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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Gnatkowski

Field first-aid for hunting dogs: Here’s how to be prepared

You’ve planned the trip for months and are finally hunting. You haven’t been afield an hour when the dog comes limping back to you, or blood is gushing out of a gash in his forehead or leg.

How you’re prepared for field emergencies like this one can make or break your hunting trip and, in some cases, your hunting season. Most gun dog owners would agree that hunting dogs are an integral component of the experience, and their physical well-being has a significant bearing on the success and enjoyment of the hunt.

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Preparation required for successful early-season goose hunting

Waterfowlers in Michigan eagerly are awaiting Sept. 1 and the start of the early goose season.
The season targets resident Canada geese – those that don’t migrate far and spend their lives here in Michigan – that have become problematic in many locations. These geese are highly successful at raising a brood while nesting in suburbia. The conflict with geese and state residents prompted wildlife managers to create a special season decades ago to target nuisance geese.

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Here’s how to target Michigan’s summer bass, pike and muskies

Anglers call it the summer doldrums. Water temperatures are peaking, water skiers, tubers, wakeboarders, and other recreationalists are turning area lakes into a froth, and tourists have descended in full force.
The simple fishing we experienced in the spring is a memory. Still, there’s some exceptional fishing to be hard if you play your cards right and know where to look.

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August is prime time for king salmon in Lake Michigan

It cracks me up when I see a Midwest regional magazine with no story about fishing for salmon in their August issue. 
How can you not think of salmon in August? Most refer to August as the summer doldrums for many species. Waters are warm, fish are moving deeper and scattering, and fishing for most species gets tougher during late summer… but not for salmon. August is prime time for summer Chinooks. 

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Here’s how to catch salmon without downriggers

You don’t need downriggers to catch salmon in the spring and fall when they are shallow. Plenty of salmon can be caught then using just divers and deep-diving stickbaits behind in-line planer boards. Salmon are attracted to the tepid water found near shore in the spring and the baitfish it attracts. Fishing is usually in 40 feet of water or less, so downriggers aren’t necessary; quality rod holders are.

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Lake Superior’s Stannard Rock offers opportunity at incredible lake trout, if you can get there

If you’ve never made the run to Stannard Rock to fish for lake trout, you owe it to yourself to take the trip.
It’s a uniquely surreal experience because of its location and the pristine fishery that every angler should experience in his or her lifetime. The history of Stannard Rock alone makes it a one-in-a-million destination. If you can get there, the chances are good you’ll catch the biggest trout of your life.

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Crankbaits for walleyes: Here’s what to know as seasons change

Crankbaits are a proven lure for walleyes throughout the open-water season.
The type of crankbait you employ, however, varies depending on the season. In the cold water of spring and late fall, walleyes prefer a subtle, side-to-side wobble versus more animated action. As water temperatures increase and walleye metabolism gets a jumpstart, cranks with an energetic action start to get noticed. When water temperatures peak during the summer months walleyes are in full-time gorge mode, so crankbaits that exhibit a dynamic shimmy and tight wobble at slightly faster speeds get the nod.

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Simple tips to keep your bait in the water and make the most of your time spent fishing

They say, “Time is Money!” Well, time can mean fish, too, especially when you’re fishing for spring steelhead and trout.
There’s a direct correlation between how much time your line is in the water and how many fish you catch. A prime technique for spring steelhead fishermen and anglers pursuing trout is bottom bouncing.

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Understanding turkey behavior leads to more filled tags

Turkey hunters may not realize it, but the deck is stacked against them right from the get-go.
Every action turkey hunters take goes against the grain of Mother Nature. In the grand scheme of things, hen turkeys are supposed to go to the gobbler, not the other way around.
Thank God turkeys don’t always behave the way the experts say they will.

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