Black Lake sturgeon season begins Feb. 1

Eager for the chance to catch one of Michigan’s most unique fish? The wait will soon be over! The lake sturgeon season on Black Lake, in Cheboygan County, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, so make sure your license and registration are in order. Registration is...

Avert Panfish Blunders

Things are certainly different than they were during my formative days of ice fishing. I remember using sewing thread because it was the only line thin enough and subtle enough to fool winter panfish. A hand auger was the main tool for making a hole and if the ice was...

Resolve to Snowshoe

December gluttony, January regret and resolution. The cycle repeats every year and supports an entire industry of mega-gyms with every contraption imaginable except for enough floor space for free weights. Discounted “globo-gym” memberships aren’t the only way to keep...

Unscheduled stops along the road to awareness

Nothing whispers “early winter in Michigan” more than taking a lazy drive down unpaved side roads on a Saturday afternoon. No matter the outside temperatures, the truck’s heater maintains civility within. The pleasant crunching of the tires on the snow provides nice...

FISH TAPEWORMS

National Institutes of Health, June 2019: “Fish tapeworm infection inhumans is seeing a resurgence due to changes in eating habits as well as globalization. It is estimated there are 20 million human cases worldwide.” How many are there in Michigan? Two or three, a...

RECENT EDITIONS

TROPHY BUCKS

TROPHY BUCKS

My First Buck...11-Point I had plans to hunt what I consider to be my best stand, but changing wind directions altered those plans. I decided to sit in a stand a few hundred yards away from the treestand I originally planned to sit. Sure enough, around 5 p.m. this...

MICHIGAN’S DAM STEELHEAD

MICHIGAN’S DAM STEELHEAD

Steelhead are special fish and one of their attributes is that they remain active no matter how low the water temperature drops. They will continue to chase lures even when the water super cools below 32 degrees. This makes it possible for Michigan anglers that prefer...

SPIKE

SPIKE

During the summer of 2019, a good friend of mine informed me that there was a rumor of a nice buck running around near a spot where I could hunt. Between a busy work schedule and my wife and I building a new house, I hadn’t hunted this area much the last couple of...

Michigan Bobcats

Michigan Bobcats

Bobcats are extremely stealthy. They are mostly nocturnal, making sightings even more rare...   Bobcats are an extremely stealthy animal. Although bobcats are relatively common, especially in Northern Michigan, most avid outdoor enthusiasts rarely see this...

‘Hunting Their Hunt’

‘Hunting Their Hunt’

We have heard a lot about “hunt your hunt” recently. The phrase relates to a reaction to some Michigan hunter’s desire to fill the freezer with venison and hunters wanting antler point restrictions hoping to see big antlered bucks in their area consistently. This is...

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