Red black bear harvested

Ed Groom from Saline has always been lucky when it comes to hunting. One of the first turkeys he bagged was a smokey gray gobbler, and he got a bull moose in Ontario with antlers that had a 58-inch spread. Then, on his first bear hunt in the U.P. last fall, he shot a...

Walleye Jigging

It’s always amazed me how a lure as simple as a lead-headed jig could be so tricky to fish effectively. Other types of fishing, such as crankbait or spinner trolling, are easily taught and mastered by those who put in some effort. However, that is simply not the case...

LAST ICE PERCH

Last ice, the old-timers say, is about as good as ice fishing gets, with the possible exception of first ice. At any rate, the tail end of the ice fishing season is great for perch fishing. While last ice can occur in February in the southern part of the state, it is...

False prophets of spring

Groundhog Day, the day we saluted that false prophet of spring’s approach, has passed. At this very moment, unless there is a sudden heatwave, most Michigan groundhogs are still in their burrows. During hibernation, their heartbeat slowed from 80 beats per minute to 5...

VAMPIRE BUCK

Ken Martin of Cass City truly enjoys hunting Thumb whitetails, something he has been doing since he was a kid. Having taken his share of deer over the years, he isn’t a trophy hunter, but he always has his eye out for the “big one” like many deer hunters. Little did...

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Mandatory deer registration by 2022

Mandatory deer registration by 2022

MDNR deer specialist Ashley Autenrieth, who works out of the DNR office in Gaylord, told attendees of a U.P. Sportsmen Alliance Zoom meeting on December 19 that the state agency plans on mandatory deer registration in the state starting in 2022. She made that...

Hunting, fishing licenses soar during pandemic

Hunting, fishing licenses soar during pandemic

COVID-19 introduces many new sportsmen to Michigan's great outdoor opportunities   The only place we knew we were safe was outside, a spitting distance from others. COVID-19 has changed our way of life forever. Our Governor ordered us to stay home and not to...

‘Rabbitat’

‘Rabbitat’

Someone recently told me that he was upset with the fact that the “Base License” in Michigan’s hunting license process now forces him, in reality, to purchase a small game license when his only real outdoor interest is deer hunting. He felt he was being forced to...

KILLER TRICKS FOR PANFISH

KILLER TRICKS FOR PANFISH

Michigan is blessed with some of the hottest hard water fishing in North America. Bluegills are best known and most sought after, with crappie coming in second place, and if conditions are ideal, there will be hordes of Michigan fishermen catching sunfish, perch, and...

Saginaw Bay’s winter perch and walleye

Saginaw Bay’s winter perch and walleye

It’s ironic that anglers blame one species for thriving when another species suffers. In Saginaw Bay, anglers have been blaming the walleye for “eating” all the yellow perch for decades. The ironic part is that the Saginaw Bay walleye fishery has never been better,...

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