TREMENDOUS TURKEY OUTLOOK

Last spring, Michigan wild turkey hunters had a success rate close to 45%, which is simply fantastic. But just when I thought populations were reaching a peak, Mother Nature served up a pleasant surprise. Spring 2020 had an abundant poult hatch, and out of the deep...

the Search for Michigan’s GHOST CATs

You may have read the stories here or on social media platforms. Tantalizing and captivating claims from across Michigan: cougars seen wandering backyards in the suburbs around Detroit, black panthers skulking through farm fields, and attacks all over the state on...

CREEK STEELHEAD

Last fall, the steelhead runs in most rivers were on the light side despite having some timely rain events. We shall see whether the spring run will make up for the lack of fish during the fall and winter. If the run continues to be weak, targeting your fishing to...

Spring Deer Hunting

There’s never an offseason for serious hunters...   Of course, the 2021 whitetail season is half a year away right now, but hunters with consistent success each year on mature whitetail have one thing in common: they take no time off. No, I’m not talking about...

Tribute to a True Woodsman

There are those certain and often rare individuals who inspire and impact, many times unintentionally, those who are fortunate enough to have been in the “wake” of their lives. There are those who silently stand tall yet speak loudly by the consistent and honorable...

RECENT EDITIONS

Red black bear harvested

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

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 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

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

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...

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...

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