SMALLIES and CRAWDADS

If you picked a crayfish imitation every time you fished for smallmouth bass, you could do a lot worse. Fact is you’d be hedging your bet. In many locales, for a significant portion of the year, as much as 60 to 70% of a smallmouth’s diet is crayfish. Experts will...

Last chance for grouse

Take advantage of a mild, early December to rediscover the joys and frustrations chasing grouse   If we have an early winter or late fall this year, December grousing can be an exciting way to wrap up the upland bird hunting year. The lack of snow and moderate...

The Best Tasting Venison Ever!

I’m fortunate now to have a son who works as a butcher at Meijer, so processing a deer takes a lot less time, but there are still steps to take that can make for better-tasting venison. I’ve cut up my fair share of animals in my life. I’d hate to guess how many. It’s...

Small-Water Duck Hunting

The saying “good things come in small packages” might pertain to duck hunting. I like to hunt extensive, expansive marshes for puddle ducks or brave the big water for divers from a layout boat or boat blind, but there’s something to be said for finding secluded honey...

Think shallow for spring panfish

Panfish move into shallow water in the spring for two reasons. The shallow water warms more quickly than the rest of the lake, which attracts minnows and jump-starts the metabolism of aquatic insects. The wealth of food is a bonanza for hungry, early-season panfish....