Saginaw Bay’s winter perch and walleye

It’s ironic that anglers blame one species for thriving when another species suffers. In Saginaw Bay, anglers have been blaming the walleye for “eating” all the yellow perch for decades. The ironic part is that the Saginaw Bay walleye fishery has never been better,...

Cover Buck – Marty LaBean

Marty LaBean had been watching the buck he harvested along with a bigger buck on spypoint for awhile. Marty was in his box blind with his downwind window closed, not expecting to see deer directly downwind. It wasn’t long, and Marty heard a soft grunt, and he quickly...

Seasonal Memories

“All’s well that ends well...” Shakespeare   Note to readers: I could be putting together one of those family Christmas letters, but my annual look back at the year winding down is more satisfying to write and hopefully more interesting for you to read. Maybe...

Black Widow Bite Hype

As part of my Peace Corps training in Costa Rica, I had to find my way to a small town and interview local farmers. Shortly after my arrival, I met another volunteer, who told me she woke up one night, and her hand felt like it was burning. When she turned on the...

Cover Buck – Dave Osterhourt

I’ve been after this buck since the day he showed up on my trail camera in early October. It was hard not to go into his area every time I went out, but I was patient and tried to play the wind. I wasn’t even planning on hunting Tuesday, Nov. 3 with the warm weather....

RECENT EDITIONS

Success was in the wind

Success was in the wind

Determined teen arrows Lapeer County monster expected to score 140-plus   Austin Roy has a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. His family recognized Austin’s love for the outdoors early on and extended their arm of knowledge and provided opportunity....

A three-season quest

A three-season quest

The Nickname ‘Beams’ just made sense!   Like every year during the warm summer months, anticipation was high to get back into the woods, chasing whitetails. The fall of 2020 is special, although this story starts back in September of 2018 when I put my cameras...

Cover Buck – Easton Lovell

Cover Buck – Easton Lovell

Easton Lovell had been hunting the 11-point buck (photo right) since he had trail cam photos of him in velvet and began his attack plan in August. His dad named him “The Kash Buck” after Easton’s son, born on the turkey season’s opening day this year. Easton felt...

Cover Bucks

Cover Bucks

Tyler Schneider   Tyler Schneider got into his tree stand later than normal because of the traffic on October 16. It was cold and quiet; he hadn’t seen much the past few nights. After a couple of hours, it was close to dark when he saw a doe running toward him....

Venison – From the field to the table

Venison – From the field to the table

Here in the agriculture-rich Thumb, it is pretty easy to say our local whitetails can be considered as being “farm-fed.” The deer in these parts feed pretty good, which means their venison is of the highest quality when everything is properly done from the field to...

ICE FISHING:

ICE FISHING:

Cover All The Bases...   I used to tell my kids, “The secret to fishing is to keep your line in the water.” The tip stated the obvious, but the intent was to convince them that they had a much better chance of catching a fish if they let their bobber sit instead...

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