Learning how to be a FISHERMAN

Sometimes I impress myself. I’ll admit, it’s rare, but it does happen. You see, there is this thing in fishing where the angler has to juggle, at times, two opposing options. One can go fishing more or less mindlessly. I do this most the time. I’m just there for a...

Fair-Weather Waterfowling

Adescription of the perfect waterfowling day would undoubtedly begin with wind. Wind makes waterfowl uneasy, fidgety. Rather than raft up in big flocks and loaf on open water, wind and the resulting waves forces ducks to seek shelter. Usually they move in small,...

Deer and Decoys

We Fool Turkey, Waterfowl and Even Crows With Them...   As I look back I must be crazy not using a deer decoy. After all, I use turkey decoys every spring with success, so why haven’t I used one during archery season? Using a deer decoy had never crossed my mind...

MICHIGAN WOLVES

Some identification and life history... Michigan Department of Natural Resource Wildlife Division surveys reveal wolves are present in all the counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Michigan DNR wolf surveys indicate there is a minimum wolf population of 662 adult...

BIG U.P. BLACK BEAR

Rural Menominee County resident Mark Hanna bagged one of the biggest black bears ever known to have been taken in the state on the evening of September 25 while hunting over bait. The enormous bruin had a dressed weight of 640 to 650 pounds and a live weight of around...

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The Evolving Waterfowl Hunter

The Evolving Waterfowl Hunter

  Time certainly doesn’t stand still. When it comes to waterfowl hunting the landscape is much different today than it was when I first started hunting for web feet in the ’70s. Year to year, waterfowl numbers are up some years and down on others. Biologists tell...

Wolf shot in Luce County

Wolf shot in Luce County

Recently, a gray wolf was shot in Luce County Michigan. Since then, this has been the topic of conversation throughout this area. As a matter of fact, the issue came up at the recent U.P. Sportsmen’s Alliance meeting in Gwinn. At the meeting, DNR Wildlife Biologist...

Northern Michigan’s Perch Fisheries

Northern Michigan’s Perch Fisheries

A great demand for this relatively easy to catch and very tasty panfish... Yellow perch are one of the most popular panfish fisheries in Northern Michigan and the Great Lakes. When I started my fisheries career in the late 1970s, yellow perch were overabundant in many...

MIDDAY SHIFT For Rut Phase Hunts

MIDDAY SHIFT For Rut Phase Hunts

Before your hunting plan for the upcoming rut phases is put to bed, consider this. How many times during the rut phases have you planned on sitting until noon or later on morning hunts and then aborted the hunt early due to a lack of deer sightings and boredom? Plans...

FALL TURKEY HUNTING

FALL TURKEY HUNTING

A Great Opportunity... The woods are quiet and still. It is 0-dark thirty and I walk a familiar path to my chosen ambush site, trying to get there before the birds awaken from their roosted slumber. When I reach my destination, I take a seat and relax… yes relax. The...

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