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April in the D

  Walleye Fishing in the Detroit River That magical time of year is upon us once again.  The time of year that used to be synonymous with extended Red Wing and Piston [...]
  • Wild Turkey by In The Wild With Wags
    With over 30,000 bearded turkeys harvested every season since the millennium, Michigan is one of the top states in the country to bring home a wild bird successfully. However, to pull it off, you need to be in touch with your pattern.   The general license season for wild turkey in Michigan starts April 20 and leftover limited-quota licenses go up for grabs this Monday Mar. 16. With that, we are a little over a month away from your shot at a gobbler. Now is the time to make sure you know [...]
  •   Deeper Smart Sonar Pro+ shown with optional smartphone mount and optional translucent orange cover for night time fishing. Ice fishing without sonar is almost like shooting in the dark.  I have used a Vexilar sonar unit for over 10 years.  I can hardly think of fishing blindly through the ice, as even when the fish aren't biting, at least you can see them on sonar.  Recently smaller and more portable sonar units have come out that make use of your phone's display for the [...]
  • Ice fishing season is finally here.  First ice is a great time to get after the bluegills. Bluegills won't necessarily hang out by structure under the ice like they do in the summer. Many times they will be found suspended over the deeper parts of a lake in the winter. Marine electronics is a great way not only to locate the fish,  but also to see what depth they are suspended and target them. Start by fishing 6-12" above the fish and moving down through the pod that you have located. Vary [...]
  • Jeff has been a frequent poster here in our habitat forums for many years. He is also an expert at scouting, targeting, and harvesting mature bucks and does so almost every year. This year's target was a buck named "Diego".  After having to pass on Diego earlier in the season, Jeff picks his spot to go after him on a "high percentage sit" during a cold front. After a long search, the story ends on a high note [...]
  • This story comes to us courtesy of Just Hunt at   Each year, the second weekend in October, I hang White Pine branches in three strategic locations on my property. You guessed it… locations based on wind direction. These locations are on a prime travel corridor in riparian habitat which forms a natural pinch point between two somewhat parallel ridges. Generally by Halloween, these pine licking branches have become tremendous deer magnets as well as community scraping [...]
  • With the regular archery season opener landing on a Saturday, and decent weather predicted, Michigan archers will have a great opportunity to hit the woods.  Please read the 2016 Michigan hunting guide for rule changes. There are several new advisories for those hunting in the CWD area in central lower [...]