2019 Deer Harvest Results

Even though the number of deer hunters declined significantly in Michigan during 2019, the hunters that remained harvested more deer than the year before, according to preliminary figures from the DNR. The state agency estimates that 14,000 fewer hunters hunted...

A view from above

One of the DNR’s newest programs…By Kathleen Lavey – MDNR   Wildlife biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources were looking for a bear. Not just any bear. They were in search of a sow that had previously been used as a surrogate to raise...

This amazing catch is not a ‘hum-drum’ story

Dear Fish Diary: Ron Koetje isn’t really a bragger. He’s not one to bend your ear for hours telling you hero stories of the monsters he’s caught. He won’t bore you with war stories about the ones that got away. Nope, Ron is much more subtle. By subtle, I’m saying Ron...

Take a kid catchin’ and teach ’em to fish

Farm ponds provided livestock water while in the pasture. On our farm, most were muddy, had a distinct odor of cow manure, trampled shorelines and large snapping turtles. Today, with stocking programs old farm ponds have turned into a great place to introduce fishing...

BASS TACTICS TO HAMMER WALLEYE

For those who enjoy “rod in hand” presentations, June is the ideal month for targeting walleye. In June, walleye are on the prowl nearly 24/7 in an effort to fatten up. It’s a time when walleye are aggressive, it’s a time when fish are often found shallow and it’s a...