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...

SMALLIES and CRAWDADS

If you picked a crayfish imitation every time you fished for smallmouth bass, you could do a lot worse. Fact is you’d be hedging your bet. In many locales, for a significant portion of the year, as much as 60 to 70% of a smallmouth’s diet is crayfish. Experts will...

Thumbs Up, Women on the Wing

Hunting nationwide has seen steadily decreasing hunter numbers in recent years. States have been trying to recruit new hunters, and Michigan, for example, has developed a mentor hunting license for youth hunters nine years old and under, and an apprentice hunting...

Wandering off the beaten path

As a traditional bowhunter, I’ve traveled to and wandered around in many places off the beaten path. Places where I was free to hunt solo, take my own chances, camp where I pleased, eat the fish I caught, shoot small game for camp meat, enjoy a campfire whenever I...

April trolling tips for deep walleye

Before anglers had trolling depth charts for crankbaits, we had to figure out ways to get our baits down to certain areas of the water column. The sonar would show fish suspended and on the bottom. We had to determine what fish showing on that sonar were catchable. As...

RECENT EDITIONS

State Record Elk

State Record Elk

Official score: 317 1/8 nontypical   The state record elk Brandon Kantola from Ravenna bagged with bow and arrow in Cheboygan County on September 15, 2023, ended up with an official score of 317 1/8 as a nontypical, according to state big game record keeper...

American Kestrels

American Kestrels

American Kestrels are among Michigan’s most awesome, adventurous, and adaptable Avians. Here are some stupendous snippets about this swift, stealthy, and spectacular species: Name Game: The scientific moniker for American Kestrels is Falco sparverius. The genus name...

TALKING PHEASANTS!

TALKING PHEASANTS!

On February 6, five members of the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative, alongside six members of the Michigan Bird and Game Breeders Association (MBGBA,) convened in Lansing. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the previous pheasant season’s outcomes and...

Skinny Water Coho

Skinny Water Coho

The only thing better than catching a fat coho salmon is doing it in March when most anglers are still enjoying their winter hibernation! Even better, early spring coho fishing is often a game played in shallow water and close to shore. The spring coho fishery on both...