Interview: Jada Johnson of Big Boys TV

By Drew YoungeDyke In early October, I got the chance to sit down with Jada Johnson, who co-hosts Big Boys TV on the Sportsman Channel with her dad Kevin Johnson, at their studio just outside Gaylord, Michigan. Even more impressive than that, though, is the time she...
Trapping for Christmas

Trapping for Christmas

by Jacob VanHouten Christmas is a time for keeping many traditions alive.  One of my family traditions, passed down from grandfather, to father, to sons, was running a trap line to earn “Christmas money”.   In the “early days”, it was one of the few ways a young boy...

Why I Became a Coyote Hunter

By Rob Harrell It’s early February in Southern Michigan and instead of lying in my warm cozy bed, I find myself sitting on the edge of a frozen soybean field as the sun rises into view.  Snow blankets the tundra and the remains of soybean stalks poke through the...
An Open Camp for Conservation

An Open Camp for Conservation

When hunters and non-hunters unite, we can accomplish great things for conservation. (This column originally appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of Michigan Out-of-Doors as “The Wild Life.” Join Michigan United Conservation Clubs to subscribe at...
Steven Rinella, The Meateater from Michigan

Steven Rinella, The Meateater from Michigan

I first heard of Steven Rinella after catching his 2011 Travel Channel show The Wild Within. It changed how I viewed hunting and I became an immediate fan, watching him go on adventurous hunts and bringing the meat back home to his family. After that season, he moved...