Outdoor Wanderings by Mike Schoonveld

Solar power hits the water

Jim Greer recently returned home in his solar-powered boat after completing a 7,200-mile voyage running totally on solar power.

$1.5 million for a grant on how humans hurt the environment?

The headline read, "NASA Grants MSU $1.5 Million to Study How Humans Hurt the Environment." This is wrong in so many ways, starting with the headline. I’m horrible at writing headlines. They are supposed to be a tease, not the…

Spotters and colored wads can lead to better wingshooting

“How’d I miss?” It’s a common question for shotgun shooters, whether at the range or in the field. Obviously, you shot too high, too low, too far in front, too far behind or a combination of these such as high…

Tournament bass anglers know how to use a boat ramp

How do the bass guys do it? Were they required to take a proficiency tests about boat launching as a prerequisite to signing up for the competition? It seemed like it, and most must have scored an A.

Gyres in the Great Lakes?

Could the 22 million pounds of plastic trash that end up in the Great Lakes each year create gyres in our inland oceans?

About This Blog


Mike Schoonveld has been a freelance outdoor writer for 25 years and has been a columnist for Michigan Outdoor News since the paper’s inception in 2000. Mike’s first love in the out-of-doors is Great Lakes salmon fishing, but he enjoys all kinds of fishing, is an avid hunter and trapper, and frequently participates in a variety of other outdoor activities.

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