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...

Seasonal Memories

“All’s well that ends well...” Shakespeare   Note to readers: I could be putting together one of those family Christmas letters, but my annual look back at the year winding down is more satisfying to write and hopefully more interesting for you to read. Maybe...

Black Widow Bite Hype

As part of my Peace Corps training in Costa Rica, I had to find my way to a small town and interview local farmers. Shortly after my arrival, I met another volunteer, who told me she woke up one night, and her hand felt like it was burning. When she turned on the...

Cover Buck – Dave Osterhourt

I’ve been after this buck since the day he showed up on my trail camera in early October. It was hard not to go into his area every time I went out, but I was patient and tried to play the wind. I wasn’t even planning on hunting Tuesday, Nov. 3 with the warm weather....

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Cover Bucks

Cover Bucks

Tyler Schneider   Tyler Schneider got into his tree stand later than normal because of the traffic on October 16. It was cold and quiet; he hadn’t seen much the past few nights. After a couple of hours, it was close to dark when he saw a doe running toward him....

Venison – From the field to the table

Venison – From the field to the table

Here in the agriculture-rich Thumb, it is pretty easy to say our local whitetails can be considered as being “farm-fed.” The deer in these parts feed pretty good, which means their venison is of the highest quality when everything is properly done from the field to...

ICE FISHING:

ICE FISHING:

Cover All The Bases...   I used to tell my kids, “The secret to fishing is to keep your line in the water.” The tip stated the obvious, but the intent was to convince them that they had a much better chance of catching a fish if they let their bobber sit instead...

Late Season Strategies

Late Season Strategies

Hunting deer during the late archery season is a challenging time for bowhunters who decide to brave the cold conditions and head into the woods. Blustery winds, low temperatures, and deep snow are just a few of the weather conditions Mother Nature can throw at you....

Master Huntress

Master Huntress

A buck and bear--the same day!   The black bear came in like clockwork, looking for the tasty morsels that Aubrey Sincic and her father Jake had been placing there since baiting for bears was legal in August. They had several trail camera photos of this...

A Hunt in God’s Country

A Hunt in God’s Country

Some stories are too good to be true   Filled with excitement, I grabbed my bow and gear and hit the road. I made my way to a new piece of ground that I have never hunted on before. There was that feeling building inside of me that craved an adventure, that...

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