Once again Mom Nature played tricks on the Michigan general trout season opener. Saturday’s opening day on the rivers and streams found dark water, with silt an sand flowing heavily in many areas of inland waters. Sort of makes one wonder how a trout could even see one’s lure or bait, let alone be in a position to scarf it in.
I turned to a person near me and remarked, “You know, I’ve been coming to these events for more than 20 years, and I’ve yet to win one of those guns!” The guy gave me a rather uninterested glance and remarked, “Well, you’ve got to buy some tickets in order to win.”
You’ve likely heard it said that almost anything can happen on a deer hunt. Well, now I believe it. Allow me to explain. It was colder than a well-digger’s auger up north the other day when I decided to get out the old muzzleloader, better known in some parts as a smoke pole, and try again for a buck.
Yes, the regular firearms season is drawing to a close, but there is still much ado for those who wish to keep on hunting. For example, the muzzleloading deer hunt is about to kick in, and if one likes other action, rabbits, squirrels and ruffed grouse are still likely candidates.
Pheasant hunting is different now than it used to be. Early, traditional pheasant hunting, say in the 1930s, in places like South Dakota or even here in Michigan, were mostly a large group activity. Now, most of us hunt alone or with a friend or two, even sharing a dog, and don’t go much for [...]
Some of the early firearms deer seasons are here, but if you aren’t a deer hunter and want some action, it’s also prime time for some small game hunting. Fact is, if you have a youngster or youngsters that are also prime time for hunting, it may not be a bad idea to start them out on a few smaller game hunts.
Later this month, Lizzie Sheldon, 10, of Howard City, will be among the first to take part in Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) new Mentored Youth Hunting program.
For many deer hunters and hunting-related businesses in the Ionia, Montcalm and Kent counties, the frost couldn’t come any quicker, especially in Ionia, where a small insect, the midge fly, is the culprit for spreading a disease in the state’s deer population that has wiped out more than 2,800 deer since July.
When it comes to fishing, Bill Simpson knows how to finish. The Stanton resident spent last week in Lacrosse, Wisc. along the shores of the Mississippi River competing in the 2012 The Bass Federation (TBF) Northern Division Championship.
Yes, duck hunters, it’s about time to oil up your dogs and feed your shotgun some carbohydrates. Duck and goose hunting is in the wings. Actually, an early goose season is on, statewide, beginning today. And from all indications there are plenty of geese around. You know, you golfers may even have to fight your favorite golf course for space, since geese seem to love those links.