The popularity of ebikes is creating some confusion for traditional bicyclists riding on public lands.
Michigan – Mike Schoonveld
More than 15 million shooters across the country take advantage of indoor shooting ranges.
Biologists study biology and sociologists study societies but meteorologists don’t necessarily study meteors.
It can be tough to tell the difference between a Wilson’s snipe and an American woodcock.
The invasion of zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes is impacting more than just the food web.
Political gridlock seems to be tactic used by both Republicans and Democrats. It’s happening right now with Line 5.
Feds need to continue to fund the war on Great Lakes lamprey.
With a rise in the amount of ethanol being mixed with gasoline, make sure you use either alcohol-free gasoline or, at most, E-10.
I used to walk into a tackle shop wishing I was rich enough to buy one of every lure they were selling. I knew one of those lures would be the “one,” that perfect lure, the lure no fish could ever resist. All I had to do was discover it, buy it, use it, and then rely on it. As…
What’s a good fishing knot? That’s simple. If you tie a hook on the end of a fishing line with a simple or perhaps a complicated series of twists, turns, loops and laps; hang a worm on the hook; catch a fish with it and the knot holds tight and the line doesn’t snap at the hook, it’s a good…
Volunteers at Elberta Beach work to eradicate baby’s breath. (Grand Traverse Conservancy District photo)Invasive species often have ugly, dangerous, often xenophobic-sounding names. Even if a person had never heard of a sea lamprey, its name sounds like a customer you wouldn’t want to meet. The red swamp crayfish could be an escapee from a Hollywood movie set, and Asian carp…
The secret to jumping from one phase to another in our outdoors pursuits? Having enough room for storage
The first step a person with a problem of some sort has is to admit that he or she has a problem. I’ve always had a problem (actually, a series of problems), and they were always related to having too much stuff. In my rabbit-hunting “phase,” I realized I had a problem when there were a dozen beagles in my…
Is it time for non-motorized watercraft to have some sort of identification prominently displayed?
Dogs are a man’s best friend, but if your pup goes everywhere with you, including ice fishing, be sure to follow these tips to ensure its safety.
Braided fishing line and a tube of super glue top the list of materials needed to replace a broken line guide on your fishing rod. (Photo by Mike Schoonveld) I use the winter months as a time to sort, inspect and maintain the rods, reels and other gear I use and abuse spring, summer and fall. This way, I have…
New research at Lousiana State University points to a bacterial connection to chronic wasting disease.
Cell phones and 911 service have, no doubt, saved countless lives since they were invented. But they don’t take the place of personal responsibility and common sense. It often seems that as we rely more on technology, it’s at the expense of responsibility and common sense.
As a trapper, you never know what might lie around the bend.
A sharp knife is a valuable tool, but what’s the secret to keeping your blade sharp?
I was once told by a person who ran a “roto-rooter” type business that a septic tank at a private home would never clog up or wear out if the homeowner treated it right. Of course, he was in the business either because he was wrong or because homeowners were being abusive to their private sewage systems. Millions of homes…
This isn’t a blog about how expensive fishing, camping, hiking or participating in other traditional outdoor recreation has become. Compared to most recreational pursuits, it’s affordable. No wonder it’s so popular and its popularity is why it’s become “big recreation” in the same sense as big oil, big pharma or other big businesses. It’s easy to recognize most business categories…
Using drone boats instead of research vessels could have a huge impact on cost effectiveness of Great Lakes fishery research.
They’ve changed their tactics from legislative to legal challenges.
Participation in fishing across the country was up by nearly 2 million people last year, according to survey.
Zebra mussels, like these, and quagga mussels are two of the most disruptive invasive species in our waters. (Photo by Mike Schoonveld)I recently wrote and reported on the giveaway of Michigan tax dollars to scientists, deep-thinkers and/or used car salesmen who could envision the best method of keeping those pesky Asian carp (now endemic in much of the Mississippi River…
If you have ever aspired to build your own boat, the Great Lakes Boat Building School may be just what you are looking for.