The headline isn’t totally true. I’m sure there are viruses which do occur outside or even commonly outside, but from what I can tell from all the media reporting, the Covid-19 is mostly sprea…

The popularity of kayak fishing is at an all-time high and B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, has formed a new tournament trail aimed specifically at kayaking enthusiasts. The…

The water levels in the Great Lakes have cycled from high to low to high and back countless times in the 10 thousand years since the glaciers gouged the land, then filled the filled the trench…

I’ve written upbeat columns detailing how certain portions of the outdoor industry is booming. New and used boat sales are up. Two decades ago so many people embraced the then new GPS technolo…

Fishing can be as simple as heading to a pond with little more than a pole, hook, line and can of worms, and if you are like many fisher-folks, that simplicity is a part of the fun. But it’s e…

The first time I met Forrest Wood was in 1973. Ranger boats was a tiny, but growing boat building business located in Flippin, Arkansas. When we met, Wood was at the same table with Ray Scott …

Last week I described three ways travellers can get out on the ocean to have a saltwater fishing experience. This week, I’m dialing in on the most affordable method, and for a Midwesterner, pe…

For many Midwestern anglers, fishing either comes to an end in the winter, it switches to ice fishing, or it becomes a road trip. There are plenty of places snowbelt citizens “flock” to (thus …

The Superbowl will soon be over, what little ice fishing going on around these parts is in the doldrums or non-existant and whether or not the groundhog shadow myth is true, it’s a long time u…

European explorers came to North America for one reason — to get rich. Sure, they were adventurers, some just wanted to find what was out there, but remember, Columbus thought he could go west…

There’s a war being waged in Kentucky. No state’s big lakes/big rivers environments are more under attack. More important to the Kentucky government, no state’s economy has been more affected …

How often have you watched a scene in an old western movie where a good guy is about to be strung up by an evil sheriff? The hero comes along, often on horseback, pulls out his six-shooter or …

“If you see it on the Internet, it has to be true.” That was a common misconception when the Internet was new. That feeling has almost reversed itself, it seems, these days. Internet scams are…

Last summer I was on a fishing trip in Ontario in an area with very strict catch and possession limits on fish. Catch limits are the number of fish a person can legally catch and keep in a day…

Our dog Molly was barking more than usual on the back deck a few nights ago while outside on her evening “duty-call.” Investigating, it appeared she’d cornered a raccoon, perhaps attracted by …

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…