October 22 • 02:40 AM

In This Issue

  • Swimbaits catch fish all fall long

    Cast-Retrieve-Repeat! Except for setting the hook and fighting a fish, that is all there is to fishing with swimbaits...
    by Mark Martin
    To tell you the truth, I was skeptical of the fish-catching ability of swimbaits when they first came to market years ago. I thought they’re just too simply made and too easy to use to work so well....more»
  • Some of Michigan’s...BEST FALL FISHING

    by Mike Gnatkowski
    You can’t blame sportsmen who are itching to pick up the gun or bow come September. Fishing is a year round sport where hunting only takes place at certain times of the year....more»
  • When Opening Day goes wrong!

    by Brian Miller
    All summer you’ve been setting stands, running trail cameras, and glassing visible bucks. Everything you have learned is assessed to create the perfect opening day plan....more»
  • Bowhunting Backcountry Squirrels

    We’d hatched the plan earlier in the year for the express purpose of finding a new adventure: backpack bowhunting a species we’d never hunted before in the wildest backcountry in Michigan...
    by Drew YoungeDyke
    "Aim small, miss small," is what every bowhunter says before the shot. When the vitals in your sight window are scarcely larger than a quarter, though, you really don’t have much choice, and that ...more»
  • The mixed bag hunts of October

    Fooling pressured birds requires a lot of scouting effort, hunting skill, expense and savvy...
    by Mark Romanack
    I can think of nothing more exciting than laying on my back, while peering out from a layout blind as a flock of mallards, wood ducks or Canada geese lock onto the decoy spread....more»

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Want squirrels? FIND ACORNS

Kenny Darwin - 2017-09-01
Broken nuts scattered under the oak tree was a signal that squirrels were working the area and I hunkered near the tree trunk and remained motionless....more»

Making Sense of Scents for SMALLIES

Mike Gnatkowski - 2017-09-01
Idid a presentation in college on salmon orientation and navigation as part of a biology class. The idea for the presentation was to explain how salmon managed to find their way back to the stream or ...more»


Kenny Darwin - 2017-09-01
When giant Canada geese bank for your decoys and lower landing gear they resemble a huge B-52 stratofortress bomber coming in for landing. Some drop one wing straight down causing their body to suddenly ...more»

Young Albino Buck Killed

Richard P. Smith - 2017-09-01
My efforts to video tape the first year in the life of an albino buck abruptly ended on June 18 when the white deer was killed by an unknown motorist as it attempted to cross a city street in Marquette ...more»

Visit and enjoy the Outdoor Weekend

Randy Jorgensen - 2017-09-01
I like familiar places and things, I like to stay familiar...if you know what I mean. This, I know, doesn’t happen. Although it’s a little early to notice the darkness falling a little earlier ...more»

BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS...a disease still worth fighting

Kelly Straka - MDNR - 2017-08-01
After more than two decades of study and testing white-tailed deer for bovine tuberculosis, Michigan has become world-renowned for its research and expertise on managing this serious contagious disease....more»

Getting the “drop” shot on smallmouth

Mark Romanack - 2017-08-01
In August some things are just a given. In the eighth month of the year, it’s going to be hot and muggy just about everywhere in the Great Lakes region....more»

Summer setup for OPENING DAY SUCCESS

Brian Miller - 2017-08-01
There is nothing like getting a crack at an early season buck. Pinpointing a whitetail’s movement then capitalizing is like playing a perfect chess game....more»

2017 Update...The U.P.’s Moose

Bill Ziegler - 2017-08-01
The 2017 Michigan DNR moose survey indicates an encouraging modest increase in the core area of the west central U.P. moose range. This year’s moose population estimate indicated 378 moose in the ...more»


Kenny Darwin - 2017-08-01
Bass finesse tactics work better than dynamite in Michigan, especially when the big hogs are in skinny water. I’m not talking about long distance casting small tubes on Lake Charlevoix for smallies....more»
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