Wolves in Michigan have surpassed federal and state population recovery goals for 22 years

Results from the 2022 wolf survey show population remains stable...   Wildlife biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released their findings from the latest Michigan gray wolf survey. The survey, conducted in early 2022, shows the wolf...

Go hard baits for CRAPPIES

Plastics are a go-to bait for winter crappies because crappies feed mainly on minnows. Friends who fish the NAIF ice-fishing circuit tell me when they know specks are the likely target, plastics are on the end of their lines. But there are times when a change in baits...

WASHTENAW COUNTY’S 22-POINT, 200-INCH BUCK

Patrick Conklin had a rifle deer season opener that he will never forget and probably never best. Patrick leases an old horse farm in Washtenaw County. On November 15, he decided to hunt a stand where his son had seen a rather nice 10-pointer. This stand can only be...

Gear up for walleyes

There are nearly as many ways to catch walleyes as there are walleyes (millions of them), but the first step in being successful when targeting walleyes beneath the ice is the same as the first step in open-water fishing – having the right gear. Possessing appropriate...

Reel Maintenance

The thought of disassembling a fishing reel to thoroughly clean it brings on something close to a panic attack. I live with haunting memories of prior DIY reel cleaning attempts. While taking a reel apart, I’ve had the tiniest pieces fly off with such velocity that...

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FALL WALLEYE FISHING ISN’T OVER!

FALL WALLEYE FISHING ISN’T OVER!

For many anglers, fishing in the fall is a tough deal. Hunting season gets in the way for many outdoorsmen and women who only have a limited time to enjoy the outdoors. So for those who decided to pass on fall walleye to chase whitetails and ducks, take note… fall...

Snowy Owls

Snowy Owls

One of Michigan’s particularly picturesque owl species features a fascinating fiesta of fun facts. Here are some terrific and tantalizing tidbits about snowy owls: The Name Game The scientific name of snowy owls is Bubo scandiaca. Bubo (no, that’s not a bubbly drink...

The Pine Marten

The Pine Marten

History in Michigan American or pine marten (more commonly called pine marten) are native to Michigan but essentially disappeared during the extensive original logging period in the state in the late 1800s and early 1900s. By the 1930s, martens were thought to have...

That day in December

That day in December

Pawing through a box of travel notebooks the other day, I found one with 1992 on the cover. Wondering what on earth I did thirty years ago stirred some curiosity; so I refilled the coffee cup, fed a big bolt of cherry to the woodstove and carried the notebook to a...

Banking On The RUT   3 Proven Strategies

Banking On The RUT 3 Proven Strategies

If you’ve been hunting smart all fall, squirreling away the cold hard assets of low-pressure hunting, then November is the time to cash in and reap the rewards of your frugal habits. If you haven’t done this and have blown out your best areas due to overhunting them,...

Foundation thrives thanks to generosity

Foundation thrives thanks to generosity

Our Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation is closing in on 25 years since our first grant. We’re very proud of the financial help we have been able to offer our youth, the disabled, our veterans, clubs and organizations involved with the outdoors. Over the last couple...

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