Crappie Trolling?

When it comes to crappie, most anglers are going to assume the only way to catch them is with rod-in-hand presentations. Actually, these panfish are very susceptible to trolling tactics and that goes double for adult-sized fish. Both species of crappie are aggressive...

A Michigan Trophy Bull Elk!

Jennifer Kowalski received some mail from the Gaylord DNR Office and just figured it was another turkey survey. Once she got into the house and opened it up, she discovered that she had received a bull elk tag for the 2023 season. The odd thing is that she has never...

Keweenaw Highlands-Handled with Care

Aunique program currently in development will eventually ensure that more than 32,000 acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula will be available forever for the public’s recreational pursuits. That was the basic message delivered by Julia Petersen recently. Speaking in May to...

2023’s Highest Scoring Bear

The highest-scoring black bear entered in the state records maintained by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan from the 2023 seasons was taken by J. B. Martin from Kimball. It was bagged in the U.P.’s Ontonagon County while hunting over bait. The skull from that bear...

Jay’s Sporting Goods and The Webber Wildlife and Education Center

Wayne Webber was a successful entrepreneur from Macomb, Michigan. He and his partner grew a small concrete business into a national highway construction company. They built highways, bridges, and airport runways nationwide. His passion for hunting and conservation...

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Smallmouth Bass Factories

Smallmouth Bass Factories

Michigan’s smallmouth bass record stood for more than 100 years — until recently. The previous record was caught in 1906, weighed 9.25 pounds, and was 27.25 inches in length. And that impressive record was shattered twice in one year! Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes caught a...

Muskegon County BOONER

Muskegon County BOONER

Brett Stray and his wife bought an old 52-acre farm 2 years ago. They planted the front 5 acres with grapes to start a vineyard and the rest of the property for hunting. Last year, Brett saw a very nice buck on his trail camera several times but never really had a...

SNAPPERS

SNAPPERS

Most people, including anglers in Michigan, rarely see a snapping turtle in the wild. The most common time we see them is when we are driving in the early summer and we encounter an adult female moving to lay its eggs near the road in a sandy or fine gravel area....

Ice fishing tactics for June bluegills

Ice fishing tactics for June bluegills

We all have old fishing rods lying in the corners of our garages and storage sheds. Many have a big ole bobber hanging on the line, along with a plain Aberdeen hook and a split shot or two. While it brings back great memories there is a better way that is cleaner and...

Wolverines are back in the news

Wolverines are back in the news

Not in Michigan or the Upper Great Lakes, but in Colorado and California where state legislatures are considering bills to support reintroduction into montane habitats... The immediate reason for this renewed interest seems to be recent glimpses of young males from...

What’s in your Turkey Vest?

What’s in your Turkey Vest?

My close friends are well aware that I’m a freak about staying organized and my passion for chasing spring gobblers. In fact, some would say that I’m OCD, which I would agree with, especially when it comes to all of my turkey and deer hunting gear. I don’t know about...