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.
After a few days on the stand, writer always feels as if he’s closing in on venison, and that if he could just sit one more day, he’d be able to connect. That hope will have to hold him until next year.
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…
Now is best the time for bowhunters to get into the woods and have a close encounter with the buck of their dreams.
Swans, grebes, shorebirds and others help hunters pass the time in a duck blind.
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…
The rash from poison ivy usually appears within 24 to 72 hours of exposure.Seated in the waiting room at the local urgent care center isn’t where I’d planned to be, yet there I was, waiting patiently and scratching wildly at my throat, upper chest, and a couple spots on my arm. I’m part of the 85 percent of Americans who…
Although teal action was slow, Canada geese provided a great start to the early waterfowl hunting seasons.
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.
While paddling the other day, author got to thinking about spearing fish and whether an SUP would make a good platform for spearing, too.
A recent charter fishing trip on Lake Michigan starts with a bang and ends with tasty coho, chinook salmon, lake trout and steelhead.
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…
The popularity of bicycles to get into the backcountry growing with hunters and fishers.
If you have ever aspired to build your own boat, the Great Lakes Boat Building School may be just what you are looking for.
If you use the best wood available, you’ll get the best campfire. (Photo by Bill Parker) I don’t think there is any kind of wood from any kind of tree that won’t burn. Want a campfire? Burn wood – use any kind of wood, it will burn. Some wood will burn fast, some slow, some will make great coals, some…
I whined about cabin fever a couple months ago, and I’m sorry to say that my outdoor drought continues – in most respects. In May, I wrote to say I hoped I’d soon be telling you about enjoying wild turkey on the grill or pulling fish into the boat. Well, as of the first day of summer, the boat has…
Multiple organizations have joined forces in an effort to bring the Arctic grayling back ti Michigan.
The walleye bite has been very good this year in the St. Clair River.
Crowded nests and fallen nestlings are normal in nature. (Photo by Mike Schoonveld)I don’t remember why George and I were playing together that long-ago spring day. He was a couple years older than I and not particularly enamored of fishing and outdoor pursuits like me. We were near his house, where an overgrown lilac bush was located at the back…
Hunters enjoy a textbook turkey hunt on a foggy Michigan morning.
Even in Iowa, which has a larger ethanol production infrastructure than any other state, consumers are growing weary of ethanol mandates.
The author hopes these gobblers will be ready and waiting when his season opens on May 1. (Photo by Tom Pink)I’ve had cabin fever after a long winter before, but nothing has compared to this year, and it has nothing to do with how long the winter has been here in the north country. Make no mistake, winter has held…