Smallmouth Bass Factories

Michigan’s smallmouth bass record stood for more than 100 years — until recently. The previous record was caught in 1906, weighed 9.25 pounds, and was 27.25 inches in length. And that impressive record was shattered twice in one year! Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes caught a...

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...