Keweenaw Highlands-Handled with Care

Aunique program currently in development will eventually ensure that more than 32,000 acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula will be available forever for the public’s recreational pursuits. That was the basic message delivered by Julia Petersen recently. Speaking in May to...

Still learning after 40 years

Recently on a Facebook group page, a member posted a question that went something like this: “I’m about to get my first hunting dog. What are some things I should know?” Some pointers easily came to mind, given that I have been raising bird dog puppies for 40 years....

Fisheries chief casts for new strategies

Give Randy Claramunt a boat, a rod and reel and some time, and he will teach you a thing or to about inland lake fishing as well as his hopes and plans for the state of Michigan’s fisheries programs. Claramunt, recently appointed Fisheries Chief of the DNR, shared his...

Every Pup Deserves a Second Chance

Every few minutes, from his metal crate sitting on the concrete floor of the clubhouse at Haymarsh Hunt Club, Murphy, the 18-month-old Irish setter, plaintively whined to get Mike Mapes’ attention. His confinement, it seemed, was part of the process of training him to...

Hooked on the First Cast

Henry M., as he’s known in school, slipped his fly into the hook keeper on his new fly rod, stepped from the Rogue River and started walking briskly up the trail. “I’m glad we’re going back to the car,” Henry said, “because I packed a snack.” Annnnd…that’s just about...