DNR’s 2021 DEER HUNTING PREVIEW

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its annual deer hunting preview just ahead of the deer hunting seasons, which began Sept. 11. Overall, conditions look excellent for the upcoming seasons, and deer hunters can expect hunting to be as good or...

FALL WALLEYE FISHING

  There is good news for fishermen who just can’t get enough walleye fishing action. The month of October offers up great fishing for those who prefer to troll and those who would prefer to have the rod in their hands. Anglers who target walleye in the fall are...

Vocal communication of whitetails

Instead of relying heavily upon complex visual displays and voiced sounds for social communication, whitetails make greater use of scent-marking to communicate matters of social significance. This doesn’t mean whitetails are voiceless. Using sophisticated electronic...

Michigan Team Collects $50,000 First-Place

At Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Regional Qualifying Event on Lake St. Clair   Amateur fishing buddies Neil Vande Biezen and Jakob Zona claimed first place at the regional qualifying event for the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team...

Autumn Journal

I earn my living writing about fishing, hunting, spying on birds, exploring lakes and rivers—just generally poking around outdoors. Tough duty, I know. Now and then, I’ll stop to scribble a few words into the pocket notebooks I carry everywhere. Over the years,...

RECENT EDITIONS

A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

Ludington Michigan. On August 7, 2021, a 19-year-old angler, Luis Martinez of Ortonville, caught a huge 47.86-pound Chinook salmon. But not only is the whopper a new State Record, but it will go down in the history books as a new Great Lakes Record too. Martinez was...

Targeting September GEESE

Targeting September GEESE

When it comes to natural resources, abundance is a good thing. For those who covet the Canada goose, abundance hasn’t always been the case. Michigan enjoys two distinctively different populations of Canada geese, including migrants who nest in Canada’s James Bay...

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

As we head into fall, throwing small baits on light line can catch more bass than anything else in your arsenal. Not always, but pretty often. Also, as we prepare for the autumnal season that most outdoorsmen say is their favorite time of year with its many fishing...

Possums

Possums

One of the most maligned and misunderstood mammals in Michigan are possums. Yet, in reality, they are very beneficial animals. Here are some terrific tidbits about these harmless, somewhat hairless, and hardy helpers: You say Possum; I say Opossum In true...

The Outdoor Weekend is back

The Outdoor Weekend is back

We’re excited to celebrate our outdoor heritage   Outdoor Weekend #34 was canceled due to COVID-19. We’re back though with Outdoor Weekend #35 and we’re back in a big way! Of course, we understood the seriousness of COVID-19 and knew safety from this dreadful and...

Pre-season whitetail checklist

Pre-season whitetail checklist

While enjoying the beautiful days of summer bonfires, lake excursions, and hotdog roasting, it’s sometimes hard to see that chasing whitetails through the brilliant fall woods is just a few short months away. But it is. Focusing now on a few key things will really...

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