Hunting, fishing licenses soar during pandemic

COVID-19 introduces many new sportsmen to Michigan’s great outdoor opportunities   The only place we knew we were safe was outside, a spitting distance from others. COVID-19 has changed our way of life forever. Our Governor ordered us to stay home and not...

‘Rabbitat’

Someone recently told me that he was upset with the fact that the “Base License” in Michigan’s hunting license process now forces him, in reality, to purchase a small game license when his only real outdoor interest is deer hunting. He felt he was being forced to...

KILLER TRICKS FOR PANFISH

Michigan is blessed with some of the hottest hard water fishing in North America. Bluegills are best known and most sought after, with crappie coming in second place, and if conditions are ideal, there will be hordes of Michigan fishermen catching sunfish, perch, and...

‘Citizen scientists’ help track Michigan’s osprey populations

Ospreys are magnificent fish-hunting birds with striking brown and white plumage. They are among the birds of prey called “raptors,” which includes hawks, owls, falcons and eagles. These large birds – which possess widely spread wingtip feathers in flight and a...

Saginaw Bay’s winter perch and walleye

It’s ironic that anglers blame one species for thriving when another species suffers. In Saginaw Bay, anglers have been blaming the walleye for “eating” all the yellow perch for decades. The ironic part is that the Saginaw Bay walleye fishery has never been better,...

Cover Buck – Marty LaBean

Marty LaBean had been watching the buck he harvested along with a bigger buck on spypoint for awhile. Marty was in his box blind with his downwind window closed, not expecting to see deer directly downwind. It wasn’t long, and Marty heard a soft grunt, and he quickly...