Macomb County’s #2 NONTYPICAL

Chris Frey from New Baltimore bagged the second highest scoring nontypical whitetail on record for Macomb County, according to the eleventh edition of Michigan Big Game Records, while hunting with a muzzleloader on November 29. The trophy buck has a 17-point rack that...

30 Years a lab guy

I’m fortunate to have owned and hunted over several different Labrador Retrievers in recent years. I’m equally fortunate to have also been involved in the day-to-day training and hunting development of a dozen other dogs owned by family members, friends and hunting...

Wildlife Council releases wildlife management survey findings

On Tuesday, January 28, at the Michigan History Center in Lansing, the Michigan Wildlife Council both released findings from a survey on the public’s awareness of wildlife management funding in the state and unveiled an exhibit highlighting six such management success...

The D’s Walleyes

The Detroit River walleye run might be the most exciting, fun time to catch a limit of fish for some tasty fillets. But the idea of heading to the Motor City and launching your own boat to partake can be quite intimidating. Yours truly was that first-timer last...

Frog Calls and Frog Legs

The 25th annual Michigan DNR-Natural Heritage Program Frog and Toad Survey begins April 1 and ends about July 10. Designed to estimate the numbers of Michigan’s thirteen species of frogs and toads, the survey is carried out by volunteers. In 2019 there were 98...

RECENT EDITIONS

Black Lake sturgeon season begins Feb. 1

Black Lake sturgeon season begins Feb. 1

Eager for the chance to catch one of Michigan’s most unique fish? The wait will soon be over! The lake sturgeon season on Black Lake, in Cheboygan County, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, so make sure your license and registration are in order. Registration is...

Avert Panfish Blunders

Avert Panfish Blunders

Things are certainly different than they were during my formative days of ice fishing. I remember using sewing thread because it was the only line thin enough and subtle enough to fool winter panfish. A hand auger was the main tool for making a hole and if the ice was...

Resolve to Snowshoe

Resolve to Snowshoe

December gluttony, January regret and resolution. The cycle repeats every year and supports an entire industry of mega-gyms with every contraption imaginable except for enough floor space for free weights. Discounted “globo-gym” memberships aren’t the only way to keep...

Unscheduled stops along the road to awareness

Unscheduled stops along the road to awareness

Nothing whispers “early winter in Michigan” more than taking a lazy drive down unpaved side roads on a Saturday afternoon. No matter the outside temperatures, the truck’s heater maintains civility within. The pleasant crunching of the tires on the snow provides nice...

FISH TAPEWORMS

FISH TAPEWORMS

National Institutes of Health, June 2019: “Fish tapeworm infection inhumans is seeing a resurgence due to changes in eating habits as well as globalization. It is estimated there are 20 million human cases worldwide.” How many are there in Michigan? Two or three, a...

TROPHY BUCKS

TROPHY BUCKS

My First Buck...11-Point I had plans to hunt what I consider to be my best stand, but changing wind directions altered those plans. I decided to sit in a stand a few hundred yards away from the treestand I originally planned to sit. Sure enough, around 5 p.m. this...

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