647 POUND MONSTER BLACK BEAR!

When I was told that a 650-pound bear was killed in northern Michigan, I was taken by surprise, and after I saw the pictures, I was shocked at the size of this bear. I was even more surprised to learn that a 14-year-old hunting with her father harvested this monster...

OLD BUCKS LOVE SNOW

Have you noticed how big bucks go into hiding during the gun season? But there is one important weather condition that brings them from shadowy lairs…fresh snow. For some unknown reason, falling snow seems to calm wary animals, making them curious, anxious to feed or...

Monster Fish Caught by 9-Year-Old

  Nine-year-old Roger Sampier III of Carsonville went on the fishing experience of a lifetime. Knowing Roger’s love of fishing, his aunt Ashley Paterson and uncle Todd Paterson scheduled him a sturgeon fishing trip for Christmas last year. On October 12, Roger,...

The Muskegon River; A Great Fishery

For the last 10 years, I have fished the Muskegon for steelhead and trout three to four times a year – two or three times in late fall and one or two times in the spring. We fish the river in and around the Newaygo area. We ride in a jet sled with our guide Ross...

Michigan’s hunting and fishing guides could see new regulations

Michigan hunting and fishing guides could soon be required to obtain a license and meet other requirements under legislation promoted by the state’s largest conservation groups. State lawmakers held the first committee hearing on the bi-partisan bill package on Oct....

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Autumn Journal

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,...

A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

Ludington Michigan. On August 7, 2021, a 19-year-old angler, Luis Martinez of Ortonville, caught a huge 47.86-pound Chinook salmon. But not only is the whopper a new State Record, but it will go down in the history books as a new Great Lakes Record too. Martinez was...

Targeting September GEESE

Targeting September GEESE

When it comes to natural resources, abundance is a good thing. For those who covet the Canada goose, abundance hasn’t always been the case. Michigan enjoys two distinctively different populations of Canada geese, including migrants who nest in Canada’s James Bay...

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

As we head into fall, throwing small baits on light line can catch more bass than anything else in your arsenal. Not always, but pretty often. Also, as we prepare for the autumnal season that most outdoorsmen say is their favorite time of year with its many fishing...

Possums

Possums

One of the most maligned and misunderstood mammals in Michigan are possums. Yet, in reality, they are very beneficial animals. Here are some terrific tidbits about these harmless, somewhat hairless, and hardy helpers: You say Possum; I say Opossum In true...

The Outdoor Weekend is back

The Outdoor Weekend is back

We’re excited to celebrate our outdoor heritage   Outdoor Weekend #34 was canceled due to COVID-19. We’re back though with Outdoor Weekend #35 and we’re back in a big way! Of course, we understood the seriousness of COVID-19 and knew safety from this dreadful and...

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