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Sportsmen Since 1967

December 9, 2023

Tom Venesky: Trappers need to treat animals with respect

My first trapping teachers were people I never met, but whose words taught me so much.
In his classic book “Gone for the Day,” Ned Smith’s passages about his experiences trapping red foxes sparked my interest. Later, when I picked up Stanley Hawbaker’s “Trapping North American Furbearers,” I studied and memorized the details of every set description and illustration, looking forward to the day when I could apply them on a line of my own.

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In search of a perfect electric ice auger? Here’s what to consider

Deer seasons are over for many of us, so as December returns, so too does our interest in ice fishing. If you’re like me, that starts with some equipment review and accounting.
I look at what I can live with and what I need to replace, which always tends to start with the big-ticket items. Shelters, electronics, and, ultimately, the one tool that is necessary to do it all: your ice auger. No hole means no fishing, and these days, there’s a pile of ways to drill ice and get your fix when the hardwater hits.

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Ohio sauger fishing is a challenge; here are some tips

I needed time to think it over.
I thought I knew what I was doing. Fishing for saugeye turned out not like I expected. I figured it to be the same as the Lake Erie walleye I grew up with in the Western Basin. Catching them proved far different from raising them. Seven years of aquaculture with walleye and saugeye failed to bridge the gulf between fisheries biology and animal behavior.

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Winterizing your boat means more than just focusing on mechanical parts

A spring “shakedown cruise,” is normal practice for many boaters. This is when they go to the lake specifically to check to make sure everything is working as it should be after a winter of hibernation.
Usually, if the proper winterizing steps were taken, the mechanical parts of the boat will be perfect. If there are problems, it’s usually something that unexpectedly didn’t weather the winter. That’s why the word “winterize” is important to Michigan boaters.

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