Houghton resident captures video of cougar killing deer

Eli Schaefer from Houghton still can’t believe he was lucky enough to capture video of a cougar killing a deer on one of his trail cameras near Toivola in Houghton County on the afternoon of December 30, 2023. The dramatic video shows a large male mountain lion after...

2023 FALL BEAR HARVEST

Hunters registered a total of 1,905 black bears in the state during the 2023 seasons, according to preliminary figures from the DNR, which is down 68 animals from last year, but almost identical to the 1,907 bruins checked during 2021. State licensed hunters accounted...

The hunt for Bullwinkle

On December 5, 2022, deer hunter Roger Pankey got an early Christmas present. Pankey received a trail camera photo of a giant buck on his private property in southern Michigan’s Cass County. The buck was ultra-wide, carried heavy mass and was adorned with a lot of...

A love affair with lake trout

I don’t mind saying I’ve had a lifelong love affair with lake trout. While many anglers consider this member of the char family a second-class sport fish, I’ve always admired that they grow to huge sizes, they are abundant and readily caught in all five Great Lakes....

Serenading predators

Predator hunting has become quite popular, with the main star of the event these days being the coyote, an amazingly adaptable (and very prolific) critter that has expanded its range across North America (beginning in the 20th Century) and has recently even ventured...

RECENT EDITIONS

New Youth Nontypical State Record

New Youth Nontypical State Record

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Meyer from Zeeland bagged a 20-point nontypical in Ottawa County on September 10, the second day of the 2023 youth deer hunt, which is now the state record in the youth category for nontypicals. The huge set of antlers has a gross score of 211...

2022’s Best Typical Buck

2022’s Best Typical Buck

Dennis Colmer from Lapeer bagged the highest scoring typical-antlered whitetail entered in state records maintained by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) from 2022 seasons. The Lapeer County 11-pointer had a gross score of 183 7/8 and netted 176 5/8. “I’ve never...

Despite surgery, Corey James takes a brute!

Despite surgery, Corey James takes a brute!

Corey James is a farmer and lives in Hillsdale County...Big buck country. Like many of us, he has a real passion for hunting. Last year, he had an exceptionally good buck he had seen on his property that managed to survive last hunting season. This year, Corey...

ARE YOU ICE READY?

ARE YOU ICE READY?

Ice fishing season will soon be upon us; exactly when is anyone’s guess. Last year, we had good ice where I live on some waters in southern Michigan before Christmas, but by the first of the year, things were wide open again. We even had to abandon our first ice...

655 pound U.P. black bear

655 pound U.P. black bear

Some big black bears live in the Upper Peninsula and Terry Grieser from Lakeview got one of them in the Carney Bear Management Unit on October 10 with the help of hounds owned by David Van Alsacker from Northland. The extra large bruin had a live weight of 655 pounds...

Last chance for grouse

Last chance for grouse

Take advantage of a mild, early December to rediscover the joys and frustrations chasing grouse   If we have an early winter or late fall this year, December grousing can be an exciting way to wrap up the upland bird hunting year. The lack of snow and moderate...