How to Get Lost Tracking Bears at Night

By Richard P. Smith Richard P. Smith, author of Black Bear Hunting, Understanding Michigan Black Bear, and Animal Tracks and Signs of North America, among others, offers a story of what not to do to avoid getting lost in the black bear woods at night.  There’s a world...
Throwback: Michigan Out-of-Doors Interview with Fred Bear

Throwback: Michigan Out-of-Doors Interview with Fred Bear

In January 1979, we published a conversation between two Michigan outdoor legends, our then-editor Ken Lowe, who was inducted into the Michigan Conservation Hall of Fame in 1997, and the godfather of bowhunting, Fred Bear, who was inducted into the Michigan...

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...
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...