DNR’s 2021 DEER HUNTING PREVIEW

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its annual deer hunting preview just ahead of the deer hunting seasons, which began Sept. 11. Overall, conditions look excellent for the upcoming seasons, and deer hunters can expect hunting to be as good or...

FALL WALLEYE FISHING

  There is good news for fishermen who just can’t get enough walleye fishing action. The month of October offers up great fishing for those who prefer to troll and those who would prefer to have the rod in their hands. Anglers who target walleye in the fall are...

Vocal communication of whitetails

Instead of relying heavily upon complex visual displays and voiced sounds for social communication, whitetails make greater use of scent-marking to communicate matters of social significance. This doesn’t mean whitetails are voiceless. Using sophisticated electronic...

Michigan Team Collects $50,000 First-Place

At Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Regional Qualifying Event on Lake St. Clair   Amateur fishing buddies Neil Vande Biezen and Jakob Zona claimed first place at the regional qualifying event for the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team...

Autumn Journal

I earn my living writing about fishing, hunting, spying on birds, exploring lakes and rivers—just generally poking around outdoors. Tough duty, I know. Now and then, I’ll stop to scribble a few words into the pocket notebooks I carry everywhere. Over the years,...

RECENT EDITIONS

Merganser vs Herring Gull

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

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

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

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...

BLUEGILL FRENZY

BLUEGILL FRENZY

As we eased the boat into the shallows, we immediately noticed dozens of bluegills swirling in circles, protecting their beds. Zach Darwin made the first accurate cast and quickly announced Fish On! Soon a feisty male with brilliant orange and blue colors came to the...

When whitetails fight for space

When whitetails fight for space

In order to survive and reproduce, whitetails must have favorable habitat that provides food, shelter, and water in the proper proportions and within accessible distances. However, during the fawning season, “space” also becomes important and, in cases of high deer...

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