had a dressed weight of 640 to 650 pounds and a live weight of around...

The Evolving Waterfowl Hunter

The Evolving Waterfowl Hunter

  Time certainly doesn’t stand still. When it comes to waterfowl hunting the landscape is much different today than it was when I first started hunting for web feet in the ’70s. Year to year, waterfowl numbers are up some years and down on others. Biologists tell...

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