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

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

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

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

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...

RECENT EDITIONS

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...

SMALLIES and CRAWDADS

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

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

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

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...

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...