Pre-season whitetail checklist

While enjoying the beautiful days of summer bonfires, lake excursions, and hotdog roasting, it’s sometimes hard to see that chasing whitetails through the brilliant fall woods is just a few short months away. But it is. Focusing now on a few key things will really...

Merganser vs Herring Gull

Not with my ducklings, you don’t!   There are no good guys, and there are no bad guys in the world of nature, but there are moments of confusing, rapid-fire drama when species interact. Sometimes those moments occur so rapidly the encounter is best captured by a...

Early Season Geese… Cupped Wings

The magical flight of wild geese is alluring, mesmerizing, and draws Michigan sportsmen afield to enjoy the unequaled spectacle. Fact is, goose hunting is a great way to celebrate Michigan’s great outdoors. When giant Canada geese cup their wings, lower landing gear,...

Grandeur Grand Haven

Rivers are a huge draw for trout and salmon anywhere they enter the Great Lakes. The Grand River is Lake Michigan’s largest tributary and, for that reason, attracts a hodgepodge of salmonids. Whether pumping tepid spring run-off into an icy cold lake or delivering a...

URBAN BIRDS

The comeback of peregrine falcons...   Michigan’s speediest and stealthiest raptor species is positively the peregrine falcon. Here are some fascinating facts about those fast and fierce feathered friends. The scientific name of the peregrine falcon is Falco...

RECENT EDITIONS

Concentrate on summer smallies

Concentrate on summer smallies

Steam was rising from the warm river into the cool morning air when we launched. Trout were actively rising in the cooler morning flows. Grant manned the oars on the johnboat, and Leon and I cast from our perches on the bow and stern. Grant instructed us to cast at a...

GRAY SQUIRRELS’ Superpower Exposed!

GRAY SQUIRRELS’ Superpower Exposed!

An unexpected encounter back in April while inspecting my screech owl nesting box served as a reminder that assumptions of any kind may be wrong, especially when it comes to less than attentive observations of nature’s way. I had assumed the nest box to be empty since...

FIDDLEHEADS

FIDDLEHEADS

Another Delicacy of May...   May is known as “morel month in Michigan,” but there is another delicacy that makes its appearance this month: fiddlehead ferns. Though not as commonly collected here in Michigan, New Brunswick and Maine produce about 200 tons of...

Berrien County produces second BOONER BUCK

Berrien County produces second BOONER BUCK

The 11-point typical that Rachel Wheeler from Stevensville shot on opening morning of the 2020 firearms season that scored 176 7/8 wasn’t the only world-class buck bagged in Berrien County last fall, according to Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM). A 16-point...

Longtime State Wildlife Biologist calls it a career

Longtime State Wildlife Biologist calls it a career

The end of March 2021 brought the end of an era at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with the retirement of Al Stewart after 50 years of service. Actually, he hit the 50-year mark last year, says Stewart, who was the DNR’s Upland Game Bird Specialist...

A Power Twist for FINESSE

A Power Twist for FINESSE

Zip small lures through those early season cruisers...   Perhaps the most frustrating period for Michigan bass anglers occurs in April and May as our waters warm, and bass come up shallow from their winter haunts. You can see schools of them, largemouth, in...

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