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Baby, it’s warm outside

Whether you believe humans are contributing to whatever it is that is causing our climate to change, it is indeed changing. Here it is early January and the chances of me cutting my grass one more time seem to be better than having to shovel my driveway anytime soon. Ice anglers started to get out on schedule in the Upper…

Ride my train

It’s called a train of thought when one thought or idea leads to another and another. You start thinking about orange juice and end up thinking about book shelves. What’s up with that? Let me share a thought train I had recently, which started with invasive species in the Great Lakes then veered off on a track of it’s own….

Lake Michigan’s other fish

I’m often asked by newcomers to Great Lakes fishing if fish other than salmon or trout are ever caught. Though I’m tempted to say things like “why would you want to,” I bite my tongue and tell them the truth. There aren’t many occasions when anything else besides salmon or trout are caught.But it happens. (Perhaps it happens more on…

Cougars are here; will they stay?

The recent images of a cougar recorded on trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula have been interesting. The animal has been doing a lot of traveling in Michigan and is thought to have come all the way from South Dakota. The DNR says additional images of the cat, which is wearing a radio collar, were recorded in Wisconsin. South Dakota…

Sault Tribe can’t fit moose in its game bag

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians just announced this month that its Inland Conservation Committee voted to oppose Michigan’s proposed moose hunt. The tribe’s new chairman, Joe Eitrem, was quoted in the news this week saying, “The Sault Tribe is not in agreement with the state of Michigan concerning the appropriateness of a moose hunt.” The tribe’s action…

Adrift off Ludington

When the wind is blowing and the waves are rolling, it’s not a time to worry about money. Especially if your motor has just revved up and your propeller has stopped turning. Especially if you are 6 miles offshore of Ludington and the forecast is for the 3-foot waves to become 4-, 5- or 6-footers as the morning progresses. Worry…

King rules

This is the time of the year most Great Lakes fishermen anticipate the most. The time of year when mature king salmon, also called chinook salmon, make their way back to the streams they left as tiny fingerlings three-and-a-half years ago. They are back as the biggest, meanest, toughest-to-catch fish that swim in the Great Lakes.Many articles have been written…

The NRC made me a criminal

I don’t want to belabor the Natural Resources Commission’s latest decision on the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan, but I have to say that reading follow-up articles on the subject and listening to other hunters talk about it has been interesting, to say the least.One of the arguments used by both NRC members and hunters in their…

Summer weather gets Sirius

“It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high….” Those words are from one of my favorite oldies tunes and these hazy humid days, quiet mornings and glass-calm waters covered by cottonwood fluff make me recall it every day.But when I clicked on my computer to check my usual weather sites before heading…

Up the Coast

One of the benefits of living toward the south end of Lake Michigan is how our fishing gets started earlier in the year than “up the coast.” Okay, maybe when our fishing peps up we catch 2-pound cohos and when the northern ports start popping, they do it with double-digit kings. In my book, a 2-pounder now, is better than…

What’s happening with Michigan’s HAP

Michigan hunters – especially those who live in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula – should weigh in during the comment period for the Department of Natural Resources’ Hunting Access Program (HAP) before the June 8 deadline. The DNR is seeking to increase the program from its current 8,000 acres.The program was created to increase hunting opportunities, particularly in…

Louisiana Closes Two Oyster Harvest Areas, Allows Some Oyster Relocation

Precautionary closures protect human health; relocation of oysters helps prevent further damage to commercial industry Louisiana officials announced precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas on May 13 that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River. Officials also announced that oysters in some areas east of the…

Coho crazy

Back in the late 1960s, Michigan stocked the first salmon in Lake Michigan as an experiment. The experiment was a bright success. Those initial coho salmon were followed by brown trout, king salmon, steelhead and Atlantics. Those programs proved successful, as well.But cohos started it all and for many Michiganders, cohos remain their favorite.Sure, the kings are bigger, the browns…

Hooray for me; the heck with you

I’ve been disappointed reading many of the comments left by hunters in response to articles published in statewide news media about the meetings on the Lower Peninsula deer baiting ban. So many of those commenting seem to have no concern for anyone else but themselves.Hunting seems to be like everything else these days – infected with the prevalent “hooray for…

Why are we raising wild pigs?

While just about every other state that is home to feral hogs is looking for ways to get rid of them and spending millions in the effort, Michigan, it seems, is looking for ways to increase its pig population. The “sport swine industry” is working with the state legislature on regulations that will stop a Department of Natural Resources order…

Great Lakes ‘Eddies’

Those of you enamored of all things Great Lakes might want to check out the online magazine called Eddies, a quarterly publication of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation: www. fws.gov/eddies. The current issue is dedicated to Great Lakes fisheries conservation. Articles include past and present information about lampreys in the lakes, how…

Hunters gaining ground in SE Michigan

With hunters and snowmobilers fighting to maintain their right to use the Huron-Manistee National Forest, and hunting property being nibbled away here and there around the state, it is quite nice to see what’s happening in southeast Michigan’s Washington Township right now. In February, the township board, on the advice of a committee formed a year ago, voted unanimously to…

Poached wolf doesn’t sit well on my plate

I heard a news report on the radio the other day that said a poached wolf had been found in Chippewa County. It struck me as curious because I’d never tried poached wolf – I’ve always had mine roasted. I’m just kidding, of course, and while I merely rolled my eyes at the strange wording in the news report, I…

Singing Silently about Belize

It must have been a warm day just before the first lake-effect snows turned the world white for the winter. It must have been during the time my wife lit the fireplace for atmosphere rather than extra heat.That’s when the invitation must have been given to me to come to Marquette and Munising for a week of “silent sports.”Perhaps it…

Share the forest with hunters, snowmobilers

Have you ever noticed that when certain interest groups whine about the use of public forests, it’s always the hunters who are shoved to the side?Think about it – when was the last time you were at a meeting about forest improvement or discussing trails in a group when you heard a hunter stand up and say, “I think this…

Back in the game

I remember when I got my first Penn 9M reels decades ago.  They were “hand-me-downs” from an elderly friend who grew too old to captain his own boat and became one of my regular fishing partners. I was excited, because they were the first “real” reels on my boat. With them, I could hook onto any fish in Lake Michigan…

Hands off Natural Resources Trust Fund

With all the problems facing our state right now, you have to wonder about a guy who would waste our time with an idea like that being proposed by State Rep. David Agema. Agema (R-Grandville) is seeking to divert 80 percent of the cash generated by the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund. He has proposed three bills that would put…

Stand up for your right to hunt

Gun hunting and snowmobiling could be outlawed on over 66,000 acres of the Huron-Manistee National Forest if the regional forester in charge of managing those public resources decides that’s the best management strategy for the area.  The H-MNF is presently undergoing a court-mandated review of the Huron-Manistee Land and Resource Management Plan.The Forest Service approved the plan in 2006, but…

Let’s go on a moose hunt

By the time you read this, Governor Jennifer Granholm may have already signed a law to allow the state Natural Resources Commission to establish Michigan’s first moose hunt. The governor has signaled her intent to sign a bill put before her as one of her last items of business as she leaves office, but you never know. For the good…

Missing my treasures

I walked into the barn room and was taken back by the stark emptiness This is the room where I finish the furs I take from my trap line.  At the beginning of the season there are just a few pelts, but more are added each day.  Soon, the room seems crowded with the dried skins of coyotes, raccoons, muskrats…