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  • SUMMER SLAB GILLS

    Catching big panfish during the dog days of summer can be a cake walk if you understand the species and use savvy fishing strategies.
    by Kenny Darwin
    I felt my rod tip jiggle as out of the weeds came a solid rod bending strike and I set the hook. For an instant the rod bent double and drag clicked as a slab gill turned broadside using its thick body ...more»
  • Film your hunt like a pro

    Four tips to rival a TV-quality production
    by Adam Lewis
    These days anyone can get a cheap camera and film pretty much anything they want. Even smartphones can take relatively good video clips for personal use or social media sharing....more»
  • Feely fish theories and swimbaits

    Here’s a stupid fish theory for you: The “feel” of a lure can be just as important as its “look...”
    by Dave Mull
    We came up with this stupid fish theory long ago while trolling for salmon. Stupid fish theories, by the way, are things that anglers think up usually while waiting for fish to bite....more»
  • Return of the Lawn Lobsters!

    Devil Crayfish, also known as mudbugs or crawdads; are the most widely spread crayfish of Michigan...
    by Jonathan Schechter
    Mysterious miniature "chimneys" are emerging in moist meadows and lawns as well as along stream banks across most of Michigan; just as they do every spring and well into summer....more»
  • Dr. Howard Tanner, 2019 Michigan Outdoor Hall of Fame inductee

    by Mark Sak
    The Michigan Outdoor Writer’s Association inducted one new member into the Michigan Outdoor Hall of Fame during the annual summer conference at Thompsonville, Michigan....more»

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MICHIGAN’S SMALLIE BOOM

Kenny Darwin - 2019-06-01
I could see the fish hugging bottom in 30 feet of water straight out from Acme Creek in East Grand Traverse Bay. I dropped my goby imitation tube to the bottom, let it pause waiting for a bite, gave it ...more»

STATE RECORD GOBBLER

Ross Aldrich - 2019-06-01
I have hunted turkeys in the past but usually I hunt only one day during my season and call it quits because I guess I am not what you would call a diehard turkey hunter....more»

Sturgeon for Tomorrow...On guard for 20 years

Rick Fowler - 2019-06-01
May 2019 marked the 20th year of the Sturgeon Guarding Program under the auspices of the Sturgeon For Tomorrow organization on the Upper Black River. This undertaking has proven that citizens who watch ...more»

Booner Bear

Richard P. Smith - 2019-06-01
Last September, John Koon from Manistee bagged a black bear with a skull large enough to qualify for national records maintained by the Boone and Crockett Club in Manistee County, according to Commemorative ...more»

WALLEYES and WORMS

Mark Martin - 2019-06-01
They wiggle; they squiggle; they’re soft and smell funny. They’re worms. And all that holds true whether they are modern-day fake baits or the real deal....more»

Senate Bill would allow baiting

Michael Veine - 2019-05-01
Senator Curtis Vanderwall introduced legislation (SB-37) that would take away the authority of the DNR/NRC to regulate baiting and feeding of deer in Michigan....more»

SLAB GILLS FEEDING FRENZY

Kenny Darwin - 2019-05-01
The term feeding frenzy sort of describes the biting characteristics of bluegills in spring when they are schooled in skinny water and smashing any presentation....more»

Chris Reed...The Rolling Hunter’s MONSTER BUCK

Richard P. Smith - 2019-05-01
"I grew up hunting and fishing with the family; my dad, uncles and cousins. After the accident, I thought I would never be able to do those things again....more»

6 reasons to take your children morel mushroom hunting

Eric LaPaugh - 2019-05-01
Iremember the first time I found a morel mushroom. I was nine-years-old, it was late May and I was staying with my grandparents for the weekend. I remember telling my grandfather that I was bored....more»

5 Tips for public land toms

Darin Potter - 2019-05-01
I consider each gobbler that I have been fortunate enough to drape over my shoulder and carry out of the turkey woods a trophy. But there is something special about taking a bird on public ground....more»
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