TREMENDOUS TURKEY OUTLOOK

Last spring, Michigan wild turkey hunters had a success rate close to 45%, which is simply fantastic. But just when I thought populations were reaching a peak, Mother Nature served up a pleasant surprise. Spring 2020 had an abundant poult hatch, and out of the deep...

the Search for Michigan’s GHOST CATs

You may have read the stories here or on social media platforms. Tantalizing and captivating claims from across Michigan: cougars seen wandering backyards in the suburbs around Detroit, black panthers skulking through farm fields, and attacks all over the state on...

CREEK STEELHEAD

Last fall, the steelhead runs in most rivers were on the light side despite having some timely rain events. We shall see whether the spring run will make up for the lack of fish during the fall and winter. If the run continues to be weak, targeting your fishing to...

Spring Deer Hunting

There’s never an offseason for serious hunters...   Of course, the 2021 whitetail season is half a year away right now, but hunters with consistent success each year on mature whitetail have one thing in common: they take no time off. No, I’m not talking about...

Tribute to a True Woodsman

There are those certain and often rare individuals who inspire and impact, many times unintentionally, those who are fortunate enough to have been in the “wake” of their lives. There are those who silently stand tall yet speak loudly by the consistent and honorable...

RECENT EDITIONS

False prophets of spring

False prophets of spring

Groundhog Day, the day we saluted that false prophet of spring’s approach, has passed. At this very moment, unless there is a sudden heatwave, most Michigan groundhogs are still in their burrows. During hibernation, their heartbeat slowed from 80 beats per minute to 5...

VAMPIRE BUCK

VAMPIRE BUCK

Ken Martin of Cass City truly enjoys hunting Thumb whitetails, something he has been doing since he was a kid. Having taken his share of deer over the years, he isn’t a trophy hunter, but he always has his eye out for the “big one” like many deer hunters. Little did...

Mandatory deer registration by 2022

Mandatory deer registration by 2022

MDNR deer specialist Ashley Autenrieth, who works out of the DNR office in Gaylord, told attendees of a U.P. Sportsmen Alliance Zoom meeting on December 19 that the state agency plans on mandatory deer registration in the state starting in 2022. She made that...

Hunting, fishing licenses soar during pandemic

Hunting, fishing licenses soar during pandemic

COVID-19 introduces many new sportsmen to Michigan's great outdoor opportunities   The only place we knew we were safe was outside, a spitting distance from others. COVID-19 has changed our way of life forever. Our Governor ordered us to stay home and not to...

‘Rabbitat’

‘Rabbitat’

Someone recently told me that he was upset with the fact that the “Base License” in Michigan’s hunting license process now forces him, in reality, to purchase a small game license when his only real outdoor interest is deer hunting. He felt he was being forced to...

KILLER TRICKS FOR PANFISH

KILLER TRICKS FOR PANFISH

Michigan is blessed with some of the hottest hard water fishing in North America. Bluegills are best known and most sought after, with crappie coming in second place, and if conditions are ideal, there will be hordes of Michigan fishermen catching sunfish, perch, and...

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