There’s hardly a day when I’m fishing on Lake Michigan that one of the people fishing with me doesn’t point off in one direction or another and ask, “What’s that floating over there?” More oft…

There have always been fishing contests of one sort of another. Perhaps it was just a wager between friends fishing together which awards a buck on who catches the first fish, or the largest. …

Actually, the title would be better, but longer, if I wrote, “Can Three Rs Save Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Other Traditional Outdoor Activities?” Based both on the sales of licenses for ac…

When mid-November rolls around, white tailed deer start thinking about breeding and the antlers on the bucks are all about breeding. When mid-November rolls around white tailed deer hunters st…

A good building starts with a good foundation and being comfortable during the hunting season does too. For hunters, the foundation has two parts, first, the layer of clothes next to the skin …

There’s never a time or place in our area a motorist shouldn’t have some concern about a deer bolting out into the road or highway. It can happen in any season, at any time of the day and just…

I recently spent a morning fishing with Kristine Fischer, the top ranked woman kayak angler in the United States. We weren’t fishing in kayaks, but that allowed me more of a chance to quiz her…

In a column earlier this year I explained about how many deep lakes and reservoirs stratify into distinct temperature layers in the warm months of the year with the coldest water in the depths…

None of the 180-plus invasive species found in or threatening the Great Lakes have more name recognition among average citizens than the Asian carp. Though people have heard of zebra mussels, …

Shooting guns is one of the safest recreational activities in which a person can participate. It’s far more dangerous to play golf, tennis, go bowling or ride a horse. Realistically, the bigge…

Fishermen caught plenty of fish before outboard motors were invented — but they caught many more after Ole Evinrude slapped a gasoline engine to the back of his rowboat. It gave guys unwilling…

It doesn’t matter what sport a person is pursuing, if it involves hitting a target, longer is more challenging. In basketball, arching the ball through the hoop at three-point range is more di…

To have a stable population of living creatures, the number of births has to equal the number of deaths. It doesn’t matter if that creature is a human or animal or if the animal is a bird, rep…

Every year eager duck hunters await the first cold fronts of late summer to start pushing ducks from their nesting areas to their wintering grounds. The first trickle of migrants are already u…

Ever hear someone advise you to stop talking or whisper when you are fishing because the noise would scare the fish? It can happen, though it isn’t talking or whistling noises angles need to e…

The International Game Fish Association and the Boy Scouts of America recently announced a new partnership focused on youth angling education. The details of this partnership outlines each org…

I probably buy more fishing licenses than most people. Fishing in only a half dozen different states each year is a “slow” year for me and though I’ve never kept track, I’m sure I’ve had a yea…

There’s nature to be had for all sorts of sleeping habits. For the early risers, there is bird watching. For the late sleepers, there is mid-day butterfly watching. And for the night owls, the…

The hottest months of the year are here and anglers must make adjustments if they want to continue catching fish during the challenging dog days of August and September. In most lakes locating…

Lake Michigan’s Good Harbor Reef, near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, was once a major spawning habitat for species like lake trout and whitefish. However, since the 1980s the reef ha…

One of my most exciting days of fishing last summer came late in the year when the weeds, pond scum and other, often off putting, seasonal growth was at it’s peak. My fishing partner and I wer…

No one wants the items they want to buy to cost more. No one wants the the items they want to sell to sell less. So an unusual thing happened back in 1950 with the passage of the Federal Aid i…

I’ll confess to being a recovering golfer. More like fully recovered. I haven’t owned a set of clubs since I got out of high school and my collection of Wilsons was hand-me-downed to my younge…

What’s the fastest growing college sport? It’s not women’s soccer, it’s not curling. It’s bass fishing. It’s not something that’s all that new. Competitive bass fishing at a national (now inte…