Wolves in Michigan have surpassed federal and state population recovery goals for 22 years

Results from the 2022 wolf survey show population remains stable...   Wildlife biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released their findings from the latest Michigan gray wolf survey. The survey, conducted in early 2022, shows the wolf...

Go hard baits for CRAPPIES

Plastics are a go-to bait for winter crappies because crappies feed mainly on minnows. Friends who fish the NAIF ice-fishing circuit tell me when they know specks are the likely target, plastics are on the end of their lines. But there are times when a change in baits...

WASHTENAW COUNTY’S 22-POINT, 200-INCH BUCK

Patrick Conklin had a rifle deer season opener that he will never forget and probably never best. Patrick leases an old horse farm in Washtenaw County. On November 15, he decided to hunt a stand where his son had seen a rather nice 10-pointer. This stand can only be...

Gear up for walleyes

There are nearly as many ways to catch walleyes as there are walleyes (millions of them), but the first step in being successful when targeting walleyes beneath the ice is the same as the first step in open-water fishing – having the right gear. Possessing appropriate...

Reel Maintenance

The thought of disassembling a fishing reel to thoroughly clean it brings on something close to a panic attack. I live with haunting memories of prior DIY reel cleaning attempts. While taking a reel apart, I’ve had the tiniest pieces fly off with such velocity that...

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MY TROPHY BUCK!

MY TROPHY BUCK!

The story of my experience with this buck began in late August of 2021. My wife and I had purchased five acres of alfalfa farmland in the spring of 2021 and were in the middle of constructing our new home by that summer. One evening, after the skilled trades workers...

Finesse tip-up fishing

Finesse tip-up fishing

Tip-ups have been around forever, but their use has transformed...   It’s that time of year when almost all Michigan anglers can agree on one thing – they won’t be doing much fishing in the next couple of months unless they cut a hole in the ice to start. Ice...

Calhoun County 190” Nontypical

Calhoun County 190” Nontypical

Like the year before, thirty-four-year-old Dominic Simmons planned on hunting the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) land located in southern Calhoun County. The NHBP distribute sections of hunting land on a first come, first served basis and according...

“New Year” Resolutions

“New Year” Resolutions

The first of a new year is when countless Americans do some soul searching. Based on this self-study, many decide it’s time to improve things in their lives. That’s a good thing. Resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, drink less and eat healthier rank high on the...

DUELING WOODPECKERS

DUELING WOODPECKERS

In addition to Michigan being home to pileated woodpeckers, the largest woodpecker in North America, we are also home to the downy woodpecker, the smallest woodpecker on the continent. With winter weather taking firm hold, now is the time to watch for both species if...

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