Pretty Gun

Pretty Gun

By Joe Schwenke “I could never take this gun out hunting; it’s just too pretty.” I fail to hold back the chuckle of laughter this line causes in me every time I hear it. Usually, the firearm in question is a fine-quality shotgun built to handle well...
You can’t eat the antlers (but you can eat the hole)

You can’t eat the antlers (but you can eat the hole)

By Andy Duffy I studied the deer through the scope of my rifle. The buck was big; I had no doubt. As he slowly meandered toward the brush, I centered my crosshairs on his vitals. I would have time to either squeeze off a shot or take another bite of my doughnut. I put...
Ladies, Guns and Roosters

Ladies, Guns and Roosters

By Heather Shaw March is a trying time for lovers of the outdoors in Michigan: winter is on its way out the door and spring tugs away at our need for sunshine and greenery. This year, I had a chance to welcome March with a new opportunity, as my Llewellin setter pup...
Hunting Michigan’s Wild Weather

Hunting Michigan’s Wild Weather

By Jason Herbert Climate change? Cyclical weather patterns? Global warming? The natural progression of things? Call it what you want, but the reality is that any deer hunter knows the weather we’ve been gifted these last few seasons has presented some unique...
The Moments We Don’t Forget

The Moments We Don’t Forget

By Nick Green We couldn’t quite find where the doodles wanted to be. The tight aspen stand that had been holding the birds was desolate except for one grouse that we missed, of course. My German shorthaired pointer, Summit, worked the cover as enthusiastically and...
Why We Hunt With Dogs

Why We Hunt With Dogs

By Andy Duffy I know precisely when I became a hunter who uses dogs. I was just a kid, eight or 10, maybe. We had a neighbor who owned a brace of beagles. He invited my brothers and me along one summer evening while he took them out for a run. He ran the dogs on my...