Houghton resident captures video of cougar killing deer

Eli Schaefer from Houghton still can’t believe he was lucky enough to capture video of a cougar killing a deer on one of his trail cameras near Toivola in Houghton County on the afternoon of December 30, 2023. The dramatic video shows a large male mountain lion after...

2023 FALL BEAR HARVEST

Hunters registered a total of 1,905 black bears in the state during the 2023 seasons, according to preliminary figures from the DNR, which is down 68 animals from last year, but almost identical to the 1,907 bruins checked during 2021. State licensed hunters accounted...

The hunt for Bullwinkle

On December 5, 2022, deer hunter Roger Pankey got an early Christmas present. Pankey received a trail camera photo of a giant buck on his private property in southern Michigan’s Cass County. The buck was ultra-wide, carried heavy mass and was adorned with a lot of...

A love affair with lake trout

I don’t mind saying I’ve had a lifelong love affair with lake trout. While many anglers consider this member of the char family a second-class sport fish, I’ve always admired that they grow to huge sizes, they are abundant and readily caught in all five Great Lakes....

Serenading predators

Predator hunting has become quite popular, with the main star of the event these days being the coyote, an amazingly adaptable (and very prolific) critter that has expanded its range across North America (beginning in the 20th Century) and has recently even ventured...

RECENT EDITIONS

Resolve to teach a kid how to fish in 2024

Resolve to teach a kid how to fish in 2024

If you’re teaching a kid to fish forego the cheap fishing equipment...   Want a New Year’s resolution? Teach a kid how to fish this year. I met 10-year-old Ben in November. His mother, Mindy, and I sometimes work the same front desk shift at the YMCA, and during...

BEECHNUTS: a powerful deer and turkey attractant

BEECHNUTS: a powerful deer and turkey attractant

The American Beech tree is the only native beech tree in Michigan other than the smaller blue beech, which is actually a member of the birch tree family. Beech trees are common to most areas of the Lower Peninsula, as well as several Counties in the Eastern Upper...

First ice panfish

First ice panfish

As everyone knows, I am primarily a walleye fisherman. I made my name and built my fishing career by catching walleyes and walleye fishing remains my favorite angling activity, virtually year-round. But there’s one time of year when I gladly abandon walleyes and...

New Youth Nontypical State Record

New Youth Nontypical State Record

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Meyer from Zeeland bagged a 20-point nontypical in Ottawa County on September 10, the second day of the 2023 youth deer hunt, which is now the state record in the youth category for nontypicals. The huge set of antlers has a gross score of 211...

2022’s Best Typical Buck

2022’s Best Typical Buck

Dennis Colmer from Lapeer bagged the highest scoring typical-antlered whitetail entered in state records maintained by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) from 2022 seasons. The Lapeer County 11-pointer had a gross score of 183 7/8 and netted 176 5/8. “I’ve never...

Despite surgery, Corey James takes a brute!

Despite surgery, Corey James takes a brute!

Corey James is a farmer and lives in Hillsdale County...Big buck country. Like many of us, he has a real passion for hunting. Last year, he had an exceptionally good buck he had seen on his property that managed to survive last hunting season. This year, Corey...