Smallmouth Bass Factories

Michigan’s smallmouth bass record stood for more than 100 years — until recently. The previous record was caught in 1906, weighed 9.25 pounds, and was 27.25 inches in length. And that impressive record was shattered twice in one year! Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes caught a...

Muskegon County BOONER

Brett Stray and his wife bought an old 52-acre farm 2 years ago. They planted the front 5 acres with grapes to start a vineyard and the rest of the property for hunting. Last year, Brett saw a very nice buck on his trail camera several times but never really had a...

SNAPPERS

Most people, including anglers in Michigan, rarely see a snapping turtle in the wild. The most common time we see them is when we are driving in the early summer and we encounter an adult female moving to lay its eggs near the road in a sandy or fine gravel area....

Ice fishing tactics for June bluegills

We all have old fishing rods lying in the corners of our garages and storage sheds. Many have a big ole bobber hanging on the line, along with a plain Aberdeen hook and a split shot or two. While it brings back great memories there is a better way that is cleaner and...

Wolverines are back in the news

Not in Michigan or the Upper Great Lakes, but in Colorado and California where state legislatures are considering bills to support reintroduction into montane habitats... The immediate reason for this renewed interest seems to be recent glimpses of young males from...

RECENT EDITIONS

Wandering off the beaten path

Wandering off the beaten path

As a traditional bowhunter, I’ve traveled to and wandered around in many places off the beaten path. Places where I was free to hunt solo, take my own chances, camp where I pleased, eat the fish I caught, shoot small game for camp meat, enjoy a campfire whenever I...

April trolling tips for deep walleye

April trolling tips for deep walleye

Before anglers had trolling depth charts for crankbaits, we had to figure out ways to get our baits down to certain areas of the water column. The sonar would show fish suspended and on the bottom. We had to determine what fish showing on that sonar were catchable. As...

State Record Elk

State Record Elk

Official score: 317 1/8 nontypical   The state record elk Brandon Kantola from Ravenna bagged with bow and arrow in Cheboygan County on September 15, 2023, ended up with an official score of 317 1/8 as a nontypical, according to state big game record keeper...

American Kestrels

American Kestrels

American Kestrels are among Michigan’s most awesome, adventurous, and adaptable Avians. Here are some stupendous snippets about this swift, stealthy, and spectacular species: Name Game: The scientific moniker for American Kestrels is Falco sparverius. The genus name...

TALKING PHEASANTS!

TALKING PHEASANTS!

On February 6, five members of the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative, alongside six members of the Michigan Bird and Game Breeders Association (MBGBA,) convened in Lansing. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the previous pheasant season’s outcomes and...

Skinny Water Coho

Skinny Water Coho

The only thing better than catching a fat coho salmon is doing it in March when most anglers are still enjoying their winter hibernation! Even better, early spring coho fishing is often a game played in shallow water and close to shore. The spring coho fishery on both...