Mike’s Monster

November 16, 2021, the second day of Michigan’s annual firearm deer season, forty-four-year-old Mike Sassano shot a potential Boone and Crocket typical buck in Southwest Michigan’s Berrien County. Sassano was hunting a grown-over fallow field that ten years prior was...

Hunters For Life… Making the outdoors accessible to everyone!

When Mark and Scott Evans dreamed up the idea of taking disabled hunter Shannon Kortman on a bear hunt with dogs, the reaction was about what they expected. “Someone told me I’m an idiot, you can’t take a guy in a wheelchair on a hound hunt,” said Scott Evans, who...

New Year Waterfowl

The holiday season was in full swing, and New Year’s Eve parties had me struggling to set decoys on the snow-covered ground in the pre-dawn darkness. I scanned the eastern sky and suddenly, they appeared like a dream come true; the sight of several flocks of geese...

‘Rock Snot’…dreaded didymo found in Upper Manistee River

The Michigan departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Natural Resources confirmed a report of didymo, a nuisance freshwater alga, in a stretch of the Upper Manistee River in Kalkaska County. Also known as rock snot, despite its coarse, woolly texture,...

Early Ice

Obviously, the U.P. is almost always your best bet for early-season ice fishing, with this year’s warmer weather, that will be even more true. Let’s go through my best four options for early-season ice adventures. Lake Gogebic Located in the far Western U.P., it is...

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647 POUND MONSTER BLACK BEAR!

647 POUND MONSTER BLACK BEAR!

When I was told that a 650-pound bear was killed in northern Michigan, I was taken by surprise, and after I saw the pictures, I was shocked at the size of this bear. I was even more surprised to learn that a 14-year-old hunting with her father harvested this monster...

OLD BUCKS LOVE SNOW

OLD BUCKS LOVE SNOW

Have you noticed how big bucks go into hiding during the gun season? But there is one important weather condition that brings them from shadowy lairs…fresh snow. For some unknown reason, falling snow seems to calm wary animals, making them curious, anxious to feed or...

Monster Fish Caught by 9-Year-Old

Monster Fish Caught by 9-Year-Old

  Nine-year-old Roger Sampier III of Carsonville went on the fishing experience of a lifetime. Knowing Roger’s love of fishing, his aunt Ashley Paterson and uncle Todd Paterson scheduled him a sturgeon fishing trip for Christmas last year. On October 12, Roger,...

The Muskegon River; A Great Fishery

The Muskegon River; A Great Fishery

For the last 10 years, I have fished the Muskegon for steelhead and trout three to four times a year – two or three times in late fall and one or two times in the spring. We fish the river in and around the Newaygo area. We ride in a jet sled with our guide Ross...

Tackling the Rut

Tackling the Rut

Strategies to win in November   If you’ve made it through October without having any success on a good whitetail buck, then a good yet scary opportunity lies ahead: the rut. This can be a great time of year to catch a buck on his feet that you wouldn’t have been...

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