Learning how to be a FISHERMAN

Sometimes I impress myself. I’ll admit, it’s rare, but it does happen. You see, there is this thing in fishing where the angler has to juggle, at times, two opposing options. One can go fishing more or less mindlessly. I do this most the time. I’m just there for a...

Fair-Weather Waterfowling

Adescription of the perfect waterfowling day would undoubtedly begin with wind. Wind makes waterfowl uneasy, fidgety. Rather than raft up in big flocks and loaf on open water, wind and the resulting waves forces ducks to seek shelter. Usually they move in small,...

Deer and Decoys

We Fool Turkey, Waterfowl and Even Crows With Them...   As I look back I must be crazy not using a deer decoy. After all, I use turkey decoys every spring with success, so why haven’t I used one during archery season? Using a deer decoy had never crossed my mind...

MICHIGAN WOLVES

Some identification and life history... Michigan Department of Natural Resource Wildlife Division surveys reveal wolves are present in all the counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Michigan DNR wolf surveys indicate there is a minimum wolf population of 662 adult...

BIG U.P. BLACK BEAR

Rural Menominee County resident Mark Hanna bagged one of the biggest black bears ever known to have been taken in the state on the evening of September 25 while hunting over bait. The enormous bruin had a dressed weight of 640 to 650 pounds and a live weight of around...

RECENT EDITIONS

Northern Michigan’s Perch Fisheries

Northern Michigan’s Perch Fisheries

A great demand for this relatively easy to catch and very tasty panfish... Yellow perch are one of the most popular panfish fisheries in Northern Michigan and the Great Lakes. When I started my fisheries career in the late 1970s, yellow perch were overabundant in many...

MIDDAY SHIFT For Rut Phase Hunts

MIDDAY SHIFT For Rut Phase Hunts

Before your hunting plan for the upcoming rut phases is put to bed, consider this. How many times during the rut phases have you planned on sitting until noon or later on morning hunts and then aborted the hunt early due to a lack of deer sightings and boredom? Plans...

FALL TURKEY HUNTING

FALL TURKEY HUNTING

A Great Opportunity... The woods are quiet and still. It is 0-dark thirty and I walk a familiar path to my chosen ambush site, trying to get there before the birds awaken from their roosted slumber. When I reach my destination, I take a seat and relax… yes relax. The...

BEAVER PROBLEMS

BEAVER PROBLEMS

Beaver populations have been relatively high for many decades due to lack of extensive trapping and abundant beaver food habitat like aspen. Beaver can cause considerable problems for county road commissions, other government road maintenance personnel, private land...

Lake Superior: Our Sleeping GIANT

Lake Superior: Our Sleeping GIANT

  Lake Superior is Michigan’s sleeping giant. The largest of all five Great Lakes, Lake Superior encompasses almost 32,000 square miles of water. To put that in perspective, Lake Erie has about 1/3 the water mass of Lake Superior. With all that water, it would...

DEER FUNNELS . . . . The path to success!

DEER FUNNELS . . . . The path to success!

Both my son Greg and I are inventors, over the years we had developed many new hunting tactics along with new patented hunting products that had sustained our A-Way Hunting Products business for many years. Lately though we had become so busy with our new “A-Way...

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