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Electric Hunting Bikes

Some of you may remember an article I wrote in the early 2000’s about utilizing mountain bikes as a tool for hunting.  While the bikes were a great tool for [...]
  •   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first cougar site in the lower peninsula in recent history.  While there have been many rumored and off the record unofficial sightings, this picture taken by a Haslett man in the early hours of June 21 was confirmed today to be the real thing. If bears or wolves don’t make the hair stand up on your back during an early morning trek to a tree stand.  This certainly [...]
  •   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 playoff runs and the opening of the Tigers season still has immense meaning to the anglers in southeast Michigan.  It’s the time of year that we don’t mind waking up well before the sun shows itself, it’s the time of year that we don’t mind braving the chill of an early spring morning even if it’s going to be that [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]