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 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!

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

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...

DARDEVLE MAN: John Cleveland…A passion for performance

The first time I met John Cleveland was when we both attended a Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) meeting in Bay City, Michigan. He was relatively new to our organization at the time. He sat at a different table, but my attention came back to him a couple of...

RECENT EDITIONS

2023 FALL BEAR HARVEST

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

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

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

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...

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...