Outdoors

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

Wickerham working for Pheasants Forever

Ben Wickerham, who now works out of Flushing, Michigan, has been named the new regional representative for Michigan’s Pheasants Forever. A native of Sheridan, Wickerham earned a B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University. And, although he will work out of his Flushing office, his roots remain deep in the Montcalm County area. For example, his father, Jay Wickerham, was a founding father of the Montcalm County Pheasants Forever chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the state.

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Fishing for those winter steelhead

From all indications we’re about to have one of those unpredictable winters, where ice fishing on the lakes will be a little iffy. At least in central and southern Michigan.

We’ll likely have a freeze, a meltdown, and even some rain mixed in with snow, making us cautious about safety on the ice.

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Some hunts closing, others beginning or continuing

While we have but a few days left in the regular firearms deer season, other hunting will be taking the spotlight.

Kurt Hartman shot this 7-point buck on opening day at 7:45 a.m. in Otisco Township with a 12-gauge Remington.

Hunters bringing in the bucks so far

The start of the firearm deer season has been good for area hunters so far, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The first day of the season saw an average number of deer being brought to the check station in Belding, said DNR wildlife biologist John Niewoonder.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

WOODS AND WATERS: Missing the deer season opener

There’s an old saying that “what’s past is prologue,” so I trust it is true in this case as well. You see, for the second year in a row I can’t participate on the opening day of firearms deer season. Perhaps that will change in the future, but for now I’ll settle for a day or two at our deer camp sometime during the season.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

WOODS AND WATERS: A banner year for deer hunting?

According to all reports, deer hunters and available deer could set some numerical records this year. Although some hunts are now actually over or ongoing, the firearms season is when we could see approximately 500,000 hunters take to the woods and fields. And that happens Nov. 15 to Nov. 30.

Adam Eller of No Limits Outdoors demonstrates one of the cameras used during video shoots for the group’s TV show.

Carson City hunters film kills for national television show

With the arrival of crisp fall days and the occasional snowfall, many local residents are eager to get out hunting. While many hunters would be satisfied to see something worth shooting, four Carson City men enjoy the thrill of the shoot — on film. Mark Brown, Adam Eller, Gabe Stanley and Mike Swagart are hunters and videographers for “No Limits Outdoors” — a television show that features videos of average hunters pursuing deer, bear, turkeys and other wild game.

Wood and Waters | Ed Gilbert

Baiting has changed deer hunting

Well duh, don’t we all know that baiting has made a huge difference in deer hunting?

Sure we know it, especially those of us who are older and still remember the ‘old days.’ But, like everything else we can think of, time and tide wait for no man.

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WOODS ANDS WATERS: Go ‘bark’ at those squirrels

Yes, we’ve all of us barked up the wrong tree at one time or another. You know, perhaps wrongly accused someone, said something later regretted, or made a little mistake here or there. Well now, I say that if you really want to bark at something, go squirrel hunting.

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WOODS AND WATERS: Things changing at deer camp for the ‘aged’

The archery deer season is in full swing and I can help but notice how things are changing in out hunting camp.