You are on page 1of 104

$4.

00

JULY 2015

Woods-N-Water News
Michigans Premier Outdoor Publication

2014

Booner
BUCKS

CHRONIC WASTING
DISEASE FOUND!

Sweet
Smallies
Improve Lake Productivity

Great Lakes Trifecta Project Appleseed Jig Pitching Beaver Pond Brookies
The M-1 Whitetail Rifle Embracing The Other Side Crankbaits Rule July
Staying Hooked More Food Plot Tips Trail Cam Photo of A Missed Opportunity!

www.woods-n-waternews.com Like us on facebook

Follow us on

SUMMERTIME FUN
AT CHAPMAN'S SPORTS!
CHECK OUT THESE IN STOCK BOATS!
2015 Lund

2015 Lund

Dual side stepped rod storage, aerated livewell, a large bow casting
deck and either a tiller or side console option provide the ultimate
convenience in a small fishing boat. Add affordability and youve
got one ferocious boat. This boat is powered by a 25 H.P. Mercury
four stroke motor, electric start with power trim and tilt. We have
added the following popular options to this boat, spare tire, trailer
load guides, windshield, horn and bow trolling motor harness.

Minn Kota 55lbs. thrust


trolling motor and Lowrance
fishfinder as standard equipment.
60 h.p. Mercury four stroke motor,
with power trim and tilt.

The boat is powered by a 90 H.P. Mercury four stroke motor, with power trim and tilt. The
boat is black and silver with gray interior. The floor is vinyl for easy clean up. The Pro guide
has tons of storage for all your tackle and locking center rod storage for ( 5 ) 7' 6" rods
and ( 5 ) 7' rods, side locking rod storage for ( 3 ) 9' and ( 2 ) 8' 6" rods. The rear livewell is
recirculating and is 42" long with a 19 gallon capacity. The bow livewell is 27" long and has a
12 gallon capacity. Big tiller handle with RPM adjuster, air ride seat pedestals, bow trolling
motor plug, bow cargo nets, drivers seat slider, travel cover, spare tire and trailer load guides.

Front 10gal. 22" livewell, rear 18gal. 37" aerated livewell, deep 27" cockpit depth, auto and
manual bilge pumps, center locking rod storage
for 7' 6" and 8" rods, port and starboard locking rod storage for 8' rods, IPS2 hull, double
plated hull, lighted livewells and rod locker,
fold down cleats, am/fm/Bluetooth Infinity stereo with usb port, tilt steering, 150 Merc 4 st

2015 Lund

2015 Lund

2015 Lund

2015 Lund

Pro ride seats, Air ride pedestals, addition seat, drivers seat slider, snap down
travel cover, Sport top, Infinity stereo with
USB port, 9.9 Pro Kicker with controls at
the drivers seat, plastic easy load trailer
bunks, spare tire, trailer load guides

Sun top, snap down travel


cover, air ride pedestals, ski pole,
bow cushions, additional seat, spare tire,
hydraulic steering, trailer and load guides.
The boat is powered by a 150 h.p.
Mercury four stroke.

Custom trailer with spare tire,


Mercury 9.9 Pro Kicker with controls
at the helm, cockpit cover, sun top,
walkway curtain, port and starboard
pilot chairs and stainless steel prop.

Mercury 9.9 Pro Kicker with controls at


the drivers seat, helm seat slider, hydraulic
steering, bow cargo nets, under console
storage drawers, 3 step boarding ladder,
snap down travel cover, Sport top, custom
bunk trailer and to make this new Pro V
one of a kind, special walleye graphics.

2015 Bennington

2014 Bennington

2015 Bennington

2014 Bennington

FURY 1600 SS

1650 REBEL XL SS 1875 PRO GUIDE

1800 SPORT ANGLER 1875 CROSSOVER XS 2075 TYEE MAGNUM

2550 GBR

Standard features and these added options: Aqua Teak


aft vinyl floor, deluxe helm, Sea Star hydraulic steering, deluxe reclining helm chair, 78" galley, curved and
lighted bimini top, lighted cup holders, docking lights
in stainless steel housing, ski pylon and shark hide
tube protection. We can power this pontoon with
the Yamaha motor of your choice, up to, 150 H.P.

2274 GL

Chrome logos, R series captains chair,


Garmin depth/ fish finder, Sony stereo M6
upgrade with USB port and curved bimini
top. We can install the Yamaha motor of
your choice, up to 150 horsepower.

2015 Lund

1900 TYEE

1875 PROV IFS

22 SFX

2375 GCW

This pontoon has such standard features as, 25" diameter


tubes, stainless steel cleats, deep step stern boarding ladder,
10' quick release bimini top, mooring cover, underdeck spray
deflectors, blue tooth stereo system, hour meter, 4 ultimate
speakers, stern fishing station with livewell and four fishing
seats, to name just a few. We have added the following popular
OPTIONS to this boat, designer aft vinyl, portable cup holder,
Garmin fish/depth, docking lights/Java upgrade, privacy curtain, teak table upgrade and Shark hide tube protectant.

Seagrass aft flooring, Seastar hydraulic steering, R series


reclining chairs, stern lounge upgrade, 4 step aluminum boarding
ladder, Bluetooth Sony M6 stereo w/USB port, curved bimini top,
stainless steel docking lights housings, heavy duty rub rail and
Sharkhide tube protectant . This boat has 25" dia. tubes.
We can add the Yamaha motor of your choice to this boat.

SALES: 810-653-0490
5605 Davison Rd., 4 miles east
of Downtown Davison

Open 6 Days: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm;


Saturday 9am-2pm

www.chapmanssports.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

2015 Lund

By Tom Campbell ... Field Notes

Diseases hit home

nfortunately it seems the outdoor community is being blitzed by diseases. We saw


EHD kill deer, the states first confirmed
cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)
H5N2 in the state. The disease was found in freeranging Canada geese in Macomb County. Avian
influenza is a virus that can infect both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese. Canine influenza, or dog flu,
a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs,
has been found in three dogs here in Michigan.
Now...CWD has been found in Michigan.
This is the first case of chronic wasting
disease to be confirmed in a free-ranging Michigan white-tailed deer, said DNR Director Keith
Creagh. While it is a disappointing day for
Michigan, the good news is that we are armed
with a thoughtfully crafted response plan, Creagh
said. We are working with other wildlife experts
at the local, regional, state and federal level, using
every available resource, to determine the extent of
this disease, respond appropriately to limit further
transmission, and ultimately eradicate the disease
in Michigan if possible.
According to the DNR, The confirmed positive finding triggers several actions in the states
surveillance and response plan for chronic wasting
disease. The plan was developed in 2002 through
cooperation between the DNR and MDARD, and
was updated in 2012. Actions the DNR will take
include:
1) Completing a population survey in the area
where the CWD-positive deer was found.
2) Establishing a Core CWD Area consisting of
Alaiedon, Delhi, Lansing, Meridian, Wheatfield
and Williamstown townships in Ingham County;
Bath and DeWitt townships in Clinton County; and
Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County. Unlimited antlerless deer hunting licenses will be available. Mandatory checking of deer will be required
in this area during hunting seasons and restrictions
will apply to the movement of carcasses and parts
of deer taken in this area.
3) Creating a CWD Management Zone, which

SEASONS

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Now-Dec. 31-Michigan Pure Hunt Application period


Now-March 15, 2016-L.P. inland waters muskie,
pike, walleye season.
Now-March 15, 2016-U.P. inland waters, Great Lakes
and St. Marys River muskie, pike, walleye season.
Now-Dec. 31--Bass catch-and-keep on all waters,
including Great Lakes (except Lake St. Clair, St. Clair
and Detroit Rivers)
June 13-14--Michigan Free Fishing Weekend
June 20-Dec. 31Bass catch-and-keep on Lake St.
Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers
July 1 Aug. 1--Fall Wild Turkey application period
July 15 Aug. 15--Antlerless Deer application period
June 27 Summer Run Steelhead Clinic Saturday, at
Tippy Dam Recreation Area in Brethren 10 a.m.
(www.michigan.gov/huntfishcenter)

MJC
ARCHERY

MJC
ARCHERY

MACOMB

OAKLAND

19744 15 Mile Rd
Clinton Twp. 48035

3001 Rochester Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48073

586-791-4600

248-589-2480

will include Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee


counties.
4) Implementing a deer and elk feeding and baiting ban, which will include the Core CWD Area
and the larger three-county CWD Management
Zone.
5) Prohibiting the possession or salvage of deer
killed by collision with a motor vehicle within the
Core CWD Area. Also, residents are asked to call
in the locations of road-killed deer within this area
so DNR staff can pick up for testing. Research
shows CWD-infected deer are more likely to be hit
by vehicles because of their illness.
For a complete understanding of CWD see
Lydia Lohrer-Beviers story on page 10 of this
issue!
Changing the topic completely; now that
spring turkey hunting season is finished, the DNR
reminds all turkey hunters of the online harvest
reporting option. Turkey hunters are encouraged to
report their hunting activity by visiting
https://secure1.state.mi.us/wildsurvey/.n

Larry Piotrowski shared these wonderful Oakland


Co. photos of a 45 minute old fawn. He missed the
delivery by five minutes and commented, What an
amazing morning to witness the fawn taking its first
steps, its first kiss from mom and its first nursing.

New scientific panel to examine effects of


commercial net-pen aquaculture on the Great Lakes
State natural resource, agriculture and environment leaders announced the appointment of a
scientific advisory panel to evaluate proposals to
allow commercial net-pen aquaculture in Michigans Great Lakes waters.
Net-pen aquaculture is named for the offshore
floating enclosures (usually located off coastlines)
capable of raising large numbers of fish. These
operations take small fish from a hatchery and
raise them to a harvestable size for the consumer
food market.
Currently, the only commercial aquaculture
net pens in the Great Lakes are located in the
Ontario waters of Lake Huron in the North
Channel and in Georgian Bay. The state departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development
are working jointly to review the concept
and make a policy recommendation to Gov.
Rick Snyder. In addition to the work of this
scientific advisory panel, the state will analyze
the economic and legal implications of netpen aquaculture in Michigan to provide a
comprehensive review.
The proposal to allow this activity in Michigan waters raises many questions about protecting the Great Lakes ecology and our fisheries,
said DEQ Director Dan Wyant. We take seriously our charge to protect Michigans natural
resources. These panelists were selected on the
basis of their expertise in many key areas, and
we look forward to their help considering some
critical issues.
Panelists include:
Dr. Eric Anderson, NOAA, Great Lakes
Ecological Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. John Dettmers, Great Lakes Fishery
Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Jim Diana, Michigan Sea Grant director
and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Keith McCormack, P.E., vice president,
Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Detroit.
Dr. James Morris, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Coastal
Aquaculture Planning & Environmental Sustain-

ability, Beaufort, North Carolina.


Dr. David Scarfe, OVA-CAP Veterinary &
Consulting Services / Aquatic Veterinary Associates, Bartlett, Illinois.
Dr. Roy Stein, professor emeritus, The Ohio
State University, Columbus, Ohio. (chair)
Dr. Craig Stow, NOAA, Great Lakes Ecological Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The volunteer panelists have agreed to objectively
assess the scientific information surrounding the
issue of commercial aquaculture net pens in the
Great Lakes. Dr. Stein will serve as chair of the
panel, which expects to deliver a findings report
in October 2015 to the DNR, DEQ and MDARD
directors.
The panel will work independently and seek
information and input from other scientists as
needed.
Its important that Michigan looks at the
issue of commercial net pens with a critical,
deliberate eye, given the wide range of issues
and interests affected, said DNR Director Keith
Creagh. We want to have a firm understanding about the impact of aquaculture net pens
on water quality, health of fish populations, and
the Great Lakes ecosystem things that greatly
influence quality of life for residents in the Great
Lakes region.
MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams described aquaculture as an important industry
in Michigan, but agreed its one to be thoughtfully studied and evaluated.
While closed or recirculating systems or
flow-through facilities are well supported, this
new approach to raising fish in the U.S. waters of
the Great Lakes will need to be carefully considered.
In late June, there will be an opportunity for
the public to provide input to the panel regarding commercial net-pen aquaculture issues
and information. The three agencies will host a
stakeholder workshop this fall for the purposes of
reviewing the information and providing comment and input toward the development of any
future policies to govern this activity in the Great
Lakes.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

It's Salmon-Fest Time


Betty Sodders
page 74

DNR fisheries research


vessels are out on the water
page 69

Slamming St. Clair


SMALLIES
Mark Sak page 77

MUCC urges hunter


cooperation with
Chronic Wasting Disease
page 73

The multiple
personalities of the
Northern Pike
Robert Dock Stupp page 78
Beaver Pond Brookies
Patrick Bevier page 81
Jig Pitching
Mark Romanack page 86

PERSPECTIVE
Project Appleseed
Rifle Marksmanship and
Early American
Heritage
Jennifer Brozek page 18

GREAT LAKES
TRIFECTA
COVER STORY
Bow Booners 2014
Richard P. Smith page 8
Beating the odds for
a spring gobbler
Joe Rovison DNR page 47
Trail camera photo tells of
a missed opportunity
Richard P. Smith page 60
Corn based food plots for
bow and firearm hunting
Ed Spinazzola page 88

FISHING
COVER STORY
Sweet Smallies
Kenny Darwin page 12
Master Angler Program
MDNR page 14
Crankbaits rule in July
Buck Mallory page 16

Fishing is more than fish:


Roger Beukema page 64

Advance bottom
bouncer tactics
Michael Veine page 32

ORV operation
in Michigan
Jeff Pendergraff page 71

NEXT BITE...
Shivering summer walleyes
Gary Parsons/Keith Kavajecz
page 40

FEATURES

Staying Hooked
Mark Romanack page 50

Fake and Fast


when the heat is on
Mark Martin page 55
Sight Fishing
George Rowe page 56
The perpetual motion fly...
Joe's Hi Tail Bugger
Joe Delaney page 62
$4.00

N-Water News

Michigans Premier Outdoor Publication

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Saginaw Bay Walleye


Dave Mull page 20

COVER PHOTO
Booner Bucks...page 8
Sweet Smallies
Kenny Darwin...page 12
Chronic Wasting Disease
MDNR photo...page 10
Improve Lake Productivity
Bill Ziegler...page 22

2014

Booner
BUCKS

OUTDOOR NEWS
CWD in Michigan!
Lydia Lohrer
page 10

CHRONIC WASTING
DISEASE FOUND!

Sweet
Smallies

Sharing life for nearly


four decades
Randy Jorgensen page 24
Kids, sportsmen help
DNR improve habitat
page 26
"How much wood can a
woodchuck chuck..."
Tom Lounsbury page 30
Cumberland Gap
Darryl Quidort page 42
Blister-Busting Basics!
Jonathon Schechter page 44
Boat Smart...
Alternative Power Choices
Capt. Fred Davis page 66

SHOOTING
GUN CHAT...
Shirtsleeve Shotgun
Lee Arten page 46
The M1A as
a whitetail rifle
David Pierce page 48

OPINIONS
Michigan Meanders...
Embracing the other side
Tom Huggler
page 70

Great
Lakes
muskie
rearing
program

Losing the Grip


Tom Carney page 36

COVER STORY
Thinning Sucker
Populations
Bill Ziegler page 22

JULY 2015

Sporting Collectibles...
Made in Michigan
Outboard Motors
Terry McBurney
page 82

Guest Column:
The Camps of the Ottawa
Ed Zeidler Jr. page 28

Mike Gnatkowski ...page 52


HUNTING

Trail Cam Photos


page 80

Black Powder
Shooting Sports...
The best thing in the world
Dennis Neely page 58

...page 68
Angler input sought
on UP brook trout
page 34

Guest Column
Life jackets save lives!
Tim Muir/Shawn Elliot
page 72

Wildlife Habitat
grants available
from DNR
page 57

Dear Fish Diary...


How close are we to Robo
Fish Cop? I 'drone' know!
Ron St. Germain page 72

DEPARTMENTS . . .
Trophy Page. . . . . . . . 76 Classifieds . . . . . . 90-91
Letters-Op-Ed . . . . . 70-73 Real Estate . . . . . . 92-101

Improve Lake Productivity

Great Lakes Trifecta Project Appleseed Jig Pitching Beaver Pond Brookies
The M-1 Whitetail Rifle Embracing The Other Side Crankbaits Rule July
Staying Hooked More Food Plot Tips Trail Cam Photo of A Missed Opportunity!

www.woods-n-waternews.com Like us on facebook

Follow us on

www.facebook.com/woodsnwaternews

WOODS-N-WATER NEWS PRESENTS...

29th Annual

OUTDOOR
WEEKEND
September 11-13
Friday 5-9 pm
Saturday 9 am-7 pm
Sunday 9 am-5 pm

$8 Admission
kids 12 and under free
and free parking

O
g
n
i
t
a
r
b
C el e

!
e
g
a
t
i
r
e
H
r
o
o
d
t
u
ur O

Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds - Imlay City

OutdoorWeekend.net

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Over 200 Outdoor Vendors Hunting Seminars


Puppies Gun Auction Wild Animals Much More

Archers Take Biggest Bucks...

or many years, the majority of the bucks with the


largest antlers that were
bagged by hunters in
Michigan were killed with
firearms; either centerfire
rifles and shotguns or
muzzleloaders. More recently, bowhunters have taken their share of big
antlered bucks. It makes sense.
Bowhunters have always had a
longer season than gun hunters and
mature whitetails have always been
more vulnerable to hunters
during the days leading up to
November 15, but what has
tipped the odds in the favor
of todays bowhunters of
bagging bragging size bucks
is they are more knowledgeable than ever before and
have better equipment than
ever before. The
improvement in
equipment applies
to bowhunters using
vertical bows as well as crossbows.
Equipment alone isnt enough to
make hunters more effective, but that
combined with knowledge and experience is.
Thats why, for the first time in
Michigans deer hunting history, all
of the top end bucks bagged during
2014 seasons were tagged by bowhunters, according to Commemorative
Bucks of Michigan (CBM). By top
end bucks I mean those that qualify
for entry in all time national records
maintained by the Boone & Crockett
Club. Typical-antlered bucks must net
a minimum of 170 and nontypicals
195 to meet that criteria.
Four bucks that fall into that category, three typicals and one nontypical, were entered in state records from
last fall. Chris Evenhouse from Three
Rivers collected the states highest
scoring buck of 2014 in St. Joseph
County, an 18-point nontypical that
nets 196 2/8. Scott Hunter arrowed
the highest scoring typical in Branch
County, an 11-pointer that nets 172.
Two more typicals were collected during archery season by Jacob

Rizkaliah from Wayne and Garrett


Shembarger from Niles. Jacob got a
12-pointer in Washtenaw County that
netted 170 6/8 and Garrett nailed another 11-point in Berrien County that
scored 170 1/8.
It was the evening of October
21 when Evenhouse got his monster
nontypical. He and hunting partner
Paul Kruger had plenty of trail camera
photos of the buck, enabling them
to figure out where the whitetail was
spending most of its time. The deer
was living in a 35-acre tract
of woods surrounded by large
crop fields in all directions.
They first tried to ambush
the buck on October 6, but
ended up spooking the animal, so decided to give the
area a break until the 21st.
Chris tree stand was on the
edge of a thick bedding area and Paul
was posted about
200 yards away.
Due to the presence of crunchy leaves,
Chris sneaked into his stand as quietly
as possible.
Evenhouse had only been in his
stand for about 10 minutes when he
saw the buck they were after stand up
from where he was bedded in thick
grass. When the whitetail moved out,
Chris originally thought the deer was
headed toward Paul, but then he saw it
coming toward him.
When he was 20 yards from me,
he passed behind a tree and I drew
my bow, anticipating him stepping
into my shooting lane, Evenhouse
explained. Instead, he stopped one
step short of giving me the perfect
shot and remained there. He stood
there and just stared motionless for at
least a minute while I held my bow at
full draw.
I could barely keep my bow held
back for that long and thought I was
going to have to let down. Finally, I
noticed there was a small opening to
his vitals and decided to try and make
the shot. I released the arrow, but, to
my horror, the buck took two bounds
and stopped dead in his tracks. Thats

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Richard P. Smith

Chris Evenhouse of Three Rivers collected the states highest scoring buck of
2014 in St. Joseph Co. with an 18-point nontypical that nets 196 2/8.
when I realized I had shot right over
his back.
Fortunately, the buck didnt
know what happened and eventually turned back to go in the direction he was originally headed. Chris
got another arrow tipped with a G5
Montec Broadhead on the string of his
65-pound pull Mathews Creed Bow
and made that one count at a distance
of 30 yards. The buck was estimated
to be 5 years old and had a dressed
weight of about 210 pounds.
Last fall marked the second year
that Scott Hunter from Tecumseh was
trying for the 11-point Booner that
he finally got during the first week of
November. During 2013, the buck had
12 points, with one of them being a
4-inch drop tine. The whitetail failed
to grow a drop tine on his rack during
2014.
To make sure there would be
mature bucks on that property, we
didnt hunt it for four years, Hunter
said. Scott normally hunts with his
son.
Scott arrowed the buck from a tree
stand in a funnel between bedding
areas. He shot the buck had a distance
of 17 yards. It ran 30 yards and fell
over.
The buck had been doing a lot
of fighting, Scott said. The left side
of his head was scarred up and he was
blind in his left eye. The deer also had
a stab wound from an antler in the
armpit area of his right front leg. The

wound was four inches deep.


The deers dressed weight was
only 170 pounds, but it had an estimated age of 5 1/2. Scott shot the
whitetail with a 60-pound pull Bow
Tech Assassin Bow and 2-blade expandable G5 Broadhead.
It was 11:15 a.m. on November
13 when Jacob Rizkaliah connected
on his 12-pointer. The night before
the 13th, Jacob hung a stand in a different part of the property that had
not yet been hunted that turned the
tables in his favor. About 10:15 a.m.,
the bowhunter had a shot at a trophy
10-pointer that he passed up because
one of its tines was broken. The fact
that Jacob knew the bigger buck was
in the area contributed to his decision
to let the 10-pointer walk.
An hour later, the bigger buck
crossed a river while in pursuit of
a doe. With the use of a grunt call,
Rizkaliah lured the bruiser to within
25 yards for a shot with his 71-pound
pull Bow Tech Experience bow. A
fixed-blade 100-grain G5 broadhead
brought the buck down. Jacob said
the deer was aged at 3 years old. Its
dressed weight was 183 pounds and
its live weight would have exceeded
200 pounds.
The Booner that Garrett Shembarger nailed on the evening of October 30 was his first buck with bow and
arrow. Garretts sister had seen the
buck earlier in the day while bowhunting and she described the deer as

Two more typicals were collected during archery season by (lt) Jacob Rizkaliah from Wayne and (rt) Garrett Shembarger from Niles. Jacob got a 12-pointer in
Washtenaw County that netted 170 6/8 and Garrett nailed another 11-point in Berrien County that scored 170 1/8.
a horse due to its large size. The
trophy whitetail was chasing does
near the tree stand Shembarger occupied that evening. He eventually got a
37-yard shot at the deer with his Bow

Tech Assassin Bow, scoring a fatal hit


with a 2-blade Rage Broadhead.
Two reasons why gun hunters
most likely did not collect any Boone
& Crockett caliber bucks during

2014 is standing cornfields remained


over much of the state while firearms
season was underway and deep snows
in the northern UP prevented hunter
access to some areas where booners

were known to be in gun season. I


saw trail camera photos taken on November 16 of at least one UP Booner
from a stand that a hunter was not
able to get to.n

ALL UNDER ONE ROOF


69 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL & FRIENDLY SERVICE!

STOP IN
&SHOOT A
2015 BOW
TODAY!

STRYKER

141 W. Pearl Street,


Jackson, Michigan

517-782-8418

HOURS: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 9-8;


Wed. 9-6; Sat. 9-5

3 Indoor Archery Ranges


Over 700 Bows In Stock
Over 2000 Guns In Stock

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

OVER 500 BOWS OVER 500 CROSSBOWS

OVER 100 LEFT HAND


BOWS IN STOCK

UNDERSTANDING

CWD
By Lydia Lohrer

ecently the DNR announced the first case


of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a six
year-old free range doe in Ingham County.
CWD belongs to class of diseases called
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE).
All TSE are prion diseases, and prion diseases
are notable for turning brains into to swiss cheese.
Mad cow disease and something humans get called
Creutzfeld-Jakob syndrome are examples. They are all
deadly.
Prion disease isnt caused by a virus or bacteria.
No one knows exactly what causes these diseases, but
usually a build up of damaged proteins is found in the
brains of animals and humans with this disease.
TSEs are virtually indestructible. Forget radiation,
heat, and bleach. And by heat, I mean flames. No matter how much you burn your steak, if its infected with
mad cow, you arent safe.
In the wake of this somewhat dismal news, nearly
everyone has questions.

Can Humans Contract CWD?

The short answer is , No, probably not.


So far, theres no proof that a human has ever
contracted the disease from a deer. Even if they did,
it would be immensely difficult to prove. The disease takes years to incubate, and symptoms resemble
dementia.
The day after I discovered that we had CWD in
our deer herd, I mentioned it to my doctor. His wife
had died of the human version of the disease. He

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

The DNR is doing


an excremental
ton of work. They
are shooting and
hauling in deer in
the area for lab
tests. Its critical
to determine how
far the disease
has progressed.

10

transmission in nature, was the studys conclusion.


Again, it was directly injected into the cat brain, so
who can know.
A mountain lion was fed infected carcasses for
years and didnt contract it.
So far, no realistic evidence of cow-to-cervid
transmission or vice-versa has been found.

Which Areas Are Affected


What Is The DNR Doing About It?

The DNR has drawn a ten mile circle around the


area in Haslett Township, Ingham County, where the
deer was found. They have been testing deer within
that circle for several weeks as of the date this article,
and no others have come up. See a sidebar for the
regulations for affected areas.
If another deer is found, they will again draw a ten
mile perimeter and re-focus their efforts.
The DNR is doing an excremental ton of work.
They are shooting and hauling in deer in the area for
lab tests. Its critical to determine how far the disease
has progressed. Theyre fielding endless calls from
people concerned about the disease, and calls from
people who hate the thought of shooting deer at all, as
well.

When Was The Disease Discovered?

In Fort Collins, CO, around 1967, researchers


were studying TSE in sheep. According to one of
the biologists, Gene Schoonveld, the deer and sheep
were penned together from 1968 to 1971. About three
dozen deer died of what later would be identified as
classic CWD symptoms. Many of the penned deer
were released into the wild.
Since then it has spread to wild deer populations
in 19 states.

How Did It Get Here?

That is the great mystery.


It could have been transmitted animal-to-animal.
Theres a map on the DNR website that shows where
else CWD has been found in the country. Basically
if it were transmitted from animal to animal it would
show up as a chain of cases from Wisconsin, through
Chicago to Michigan. Since thats not the case, thats
the least likely scenario.
It could have arrived through infected deer urine
that a hunter used as an attractant. This scenario is
fairly unlikely, but is being investigated.
Nearly half the hobby farmers/petting zoos in
Michigan ten years ago are no longer in business.
A hobby deer farmer could also simply have quietly
claimed that there was a 21 year-old at U of M with
released their deer.
the disease who they thought had possibly gotten it
Finally, it could have arrived via a carcass or anifrom eating venison in a state where deer are contamimal parts. Non-hunters dont understand this explanated. Again, this would be virtually impossible to
nation. Hunters know people hunt out-of-state and
prove.
bring bodies, heads, whatever back all the time. Then
Encouragingly, states with high rates of CWD do
they dump it.
not seem to show any correlation between deer prion
Remember that little fact about prions being indedisease and human prion disease. Still, caution is sugstructible? Theres strong evidence that they basically
gested.
form a biofilm on plant roots and other areas where an
Can Other Animals Get CWD
infected animals may have left saliva, blood or feces.
According to studies, if you inject it directly into
So a dumped carcass could deteriorate but the
their brain, some animals can get it, including cats.
prions could remain for years, waiting for an unsusCWD can be transmitted and adapted to the domestic pecting deer to munch some undergrowth.
cat, thus raising the issue of potential cervid-to-feline
Local dumpsites have been tested, the soil tested

and so have all carcasses found in the area


Odds are we will never know, but it wont be for
lack of trying.
In the meantime, every forest trail, backyard and
flower bed that deer came in contact with is contaminated.

How Long Does It Incubate?

An infected fawn could spread the disease for


years before it showed symptoms.

What Are The Symptoms?

As mentioned, they may go years without symptoms. When they do show up, they vary. Deer can lose
their fear of humans and cars. This is the reason the
DNR is testing all the roadkill deer in the area where
the infection was located. Its a great place to start
looking. Deer may also stagger or appear starving.
They may excessively salivate.
If you see a deer with these symptoms in the tricounty area where the first deer was found, call the
Wildlife Disease Hotline 517-614-9602 immediately.

What Will This Do For The


Future Of Deer Hunting?

It may not affect your hunting immediately. It will


affect future generations of hunters. It will take 30-40
years, according to models.
The concept of QDMA may ultimately need to be
reconsidered, because older bucks are the deer most
likely to be highly contaminated.

Is There Nothing At
All That Destroys Prions?

Nature actually has a solution, and we are on our


way to discovering it. Perhaps. A 2012 study published in Pubmed claims, We have now tested more
than twenty lichen species from several geographical
locations and from various taxa and found that approximately half of these species degrade prions.

What Can I Do To Help?

Great question. First, dont panic. If you live in the


affected area, follow the rules to a T. No kidding,
skip no steps. Affected areas are required to turn the
heads in for testing, which will take a week. Only
licensed butchers are allowed to handle meat taken in
that area.
If you dont, consider using only deer urine
products made in Michigan from licensed facilities.
High-fence facilities in Michigan are highly regulated
tested tens of thousands of times by the DNR for
CWD. If there is CWD in their herd (which happened
once in 2008), they are the first to know and take action.
Conquest Products has taken the step of having
their products certified CWD and TB free.
Report deer that are acting strangely. Dont ever
bring an out-of-state deer or elk parts back to Michigan and dump them. And urge your representatives to
vote for extra funding for the DNR if they ask for it to
deal with this scourge.
Hunters will play a key role in how this affects our
state from taking out potentially infected deer and/
or reporting them to following guidelines to keep the
herd safe.n

THE #1
CROSSBOW
IN AMERICA

Lance Hanger

At Only

6.8 Lbs the ThunderHawk is the Most

Compact, Ultra Lightweight Crossbow Ever!

320 FPS
VISIT A MICHIGAN DEALER NEAR YOU TO CHECK OUT
PARKERS FULL LINE OF CROSSBOWS!

www.ParkerBows.com

GRAND VALLEY SPORTING GOODS............... ALLENDALE

JAYS SPORTING............................................... GAYLORD

ADAMS ARCHERY.............................................. MILAN

DROPTINE ARCHERY & OUTDOORS.............. ALMA

RABER BAY OUTFITTERS................................ GOETZVILLE

HUNTERS SHACK ARCHERY............................ OSSINEKE

NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAST CASH................ ALPENA

BROWNS SPORTING........................................ GOODRICH

NORTHWOODS WHOLESALE.......................... PINCONNING

HOG WILD ARCHERY........................................ BELLEVILLE

ARCHERY UNLIMITED...................................... GRAND RAPIDS

VF SPORTS........................................................ PORT HURON

BOWMANS OUTDOOR..................................... BROWN CITY

HILLTOP SPORTS............................................. GREENVILLE

THS SPORTING CENTER................................. PORT HURON

ARCHERY SPOT................................................ CAMDEN

AL & PETES....................................................... HASTINGS

BARES SPORTS............................................... SAINT CHARLES

ARCHERY WORLD............................................ CARO

BOBS GUN & TACKLE...................................... HASTINGS

COUNTRY WOODS............................................ SAINT JOHNS

WILD JOHNS...................................................... CASS CITY

LONG RANGE.................................................... HOLLAND

JTS ARCHERY................................................... SAINT JOHNS

JAYS SPORTING (CLARE)............................... CLARE

RUSTIC ENTERPRISES.................................... HOWARD CITY

TWIN PONDS..................................................... STANTON

MJC ARCHERY................................................... CLINTON TOWNSHIP

SCHUPBACHS SPORTING GOODS................ JACKSON

TOP GUN SHOOTING SPORTS........................ TAYLOR

HICKS OUTDOORS.......................................... CLIO

BROOKS ARCHERY INC.................................. KALAMAZOO

GAUTHIERS ARCHERY...................................... TRAVERSE CITY

EDS ARCHERY & SPORTING GOODS............ CLIO

GOLD STAR II.................................................... LAKE ODESSA

GRASMEYER BROS. LLC.................................. TWIN LAKE

BULLS EYE ARCHERY...................................... CUSTER

HUNTERS DEN................................................. LAPEER

WHISPERING PINES ARCHERY........................ VERMONTVILLE

WILLIAMS GUN................................................. DAVISON

LINWOOD SPORTING....................................... LINWOOD

SCHAFERS........................................................ WEIDMAN

HALES TRUE VALUE........................................ DOWAGIAC

FRANKS GREAT OUTDOORS......................... LINWOOD

GOLD COAST..................................................... WEST OLIVE

ARROWHEAD ARCHERY.................................. EATON RAPIDS

SHOOTING RANGE & ARCHERY CTR............. LIVONIA

VANS ARCHERY................................................. WHITMORE LAKE

GOLDSTAR OUTDOORS.................................. EDMORE

CAPTAIN CHUCKS............................................ LUDINGTON

BASS PRO

BAY ARCHERY................................................... ESSEXVILLE

TOTAL FIREARMS............................................. MASON

CABELA'S

SUNRYS ARCHERY & OUTDOORS................ FENTON

KRUIZINGA ARCHERY...................................... MATTAWAN

DUNHAM'S

BECKERS.......................................................... FOWLER

R & M SPORT..................................................... MC MILLAN

GALESBURG HARDWARE............................... GALESBURG

ARCHERS ARCHERY......................................... MIDLAND

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

MADE IN AMERICA

11

By Kenny Darwin
Legendary fisheries have developed
in East Grand Traverse Bay, Lake
St. Clair, the Detroit River
System and in many lakes and
rivers. World-class smallie fishing
is available in Michigan and
bronzeback are eager to slam a
variety of presentations. This
is beyond a doubt one of
MICHIGANS SWEETEST FISHERIES...

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Jigs tipped with live bait, crawdad imitation plastics, tubes and pork can provide fast-paced

12 fishing fun and hefty catches. Author photos

cross the Great Lakes state the smallmouth


population is on the rise and anglers are
finding fast-paced fishin fun from early
spring until ice up. Michigan is fast molding into a leading smallmouth bass state
yielding 100 fish days and trophies topping
6 pounds on any given cast.
Smallie behemoths were taken last year in the bass-rich
East Grand Traverse Bay while anglers shrugged off the
chill of a brutally cold winter. May water temperatures
were just 38 degrees when the Ranger dodged ice flows
and the day barely hit high temperatures in the 40s. Still,
crystal clear cold water yielded a five pound bass limit
weighing 30 pounds to a duo of anglers who used jerkbaits
and tubes in 1-8 ft. depths. The biggest was a whopping
7-pound 2-ounce giant!
Fishing friend Brandon Conner zipped along the Lake
Michigan beach in a fast-moving Skeeter boat and ran
from Muskegon to Pentwater in an effort to ambush a huge
school of smallies crammed at the pier head. He used
umbrella rigs by Yum and Booyah with Money Minnows or
Teaser Rigs and trailing twister tail to fire em up. On his
first cast he drilled a pair of five pounders and eventually
boated around 40 smallies. The long run was worthwhile
and he placed at the top on the board at days end. His largest smallie pushed the scales just over 6 pounds.
Lake St. Clair angler Tommy Wilson is a smallmouth
fishing nut. He loves to set up on the edge of huge weed
beds and work the edges with spinner baits jerkbaits
and craw tubes. He runs far from shore, locating smallie hideouts and enters them into his Lowrance Gen2 fish
finder. His goal is to pinpoint several hotspots and return
any given day when conditions are ideal. Its not unusual
to land several smallies over the 6-pound mark. I love the
way they aggressively smack presentations, take to the
air like a Polaris missile on the hook set and dive into the
weeds as line melts off the reel drag, he explains. We are
living in the golden age for bronzeback because St. Clair
is simply a huge smallmouth fish factory, says Wilson.
And this fishery is producing bigger bass than ever. Some
think the rise in bass is due to skyrocketing goby numbers
or perhaps extended growing seasons but some anglers feel
we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg for smallie numbers
on St. Clair.
Its not surprising that many Michigan fishermen are on
a quest to land a world-class brown bass. The list of likely
locations to take an impressive fish keeps growing, Charity
Islands, Mitchells Bay, Alpena sand bar. Many of Michi-

A hard fighting smallie can keep anglers busy trying to get hooked fish coaxed into the net.
bite almost any presentation and the
action is non-stop. The ease at which
numbers of smallies can be had in
the region is impressive. The fish
tend to gather in deeper holes and
structure holding forage minnows and
an abundance of bass food. This is
an overlooked fishery and the same
holds true for a long list of Michigan
Rivers: St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Grand
River, Muskegon, Tittabawassee,
Saginaw, Cass, Flint and many more.
If you want to sample these fisheries,

Smallmouth bass are fast becoming one of Michigans most popular sport species and are easily available to fishermen throughout the state. One of the
authors favorite smallie spots is the Detroit River system. When the spring
walleye run subsides he moves to smallies and works lures around the many
islands, gravel bars and other structure.

plan an outing soon.


Michigans smallie populations
have benefited from what some biologist refer to as perfect environmental
conditions. Zebra mussels have
increased water clarity, the average
mean water temperature has increased, and the fast-increasing numbers of gobies provide infinite supply
of easy to catch food. Michigans
smallie numbers are very strong, ever
increasing and I think the peak is yet
to come.
Population increase in Lake Erie
is stumbling because of pollution.
Remember the algae bloom in the
1960s that shut down Erie? Well,
the same problem has returned and
officials are doing nothing to stop
the pollution. Last summer Eries
western basin was so thick with
green algae that smallies could not
survive and beaches were closed to
swimming. The culprit is sewage
from Detroit and Toledo in addition to crop land chemicals draining
into Erie. Detroit does not remove
nutrients from sewage and the City
has a permit from Lansing to dump
UNLIMITED raw sewage. So, every
time it rains the Detroit River is filled
with untreated sewage from the city.
The explosion of nitrates and phosphates from the Detroit and Maumee
Rivers has catapulted the ecosystems
fertility. Soon the pollution will ruin
Lake Eries splendid perch, smallie
and walleye fisheries. In the next
few years you can expect Lake Eries
western basin sport fisheries to totally
collapse and rough fish will take over.
Gee, DNR, are you going to continue
to sit on your thumbs and do nothing
or begin the much needed restoration
of these valuable fisheries?
If I had to pick one location for
a new state record it would be East
Grand Traverse Bay. Last summer
I pounded fish at the mouth of Yuba
Creek where it drains into east Bay
and swirls around boulder-size rocks.
This used to be one of my secret

steelhead/brown trout locations but


with the decline of Great Lakes trout/
salmon the habitat now supports a
strong population of impressive smallies. But on the other hand recordsize smallies are caught on a daily
basis from the vast waters of Lake
St. Clair and there is a good chance
8-pound smallies will be caught there
on a regular basis.
Smallmouth bass are super bass
and catching them is no big deal.
Some anglers prefer spinnerbaits with
flashing blades and tantalizing trailer
offerings. These fish are aggressive
and smash metal willow blades that
flash gold or silver, brightly colored
shirts and shad-looking trailers. Others like to cast jerkbaits like YoZuri
minnow, Jerkmaster, Megabass,
Bagley Shad, Smithwick G-Finish
Rouge, Berkley Flicker Minnow,
Rapala and more. Working tube jigs
has long been a productive tactic for
catching smallies. Some anglers like
swimbaits, others go for crawfish
plastics, fat grubs with twister tails or
plastic tubes. During the dog days of
summer try casting shallow running
cranks like Livetarget Baitball, Rapala Scatter Rap, and Strike King Pro
Model 1.5, Lucky Craft, Storm Silent,
Rebel Wee R and more.
Because they are aggressive, fish
anglers should practice catch and
release to protect adult spawning
fish and promote the valuable fishery
resource. Keep in mind the big bass
numbers will suffer if you continually harvest large trophy fish. Fishing
for smallies in Michigan is a sweet
deal and if you want the population to
grow handle them with care, release
them at boatside, immediately. If
you want to record the catch, have
your smart phone or camera ready,
hold the bass by the bottom lip and
get snapshots quickly and release the
fish unharmed. Taking photos is a
sure-fire way to remember the catch
forever, which can make landing a
lunker fish even more sweet.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

gans top monster smallie hotspots


are the Great Lakes and connecting
waterways where giants grow to
impressive proportions from feeding
on high protein diets of shad, alewife,
goby, smelt, Johnny darters and other
forage minnows. Big water smallies
grow faster than the average northern-strain smallmouth because of the
abundance of food. Fact is, most of
Michigans Great Lakes shoreline
is ideal habitat for producing giant
smallies and with the increasing goby
forage fish, smallies are finding abundant food. Michigans Great Lakes
are experiencing a bronzeback boom.
Some predict 8-pound giants are soon
to become common catches in the
Wolverine state.
I like floating the Grand River
near Lansing on a warm day when
insects are hatching and smallies go
on a feeding spree. The boat glides
silently along the river bank as I approach a deep run full of fish. The
first cast with a Rapala produces a
savage strike and a fun-filled day of
casting and catching begins. Once
in a while all hell breaks loose when
you stick a five pounder but most
of the smallies are smaller, eager to

13

Master Angler program continues


celebration of prized Michigan catches

he Department of Natural Resources popular


Master Angler program,
which recognizes those
who catch fish that
exceed certain minimum
standards, has undergone a major
change for 2015.
Originally, Master Angler status
was determined by the weight of the
fish. But with catch-and-release fishing growing in popularity, in 1992 the
program began recognizing anglers
who released specimens by the length
of the fish they caught.
Now, in a move to simplify the
program in 2015, the DNR no longer
will require weights for Master Angler
consideration, even if the fish are kept.
Weights, however, still will be used to
determine state-record fish.
Michigan anglers submitted fewer

fish in the catch-and-release category


(down from 724 in 2013) and 327 fish
that were kept, down from 483 the
previous year.
The decrease in the number of
Master Angler fish kept largely can be
attributed to Chinook salmon. Anglers
reported weighing in seven Chinooks
that met or bested the minimum
27-pound standard compared to 117
in 2013. The number of Coho salmon
entered dropped, too from eight in
2013 to three in 2014.
Anglers reported releasing four
Chinook salmon that measured 39
inches or more, down from the eight
kings caught and released in 2013.
But 2014 turned out to be a good
year for anglers pursuing trophy
specimens of several species of prized
game fish, including bass and walleye.
Catch-and-release anglers reported

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Joshua Teunis of Grand Haven took this record 41.25-pound black buffalo with
a bow and arrow from Bear Lake in Muskegon County.

14

trophy fish to the program in 2014


than they did in 2013, but they set five
state records nonetheless. New state
marks were established for black buffalo, brown bullhead, flathead catfish,
quillback and white perch.
Overall, the number of fish entered into the Master Angler program
was down in 2014 from the previous
year, said Lynne Thoma, who runs
the program for the DNR Fisheries Division. It was down in both
categories catch-and-release and
catch-and-keep. But we did have five
new records. I think thats the most
new records ever.
As has been the case in recent
years, more anglers chose to release
their Master Angler fish rather than
keep them. The DNR recognized 658

catching 32 Master Angler largemouth


bass (a minimum length of 22 inches)
compared to 23 the previous year.
Anglers reported keeping four Master
Angler largemouths (a minimum of 6
pounds) compared to five in 2013.
Master Angler largemouths came
from all over the state, though the majority came from the southern Lower
Peninsula. Mud Lake in Livingston
County produced the most with three.
The largest largemouth bass reported
a 7.75-pound, 23.5-inch specimen was taken by Eric Campbell
of Plainwell from Schnable Lake in
Allegan County.
Walleye anglers did well in 2014,
too. Catch-and-release fishermen registered 25 walleyes (measuring at least
29 inches), more than doubling the

Dale Blakley caught this record 52-pound, flathead catfish on a wax worm and
crappie jig from Barron Lake in Cass County.
12 certified in 2013. Catch-and-keep
anglers reported 12 walleyes weighing
11 pounds or more, down from 20 the
previous year.
The Detroit River, Saginaw
River and St. Clair River all produced
multiple Master Angler walleyes. The
largest brought to the scales was a
13.19-pounder taken by Mark Phillips
of Rapid River, caught through the ice
of Little Bay de Noc in February.
Smallmouth bass anglers enjoyed

an excellent year with 69 fish released


and 15 kept, though the overall total is
down from 2013 (88 and 14, respectively). Lake St. Clair produced more
Master Angler smallmouths than any
other fishery, as well as the largest that
was kept a 7.88-pounder caught by
Ralph Marino of Roseville.
Smallmouth bass represented the
most Master Angler applications in
2014.
For most species, Master Angler

fish numbers caught in 2014 were


down slightly from 2013. Anglers
reported 76 bluegills total (for both
categories combined), compared to
90 in 2013. Anglers registered 60
crappie (72 in 2013) and 11 yellow
perch (28).
Muskellunge fishermen reported
releasing 30 Master Angler fish, down
from 38 in 2013, and keeping four
fish, up from three last year. Lake
St. Clair produced the lions share
of master angler muskies, which has
been the trend in recent years.
The state-record fish recorded in
2014 were unique in an unusual way;

none of them was caught by hook and


line in open water. Three were taken
by bow fishermen and the other two
were taken through the ice.
Joshua Teunis of Grand Haven
set the record for his 41.25-pound
black buffalo, taken with a bow and
arrow from Bear Lake in Muskegon
County; Jared Gusler of Fairview
arrowed the record 3.77-pound brown
bullhead from Alcona Dam Pond;
and Benjamin Frey of Grand Rapids
shot the record 8.25-pound quillback
often commonly called a quillback
sucker from Hardy Dam Pond in
Newaygo County.

Dale Blakley of Niles started the


record-setting in January 2014 with
a 52-pound, 46-inch flathead catfish
that he caught on a wax worm and
crappie jig from Barron Lake in Cass
County. Less than two weeks later,
Aaron Slagh of Holland made his
way into the record books with a
1.93-pound, 13.25-inch white perch,
caught from Muskegon Lake on a
Hali spoon.
Complete listings of Master
Angler fish from 2014 and previous years can be found on the DNR
website at www.michigan.gov/
masterangler.n

Benjamin Frey shows off his record


8.25-pound quillback, taken with a bow.

(rt-lt) Aaron Slagh of Holland caught a record 1.93-pound, 13.25-inch white perch, from Muskegon Lake on a Hali spoon. Jared Gusler of Fairview arrowed the
record 3.77-pound brown bullhead from Alcona Dam Pond with his bow. All photos courtesy the DNR

3E Series Compact Utility Tractors

Savings and Performance.

Right here.

31.1-37.3 hp engines Standard 4WD and power steering


100+ quick-attach implements available

BURTON
4135 Davison Road
(810) 742-3364

LAPEER
3120 N. Lapeer Road
(810) 664-3798

BIRCH RUN
8461 Main Street
(989) 624-9356

MARLETTE SANDUSKY CARO REESE SAGINAW BAD AXE

OR

% for
+ 1,750 OFF
60 MONTHS when you buy 2 or more implements

TriCountyEquipment.net
Offer ends 8/4/15. Subject to approved installment credit with John Deere Financial. Fixed Rate of 0.0% for 60 months. $1,750 OFF implement bonus is in
addition to Low Rate nancing and requires the purchase of 2 or more qualifying John Deere or Frontier implements. In lieu of nancing offer, get $2,750
OFF on 3E Series Tractors. Some restrictions apply, so see your dealer for details and other nancing options. 2Manufacturers estimate of power (ISO)
per 97/68/EC.
TRC9X60619WNW-4C
1

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

2,750 OFF

15

Crankbaits
Rule in July

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

16

Gizzard Shad, Sexy


Sunfish and even Blue
Chartreuse and Black
Chartreuse do the job. Before you
jump to a conclusion that something
like Blue Chartreuse doesnt look
anything like a bluegill, remember
that what youre seeing in the package is nothing like what a bass sees
as a crankbait goes whizzing by in its
watery world. Youre just trying to
give an impression of a fleeing panfish
or baitfishthe amount of flash and
the right color makes all the difference
in provoking strikes. Incidentally, in
lakes that are connected to the Great
Lakes, such as Muskegon or White
Lake, a pattern that approximates an
alewife can rock the basss world. No
pattern does this better than the Sexy
Shad with its yellow lateral line color.
Positioning the boat correctly
will put your lure in front of more of
these weedline fish, too. Remember,
youre fishing a drop-off, a distinct
line where the depth changes. You can
cast perpendicular to that line, putting
your lure over the weeds and bringing
it down over the edge. Its usually better, though, to position the boat so you
can cast at an angle toward the weed
line and bring it along, just outside
of the weed edge. This often presents
the bait to fish that are hanging in the
open water outside of the weeds as
well as those bass in the weeds waiting to ambush prey.
When reeling a crankbait around
weeds, my favorite method is to point
the rod at the bait while Im reeling,
and whenever I feel resistance, give
the rod a good upward snap. If its
weeds causing the stoppage, a quick
jerk can break the crankbait freeand
it is in this moment that bites often
occur. If the resistance is from a fish,
snapping the rod sets the hook.
So what kind of rod works best for
this? Awhile back, long, softer fiberglass rods got popular for crankbait
fishing, largely due to the success of
David Fritts, a bass pro who revolutionized hardbody fishing about 20
years ago. Hes still fishing tournaments and now designs a lighter composite rod series for Lews Fishing.
Those old, soft fiberglass rods were
great for larger reservoirs and banging lures off wood and rocks, and the
softer action helped keep fish hooked

By Buck Mallory

hen July
rolls
around
through most of the
upper Midwest, finding
bass means finding what
theyre eating. No more worrying
about what stage of the spawn theyre
in.
Lots of methods work in July,
from skipping jigs under docks to
swimming swimbaits over the tops
of weeds, but a strong pattern that
can pay off big time is blasting into a
basss world with a crankbait. Actively feeding fish will engulf a wiggling crankbait with zeal; less active
fish can get surprised into biting a
fishy-looking piece of plastic wiggling
through its strike zone.
Crankbaits in the summer not
only cover water, but also pick apart
a piece of structure. Lets look at each
scenario.
When youre finding fish scattered
across weedy flats, a crankbait can be
the ultimate lure for covering water.
Bass wait in ambush among the weed
tops and a plug buzzing through their
overhead strike zones can get them to
react and eat. The right lure for the job
dives right to the tops of the weeds
without digging into the green. The
key is to have a lure that ticks the
tops of the weeds now and then. When
these bass are aggressive, crankbaits
burned along just below the waters
surface will get them to come up and
strike.
For covering water on flats, a
shallow diver such as the Strike King
KVD 1.5 or the Luhr-Jensen Speed
Trap (which dives a bit deeper) can
do the job. Both of those lures feature
square bills, which can hit the weeds
without getting a big scoop of them.
So, lets talk about the second scenario of picking apart structure with a
crankbait. In most of Michigans natural lakes, this means probing the edges
of tall weedbeds along drop offs.
This is an especially good tactic in
lakes where bass eat lots of bluegills.
When July rolls around, schools of
bluegills move out along weed edges
and suspend at varying depths, and the
bass follow. Here, a Strike King Pro
Model 5 Series crankbait in a natural
finish that approximates a bluegill
works. Patterns such as the Green

A Luhr-Jensen Speed Trap crankbait is designed to be reeled super fast and get
reaction strikesits terrific for covering summer weed flats. Its one of many
square-bill crankbaits that can tick the tops of weeds without digging in.
on the way back to the boat. However,
they were not so great for the kinds of
weedy cover we fish in natural lakes.
They made it more difficult to snap
the baits free of weeds.
My favorite crankbait rod has
been a G. Loomis CBR 954 GLX.
Its 7 feet, 11 inches longgreat
for long castsand gives me plenty
of sweeping power to set the hook.
It also has a great backbone for
snapping lures out of weeds. On
a recent trip, a buddy let me check
out a Lews 6-foot, 9-inch Custom
Speed Stick (Model LI-MC69). It
is actually a rod in their inshore
series for sea trout and redfish, but
it was great for shallower cranks. It
has a soft tip and medium action with
enough backbone to snap through
weeds and can smaller lures a long
distance. As you might imagine, if it
can handle a big redfish, it has enough
power to battle most of the bass you
hook with it.

For reels, its hard to beat a


Shimano Curado with a quick 6.3:1
retrieve ratio.
Some guys get real particular
about line and will even have four or
five identical rods, identical baitcasting reels, identical lures, but different
pound tests of monofilament line to
vary the depth of the lures. Smaller,
lighter line has less water resistance
and lets lures dive deeper. Im not that
particular, and usually stick with 12
or 14-pound test fluorocarbon line,
which has slightly less stretch than
most kinds of monofilament and helps
snap lures free of weeds. Its also
invisible to fish, and that can make a
difference.
One last note: If you find leafy
cabbage weeds, remember the spot.
They are a basss favorite kind of
greenery, and if you get that crankbait
down along the edge, youre highly
likely to have some fine bass-catching
fun.n

Early Goose - Teal Season Sale


August 8th, 2015 9am-5pm

Many Pro Staffers OnHand To Answer Questions!

LOWEST
PRICES OF
THE YEAR!

Many items in stock by the


leading waterfowl companies!
CALLS BY:

ONT
YOU D TO
WANT HIS
T
MISS T!
EVEN

Features: Powerdrive
gas system,
lightning trigger,
speed lock
forearm

MANY CHOICES OF WATERFOWL SHOTGUNS


IN STOCK TO CHOOSE FROM!!! STOP IN
AND CHECK OUT THE GREAT SELECTION
AND LOWEST PRICES OF THE YEAR!!!!

S
A
E

E-S

PR

ON

SALE

MAXUS 12 GA. SHOTGUN,


MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM

A5 12 GA.
SHOTGUN,
100,000 ROUNDS
OR 5 YEAR
GUARANTEE!!!
Features: Kinematic Drive
System, Ergo Balanced,
Humpback Advantage.

DECOYS BY:

STEEL SHOT BY:

GEAR BY: CHOKES BY:

AVIAN-X
A-FRAME BLINDS
IN STOCK NOW!
The Future Of
Waterfowl Huntin
g
Blinds Is Here . . .

A-FRAME BLINDS
The Ultimate In Lightweight Versatility!

Redefining Mobility and Portability. The New Avian-X A-Frame


Blind Offers The Next Best Thing To Total Invisibility In
Marshes, Fence Lines, Or Waterways. Even Open Fields!
Don't Waste Time Searcing For Cover. Take It With You!

141 W. Pearl Street,


Jackson, Michigan

517-782-8418

HOURS:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 9-8;
Wed. 9-6; Sat. 9-5

3 Indoor Archery Ranges


Over 700 Bows In Stock
Over 2000 Guns In Stock
68 years of professional & friendly service!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

CALLS BLINDS BAGS AMMO DECOYS ACCESSORIES GUNS

17

Project
Appleseed
Rifle Marksmanship and
Early American Heritage...

ejoice Michiganders,
the Fourth of July is at
last upon us. It is a time
of barbecues, picnics,
fireworks, camping,
beaches and all around
fun in the sun. But the Fourth of July
is so much more than just a summer
celebration. As our nation grows yet another year
older, we are reminded of the
sacrifices that our founding
fathers endured in order to
establish the freedoms we
now have. While this spirit of
patriotism waxes and wanes
at times in our great nation,
the Revolutionary
War Veterans Association (RWVA)
rekindles the spirit of red, white and
blue across our land, reminding us
of what it means to be an American
through an operation called Project
Appleseed.
The RWVA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to two primary
objectives: educating Americans about
our nations founding principles, and

teaching rifle marksmanship. The


RWVA began Project Appleseed to
achieve those two objectives. By
organizing early heritage programs
and rifle marksmanship clinics that are
held across the country, Americans are
offered a unique and exciting learning
opportunity.
Project Appleseeds early
American heritage program
presents a compelling portrayal of the Battles of Lexington and Concord which
captures the spirit of courage
that spurred our ancestors to
pursue independence against
all odds, regardless of the
costs. The heritage
program poignantly
conveys the tough
decisions, heroic deeds, and sacrifices
made by early Americans. These are
the stories behind the story; these are
the stories that make American History come alive.
Complementing the early American heritage program are the rifle
marksmanship clinics. Project Appleseeds combination of history lessons

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Jennifer Brozek

18

Deemed the Mona Lisa by the RWVA, or sometimes referred to simply as the
Appleseed Girl, this photo is part of a poster used to promote Project Appleseed. Kirk Wheeler photo

and rifle training realistically illustrates how the marksmanship skills of


the colonists played a pivotal role in
the course of our nations history. By
offering the clinics, Project Appleseed
emphasizes the importance of marksmanship not only from a historical
viewpoint, but also from a modernday perspective, as a means of building positive character traits. Patience,
focus, determination, attention to
detail, and persistence are among the
traits that the study of marksmanship
can develop.
RWVA instructors have extensive
marksmanship training and teaching experience. Many RWVA instructors are certified National Rifle
Association and Citizen Marksmanship Instructors, plus they have met
additional instructional and shooting
requirements of the RWVA.
RWVA Instructor and Shoot Boss
Miki Marciniak highlights the thrill
that comes from developing marksmanship skills and the positive impact
it can have on ones self-esteem. She
explains, Appleseed is a program that
teaches people how to hit a 4 MOA
(20 inch) target at 500 yards (the
traditional riflemans quarter mile) using field positions and iron sights. At
first glance, this seems an intimidating
task. When you hear the lovely ping
Demonstration of shooting from a prone position at an Appleseed Event. RWVA photo of lead hitting steel at 500 yards, your

first reaction is a ginormous smile.


Upon further reflection, your selfesteem grows. YOU did it!
Attendees at Project Appleseed
events have an opportunity to earn the
coveted Rifleman Patch when they
shoot a score of 210 out of 250 on a
reduced-size Army Qualification Test.
Instructors teach students all of the
basics of shooting and more. Some
of the topics covered are safety, how
to shoot from standing, prone, and
kneeling/sitting positions, how to use
a GI web sling wrapped around your
support arm, how to find your natural
point of aim, how to analyze your shot
group and how to make adjustments
for improvement.
Marciniak goes on to explain the
key to acquiring excellent marksmanship skills. She says, Persistence, a
rifleman is persistent.It takes the
average shooter three Appleseeds to
score Rifleman. Some do it quicker,
some take longer. Many set their goal
on earning that Rifleman Patch and
persist until they accomplish that.
She also describes how a teambuilding mentality grows out of learning rifle marksmanship. She stresses,
Team work, riflemen work in teams.
She continues, We offer some fun
shoots in which we put students into
teams and they have to work together
to accomplish their goal. We teach

how riflemen work together as a


shooter/spotter team. That shooter
than pinged steel at 500 yards did it
with the help of their spotter.
Project Appleseed events can be
an exciting event for the entire family. In fact, some events have been
held with three generations of the
same family learning marksmanship
together. Appleseed events are open
to participation from all individuals,
men and women alike, along with
youth that demonstrate a sufficient
level of maturity.
Members of law enforcement,
active duty military and disabled
are invited to attend events for free.
Those with special needs and physical challenges are afforded an adaptive Appleseed. Special Appleseed
events, called LadySeeds are also
held specifically for women.
For those who want to go further
with their marksmanship skills, there
are Riflemans Boot Camps (RBC)
and Instructors Boot Camps (IBC).
At an RBC, a rifleman takes his or
her skills to the next level. The training is longer and more in-depth and
the RWVA calls it the fast-track to
becoming an RWVA instructor. At
an IBC, the emphasis is on how to

Cold, muddy and having a lot of fun, these shooters are putting their rifle marksmanship skills to the test at a Project Appleseed Event. RWVA photo

teach shooting, rather than how to


shoot. These camps sound like work,
although boot camp graduates and
instructors say participants will have
the time of their life.
John Adams once said, Posterity! You will never know how much it
cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will
make good use of it. If you do not, I
shall repent in Heaven, that I
ever took half the pains to preserve
it.
Despite the fact that Adams spoke
these words over 200 hundred years
ago, they seem to pull us back into
his time by giving a glimpse of his
perspective about what it took to
establish our nation. In the same way,
Appleseed events convey a historical
perspective in a very illustrative and
tangible way.
Project Appleseed events are a
two-day affair and are offered all
over the country. More information
on the Project, prices and locations
can be found at www.applelseedinfo.
org. Additional information can also
be found on the website, such as
recommended items to bring, how to
register and more great details about
our nations founding era.n

2014 ANGLER V164 C 2015 G3 ANGLER V172 F 2015 G3 ANGLER V192 SF 2015 G3 1860 CCJ BREAK UP

15,995

22,995

2015 G3 1652 VBW BREAK UP 2015 G3 1860 DK SHADOW GRASS

37 EFI PRO-DRIVE, CAMO, GALVANIZED TRAILER

11,495

37 EFI PRO-DRIVE CAMO, GALVANIZED TRAILER

15,995

YAMAHA 200HP 4-STROKE

34,995

2015 SUNCATCHER V16 C


YAMAHA 25 HP

15,995

*All Prices Are Plus Freight, Prep, Sales Tax, Title, And Registration Fees.

5796 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843

1-800-226-3050 1-517-548-5122
(toll free)

(Direct)

www.wonderlandmarinewest.com

YAMAHA 90HP 4-STROKE JET

19,995

2015 SOUTH BAY S20C2


MERCURY 50HP 4-STROKE COMMAND THRUST

17,495
JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

YAMAHA 90HP 4-STROKE

YAMAHA 50HP

19

Keep It Simple Stupid For...

SAGINAW BAY WALLEYE

Based on nearly a lifetime of trolling


walleyes on Saginaw Bay, Brad Dupuis of
Bay City, thinks the phenomenal fishing of
June should stretch well into July in 2015!
t all has to do with water temperatures, the weather and what
the fish were doing in early June.
Only a stretch of severely hot
weather might put the whammy
on it, and even then, the fish will
probably be close by, and the tactics
showed me on June 4 this year still
ought to work.
Everyone knows the acronym
KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid, and Brads spread of nine lines
out of his impressive 22-foot Angler
Qwest Tritoon was so simple that stupid ol me cant wait to get back to the
bay and try it out of my boat.
The main components
of Brads approach were
Church Walleye Boards, Size
30 Luhr Jensen Jet Divers and small spoons from
Dreamweaver. Brad also
added rods with 20- and 30yard stretches of 27-pound
lead core for the farthest
out planer board lines.
With well-known Michigan syndicated radio
host Mike Avery also along, we were
able to fish nine lines, so we added a
corner rod without a Church Board,
but with an Offshore Tadpole diving
weight to take the spoon down.
From there, things got maybe even
simpler. Four lines were sent out on
each side of the boat. We deployed the
lead core lines first, putting a twocolor (20-yard length) on one side and
the three-color lead core on the other
side. Then the shallowest Jet Divers
went out. The port side went 30 feet
behind the planer board; the starboard
side Jet went 35 feet behind. The lines
closer to the boat were set to run progressively deeper. Port side Jet went
40 feet behind the board; starboard
side was 45 feet. Then the closest
inside lines were 50 feet on the port
side and 55 feet on the starboard side.
Avery set the small Tadpole on the
starboard side corner 45 feet back.
We didnt start setting lines until
shortly before 10 a.m. and by 1 p.m.
we had our limit of 15 walleyes some
barely 15 inches, several in the 16to 18-inch range and the biggest a
20-incher.

Location

Brad ran the 24-foot Angler Qwest


Tri-toon that he designed for St.
Louis, Michigan-based Apex about
four miles out from Linwood Marina, where he docks the boat. The
water depth in this area near The
Pencil Buoy was only in the 16- to
17-foot range where we did most of
the trolling, and we stayed mostly on
the fringe of a pack of other walleye
trollers.
The Humminbird unit on the dash
of the boat constantly showed fish
and balls of bait below us.
The bay is full of walleyes
and other species (although
our only by-catch was a
pair of white bass). Because
there are so many walleyes
there, the state is considering reducing the length limit
from 15 to 13 inches, and
increasing the creel limit
from 5 to 10 fish. Hopefully our DNR will make
a wise choice based on
good research. Both Mike and Brad,
who fish the bay a lot, said that its
common to catch three or more fish to
get one over 15 inches throughout the
course of an excursion. However, we
only released about seven short fish,
which both said was unusual.
Brad deployed a trolling bag on
each side of the boat to help slow
down the spacious boat powered by its
150-hp Mercury Four-Stroke outboard
into the 2-mph range. The drag from
the bags on either side of the boat,
Brad said, enhance the ride of the
already steady fishing platform.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Dave Mull

20

Nitty Gritty

Brad and Mike both said they


prefer spoons and usually spurn
nightcrawler and spinner rigs because
the spoons are so quick to reset with
the 30 Jet Divers and no worm guts
get spread around the boat (although
the 24-foot Angler Qwest did have a
nifty high-pressure washdown system
installed in the aft rigging table). The
30 in the Jet Diver, incidentally,
designates the divers approximate
maximum depth. Whats nice about
Jets for trolling shallow Saginaw Bay

Mike Avery and Brad Dupuis show a spoon-fed walleye caught on Saginaw
Bay in June. Dave Mull photo
is that they float, so we didnt have to
worry about the spoon sinking to the
bottom and picking up debris when
we let a planer board back behind the
boat with a Jet Diver attached.
Brad uses 14-pound monofilament
for the main line to the Jet Divers,
with a 15-pound leader of 100 percent
fluorocarbon about 7 feet long and
noted hes been using the Seaguar
product for a number of years with no
complaints.
The spoons Brad favors are the
diminutive WD models from Dreamweaver, which measure 2-1/2 inches
long and feature red Bleeding Bait
hooks. Brad deployed a wide range
of colors, noting some of them were
custom jobs from the company. Some
of the spoons featured varying degrees
of pinks and purples, while others had
green and orange. Most were on copper blanks. The walleyes didnt show

a marked preference for a particular


color during our excursion.
Brad is a designer for Apex Marine and the Angler Qwest Tri-Toon is
particularly well-suited for trolling on
big water and capable of fishing anywhere else a pontoon can go. Because
its so packed with fishing features
and unique design elements, its well
worth a lengthier article here sometime soon. For now, suffice it to say
that it was an awesome trolling craft
for the big bay.
I hadnt fished Saginaw Bay in at
least six years before our June trip, but
you can bet Ill be back soon. With
so many walleyes that seemed pretty
easy to catch with a simple system
of Church Walleye Boards, Jet
Divers and Dreamweaver DW
Spoons (and a couple of leadcore
rods for good measure), how can I
stay away!n

CARBON ICON NEW


N EW

Its time to shift


your thinking.
The aptly named Prodigy marks
the beginning of a new era with the
introduction of PowerShift Technology.
DRAW LENGTH 25- 30.5
WEIGHT 4.2 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 32
BRACE HEIGHT 7
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 343
DRAW WT. 50, 60, 70

FUSION 6

PowerShift Technology delivers


versatility unmatched by any
compound bow on the market.
A simple shift of the PowerDisc,
any archer can customize their
shooting experience from the
Performance setting, to the Classic
setting, or the Comfort setting.
Archers can have speed, power a
smooth draw or an effortless draw
all in one revolutionary compound
bow. With the Prodigy, get all the
bows you want with zero compromise.

SHOOT ONE TODAY!

EVOLUTION

356 FPS

DRAW LENGTH 26.5- 30


NEW
WEIGHT 4.1 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 32.25
BRACE HEIGHT 6
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 356
DRAW WT. 40,50, 60,65, 70,80

CHANGE OR GET LEFT BEHIND...

SYNE RGY
The Synergy is defined by "Shootability."
Delivering an unparalleled shooting
experience, it is a true hunter's bow that
leaves nothing to sacrifice with an incredibly
stable geometry thats perfect for
both hunting and 3-D.

NE W

THE WORLDS MOST SHOOTABLE BOW

SPEED 370
DRAW WT. 165
WEIGHT LBS. 7.7

699

NEW

DRAW LENGTH 26.5- 30.5


WEIGHT 3.2 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 31
BRACE HEIGHT 7
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 335
DRAW WT. 50, 60, 70

NEW

Editors Choice Award Winner

Without a doubt the smoothest,


vibration free two track bow youll
ever shoot. PerFX System allows
the bow to have a rock solid wall and
eliminating cam lean. There has never
been a 6 brace bow as forgiving.

DRAW LENGTH 27- 31


WEIGHT 4.4 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 33.5
BRACE HEIGHT 7.375
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 325
DRAW WT. 50, 60,65, 70,80

PowerShift FlipDisc2 technology


and field proven Binary cams
loaded onto a lightweight
durable carbon riser,
delivering
performance
99
$
and power
with every shot.
BOW PKG.

The smoothest, high performance


speed bow you will ever shoot.
As the arrow leaves the bow, our split
limb design with beyond parallel
performance will simply blow your mind.
Evolution Cam II is equipped with PerFX
System interchangeable draw length
mods in 1/2in increments.

DRAW LENGTH 26.5- 30


WEIGHT 4.1 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 32.25
BRACE HEIGHT 6
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 350
DRAW WT. 40,50, 60,65, 70,80

Introducing the Storm RDX.


An adrenaline-fueled machine
built for the hunter. Powered by radical
new RDX Technology, measuring an incredible
10" axle-to-axle when cocked, and delivers its
NOW IN 400-grain carbon arrow at a blazing 370 FPS
with 122 foot pounds of kinetic energy.
STOCK!

YOUR CROSSBOW HEADQUARTERS !


STEALTH NEW
FX4

In redefining compact crossbowds, the


Stealth FX4 is driven by a supercharged bow
assembly that fires an arrow up to 370 fps.
Its stock assembly featuring the FSB stock SPEED 370
and fluted aluminum barrel making a
rock-solid crossbow that's built like a tank, DRAW WT. 185
WEIGHT LBS. 6.8
but maneuvers like a luxury automobile.

TITAN
EXTREME

NEW

The Fusion Lite stock and a narrow,


18.5-inch bow assembly when cocked,
powered by 180-pound field-tested
HL limbs and XR wheels; elevates
TenPoints long-standing workhorse
model to thoroughbred status.

SPEED 333
DRAW WT. 180
WEIGHT LBS. 7.3

HUNT THE RIDGE.

ENER GY 35
The ultimate bow for the
all-season archer, giving
tournament-caliber accuracy
without tournament bow length
and the opportunity to shoot
one bow without compromise.
DRAW LENGTH 24-1/2- 31
WEIGHT 4.5 LBS
AXLE TO AXLE 34-3/4
BRACE HEIGHT 7
LET OFF 80%
IBO SPEED 330
DRAW WT. 40,50,60,65,70,80

COMPOUNDS
CROSSBOWS
TRADITIONAL

NE W

WAR RIOR HL
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WARRIOR.
Featuring TenPoints 175-pound HL limbs,
the Warrior HL is a high-performance
crossbow that delivers unmatched
accuracy and durability at its price.
Includes: Ten-Point 3x Multi-Line Scope,
Wicked Ridge Instant Dettach 3-Arrow Quiver,
and 3 Wicked Ridge Aluminum Arrows

F R E E HOUR RANGE TIME


Present this Coupon for One
Hour of Open Range Time
Actual ad coupon must be presented at
time of redemption. Limit one per customer.

Coupon Code: WNW0715

MICHIGAN
HUNTING & FISHING
LICENSE AGENT!

47979 Van Dyke Shelby Twp., MI 48317


(Between 21 & 22 Mile Road on west side of Van Dyke)

(586) 566-7991

WWW.MORARCHERY.COM
Store Hours: Monday - Friday 10am- 6pm Saturday 10am - 5pm

SPEED 300
DRAW WT. 175
FP KINET IC ENERG Y 84

Crossbow Friendly!

50 YARD

INDOOR RANGE

STOP IN AND SHOOT

FR EE BOW

INSP ECTIO N
& TUNE -UP
WITH PURCHASE
OF NEW STRING
& CABLE SET

FREE

2 HOURS RANGE TIME WITH


ALL NEW BOW PURCHASES

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

PRODIGY

STO RM RDX

21

Improve a Lakes Productivity and Fishery

Thinning

SUCKER
Populations

pper Peninsula lakes cannot support as many pounds


of fish per acre as southern
Michigan lakes. This results
from geology and the more
sterile water that leads to
lower productivity. In the 1970s Upper Peninsula DNR fisheries biologists started converting from chemical
treatments to balance fish populations
in problem lakes, to manual methods. Some Michigan DNR fisheries
biologists found they could alter an
unbalanced fish population
with trap nets (called fyke
nets) bringing them back to a
healthier fish community and
an improved fishery.
Fish communities in the
central states, south of St
Louis, Missouri have been
measured at approximately
1000 pounds per acre. It
is likely that many
waters in southern
Michigan can support
several hundred pounds per acre. U
P fish communities are more likely
to support closer to 100 pounds per
acre. Northern fish communities are
also less biologically diverse with less
fish species per water body than most
southern Michigan waters. In northern lakes, fisheries managers felt if
one species dominated a lakes fishery,
there would be less room for other
species that are often more desirable
to anglers. Healthy fisheries typically
have a good balance of predators and
prey fish species.
White suckers are a common forage species to most northern water
bodies. White sucker can get relatively large (20 to 24 inches) with a large
girth. This large size can make them
invulnerable to predation by most
northern Michigan fish predators.
Muskie is the only predator species
that can regularly prey on white suckers larger than about 20 inches. Pike
and muskie are the only predators that
primarily target suckers as prey once
they reach medium size in most northern waters. As a result suckers can

dominate some lakes overall biomass


and fish community. In western UP
lakes we found waters with up to 60
pounds per acre that were made up of
white suckers. Suckers are a valuable
forage species, especially as juveniles,
although they become a problem
when they take up the majority of biomass of the lake. Suckers are thought
by some to be a fish egg feeder eating
spawn from game fish. The evidence
is inconclusive on that issue suggesting suckers are more of a problem
with indirect competition
with other game and panfish.
A joint study by Michigan State University and
Michigan DNR fisheries
researchers published in the
Transactions of the American
Fisheries Society found that
yellow perch growth and
quality increased in years
following a significant
sucker removal in a
northern Michigan lake.
A recent Minnesota DNR fisheries
study of the affects of introduction of
muskie to approximately 40 Minnesota Lakes did not result in significant changes to any fish population
other than a decrease in white sucker
populations and an increase in yellow
perch abundance. In the 1990s, following an extensive reduction of the
sucker population in Swan Lake, Iron
County, we measured a tremendous
natural reproductive success of yellow
perch and suckers. This resulted in
outstanding forage conditions for a
strong walleye population and lead to
an excellent walleye growth rate for
a couple years following the sucker
removal project.
For several reasons we found a
number of lakes with imbalanced high
sucker populations in U.P. waters. Of
course our primary goal for conducting sucker thinning was to balance
the fish predator-prey community and
often to alter the overall sucker size
structure. The subsequent increase in
sucker natural reproduction resulted
in making a much higher percentage

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Bill Ziegler

22

Two U.P. anglers receive a pickup truck load of suckers that were removed
from Iron Counties Swan Lake to balance the fishery. Over 10,000 pounds of
suckers were removed from Swan Lake (165 acres) and given to the public.
These anglers said they intended to smoke them for eating for a large group.
of the suckers vulnerable to predation
since the remaining suckers typically
brought off strong natural reproduction. Juvenile suckers and sucker fry
make excellent forage for predator
fish species.
To best utilize the suckers we gave
them to licensed anglers that came to
the targeted lakes boat landing. Suckers are very vulnerable to trap nets
during their spring spawning runs in
lakes. We typically removed several
thousand pounds of suckers from
lakes that ranged in size from about
60 to 1000 acres.
For example, at Swan Lake, Iron
County we removed over 10,000
pounds of suckers from this 165 acre
lake. At Iron Counties Fire Lake (128
acres) we removed over 7,500 pounds
of suckers. White suckers are very
good to eat when they are smoked.
We usually could give away most of
the sometimes thousands of pounds of
suckers to local anglers. Suckers are
also used for live bait (muskie), cut
bait, and if they started to spoil they
were often composted by people for
fertilizer.
This method was implemented
on other fish species in the U.P. that
were overly abundant. Historically
it worked well on yellow perch that
were often found to be commonly
overabundant during the 1970s and

1980s in many U.P. lakes. The yellow


perch harvested with trap nets were
transferred live to other district waters
where perch populations were low.
Although in the mid 1990s yellow
perch populations across the region
significantly declined in almost all
waters. This was not as a result of
perch removals, only a few lakes had
received perch population reductions
and their overall abundance dropped
in large numbers of lakes where removals had not occurred.
Stunted panfish, especially sunfish/bluegill, were often a typical target of historical chemical attempts to
balance lakes fish communities. U.P.
fisheries biologists found that manual
netting reductions did not work well
for sunfish and rock bass that had
built up to very high abundance. The
sunfish species dont have movement
patterns that can be exploited with
nets effectively enough to thin their
populations. A former supervisor of
mine was determined to attempt to
thin extremely abundant rock bass
populations in two Iron County lakes.
In the case of Ottawa Lake we netted
for about six weeks over the spawning
period of the rock bass for a couple
of years. Subsequently, an outdoor
sports club sponsored a weekend rock
bass fishing contest to remove them
and the anglers caught significantly

more rock bass in one weekend than


DNR netting crews had over many
weeks of intensive netting.
Chemical treatments with a fish
toxicant called rotenone are still
necessary for limited situations like
maintaining single species trout lakes
and managing undrainable walleye
rearing ponds. Although chemical
treatments in multi species lakes
became cost prohibitive and often had
some local resident concerns due to
an unwarranted fear of chemicals.
Suckers are often very evident
in the spring on shallow gravel and
rock bars and shorelines in northern Michigan lakes. Suckers also
spawn in inlet and outlet streams and
if good stream spawning habitat is
not available, they readily spawn in
lakes. Suckers spawn in the spring
as soon as water temperatures reach
about 50 F. We found they spawn
considerably later in deep trout and
cisco lakes than in most moderate
to shallow waters in the same area. I
routinely see large schools of suckers
in recent years in lakes like Chicagon
Lake in the southwest UP when I am
snorkeling. If you see large numbers of suckers or incidentally catch
significant numbers of them while
walleye fishing (suckers typically hit
on worm/night crawler presentations)
you should report this to your local

White sucker is a forage species that attains a relatively large size, making them essentially invulnerable to predation in many lakes without large muskies. Suckers spawn in the spring when lakes water reaches 50 F.
northern Michigan DNR fisheries
biologist. If DNR surveys confirm
suckers are abundant a sucker removal project may be desirable to
achieve an improved lake fishery.
One way to hasten these projects is to
pull together volunteers from your lo-

cal sportsmans club or lake association to assist the DNR fisheries crews
conducting a sucker thinning project.
During my tenure as a DNR Fisheries
Management Biologist we worked
with several sportsmens clubs, lake
associations, and high school biol-

ogy class volunteers to accomplish


numerous sucker removal projects in
the western U.P.
Often once a lakes fish community is put back in balance with a
successful sucker removal project an
improved fishery will result.n

OD

ES

Introducing the Exclusive


MultiTouch Technology

OM

NEW
Multi
Touch

FR

4M

SOUND

RAMMAB
OG

LE

PR

Championship Winning Sound Technology


TO C H O OSE

Sound is what makes Livingston


Lures COME TO LIFE!
Traditional lures are built to look and act
like real baitfish. Many include beads &
rattles. Only Livingston Lures mimic the

Smart Chip

Deep Impact 18
Ginrin

EBS Technology
Electronic Baitfish Sounds

natural sounds baitfish make that bass,


predatory fish feed on.

The Difference Is Clear!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

walleye, pike, striper, perch, and all

23

Sharing life and business for four decades


By Randy Jorgensen

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ve been reminiscing a lot in my


columns this year, looking back at
30 years of Woods-N-Water News.
With that in mind it wasnt long ago
when I was nudged awake by my
wife, Kim. It was 2:45 in the morning.
Are you sleeping? she asks.
Of course not - why would I be
sleeping at this hour? I sarcastically
reply.
Do you know this will be 38
years of marriage for us this month?
she whispered.
Usually she pokes me in the ribs
to wake me because Im snoring.

Hey, youre goin to wake the
dead! she has shouted on more than
one occasion. This time though, she
simply wanted to tell me it had been
38 years of marriage.
Has it really been that long?
It doesnt seem that long since I
told my college buddies I was
engaged to a girl from Alma,
Michigan, a secretary at City Hall.
Nearly four decades, are you kidding me?
In those years we have raised our
only child, Keil to adulthood, seen

24

him go from a toddler to a husband


and father of two boys. We moved
from one home to another, and
worked hard, shoulder to shoulder
building a life in the newspaper business. She was understanding and supportive when I got an idea for a outdoor publication that took me from
home for days on end, sometimes
encouraging me to continue when I
got the feeling it may not succeed.
She has allowed me to go fishing
as I pleased, well, within reason of
course. She insisted on helping me
pack when I was off on my many
hunting trips which took me from
Texas to the Hudson Bay and from
British Columbia to Newfoundland.
Kim didnt complain about long hours
building our outdoor show and promoting our product at trade shows.
She took tickets, cleaned bathrooms,
sold subscriptions, sold advertisement
and parked cars.
It did make a difference you
know.
Weve spent more than half our
lives together. They say that couples
start looking like each other after
theyve been together this long. (Ill

apologize for that right now!) I wonder why, though, if it is true? Is it


because they share the same ups and
downs, the same joys and traumas of
life? Do the lines creeping into our
faces tell the same stories? Are they
worry lines from our sons asthma
attacks when he was just a young
boy? Are they smile lines from the
many laughs we have shared together? Or could they be from the pain of
struggling in a family owned business?
We share so much history.
I think its a plus of long-term
marriages. We can relive memories
together without having to engage in
lengthy explanations of background
material. Its as though weve both
already read the book, we can go
directly to the same chapter and page.
Familiar accounts summons old pleasures that can be enjoyed all over
again.
I suppose sharing things together
is the essence of a marriage and the
reason we have gotten to this point in
our lives. I like a lot of things in life:
sports, the outdoors, books, family,
friends and campfires. Yet I enjoy

Author and wife Kim celebrating 30


years of Woods-N-Water News and
38 years of marriage at the Outdoor
Weekend.
those things more when I can share
them with my wife of 38 years.
Reminiscing just wouldn't be right
unless I mentioned my wife's contribution to our lives or business. Kim
youre special, thanks for
understanding.n

State Record Nontypical

CROSSBOW BUCK

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Richard P. Smith

hirty-six-yearrolling in. I was thinkold John Tolfree


ing of calling it quits
from Milan
when I saw a deer
would have been happy to take
coming 70 yards away. At that distance
a doe or any buck during his
in the fog, I thought it was a doe. When
second year of deer hunting last fall. He the deer was within 40 yards, I could
ended up getting his first buck ever, but tell it was a buck.
it wasnt just any buck. The 20-pointer
It took him about five minutes to
that Tolfree arrowed in Washtenaw
get to the bait. He would walk a little
County with a crossbow on the evening bit and stop to look around. As soon as
of December 23, 2014 nets 186 3/8 as a he turned broadside when he was by the
nontypical, beating the previous record bait at 28 yards, I shot him through the
holder by 2 7/8 inches.
heart behind his left shoulder and he
Larry Hensley from Monroe bagged took off like a rocket.
the former state record nontypical crossAs a novice deer hunter who was
bow kill in Monroe County on Novem- extremely excited, John had no idea of
ber 30, 2011. The 15-pointer netted 183 the caliber deer he had shot. He knew
4/8.
the antlers had a good spread, but he
What prompted Tolfree to begin
had no idea how many points were on
deer hunting at the age of 34?
My dad hunted and so
does my father-in-law, but I
never tried hunting myself
until a couple of years ago,
John said. My son said he
wanted to hunt, so when he
took hunter safety, I took it
with him. I then hunted with
my son until he got bored and
quit going.
While hunting with my
son, I saw how calm and
peaceful it can be. I liked it,
so I continued hunting.
Tolfree also found out
how exciting hunting can
be at times when he took a
shot at a doe with his Barnett
Crossbow during the fall of
2013. His arrow missed that
doe, but he managed to fill a
pair of doe tags during firearms season.
A trail camera on the
property John and his fatherin-law, Arthur Girard, hunt
captured one photo of the big
nontypical on the morning of John and his 11-year-old son Connor with the
November 15.
state record crossbow buck.
My father-in-law spooked
the buck from the bait when he went to the antlers.
the treestand before daylight on NovemI thought he had at least 6-point
ber 15, John said. That was the only
antlers. I was hoping it was going to be
photo we got of the big buck or any
a 10-point, but I didnt want to tell my
other deer. Neither of us saw any deer
father-in-law that and it would end up
during gun season or most of the late
being smaller.
bow season.
John waited an hour before blood
The only deer either of them saw
trailing his crossbow buck. Arthur
while hunting during 2014 proved to
went with him and so did Johns wife
be the big nontypical. The 23rd was
and 11-year-old son, Connor, who was
the last day of work for John before
responsible for his father hunting. They
the holidays. He took the time to get a
found the buck within 100 yards of
haircut after he got off work and then
the treestand and it had twice as many
went hunting without changing out of
points as Tolfree had hoped for.
his work clothes.
Now that Connor saw what type of
I was thinking about hunting after
reward patience can produce when it
getting my hair cut, Tolfree said, but
comes to hunting, through his fathers
was discouraged by the fact we hadnt
efforts, the youngster might be inspired
been seeing any deer and the weather
to resume deer hunting during 2015.
was warm. The temperature was 48
John shot the buck with a Barnett
degrees. Then my father-in-law said,
Ghost 410 Crossbow. A Grim Reaper
You cant get anything if you dont go, expandable broadhead was on the
so I went.
arrow Tolfree shot the deer with. The
I got to the treestand about 4 pm.
whitetail had a dressed weight of 175
pounds.n
Toward the end of the day, fog started

25

Kids, sportsmen
help DNR improve
grouse habitat

recent work day at a


Department of Natural
Resources recreation
site on Drummond
Island had it all: local
sportsmen, statewide
conservation clubs, public employees,
citizen volunteers. And kids. Thirtyfive of them.
The event was a tree- and shrubplanting day at the state Grouse
Enhanced Management Site (GEMS).
It brought together groups with varying purposes to fulfill one mission:
improve the habitat for ruffed grouse
and other species on the northern Lake
Huron island.

shrubs that help the wildlife, Plowman said. Elderberries, high bush
cranberries, dogwoods were planting
anything that has anything to do with
helping out wildlife.
And the kids love it, Plowman
continued. They dont care what kind
of trees were planting. They just want
to go out and plant trees.
DNR biologist Dave Jenthoft, who
works out of the DNRs Sault Ste. Marie office, said this was the first project
at the Drummond Island GEMS, which
was established in 2014.
This is a good project, Jenthoft
said. We get some good habitat work
done, and its a good collaborative

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Youngsters plant trees at the DNRs Grouse Enhanced Management Site.

26

This is what we do with the kids for


Arbor Day, said Brian Plowman,
president of the Drummond Island
Sportsmans Club and a captain on
the islands ferry boat. This has been
going on for a lot of years before I was
involved.
The Drummond Island school kids
tree-planting project was begun by
John Ostlund, an Elk Rapids resident who owns a camp on the island.
Known as Bugman Ostlund says
its because I bug everybody, but
really he has a background in entomology the 77-year-old Ostlund started
taking the elementary school kids out
to plant trees years ago. They planted
pine trees on various tracts that were
lacking in tree cover.
We have to help out nature at
times, Ostlund said. She cant do it
all herself.
Ostlunds mission has evolved over
the years, and the program the DNR
embarked on last year to create showcase ruffed grouse management areas
dovetailed perfectly into this years
event.
Were moving more toward

project, getting the kids involved and


getting them out here to understand
habitat. And its good to work with so
many different groups.
Among the groups were the Ruffed
Grouse Society (RGS) and the Michigan Sharp-Tailed Grouse Association.
The RGS, which partners with the
DNR on the GEMS program, is a natural fit. Terry Lamb, a regional director
with RGS, said his group acquired the
trees and shrubs through the Leelanau
County non-profit group Saving Birds
Thru Habitat.
We do this throughout the state,
Lamb said. It allows RGS to work
with the chapters on more than just
holding banquets. People are getting
out and doing something worthwhile
for the environment using elbow
grease on the ground but its a good
social outlet, too.
The sharp-tailed grouse group,
which works to benefit a grassland
species, believes the species it focuses
on will derive some benefit from the
planting, too.
Sharptails will utilize these areas
in the winter for cover and for the mast

DNR biologists Dave Jenthoft (left) and Al Stewart discuss logistics as volunteer Marty Sarrault hands out trees for youngsters to plant at the Drummond Island GEMS. All photos MDNR
crop, said Marty Sarrault of Cheboygan, president of the Michigan Sharptailed Grouse Association. Itll work
for them, too.
Besides, I spend more time going
after grouse and woodcock than I do
sharptails.
Elly Plowman, the teacher who
escorted the 35 Drummond Island Elementary School students (third through
sixth grades) to the site, said the event
was a great fit for the children.
Our school theme is CREW
caring, respectful, enthusiastic workers, she said. This fits in perfectly.
This project is a good way to give them
the opportunity to be good CREW
members.
Trevor Norris, a sixth-grader who
said he planted six trees, agreed.
I like helping the ruffed grouse,
he said. I like to hunt them, once or
twice a year. Ive gotten a few.
Mike and Amanda Fairchild, cattle
farmers on the island, showed up with
their fifth- and sixth-grade sons to help
out.
Its a good time, Mike said.
The kids learn how to plant trees and
help the wildlife, and some of these
kids dont get to do this sort of thing
very often.
And its good to see the Ruffed
Grouse Society involved, too. Its a
good outing.
Charter boat skipper Ivan Gable,
who grew up on the island and retired

there after a long career downstate in


the automotive industry, says the kids
are the key.
Theyre out here picking up
rocks, asking what they are, learning
about trees they cant teach that in
school, he said.
Al Stewart, upland gamebird
specialist with the DNR, said he thinks
the GEMS program with seven sites
across the state is a winner.
GEMS projects coordinate the
community into activities that advance
wildlife and help develop stronger
partnerships with our constituents,
Stewart said. It allows everyone to
have an investment in the land and its
management.
The GEMS will be heavily managed with an eye toward producing
top-quality habitat with easy accessibility. The sites will benefit from
accelerated aspen-cutting rotations,
improved trails that are easily negotiated and seeded to clover, and planting
trees and shrubs that are attractive to
grouse, deer, and other wildlife.
The local chambers of commerce
in these communities want to have
showcase areas that attract people
to them, Stewart said. And theres
an educational component, teaching
people what habitat to look for, or if
youre a landowner, what kind of habitat to strive for on your own property.
For more information on GEMS,
visit www.michigan.gov/hunting.n

A Drummond Island Elementary School student shows off the trees hes about
to plant at the DNRs GEMS site.

H
YOUT S
HUNT

World Class
Whitetails
Trophy Whitetail Deer
Hunting Lodge & Preserve

800-756-5459

www.worldclasswhitetails.com

Take I-75 N to Exit 313 (M-27 North)


Take M-27 N to US-23 in Cheboygan
Take US-23 East 19 Miles To Property On Right

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

S
T
N
U
H
Y
H
TROP D UP
200" AN

A 5,000 square foot lodge located in the heart of Michigans


Northern Lower Peninsula. We are proud to offer some of the
best whitetail deer in the country. Our herd consists of several
bucks that gross over the 200 mark, with a few that net over
200 typical! For hunters we offer hunt-of-a-lifetime opportunities. Our hunts are in a heavily forested area, located along
Lake Huron with Canada just across the lake to the north east.

27

My Thoughts...My Views
Guest Column By Bill Zeidler, Jr

The Camps of the Ottawa


The National Forest Service will not renew
land leases so the camps must be removed!

he sharp crack of the fire, and the


pungent aroma of burnt spruce drifted
slowly skyward towards a crystal clear,
star filled sky above the treetops. To
the north, the distant cry of a coyote
pack, gathering for an evening hunt
along the river, was a perfect fit, for the brisk, early
fall evening. To the south, the lowly moan of a lone
wolf echoed through the forest, a warning to the
coyotes, to keep their distance. Two young boys
and a puppy, sat wide eyed in amazement, as their
senses became overwhelmed with wonderful sights,
sounds, and smells, that none had experienced
before.
Sounds like something straight out of a Norman
Rockwell painting, doesnt it? Well it is, at least to
some.
Some fifty or so odd years ago, someone at the
Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) had
the good sense to allow a couple hundred likeminded folks to lease small parcels of property in
the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. On these
parcels they were allowed to erect small cabins in
some of the most remote, wild and scenic areas of
Michigans U.P.
Since then, generations of people from all walks
of life have spent an untold number of hours enjoying these places. Most are used as hunting and fishing camps, while some merely use them as a place
to get away from the stresses of daily life, a place to
bond with family and friends. Many of these camps
have been handed down through multiple generations, and are still in use today.
In the meantime, the ownership of the properties has changed. They are now under the control
of the National Forest Service (NFS), as part of the

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

28

Ottawa National Forest. The NFS has decided that


when the leases for these little pieces of the Gods
Country expire on January 1, 2017, they will not be
renewed, and all of the camps, and the memories

that go with them, must be removed. Their comment has been that the National Forest Service
is not in the business of leasing property. Even
though, the National Forest Service still uses this
practice in other areas of the country to encourage
public recreation in these types of areas, and has
since 1897, when the Forest Management Act came
into effect. Just as many corporations and government entities do today, it seems they are missing the
point. Its not always about a business, its about
the people. Without people, they would have no
business.
Recreation has always been a valid use of Forest Service lands. People lucky enough to hold one
of these permits, do not see it as a frivolous undertaking. We realize that we shoulder a major responsibility to the land we use. There is an understood
obligation that all permit holders accept the fact that
we are stewards of the land.
As we all know, with time comes change, and
some of these camps have already been removed
due to lack of interest by younger generations to
participate in these types of activities. Thats fine,
this lifestyle is not for everyone. A lot of these
areas have extremely limited access, no power,
no cell reception. Places like this do not appeal
to todays instant gratification generation, which
must be in constant contact with the rest of the
planet. The ability to tweet their morning bowel
movement isnt an option from places like this. Its
really no surprise that waking up in a dark cabin,
to feed a cold stove, or watching the woods come
to life in the morning with a strong cup of coffee
and a good dog, would not appeal to them. Most of
these camps are located where the occupants cannot
hear the roar of traffic, or even see another domicile from the front porch. Make no mistake, these
places are not for everyone.
But to a select group of people, these places are
magic. Most that frequent these camps are strong

To a select group of people, these camps are magic. Camp owners are strong minded, independent,
self-sufficient people, who want nothing more than to have a place to enjoy time with friends and family,
simply a place to step away from it all. Author photos

minded, independent, self-sufficient people, who


want nothing more than to have a place to enjoy
time with friends and family, simply a place to step
away from it all. Or, even if only for a short period,
return to a simpler time.
As a kid, I remember marveling at the old Field
& Stream articles that talked about deer camps of
yesteryear, and listening to my grandfathers stories
of hunting camps he had visited in the U.P. There
have been countless books written on the topic,
describing camps from Maine and Pennsylvania to
Wisconsin and Minnesota. Michigans history is no
different. Michiganders have a strong hunting and
fishing heritage, and a quick trip to any book store
or photography shop will reveal that.
The NFS has stated they want the land to be
available for everyone to use, not just those with
leased camps. The fact is, in most areas, the people
with camps are the only ones leaving footprints in
the snow. The Ottawa is nearly 1,000,000 acres in
size, and there are roughly 100 leased camps remaining, which occupy about one acre each. That
equates to less than .0001% of the forest. For those
of you who are mathematically challenged, like
myself, thats less than one ten-thousandths of a
percent of the overall Ottawa National Forest. Not
a large footprint by any standard.
Its no secret that the number of people that
travel to the western U.P. to recreate in camps has
diminished significantly since the inception of this
leasing program. The old timers of our camp have
said that in the heyday of U.P. deer camps, there
were as many as 200 camps on the road ours is
located on. Less than three dozen remain today.
There are many factors that have contributed
to this. To name a few, some view the hunting
opportunities to be far better in Lower Michigan
and Wisconsin, than the U.P. can offer. The rising
prices of gas, food and hunting licenses have also
played a part. To the folks that frequent these
camps, none of that matters. To them, just being at
camp is all that matters. The small towns located

near these leased camps are already struggling to


stay afloat. The taxes paid by the camps, along
with the revenue that is brought in by visitors to
these camps plays an integral part in their livelihood. Most hunters below the bridge, find hunting
elbow to elbow with other hunters more pleasant
than leaning against an ancient white pine, listening to the echoing croak of a raven perched high
above. And most would rather go home each night
to their adjustable air mattress and satellite TV,
instead of playing cards and watching a mouse
hop across the nose of an old retriever, napping in
front of the fire, as the deer hunters round up fades
in and out on the radio. To each his own. But to
those who at the governmental level that make the
decisions, think about how your decisions affect
the people, not just the pie chart you brief your

Generations of people from all walks of life have spent an untold number of hours enjoying these places.

bosses on every week.


There must be other options, aside from bulldozing and burning a half century of memories for
hundreds of people. I cannot speak for the people
of all of these leased camps when I say this, but
most wouldnt object to a reasonable raise in the
lease to allow us to stay. Or, offer to sell us the
land that camps are on with an easement to allow
access. The way decisions are made these days I
would be surprised if anyone in the decision making process has even set foot in the area of these
camps. Most likely, they are basing their decision
on a spreadsheet full of numbers, and some bureaucratic pressure to show the government they are
doing everything they can to save the planet.
There is a young Yooper Lady, named Kristin Ojaniemi, who is in the process of filming a
documentary that will hopefully serve as a plea
to preserve these camps for future generations to
enjoy, as well as to document what could possibly
be the end of an era. I encourage you to visit her
website at http://www.upariver.net/. She has many
interviews on the site that will give you a look into
the eyes of some of the people this decision is affecting. Her dialog also demonstrates some of the
history and heritage these camps hold within the
Ottawa.
Several years ago, a friend and I spent a long,
cold evening tracking a wounded, heavy horned
U.P. buck up and down the hills and creek banks of
the Ottawa. I can still remember the smell of cedar,
and the calming trickle of the river in the still night
air, as we deliberately picked our way across an
old beaver dam. As we struggled to locate the old
bucks sign on the snow covered creek bank for
the third time that crisp, November evening, we
watched the sun sink below the hilltops, and the
days final orange, red and yellow rays glistened on
the ice forming along the river. A single coyote
whine came from the hilltop above. There wasnt
another soul for miles. It was then, that we began
to realize the depth and beauty of the untouched
wilderness we had ventured into.
Memories that vivid are rare in persons life.
Life is short, and times like those make us realize
how small we really are in the scheme of things on
this planet. I cannot imagine not having the opportunity to experience something like that again in
my life.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

There must be other


options, aside from bulldozing and burning a half
century of memories for
hundreds of people.

29

How Much Wood Can a Woodchuck Chuck


Actually, they are ground-dwelling rodents and have nothing to do with wood!

ust the other day my wife


Ginny and I checked out a
patch of wild asparagus on
our farm that has always
been a dependable producer.
Much to Ginnys dismay it
was all cropped down, obviously by
some sort of critter. It didnt take me
long to figure out the most
likely suspect when I spotted a woodchuck den-hole
just a few yards away and
there was no doubt in my
mind a woodchuck would
thoroughly enjoy dining on
a fresh supply of asparagus.
The fact is when it comes
to greens and vegetables,
there is very little a
woodchuck doesnt
mind savoring. Here
in the Thumb, combine farm crops
(especially bean and alfalfa fields)
with multiple gardens, it is in literally
woodchuck heaven.
The old tongue-twister How
much wood can a woodchuck chuck
actually says it all because a woodchuck doesnt chuck on any sort of
wood and in fact its name doesnt

relate to the woods at all. It got its


official title from early English settlers
who corrupted the Native American
(Algonquian) name for this grounddwelling rodent they called wuchak.
Woodchucks actually prefer more
open ground and due to the settlement process of this country that
cleared forests to make way
for farming, it would be to
the woodchucks advantage.
There is little doubt more
woodchucks are here today
than ever before in this country when the Pilgrims first
arrived. In fact Ive heard
comments from quite a few
landowners this year that the
woodchuck numbers
are up in the Thumb
and woodchucks
certainly appreciate our agriculturally rich area. And yes, their numbers
are up according to my personal field
observations. And quite frankly, as an
avid woodchuck hunter, Im a bit excited about participating in this certain
summer pastime.
The woodchuck is also called
a groundhog (obviously due to its

By Tom Lounsbury

Woodchucks, also called groundhogs are the largest member of the squirrel family.
robust outline) and whistle-pig (due
to its piercing alarm call when it sees
danger approaching). It is the largest
member of the squirrel family with a
typical weight of 4 to 9 lbs. but some
well-fed examples have been weighed

in at around 30 lbs. Although it can


climb trees when it is necessary (to
escape predators or get fruits and
nuts or simply pan the countryside)
woodchucks are distinctly designed
for tunneling and living underground.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

989.879.1110

30

feet underground and can feature 46


feet of tunnels with a nest chamber
and a separate toilet chamber, which
are developed slightly higher than the
main tunnel (to stay high and dry and
cozy). There will be at least two and
as many as five entrance holes which
besides normal day to day convenience, aid in escaping danger, which
is why woodchucks can be standing
out in front of you, and then suddenly
disappear as if by magic.
Woodchucks are true hibernators,
and store up fat during the warm
season to go in that very unique state
(scientists are studying woodchucks
in this regard to humans venturing into future space travel). Their
winter den will be below frost level to
remain above freezing temperatures
for their winter sleep, and sometimes
they select separate winter sites. All
I can say is the local woodchucks
on my farm stay in the same place
as they are already deep enough for
anything Mother Nature will throw at
them.
The woodchuck mating season is
from early March until late April and
the two to six young are born after a
31-32 day gestation period. The male

woodchuck mate will be with the


female until just before the young are
born, and then he gets his move out
of the den orders. The female rears
the young alone, which are weaned
and on their own in 5 or 6 weeks.
Ive been woodchuck hunting
since I was a farm kid given permission to be out with a single-shot .22
rifle. It is an outdoor pastime that has
taught me a whole lot about marksmanship and shot placement, not to
mention spot and stalk techniques
because woodchucks are wary and
sharp-eyed critters. They are also
very edible and I have a friend with a
recipe for woodchuck stew that will
sway anybody.
Woodchucks can be hunted with
center-fire rifles here in the Thumb,
and a favorite round of mine is the
.223. The fact is many rifle (caliber) rounds have been created with
woodchuck hunting in mind and it is
a wonderful summer outdoor pastime
to pursue. I dearly love it.
I cornered a woodchuck near our
barn once (when I was a kid) and I
can tell you for a fact that they can go
on the offensive at the get go for their
size and make a grinding noise with

Woodchuck den-holes are easy to recognize, and more entrance holes will be
associated with it.
their teeth when agitated, as well their
tail-hairs stand straight up making the
tail appear like a fluffed-up brush. It
wasnt a warm and fuzzy encounter at
all and we decided to go our separate
ways.
I appreciate woodchucks for what
they represent in nature, but I also
appreciate the hunting challenge they
offer during the summer months, and
hunting truthfully offers the only effective method to keep their numbers
in check with the habitat. It works for
me anyway!n

CALL 989.879.1110

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

They have a curved spine similar to


that of moles and are quite adept in
their earthy environment.
This unique tunneling and excavating process will have an estimated
5,500 lbs of soil moved around for
just one burrow and can have a
detrimental effect if it is performed
near and around building foundations
(wonder why that foundation just
cracked under a long stable building? Ive personally witnessed it
and woodchucks were the culprits),
and the (unseen) burrows have been
known to damage farm equipment.
I will never forget hitting a woodchuck burrow with the front tires of
my narrow-front Oliver 88 tractor
a couple summers ago, while brushhogging the firebreak around one of
my CRP prairie grass fields. It is an
eye opening experience for sure that
will shake the fillings in your teeth
loose, not to mention causing you
to see your life to flash before your
eyes while desperately regaining your
seat with a buzzing brush-hog right
behind you. The burrows do however
in a better light, offer shelter to other
wildlife such as cottontail rabbits.
Woodchuck burrows go about five

31

Advanced
By Michael Veine

Cutting Edge Tactics For


Catching Walleyes Using
Bottom Bouncers...

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Spinner/crawler rigs taken to depth with bottom bouncers is an incredibly

32 consistent walleye presentation, especially on the Great Lakes. Author photos

rolling with a spinner/


crawler rig taken to depth
with a bottom bouncer
is perhaps the most
consistently productive
walleye fishing technique
out there on many bodies of water,
especially the Great Lakes. When it
comes to spring and summer walleye
fishing on much of Saginaw Bay and
Lake Erie, bottom bouncer presentations are a top choice accounting for
more walleyes in the box than any
other technique that I know of. I have
been perfecting the art of big water,
bottom bouncer fishing for walleyes
over decades and through trial and
error along with lots of experimentation, I have developed some unique
techniques that savvy anglers are now
using to really up their walleyes catch
big time. There is certainly a lot of
poor advice out about how to fish with
bottom bouncers, mostly from folks
that just havent experimented enough
to really refine their techniques. Read
on for some cutting edge tactics for
catching boatloads of walleyes using
bottom bouncers.
Earlier this year, we enjoyed a
robust crankbait bite taking some
very nice sized walleyes for weeks
in April out of Au Gres on Saginaw
Bay. Like usual though, one day that
bite just died a quick death and the
fish just disappeared from the clear
waters in the shallows where we had
been catching them. This happens
every spring there and the walleyes
relocate where they scatter out over
deep water. On April 24, 2015, the
crankbait bite died and luckily I was
not on a charter, but rather I was just
out fun fishing and scouting with a
friend of mine Bill Mauro. We had
trolled with cranks for over two hours
with only one hit, so we decided to
change over to spinner/crawler rigs
pulled behind bottom bouncers over
deeper water. We deployed six lines:
three using half crawlers and three
with whole night crawlers. The only
reason I used whole crawlers on one
side of the spread was because Bill
was skeptical of using half crawlers,
which I use regularly with very consistent success.
The wind was blowing from the
northeast, so we trolled from deeper
water toward shallower water starting out 35 feet and heading towards
the Au Gres River mouth. We didnt

get any hits until we got to 25 of


water and then we started getting
pretty good action, but only the half
crawlers were getting bit. Our bites
stopped when we came close to 20,
so we then pulled lines, ran back up
wind and set up for a second, more
targeted trolling pass over the best
area and with a complete spread of
half crawlers then too as Bill became
a half crawler believer by then. We
continued to catch fish, but a problem
cropped up as Bills boots were literally disintegrating right off his feet.
Neither of had ever seen anything like
it before. One minute he was wearing perfectly fine boots and an hour
later he was standing there practically
barefoot. It was cold that day too with
temperatures in the 30s, so his feet
were not doing so great. He was making a mess out of my boat too with his
boot parts, so we decided to end our
fishing adventure a couple fish short
of our limits, but we had amassed a
good enough catch though to win a
bet with another fishermen friend of
ours who was out in his boat and stuck
with the crank bait program with little
to show for it.

The Bottom Bouncers

Not all bottom bouncers are created


equal. I learned that lesson years ago
when I was fishing in a big walleye
tournament and bought some bottom
bouncers at the local bait shop. With
a big fish on the line, the walleye
suddenly broke off and I was really
POed to find out that it was the wire
of the bottom bouncer that had failed.
It cost us thousands of dollars in that
tournament, so from then on, I only
use the best quality bottom bouncers
available. My favorite bottom bouncers are made by Walleyes Choice
manufactured just outside Gladstone,
MI (walleyeschoice.com). They are
made with .040 gauge, stainless wire
and premium components and I have
never had one fail. I prefer the plain
lead color ones.
I have not used a bottom bouncer
that is less than 3 ounces in many
years. In fact, I use 3 ouncers to
target walleyes from 8 to 40 feet
deep. Any deeper than 40, and I use
5 ounce bouncers and if Im really
looking to get a spinner down deep,
then I use 6 ounce models. A lot of
self proclaimed walleye experts will
tell you to use much lighter bottom
bouncers, but if you try heavier ones,
you will never go back. I have done
side by side testing many times where
lighter bottom bouncers are fished
next to heavy (minimum 3 ounces)
bouncers with the same spinner rigs
on each. The heavy bottom bouncers

bottom bouncer tactics


never fail to produce a lot more bites.
My theory is that the heavy bottom
bouncers kick up silt and tidbits of
food that turns the walleyes on. But
even when Im fishing for suspended
fish, those heavy bottom bouncers
sometimes will out produce similar
rigs with fish-weights, Snap Weights
or other measures to bring a spinner
rig to depth. Those heavy bottom
bouncers must also then create some
kind of disturbance or vibrations in
the water that walleyes are drawn to.
I can also troll faster while still maintaining bottom contact with heavy
bottom bouncers, which allows me
to show my lures to more fish. What
ever the reasons, you will never see
me with light bottom bouncers on any
of my rods because Im in the busness of catching lots of fish and those
light bottom bouncers are a handicap
for that effort.

The Spinner/Crawler Rig

This dandy walleye grabbed a fire/tiger spinner rig with leading bottom bouncer.
to act like a shock absorber to prevent
rod damage from people that dont
stop reeling when the bottom bouncer
reaches the rod tip. The snap swivel
is attached to the loop on the front of
the bottom bouncer.
Two of my favorite spinner crawler rigs are fire/tiger and red/silver.
Fire/tiger consists of orange beads,
a chartreuse rig float and chartreuse
with orange blade. Red/silver has red
beads and a plain, silver blade. These
rigs have accounted for literally thousands of walleyes at Saginaw Bay
over the years on my boat.

The Trolling Spread

I typically troll with eight rods:


Six off in-line planer boards and two
off the gunnels (flat lines). With
heavy bottom bouncers I have found
that Church Tackle Walleye Boards
perform very well. Some planer
boards will simply not pull those
heavy weights very far out to the
sides of the boat the way Walleye
Boards will. I also like to space
the boards out when running bottom bouncers as it seems like when
they are too close together, you will
get fewer bites. I prefer a spacing
of about 50 for best results. I have
some friends of mine that like to run
a lot of lines, but when they space
them to close together, those extra
lines will actually reduce the overall
number of hookups compared to a
well spaced out, simpler spread.

If I am unsure about how far to set


the bottom bouncer rigs back behind
the boards for a given depth and trolling speed, then that is where those flat
lines are very important. After setting
my trolling speed and course on my
auto pilot, I will let out a metered
amount of line with my line counter
reels while holding the rod and I will
feel for the bottom bouncer to be just
ticking on the bottom. I then subtract
the estimated distance of the line
from the tip of the rod to the waters
surface and presto, I have my setback
number for my planer board rigs. If
the depth increases, rather than letting out more line on all my rigs, I
may just slow down a little bit all the
while monitoring the bottom contact
once in a while on my flatlines. Conversely, if I troll into shallower water,
I can just speed up a little to keep
things ticking on bottom nicely.

Bottom Bouncers
For Suspended Walleyes

Last year my clients caught


hundreds of suspended walleyes on
Saginaw Bay with spinner/crawler
rigs taken to depth with bottom
bouncers. One area we fished during
July and August was 15 to 20 feet
deep with weeds on the bottom, so
running the lures to deep just got
them fouled. By setting them about
10 off bottom though, the walleyes
really went nuts over them. When we

(and friends in their boats) tried using


other methods to take the spinners
down, they got far fewer hits than the
bottom bouncer rigs did. Also, those
fish would sometimes just turn off at
mid day moving down to the bottom
and deeper. When that happened,
we just slid out a little deeper and
dropped the bottom bouncers down
to the fish and continued catching
walleyes with no muss, fuss or delays
from re-rigging.

More Tips

Bottom bouncer rigs are often


being drug over bottom debris that
can dull hooks. Even catching a
lot of fish will dull and bend hooks.
Extremely sharp hooks are critical to
holding onto fish with spinner rigs.
Every day I re-sharpen my spinner/
crawler rig hooks and I dont put a rig
back into storage until it is sharpened. I use a hook sharpening stone
to touch up hooks and keep it right
in my pocket at all times to perform
touchups while fishing.
I mentioned earlier that I use
half crawlers a lot. Day in and day
out they will simply catch more fish
that whole crawlers. I string the tip
of the nose onto the front hook and
insert the back hook right though the
collar of the crawler. Then I break
the crawler off about one inch behind
the collar and use the tail end of the

Bottom bouncers tactic next page

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

I tie all my own spinner/crawler


rigs and I am extremely fussy about
them as I have learned through the
process of elimination what works
best. I start off with 25 pound test,
fluorocarbon, leader material, which
is the heaviest line that will fit
through the clevises I use. Walleyes
are not line shy, so the havier and
tougher the leader material the better.
My bottom bouncer harnesses are
about five feet long. I first tie on a
#4, Eagle Claw, bait holder hook with
a snell knot leaving a tag end of about
5. On that tag end I tie on another
#4 bait holder hook using a halfblood knot spaced about 3 from the
front hook. Next I string on a variety
of beads and rig floats and then I slide
on a white, quick change clevis that
I buy from Cabelas. The spinner
blade goes on the clevis and I finish
off the rig by tying a loop knot, which
is attached to the snap-swivel on the
bottom bouncer.
I only use #3 Colorado Blades on
my bottom bouncer, spinner/crawler
rigs. Those blades spin great at both
slow and fast trolling speeds and
they seem to work better on bottom
bouncers than any other size. Often
times I troll at a fairly brisk speed
and the small, Colorado blades really
perform better than big ones at faster
speeds. Bigger blades start to wobble
and tangle at fast speeds, whereas the
small ones just spin like crazy and
continue to draw in fish.
My main line is clear, 15 pound
test, Cabelas, Salt Striker co-polymer, which Ive used for many years
and it is both very thin and tough
stuff. I string a 1 length of thin, carburetor hose in front of a snap swivel

33

Bottom bouncer tactics:


from page 33
crawler on the next bait-up with similar hook spacing. If the night crawler
is too small to come up with two decent sized, useable halves, I just pinch
off the tail and toss it out. Im not
sure why walleyes prefer half crawlers, but they certainly do. Im not

length of the bait certainly will


decrease short strikes upping the bite
to catch ratio significantly. Also, if a
crawler gets bit and it is a little torn
up, but can still be threaded back onto
the hook, then reuse it as that torn up
one will draw walleyes like a magnet.

Spinner/crawler rigs can be stored on cut lengths of noodles and then put in plastic
shoe boxes.
even sure why they go after crawlers
in the first place because there are
certainly no naturally occurring night
crawlers swimming around in the
open waters of the Great Lakes.
I do know that for some odd
reason, walleyes just love night
crawlers though. I suspect that
the broken crawler gives off more
scent than a whole one. The shorter

1
4
Annual

st

Besides, using half crawlers


will result in a great reduction in
live bait expenses, which is always
a good thing for anglers on a
budget.
The author offers fishing charters
specializing in Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay walleyes. Contact Mike
Veine at www.trophyspecialists.com
or 734-475-9146.n

Angler input sought on


U.P. Peninsula rivers for
brook trout research
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
announced that select rivers
across the Upper Peninsula
again will be part of an angler survey effort during the
2015 inland trout season.
The survey is designed to help evaluate public response and potential biological effects of an experimental regulation that allows an additional five
brook trout to be harvested in specified research areas. Survey information will be used to improve future brook trout management in the U.P.
The experimental regulation originally went into effect April 1, 2013.
Currently it applies to segments of Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties), East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County), East Branch
Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), Dead River (Marquette
County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), Presque Isle River and
tributaries (Gogebic County) and Lower Rock River and tributaries (Alger County). The regulations upstream/downstream boundaries on these
rivers are described on pages 52 through 66 of the 2015 Michigan Fishing
Guide and are depicted as online maps on the DNRs website.
Angler input is being sought through two methods: 1) from self-addressed, postage paid survey cards that will be distributed by DNR staff
at the rivers listed above and also at other rivers chosen as experimental
controls, or 2) from an online survey (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr)
Anglers are asked to fill out one card or online survey per person, per
trip.
To learn more about this experimental regulation, please review the
information available online (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr)

Michigan Brown Trout Festival


JULY 17TH - JULY 26TH, 2015

FISHING TOURNAMENT
Will Start At . . .

6:00 am Saturday, July 18TH


And Ends At . . .

2:00 pm Sunday, July 26TH

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

NEW THIS YEAR!


BASS TOURNAMENT!

34

Over

80,000

IN CASH
& PRIZES!

Pepsi/Lafarge Super Tournament


24th Annual Ladies Classic Two Day Walleye Extravaganza
One Day Thunder Bay Classic Bass Tournament
Stan Koneke Memorial Kids Tournament
2nd Annual Kiddie Classic Family Day - Entertainment
Raffles Daily Prizes And Much, Much More!

WALLEYE TOURNAMENT
$8,000 Guaranteed 1st Place

BASS TOURNAMENT
$2,500 Guaranteed 1st Place

989-590-2479 www.alpenami-browntrout.com

Manistee, Michigan
Trophy Salmon, Steelhead & Trout Fishing

FIRE PLUG
CHARTERS

Charter
Directory

CALL NOW! Special 8 Hour


Trip For Browns In April!

Captain Dan Golden


fishon@fireplugcharters.com

231-398-9073 517-260-5297
www.fireplugcharters.com

SPECIAL RATE FOR:

Families Seniors Corporate Outings Military


ENDORSED BY:
Muskie Hunter Magazine
Field and Stream Magazine Fishing Facts Magazine

CATCH
HY
YOUR TROP...
WITH US

BIGFISH
CHARTER SERVICES

We Fish Michigan/Canadian Waters


ALL
MUSKIES
RELEASED

June-November

August - November

Over 7000 muskie boated since 1976


35 years of professional experience

AS SEEN ON MICHIGAN OUT OF DOORS


734-395-8820
Site: http://www.millers-sportfishing.com
E-mail: dsmiller471@gmail.com

BIGFISH

CHARTER SERVICES

CAPT. TOM LOY


810-580-9252
bigfishcharterservices.com

TROPHY SPECIALISTS
FISHING CHARTERS
Charters Starting At Only $300 - Gift Certificates Available
Captain Mike Veine targets the hottest action at the best
places, during peak trophy producing periods.

Eries Trophy Walleyes

Saginaw Bay Walleye


Our spring and summer charters
produce consistant limits. Both
eaters and lunkers are typically
caught on most charters for the
perfect mix.

Lake Michigan Salmon


During August we target the
abundant king salmon off Manistee.
This is the peak period at one of the
best ports for world class, trophy
salmon.

734-475-9146
www.trophyspecialists.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

MUSKIE
SEASON
IS
HERE!

Early spring on Lake Erie serves up


the best trophy walleye fishery in
the world. From ice-out in March
through April, Lake Erie offers
outstanding trophy walleye action.

35

Losing the Grip


Welcome To Cootville ... By Tom Geezer Carney

ou can warm me up,


Tom? You can warm
me up? Are you serious?
Maureen had done
a great job of holding
her fire as she marched
from the bank ahead of me. But once I
plopped onto my truck seat, she let fly.
Do you realize you spent more
time trying to entertain that young
teller than she took handling those
three transactions of yours?
But I like adding a little joy and
mirth to their day, I responded.
How does saying she could
come around and warm you up add
any joy and mirth?
She asked if there were anything
else she could do for me. I was cold,
you know.
Oh my goodness! Im
married to a geezer.
Hey, thats not very nice!
What do you expect me to say,
Tom?

But geezer has such a negative


connotation to it.
Its supposed to be negative,
Tom. You were being an idiot.
Thats not nice either.
Doesnt matter. You were acting like a geezer again. Third times
the charm. You are now officially a
geezer.
Wait! What? What do you mean
three? When were the other two
times?
Maureen was more than happy
to recall that about two months ago,
I suggested we spice things up a bit
by planning a date night every week.
In her mind the term date night
conjured up images of candlelight,
wine, fine dining, pleasant ambience,
genteel behavior and some romance.
And nice clothes. Im sure she thought
Id wear nice clothes.
But no, Tom. Your idea of date
night is to make the four-thirty seating
at the Eagle Clubs Friday night fish
fry and being home and off the roads

by six p.m. You know who suggests


that kind of a date, Tom? Geezers!
But it was all you can eat. Plus
free drink refills.
Then she reminded me about my
recent, nightly Internet searches for a
new watch.
Well, that settles it, I had finally
announced. Im going to need about
six thousand dollars.
What? Why?
For a Rolex.
Tom, you do not need a Rolex
wristwatch.
Yeah, I think I do.
Why?
Rolex is the only one with a
bubble. I need a bubble.
What in heavens name is a
bubble? she asked.
Its a raised part of the crystal.
Like a dome. From the side it looks
like a bubble.
And you need this because?
It magnifies the date. I cant tell
the date on any of my current watches.

They dont have bubbles.


And whens the last time you
used a watch to tell you the date?
I dont remember. I quit looking
because the numbers are too small
for my reach. Thats why I need a
bubble.
You dont need a bubble.
Yeah, I think I need a bubble.
Tom! Just check the date on your
cell phone! You dont need a bubble.
Maureen had a point there. And
the more I tried on the thought that I
am now an old geezer, the more the
not-too-distant past helped to validate
her claim.
Last fall during our annual hunting
trip to Michigans Upper Peninsula, I
logged more woods time than I had in
the previous six years. The only problem was that I spent that time driving
and looking for new hunting spots.
Once Id find one, though, Id be so
sleepy from driving that I needed a

Welcome to Cootville page 38

Church Tackle Co.

WE DIDNT INVENT THE PLANER BOARD, WE JUST PERFECTED IT!

The TX-007 Stern Planer

An all new type of planer!

RIGHT

Specia
-2h T2
l
ckle Co. Sodus, M
rc a
I
TX
Chu
hurchtackle.com
www.c

rch Tackle Co.


Chu

2 Special
-2
ckle Co. Sodus, M
rch Ta
I
TX
Chu
hurchtackle.com
www.c
LEFT

Allows for easy planer storage!


Change tow-arm & clips in a snap!

10 1/4 long, weighs about 3 oz

Great for trolling in congested areas and for more effective contour
trolling along drop offs, contour lines, reef edges and weed lines in
rivers, lakes or the ocean. Effective for all species.

The optional E-Z Store devise easily attaches


to the Walleye Board, TX-44 or TX-22 side
planers. Just slide the tow-arm & clip off for
storage or change to another tow-arm & clip
slide back on when youre ready to fish again.
Part# 40519 sold 2 per package 1 left & 1 right

Run more lines out the back of the boat by staggering the TX-007.
Run any distance from the boat yet maintain desired depth.
Easy to attach and remove. Suitable for salt water or fresh water

Manufacturer of Fine Northern Hardwoods


Firewood by the Semi-Load

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Buyers of Standing Timber


SFI Trained Loggers and Forest Consultants
Wildlife and Timberland Improvements
Select cutting; Clear cutting
Mechanized logging and handcutting

36

Contact one of our buyers today


brad@billsbylumber.com or jim@billsbylumber.com
(616) 634-1522 or (989) 544-9342
2725 Larch Rd.
Harrison, MI 48625
www.billsbylumber.com

WE BUY ASH!

EZ Store

For Your Planer Board

TX-22 and TX-44 are reversible and both have


a fluorescent red flag included, making the
board easy to see, folds down for easy storage!

TX-22 Special
Planer Board

The most perfectly balanced boards on the


market; set upright in the water at 0 speed.

TX-44
SUPER
PLANER

Size: 14 x 4 1/4 x 7/8

The TX-44 is the first and the


only in-line planer to pull the
magnum divers, Lead Core, Wire
or Copper Lines and Heavy Weights.
Part# 30580 All Church Tackle planer boards come ready to run right out of the package, no extras to buy.
9 3/8 X 3 1/2
5 different planer board models to choose from!
The Revelator Flasher!
The Shock Wave
No More Toothpicks!
The Flasher for Champions! No fish can resist the Revelator.
Cut-bait Head Flips up to easily to insert herring strip,
The unique body design make each
rotation different, 4 attachment
holes will give your flies,
spoons or lure extra action to
catch the big one.
8 & 5 3/4 lengths with many tape and body colors to choose from
Same great design, now also available
in
.
dynamic metallic colors for even more flash.

snaps shut and spike holds cut bait in place

White, green, red or glow


or chrome; plain or with
flashy WTP tape.

NEW for 2015 2 in 1 BOARD CLIP

2 clips in 1 use as a Standard Adj. Flex Clip or in


seconds move the rivet & hardware to the second
hole, turn the top piece around for a Vise Clip
Pads are replaceable when worn

Adjustment holes along side let you


easily adjust line to any length.

Standard Clip
Vise Clip
When using as a Standard Clip, it can be adjusted to release, the Vise Clip will not release

Rivet placement
Standard
Clip
Vise Clip

Please check with your local tackle shop first, if they dont carry our products visit us at www.churchtackle.com
to view all of our great American made fishing gear, or call us at 269-934-8528 to request a catalog.

Make Camping A Power Trip.


Take a lightweight, portable Honda Generator on
your next outdoor sporting trip and youll have power
for just about anything. Like a coffee maker, electric
lights, TV or even a stove for all the fish youll reel in.

The EU Series features generators that are easy to


start, produce fewer emissions and are remarkably
quiet. Plus, theyre covered by our 3-Year Warranty.
Theyre the catch of the day. And thats no fish story.

gen.honda.com
EU2000

EU1000

799

999

$MSRP and MAP

$MSRP and MAP

EU3000

1999

$MSRP and MAP

Handi

2299

$MSRP and MAP

Your Authorized Honda Power Equipment Dealer

BayPOWER
City EQUIPMENT
PROFESSIONAL
BaySOUTH
CycleMAY
7405
3800
S. Huron
(M-13)
OKLAHOMA
CITY, OK
73159
989-684-0754
(405) 634-7313
Brighton
C & C Sports
8090 W. Grand River Ave.
if paid in full within
810-227-7068

NO INTEREST
MONTHS

Brownwith
City
regular payments!
Interest will be charged to your account from
the purchase date if the purchase balance is
Bens Supercenter
not paid in full within the promotional period
or if you make a late payment.*
4436 W. Main
Street
810-346-2835

HONDA OF TULSA
SMITH FARM & GARDEN
METRO TURF OUTDOOR POWER INC
Burton
Mecosta
4926 EAST Atherton
21ST STREET
5500
HUETTNER DRIVE
Road Sales 8804 EAST 41ST STREET
Lakeside Motor
Sports
TULSA,6468
OK 74114
E. Atherton Road TULSA, OK 74145
10964 90th NORMAN,
Ave. OK 73069
(918) 744-5551
(918) 665-3364
(405) 360-5045
810-743-7776
231-972-4146

Midland
SMITH FARM & GARDEN
SAWGRASS EQUIPMENT
SHAWNEE HONDA MOTORSPORTS
Ft. Gratiot
3733 Jones
N.W. 10TH
STREET
99 Center
INTERSTATE PARKWAY
Rental
Sales & Service 8712 WEST 6TH Stevens Sport
1911
E.
Airport
Road OK 74804
OKLAHOMA CITY,4600
OK 73107
STILLWATER,
OK
74074
SHAWNEE,
24th Ave.
989-631-6450
(405) 946-9828
(405) 533-1992
(405) 273-1400
810-385-6000

BRANDT FLEET
DISTRIBUTORS INC
Portland
1617
SOUTH
STREET
Bader
and4TH
Sons
OK 73018
6018CHICKASHA,
E. Grand River
Ave.
(405) 222-8042
517-647-4164

Rochester
Hills
CENTRAL
POWER EQUIPMENT,
INC
Rochester
LawnMAC
Equipment
4121 NORTH
ARTHUR
94 West CITY,
Auburn
OKLAHOMA
OK 73122
248-852-4961
(405) 495-3732

Mt. Pleasant

Royal Oak

269-685-9557

989-799-0942

Kalamazoo
See Honda.com for full
warranty details. *The Honda Power Equipment Visa
credit card
is issued
by Wells Fargo Financial NationalBillings
Bank. Special
termsEquipment
apply to purchases
Central
Motor
Sports
Lawn
Steensma
Lawn
Equipment
charged with
approved credit
at participating
merchants. Regular minimum905
monthly
payments are
required during the promotional period.
will beStreet
charged to your
Corporate
Drive
221Interest
N. Main
7561
Stadium
account from the
purchase
date at theDrive
regular APR if the purchase balance is not
paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a248-541-4812
late payment. For newly opened
989-773-6025
accounts, the regular APR is 27.99%. The APR may vary. The APR is given as of 06/01/2011. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will
Plainwell
Saginaw
be $1.00. If you use theLinwood
card for cash advances, the cash advance fee is 5% of the amount
of the cash advance, but not less than $10.00. Offer expires
12/31/2011. **Minimum
Lawnbefore
Equipment
Wohlfeil
Hardware
Bader & Sons
Advertised Price. ***Manufacturer
s Suggested Retail Price. Please readSteensma
the owners manual
operating your Honda Power Equipment
and never use
in a closed or partly
361Honda
12thMotor
Street
5818 State Street
N. Garfield
Roadto carbon monoxide. 2011 American
enclosed area 500
where you
could be exposed
Co., Inc.

800-306-1100

Please read the owners manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment and never use in a closed or partly enclosed area where you could be exposed to carbon monoxide. 2015 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

OCONNORS
LAWN & GARDEN
Almont
2244
NORTHWEST
140
Novaks
Supply
& Equipment
OKLAHOMA
OK 73134
3620 VanCITY,
Dyke
Rd.
(405) 751-3222
810-798-8533

37

Welcome to Cootville:
from page 36

nap.
Each night in camp, I skipped
the post-dinner drinks and discussions, instead heading immediately
to bed so I could get up early and hit
the grouse woods at first light. By
the time I awoke, however, everyone
would be gone, and Id barely have
enough time to eat breakfast before
it was lunch hour. Then Id go scout.
And then Id need those naps.
And in South Dakota the signs
were there. I just hadnt read them
accurately.
Each day we hunted, after taking on the role of a walker in a single
field a single time I inserted if not
asserted myself as a blocker on all
subsequent drives. At the time I told
people it was because I needed to
get lots of photos, but now I know
better.
Things became obvious to me,
though, with the pickup experience.
We volunteer blockers had piled into
a truck bed to rush to the far end
of a cornfield that the others would
hunt. The combination of the trucks
bouncing and a lack of a handhold
caused me to sit cockeyed in order
to protect my artificial hips and to
grasp for anything in sight when a
jolt almost sent me flying. The young
person I grasped was clearly unsettled

by my actions. My shriek probably


didnt help matters, either.
On the next drive, I rode in the
cab with the hunting dogs.
While blocking again, I was
distracted as the implications set
in. Shaken by the realization that I
was the oldest person in our group, I
started trying to bring mirth and joy
to the group, as if they were young
bank tellers. People grinned politely
if not painfully and cast their gazes
downward. A couple people toed the
dirt the way folks do when they are
being polite while an old guy carries
on and on.
The worst sign came on the last
day of our groups hunt. We had
ended the day about an hour from our
HQ hotel in Aberdeen. On the drive
back, to keep our host in my sights I
blazed up the highway, at times hitting 87 mph.
Aha! I might have muttered
gleefully when I realized I was the
first from the group to make it back
to the hotel. Plenty of time for a nice
shower to drain the cold from my
bones and then mosey to the restaurant to revel in the company of young
people. Yessir!
So I showered. And showered.
And let the warm penetrate. Then, as
planned I moseyed to the

Superior Products. Amazing Results!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Premium Quality,
Whitetail Mineral Supplement
demanded by Five Industry Pro Staffs.

38

Now available to the public!


Consult all game laws in your area before starting a mineral supplement program.

It didnt take the author long to realize that the pickups bed was a place for
young people And he was better off in the cab with the Labrador retrievers. Tailfeather Communications, LLC. photo
Everyone else from the group had
already gathered! They had all gotten
cleaned up and had changed clothes.
The ladies even had had enough time
to do their hair and put on makeup. In
less time it had taken me to drain the
cold from my bones.
Dinner lasted late into the
evening. Around seven oclock, I
yawned, bid everyone
Good evening, and returned
to my room. From the bedside table
I retrieved a bottle and popped four
antacids, just in case those pieces of

green pepper in the salad decided to


talk back to me during the night.
The next morning as I ate breakfast, one of the young people who
had been reveling all night tumbled
in and plopped down beside me. He
popped open his can of energy drink
and took a long swig.
As I sat there contemplating
generation gaps and ones mortality,
the waitress asked if she could refill
my cup.
Yes, please, I replied.
Decaf.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

39

Shivering
Summer
Walleyes

The Next Bite...By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

f youve been walleye fishing


for any amount of time, you
no doubt have developed that
little voice in your head
you know the one the one
that tells you to move to a
new spot when the fish arent
biting where you are at the moment.
That voice that whispers to you try
the Firetiger one, it worked on that
other lake so it should work here. We
all have it. Do you listen to your little
voice?
Last summer while preparing for
a NWT tournament on Green Bay,
Garys little voice was talking to him
persistently. Green Bay, like most
other Great Lakes fisheries, tended

to be a trolling bite, but we, as well


as a few other anglers, were always
looking at ways to target the walleyes
that were set up on structure on these
vast bodies of water; some way that
did not involve trolling. We wanted
a more precise approach to catching
these fish. Garys voice kept telling
him there was a better way; better
than rigging, or conventional jigging
presentations.
Known primarily as a trolling
bite fishery, the walleyes of Lake
Michigans north end are notorious for
being tough to catch when the winds
lay down in the summer months.
Most of the walleyes there relate to
structure like humps and breaks, and

If there is one thing we have learned in all our years of walleye fishing its
that the right action catches fish and not all baits have it.
because of the clear water tend to be
finicky unless you have a good chop
on the surface. We knew there had
to be a better tactic than trolling to
reach these fish and Garys little voice
kept telling him it had to be a jiggingtype technique just not your typical
one. There was a tactic we had never
used here before, but that had some
success in other areas of the country

and that was to use ice-fishing style


jigging minnow lures on open water
structures. In his internet researching,
Gary had found a bait that resembled
the popular Jigging Rapala that many
anglers were using for this tactic, but
one that he had a gut feeling would
have the action he was looking for to
trigger more bites. What he found was
the Moonshine Shiver Minnow. A lure

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

HIDDEN HORNS GAME RANCH

40

NORTHWEST MICHIGAN
Northern Whitetail Deer
For a fun and challenging hunting experience
Exotic Rams & Goats
Fallow Deer,
DISCOUNTS
AVAILABLE FOR
Sika Deer & Elk
YOUR HUNTS
Arctic Hogs
Bison
NOW BOOKING
NO LICENSE
YOUTH HUNT
African &
FOR 2015!
SPECIALS!
REQUIRED

Asian Specials
FOR

MORE

I N F O R M AT I O N

CALL

BRENT

616-799-0689

FISK

AT

or email at hiddenhornsgameranch@hotmail.com
www.hiddenhornsgameranch.com

fish, then its time to get down to


business. Moonshine Lures Shiver
Minnows come in a handful of sizes,
with the #3 being our go-to size for
this tactic. The cadence you use to
work the baits is key! To get the most
from the bait, work it close to bottom
without hitting bottom too much. You
want to sweep the rod up 3 foot almost to the point of snapping it up.
That makes the lure dart to one side.
Then immediately drop the rod tip
to give it slack and let the bait glide
as you reeled in the slack line. Then,
just before the lure hits bottom, you
repeat the cadence. Most bites will
come on the drop when there is slack
in the line, so as you go to make his
next pull, youll feel weight - set the
hook hard.
Fine-tuning the lures will also pay
big dividends. Replace the small ice
treble on the belly of the lure with
a #4 Mustad KVD Elite Triple Grip
Treble (model TG58BN). This gives
the bait a bigger bite for better hooking and the inward bend of the Triple
Grip help keep fish on. In general
glide lures like these are heavy and
not the best hooking lures because
the heavy body can be more easily
thrown during a long fight.
A second advantage is that with
the inward bend the Triple Grips
seemed to pick up less moss and
fewer Zebra Mussels when the baits
do hit bottom.
As for rigging up for this presentation, we like using spinning gear
rigged with a bright colored main
line like 8 pound test Berkley Nano-

fil in Hi-Vis Chartreuse, in order to


better help see when the bait makes
bottom contact. The no-stretch of
this line also gives it the sensitivity
to feel everything the lure comes in
contact with as well as making longdistance hook-sets more productive.
In our experience, walleyes caught
using this tactic hit and fight really
hard so a strong line like Nanofil was
crucial. Nanofil is also really thin
so it reduces the amount of loop in
the line when fishing in the wind. To
help cut down on visibility and add
some protection from Zebra Mussels,
rocks, etc., we suggest adding a 3
foot leader from the main line to the
lure of 10 pound test Berkley Trilene
100% Fluorocarbon.
This experience with the Shivering technique and our dominating

last years NWT event on Green Bay


using it shows the importance of
tournament angling to the fishing industry. The guy that owns Moonshine
Lures is going to have his life change
because of this. We also believe
strongly that this is going to change
Great Lakes structure fishing forever.
The people that say there is no innovation in walleye fishing are
dead wrong. You can never stop
innovating and never stop learning
in this sport, and never stop listening
to that little voice in your head
thats what will help get you
The Next Bite.
If you have questions or comments on this or other articles from
Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz,
visit their website
www.thenextbite.com.n

POND & LAKE SUPPLIES

Your Michigan supplier of pond & lake supplies celebrating 45 years!

Aquatic weed and algae control supplies


Pond aeration systems and fountains
Fish for pond stocking
Water gardening products
Filtration systems, pumps, fish food and more...

Call or visit our website to request a free color catalog!

800-448-3873 4385 E 110th, Grant MI 49327 www.stoneycreekequip.com

AUTOMATIC HOME STANDBY GENERATORS


ITS ONE OF THE BEST
INVESTMENTS IVE EVER
MADE IN THIS HOUSE.
- David Panzarella

REAL GENERAC OWNERS AGREE


At Generac, were happy to talk about how we invented the home standby generator category, how we make them right here in Wisconsin,
and how were available by phone 24/7/365 if you need assistance. But dont take our word for it. Listen to what our satised customers
have to say. After all, theyre the ones who made Generac the #1 selling brand of home standby generators in America. Theyll tell you that
Generac home standby generators give them peace of mind and the power to live. And that just about says it all.

Call today for a free in-home consultation.

Porter & Heckman


Inc.
Sales
1-XXX-XXX-XXXX

1-XXX-XXX-XXXX
3056 Name
Davison
Road Service
Lapeer,
MI 48446
Dealer
Here
Website www.youraddress

800-445-4328 810-664-8576
www.porterandheckman.com

List your address, city, state, place it along the bottom as shown

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

produced by a very small company


in Michigans U.P. that before now
was basically only known as a small
garage-operation ice fishing lure
company.
If there is one thing we have
learned in all our years of walleye
fishing its that the right action catches fish and not all baits have it. The
Moonshine Shiver Minnows action is
very different from the Jigging Rap.
This horizontal-minnow-like jigging
lure has a unique minnow shape and
fan tail that give the lure an enticing
action as it swings off to the side on
the up-stroke and smoothly glides
back down on the free-fall. That really is the key to its effectiveness. We
tried quite a few variations and we
threw some Jigging Raps, too, well
admit it. But they werent even close
to the Shiver Minnow in producing
hits.
The tactic worked well for us as
we ended up taking the two top spots
in the event (Keith first, Gary second). While we dialed in this presentation for the upper reaches of Green
Bay in summer, it has proven to be
a deadly tactic in many situations
where walleyes are relating to structure from late spring right through
fall. Here. Well delve into this technique so that you can add this to your
walleye bag of tricks this season.
Of course, using the right lure
doesnt help if you are not on fish.
Its a great tactic for milk-runs.
We establish these runs by running
around different structure elements
graphing for fish with our Lowrance
HDS12 Gen 2 units. When a fish
is marked, we scroll back on sonar
and put a weigh point right on that
marked fish, then move upwind if we
are in rough conditions or to the side
in calm conditions and cast to those
individual fish.
Its simply a more efficient way
to target these walleyes than trying to
troll for them. It allows you to target
individual fish or small pods of fish
on these structures rather than spending time setting up trolling passes to
try and contact them.
As with any tactic, precise boat
control plays a huge role in success.
We like to utilize the Key Fob control
for our MotorGuide Xi5 bowmount
trolling motors and once we are
positioned, set the motor in Anchor
Mode to hold the boat in place.
That has honestly become one of our
favorite features of the Xi5, as once
you set the Anchor Mode, the motor will work on its own to hold your
position, whether youre in 4 foot
rollers or calm water. And the key fob
makes making small adjustments to
your position effortless, allowing you
to jog slightly in any direction with
the touch of a button.
Once you are positioned on the

41

Cumberland Gap

The Most Famous Mountain Pass In America...

he famous longhunter, Daniel


Boone, first crossed through
the Cumberland Gap in the
spring of 1769 on his way to
explore the Shawnee hunting grounds called
Kanta-kee. (Now Kentucky)
Boone, a hide hunter and
trapper, was joined in the
wilderness that fall by his
younger brother, Squire
Jr. Its amazing that those
longhunters went into the
wilderness with nothing
but a Flintlock rifle and the
provisions they could
carry on a packhorse
to live off the land for
months, or even years, at a time.
The hunting and trapping was
good and the brothers collected
enough hides to pay off their debts
at home. Hunting in the Kanta-kee
wasnt without peril though. Daniel
and Squire Boone returned, back
through the Cumberland Gap, penniless, their guns, traps, horses, and
hides had all been confiscated by the
Indians with a stern warning to never
return or they would face certain
death.
For many years a long wall of
steep, rugged mountains had kept
the American Colonists restricted to
the east coast of the North American
continent. As the population grew,
the frontier was pushed inland but the
wall of imposing mountains stretched
from New York south all the way to
Georgia. For years many pioneers
longed to see what was over the
mountains. Then they found the
only known passageway in that long,
impenetrable wall of mountains, the
Cumberland Gap. The gap was a
miraculous find, an easy route through
mountains that intimidated even

Boone. John Filson quoted Daniel


Boone saying, The aspect of these
cliffs is so wild and horrid, that it is
impossible to behold them without
terror.
Historically, the Warriors Path went through the
gap. The Cherokee went
north to fight the Shawnee
and vice versa for a century
or more before the first Englishman, Dr. Thomas Walker,
crossed through the gap in
1750. Indians called the gap
Ouasiota, meaning deer pass.
Early white hunters
called it Cave Gap,
due to a natural cave
near the saddle of the gap. Dr. Thomas
Walker is credited with naming it the
Cumberland Gap after the Duke of
Cumberland.
But it was Daniel Boone, the trailblazer, who opened the gap to hunters,
land prospectors, and settlers. Cumberland Gap was destined to become
the most famous mountain pass in
America. The Gap was the one, narrow opening that allowed Americans
to begin a great migration to the West.
Even after the Indians death
threat, Daniel Boone couldnt get
Kanta-kee off his mind. The wonderful land over the mountains with
thick canebrakes, salt licks frequented
by deer, and bluegrass meadows filled
with buffalo drew him like a moth to
a flame.
In 1773 Boone started out with
his family to settle in Kentucky. Five
other families joined them as they
traveled, all anxious to claim their
share of the free land in the wilderness. As they traveled south, down
the Powell Valley, and neared the
Cumberland Gap, 17 year old James
Boone, Daniels first born son, and

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Darryl Quidort

42

The most famous mountain pass in America, Cumberland Gap, is a low saddle in
a wall of rugged mountains that opened the door to the westward expansion
of our nation. Author photos
seven others lagged behind the main
group as they herded the slow moving
cattle along the trail. Overtaken by
darkness, they camped for the night.
Just at dawn, about 20 Indians attacked their little camp. In the confusion, a slave, named Adam, escaped
and hid nearby. His hiding place was
close enough for him to hear the
screams of the victims as the Indians
tortured and killed them. Four of the
group were killed, a fifth escaped
wounded but was never found. Adam
and an experienced woodsman, Isaac
Crabtree, who was also wounded,
were the only survivors.
When the families learned of the
massacre, they returned to the scene to
bury their loved ones. Grief stricken,
Daniel and Rebecca Boone wrapped
their son, James, in a white sheet and
covered his grave with logs so wolves
couldnt molest it. Then the discour-

aged families turned around and went


back home. Nevertheless, Daniel still
longed for the wilderness of Kentucky.
Two years later, in March of 1775,
lawyer Richard Henderson tricked the
Indians into signing the illegal Treaty
of Sycamore Shoals. That piece of
paper gave his Transylvania Company
the (much disputed) title to 20 million
acres of the Indians hunting grounds
south of the Ohio River. Two months
later, Daniel Boone, now an employee
of Henderson, led 30 axe men to cut a
trail through the Cumberland Gap and
across the wilderness to the Kentucky
River.
Boones Trace was a rough
trail, barely wide enough for a loaded
pack horse to maneuver, that forged
100 miles beyond the Cumberland
Gap. There, on the banks of the
Kentucky River, at the western edge

Wilderness Road as it
may have appeared in
the early 1800s.

of Americas frontier, Boonesborough was established. Boones Trace


didnt follow a straight line, it wound
around swamps, followed ridges and
forest openings, and forded rivers and
streams at available shallows. However, the rough Trace allowed hunters
and early settlers access to Kentucky.
It would be only two decades
before the Trace was widened out
enough for a wagon to pass and
became the Wilderness Road.
Within the next fifty years as many as
300,000 settlers would stream west
on Boones Wilderness Road through
the Cumberland Gap to settle in
Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley.
Although it was a dangerous journey
because Indians still claimed much
of the land, the Wilderness Road
through the Gap soon became a route
of commerce. Supplies moved westward and produce, hogs, and beef
moved eastward to waiting markets.
In 1792 U. S. Postal riders began
carrying mail through the Gap.
The road was eventually widened
and leveled and saw heavy use for
years. During the 1800s the roadway
continued to be a major travel way
for the Appalachian region. In 1908
the Wilderness Road through the
Cumberland Gap became one of the

first roads in the U.S. to be paved.


That stretch of pavement eventually linked Detroit, Michigan to
Miami, Florida by continuous paved
road, the famous Dixie Highway.
Meanwhile, the whole area was rock
quarried, coal mined, water diverted
and generally misused. An important
place in American history was nearly
destroyed by the natural progression
of development known as progress.
Something needed to be done to save
one of Americas most historical
landmarks.
And, something was done. In
1996 a traffic tunnel was completed
through Cumberland Mountain
near the historic gap and traffic was
re-routed from the gap through the
new, mile long tunnel. After completion of the tunnel, a project to restore
the Cumberland Gap to its original
appearance was started. For several
miles, all signs of the highway were
removed and the Gap was restored to
its original contour. Trees of original
forest species were planted to recreate
the forest so that visitors who crossed
the Gap on Boones Trace would see
it as it appeared in the 1700s. This
section of the Wilderness Road is
now a hiking trail through the large
Cumberland Gap National Historic

The entrance of Gap


Cave near the top
of Cumberland Gap.

Park. Near the gap there is now a


modern Visitor Center and museum.
Intrigued by the history and fame
of the area, I recently visited the
Cumberland Gap. I wanted to walk
through that historic gateway. Driving
south on the Wilderness Road, now
a modern highway, the Cumberland
Mountains still appear as an impressive wall to the west of Powell Valley.
On a lonely side road is a monument placed in memory of the James
Boone massacre site. I walked up a
nearby hill to view a small cemetery
where several old, pioneer graves
were marked only with a chunk of local stone. Although no one knows for
sure, one of the graves may be that of
James Boone.
I walked through the Cumberland
Gap on a clear morning in June, going from south-east to north-west, just
as hundreds of thousands of settlers
approached the gap 250 years ago on
their journey into Kentucky. Much
of the trail wound through shady,

old growth timber but wildflowers


bloomed along the trail in sunny
openings. Near the gap, a side trail
led to the opening of Gap Cave. Cool
air rushing from the cave felt good
on a warm June day. High above
me, I saw the same rocky cliffs that
Daniel Boone had spoken of. Indeed, it would be impossible to lead
a pack horse over those cliffs. The
actual saddle of the gap was not as
impressive as the mountains around
it. In fact, I met a couple who had
just hiked over the gap without realizing it. There was no spectacular,
scenic view from the top because
thick, green forest limits the view of
the surrounding mountains. A fairly
gentle slope both ways from the pass
provides the one, easy, natural passageway through the imposing, long
wall of rugged mountains.
Cumberland Gap is a subtle,
humble pass that opened the way to
our Manifest Destiny, the westward
movement of a great nation.n

North America
Dealer Inquiries:
Phone: 734-744-5566 | Fax: 734-744-5568
chris.temple@b-w-international.com
www.b-w-international.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Special Cases & Bags

43

Blister-Busting Basics!
Outdoor Safety And First Aid: By Jonathon Schechter

Summer is the season of


painfully swollen fluid-filled
fun-busting blisters....

very now and then someone shares their worry


lists with me before setting out on their big walk
in the woods. The big
walk is often as short as
a ten mile looped trail hike with only
a single night in the woods but that is
long enough to have things go wrong
if new to the game. Some worry list
questions are well thought out:
What should we do so if
our GPS does not work?
ANSWER: Always carry map
and compass and know how to
use both.
Whats the best way to pitch a
tent? ANSWER: Practice at home
first. And then practice again, at
night.
And then there are the rambling
phobic type questions fueled by
rumors and sensational (inaccurate)

Hot Shot Outfitters


Ray Hoody

A blistered foot with a donut bandage. Author photo


news reports about beasts in the
woods and other monsters of
God with fangs and claws. Ill
skip their questions, but my
answers basically say never ever
run from a black bear, dont
sleep with food or food scented
clothes in your tent, Massasauga
rattlesnakes want to be left alone,
and no, there are no sharks in
Lake Michigan, no matter what
you saw on Facebook.

NO ONE ASKS ABOUT BLISTERS

I have no hard and fast facts, but


my best guess is blisters are one of the
most, if not the most common malady
on a hike. I cringe when friends
proudly show me their new heavy
duty lug-soled leather hiking boots
boots that have never had soil on the
treads and the price tag is still affixed
to the laces. These are awesome
boots, I paid a fortune for them. And

my cringe turns into a polite lecture


when they inform me that the trip
departs the next day. Thats when I
tell them that wildland trails are safe
and fun if hiked with a dash of situational awareness, proper gear and
adequate hydration. My body tenses
for a verbal counter-punch when I add
their boots are not appropriate. New
boots, especially ones that are not a
perfect fit, are a sure recipe for a blister, especially boots not designed for
backpacking.
Blisters are the fastest way to ruin
a hike and can stop a hiker in their
tracks as fast as a mama grizzly bear
with cubs and attitude coming down
the trail. My feet are killing me is
the way their foot situation is vocalized, but more likely than not it is that
hot spot turning into a blister that is
causing the initial pain and frustration.
Hikers, backpackers, trail runners,
hunters, canoeists and even fishermen who hike in just a few miles
to reach their hidden waters need to
know the bare facts on blisters and
their precursor, hot spots.

BLISTER CREATION

Blisters are caused by something


rubbing against the skin that creates
friction. That something is most
often a sock. And the boot is either
too tight, too loose, or too brand new.
Blisters do not just appear. They happen because we ignore our feet, the fit

Goose Hunts
Youth Deer Hunts
Turkey Hunts Coyote Hunts
Whitetail Hunts
6900 Huron City
Port Hope, MI 48468

Mon - Fri: 989-428-5071


Weekends: 989-670-4336
www.hotshotoutfitters.com

Miles from the nearest power line? Cold soda?


Its possible!
Propane Refrigerators- No electricity required

Northern
Ontario
JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

FALL BLACK BEAR

44

Package 1 - Primitive World Class


hunt in a remote wilderness.
Package 2 - All inclusive hunt
with highly experienced guide
(over 30 yrs.) licensed - fishing included.
Write or Call:

CALL OF THE NORTH

P.O. Box 697, Hwy. 11, Geraldton, Ontario


Canada P0T IM0

website: www.callofthenorth.com

TOLL FREE 1-800-801-4080

Call 866-825-4013
Miller Refrigeration
Sears, MI 49679
Sunset on Deer Lake, Au Train MI

HOT SPOTS

Blister start out as a hot spot, an


area of friction-bothered skin that
may be reddened and is starting to
be painful. Friction from the sock
and boot rubbing is the culprit and if
left untreated continued activity will
quickly transform the hot spot to a
fluid filled blister. Even an improperly
fitted hiking sandal without socks
can lead to hot spots and blisters.
Its all about friction. Friction is
great for starting fires, it is killer
for hiking.

BLISTER PREVENTION

Get boots that fit properly. And


then, break them in with short walks
or wear them in your house for a few
days. The good news is that modern
boots designed for hiking and backpacking does not require the longer
break in period required for those
heavier leather hiking boots. And try
to get boots that both breathe and are
water resistant. And of course good
boots mean nothing without the right

socks. Plain old cotton socks are on


the do not use list. A wide variety
of synthetic and light wool socks are
available and you generally get what
you pay for. If your feet are out of
commission, you are out of commission. Shop smartly. My smartwool
lightweight hiking socks cost about
$15. They fit. No friction. They
dry quickly too. Money well spent.
Canoers and kayakers should consider wearing light well-fitted gloves
for paddling. Blisters on hands for
paddlers are as demoralizing and funkilling as blisters on feet.

TRAIL FIRST AID FOR


HOT SPOTS AND BLISTER

Cover the hot spot with athletic


tape to reduce friction against skin.
Skin must be dry before taping. I
used Duct tape on a hot spot with
success. But as advertisements for
numerous products often state, individual results may vary.
For a full blown blister wash
your hands first and clean and dry
the site the best you can. If you have
access to medical gloves, put them
on. If you have access to soap and
water, wash the area around the blister. Betadine/iodine may also be used
to clean.
Cleansing is important so bacteria
on the foot is not introduced into the
wound in the next step when following the next step. Sterilize the end
of a needle, pin or even a fishhook.
They can be sterilized with alcohol
wipes or an open flame. Then carefully puncture the blister in several
location. Push gently on the blister
with your thumb to drain the fluid.
Do not remove the skin. Create a
protective donut out of mole skin or
similar product and place over the
blister site with the blister in the hole
of the donut.
If you have antibiotic ointment
squeeze some onto the exposed blister and then carefully cover the donut
with gauze or tape. And of course,

To prevent blisters get boots that fit properly and break them in with short
walks. Modern boots designed for hiking and backpacking do not require the
longer break in period required for those heavier leather hiking boots.
before you hike on, change into dry
socks and make sure the hiking boot
is snug and will not slip against the
blistered area. If it slips more friction follows and more friction equals
more blisters. Change the outer
dressing at least once a day leaving
the donut in place.
If signs of infection such as red

streaks extending out from the blister


appear, or pus is flowing, its time to
end the hike and seek medical treatment.
Jonathan Schechter is a naturalist/
paramedic in Brandon Township and
an active member of the Wilderness
Medical Society. Email:oaknature@
aol.comn

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

of the sock and subtle warning signs


of trouble. The boot does not cause
the blister, the way the boot and the
sock within fits is the cause. When
walking on a level trail with a normal
stride the heel of your foot moves
up and down and the properly fitted
sock and shoe moves with it. The
result: No blisters. But if the sole of a
traditional style leather hiking boot is
rigid and the hiker is going uphill the
heel moves up and down against the
heel contour of the shoe the pressure
through friction involving the sock
increases rapidly. (Got that?)
A reddish hot spot may form and
if not attended to quickly a blister
forms as fluids are secreted into the
space between the layers of skin that
shear and separate from friction. The
result: A blister. And if socks are
wet the skin softens and that process
accelerates creating bigger blister and
that equals more misery.

45

Shirtsleeve
SHOTGUN
Gun Chat...By Lee Arten

ve been interested in double


.410s for years. Side by sides
looked good to me, but over and
unders looked better. I handled
two Italian over and unders in
.410 at Cabelas in Dundee last fall.
The guns were light, swift to the
shoulder, and beautifully made. They
were also way out of my price range.
They did put over and under .410s on
my mind again.
Late in the fall, a used .410 OU
appeared at a local gun store. It was
made in Turkey by Huglu and imported by TriStar in Kansas City, Missouri. The thin barrels got my attention first. Next I noticed the engraved,
silvered receiver. The pistol grip and
the forend had skip-line checkering,
and the wood of the buttstock had a
little figure.
A black recoil pad finished off the
stock. The 28 inch barrels had a ventilated rib on top and vents between the
barrels.
The price was reasonable and included five choke tubes and a wrench.
I put the gun on layaway right a minute after the counterman asked, Do
you want it?
After I got it paid off, just before
Christmas, I checked and found the
.410 balanced about an inch forward

of the hinge pin. My younger son,


Ethan, was home and claimed the
right to hunt with the new .410 in the
late grouse season. I was OK with
that, but the weather was bad and got
worse. It didnt really clear up till the
day Ethan headed back downstate. He
never got out in the woods with it.
After a rough winter, and several
false starts, spring finally arrived. I
still hadnt shot the .410. Rain and
cold got in my way many times and
snow in early May interfered with my
plans twice. I finally got out with the
new .410 on May 22. The snow from
the 19th had melted and it was a fine
day, sunny, breezy and warm enough
to shoot in shirtsleeves.
I went to a small sandpit not far
from town. First I stood up some
pieces of cardboard and did rough
patterning from 25 yards. I brought
Remington, Express Long Range
Winchester Super Sport Sporting
Clays and Nobel Hunter .410.
The Remington had been around so
long that the price sticker read $8.99.
I dont recall what the box of Nobel
rounds cost but Im fairly sure it was
more than that. The Winchesters cost
over $11 a box and were the best deal
I found last winter.
The Remingtons were loaded

The Huglu .410 over and under has some stylish touches including the silvered,
engraved receiver. Author photo
with seven and a half shot, the Nobels
with sixes, and the Winchester Super
Sport Sporting Clays with eights.
They all patterned about the same but
Id favor the loads with seven and a
half or six shot for hunting.
I had guessed the Huglus stock
was an inch longer than my 20 gauge
over and under. Measuring both
showed it to be just over half an inch
longer. The rubber recoil pad on the
.410 is grippy compared to the hard
plastic buttplate on the 20 gauge.
At home that was noticeable, while
shooting I didnt feel the difference. It
might make more of a problem in the
fall when I wear a heavy sweat shirt
or a hunting jacket. I also noticed that
the forend latch felt a bit sharp on the
fingers while handling the gun. While
firing the gun, it was not a factor.
As expected recoil was light and
the gun felt good to shoot. Although I
have preferred 26 inch barrels on over
and under bird gun, the 28 inch barrels
on the .410 seemed fine.

VISIT MICHIGANS PROFESSIONAL GUNSMITHS


H E R E AT W I L L I A M S G U N S I G H T C O .

we take an old fashioned pride in


our ability to service your firearms

Our gunsmiths have over a hundred years


of combined experience in gunsmithing

WE OFFER WARRANTY SERVICES FOR . . .

Bushmaster

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Antique Firearm Restoration, Re-Bluing, Custom Stock Work,


Checkering, Accurate Barrel Installations And Muzzle Brakes

46

Williams Gunsight, where gunsmithing is a science and an art.


See our services and custom work online at www.williamsgunsight.com

7389 Lapeer Rd, POBox 329 Davison, MI48423

800-530-9028 810-653-2131

The safety and barrel selector


worked well and felt better than the
one on my old 20 gauge. The .410 has
extractors rather than ejectors. The
gun wasnt shot much before I bought
it and still opens and a bit stiffly. The
small .410 shells felt like they had to
be dug out of the gun more than the
larger 20 gauge shells. The Huglu will
not be a real fast gun to unload and
reload, but its been a while since I got
the chance to fully reload an over and
under with grouse flying through my
immediate neighborhood anyway.
After rough patterning I tried a
couple of flying targets using the
Remington ammo. My wife had been
drafted to throw targets. Instead of
clays, Id grabbed a couple of empty
cardboard cans that had held coffee
beans. She stood behind me and to
my left threw them out in front of me.
At seven inches by four inches the
smaller can looked about the size of a
grouse. I put a few pellets in each can
the first time. On my second try more
than 20 pellets hit the smaller can,
spinning it in the air, and putting holes
in the side and the metal rim. It also
blew the plastic lid off, causing me to
grin.
I should have quit after that shot.
The second try at the eight and a half
by five inch can resulted in a clean
miss. The can fell out from under the
shot cloud and was in good enough
shape to hold brass we scrounged
from the pit floor. We didnt have time
for more shooting but Im looking
forward to a day when I do.
The tubes installed in the gun
turned out to be improved cylinder
in the top and modified in the bottom
barrel. At some point I will try the
other tubes but those two shot so well
I think Ill keep using them. My 20
gauge is set up the same way. I was
interested to see the combination work
so well in the smaller gauge.
Huglu shotguns have been imported from Turkey for several years.
Ive seen good reviews here and there,
and liked the ones Ive handled. I am
more impressed now that I own one
and have shot it. I may not hunt with
it a lot, but I think it will make a good
gun to carry in the shirtsleeve weather
in the early season.n

Beating the
odds for a
spring gobbler
By Joe Robison, DNR Wildlife Division

from us. Things were looking up.


pening day of the
I whispered to Brenen, Theyre
2015 Michigan turkey season was about getting closer. Get ready. Just after
I whispered to him, I looked out the
to begin. I drove
window and three hens were headnorth in the early
The successful hunting party poses with Brenens trophy tom. MDNR photo
ing our way. Then, out of nowhere, a
morning darkness,
to Bob Knoops 170-acre farm near big gobbler appeared 10 yards from spurs. It was an awesome first turkey the Michigan Operation Freedom
for this 23-year-old young man.
Outdoors (MiOFO) partnership.
the blind and gobbled right next to
Fenton. With clouds, rain and high
Brenen was all smiles from ear to
Other partners of MiOFO include
us. The gobble shook the blind, the
winds in the forecast, it looked like
ear! Its pretty rewarding helping
the DNR, Eisenhower Center,
it would not be an ideal opening day bird was so close to us!
people get out to enjoy the things
Zero-Day, Camp Liberty, the Brain
The big gobbler ran 30 yards
for turkey hunting.
that we all love to do.
Injury Association of Michigan,
I would be hunting with Brenen right to the jake decoy and began
Bob Garner and Bob Knoop
Safari Club International Foundato size him up. Brenen was lining
Twiss, who has special needs. Six
started the PATH (Passing Along the tion, Michigan Building and Conyears ago, while Brenen was a junior up the liberator machine with the
struction Trades Council, Michigan
joystick for a shot when Bob Knoop Heritage) Foundation, a group of
in high school, he had an unfortusportsmen who raise money to help United Conservation Clubs, the
gave him the green light to shoot.
nate accident on his way to school
Disabled American Veterans, and
one morning. Brenen hit some black Brenen pressed the button on top of underprivileged and special-needs
more. The mission of MiOFO is
the joystick and ka-boom! We were kids and adults experience hunting
ice, totaled his vehicle, and was
and fishing, 14 years ago. Last year, to provide improved outdoor recseverely injured. He lost both of his all ecstatic after hearing that shot
the PATH Foundation raised enough reation opportunities for wounded
go off and seeing a big old tom get
legs and received traumatic brain
injuries, limiting the mobility in his rolled. A perfect shot. Brenens dad, money to purchase an additional lib- veterans and individuals with health
upper body. Hell be in a wheelchair Brad Twiss, was also in the blind to erator machine, which has been used challenges and to coordinate a supby Brenen and others to reconnect
port network that facilitates their
see it all happen.
the remainder of his life.
recovery through connecting with
The big tom weighed 22 pounds, with the hunting lifestyle.
For the hunt, Brenen would be
The PATH Foundation is part of nature.n
using a liberator machine a special had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch
machine that fires a weapon with
the use of a joystick or a straw,
depending upon the hunters capabilities. The liberator, invented
by Pete Odland and named for the
freedom it provides special-needs
hunters, can be outfitted with a
Michigan Born And Raised!
7120 DEXTER ANN ARBOR ROAD DEXTER, MI 48130
rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader or
crossbow.
CALL TONY TODAY FOR A NEW
We set up a large ground blind
and placed a couple turkey decoys
CHEVROLET OR PRE-OWNED VEHICLE!
25 yards out in front of us in a
meadow. Keep in mind, the liberator machine currently only shoots
left and right, so the turkeys had
to come to a precise location.
As it began to get light out,
I started calling for turkeys. We
Delivery Available To Your Doorstep
heard a few gobbles off in the
distance, answering me, but nothing was extremely close. We heard
nothing after that for an hour. We
all started getting nervous that we
OR
wouldnt see any turkeys. It would
A Name You Can Trust!
have been too difficult to pick up
everything and move, so we had
to wait. Every five minutes or so,
I would let out some more yelps.
Call
Finally, after what seemed like an
Tony for
eternity, we had a gobbler respond Exclusive
*One Michigan Deer Tag or Michigan standard Fishing license/year for life of
www.
.com
your lease or Up to 5 years on a purchase (call for details-resident license only).
to my calling about 150 yards
Details!

AVID HUNTER AND


OUTDOORSMAN!!!

*DEER
HUNTING TAGS

FISHING TAGS
FOR LIFE OF
VEHICLE!!

PLEASE ASK
US ABOUT OUR
WOODS-N-WATER tduncan@lafontaine.com
PREFERRED PRICING &
734-726-7356
REFERRAL PROGRAM!
Lafontainechevy

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

TONY
DUNCAN

The M1A as a whitetail rifle


M
any years ago,
I had the good
fortune to acquire
an M1A. For
those of you that
may not know, the
M1A is a 308, (Winchester) caliber,
semiautomatic, military style rifle,
based on the US Rifle M14.
The M1A is commonly used
in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (www.odcmp.
com/about_us.htm), Service
Rifle Competition. I shot
well with the rifle, achieving
a civilian rating of Expert.
However, a permanent, disability precludes my shooting
in that sort of competition ever again. My
lungs and back simply
will no longer stand up to laying on a
shooting-mat and shooting in full sun
on a ninety-degree day. That activity
is simply no longer an option.
For some time, I agonized over
selling this rifle and equipment. In
particular, I did not want to part with
such an accurate, well-made, durable,
firearm. This one was composed of

parts made by Harrington & Richardson and Wolf, but for the receiver,
which is a single lug national match
model. H&R made a relatively small
number of M14 rifles for Uncle Sugar
and some consider them to be collectable. Wolf offers a radius grooved
medium weight barrel for the M1A
that uses tech from the black
powder days that has been,
effectively, brought back
today. There are significant
benefits to this sort of rifling,
including higher velocities
and easier cleaning.
Ultimately, I decided to
convert my rifle to a hunting
rifle. The M1A is not a rifle
that is usually considered for hunting.
Most often one sees
it advertised for competition in the
national matches or use as a tactical
rifle for Law Enforcement. This is unfortunate as it has definite applications
for hunting.
My rifle came to me with the action bedded in a U.S. G.I. synthetic
stock and I wished to keep the option
of returning it to that configuration for

By David Pierce

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

US State Foreign Custom


Military ISO Message Ribbon
Residential & Commercial Poles

48

someone in the future, open. I wished


to semi permanently mount a scope on
the rifle. Due to its design, my hold
and body structure, I new that I would
have to raise the comb quite a bit in
order to get a good cheek meld while
looking through a scope mounted
on it. That meant that I would be
looking for a modified or a replacement stock. As it happened, the fine
people at Mag-Pull arranged for a new
Archangel Stock for me to try. This
caused the project to leap forward as
the comb height and pull length are
adjustable on the Archangel Stock.
At this writing Springfield Armory,
one of the best known manufacturers
of the M1A, is expected to begin offering the Archangel Stock direct from
the factory. That speaks to its quality.
Putting the M1A or M14 rifle in a
new stock is not just a matter of simply dropping it in and tightening some
action screws with an inch-pound
wrench. The action has to be bedded correctly or accuracy will suffer.
Even with a stock designed for the
action, bedding is a critical part of the
equation if you want best accuracy.
Bedding is not difficult with the Archangel stock, however, as no material
has to be removed.
After considering the bedding and
stock requirements, I began making
arrangements for the other bits and
pieces I would need.
First on my list of items was a
base for the scope. This can be a
thorny issue with M1As as the receivers are known to vary in size and I had
already had a problem with an aluminum base, years earlier, which had
to be returned because it did not fit.
I looked for an aluminum base once
again because I originally thought this
would be a rifle that would not be shot
more than one hundred rounds a year
and because I was concerned about
adding weight to an already heavy
rifle. That did not work. After several

false starts with aluminum, it became


clear that steel was the way to go. I
ended up using nearly the same steel
scope base the U.S. Marines use.
After more false starts with scopes
that came apart under the inherent
vibration in the firing sequence of the
M1A, I contacted NightForce Optics.
They were very gracious in sending
out a 5.5 22 x 50 NXS scope with
their incredible, illuminated, MOART Reticle, Zero Stop Turrets, and
rings to fit. This is truly a precision
scope. The optics are exceptionally
clear. You wont see any color fringing around the edges of things at any
magnification with their scopes and
they dont get the soft focus curse at
maximum magnification. The scope
steps and repeats with precision and,
as expected, it has performed flawlessly. They also make a 2.5 10
power, in this product line that would
be perfect for hunting. That would
have been my normal choice, but I
wanted the extra magnification in this
case as I am also considering using
this rifle in a Sporting Rifle league at
the Detroit Sportsmens Congress this
year. Basically, the league allows for
shooting practice on full sized whitetail targets at both 100 and 200 yards.
Last year, I shot 1,000 out of 1,000 in
that league with 99 of the 200 rounds
in the X- ring. I am hoping to beat
this record this year!
The next step was working up a
hunting load. I contacted my friends
at Berger Bullets for their recommendation for a 155 grain hunting bullet
suitable for use in the M1A with a
medium weight barrel and standard
cartridge overall length. I chose the
155 grain because it is within the
weight range that is standard for GI
loadings for the M14 and is a good
weight for whitetail hunting in the 308
Winchester caliber. Contrary to the
musings of many an old uncle, 180
and 200 grain bullets are not neces-

Love The Outdoors?

810.969.4063
Home of the red,

and blue

Like Us On

#Unplugged
BFFHUNTCLUB

Follow Us On

The authors M1A hunting rifle may be a little heavy, but works well when stand hunting. Authors photo
so I know, for sure, they will work
during the hunt.
I know that many of you dont
hand-load for hunting. I understand.
It seemed that I nearly always lost my
match brass in the snow on chambering a follow up round after my shot
at Mr. Whitetail. Still others have
no desire to add hand-loading as an
extension to hunting or shooting.
Accordingly, I tested several commercial loadings as well. One of the
best was Hornady Superformance
ammo loaded with their 150 grain
SST bullet. This is premium hunting
ammo that is loaded in their match
grade brass. As you can see from the
photo of the deer head target, it shot
very well off of a rest, yielding this
incredible 15 shot group at 100 yards.
I also tested Federal Premium VitalShok loaded with 150 grain Barns
X-bullets. These produced a one inch,
5 shot, group at 100 yards out of my
M1A. This bullet is good on game up
to and including Black Bear. These
commercial loads should be used in
conjunction with an adjustable gas
cylinder plug on the M1A. These are
available from Schuster Manufacturing and are used to reduce pressures
that could damage a stock M1A/M14.
If you have the opportunity to
collect an M1A and are looking
for a durable, semi-auto hunting
rifle, I can heartily recommend it!

ALMENARA EN EL RIO
Ontario Bear Outfitter
THE WOLFGANG CREW
5 out of 6 Harvested Bears

WINNER OF
2015 BEAR HUNT
Matt Bowen
Addison Michigan

2015 HUNTERS NAMES WILL GO INTO A DRAW FOR A FREE HUNT IN 2016
57 Spanish Street, Spanish ON P0P 2A0
P: 705-844-2442 F: 705-844-1619
Located on the North Shore of Lake Huron at the Mouth of the Spanish River

www.almenaraenelrio.com almenara@eastlink.ca
www.facebook.com/almenaraenelrioinc
Fish the North Channel of Lake Huron and Spanish River!
WALLEYE NORTHERN PIKE SMALL MOUTH BASS PERCH
Accommodations, Campsites, and Docks Available

Bear Hunt Starts on

AUGUST 16TH 2015


and runs for 4 weeks

7 day Hunt: Sunday 2pm to Sunday 10am


Active Baited Sites
Price per hunter $1,24300*
Meal Plans available for an Extra $33900*
Non Hunters with Hunter $28250*
*Taxes Included

Equipped with a five round detachable magazine instead of the usual 20


round military standard, this M1A is
capable of shots well in excess of 200
yards with the option of a very quick
follow-up if necessary. It is not what
I would call a pretty rifle. However,
when it comes to down range accuracy and durability, as my Grandmother
used to say; Handsome is as handsome does.
If there is a downside to using an
M1A for hunting, it is the fact that,
scoped, it is a heavy rifle. However,
if you hunt from a stand, the weight

is of little or no consequence and


reduces recoil in any rifle, lessening
any tendency toward flinching. If
you still hunt, the rifle would be tremendous as it can be slung Ranger
Style for stalking. The Archangel
stock has two options for a sling built
in.
The fact that the rifle is somewhat
heavy is of little concern to me now,
as I will no longer be walking any
great distances in the woods, depending instead on a mechanical steed
But that is another story.
Good luck and good shooting!n

Superior Game Ranch


Route 3 Box 163 Cornell, MI 49818

Incredible U.P. of Michigan


Hunting Opportunities
Over 4,200 acres of private farmland
in south Marquette County
Michigan, (2,000 acres) fully
guided bow and firearm hunts in
hunting preserve for: Elk,
Large Russian Boar
Whitetail Deer, Buffalo, Wild
Hunts Available!
Boar, Red Stag & Fallow Deer.

Trophy Elk,
Trophy Red Stag &
Trophy Fallow Deer
Lodging available for
groups of up to 12 people.
Still Booking Hunts!

(906) 238-4482
(906) 630-1617

Call

or

for more information and reservations.


www.superiorgameranch.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

sary for good results on thin-skinned


game like whitetails at reasonable
ranges. And, no, the heavier bullets
do not buck brush better than the light
ones.
Overall length is a primary consideration when the cartridges have
to be workable in a magazine fed
firearm like the M1A and many bolt
guns if you dont wish to single load
the arm. Many competitors choose
Berger Bullets for their consistency
and reputation for the finest accuracy.
For this application, Berger recommended their VLD hunting bullet,
PN: 30508. These have a G1 ballistic
coefficient of .439, which is pretty
impressive for a hunting bullet. Bullet design has made great advances
in the last twenty years and the folks
at Berger have been at the forefront.
The changes mean that you can do
things with lighter bullets today that
were not thought prudent seventy
years ago.
Careful attention to detail in
hand-loading is essential to tight
groups. I worked up a winter load
of 40.5 grains of H4895, a Hodgdon
Extreme powder in Lapua brass with
CCI Bench Rest BR2 primers. This
yields a round that leaves the muzzle
right around 2,600 feet per second.
This velocity seems to be a sweet
spot for most M1A/M14 rifles. The
results have been stellar with 100yard five shot groups consistently at
of an inch, center to center. This
group size rivals those using match
ammo in a Springfield Armory Super
Match M1A rifle that was featured
in a recent article in the American
Rifleman as well as testing they did
on a Springfield Armory M21 tactical.
In fact these groups rival many bolt
action hunting rifles.
I say a winter load as powders can
change their burning characteristics
in extreme cold and or heat. Most of
the Hodgdon powders do not exhibit
this trait and are stable and consistent,
hot or cold. All my testing was done
in Michigans Deep Freeze last winter

49

Staying
Hooked

nyone who fishes will understand the disappointment that comes when a big fish
is hooked, but lost before it comes to net.
Worse yet is when a fish is hooked and
lost before the angler even lays eyes on
the fish. Losing fish is part of fishing, but
I can tell you that after 40 years of witnessing this
event... the sting isnt any less!
Even the most devoted catch and release
angler needs to lay hands on the fish to be happy.
Fortunately there are things an angler can do to
mitigate losing fish and suffering that kicked in the
guts feeling that follows.

Single Hook Rigging

Lots of fish like trout and salmon roll and twist


aggressively when they get hooked. Twisting and
rolling up in the line leverages pressure on the hook
and literally rips the hooks free. This phenomenon
is most commonly associated with lures that have
treble hooks on them like crankbaits and in-line
spinners.
Replacing the factory supplied treble hooks with
single open eye siwash style hooks is a good way
to keep the fish that bite hooked up. This is most
commonly accomplished by removing the
treble hook from the factory supplied split
ring and adding a small crane swivel in its
place. Next the siwash open eye hook is
placed over the split ring and the hook eye
crimped down.
This simple process takes about two or
three minutes and works best when both
treble hooks are removed and replaced
with siwash hooks. Youll need a good pair
of split ring pliers for this job.
A few crankbait manufacturers offer their lures factory rigged
with single hooks. A good example is the Yakima
Flatfish and Hog Nose which can be ordered with
traditional treble hooks or single hooks. Yakima
also offers many of their in-line spinners like the
popular Flash Glo, Rooster Tail and Vibric Rooster
Tail in single hook versions as well.

Replacing factory supplied treble hooks with a single siwash hook on a crane swivel is one of the best
ways to prevent hooked fish from escaping. The hook is free to spin preventing the fish from leveraging
and literally tearing the hook free. This hooking option is highly recommended for targeting trout and
salmon that routinely roll and twist violently when hooked. Mark Romanack photo

Reverse Barb Hooks

Traditional fish hooks have their barbs positioned on the inside edge of the hook. Reverse
barb hooks take a different approach
and place the barb on the outside of
the hook shank. This simple process
makes it much more difficult for hooked
fish to shake the hook. Some of these
hooks even have multiple barbs, helping
again to insure that a hooked fish stays
stuck.
Reverse barb hooks are available in
all the popular styles including treble, siwash, octopus and baitholder style
hooks. While these after market
hooks can be expensive, they will
certainly help anglers land more of the fish that bite.

fluorocarbon leader is the double uni knot. To learn


to tie this knot go to www.animatedknots.com for a
simple to follow animated illustration.

Leaping Fish

Fish that jump when hooked are exciting


to watch, but these are often the most difficult
hook ups to keep buckled up. Smallmouth bass,
largemouth, steelhead and Atlantic salmon are
among the best leapers in the Great Lakes region.
When trolling its very difficult to prevent hooked
fish from jumping. Ive hooked steelhead on a
downrigger line 60 feet below the surface only
to have that fish rocket to the surface and jump
seconds later! Not much can be done to prevent
jumping fish from shaking the hook in a trolling
situation.
When casting it is possible to keep hooked fish
in the water by keeping your rod tip down towards
the water while fighting the fish. A traditional high
Now that more and more anglers are fishing
rod angle actually forces the fish to the surface and
with super braid lines, its abundantly obvious that
increases the chances it will jump and shake the
low stretch lines can often allow fish to tear free
hook in the process.
and escape. To reduce the chances of a powerful
When I can feel a fish making a run to the surfish ripping and tearing the hook free, try fishing a
The best way to insure that hooks penetrate
shock leader made out of high grade fluorocarbon face, I respond by pushing my rod tip down into the
water. Doing so makes it much harder for the fish
deep enough that they stick and stay stuck is to
line.
sharpen those hooks to what I call sticky sharpFluorocarbon line is very tough, but has a mod- to break the surface and gain enough slack line to
escape.
ness. The best way to sharpen any hook is a small
est degree of stretch that nicely compensates for
file. File both edges of the hook to create a knife
zero stretch super braids. A short leader of fluoroedge. A flat file works well, but my favorite is a
carbon line (24 to 72 inches) depending on the predouble rattail file. This consists of two round rattail sentation can make a huge difference in how many
It would be great if every fish that bites ended
style files mounted together onto a flat file. This
up flopping in the bottom of a landing net. Unforfish that bite are ultimately landed.
allows me the option of using the flat part of the file
tunately, some fish are going to escape as part of
For trolling applications I tie in a six foot
or the double rattail portion depending on the hook leader of Maxima premium fluorocarbon line to
the process we call fishing. With the tips above it
type.
is possible to hook and land a higher percentage of
my braid main line. For casting and jigging
Treble hooks for example are easier to file with applications a 24 to 36 inch fluorocarbon leader is
those precious bites and insure that the process of
a double rattail. Single hooks sharpen best with a
fishing generates more high fives and smiles than
ideal.
flat file.
gut wrenching frowns.n
The best knot for attaching braid main line to

By Mark Romanack

Shock Leader

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Sticky Sharp Hooks

50

Summing It Up

Woods-N-Water News
Michigans Premier Outdoor Publication

Get Dad the


gift that
will give
all year
long!
New Subscription
(Please attach mailing label)
Renewal
One year $29 Two years $55
NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE

ZIP

Check/Money Order
Card Number

Exp. Date

Visa/Mastercard

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Send to: Woods-N-Water News


P.O. Box 278 Imlay City, MI 48444
Or Call (810) 724-0254

51

Great Lakes Trifecta

ichigan anglers who like to troll


cant wait for summer. Weather patterns are more stable, things warm
up and fishing becomes
more predictable. About
the only hard part is deciding what kind of fish you
want to catch. If you have
a trailerable boat, youve got plenty of options.
June signals the beginning some of the
best walleye fishing of the year. Walleyes
begin schooling in shallow, open basins of
the Great Lakes where trolling is the most
practical and productive way to
fish for them. Thermoclines begin to form, which helps to concentrate Great Lakes salmon schools and kicks their
metabolism into high gear. Currents and upwellings in the northern part of Lake Michigan beckon
steelheads from all over the lake in June. Thermal
barriers and scum lines cause lakerun rainbows to
gather within a fathom of the surface over the deepest water found in the lake. Lake Superiors best lake
trout fishing takes place in into the summer months.
Cool water has lakers still concentrated in relatively
shallow water. Anglers willing to trailer their boat
to the northern parts of Lake Huron, Lake Michigan
and Lake Superior are will find great fishing for native trout and a hodgepodge of other species.

The hardest thing for summer trollers to decide is where to go. There are some tough choices to
be made between trout, salmon and walleye. Heres
a list of destinations that will help make that decision easier.

ALPENA SMORGASBORD

Kings show up at the Grand


Haven pier heads beginning
in mid-May through early
summer. When reports of
kings at South Haven and
Holland begin, Chinooks will
be at Grand Haven shortly.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Mike Gnatkowski

52

LAKE ERIE WALLEYES


Post-spawn walleyes dropping down out of the
Raisin, Maumee, Detroit and Sandusky rivers fan
out into the shallows of Lake Erie in June. Spring
run-off has ended, the lake is clearing and the tepid

SAGINAW BAY WALLEYES


There may not be a hotter walleye fishery in the
country right now than Saginaw Bay. The bay is
chock-full of walleyes and anglers who know how
to troll can take easy limits during the early summer
months.
The hot trolling bite really starts in June,
claimed charter captain Jeff Godi. The walleyes really start to school up then and its really pretty easy
fishing. Last year, there were tons of 14- to 17-inch
fish. This year, those fish should be 16 to 20 inches
so the fishing should be even better.
Godi said that trolling is a go-to tactic whenever
youre fishing Saginaw Bay, but what youre pulling
changes throughout the season. In June, we use a
lot of spoons and crawler harnesses and troll fairly
slow, said Godi. But as the water warms up, well
kick up trolling speeds and use more crankbaits. We
can cover more water that way, and the fish seem to
prefer the more animated action of a crankbait then.
Godi said that the chances for trophy fish are better

in June on Saginaw Bay, but the fishing remains good


right through July most years.
Sue Tabor and I had the opportunity to join Godi
on Saginaw Bay in late July during my Michigan
Fishing Odyssey. The great thing about Saginaw Bay
walleyes was that we didnt have to get out at the crack
of dawn. Godi confided that it was a little after prime
time on the Bay as waters had warmed and the walleyes had begun migrating to deeper water, but there
was plenty of fish around.
Godi idled out of the channel from Linwood Beach
Marina and pointed it southeast towards the shipping
channel. Once we reached 17 feet of water, Godi and
I began setting lines. We let out -oz. Hot-n-Tots 50
to 75 feet behind in-line boards and added a couple
of divers with small spoons. Before we had all the
lines out, one of the boards starting to trail back and
Godi handed the rod to Sue. It was give-and-take for
a bit before Sue gained the upper hand and brought
the walleye to net. That was fun, she exclaimed.
Theyre not as hard as trying to catch a salmon.
Indeed, walleyes are tailor-made for female anglers
and kids.

Godi pointed the Sportcraft downwind and it was


pretty much nonstop action. Many of the fish were
small, under the 15- inch size limit, which bodes well
for Saginaw Bays future, but there were enough 17
to 20-inch eyes to keep us busy. The wind started to
kick. We decide to call it a day with a respectable box
of fish.
The wind was still huffing when we met Capt. Tim
Bristol of Fish Heads Charters the next morning. We
were glad to be in Tims big, seaworthy SeaRay. We
headed out to the same general area as the day before.
The fishing was a little slower, but the fish we caught
were a little bigger. As the waves built, we decided to
head in with a nice, one-man limit of tasty eyes.
To schedule a walleye charter on Saginaw Bay
contact Captain Jeff Godi at 989-686-7345, www.
themichiganexperience.com or Captain Tim Bristol
at Fish Heads Charters, 989-165-9797 or online at
fishheads@charter.net. Linwood Beach Marina and
Campground (989-697-4415; www.LinwoodBeachMarina.com) offers slips, camping and ready access
to Saginaw Bay for those wanting to bring their own
boat.

If you want the most bang and variety for your


trolling buck, a trip to Alpena should be in your
cards. The waters of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron
off Alpena offer the chance to catch walleye, brown
trout, lake trout and king and Atlantic salmon on the
same trip. Not too many places where you can do
that.
Thats kind of my big thing now-variety,
shared veteran charter skipper Ed Retherford. Im
promoting the fact that we can catch several different species on the same trip, especially in June.
Most of the time, were fishing the same way, so its
just a matter of changing up the lures a little bit.
Retherford said he generally uses smaller Silver
Streak spoons for walleyes and small- to mediumsized spoons if trout are also in the mix. Body baits
are also a go-to lure when targeting trout and immature salmon in late spring through early summer.
Alpena was once hailed as the Brown Trout
Capital of Michigan, but that claim has since gone
by the wayside. No one is really sure why. We still
have a few browns around in early July, said Retherford. Added to the mix are Atlantic salmon from
plants made by Lake Superior State University via
their aquaculture program and increasing numbers
of Chinook salmon. Walleyes now are almost a
given on any trip.
Retherford said that visiting anglers should
target the area around the Nordmere Wreck, North
Point north to Presque Isle in 25 to 60 feet of water
for smorgasbord catches. Anglers can make good
catches of eyes right in Thunder Bay from ice-out
well into the summer. Retherford advised working
between Sulphur and Scarecrow islands in 5 to 20
feet or water for 5 to 10-pound walleyes. Once a
night bite, Retherford said that since the alewives
have disappeared anglers have figured out how to
catch walleyes during the daylight hours on Thunder
Bay.
For information on lodging, boat slips and bait
and Tackle shops in the area contact the Alpena
CVB at www.alpenacvb.com or at 800-1-4-ALPENA. To cut your angling learning curve contact
Capt. Ed Retherford at 989-675-2681 or online at
http://www.troutscoutcharters.com/.

GRAND HAVEN KINGS


The spring fishing at Grand Haven is usually
really, really good, claimed Capt. Mark Veurink.
Last season was no exception. Kings show up at
the Grand Haven pier heads beginning in mid-May
through June. When reports of kings at South Haven
and Holland begin, Chinooks will be at Grand Haven shortly. Wise anglers are there to greet them.
The Grand River is the big draw. The river
pumps out warm water that attracts baitfish and hungry kings. With little structure to hold game fish, the
plume of warm, dirty water is the attraction.
Working the color line can be a good tactic
in the spring , Veurink said. Kings in the 5to 15
pound range pack into the dirty water in search of
alewives. The action remains hot at the pier heads
well into June. Good catches can be made out to
100 feet in the spring, which is perfect for the angler
who is trailering his boat. Combinations of spoons
and Spin Doctors with flies take limits of Kings.

There may not be a hotter walleye fishery in the country right


now than Saginaw Bay. The bay is chock-full of walleyes and
anglers who know how to troll can take easy limits during the
early summer months.
For more information contact the Grand Haven Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.visitgrandhaven.com/ or call 800-303-4092 for information on
lodging and slips.

LUNDINGTON/MANISTEE
The deepest water in Lake Michigan exists in
the north-central portion of the lake. The water here
approaches 900 feet in places and is a siren for early
summer steelheads from around the lake. Cold upwellings create current breaks and thermal barriers
with temperature contours that divide icy, cold water
from more tepid temperatures. Terrestrial insects
caught in the surface film collect in windrows along
the breaks and pods of hungry steelheads gorge on
the bugs all summer long.
Anglers with a seaworthy boat, GPS and a reliable marine radio can make the run to Steelhead
Nirvana out of either Manistee or Ludington. The
cache of cold water begins just off Big Point Sable
and continues north to Frankfort. Surface temperature maps helps anglers pinpoint the general area
where the most drastic breaks occur. Then, its a
matter of using your eyes to spot feeding gulls and
your temperature gauge to spot scum lines that the
5- to 20-pound steelheads will patrol. Deploy a
spread of in-line planers and shallow-set divers, kick
up the trolling speed and start hunting. Once located, steelheads will blast orange and pink spoons
and body baits trolled within a boat-length of the
surface. Youre likely to catch a smorgasbord of lake
trout, kings, and Cohos mixed in with the steelies.
For more information on fishing out of Ludington or Manistee contact the Ludington CVB at
http://www.pureludington.com/ or at 877-420-6618
or the Manistee CVB at http://www.manistee-cvb.
com/ or at 877-626-4783.
Summer provides a plethora of opportunities
for trollers with their own boats. The hardest part is
Where?n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Lake trout are just one of several species that can be caught
off Grand Haven in June. Author photos

waters are filled with baitfish. Ravenous schools


of eyes can be found from LaPlaisance Bay and
Woodtick Peninsula throughout Brest Bay and off
Stony Point. There no need to go too far. Youll find
plenty of walleye in the 12- to 18-foot depths well
into July during a cool year.
A really good spot is off Stony Point, the Bell
Buoy and the Banana Dike, offered Howell, MI
angler Jim Balzer. Youve got to watch the wind
and set up your troll accordingly, but once you hit
on a troll its pretty easy to take a limit in a couple
of hours. Target 15 to 18 feet of water. Most of the
walleyes in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie will
range from 15 to 20 inches, but there are still some
trophy fish to be had when the walleyes begin a
steady migration to the east. Wise anglers have an
Ohio fishing license in their pocket too, as some of
the better fishing takes place just on the other side of
the Ohio state line and theres no line on the water to
delineate when youre in one state or the other.
Walleyes can be caught by drifting or casting,
but trolling allows anglers to cover more water, more
depths, stay on roaming schools and use more rods.
Crankbaits and spoons are popular and the walleyes
prefer some gaudy colors most days. It might be
because of water clarity or it might just look like
something out of the ordinary. Balzer advised bring
some crawlers, just in case. When the walleyes are
fussy, meat can be counted on to produce a limit.
Youll tend to catch more non-targeted species with
night crawlers, but youll also catch bigger walleyes. Balzer runs brightly colored crawler
harnesses off Church Tackle in-line boards
and adds weight ahead of the harnesses to
get them deep. Watch your graph for signs
of suspended walleyes and then position
your baits just above them, advised Balzer.
Once you catch a few fish, a pattern will
become evident.
Option for launching on Lake Erie
include Luna Pier, Otter Creek, Bolles
Harbor, Sterling State Park, and
Detroit Beach and in the Raisin
River. For bait, tackle and fishing reports contact Jeffs Bait & Tackle at 734-2894901 or Bottomline Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.

53

Great Lakes Trifecta

ichigan anglers who like to troll


cant wait for summer. Weather patterns are more stable, things warm
up and fishing becomes
more predictable. About
the only hard part is deciding what kind of fish you
want to catch. If you have
a trailerable boat, youve got plenty of options.
June signals the beginning some of the
best walleye fishing of the year. Walleyes
begin schooling in shallow, open basins of
the Great Lakes where trolling is the most
practical and productive way to
fish for them. Thermoclines begin to form, which helps to concentrate Great Lakes salmon schools and kicks their
metabolism into high gear. Currents and upwellings in the northern part of Lake Michigan beckon
steelheads from all over the lake in June. Thermal
barriers and scum lines cause lakerun rainbows to
gather within a fathom of the surface over the deepest water found in the lake. Lake Superiors best lake
trout fishing takes place in into the summer months.
Cool water has lakers still concentrated in relatively
shallow water. Anglers willing to trailer their boat
to the northern parts of Lake Huron, Lake Michigan
and Lake Superior are will find great fishing for native trout and a hodgepodge of other species.

The hardest thing for summer trollers to decide is where to go. There are some tough choices to
be made between trout, salmon and walleye. Heres
a list of destinations that will help make that decision easier.

ALPENA SMORGASBORD

Kings show up at the Grand


Haven pier heads beginning
in mid-May through early
summer. When reports of
kings at South Haven and
Holland begin, Chinooks will
be at Grand Haven shortly.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Mike Gnatkowski

52

LAKE ERIE WALLEYES


Post-spawn walleyes dropping down out of the
Raisin, Maumee, Detroit and Sandusky rivers fan
out into the shallows of Lake Erie in June. Spring
run-off has ended, the lake is clearing and the tepid

SAGINAW BAY WALLEYES


There may not be a hotter walleye fishery in the
country right now than Saginaw Bay. The bay is
chock-full of walleyes and anglers who know how
to troll can take easy limits during the early summer
months.
The hot trolling bite really starts in June,
claimed charter captain Jeff Godi. The walleyes really start to school up then and its really pretty easy
fishing. Last year, there were tons of 14- to 17-inch
fish. This year, those fish should be 16 to 20 inches
so the fishing should be even better.
Godi said that trolling is a go-to tactic whenever
youre fishing Saginaw Bay, but what youre pulling
changes throughout the season. In June, we use a
lot of spoons and crawler harnesses and troll fairly
slow, said Godi. But as the water warms up, well
kick up trolling speeds and use more crankbaits. We
can cover more water that way, and the fish seem to
prefer the more animated action of a crankbait then.
Godi said that the chances for trophy fish are better

in June on Saginaw Bay, but the fishing remains good


right through July most years.
Sue Tabor and I had the opportunity to join Godi
on Saginaw Bay in late July during my Michigan
Fishing Odyssey. The great thing about Saginaw Bay
walleyes was that we didnt have to get out at the crack
of dawn. Godi confided that it was a little after prime
time on the Bay as waters had warmed and the walleyes had begun migrating to deeper water, but there
was plenty of fish around.
Godi idled out of the channel from Linwood Beach
Marina and pointed it southeast towards the shipping
channel. Once we reached 17 feet of water, Godi and
I began setting lines. We let out -oz. Hot-n-Tots 50
to 75 feet behind in-line boards and added a couple
of divers with small spoons. Before we had all the
lines out, one of the boards starting to trail back and
Godi handed the rod to Sue. It was give-and-take for
a bit before Sue gained the upper hand and brought
the walleye to net. That was fun, she exclaimed.
Theyre not as hard as trying to catch a salmon.
Indeed, walleyes are tailor-made for female anglers
and kids.

Godi pointed the Sportcraft downwind and it was


pretty much nonstop action. Many of the fish were
small, under the 15- inch size limit, which bodes well
for Saginaw Bays future, but there were enough 17
to 20-inch eyes to keep us busy. The wind started to
kick. We decide to call it a day with a respectable box
of fish.
The wind was still huffing when we met Capt. Tim
Bristol of Fish Heads Charters the next morning. We
were glad to be in Tims big, seaworthy SeaRay. We
headed out to the same general area as the day before.
The fishing was a little slower, but the fish we caught
were a little bigger. As the waves built, we decided to
head in with a nice, one-man limit of tasty eyes.
To schedule a walleye charter on Saginaw Bay
contact Captain Jeff Godi at 989-686-7345, www.
themichiganexperience.com or Captain Tim Bristol
at Fish Heads Charters, 989-165-9797 or online at
fishheads@charter.net. Linwood Beach Marina and
Campground (989-697-4415; www.LinwoodBeachMarina.com) offers slips, camping and ready access
to Saginaw Bay for those wanting to bring their own
boat.

If you want the most bang and variety for your


trolling buck, a trip to Alpena should be in your
cards. The waters of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron
off Alpena offer the chance to catch walleye, brown
trout, lake trout and king and Atlantic salmon on the
same trip. Not too many places where you can do
that.
Thats kind of my big thing now-variety,
shared veteran charter skipper Ed Retherford. Im
promoting the fact that we can catch several different species on the same trip, especially in June.
Most of the time, were fishing the same way, so its
just a matter of changing up the lures a little bit.
Retherford said he generally uses smaller Silver
Streak spoons for walleyes and small- to mediumsized spoons if trout are also in the mix. Body baits
are also a go-to lure when targeting trout and immature salmon in late spring through early summer.
Alpena was once hailed as the Brown Trout
Capital of Michigan, but that claim has since gone
by the wayside. No one is really sure why. We still
have a few browns around in early July, said Retherford. Added to the mix are Atlantic salmon from
plants made by Lake Superior State University via
their aquaculture program and increasing numbers
of Chinook salmon. Walleyes now are almost a
given on any trip.
Retherford said that visiting anglers should
target the area around the Nordmere Wreck, North
Point north to Presque Isle in 25 to 60 feet of water
for smorgasbord catches. Anglers can make good
catches of eyes right in Thunder Bay from ice-out
well into the summer. Retherford advised working
between Sulphur and Scarecrow islands in 5 to 20
feet or water for 5 to 10-pound walleyes. Once a
night bite, Retherford said that since the alewives
have disappeared anglers have figured out how to
catch walleyes during the daylight hours on Thunder
Bay.
For information on lodging, boat slips and bait
and Tackle shops in the area contact the Alpena
CVB at www.alpenacvb.com or at 800-1-4-ALPENA. To cut your angling learning curve contact
Capt. Ed Retherford at 989-675-2681 or online at
http://www.troutscoutcharters.com/.

GRAND HAVEN KINGS


The spring fishing at Grand Haven is usually
really, really good, claimed Capt. Mark Veurink.
Last season was no exception. Kings show up at
the Grand Haven pier heads beginning in mid-May
through June. When reports of kings at South Haven
and Holland begin, Chinooks will be at Grand Haven shortly. Wise anglers are there to greet them.
The Grand River is the big draw. The river
pumps out warm water that attracts baitfish and hungry kings. With little structure to hold game fish, the
plume of warm, dirty water is the attraction.
Working the color line can be a good tactic
in the spring , Veurink said. Kings in the 5to 15
pound range pack into the dirty water in search of
alewives. The action remains hot at the pier heads
well into June. Good catches can be made out to
100 feet in the spring, which is perfect for the angler
who is trailering his boat. Combinations of spoons
and Spin Doctors with flies take limits of Kings.

There may not be a hotter walleye fishery in the country right


now than Saginaw Bay. The bay is chock-full of walleyes and
anglers who know how to troll can take easy limits during the
early summer months.
For more information contact the Grand Haven Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.visitgrandhaven.com/ or call 800-303-4092 for information on
lodging and slips.

LUNDINGTON/MANISTEE
The deepest water in Lake Michigan exists in
the north-central portion of the lake. The water here
approaches 900 feet in places and is a siren for early
summer steelheads from around the lake. Cold upwellings create current breaks and thermal barriers
with temperature contours that divide icy, cold water
from more tepid temperatures. Terrestrial insects
caught in the surface film collect in windrows along
the breaks and pods of hungry steelheads gorge on
the bugs all summer long.
Anglers with a seaworthy boat, GPS and a reliable marine radio can make the run to Steelhead
Nirvana out of either Manistee or Ludington. The
cache of cold water begins just off Big Point Sable
and continues north to Frankfort. Surface temperature maps helps anglers pinpoint the general area
where the most drastic breaks occur. Then, its a
matter of using your eyes to spot feeding gulls and
your temperature gauge to spot scum lines that the
5- to 20-pound steelheads will patrol. Deploy a
spread of in-line planers and shallow-set divers, kick
up the trolling speed and start hunting. Once located, steelheads will blast orange and pink spoons
and body baits trolled within a boat-length of the
surface. Youre likely to catch a smorgasbord of lake
trout, kings, and Cohos mixed in with the steelies.
For more information on fishing out of Ludington or Manistee contact the Ludington CVB at
http://www.pureludington.com/ or at 877-420-6618
or the Manistee CVB at http://www.manistee-cvb.
com/ or at 877-626-4783.
Summer provides a plethora of opportunities
for trollers with their own boats. The hardest part is
Where?n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Lake trout are just one of several species that can be caught
off Grand Haven in June. Author photos

waters are filled with baitfish. Ravenous schools


of eyes can be found from LaPlaisance Bay and
Woodtick Peninsula throughout Brest Bay and off
Stony Point. There no need to go too far. Youll find
plenty of walleye in the 12- to 18-foot depths well
into July during a cool year.
A really good spot is off Stony Point, the Bell
Buoy and the Banana Dike, offered Howell, MI
angler Jim Balzer. Youve got to watch the wind
and set up your troll accordingly, but once you hit
on a troll its pretty easy to take a limit in a couple
of hours. Target 15 to 18 feet of water. Most of the
walleyes in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie will
range from 15 to 20 inches, but there are still some
trophy fish to be had when the walleyes begin a
steady migration to the east. Wise anglers have an
Ohio fishing license in their pocket too, as some of
the better fishing takes place just on the other side of
the Ohio state line and theres no line on the water to
delineate when youre in one state or the other.
Walleyes can be caught by drifting or casting,
but trolling allows anglers to cover more water, more
depths, stay on roaming schools and use more rods.
Crankbaits and spoons are popular and the walleyes
prefer some gaudy colors most days. It might be
because of water clarity or it might just look like
something out of the ordinary. Balzer advised bring
some crawlers, just in case. When the walleyes are
fussy, meat can be counted on to produce a limit.
Youll tend to catch more non-targeted species with
night crawlers, but youll also catch bigger walleyes. Balzer runs brightly colored crawler
harnesses off Church Tackle in-line boards
and adds weight ahead of the harnesses to
get them deep. Watch your graph for signs
of suspended walleyes and then position
your baits just above them, advised Balzer.
Once you catch a few fish, a pattern will
become evident.
Option for launching on Lake Erie
include Luna Pier, Otter Creek, Bolles
Harbor, Sterling State Park, and
Detroit Beach and in the Raisin
River. For bait, tackle and fishing reports contact Jeffs Bait & Tackle at 734-2894901 or Bottomline Bait & Tackle (734) 379-9762.

53

Ever Wanted To Be On The Cover Of The . . .

Woods- n -Water News?


NOW YOU, YOUR CHILD OR YOUR
HUNTING AND FISHING BUDDY CAN BE!
Maybe your first deer, biggest fish or fondest outdoor memory captured for the entire family to enjoy

A REPLICA COVER OF
WOODS-N-WATER NEWS
THE 11 X 14 FULL COLOR PRINT
SUITABLE FOR FRAMING

Birthdays Holidays
Special Occasions
Decorate Your Cabin

GREAT
GIFT!

Just email (wnw@pageone-inc.com) your photo attached as a jpeg


or tiff file with your suggested custom headline, optional secondary caption and
any additional text you may want. Or complete the form below and mail your
photo. Must be paid in advance. For more info please call 800-387-7824
SENT READY FOR
MATTING AND FRAMING

Please Remember, some photos may not enlarge or reproduce properly.


Be specific on your headlines, captions and dates. Allow four (4) weeks for your order(s).

PLEASE WRITE IN YOUR CUSTOM HEADLINE, OPTIONAL SECONDARY CAPTION AND ADDITIONAL TEXT BELOW
#1) Custom Headline
#2) Optional Secondary Caption
#3) Additional Text
( P L E A S E C O M P L E T E I N F O R M AT I O N B E L O W )

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Name

54

Total # of Photos:
1 photo included in $15 charge. Additional photos, $5 per photo, per cover.
Total # of Covers:
Total Price:
$15 per cover with 1 photo. Additional covers $5 each.

Address

City

State

Phone # Email
MC/Visa Expires

Check

Mail to: Woods-N-Water News, PO Box 278, Imlay City, MI 48444

Zip

15

INCLUDES:
ONE REPLICA COVER WITH ONE PHOTO
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS $5 EACH
ADDITIONAL REPLICA COVER COPIES $5 EACH

WO O D S - N - WAT E R N E W S R E S E RV E S T H E R I G H T T O R E F U S E A N Y O R D E R I F I T I S C O N S I D E R E D T O B E I N P O O R TA S T E O R U N E T H I C A L .

and

when the heat is on

Heat-of-Summer Eyes Can Be Enticed Into Striking When Fished At The Right Speed

FORAGE FACTOR

located forage, as well


if I spot fish.

ROASTY TOASTY
PICK AND CHOOSE

In general, live bait can be nearly


impossible to keep alive when the
suns rays are beating into the boat;
thus why I lean on the side of using
artificial lures this time of year. And
the lures I choose will depend on what
kind of bait I saw on my sonar.
When I spot baitfish, then I know
its any one of the many Rapala minnow baits that will fit the bill. If the
lakes full of small, slender fish such
as shiners and perch, then lures with
narrow bodies like Rapalas Original
Floaters, Tail Dancers, or Flat Raps
are my choice. If shad, panfish, or
crappies are present in the lake, then
the wide-bodied Shad Raps, Glass
Shad Rap and the like will work
wonders. And if any of these lures are
offered with the Scatter Rap lip, I will
definitely give those a try.
And speaking of the lips on lures,
how deep of diving lure I choose will
depend on where I am finding fish.
For the most part, I never fish with a
lure so that it swims below the fish,
but always in the same zone or above
them. And if you go to Rapalas website (www.rapala.com) you can find
the dive curve of each one under the
specifications portion of each model.
(Most dive curves are based on using
10-pound-test monofilament such as
my favorite for trolling, Berkleys
Trilene XT.)
No matter where I am trolling,
be it shallow or deep, I always use
Church Tackle in-line planer boards
get my lures out to the side of my
Lund Pro-V and in the face of fish that
may have spooked out from under me.
The also allow me to run more rods
and keep them from tangling.
During the summer months, Ill
pull crankbaits at a speeds of at least
1.5 to 2.5 MPH. I adjust the speed up
or down often, however, only in intervals of one-tenth-of-a-mile-per-hour.
Ill do this until I figure out exactly
what speed trips the fishs trigger most
and then hold that speed as long as I
am catching fish.
And anytime I troll at such high
speeds, I always set my rods into my
Mark Martin Universal rod holders,
which are manufactured by Big Jon
Sports. These are fully adjustable rod
holders that allow me to use any size
rod pointed in any direction.

No matter what lure youre using


and at what speed, you wont catch
walleyes any time of year (except the
spawn) unless you are fishing where
their food is. Yes, it really is as simple
as find the forage and, sure enough,
youll find the fish.
In the deep, clear lakes of my
home state of Michigan, for example,
where fish feed on insects, minnows,
young-of-the-year fishes, and crustaceans during the hottest months. In
general, their tendency is to sulk at
bottom in deep water during daylight
hours then and head to the shallows,
or, rise high in the water column to
feast at dusk.
This means if I am able locate
their food sources during the day, then
Ill be able to zone in on those fish
during the prime twilight hours.
Nowadays, to locate bait, I rely
on Lowrances HDS-12 Gen3. This
sonar/GPS unit is powerful; enough so
that I am literally able to see even the
smallest nymph wiggling its way up
from a lakes bottom.
The HDS-12 Gen3 is also a GPS
and mapping unit, and with its 12-inch
LED-backlit, multi-touch, widescreen
display, I am able to watch one side of
the screen for bait and fish as well observe the GPS. And with an SD card
filled with Navionics mapping in its
card reader, I can follow breaklines,
and find humps, bumps and holes with
ease.
With my main outboard motor in
gear, Ill steer my Lund Pro-V along
the breaklines and search for bait.
Then, with a couple quick taps of
Major bug hatches often are an
the HDS-12 Gen3 touch screen, I can
excuse for not catching fish; but not
add icons over areas where I have

GO AHEAD, BUG ME

The author, Mark Martin, holds a nice walleye taken while fishing a Rapala
Deep Tail Dancer at a fast pace. Author photo
for me.
If Im marking aquatic insects on
my Lowrance, or seeing bugs fly up
and off the surface, then I know its
time to break out the spinners (aka:
crawler harnesses) and use soft plastics. Berkley PowerBait or Gulp! are
my go-to in this situation.
Contrary to popular belief, spinners can be trolled fast. And they
will induce strikes when major bug
hatches are occurring. And a walleye
with a full belly sometimes needs
speed to trigger that reaction strike.
But instead of using spinners with
large blades and whole fake bait
crawlers, Ill reduce the size of the
blade to a number 2 or 3 and only use
half of a PowerBait or Gulp! Night
Crawler instead of a whole one.
This is because small blades have
less water resistance, thus you have
better depth control at high speeds.
And the shortened profile of the half
crawler matches the size of the bugs
better than a whole one.
In general, I pull spinners at .07 to
1.2 MPH. When fishing fast, however,
Ill troll them up to 1.8 mph.
Controlling the depth of a spinner can be done by adding an in-line

weight about six feet ahead of the


blade. Overall, I use anywhere from
a 1/2- to 1-ounce in-line weight. How
much to use to get a spinner into the
strike zone will depend on how much
line you have out, the diameter of said
line as well the speed your trolling.
And this is definitely something youll
have to experiment with while on the
water.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

Whether using crankbaits or spinners, paying attention to your speed is


the most crucial aspect when trolling.
And the moment you hook into a fish,
take note of the speed at that moment.
If the bite slows, re-adjust your pace
until you get bit again.
In short: This summer, when
trolling and a snails-pace ploys is not
triggering strikes, find the forage and
then troll with fake baits fast during
dawn and dusk. Youll be pleased with
the outcome, I promise.
Mark Martin is a walleye tournament pro and instructor with the
Fishing Vacation/Schools who lives
in Michigans southwestern Lower
Peninsula. Visit his website at markmartins.net for more information.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Mark Martin

f there is one
thing I have
learned about walleyes during my career as a professional
angler, its that they are one of
the most tolerant species of intense
temperature swings of any swimming;
no matter latitude they linger. This
means not only can they survive in
temperature extremes, both high and
low, but can flourish.
Yes, even when summers heat
rises and water temperatures follow
to near bath-water warm throughout
the Midwest, these fish can be enticed
into striking an offering when fished
at the right speed.
With that said, let me say that
summertimes the right time to fish
fake and fast. In other words: Its the
occasion to use artificial lures and
bait, and, to fish them at a rapid pace.
Overall, trolling is a great way to
present lures in this fashion.

55

More Fun, More Fish... By George Rowe


ight fishing is very popular in Florida, where I
first started guiding for
bonefish, permit, tarpon
and snook. On the shallow flats, there is really no
other way to find the fish. On fresh
water, however, sight fishing is rarely
practiced but it can be productive.
There are two different ways to
spot fish on our lakes and streams.
One, of course, is by their feeding
action. We spot those wary brown
trout when they rise to take a fly off
the surface and we can locate bass the
same way, when they push a school
of minnows to the surface or when
they pick off a just-emerged dragonfly
from the surface. We dont really see
the fish but we see the disturbance
they make when feeding.
The other way to spot fish is to
actually see the fish and this can only
occur under special circumstances.
In the spring and early summer, bass

and bluegills cruise the shallows in


search of an easy meal and, if the sun
is overhead and especially if the bottom is sandy, they can be spotted by
an angler with good polarized glasses.
One can actually cast to these cruising
fish and hope to get a strike. This can
be the opportunity to learn just how
persnickety bass can be, as you cast
to fish after fish and have them ignore
your offering or examine it a bit and
turn away. One learns then, that on
a given day, only one bass in twenty
will be sufficiently interested to slam
your lure. On another (rare) day,
almost every bass encountered will be
tempted and those will be days to be
remembered.
Lets look at the various fresh water fish than can offer sight fishing and
examine just how it might work.

BASS

Throughout the summer, bass can


be spotted as they drive schools of

un
O u t d o o r Fo f
f o r k id s
all ages

O n ly

$ 9.9 9

each

minnows to the surface and feed on


them. The activity will appear as a
group of moving swirls and splashes
and it will last for as little as a few
seconds to a full minute or two. The
swirls are made by a small school of
bass perhaps four to six or eight fish.
Obviously, this activity is easiest to
spot when the lake surface is flat but
it will occur even when it is windy
it is just much more difficult to spot.
When you see this surface activity occurring, the best strategy is to simply
get in the area, take rod in hand and
wait for action. When the flurry of activity occurs in range, all you need to
do is land a top-water plug in the area
and a strike is almost guaranteed. You
can also take these surface-feeding
fish with a fly rod popper.
Late in June and into July, the
dragonflies and the Dobson flies will
be hatching and this will bring on
another binge of surface feeding. The
flies will be hatching from lily pads,
reeds and anything growing in or next
to the water. The feeding activity will
be marked by deep swirls next to the
reeds and pads and the feeders will
include big bluegills as well as bass.
The best baits will be a fly rod popper
or a small surface lure. The fish are so
intent on feeding that you really dont
need to match the hatch. Anything
that strikes the surface looking edible
should get bitten.
The hatch of the big flies is a great
time to sight fish for smallmouth bass
among the reeds. A sparse bed of
reeds is ideal and a water depth of just
a few feet will help you spot the fish
as they feed and move over the flat.
You will be looking for swirls and/
or wakes as the fish feed. A fly rod
popper or minnow imitation is ideal

but you can also take these fish with a


top-water plug or a small spinnerbait.
Under the right conditions, bass
can be spotted cruising the shallows,
early in the summer. It takes a day
with little wind and bright sun and
it certainly helps to have a sandy or
gravel bottom they wont show up
over a weedy bottom. With good
polarized glasses you can often see
largemouths cruising in pairs or small
groups. Generally, these will be smaller bass fish just a year or two old
definitely not the big females, but
big enough to be great to catch. These
fish will be spooky, in the shallows,
so a careful presentation is usually
required. A smallish fly rod popper
is ideal but they will take plugs and
plastics as well. If using a plug or an
imitation worm or jig, select a small
version and drop it well in front of the
fish, waiting to give it some action
until the fish is close.

BLUEGILLS

The same tactics that work for


bass will also take bluegills and there
is little more fun to be had on the
water than catching big bluegills on
a light fly rod. The gills will absolutely go nuts when the dragonflies
are hatching and there seems to be
nothing more attractive to big bluegills than a dragonfly struggling on
the surface of the lake.

WALLEYES

The opportunities to catch walleyes by sight fishing are limited but it


can be done. Again, the fish are spotted when feeding and when they are
feeding on minnows on a shallow flat.
The ideal set-up is a big flat covered
with just six or eight feet of water,
at dawn. The best flats will be those

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

SUCCESSFUL TURKEY HUNTERS

56

Lane Walker
Author
Outdoor Writer
Professional Speaker
Book Lane for your next wildgame dinner or event

www.hometown-hunters.com
Hometown-Hunters

GET YOUR
TURKEY OFFICIALLY
SCORED
Go To:

www.buckfax.com

Commemorative Bucks of Michigan P.O. Box 307 Owosso, Michigan 48867 Phone (517) 679-6226

Commemorative Bucks of Michigan is a non-profit organization that measures and maintains records on trophy class Whitetail Deer,
Black Bear, Elk and Turkeys, taken by fair chase in the state of Michigan. We use the Boone and Crockett method to score all three
big game species. Visit our web site to learn more and get connected to the latest in Michigan hunting. www.Buckfax.com

Wildlife habitat grants


available through MDNR

A fly rod popper will readily attract those bass feeding at the surface.
with some weedy areas and the weeds
will be in patches and they may be
sparse. The weeds will be one of
those varieties that grow close to the
bottom. The schools of minnows
may be visible just as sparkling water
or tiny ripples at the surface. The
feeding action you seek will be just
small swirls but they will be repeated
every few minutes as a fish pushes a
minnow to the top and takes it.
Be aware that there are other fish
feeding on the minnows as well but
the bass, trout and coarse fish will
be a lot more noisy and visible in
their feeding. There is also a nifty
relationship between suckers feeding
very visibly on the flat and walleye
action. The suckers stir up the bottom, attracting minnows who feed
on the tiny crustaceans and then, of
course, the walleyes move in on the
minnows. When you see a walleye

swirl, you can cast to it, of course,


and it just might work. You have to
recognize, however, that by the time
your jig or plug can hit the water that
fish may be twenty feet away and you
have no clue as to the direction it took
after it ate the minnow.
The surface feeding activity has
confirmed that the fish are in the
area, however, and that will keep you
casting and you will find the fish.
This fishing is best when the weather
is near the warm peak and there is
some algae in the water, making the
walleyes more comfortable in the
shallows. While this action may be in
water as shallow as six feet or even
less at dawn, the fish may move to
deeper water as the sun rises and be
in eight to ten feet by mid-morning.
Sight fishing adds a special wrinkle to fishing, on fresh or salt water
and definitely produces more fun.n

The Michigan Department


of Natural Resources announced that it will accept 2015
Round 2 Wildlife Habitat Grant
Program applications through
July 10, giving priority to projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species.
The Wildlife Habitat Grant
Program, funded with a portion
of the revenue from hunting
MDNR Photo
and fishing licenses sold each
year, began in October 2013.
The DNR administers the program through a cooperative effort between
its Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section.
The main objective of the grant program is to enhance and improve
the quality and quantity of game-species habitat. Managing habitat for
sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment is Goal 2 in
the DNR Wildlife Divisions strategic plan, The GPS.
This is an exciting opportunity to partner with others in the state to
increase the habitat available for game species in Michigan and to enhance the existing habitat for the benefit of hunters, trappers and wildlife
viewers, said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason.
Funding is available for local, state, federal and tribal governments,
for-profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals through an open, competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000, with the
maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The
2015 Round 2 overall available grant amount is approximately $1 million.
The application period began June 1. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 10 to be considered for funding. Successful
grant applications will be announced by Oct. 1. The detailed program
handbook and application are available at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

n
e
J
k
i
n
n
e
s
L

HUNT CLUB
Custom Gun Dog Training English Setters

4989 Abbot Road Reading, MI 49274


Hunts Conducted On

HARD-FLYING PHEASANTS
In Good Cover

(Including Blues)

We Dont Fool Around,

Aluminum Exterior
Fully Insulated
Carpeted Floors
Rodent Proof

Peaked Roof
Screened Vents
Interior Shelves
Silent Shadow Windows

Octagon series
includes eight
shooting zones.

6x6 OCTAGON SERIES

GUN DOG TRAINING


EVERY SUNDAY
Your Dog & You Will Be Great

QUALITY ENGLISH
SETTERS
From 47 Years Of Selective Breeding

6x6 CROSS BOW


Your Easy Way Up

6x 6 ARCH ERY

4x 6 G UN

1.888-446.4868 www.shadowhunterblinds.com

CALL NOW! 517.283.1559

(Lunch Provided)

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

YOUR TOTAL COMFORT HUNTING BLIND

57

Black Powder Shooting Sports...

The best thing in the world

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

58

he wind pushed these two,


Ira Thumma said as he
tapped his finger on the holes
at 9 oclock, a fraction of an
inch outside the 10-ring.
But the flags went
limp? Nick Thumma, Iras 16-year-old grandson
questioned.
I know, but there must have been a wind current between here and there that we couldnt see, or
some other condition that we are not aware of.
Why did we drop this one? Nick asked,
pointing to the hole that was four inches outside the
10-ring at 6 oclock. The black powder fouling on
the tip of his index finger left a smudge that accentuated the errant shot.
The new bullet isnt flying just right, and
weve got to figure out why. Thats the fun of this
game, Ira Thumma said, sporting a broad smile.
The grandfather/grandson duothe former
dressed in blue bib overalls and a faded t-shirt, the
latter standing to his right in blue jeans and a darkgreen Freeland Football hooded sweatshirtcontinued studying the grouping on the slug-gun line
at the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Associations
Walter Cline Range. The 2014 National Spring
Shoot was Nick Thummas first trip to the NMLRAs fabled home grounds on the east edge of the
sleepy hamlet of Friendship in southeastern Indiana.
Family, both natural and extended, is a primary
focus of the black powder community. Not all
children or grandchildren show interest in shooting, either modern or traditional arms, but when a
young person asks Can I try? medals and trophies
and 10Xs take a backseat to careful mentoring. The
same holds true for fathers and sons, mothers and
daughters, nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers,
or aunts and uncles of all ages.
Nicks been shooting for quite some time,
Ira said, a lot of modern, but when hes with me
he shoots a muzzleloader. We talked about Friendship. One day he asked, Grandpa, can I go down
to Friendship and
shoot? I said Yes,
if mom and dad
agree, which they
did. He wanted to
shoot the slug rifle
and the bench rifle,
which well shoot
tomorrow.
I like how far
these slug guns
shoot, Nick
Thumma said,
and how accurate
they are. Today
were shooting
at 300 yards, but
there are matches

By Dennis Neely

Nick Thumma steadied the Unertl scopes crosshairs at 3 oclock on the 10-ring. When the wind flags
began to droop, he touched off the shot. Wild Rivertree photos
out to 500 yards. I first started shooting slug guns
yesterday.
Im surprised at how big this shoot is, how
many different types of shooting are here, the variety of shooters, and the different styles of guns that
you see. I watched trap shooting under the lights
last night.
Its the biggest shoot Ive been to. I thought
maybe 50 or 60 shooters, not hundreds. Im told its
the biggest gathering of black powder shooters in
the country, Nick added as he sipped from a can
of orange pop. It opens your eyes to what there
is compared to the little club that we shoot at. Ive
never seen the camping and shooting combined at
one place. Its exciting and pretty cool.
Weve got a real neophyte here, grandpa
quipped with a smile. Hed be better off if he had
somebody who knew something about this game.
Ira Thumma started shooting when he was six years

old, has shot muzzleloaders for 46 years and is a


respected competitor with a keen knowledge of the
black powder shooting sports.
The Pickett rifle was the forerunner of the
slug gun, Ira Thumma explained when a bystander
asked what type of gun he was loading. The first
snipers in the Civil War used Pickett rifles, then the
slug guns came out. Slug guns went on to be the
premier target rifles of the day, and they are still the
most accurate. Horace Warner made slug guns, and
to prove the accuracy of his guns he would shoot a
W in the targets center at 200 yards.
Instead of shooting a round ball, they went
to a bullet that was about one and a half diameters
long. They called it the sugarloaf bullet. Todays
slug gun bullet is three and a half diameters long. I
remade the tooling to cast the two-piece bullet. The
front is 30 to 1 lead to tin and the base is pure lead.
It is paper patched and we use various black powder

Nick Thumma (left) handed his grandfather, Ira Thumma (right), one of the special two-part slug gun bullets. The nose is hard lead and the base is softer, pure lead.

I tried the wad a couple of years ago. Now that Ive


got a good bullet, I want to try the wad again. It
may make a difference, or it may not.
There was some change
in the conditions, and it might
be mirage. The moisture in the
air can move the light rays, and
that moves where the shooter
perceives the target to be. But
the target never moves so you
are shooting at a phantom target.
It all has to be taken into account. Right now, getting you
shooting is the important thing,
the proud grandfather said, putting his hand on his grandsons
shoulder.
Ive been shooting since I
turned five, Nick said recently,
mostly trap and skeet youth
shoots with my 12-gauge. But
the slug gun is my favorite now.
Id rather shoot it than just about
anything else. Its very picky
and sensitive. If you dont load
it exactly the same each shot it
doesnt turn out the same. I definitely want to go back to Friendship. The best part was spending
the week with my grandpa.
Bringing Nick down to
Friendship was the best thing in
the world, Ira Thumma later
said. Its great to be able to
mentor and teach him. Id do
that every day of the year if I
could. It meant more to me than
shooting 100-10X at 500 yards.
Thats the best score you can
Before each shot, Ira Thumma (right) checked to make sure the
shoot with a slug gun.
slug gun was properly set up. Nick Thumma (left) donned the special
Give the black powder
leather glove used to steady the rear rest affixed to the bottom of
shooting sports a try, be safe and
the figured maple stock.
may God bless you.n

Muzzle Loading State Events

Michigan State Muzzle


Loading Association State Shoots
July 3-5--53rd Annual 4th of July Shoot
Beaverton: 989-832-3750
July 3-5--Open Trap Championship
Grand Valley Cap n Ballers: 616-836-5760
July 8-12--MSMLA State Championship
Matches: Columbiaville Sportsman Club
810-639-7479
July 17--White River Rendezvous Shoot
Rothbury: 616-218-7037
July 18--Sporting Clays (Modern Shotgun)
Grand Valley Cap n Ballers: 616-836-5760
July 19--Jerry Boyer Memorial Match
Marlette: 989-635-4177
July 19--Bridgeport Fun Shoot: Bridgeport
989-746-0723
July 25--Blanket Prize Woodswalk
Powder Horn County Muzzleloading Gun
Club: 800-960-8111
July 25--Flintlocks Only Shotgun Shoot
Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club
Laingsburg: 517-393-2772

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

charges for the different ranges we shoot.


This rifle weighs about 39.8 pounds and was
built by Ken Sutton. It has a .40-caliber Hoch barrel, is primer ignited and uses a Unertl scope. Like
all black powder slug guns, it has a false muzzle
for loading (a matching piece of barrel with the
bore tapered to ease starting the bullet). For safety,
a cable attaches the false muzzle to the loading
bench so you cant forget to take it off, Ira added.
Nick Thumma held the practice target up and
the bystander asked why the rings were drawn
with a felt pen. We turn the target around, Nicks
grandfather continued, and inscribe the X-ring and
10-ring on the back. At 300 yards we sometimes
add the 9-ring, too. The target is scored from the
front, but you can see the bullet hits easier on the
white background and if a bullet starts to drift,
say out to 3 oclock, you move (the aiming point
of) your crosshairs to try to keep the shots in the
X-ring. You never change or adjust the scope in the
middle of a match.
Its weird, Nick said, the first two shots
were normal, then nothing would group, then it
went back to where it grouped fine. Were still
working on the correct powder charge for 300
yards. Were going to try a wad under the bullet.
A part of the problem is we dont have a 300yard range at our club, Ira Thumma said, so we
are limited on testing. The base of the bullet is critical, because that acts like the rudder on a sail boat.

59

Trail camera photo tells


me of a missed opportunity

hanks to one of my
Moultrie Scouting Cameras, I was able to see
part of what I missed in
terms of deer sightings
during the 2014 firearms
deer season by my preferred stand.
My preferred stand was on an oak
ridge in a remote location of
the UPs Keweenaw County.
I planned on sitting in that
stand during gun season, but
the snowstorm that hit the
northern UP several days before November 15 prevented
me from doing so.
A snowmobile would
have been the only
means of reaching that spot and I
didnt have access to one. Fortunately, I did have
an alternative stand not far from a
plowed road that I was able to access,
which made it possible for me to hunt
during firearms season. I managed to
shoot a 3 -year-old 8-pointer with
my TenPoint Crossbow on the morn-

ing of November 15, but I couldnt


help wondering what I missed at the
location where I wanted to be.
I wasnt able to find out until snow
melted this spring and I could finally
retrieve my camera. My biggest fear
was that so much snow fell prior to
November 15 that the camera would
have been covered. The
camera was attached to a
tree about 18 inches from
the ground. I was pleased
to find out that although the
camera lens was covered
with snow some of the time,
the unit was able to capture
images of deer by my stand
during most of gun
season.
I knew that oak
ridge would be a
hot spot during November due to a
bumper crop of acorns that fell there
last fall. Such a quality food source
tends to concentrate whitetails. Deer
from areas without a mast crop often
move to those where nuts are present.
Acorns werent just abundant

By Richard P. Smith

FIND US ON YOUR
FAVORITE
SOCIAL MEDIA
PLATFORMS!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

like and follow us to stay up-to-date


with shows, events, news, contests,
photos, new products, etc.

60

on that ridge. The super mast crop


occurred throughout the western UP
wherever there were oak trees. A location I hunt in Marquette County was
also loaded with acorns.
Some antler-rubbed saplings and
scrapes were already appearing in the
location on the Keweenaw County
ridge that I planned on hunting before
my wife Lucy helped me put up a
treestand during early October. The
buck sign that was already present
made it easier for me to decide where
to place the stand. I attached a camera
to a tree in front of the stand the same
day the stand went up.
I was hoping to do some bowhunting from the stand, too, so wanted to
get an idea of how many bucks were
in the area and what size their antlers
were. The camera soon captured the
images of half a dozen bucks. There
was a 5-point, 6-point, a pair of 8s and
10s.
My brother Bruce and I each spent
time bowhunting from that stand. I
passed up a 5-point and he missed a
shot at an 8-pointer. Bruce also saw

Woods-N-Water
News
Hunting and Fishing
3.2K Likes
Like

Check In

Call

other bucks he was not able to get


shots at. Meanwhile, the amount of
buck sign in the vicinity continued to
increase. The prospects for firearms
season looked terrific.
Then the early snowstorm struck.
It was a good thing a camera remained to monitor what I missed.
Enough snow fell to block the
cameras view from November 11
through the 13th. By the afternoon of
the 14th, the snow had settled enough
for the camera to start recording
images again, but parts of the images were obscured. At 2:47 p.m. on
that day, there was a photo of a 5 or
6-point buck in front of that stand.
The camera was positioned to
capture photos of deer and other animals that walked in front of the stand,
whereas, a hunter in that stand would Although the clarity of the photo isnt the best, you can tell this buck is suphave been able to see deer in all diporting a heavy set of antlers. Richard P. Smith Trail Cam photo.
rections. Due to the cameras limited
blocked the cameras view. The next
and another doe passed the stand at
field of view, there was no way to
clear photo was obtained of a doe
10:43 a.m.
know if or when any deer walked
at 4:40 p.m. on November 20. One
I wish I had been in that stand
by the stand in any other locations.
minute later, theres a photo of a big
Nonetheless, the camera provided in- on the morning of November 16,
8-pointer that had not been captured
formation I otherwise would not have however. A doe that was probably in
heat went by at 8:05 a.m. and she was on camera previously that was folhad about some deer movement.
followed at 8:23 by a big buck. Had I lowing the doe.
Based on what the camera capMore snow prevented the cambeen there, Im sure I would have coltured, November 15 was a slow day.
lected that buck. At least I know what era from capturing what happened
An 8-pointer traveled by the stand at
between November 24 and 30, but
3:00 a.m. During hours of daylight, a I missed.
even without photos from those days
More snowfall by November 19
doe and fawn walked by at 10:38 a.m.

its clear that deer hunting could


have been as successful as I expected
it would be from that stand during
the 2014 firearms season. By the
afternoon of December 2, the camera captured a photo of one of the
8-pointers that had been roaming
the area, confirming he survived gun
season. In fact, Im confident most of
the bucks captured by my camera in
that location last fall survived hunting
seasons. They should have also made
it through winter and should have
even bigger antlers this year.
The reason Im confident those
bucks survived winter is there were
so many acorns that whitetails were
able to dine on them most of the
winter into spring. The weather
warmed well above freezing during
December, melting much of the snow
that fell during November. Even during January, temperatures got above
freezing on a number of days, allowing more snow to melt.
Thanks to my Moultrie Game
Camera, Im looking forward to the
2015 deer season even more than I
was last fall. I plan on trying for
those bucks I was not able to get
during 2014. If the northern UP
doesnt get another early snowstorm,
I might be able to tag at least one
of them!n

MICHIGANS LARGEST FIREARMS DEALER


BUY
WE BUY
SELL
TRADE
USED
Guns, Ammunition,
Reloading Supplies
GUNS!
Trade Ins Welcome

Guns Galore
1414 N. Leroy Street
Fenton, MI48430

We Buy
Guns!

810.629.5325

& More!

GunsGalore@outlook.com

Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10am-4pm

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Over 5,000 New and


Used Guns In Stock

61

The perpetual motion fly

Joes Hi Tail Bugger


By Joe Delaney

he most common fly in


almost every fly fishers fly box is the black
woolly bugger; and for
good reason, it is easy to
tie and it works.
The ideal woolly bugger is composed of an elongated thick marabou
tail and a quality chenille body. (I like
diamond braid.) When covered with
tightly palmered hen hackle, it presents a shaggy look in the hand. Sitting
in still water, this fly never stops
moving. In slow/medium currents, it
swims like a live leech/hellgrammite.
In fast water, it undulates like any
twisting, dislodged, struggling aquatic
insect. This fly, properly tied and well
fished, is an ideal mimic. It catches a
lot of fish. However, it works better for some than others, allow me to
explain.
Fishery biologists tell us that in
any given body of water, (lake or
stream) only about five percent or
less of that water contains fish. Wow!
Obviously then, just like any good
fishermen, fly fishermen must go to
where the fish are. Flailing on the
water just anywhere aint gonna get

oftentimes love a properly presented


woolly bugger. Fish like northern
pike, walleye and catfish will at times
jump on a well presented bugger.
Proper presentation and stealth usually makes the difference. Even giant
warm water golden trout (carp)
readily grab a good bugger. Incidentally, carp on a 5/6 wt. fly rod are a
wild ride!
Joes Hi Tail Buggers are different because, I have over 100 copies
of Fly Tyer magazine from 1998 to
current ones in my personal library.
Also in my possession are about a
dozen books by leading experts on
fly tying/fishing. They have taught
me much and are a constant reference
source. However, nowhere in these
books/magazines do I find anyone
tying woolly buggers with extra-long
tails (up to 3 times hook length). This
for good reason, they will screw up a
good fly quickly; unless tied like I tie
them.
I cement every joint in the tying
process for durability. I may catch 50
or more sunfish on a good day. Otherwise, even a well tied fly will come
apart. Most of my wet flies are tied on

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Hi-Tail Woolly Bugger in sizes #2 - #12 catch a lot of fish. It captures the
essence of an insect in size, shape, color and behavior. Author photos

62

the job don.


In fact, the listed elements of presentation of all angling are:
Depth control (vertical)
Speed (horizontal)
Action and movement (broad or
narrow)
Sound and Energy; pressure in
the water
The Fly (lure) itself, the size,
color, shape and scent
Michigan inland waterways and
much of the Great Lakes are my home
stomping grounds. Warm water species from bluegills to bass and their
cold water cousins, trout, salmon,

heavy shank hooks with (legal everywhere) copper wire under wrap for
added weight. Better depth control.
As the cost of quality strung marabou goes up, I have been using more
and more of my own (harvested) wild
turkey, marabou. Its even better quality in some ways. But thats another
story.
No matter how it is tied, a marabou tail that constantly wraps around
the hook must be (slightly) shortened.
Pinch just the tip of the tail end off
with your thumb and fingertips, Do
Not Cut. Leave a ragged edge for better action. Also, by opening the loop

The author knows, eight inch sunfish are a blast to catch on a 4 wt., 5 foot
fly rod with his non-fouling, thick, extra longtailed flies.
of your back cast you minimize this
problem.
When on the water, I dont like to
waste time switching leaders, sinking lines, etc., so I always carry in my
truck at least two, sometimes three,
rigged rods ready for action. Plus
carry several small fly boxes with
plenty of flies for easy selection
and always use fluorocarbon leaders
for below the surface and mono on
the surface.
I have another trick up my sleeve,
and does it work. An Important Tool
of Finesse Casting Furled leaders are
an amazing tool maximizing easy
handling. They roll cast beautifully,
effortless, turning over long tippets.
I first tried furled leaders about three
years ago. They make a difference
and I recommend them. Try contacting: hogcreek1@yahoo.com . Using a
sinking furled leader with a fluorocarbon tippet often negates the need for
a hard to cast sinking fly line. With a

tug and twitch retrieve, the strike rate


goes way up. Its TNT!

Conclusion

I site the three functions of all


fish in order of importance: 1) They
eat. They are opportunistic carnivores
and cannibals. 2) They reproduce.
Some species, i.e. salmon, literally die
spawning and offer their dead bodies as nutrients for their offspring. 3)
They survive. Oftentimes they are
difficult to catch. Sometimes fly fishermen catch fish when others cant.
If you are not a seasoned fly fisher,
dont start; its too much fun. Besides,
I want the streams to myself. Just
Kidding! However, I have some great
boat rods for sale.
If you are a seasoned fly tier, try a
long tailed bugger that wont foul the
hook. Then develop the T & T retrieve
and check out the new sweet casting
T.F.O. Office rod (www.TFOrods.
com)n

"Joe's Hi Tail Bugger"


Hooks: Mustad #3906 B sizes 14 to 4/Mustad #36890 sizes 12 to 2
Thread: Danville's 6/0-3/0 waxed monocord
Tail: Wild turkey marabou 11/2 - 2 times hook lengths, varied colors. Also,
marabou from the base of X-long hackle feathers.
Underbody: Copper wire, two layers; .008 smaller hooks .024 larger hooks
Body: Sparkle braid-peacock/pearl, etc.
Hackle: Black hen and others with tight full palmering for effect
Special Note: Tail can be tied close to bend of the hook. However, it must be
tied with under wraps and/or with figure 8 under around wraps. This allows a
longer tail that does not foul on the bend of the hook.
Good in fast water, explosive in slow/still waters.

MICHIGAN'S
NUMBER 1
OUTDOOR
RADIO SHOW !!!

Be sure to listen to Mike


Averys Outdoor Magazine
on one of the following
radio stations each week!
City

Station

WHKB
WBCK
WPNW
WKBZ
WABJ
WBRN
WIAN
WPNW
WDMJ
WUPS
WPHM
WKNW
WMIQ
WSGW
WATZ
WILS
WIOS
WSJM
WNBY
WSGW FM
WKYO
WLDN
W TCM
WWCK
WAAM
WJRW
WAAM
WJRW

HOUGHTON
BATTLE CREEK
HOLLAND
MUSKEGON
ADRIAN
BIG RAPIDS
ISHPEMING
HOLLAND
MARQUETTE
KE
HOUGHTON LA

N
RO
HU
PORT
IE
AR
M
.
ST
T
SAUL

IN
IRON MOUNTA

SAGINAW
ALPENA
LANSING
TAWAS
ST. JOE
BERRY
EW
N
SAGINAW
CARO
LUDINGTON

TRAVERSE CITY
T
IN
FL
ANN ARBOR
S
GRAND RAPID
Ann Arbor
Grand Rapids

Air Time

Frequency

102.3 FM
95.3 FM
1260 AM
1090 AM
1490 AM
1460 AM
1240 AM
96.5 FM
1320 AM
98.5 FM
1380 AM
1400 AM
1450 AM
790 AM
1450 AM
1320 AM
1480 AM
94.9 FM
1450 AM
100.5 FM
1360 AM
98.7 FM
580 AM
1570 AM
1600 AM
1340 AM
1600AM
1340AM

SA (9 AM)
SA (5 AM)
SA (5 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SA (7:30 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SA (6 AM)
SA (5 AM)
SA (6 AM)
SU (6 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SA (6 AM)
SU (9 AM)
SU (7 AM)
SU (5 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SA (7 AM)
SU (9 AM)
SA (9 AM)
M-W-F (12 PM)
SA (7 AM)
SU (9 AM)
SU (1 PM)
SA (5AM)
SU (7PM)
SA (5AM)
SU (7PM)

ors.com

r yOutdo
e
v
A
e
k
i
www.M

Mike Averys
Outdoor
Magazine
has a
tradition
of keeping
his listeners
and viewers
informed
and
entertained.
Dont miss
any
of his
programs.
Outdoor
Magazine
is brought
to you by
these fine
companies.

Check us out on Facebook:


facebook.com/OutdoorMagazine

Woods-N-Water News
Michigans Premier Outdoor Publication

www.woods-n-waternews.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

SCAN FOR RADIO APP

63

It can be very therapeutic!


n todays fast-paced world with
computers rapidly being replaced
by cell phones and tablets, its
easy to see how stress plays a big
part in our lives. Your day-to-day
commute has more traffic, lots
of orange barrels and in some cases,
longer drives. You can hardly walk
anywhere and not see someone with
a phone against an ear, talking into a
headset or texting like there will be no
tomorrow.
One way to help get rid of some
of that stress, at least for a little bit, is
to spend time around water. Moving
water especially helps calm us, allowing for an escape into another world,
if only for a few minutes or a couple
of hours.
The sound water makes as it runs
over rocks or logs or the peacefulness of it when a duck or other water
bird lands or takes off making enough
noise to cause you to come out of that
calm world you were in. Dont worry;
youll be right back there in a few moments. Even the sound of a lake with
its small waves endless lapping up on

a sandy shore or slapping into rocks


has its own trance-like effect.
Fishing has the ability to help
you see important issues
from a different perspective.
Whether you are catching or
fishing, its a great way to
relax.
There is the pure excitement you see in children discovering there is something
pulling on the end of their
pole. And even more
excitement when they
pull in their first fish,
hanging on the end of their line. The
little hands that start to pick that small
fish up gingerly reach forward only
to be quickly drawn back the moment
the fish moves. The first hesitant touch
of the fish by those same little hands,
pull away quickly with a look on their
face that translates to icky.
The wonders of nature; birds singing, flowers blooming, butterflies flitting from blossom to blossom, garter
snakes slithering through tall grass on
their bellies, stubborn, slow-moving

FIND US ON YOUR
FAVORITE
SOCIAL MEDIA
PLATFORMS!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

like and follow us to stay


up-to-date with shows,
events, news, contests,
photos, new products, etc.

64

turtles on a mission, the summers new


rabbit litter, and the spots on a fawn
put smiles on faces and make us forget our everyday problems,
of only for a short amount of
time.
Kendra Mueller knows
all about daily problems and
finding a healthy release outdoors. Shes a single mom,
works hard in her business
as a dog groomer, has a son,
and in her spare time,
fishes ice fishing and
bass tournaments.
Mueller is from Pinckney with a
lot on her plate. Her nine-year-old son
Brett has Aspergers Syndrome, sometimes called high-functioning autism
(HFA), with symptoms that differ in
degree from autistic disorder. Some of
the autistic behaviors may be apparent in the first few months of a childs
life, or they may not become evident
until later, according to the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders.
My son Brett has Aspergers. He
is very intelligent and can have an

By Roger Beukema

obsessive personality, Mueller said.


By obsessive, shes referring
to his interest in learning everything
about a subject he becomes interested
in.
Hes a very social kid who has
Aspergers, she said. Typical of this
syndrome, Brett doesnt make a lot
of eye contact but is super friendly.
Brett is in a regular, third -grade
class at County Elementary school in
Pinckney but has learned a lot sitting
with his mom, fishing or exploring
the outdoor world. He doesnt spend
a lot of time fishing, and will come
along with me when I fish from the
bank, Mueller said.
While she fishes, her son either
sits with her for a while or wanders
about nearby, checking out trees,
bushes, birds and other things he finds
in nature. He will fish for a bit, then
walk around the trails. Its peaceful
for him, she said.
He was totally petrified of touching blue gills. Then fishing one weekend with his cousin who had caught
a gill Brett announced, No, no, Im

Woods-N-Water
News
Hunting and Fishing
3.2K Likes

Like

Check In

Call

going to take it off (the line.)


He had a sensory thing making
him afraid the fish would hurt him.
But he reached in and took it off. His
hand-eye coordination and patience
sometimes make it difficult for him,
Mueller said.
According to his mom, He can
cast but hes not great at it. He will
fish with crankbaits, but enjoys bobber fishing with a worm because he
gets more bites and can see fish strike
when the bobber moves.
As co-den mother for his Cub
Scout Troop, Mueller put together
some group events with other kids
that have helped Brett socially. I
took his Cub group out to Brighton
Mill pond. They all caught a lot of
fish, she said.
Mueller has found a way to
benefit children with the challenges
like her son has and wrote about it for
badponcho.com.
I have found fishing a very effective way to cultivate some of my
sons creative skills along with overcoming obstacles he sometimes faces
daily. Every chance I get I am waiting
on the front porch of our tiny 800
square foot home as the bus comes
to a squealing halt at the end of our
private drive. I see my little mans
gleaming face as he launches himself
off the stairs and screams across the

yard, Where are we going fishing


today, Mom? He runs over, grabs the
coffee can of worms we have collected and we are off onto our next
fishing adventure.
She continues, If I have a big
one on he comes over sometimes
grabbing the rod from my hands or
grabbing up the net to be my net man.
But no matter what, he is excited just
for those few minutes as we reel in
and unhook and maybe take some
photos. He is always ready to sit
down and wait for the next big one
after that first fish is caught, but then
the waiting game begins and he is
off exploring again. Each time we
fish he learns new things, how to tie
a knot, a new species of fish or even
about a new lure. He is so inquisitive all of the time. With his delayed
motor skills he has a very hard time
coordinating casting and that has
really made it hard for this little boy
that wants to be so independent. We
practice all the time and he now is
finally getting the hang of it. Through
fishing he has improved on being able
to sit and focus for longer stretches
of time to use his fine motor skills to
tie knots but most of all he learned
to overcome his fears. He has been
fishing for almost his entire life and
has always squirmed and ran from
the thought of actually holding onto

Hunt Hard
By Vital Shot Productions

Starting July 4th

a fish. He has learned to lip bass and


now feels comfortable handling those
smaller panfish like bluegills.
Being a single mom can be challenging. Raising a youngster with
special needs adds to it. Just recently
my van broke down, costing $900
to repair it, she said. Thanks to the
generosity of friends, she was able to
borrow transportation until hers was
fixed. Im used to living paycheck to
paycheck, she said.
Mueller says her grandfather
taught her how to fish when she was
very young. Those beginnings led her
to fish some ice fishing tournaments

this past year.


This will be her first year bass
fishing on the US Anglers Choice
circuit in Livingston and Oakland
Counties.
Her partner will be tournament
angler Jeri Toner, who has the boat.
Mueller brings her sponsors, TFO
Rods, Case Plastics, Zipper Worms
and The Original OWacky Tool to
help her succeed.
A few days ago, UPS delivered
her tournament shirt. Let the competition begin!
Email the author, Roger Beukema
at dutchbeuk12@gmail.com.n

"COME HERE"
YOU SEXY LITTLE PHEASANT

Sexy Pheasant Farm


Preserve and Dog Training

Join us each week as we bring Michigans


Great Outdoors to your home
www.vitalshotproductions.com

MYTV 18 Lansing/Jackson
Saturdays at 9:30 am
MYTV 12 - Traverse City
Sat. 7am Sun. 1pm
WLLA - Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo
Saturdays at 4:30 pm
WBKB 11 - Alpena/Marquette
Saturdays at 6:00 am

CALL 734.216.2278 DUNDEE, MI


www.pheasantpreserve.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Your MICHIGAN Hunting Crew

Nestled in the quiet farmland of


Southeast Michigan, we are waiting to
give you an unprecedented pheasant hunting
experience. Tower hunts, grassland hunts, and
dog training are all available on 957 acres of
prime hunting preserve land permitted
by the Michigan DNR. Come join in
the experience that so many
others are talking about.

65

Part II -- Boat Smart...By Captain Fred Davis

Alternative Power Choices


The 1-hp Torqeedo outboard
is the lightest
outboard on
the market
at 16 pounds
including the
battery with a
maximum speed
of 6 mph and a
range up to 25
miles at a lower
speed. Author
photo

ast month I introduced you


to some of the new alternative power options. After
reviewing the remainder
of the ones listed here, go
online and you will see it is an ever
growing trend.

Torqeedo Motors
Outboard Electric Propulsion

The Torqeedo outboards available


since 2005 are produced in 1 hp to 40
hp; which can be upgraded to 80 hp.
They feature a safety release connector and well-designed propellers that
reduce or even remove drag from the
hub. The Deep Blue model has a12.8
KWH high-voltage, lithium battery
with touch screen instrumentation and
GPS range calculation. A 3KW battery charger delivers a full charge in
four hours and a solar charger is also
available.
For use on kayaks, a 1-hp motor
is available. With special mounts, it
fits in the trunk of a car with room
left over. It is the lightest outboard
on the market at 16 pounds including
the battery. Maximum speed is 6 mph
but you can achieve a range up to 25

electric drive DC 36, 3 HP motor


achieves a top speed of 8 MPH for 8
hours. Drive systems consist of motor, control box and throttle and are
available in 24-36-48 volt, belt driven
directly to the prop shaft. www.spincraft.com email; spincraft@spincraftboats.com

D&D Motor Systems, Inc.


Inboard & Outboard

D&D designs and manufactures


specialty high performance DC moCustom built ElectraCraft inboard tors and controllers for marine applications. They provide conventional
motors are clean, quiet DC engines
with Goodyear belt drive systems with engine replacements for inboards and
outboards. http://ddmotorsystems.
a 48 volt main power supply and 12
com/ElectricBoats.php email; sales@
volt accessory system. The motors
have a 4 blade, high-efficiency Nibral ddmotorsystems.com
propeller and an infinitely variable actuator for smooth acceleration. www.
ElectraCraft.com email; service@
Electroprop specializes in building
electracraft.com
high efficiency air or water cooled,
gear driven drives. They can be
coupled to DC generators for Serial
Hybrids. From design to installation
Electroprop will support a conversion
A 3.7 K genset provides continuous 110V 30 Amp service on less than to electric power. www.electroprop.
com email; james@electroprop.comn
a gallon of fuel every 4 hours. The

miles at a lower speed. There is an


integrated on-board computer with
GPS-based range calculation. www.
EPowerMarine.com email; todd@
epowermarine.com

ElectraCraft
Electric Inboard Power

Electroprop Power

The ElectraCraft Co. lays claim


to being the worlds leading manufacturer of electric power boats. They
have been building high durability,
low maintenance, and environmentally-friendly electric driven boats since
1975. Guest onboard often ask, Is
the boat running?

Spincraft
Inboard Electric Motor

GREAT FATHERS DAY GIFT IDEA!


Heres your guide to success!

It is estimated that 10% of all the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. Regardless of which
group you fall into . . . theres a sure way to up your odds . . . simply try new fishing waters.
Fish where few fishermen ever fish.
Michigan is loaded with great fishing waters . . . many of them over-looked. From the
AuSable River to all of the Great Lakes tributaries to the Pere Marquette River . . . thousands
of miles of streams, lakes and rivers are now easy-to-locate on one map.
Professor Higbees Stream Map of Michigan is the first and only highly detailed map of its
kind. This new 4 foot by 4 foot color map shows virtually all for the 35,000 miles of Michigan
streams & lakes on both peninsulas. Thats almost two times the earths circumference!
STREAMMAPOFMICHIGAN is available either rolled or folded. And, in heavy gauge
clear lamination, write-on-wipe-off surface with brass eyelettes for easy hanging, rolled
only.

ROLLED $26
T

FOLDED $26

&

LAMINATED $46
c

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

NAME

66

ADDRESS
CITYSTATEZIP
Check/Money Order Visa/Mastercard
Card#Exp. DateSignature

Mail To: Woods-N-Water News P.O. Box 278 Imlay City, MI 48444 (810) 724-0254

GENERAL ADMISSION:
Adults (13 +) $5 a person
Kids (12 & under) FREE

2015 Northern Michigan


Outdoor Sports Expo Events
Black River Customs Annual Car Show
Saturday, August 29th

Over 50 Cars Annually Awards for Top 30 Vehicles


Classic & Custom Vehicles

SUNDAY

MONDAY

AUGUST 2015

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24
30 31

25

26

27

28

Charity Chili Cook-Off


Rendezvous Trading Center
Chain Saw Carving Demonstrations
Living Voyager and Native Encampments
Primitive Skill Demonstrations Hide Preparation
Tomahawk and Axe Throwing Quill Work
Open Fire Cooking Fire Starting

29

Friday, August 28th 4pm-8pm


Saturday, August 29th 9am-6pm
Sunday, August 30th from 11am-4pm
The 2015 Northern Michigan Outdoor Sports Exposition will be
held again this year in picturesque Cheboygan and showcase at the
Knights of Columbus Hall, a venue that allows for all kinds of fabulous
exhibits and entertainment. Were planning a fabulous show!

Great special events Exhibitors Interactive displays


And all kinds of outdoor sports excitement
EXHIBITOR AND VENDORS WILL BE SHOWCASING AND DEMONSTRATING:

Newest ATVs Hunting Gear Boats and Recreational Vehicles


Fishing Gear Hunting Dogs and Puppies
Along with hunting dog exhibitions, fishing demonstrations, interactive new gadgets,
and the high tech gear every man and woman who loves the outdoors will appreciate!

9840 NORTH STRAITS HWY,


CHEBOYGAN, MICHIGAN 49721

FOR MORE INFO CALL 231.268.0044 OR VISIT

Just 20
Minutes
Off I-75

www.michiganoutdoorexpo.com

We Proudly Thank Our Many Sponsors

Woods-n-Water News
Michigans Premier Outdoor Publication
www.woods-n-waternews.com

Register as an Exhibitor Today!

This is one show you need to exhibit at to reach all


the fans of outdoor sports in northern Michigan.
Go to the EXHIBITOR PAGE on this website for the
register form, floor plan, and booth layouts.
If you have additional questions,
feel free to call us at 231-268-0044 or
email us at info@michiganoutdoorexpo.com.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

CHEBOYGAN

67

It Has Been Decades In The Making...

Great Lakes muskie-rearing


The DNRs conversion from northern
muskellunge to Great Lakes muskies for
its stocking program is going swimmingly
now, but it took a long time to get here!
witching from the northern
strain native to only the
westernmost tip of the Upper
Peninsula to the more widespread, native Great Lakes
strain has been on the DNRs
wish list for decades. Its finally happening.
Back in the 1970s and 80s, Michigans muskie-stocking program centered on tiger muskies, the laboratory
offspring of pike and muskies. The
program depended on a solar-heating
system at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, which provided enough warm water to rear the hybrids. By the 1990s,
the solar system was failing and repair
costs were deemed too high.
The (Fisheries) Division made a
decision to get out of the tiger muskie
business, explained DNR Fisheries
Division Chief Jim Dexter, then a biologist in Plainwell. We moved into
northern muskies, though what we really wanted was Great Lakes muskies.
We didnt have a good source of

brood stock. Lake St. Clair wasnt the


muskie mecca it is today.
When the DNR finally located
what it thought was a potential source
of Great Lakes muskie brood stock
the Indian River system biologists decided that population wasnt
large enough to support a full-scale
rearing program. And a fish disease
piscirickettsia set the program back
as the DNR decided it was too risky to
add a possible pathogen to the hatchery system. That set us back at least
five years, Dexter said.
By the turn of this century, the
muskellunge population in the Lake
St. Clair system had exploded and
it looked like it was a viable brood
stock-source. The piscirickettsia
problem had been solved. Thats when
viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS)
reared its head.
Everything was put on hold until
the science was able to catch up with
the disease, Dexter said.
Once plans were in place for an

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

DNR fisheries biologist Todd Hughes massages a hen muskie to get her to
release eggs. MDNR photos

After theyve been stripped of eggs and milt, muskies are released back

68 into the Detroit River.

isolated rearing facility, the DNR ran


into yet another problem: acquiring
sufficient brood stock. Initial attempts
to net Lake St. Clair muskies did not
go well.
The department switched its efforts to the Detroit River, but netting
there didnt go any better.
In 2009 and 2010, we netted
and it just didnt work out, explained
Todd Somers, the DNR fisheries technician supervisor who oversaw egg
take this year at the Detroit River. So
we started electrofishing at night. The
first year we electro-fished, we caught
215.
But that doesnt mean the DNR
got what it wanted.
We dont always get ripe fish,
Somers said. Well get green ones,
but they wont ripen in the cage.
Theyve got to swim around to get
ripe. Its very disappointing when you
catch a 35-pounder and she wont
ripen up.
And its 10-to-1 males to fe-

males, he said. Some nights we


catch 20 males and one female. The
ratio is crazy.
Matt Hughes, who spawns the fish
on the river and transports them to
Wolf Lake for rearing, said the DNR
is getting as many eggs as it needs,
but its still not collecting as many
brood-stock specimens as it would
like.
The total egg goal is 500,000,
and we can get that with a handful
of good girls, Hughes said. So its
more about the number of pairs we
can get in a season. We can take as
many as 18 pairs, but weve never
even come close.
Collecting eggs from numerous
pairs is important to ensure genetic
diversity. Its not a good idea to build
populations with limited genetics; low
diversity leads to low survival and the
DNR wanted to build potential broodstock populations in two inland lakes
for future egg takes.
The eggs are collected over a

DNR fisheries crews go out at night to electro-fish the Detroit River for Great Lakes muskellunge.
money for minnows.
We just dont have the capability to raise more, he said. Most of
our hatchery facilities are geared to-

ward cold-water species. Were going


to have to invest in diversifying our
hatchery facilities if were going to
increase our muskie production.

For more information on muskellunge and all fish species found in


Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/
fishing.n

DNR fisheries research vessels are out on


the water to expand knowledge of Great Lakes
The MDNR has all four of its fisheries research vessels back on the water, beginning their annual surveys of
Great Lakes fish populations.
Surveys conducted by these Great Lakes research vessels are designed to examine and collect information on
all aspects of the states Great Lakes fish community. This
information is essential in supporting the DNRs mission
to conserve, protect and manage the billion-dollar Great
Lakes fishery resource for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. These surveys also continue
assessment and evaluation work begun in the 1960s.
These fisheries research vessels are based in Marquette, Alpena, Charlevoix and Harrison Township and
work throughout the Great Lakes on a wide variety of
assessments and evaluations, said Gary Whelan, DNR
Fisheries Division research manager. Operations start as
soon as ice has cleared from the lakes and continue well
into November.
Fisheries assessment and evaluation work on Lake
Superior is conducted by the research vessel (R/V) Lake
Char, which is the DNRs newest vessel, launched in
2007. The R/V Lake Char focuses efforts on Lake Superiors self-sustaining lake trout populations. Information collected by this vessel is used to generate annual
lake trout harvest quotas to ensure the continued health
of these fish populations and on lake trout sea lamprey
wounding rates, a key mortality factor for this species.
The latter effort helps to guide sea lamprey control work
by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
Lake Huron fisheries assessments and evaluations are
conducted by the R/V Chinook, which was launched in
1947 and began its research vessel career in 1968. This
vessel focuses work on specific assessments of Lake Huron lake trout and walleye populations, as well as broader
fisheries assessments in Saginaw Bay and the St. Marys
River that evaluate fish community changes in these
valuable Great Lakes systems. The Saginaw Bay evaluations also are conducted jointly with the R/V Channel Cat,
which is based in Lake St. Clair at the Fisheries Research
Station in Harrison Township.
Assessment and evaluation of fish populations in lakes
St. Clair and Erie are entrusted to the R/V Channel Cat
which has been in service since 1968. This vessel focuses
its sampling on walleye, yellow perch and lake sturgeon

The DNRs fisheries research vessels, like the research


vessel Lake Char pictured here in Marquette, are busy
on the Great Lakes right now collecting data and information to be used in future management decisions.
in these waters that support the highest fishing effort in
Michigans Great Lakes waters.
On Lake Michigan, the survey vessel (S/V) Steelhead
(also in operation since 1968) conducts a variety of fisheries assessments and evaluations, including spring evaluations of adult yellow perch, whitefish, lake trout and Chinook salmon populations. Later in the summer, the S/V
Steelhead teams up with vessels from the U.S. Geological
Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to evaluate
lakewide forage fish abundance critical information for
the proper management of trout and salmon in this lake.
The DNR is responsible for management of more
abundant and diverse fishery resources than any other
state natural resource agency in the Great Lakes region,
and the survey vessels are critical to this effort, said
DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter.
Throughout the summer, DNR vessels are visible
residents of Great Lakes ports. The public is encouraged
to visit the vessels and talk with the crews about fisheries
assessment operations. Learn more about these efforts at
the Fisheries Divisions Research website or by reviewing
the DNRs fact sheet about these research vessels online.
Additional information about other science vessel
operations throughout the Great Lakes can be found at
the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships website,
canamglass.org.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

three-week period and it wouldnt


help to extend brood-stock collection
longer.
Last year, Wolf Lake produced
36,000 fall Great Lakes muskie fingerlings.
The current goal is 48,000, but
thats a high goal, given our lack of
rearing space, Hughes said. Weve
hit it once.
The DNR continues to raise a
smaller number of northern muskies
for stocking in western U.P. waters
and in a few land-locked inland lakes
in southern Michigan, including two
brood-stock lakes as something of
an insurance policy should problems
with the Great Lakes strain ever develop. Northern muskies currently are
obtained from Wisconsin in exchange
for Great Lakes muskellunge fingerlings.
Great Lakes muskie fingerlings
remain in the hatchery until late
August or early September, when
they are transferred into lined ponds
at Wolf Lake that have been stocked
with fathead minnows. Ponds are
drained beginning in late October
and fingerlings are stocked by midNovember.
Once they get on minnows
they grow like weeds in the lined
ponds, Hughes said. We shoot for
a 4 1/2- to 5-inch fish before theyre
transferred to the ponds. Thats typically when they are large enough to
eat straight-run minnows so we dont
have to buy the more expensive,
smaller minnows.
This year, field staff was joined
dockside by researchers from the
University of Michigans School of
Natural Resources, who are studying
muskellunge diet. The grad students
prop open the fishs mouth, insert a
length of PVC, and then pump water
into it, washing the stomach contents
into a bucket.
Last year we collected 86, but
only 12 had anything in their stomachs, said Ellen Spooner, who is
working on her masters degree.
Im trying to find out if they dont
eat during the spawn thats my
hypothesis. Most of them have empty
stomachs.
What shes found are white suckers, catfish, bass and sunfish. She
didnt find any perch or walleyes
so far which is what the average
angler believes the muskies are eating.
The Great Lakes muskie-rearing
program is only halfway there
production-wise, said Dexter, who
praised the Michigan Muskie Alliance for its help maintaining ponds,
harvesting fingerlings and providing

69

My Thoughts, My Views, My Opinions...

Embracing the other side

unters and
anglers in
Michigan have
friends many
of us have yet
to meet. Im
talking about the non-hunting
and fishing folks. You know
the ones who birdwatch and
pick mushrooms.
Those who paddle
canoes and kayaks.
The backpackers and
hikers and bicycle
riders.
They outnumber us now and, yes,
they are friends. Many support us
and our activities. They understand
our role and appreciate our contributions through license dollars and selfimposed excise taxes on the stuff we
buy that help to pay for their access to
public lands in addition to ours. Most
non-consumptive outdoor enthusiasts
(Im including pickers of mushrooms
and berries, who are obviously consumers) are at best neutral about our
activities. A minority are anti-hunters
and fishermen; a smaller number yet
are stridently so.
We need to embrace the nons
while we fight the antis. How to do
it? One way is to participate in the
activities they enjoy. For example, I
am a passionate bird hunter. I am also
becoming a passionate bird watcher.
Along the way, I am learning to appreciate the common ground we walk
upon.
There is no conflictto my mind,
anywayin a person who kills grouse
with a 28- gauge double gun and
also watches northern orioles with
an 8-power binocular. Both pastimes
involve hunting for wild birds in their
native habitat. The more often I go
afield with glass instead of gun, the
more often I meet members who belong to both the Audubon and Ruffed
Grouse societies.
Okay, Ill admit that hunting birds
with a gun is more fun, but thats
because of the dog that always goes
with me. To my eye, nothing is more
beautiful than watching my ghost-like
setter cast through naked aspens and
then slam into a pointas though he
hit an invisible wallupon catching a
whiff of woodcock.
But, spotting a red-headed woodpecker after some 20 years of not
seeing one is a close second. That happened recently near Middleville as I
sauntered along the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail that parallels portions of
the Thornapple River. I was camping
in the area with my family and looking
for something to do. As luck would
have it, we stumbled onto the 5th
Annual Woodpecker Festival, held on

the last Saturday in April in


Middleville. Besides several
red-headed woodpeckers, I
saw a yellow warbler, fresh up
from Central America on his
way to Canada maybe.
Its easy to understand
why birdwatching is Americas fastest-growing sport.
There is no closed
season. Birds are
ubiquitous. Seeking
them is inexpensive
fun. Check out an
identification field guide from your
local library, and spend your money
on something else at Barnes & Noble.
Dont own a good binocular? The
next fellow you meet along the trail
will let you look through his, if you
ask.
Not all birdwatchers are retired
folks with time on their hands. That
day I met young men and women,
with and without their families, all
happy to spend a spring afternoon
outside after a long, cold winter. Facebook and Twitter help them to stay in
touch and share information. I filled
my hummingbird feeders, for example, when I heard through Facebook
the little birds had reached Indiana.
Two days later a pair of males showed

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

MICHIGAN MEANDERS
By Tom Huggler

70

up on our back deck to refuel.


I read somewhere that the median
age of a Michigan hunter is 46 years
old. Were not going to be around
forever, and fewer recruits are signing
up to take our place. Who will carry
the torch for conservation when there
are not enough hunters and anglers to
make the political difference needed
to ensure policies and laws that favor
our cherished sports? The mantle of
responsibility will fall to the nonconsumptives, which is why we need
to embrace them.
This process of change is slow, to
be sure, but it is clearly happening.
The last pheasant harvest figure I saw
from the Michigan DNR indicated
that in 2011 a total of 23,351 pheasant
hunters shot only 22,620 ringnecks.
Both figures are not only sad but disturbing. Bobwhite quail have all but
disappeared from our state, and grouse
and woodcock are in slow, long-term
decline.
Its not all bad news for hunters,
of course. Wild turkey populations
have grown in recent years. Predator
callers are enjoying a surge in coyote
numbers. Squirrel hunting appears to
be gaining new devotees. Meanwhile,
though, reduced budgets and a smaller
DNR staff mean less wildlife habitat

Your local library will have an identification field


guide, an invaluable help to birdwatchers.
improvement on state game areas
and other public lands. Some of these
lands are under renewed political pressure to sell.
We cant fight these battles alone.
Others who dont hunt and fish, but
who have a vested interest in conservation of Michigans natural resourc-

Embracing the other side page 72

This Happened To Us ... Guest Column By Tim Muir and Shawn Elliot

Life jackets save lives!

MAN OVERBOARD!
ersonal Floatation Devices (PDFs) save lives!
I know because recently
it most likely saved mine.
Normally, I am very
nonchalant about wearing
life jackets while fishing. They are
inconvenient, they can be uncomfortable, and they dont look cool. For
whatever reason, on Friday, May 15,
I had my life jacket on and thank God
I did!
Heres my account and my fishing
partner and friend Shawn Elliotts
account of the almost unthinkable
happening to me that morning.
Tims Account
Shawn and I were out pre-fishing
for the May Madness tournament in
Canadian waters far from shore. The
air temperature was in the 60s, water
temp a cold 56 degrees. We just had
all the lines set up and had only been
fishing for a short while. My memory
is a bit fuzzy, but what I do remember
is that a rod was trying to escape the
boat. As I reached out to grab it, I

somehow, either slipped, lost my balance, or whatever, but my momentum


carried me right over the stern and
head first into that 56 degree water!
It happened so fast. I know it sounds
clich, but it was the absolute truth. I
went from standing on the boat deck,
to being in the lake, in a blink of the
eye.
After the holy crap moment of
realizing I was in the water, I begun
to panic for a couple of seconds, until
I surfaced. At that point, I knew I had
a life jacket on and it was doing its
job. Thank God for that because after
the course of the next minute or two,
as my clothing became heavier and
heavier by the weight of the water, I
was unable to really make any type
of life saving swimming motions. My
arms and legs were so heavy it was
nearly impossible for me to swim. I
was able to talk to Shawn and tell him
I was alright. I could see the fear in
his eyes, as he feverishly tried to reel
up the lines and turn the boat around
to get me.
Once I was within reach of the

boat, I became scared when I was


having trouble getting up onto the
swim ladder. After about a five minute swim in cold water and heavy wet
clothes, I had real trouble getting onto
the ladder. It took every ounce of
energy I had to get up there and back
onto the boat.
Once safely back aboard I think
a little shock set in. I really wasnt
that cold and was mad at myself for
putting me and Shawn in a terrible
spot. I feel extremely lucky to have
survived and would like to thank
Shawn for saving me and pulling me
out of the water. I cant imagine the
fear he had going through him during
that time.
Shawns Account
I knew that the weather was going
to be a challenge that morning, as the
forecast called for increasing winds
every hour and rain. With that, I felt
real confident having an experience
boater like Tim on the boat. Usually my regular fishing partners are

Life jackets save lives page 72

Hot Topics In The Outdoors

ORV operation
in Michigan

ability to open roads

diction.
Keep in mind each county ORV
ordinance covering the rules for ORV
operation may not be the same in
every county.
As an example I am going to
review some of the rules in the ORV
ordinance that Crawford County has:
1) You can operate your ORV
on the far right-hand portion on any
county road that each township has
opened at a speed of no greater than
25 mph.
2) All state highways are closed to
ORV use, which include M-93, M-72
and M-18 along with I-75 and I-127.
3) You may not operate an ORV if
you are under the age of 12 and must
travel with the flow of traffic.
4) You must wear a helmet, eye
protection, and have a working headlight and taillight.
A lot of these rules mimic state law,

open to ORV use in that county. The


biggest reason for this new public act
was to allow ORV users a way to get
from point A to point B without hauling their ORV on a trailer to get there.
It allows riders to use these county
roads to gain access to gas stations,
trails, and other businesses. Another
reason for the passage of this act was
to benefit Michigans economy.
Living in northern Michigan I
have seen a very large increase in
ORV use. Most people operate their
ORV in a lawful and respectful manner. You see many large groups, in-

not allowed to operate an ORV and


children under 16 years old can only
ride an ORV if they are supervised
by an adult or have attended an ORV
safety class.
There are a few other laws that
some people arent aware of. If your
drivers license is revoked or suspended you may not operate an ORV. If
you are arrested for operating an ORV
while under the influence of alcohol
or drugs you can be charged under the
motor vehicle code just as if you were
operating your own car and or truck.
You must wear an approved

but its your responsibility to find out


what the rules are in the county that
you plan on riding in.
Law enforcement officers are running into ORV users who heard that
the law changed but they have no idea
what the new law allows and doesnt
allow. Many ORV users think they
can ride their machines anywhere. Or
they are getting bad information from
other people.
Officers are finding people riding not only on the shoulder of state
highways but have found some people
riding on state highways in the lane of
travel just like a motor vehicle.
Basically the new ORV law allows
people to operate on the right hand
shoulder of any county road that is

cluding families, operating their ORV


throughout the county I live in. Yet
you still see some folks not operating their machines in a respectful and
legal manner.
Most Sheriffs Departments who
have ORV trails in their county have
ORV Law Enforcement grants from
the DNR to patrol the trails. Plus you
have Michigan Conservation Officers,
State Troopers, and local law enforcement that also enforce ORV laws.
One of the biggest issues law
enforcement officers run into is that
some people allow ORVs to babysit
their children. They just allow their
child to take the ORV and just take
off riding without any adult supervision. Children under 12 years old are

helmet while riding your ORV. Several people have thought since they
changed the law on motorcycle riders
not having to wear a helmet, you no
longer have to wear one.
Another issue some riders have
run into is some county roads, as they
enter into another county, are no longer a county road but a two track and
the law changes.
Starting in 2014 the ORV trail
permit that you now need in order to
operate your ORV has changed. If you
are only going to ride your ORV on a
county road there is a separate ORV
permit for that. If you are going to
ride your ORV on a trail system you

ORV operation in Michigan page 73

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

By Jeff Pendergraff with-in- their juris-

here is
a lot of
misleading information
floating out there regarding what people think
they can and cant do when it comes
to operating their off road vehicle in
Michigan.
Since 1991 you could only ride
your off-road vehicle (ORV) on a
designated ORV trail and private land.
Most people thought you could ride
them on two track trails in the woods
or on state land, even in the roadway,
which was incorrect information and
illegal in the Lower Peninsula. The
general rule in the Lower Peninsula
is that ORV use was closed unless the
area was posted open. In the Upper
Peninsula, ORV use is legal unless
posted closed. The reason for the
law since 1991 was because of all of
the damage being done in the Lower
Peninsula by ORV use on state land.
This new act doesnt change that, but
it does allow new changes for use on
county roads.
In 2008 Public Act 240 was signed
into law, which allows counties, townships, cities and villages in northern
Michigan to allow ORV operation on
their roads. Several northern Michigan counties had adopted their own
ORV ordinance which now is no
longer valid since this act was signed
into law. These roads that are now
open are county roads only and not
state highways. State highways have a
large (M) in front of the numbers and
it is illegal to operate on these roads.
Example would be M-55, M-72 or
M-93 and of course there is no operating on an expressway.
This act allows counties, cities,
townships and villages to begin the
process of adopting an ordinance that
would allow them to open certain
roads with-in-their-jurisdiction. Prior
to this process beginning each county
would have to pass an ordinance and
have a 45 day comment period so
their road commissioners could determine if there were certain roads in
the county that the road commission
may want to keep closed to ORV use.
It also gives the DNR an opportunity
to review the plan if state forest lands
are in the county and included.
Once the county has passed an
ORV ordinance and after the 45 day
waiting period the townships could
begin the process of deciding which
roads they wanted open for ORV
use. Cities and villages also have the

71

Opinions And Hot Topics...

Embracing the other side ... from page 70


es, need to help. We sure could use the
cavalry to join our cause.
Im encouraged by the rapid
growth of Michigans trail network.
According to Michigan Trail Magazine (www.TrailsMichigan.com), the
state now has some 75 established
trails, with 20 more proposed, planned
or under development. Many are
abandoned railway lines and other
transportation corridors purchased by
philanthropists like the late Fred Meijer. Michigan now leads the nation in
rail-trails with more than 2,600 miles,
and there are about three dozen trail
groups for the public to join and get
involved.

This is the best conservation


story of the 21st century. Why? At
least three reasons: 1) Habitat fragmentation has already occurred, so
the impact to wildlife is minimal. 2)
The new network of trails opens up
access to the outdoors for thousands
of people, including the disabled and
elderly. 3) Opportunities abound for
multi-use. Hunters, for example,
can use the Paul Henry-Thornapple
trail exclusively during hunting season.
Thats the kind of common ground
that hunters and non-hunters can share
for mutual benefit. And involved
people tend to care.n

Life jackets save lives... from page 70

my kids are 9 and 6 years old, we all


always wear our life jackets. This
day we ran to our first way-points
and didnt see a boat since leaving
the ramp in Algonac, stopping in the
massive Stoney point area.
We had set up and werent fishing
long. I was adjusting something on
the graph and out of the corner of my
eye; Tim is flying over off the back
of the boat as we are trolling. I was

shocked. It happened so fast. My first


thought was, he has his jacket on.
I quickly remembered not to take
my eyes off of his location and attempted to throw my safety personal
flotation device, but the wind took
it the other way. It was intense until
Tim was back on the boat. Always
wear your life jacket, in this case, it
gave me the extra time to get Tim
safe!n

Bears kill moose calves too

Dear Woods-N-Water News:

I travel down from Ontario


to Mason to shoot trap often and
always pick up a copy of your great
magazine. In a follow up to the
June articles on bear and moose
get your DNR to reveal the predation rate on moose calves by bears!

In Ontario its huge, but seldom


revealed. Ontarios moose are way
down and bears are a big factor
since the spring bear hunt was
curtailed in 1999.
Ron P. Alton
St. Joes Island
Ontario

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Michigan DNR lauds Michigan Court of Appeals


ruling that protects state from invasive swine

72

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh applauded a


published decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals that upholds a 2011 Invasive Species Order issued by the department prohibiting Russian boar in Michigan.
This decision provides important protections for natural and agricultural resources in Michigan, said DNR Director Keith Creagh. The ruling provides additional clarity around this issue and is a strong affirmation of DNR policies intended
to protect the states forests, fields and farms from this invasive species.
The Court of Appeals ruling overturns a March 2014 decision from the Marquette County Circuit Court. The 3-0 Appeals Court decision holds that the Invasive Species Order meets constitutional standards in all respects and remains in
effect in Michigan.
In Michigan almost all feral swine that is, swine outside of captivity are
Russian boar. Russian boar are not native to Michigan. All Russian boar in the wild
were either introduced intentionally into the wild or escaped from captivity.
The Invasive Species Order that declared Russian boar illegal in Michigan was
prompted by concerns that feral swine are significant disease carriers that can
jeopardize domestic livestock and threaten wildlife and even humans, and that
feral swine cause ecological and agricultural damage, ranging from rooting up farm
fields and damaging crops to wallowing in rivers and destroying aquatic habitat.
The order was designed to prevent additional Russian boar from becoming feral.
Feral swine have become established in other states and we know how costly
and detrimental those populations are for those states, said Creagh. Once established, invasive species of all types pose a serious threat to our natural resources.
Its the goal of the department to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive
species. This ruling is a significant step in achieving that goal.
More information regarding feral swine in Michigan can be found at
www.michigan.gov/feralswine.

How close are we to Robo Fish Cop?


I Drone know, but Im guessing really close

Dear Fish Diary:

h, seclusion. Comfortably, admiring my


pristine surroundings. Nothing but the
sound of birds and the ker-plunk of my
lure hitting the water and causing the
only ripples on this secluded lake. Suddenly the call
of the loons are muted by what sounds like a giant
mosquito. I turn my head and see nothing, but the
sound continues and appears to be closing in. It
didnt take long before I made eye contact with a
By Ron St. Germain
nemesis, flying piece of trash and it wasnt a giant
mosquito. No, it was a drone, but I wanted to treat it like a giant mosquito
and crush it.
A drone? Out here? Now I know this drone is watching me and filming me
while its pilot is safely cowering in the bush like a coward. My biggest question at the time isnt why, my biggest question is how do I destroy this flying
invader of my privacy? You see by destroying it, that might bring the scaredycat out of their hiding place and then I can ask them why face to face.
This is harassment on so many levels. I didnt come out here to question
what is the best line, rod weight and lure needed to snag a drone from midair.
As Im putting on the heaviest spinner in my tackle box I am convinced I can
snag that evil thing with one cast if it would just come a bit closer.
It was then the thought hit me, it would be just my luck if this was some
sort of official DNR test drone. Soon it will be landing on my boat, asking
me in a freaky robot voice to show my fishing license, boat registration and
checking to make sure Im up to code with all of the legal boat necessities
before flying off. Dont laugh, Im guessing we arent too far out from that
actually happening. Quite possibly though its some lazy fishermen scouting
out my hotspot and honestly its ticking me off.
The use of drones in the outdoors has been a touchy subject. PETA has
routinely recruited drone pilots to antagonize hunters and fishermen. Some
states have countered that action and actually illegalized the use of drones
if they are harassing to hunters and fishermen. However, PETA stalls court
actions by saying they arent harassing, they are making sure nobody is taking
illegal animals or taking animals out of season. Kind of acting as their own
Greenpeace. I dont know about all this legal mishmash, all I know is common sense. Common sense says that the intent of anyone flying one of these
Creeper Copters, no matter where they are flying them around people, is
not good.
Drones are becoming more and more popular and their use by regular
citizens is growing faster than lawmakers can move to protect our privacy.
Issues such as who can fly them, where they can fly them, what airspace they
can be limited to, what are the legalities of the use of any video shot and so
on and so on. A state can ban the use of drones by law enforcement but cant
seem to find a way to ban some crazy from filming you on your own property
as long as they are above was it considered your usable air space. And if you
want to file a claim against them for harassment, you have to find and identify
the pilot and that isnt always easy to do.
Again, common sense should come into play. But you know how these
things go. Someone is offended, then there is a committee meeting, then
another meeting, then another meeting, then a vote, then another meeting
or three and another vote. Thats just the process and it doesnt usually move
down a very fast track.
There are probably more laws in place that would work against you should
you choose to shoot a drone down that you feel is spying on you. In other
words, there are more consequences against you retaliating than for the
invader at this time. Another PETA group Persons Engaging Troublesome
Aircraft though, is a silent group that seems to be on the rise. At least I know
Im not the only one who feels the urge to dismantle these helli-hecklers.
If I bought a drone and I cant spy on people and I cant heckle people, then
what fun would it be and what use would I have for it? And then it hit me, I
could tie fishing line and either a lure or a hook with bait and cover the entire
lake while sitting on shore. When my drone catches a fish, I simply fly it
back to me. I could do this for at least five years before someone passes a law
against it. Drone-appetit I say
Something Really Dumb Happen To You While Fishing?
I Need Your Fishing Stories. Send a short description of your blundered
fishing-related adventure to me. You dont have to write the entire story, just
a brief outline of what happened. If it has some humor to it Ill be getting in
touch with you and well work on the completed story together. Fishing isnt
always fun you know.
Have a fun or interesting fishing related story? Woods-n-Water News columnist Ron St. Germain can be reached by calling (517) 626-2814, e-mailing
DaPhotoDude@aol.com. Visit the authors online photo gallery at DaPhotoDude.com.

Hot Topics In The Outdoors Continued...

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Michigan

Michigan United Conservation Clubs Urges Cooperation Between Hunters, DNR


statewide conservation organization
representing over 40,000 hunters,
anglers and trappers, urges hunters
to cooperate with the DNRs CWD
Response Plan. Baiting congregates
deer and can speed the transmission of
the disease. Additionally, hunters who
harvest a deer in the surveillance area
will be required to check their deer.
Todays announcement that a
CWD-positive deer has been detected
in Michigans wild deer herd is nothing short of tragic and today is a day
many of us hoped would never come,
though it is not wholly unexpected.
said Dan Eichinger, executive director of MUCC. Michigans DNR is a
national leader in planning for wildlife
disease response and MUCC members
know they will move swiftly to implement their response plan.
The news comes just three years
after a deadly wave of Epizootic
Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) took a
heavy toll on deer in localized areas
of southern Michigan in 2012, and the
deer harvest has fallen statewide for
two consecutive years, as has hunter
participation. If CWD spreads within
Michigans wild deer herd, those

ORV Operation in Michigan... from page 71

need a separate permit for that. Total


cost for 2015 for both are $36.25.
Some snowmobile trails, unless
posted otherwise, are only for snowmobiles. There are many that are open
to both ORV and snowmobile use.
The orange diamond shape on the
trail indicates it for snowmobile use
only. As an example the Blue Bear
Snowmobile Trailhead starts on M-72
just west of Grayling. This trail has a
triangle symbol and is open to snowmobile and ORV use.
The most important thing to do is
check with the county you plan on riding your ORV in and read their ORV
ordinance. Find out which county
roads are open to ORV use and check
the DNR website for ORV trails in the

area you are going to be riding on. A


lot of the language is the same in most
of the county ordinances in northern
Michigan but its the riders responsibility to know what they are. You
can also check online to review the
ORV laws for the state of Michigan
at www.michigan.gov/dnr. The best
thing to do is to check the signage on
the trail before you use it!
Lastly, this new act doesnt cover
southern Michigan counties. It basically covers the northern 43 counties
in northern Michigan and the Upper
Peninsula.
Author is Jeff Pendergraff, retired
Captain with the DNR Law Enforcement Division and owner of JP
Trophyhunts.n

declines could be sharply exacerbated.


Deer have tested positive for CWD
in 23 other states and two Canadian
provinces. Neighboring Wisconsin has
been dealing with the impacts of CWD
for since last decade, and management
efforts to contain the disease have
caused conflict between hunters and
Wisconsins DNR.
MUCC stands ready to assist the
DNR in controlling and eradicating
this devastating disease in any way we
can, said Eichinger. We encourage
all hunters to do the same.
Michigan has a long tradition of
hunter support and conservation ethics. Now, with the CWD finding, that
support is needed more than ever,
said Steve Schmitt, veterinarian at
the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab, in a
statement. Historically, areas where
chronic wasting disease has been
found have experienced a decline in
hunter numbers. Because hunters are
often familiar with the deer herd locally, one of the best things they can
do to help manage this disease is to
continue hunting and bring their deer
to check stations this season.
The infected six-year-old doe (pictured) weighed just 93 pounds, below
the average for a mature doe. Genetic

testing confirmed that the doe was a


local, free-ranging Ingham County
deer, not an escapee from a captive
cervid facility. The deer had been
reported by local residents concerned
about its odd behavior. CWD was last
found in a captive cervid facility in
Kent County in 2008, triggering an
earlier version of the CWD Response
Plan at that time.
Founded in 1937, Michigan United
Conservation Clubs is the largest
statewide conservation organization
in Michigan. Its mission is to unite
citizens to conserve, protect and
enhance Michigans natural resources
and outdoor heritage. For more
information about CWD in Michigan, visit the DNR website at: http://
www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-25806---,00.htmln

Randys Hunting Center


Is Looking For . . .

FIREARMS AND
SPORTING COLLECTIONS,
FROM A FEW GUNS TO
THE LARGEST ESTATES

Randy's has traveled the nation helping families receive top


compensation for a lifetime of sporting investments, whether it be

GUNS, DECOYS, MOUNTS, CLOTHING, ETC.


We have an outlet for all aspects of sporting goods and not only pay
top dollar but will handle the collection with compassion and respect,
PLEASE, IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME TO CALL

RANDYS HUNTING CENTER 989-269-4867


AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO VALUE YOUR
COLLECTION, WE HAVE CASH WAITING.

Randys Hunting Center

989-269-GUNS

721 E. Huron, Ave. Bad Axe, MI 48413 www.randyshuntingcenter.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ichigan Department
of Natural Resources
(DNR) officials announced today that
they have found
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in
a Meridian Township deer. The fatal
neurological disease is transmitted
among cervids (like deer and elk)
through saliva and other fluids in deer
and causes them to become emaciated
and display odd behavior before succumbing to it. This is the first time that
CWD has been found in a wild deer in
Michigan.
Our response to this initial
positive deer is consistent with our
Chronic Wasting Disease Response
Plan, said Chad Stewart, deer and elk
specialist for the DNR. Weve identified a three-county zone within ten
miles of the infected deer. Within this
zone, we will have our entire array of
deer hunting seasons available, including early antlerless. We will also make
additional antlerless licenses available
and initiate a prohibition on feeding
and baiting within this zone.
Michigan United Conservation
Clubs (MUCC), Michigans largest

73

28th Annual Event at De Tour...By Betty Sodders

Its Salmon-Fest Time


It matters not if the event be
large or small; enter any or
many salmon tournaments,
haul your boat to water, and
fish, fish, fish for you will find
a salmon derby near
wherever you live...

Salmon Plantings and


Migration Possibilities

have been told that once an angler fishes for salmon, he or she
is hooked for life. It has become
a popular and fast-growing sport
across the entire state. Tournaments seem to be everywhere from
Manistee to Rogers City to St. Ignace
and Sault Ste. Marie. A list of coming
events will be posted following this
article.

History

Chinook salmon have been with


us since the spring of l968 when some
2.9 million fingerlings were released
in 22 Michigan streams. That was the
birth of the salmon sports fishery.

Dave Kohring shows off largest fish taken throughout the tournaments
weighing in at 33.5 lbs., measuring 42 inches in length. This trophy fish is on
display at North Country Sports

KNOW A KID WHO WANTS A


GOOD START IN HUNTING?

Send them to SCIs State Hunter Apprentice Program!


WHAT IS S.H.A.P.?

The State Hunter Apprentice Program is a 3-day youth camp sponsored by


local chapters of Safari Club International for boys and girls ages 11 to 15. In the
period of a long weekend, kids can earn both their Michigan DNR Hunter Safety
Certificate and International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) Certificate.

State
Hunter
Apprentice
Program

S.H.A.P. YOUTH CAMP

Echo Grove Camp on Lakeville Lake in Leonard, Michigan


SPONSORED BY

Safari Club International

SE Michigan Bowhunters Chapter & Detroit Chapter

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

GO TO SCIBOWHUNTERS.COM FOR MORE INFO OR


TO DOWNLOAD YOUR STUDENT APPLICATION!

74

REGISTRATION: The cost is only $90 per student for the entire three-day weekend. It
includes lodging, all meals & snacks, course instruction & materials, and special handouts.
Local sponsoring chapters of Safari Club International will underwrite the remainder of the
cost. To receive an application, please write to: SCI-SHAP, 32045 Dequindre Rd.,
Madison Heights, MI 48071 or call or email Colleen at: (248) 585-4863, or colleene@
eastlind.com Successful SHAP applicants will receive necessary maps, itinerary, consent
forms and a complete list of things to bring. Camp is limited to the first 60 students, so
please dont delay!

Safari Club International is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving


our wildlife, woods & water, and preserving our great American heritage ...

THE RIGHT TO HUNT

Today, there are numerous salmon


fishing contests statewide; some extremely popular; others low-key; most
held annually. One in particular that
is growing in interest is the annual
Salmon Fest, held August 6-8 at DeTour Village located at the far end of
the eastern Upper Peninsula. In fact,
this years venue will be the 28th year
the DeTour Salmon Fest (formerly
called Salmon Slam) has been held.
For those of you who have never
fished the International St. Marys
River, you are missing out on some
really great salmon action. Tournament boundaries are set from Pipe
Island to the north, St. Vitals Point to
the west and five miles south of the
DeTour Reef Light House. This is
rivers mouth. The St. Marys River
empties into northern Lake Huron
so chances of reeling in that prizewinning salmon are many from lake
to river angling opportunities. Furthermore, fishing proves interesting
as anglers have an opportunity to
harvest various species of fish during
one outing from coho, steelhead, lake
trout, pink salmon and brown trout
all taken on downriggers.
Tournament weigh-in station is
located at North Country Sports with
weigh-ins honored from 9:00 a.m. to
Noon, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The all
time Salmon Fest record-breaking
King topped the scales at 33.5 lbs. and
measured 42 inches taken by Dave
Kohring of DeTour. This awardwinning trophy King Salmon is on
display at North Country Sports.

A most recent 2014 salmon plant


was made at Nunns Creek, Mackinac
County. Nunns empties into northern
Lake Huron, some 30 plus miles distant from the mouth of the St. Marys.
The Department is obligated to stock
Nunns Creek (St. Martins Bay) as
a result of negotiations with Native
American Tribes in the 1836 Treatyceded waters of the Great Lakes.
Chinook or king salmon are spiritually
and culturally prized among certain
Native American tribes. Many tribes
celebrate the first spring chinook
caught each year with first salmon
ceremonies.
Salmon also reproduce at the Sault
Rapids to the north, 70 some miles
from De- Tour. Tagged fish have
been netted from Michigans, Rogers
City, and Nunns Creek along with
the Rapids of the St. Marys, Sault,
Ontario. Salmon began moving from
Lake Huron into the St. Marys River
in June.
DNR documentation exists claim-

SUMMER
SALE
America's #1 BBQ

Genesis
EP-310
LP-$749.00

Free
Assembly
Included

Summit S-470
LP-$1,899.00 Reg. $2149.00

Reg. $899.00

Spirit SP-310
LP-$549.00 Reg. $649.00

Emmetts Energy
ROMEO 877-836-6388
70790 Van Dyke Romeo, MI 48065
WATERFORD 877-936-6388
4994 Dixie Highway Waterford, MI 48329

www.emmettsenergy.com

HOURS: Mon-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10am-4pm; Closed Sun.

ing that Rogers City salmon travel


through the De Tour Passage. Coded
nose wires provide migration informationindicating that a great number of these fish were planted at Swan
Creek in the Rogers City area.
The Great Lakes Fishery Joint
Advisory Council sets limitations on
stocking salmon limits, so too many
predator fish are not introduced. Jason Kellis, tournament manager, does
not believe kings are naturally reproducing. The DNR raises salmon at
three hatcheries; namely, Wolf Lake
State Fish Hatchery near Kalamazoo; Platte River State Fish Hatchery
and Thompson State Fish Hatchery
near Manistique in the central Upper
Peninsula.
A DNR study indicates that
chinook salmon are reared for six
months (including egg incubation)
in tanks located inside hatchery
buildings. Once hatched, the fry are
placed in small inside tanks about
Christmas time. Where space is
available, such as at Platte River,
some of the fish are moved into
outdoor raceways to improve growth
by spreading them out in the rearing
space.
Late April, early May, salmon are
about three to four inches long and
ready for stocking. This calendar
time period coincides with their natural life cycle in the wild. Each spring,
typically early May, wild Chinook
salmon leave the stream they hatched
in and migrate downstream to the
Great Lakes. I have been advised that
all state hatcheries are operating at
what is deemed to be, full capacity.
Accommodations for traveling fishermen prove excellent from
cabins to campgrounds. Numerous
cabins and resorts can be found from
DeTour to Spring Bay and Caribou
Lake. Further information can be
obtained from the following website:
www.detourvillage.com
The De Tour State Forest Camp-

grounds west of De Tour at St. Vitals


Point off M-134 proves popular;
as the sites are extra large capacity
making it easy to park trailered fishing boats. Anglers often double and
triple up, pitching tents until the park
gains an appearance of bursting at the
seams.
There is no boat launch ramp at
the campgrounds; fish camp occupants must drive five miles back to
DeTour.
The Michigan DNR boat launch
facility is located adjacent to the DeTour Harbor. A second boat ramp can
also be accessed one-half mile south
of town. The in-town boat launch
can accommodate 40-50 trucks with
trailers. The other launch site is small
in comparison and when crowded, vehicles with boat trailers have to park
alongside Highway 134 for lack of
parking at the ramps. The nice thing
about the in-town ramps and parking
lot is that successful anglers will be
able to walk their tournament entries
directly to North Country Sports for
weigh-ins.
If preferred, contestants can dock
at De Tour Harbor: Rental slips are
available at the harbor which includes
use of the shower building.
Basically, what tackle do river
and lake salmon commonly prefer?
Locals choose common lures such as
salmon spoons, J-Plugs, Flashers with
flies trolling behind. Most troll with
downriggers. Some anglers prefer
Dipsy Divers. Colors range from
day to day. Popular colors of the
past have proved to be green, pink,
silverlots to choose from; all have
worked well.
A prize ceremony is held on
Saturday following the final weigh-in.
The local Boy Scout Troop puts on a
popular fish fry, keeping the profit for
one of their many scouting endeavors.
All monies go back into prizes. A
50/50 raffle is also part of the Salmon
Fest. The Salmon Fest Tournament

Brian
McAdams with
nice catch.

Board puts half of the raffle money


towards start up for next years
Salmon Fest.
Somake plans now to fish the
28th Annual DeTour Salmon Fest.
Need more information? Check with
North Country Sports at 906-2976461 or tournament manager, Jason

Kellis at 906-322-2078.
Everyone will have good fun
good fishinggood times!
Betty Sodders has been an outdoor writer for over 30 years; author
of 2000 plus articles and six books.
She can be reached at bsodders81@
centurylink.net.n

TOTAL FOver
IR2,000EAGunsRinMStock
S

INDOOR GUN RANGE

Hand Guns, Long Guns, Muzzleloading,


Reloading Supplies, Ammo, Archery & Accessories

CASH FOR USED GUNS INDOOR GUN RANGE


GUNS, NEW & USED CCW COURSE GUN SAFES (In Stock)
Full Line of Gunsmithing NRA Certified Instructors

Full Line Archery & Fishing Tackle


Live Bait & Tackle Available

Open 7 Days Monday-Sunday, Call For Store Hours


1380 N. Cedar (517) 699-0597
( Mile South of Holt, 127 to Cedar St. exit, North 2 Miles)

2015 GUN & KNIFE SHOWS


For information call (517) 676-4160

June 27-28 . . . . . . . . . . 530 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Rapids


July 3-4-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . 440 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . Lansing/Mason
July 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cadil ac
July 25-26 . . . . . . . . . . . 900 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Novi
Aug. 1-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Birch Run
Aug. 8-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . Houghton Lake

Aug. 22-23 . . . . . . . . . . . 400 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monroe


Aug. 29-30 . . . . . . . . . . . 530 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Rapids
Sept. 5-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harrison
Sept. 19-20 . . . . . . . . . . 700 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Birch Run
Sept. 26-27 . . . . . . . . . . 600 Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Novi

www.migunshows.com sportshows@gmail.com
P.O. Box 404 Mason, MI 48854
Ph: (517) 676-4160 Fax: (517) 676-6824

DEALERS
WANTED!

Manistee Little
Lansing/Mason Ingham Houghton Lake Event Ctr.
Birch Run: Expo Ctr
River Casino
3451 W. Houghton Lk. Dr.
County Fairgrounds
I-75 @ Exit 136
Intersection US.31 & M-22
700 E. Ash
Novi
Grand Rapids
Cheboygan Ice Arena
Sturgis Doyle
Suburban Collection Showplace
28th
St.
Showplace
Flint: Perani Arena
480 Cleveland
Comm Ctr.
46100 Grand River
I-69 @ Center Rd. 1256 28th St. S.W. 310 N. Franks
Monroe County
Wyoming
Harrison
Fairgrounds
Kalamazoo: County Fairgrounds Cadillac: Wexford Arena Clare County Fairgrounds
418 Fairlane
131 & 13th St.
MBT Expo Center
2900 Lake St.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Sport Shows Promotions, INC.

75

TROPHY PAGES

Ken Stoken caught this monster sturgeon in


the Grand River earlier this spring!

Luke Champnella of
Grosse Ile with a couple
walleye he caught jigging
the Detroit River in April.
Both fish are in the 10 lb.
range and one is just over
30" and the other is 29.5"

This huge catfish was


caught by 4-year-old Cooper DeWitte on his Scooby
Doo fishing pole with 4 lb.
test on first cast in Grandma's pond near Emmett.

Spenser Davis of Marshall


caught a fish of a lifetime;
a 25" rainbow trout taken
in the Manistee River on a
Belgium crawler.

Bill Cavallari and


niece Lauren Cavallari caught this
10 inch bluegill
in late May fishing
in Otsego Co.

Fishing late May, Matt Rule caught


this 25 pound lake trout while
fishing on Diabolical Sports Fishing Charter out of Charlevoix.

Kaylee
Brandt of
Jackson
caught
this 20"
channel
catfish
fishing
with her
mother in
early May
in Sharps
Lake.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Courtney
Robb of
Washington
Twp.
took
this jake
during
her first
turkey
season
on May
30.

76

Andy Lyons, 15
of Linden, took
this Tom, with a
9 1/4 beard, in
Manistee Co. His
first turkey.

Brad Big
Country
Morck
shot
this tom
with a 9
inch
beard in
Gladwin
Co, on
May 25.

Successful Turkey Hunters/Guides: (lt-rt) Duane Lestage of Imlay City with a monster tom. Then
Duane guided Jim Teets of Imlay City to his trophy tom, then Jim guided Marv Davis to his trophy
and Larry Vranish of Brown City with his fourth turkey in six years, with Jim Teets as his guide.

Caleb
Volkman
10 has a
passion for
hunting. His
goal is to
take a trophy turkey,
a trophy
buck and
a trophy
walleye. He
is the first in
his family to
have a love
of hunting.
He took this
trophy 22
lb. tom with
a 10 inch
beard on his
first turkey
hunt.

David
Sutalo,
took his
first tom
turkey
this
spring
turkey
season,
hunting the
Deford
State
Game
Area.
His tom
had a 7
beard.

Ron Pullis of Roseville, shares


first his turkey, a 22 pounder
with a 9 beard with Grandson Brian James.

Dave
and
Laura
Scharich
took
their
birds
with
their
CAMX
Crossbows
while
stump
sitting in
Huron
Co.

Taylor Lackey, 15, harvested


this trophy 25 lb., double
bearded tom on her Great
Grandpa's Eaton Co. farm.

Slamming

St. Clair Smallies


Six to eight feet of water was the
ticket on our day to St. Clair and we
bounced Bomber Model A crank baits
and Rapala DT cranks off the boulders
to waiting bass. The water was very
clear so we had to make long cast to
get out of the direct line of sight of
these fish. We all hear about fishing
tubes for smallies on St.Clair but on
this day we couldnt buy a bite on the
tube any way we fished it. Its important to be flexible in the presentation so
bring a nice variety of baits like small
spinner baits, plastic swim baits, tubes
and cranks.
Later in the summer the shallows
warm a great deal and boat and Jet
Ski traffic get heavy. Fish
move deeper and will still
set up on structure variations
within the lake. Weed beds
are the number one focus in
July and August. Some of the
mapping chips have a few
weed beds marked but obviously not all. Most anglers
on St.Clair mark weed
beds as they continually
navigate the lake. Veteran anglers who constantly do well in
tournaments on St.Clair not only have
obscure weed beds marked but also
know where the fish usually hold on
the weed bed. Start by hitting the weed
beds found on the mapping unit but
also pay attention and throw a waypoint down when moving if you spot a
weed bed. Again, most are not marked
on the mapping chip.
These areas are often where the
tube baits shine. Being semi-weedless
anglers pitch to the edge of the bed and
move around to all sides. Many decent
weed beds can easily hold dozens of
beautiful smallies. One trick to keep
in mind when fishing tubes on St.Clair
is dragging the tube. We all immediately start popping and twitching
tubes when casting them but for some
reason St.Clair smallies like tube baits
dragging right on the bottom probably
mimicking crawfish. The next important point is to keep cleaning that tube.
One little piece of weed will discourage a bite.
One last important point about Lake
St.Clair, dont forget the largemouth
baits. St.Clairs largemouth population is exploding and many anglers
are catching more largemouth than
smallmouth. What a terrible problem
to have if you love bass fishing. I
hope you get to check St.Clair off your
bucket list this summer. It is certainly
worth the trip. Ill see you on the
water.n

The author has placed Lake St. Clair on his get over there every chance I can
list, not just his one-time bucket list!

By Mark Sak

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ust about every sport fisherman Ive ever spoke with has
either fished Lake St.Clair or
has it on their bucket list to fish
smallmouth bass. I have now
placed St.Clair on my get over there
every chance I can list. The lake just
continues to get better and better for
all species, but the smallmouth fishery
just stands out. There are many places
to fish for smallies throughout Michigan and the Midwest, but St.Clair has
a great average size that seems to be
head and shoulders above many other
places. It is one of the reasons Bassmaster magazine rated Lake St.Clair
tops in the nation for bass fishing a few
years ago.
When mid-summer eases
into this bountiful lake it is
sometimes difficult to decide
whether to musky fish or bass
fish. Many anglers find that
when they start fishing for
Musky they often hit big belligerent smallies with their inline spinners and cranks.
Smallies dont seem to
want to be ignored here.
Targeting smallies in St.Clair is something of an art however. Weve heard
of many 100 fish days on St.Clair but
that certainly is not the norm, and anglers who can consistently run through
a lot of fish have gathered a great deal
of information over the years. Here are
a few tips if you are thinking of fishing
Lake St.Clair bronze backs for the first
time.
Lake St.Clair is a very shallow
bowl. Its surface area is 430 square
miles and has an average depth of 11
feet. Through the early part of the catch
and release season and up to the June
opener there isnt a lot of pronounced
weed beds easily seen by anglers.
Most of the fish are shallow which also
makes them a bit spooky especially
in clear water. Some knowledge of
any type of structure can be valuable
knowledge for anglers. Shoreline rip
rap can be good at this time for new
anglers on St.Clair which is usually
found around marinas and boat launches, but many folks talk about the mile
roads. When anglers talk about the
mile roads it helps to have a mapping
chip in your GPS that will show the
northern suburbs of Detroit. The mile
roads like 9 Mile Road ends in Grosse
Pointe Woods at Lake St Clair. When
these roads were built some of the
spoils like bushel basket sized boulders
were dumped in the lake right at the
mile roads. They are smallie magnets
early in the year.

77

The multiple
personalities of the

NORTHERN PIKE

born.
By Robert Dock Stupp wasThe
northern

hen I was a
boy we had
a cabin on
a lake up north. A fivefoot pole with a Zebco 33
reel was my prized possession. Our
family cabin was on a weedy shallow bay called No-Fish Bay. It was
a misnomer. Oh, the lake was larger
and deeper than my bay but I did not
know that yet. I only had a MinnKota
electric motor, albeit one of the first
ones, and it was perfect, and quiet. To
position myself to drift with the wind
was freedom itself and a joy.
After graduating from dock fishing
for panfish to drifting for pike about
the age of 11, I literally thought I
was in a different world. A Fishbrain

pike was such an


exciting fish to catch that I wanted to
know more about the piscine world
and Esox Lucius in particular. And
then walleyes and perch and the
muskie.
I think curiosity is a wonderful
thing for a kid. I love watching their
eyes sparkle when they tell me fish
stories, or I tell them one.
Yep! Still doing it today. So lets
talk about Esox Lucius and how much
more we know about them now and
the exhilarating new ways to catch
them.
One thing that I did not know
about the northern pike until I was

BOOKS/DVDS BY RICHARD P. SMITH

BLACK BEAR HUNTING


6 NEW Chapters Plus New Material Added To Most Chapters
Best black bear hunting book out there! ~ C. Ramirez
DETAILED COVERAGE OF:

All Hunting Methods


Where to Aim
Field Judging Black Bears Recovering Bear You Shoot
Scoring on Nocturnal Bears Reading Bear Sign
Field Judging

BLACK BEARS

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

____ Field Judging Black Bears($20.00 postpaid) _______

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

SEND FOR YOUR


AUTOGRAPHED COPIES TODAY.

78

Name
Address
City
Phone #

Quantity Cost
____*NEW* Black Bear Hunting - 2nd Edition ($40) _______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 6 ($16.50)
_______
____ Walking with Whitetails DVD ($24.00)
_______
____ Deer Hunting - 4th Edition ($35.00)
_______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 5 ($16.50)
_______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 4 ($16.50)
_______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 3 ($16.50)
_______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 2 ($16.50)
_______
____ Great Michigan Deer Tales - Book 1 ($15.50)
_______
____ Deer Tales Set - 2 for $28; 3 for $40; 4 for $50; 5 for $60; 6 for $72 _______
Please specify which books sent to the same address.

____ Tracking Wounded Deer ($20.00)


_______
____ Stand Hunting for Whitetails ($19.00)
_______
____ Understanding Michigan Black Bear - 2nd Edition ($20.00) _______
____ Animal Tracks & Signs of N.A. ($23)
_______
____
TOTAL _______

State

Zip

Please remit by MasterCard, Visa, Check or Money Order.

Circle card type:


MC/Visa #
Expiration Date

Signature

Make checks payable to: SMITH PUBLICATIONS


814 Clark St. Marquette, MI 49855
www.RichardPSmith.com

This pike was caught by the author in a small bay adjacent to deep water in
the main lake basin. Author photo
a grown man was the difference
between hammerhandles or snot
rockets and trophy pike. And herein
lays the discrepancy and the multiple
personalities of the northern pike.
Some anglers do not respect the pike
because they are so aggressive and
easy to catch. But put some weight
and length on them and pike become,
as some experienced pike aficionados
will tell you, as difficult to hunt as a
mature whitetail buck.
Spring and the spawning season
give Michigan anglers the one-time
advantage to catch trophy pike that
they dont ordinarily get during any of
the other three seasons period. So,
what also gives the savvy angler the
best odds of attaining that ferocious
fight that they crave? An understanding of the importance of, once again,
water temperature.

Water Temperatures

The first thing I remember from


my list of spawning temperatures is
that pike are one of the first, if not the
first, Michigan freshwater fishes to
spawn. When the water temperature
is 45 to 49-degrees, male pike are
the first to visit the shallows. Sandy
or black silty bottoms with decaying vegetation are prime pike spots.
But always remember that southfacing bays, shallow river outlets, or
swampy-looking areas where reeds
may still be present or starting to
grow, should also peak your awareness.
World-renowned pike expert John
Casselman says that water temperatures supersede even food and that
pike activity builds and peaks in 60
to 68-degrees of water. So, what I
suspected is true. Trophy pike over
twenty pounds can be caught in that
post-spawn period and will remain
shallow as long as the water climes

are to their liking. Then its time to


pounce on those pugnacious pike
when peak temps will surely get your
adrenaline pumping (had to say that).
So dont give up on them after 40
or even 50- something degrees. Stay
on the hunt!

Transitional Movement
Spring To Summer

Cool, rainy springs like we are


experiencing in the U.P. as I write this
in May, will keep trophy pike shallow.
No, this article will not be as useful in
July of 2015 when you read this, but
surely keep it in mind for next May.
In the meantime, lurking rocket pike
up to 40-inches can be caught shallow
all summer in Michigan. Well discuss
tactics later.
As an avid pike angler, I would
say that before trophy pike become
a recluse at about the 62-degree to
65-degree mark, and disappear into
the deep blue, I would target Michigans Great Lakes areas for a trophy
pike of a lifetime. To narrow the
search, focus on harbors, bays, and
nearby rivers anywhere current is
present, especially before vegetation
matures. Mouths of harbors, shipping
channels, dock heads, and, of course,
points and saddles will hold big pike.
Where weeds, especially Potamogeton or cabbage weeds and a mixture
of weeds like coontail in 10 to 12feet of water adjacent to a main lake
basin, are present will be a hot spot.
Of course, we must also check for
baitfish.

Multiple Personalities

From aggressive, fish-eating machines to disappearing recluses as they


grow larger, northern pike are not only
opportunistic feeders but quite flexible
in their diet.

ULTIMATE
CORN-BASED
DEER KILL PLOTS
Takes you to a new concept of deer attraction.
Deer will freely enter your kill plot during daylight due
to the security and endless variety of forage deer prefer

ORDER
YOUR
COPY
TODAY!

Send Check or Money Order


Made Out to:

Edward Spinazzola
815 Sleeth Rd.
Commerce, MI 48382

New DVD ~ $25 includes shipping


Name
Address
City

State

Zip

Phone #

ULTIMATE LAND MANAGEMENT FORAGE & COVER SEED FOR MICHIGAN PLOTS
Tony Lapratt and associate Chris Pierson
with new associate Ed Spinazzola
WEBSITE -- tonysulm.com

ULTIMATE DEER FOOD PLOTS


BOOK & DVD

ORDER YOUR
COPY TODAY
Send Check or Money Order
Made Out to:

Book $25
DVD $20

Pike Presentations

Because pike are opportunistic


feeders with more flexible diets than
we thought, there are a large variety
of lures to catch them. In the spring,
with a good possibility to catch a trophy pike, suspending crankbaits like
Rapalas X-Rap series are suspending
slashbaits and they revolutionized the
jerkbait technique.
However, my favorite jerkbait,
a Fundally ReefHog in the 8-inch

spinnerbait. We added a trailer hook


and dressed it with a bright orange
tail. Hey, thirty-inch, faster than a
speeding bullet - northerns are nothing to sneeze at.
The rest of the story is that having not really paid any attention to the
fillets when we cleaned them, the Fire
Lake fillets were noticeably orange
in color. They were feeding on those
trout, hence the name Fire Orange
Fillets.
Let just say that they were the
best tasting fillets in all of Iron
County!n

ED 'S NEW DVD

Story Time

On the Paint River up here, I


hooked a nice, low-thirties (length)
pike. A second large pike showed up
so I handed my buddy my first pole
and I threw a spoon with a white
twistertail on it in the area of the first
pike. As the Cleo spoon wobbled and
dropped slowly, the bigger second
pike attacked it. As in musky fishing, always keep a throw-back pole
nearby.

believable lure at times is a Johnson


Beetle Spin. However, I attach a 3/8th
hot pink jig to the Beetle spin frame
and a 3 to 4-inch twistertail. Throw
it or troll it. What a super, summer
pike slammer!
A couple of summers ago I fished
a neat little Sleeper Lake in da U.P.
No one really fished it for pike but
myself and a few buddies because
rainbow trout were present, a more
popular fish. Popular Shmopular.
The very best lure, we discovered,
was an inexpensive, white and chartreuse, rubber dressed -- ugly - bass

model, is a true trophy pike destroyer.


Sometimes they just T-bone it on the
first slide sideways but sometimes,
being about 45-inches and more cautious, they follow to the boat. Just
twitch it after you see the pike stop at
the boat -- just inches from Reefy,
like I witnessed, and -- Bamm! After
three runs, the trophy was mine. Its
still in my mind today.
Trolling for pike with a weedless
spoon and a white or yellow twister
tail is a great summer sport.
Burning bucktails in smaller sizes
is also great fun. However, an un-

Includes

Check the Following:

DEER ATTRACTION
then mail to:

Deer Attraction
815 Sleeth Rd.
Commerce, MI 48382

Book @ $25 each

DVD @ $20 each

Name

Phone #

OR CALL ED AT 586-784-8090 FOR MORE INFORMATION


Seed

Cost

# Bags

(6lbs)

$25

Michigan's Ultimate Blend


(6lbs)

$35

Wildlife Cover and


Forage Blend (6lbs)

$50

Shipping and handling


Lower Peninsula Michigan

$11.00 first bag $7.00


each additional bag

Shipping and handling


Upper Peninsula and the
rest of the Continental US

$12.00 first bag $8.00


each additional bag

TOTAL
REMIT BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:

Ed Spinazzola 24150 31 Mile Road, Ray Twp, MI 48096


WEBSITE: deerattraction.com

Address
State

Zip

Total

Michigan Brassica Blend

Name

Address
City

The Brassica Blend provides both summer feed and winter forage. The Ultimate Blend is
an excellent mix that includes both annual and perennials. The Wildlife Cover and Forage Blend
is designed to keep deer on your property by providing them a bedding area and food in close
proximity. Go to deerattraction.com for a full list of ingredients and detailed planting instructions.

City
Phone #

State

Zip

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

According to Dr. Rob Newman,


Managing Editor of In-Fisherman
(June issue 2015), Being a perfect
engine means running on minimal
energy for maximum performance
consuming just the right amount of
fuel to run efficiently. Ecologists call
this optimal foraging.
Dr. Newman goes on to say that
pike eat a surprising amount of invertebrates like amphipods, mayflies,
and dragon flies. Could this be one of
the reasons why fly fishing for pike
can be very successful?
Also, dont overlook using
leeches or leech-like soft baits to
catch pike. At a local pike lake, I
was very successful at catching them
by putting two leeches on the treble
hooks of Mepps 4s or spoons. I know
I turned lethargic summer pike into
the waterwolves that they are. Yes,
find out what forage are in your favorite lakes. Be flexible like the pike.
A black twistertail on the trailer hook
of a spinnerbait works too.
Also noteworthy is the fact that
small to intermediate pike can and do
get eaten or cannibalized by larger
pike. Yes, from our viewpoint, pike
are cannibals. And, not surprising at
all by now, pike are kleptos.
Yes, but to defend my Esox pals,
to grow bigger by minimizing energy
is only natural with their multiple personalities. This might be the reason
why, in some cases, states Dr. Newman, smaller prey or more slender
prey is selected over larger, deep
bodied prey.
Newman says that researchers
Nisson and Bronmark observed that
prey handling time (the time needed
to swallow prey) increased with prey
size, and that longer handling times
increased the risk of being cannibalized by or having prey stolen by other
pike.
This all sounds like extreme bullying behavior to me.

79

Reader Trail Cam Photos


Send your Reader Trail-Cam Photos to:
wnw@pageone-inc.com

Jerry Carlson of Branch, Michigan has several trail


cam photos of black bears near his home. Here
this appears to be a Peeping Bear.
Jason Longo
of Baldwin
captured this
black bear on
trail cam after
he noticed
something
was knocking
things over.
He set up the
camera and
found out
where the
damage was
coming from.

Joe Burke sent in this trail cam


photo of a bobcat at his cottage near Barton City.

Kraig Staples got these two nice black bears on trail cam working
their way past his hunting site.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

This black
bear was
caught on
trail cam
passing near
a cabin
headed for
the Tustin
swamp. Russ
Videan got
the photo.

80

This curious whitetail buck checks out Lauren


Trainors trail cam. Lauren captured eight bucks
on this one camera in Eaton County.

Brent Carlson set a trail camera


up to capture this fox making a
home very close to his.

Beaver Pond

Introducing the
Rifle of the Year

The All New


GAMEBREAKER

I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where


trout are found, which are invariably beautiful.
Robert Traver (aka John Voelker)

It is well
suited for all
North America
Big Game!
Spectacular Colors-Beaver pond brook trout will often hammer an earthworm fished on light line. The unrivaled hues of these speckled trout make
them special.
mals constant attention. An excellent
fishing area may become dead water if
abandoned by the beavers. Humans,
who are interested in using the stream
for activities like canoeing and drift
boat fishing, may also dismantle the damns.
Brook trout are the
debutants of beaver pond fish.
They wont tip the scale to
the same extent as rainbow
and brown trout, but what
they lack in size they more
than make up for in spunk.
They also display the most
bodaciously beautiful colors in all the
freshwater piscatorial
world!
Baits for successful beaver pond
angling range from wet and dry fly
imitations of whatever bugs-usually
mayflies, caddis flies, and terrestrialsare on or near the water, number 0 or
1 Mepps or Panther Martin spinners,
and good ole, garden hackle, aka
worms. Ive had excellent luck on live
leaches which are often plentiful in

By Patrick Bevier

such environments as well as their fly


tiers mimic, the egg-sucking leach.
Speaking of bait, make sure you
pinch down your hook barbs, handle
the fish as little as possible with wet
hands and release them gently while
facing them upstream. Also attempt to
bring them in quickly to prevent possible deadly exhaustion. Brook trout
are absolutely the most susceptible
fish we have to stress related mortality.
Much like an overpopulated pan
fish community in a lake, its not
unusual for a beaver pond brook trout
population to stunt. Therefore, if you
catch a few that are legal-sized (8
inches on most Michigan streams),
dont be shy to sequester them for
a future sizzling skillet. They are
absolutely scrumptious when lightly
battered and fried in butter.
Another helpful tip for better beaver pond angling is to go as light as
possible. Battling one of these sassy
speckled trout on ultra-light gear is
a blast. I favor my 3-weight Sage TXL
710 fly rod with a 6X or 7X tippet
or 5-foot Ugly Stik GX2 spinning rod
loaded with 2 to 4 pound mono or
fluorocarbon line.
A beaver pond is indeed a pleasant
surprise when you happen across one.
Ive stumbled on a few while walking deep in the woods small game
hunting, mushroom picking, or just
goin on a walk-about. They exist on
tributaries of many northern streams
including the Jordan, Maple, Little
Manistee, and Au Sable and Hemingways beloved Horton Creek. If you
find one, scout out nearby stream
branches in hopes of finding more
ponds.
No matter where you go, or what
you use, beaver pond fish are often
very willing to bite. Enjoy the opportunity to angle for some lovely fish in
a lovely environment.n

Calibers: 450 Bushmaster


460 S. & W. Magnum
Improved
Legal in all of Michigan,
Ohio, Indiana (other states
pending)
Ammo: 450 B.M. available at
store level 250 gr. Hornady
FTX at 2300+f.p.s.
Very accurate: sub M.O.A.
potential
Powerful: Perfect
woods gun
Well balanced:
minimal recoil
Lothar Walther This is the
Barrel: 1 in
ideal Large
Bore Carry Rifle
24 twist
for Whitetail
Remington
Deer!
700 action:
enhanced trigger
AND MUCH MORE
Call for orders and info: 517-349-2976
e-mail: kj@ultimatefirearms.com
website: ultimatefirearms.com/gamebreaker

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

kin to discovering a
cluster of delectable
morel mushrooms in an
expansive ash forest,
stumbling across a beaver
pond on a remote northern stream is a
rare and exciting occurrence. This is
especially true if the beaver damn is
large and old enough to have created a
substantial pool of deep water. Anglers who discover such diamonds in
the rough just might be in for a brook
trout bonanza!
When deep water environments
are created by beaver damns they can
furnish prime fish habitat where it
didnt previously exist. Thats because
the trout are looking for the security
this deeper water affords and the
substantial food it attracts, especially
baitfish and aquatic insects.
Of particular interest are the
large, burrowing may fly
larvae of the genus Hexagenia
that dwell in the silt bottom
that results from the damning up process. The Hex
hatch of these mammoth fish
flies is the most famous bug
phenomena in all of
Michigan. When this
is occurring trout are
more active than any
other time of year as they commence
a feeding frenzy for the plump insect
nuggets.
The age of the beaver lodge is also
a key component as to whether or not
a beaver pond will hold fish. Unfortunately, beavers can be here one day
and gone the next. Consequently, the
damns can deteriorate without the ani-

81

Sporting Collectibles...

Made In Michigan
Outboard Motors
L
ate nineteenth century anglers
fished from shore or from
piers, while others waded in
streams casting a line for trout
or bass. Others fished from
rowboats or canoes,
which meant they rowed,
paddled or sculled their
choice of craft. This all began to change in 1892 when
Wilbur S. Salisbury of Chicago received his patent for a
Boat-Propelling Apparatus
and went into limited production building the
Salisburys Electric
Boat Propeller.
This electric motor weighed thirty-five
pounds and was powered by storage
batteries that weighed one hundred to
two hundred seventy-five pounds!
A flyer declared the motor was
suitable for ten to eighteen foot wood
boats and would run the boat either
backward or forward at speeds of
three to five miles an hour. Within
several years, Wilbur Salisbury sold

out to Frank S. Allen of New York


City, who continued manufacturing
the electric motors in Chicago. The
new company was named the Electric Boat Company of New York and
offered its motor without
batteries for $100. An early
brochure also listed several
different battery choices including four Crowdus 16-cell
Double Primary Batteries,
25 pounds each, which were
good for days service for
$100. Frank Allen, not surprisingly, was also
the eastern sales
representative for
Crowdus batteries.
Internal combustion rowboat
motors did not come along until
1905, when Cameron B. Waterman
of Grosse Ile, Michigan invented the
first commercially successful outboard
motor. Waterman started working on
A beautifully restored example of a Waterman Model C-14 2 hp Porto Outboard
the idea while attending Yale Law
Motor made in 1913. Arlan Carter Collection
School in 1902. His own account
stated that he got the inspiration after removing the four-cycle air-cooled
tor, row back to the shore, remount
engine from his Regal motorcycle
the chain and then start out again. It
and hung it off the back of his desk
was on this historic trip that Robert
chair to clean it. It occurred to me
Campau coined the name outboard
that I could hang it from the transom
motor.
of a boat, attach a propeller to it, and
Cameron Waterman along with
drive the boat. He developed concept George and Frank Thrall formed the
drawings, which remained packed
Waterman Marine Motor Company
away until January 1905, when he
in Detroit sometime in 1905, filing
showed them to his friend, George
for his patent on his Boat Propelling
Thrall, who owned the Taylor Boiler
Device in December of that year.
Company, a Detroit manufacturer of
The company then hired an engineer,
water tube boilers for steam-powered Oliver Barthel, to help develop an
inboard marine engines.
outboard based on their prototype inThe two friends immediately becorporating new features they wanted
gan to build a prototype using an airbuilt into the motor.
cooled motorcycle engine purchased
The partners took this design to
from Glenn Curtis, who later became the Caille Brothers, a Detroit slot
an American aviation pioneer. They
machine manufacturer, and contracted
mounted the Curtis engine to a bicycle with them to build their second proframe with a drive chain running
totype motor. Waterman, armed with
from the engine down the tubing to a several thousand brochures and this
sprocket attached to the propeller.
second prototype, a two-stroke waterIt took them a month to put the
cooled outboard motor, traveled east
prototype together with the first trial
to the 1906 New York Motor Boat
run on the frigid Detroit River in
Show to see if he could sell them.
February 1905. Waterman, Thrall
The reaction at the New York
and another friend, Robert Campau,
show was encouraging, so the partners
mounted the prototype motor to the
went back to the drawing board and
transom of a wooden boat and made
redesigned the motor yet again, this
several crossings from the shore to
time building it with an air-cooled,
Grosse Ile, the largest island in the
single cylinder motor. They ordered
Detroit River. They ran into one
only twenty-five outboards from the
problem, however. Ice chunks kept
Caille Brothers, soon selling twentygetting caught between the chain and four of their revolutionary motors.
the sprocket, which knocked the chain The portable 2 hp motor weighed
off the propellers sprocket. When this thirty-five pounds and retailed for
happened, they would stop the mo$50. Ironically, on September 1,

By Terry McBurney

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Two happy
anglers on
their way back
to camp with
a stringer of
walleyes - this
Waterman ad is
from the back
cover of the
April 1916 issue
of National
Sportsman
magazine.
Courtesy of
Arlan Carter

82

"Made In Michigan"

to be a popular motor with the public


and changed very little over the next
ten years.
Caille added an outboard motor
in 1918 named The Liberty Drive,
a motor designed by the companys
general superintendent, Antoine Liberty. The first Liberty Motor was an
air-cooled, single-cylinder, two-cycle
outboard with a long straight shaft
that ran directly from the motors
powerhead crankshaft directly to
the propeller. It retailed for only $48
complete. An April 1918 Field and
Stream ad stated: Drives the boat
anywhere it will float, over shallows,
sunken logs, rocks. Goes through
weeds like an eel!
In addition, Caille manufactured
private label motors for a number of
smaller companies who retailed and
advertised the outboards under their
own company names. For example,
Caille made the Michigan Portable
Row-Boat Motor for Michigan

Antique Outboard Motor Show

The Dossin Museum, 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, will be
hosting a show of antique and classic outboard motors on its grounds Saturday, August 1 with a focus on Waterman, Caille and other "Made in Michigan"
motors. The show hours are 9 am - 4 pm and the Dossin Museum hours are 11
am 4 pm. The event is being organized by the local Great Lakes Chapter of
the Antique Outboard Motor Club. Members will be on hand to talk with visitors, answer questions, and discuss history and technical features of the various
motors on display...maybe even provide some guidance as to how to revive
"Grandpa's" old outboard that has been resting in the shed for the last thirty
years. The event is free. (Go to: www.detroithistorical.org and click on the Dossin Great Lakes Museum tab).
In addition, the Great Lakes Chapter will also be holding an outboard
motor and marine related "swap and sell" market as part of the show - a good
source for obsolete parts needed for restoration of old motors. If you have any
old outboard motors and would like them identified, contact club member
Charlie Schmidt at 586-463-4456 or cschmidth@aol.com.

changes to their lineup, building motors with lower retails to match the
difficult times. The company came
to an end in 1933 when it was sold to
Fuller Johnson, a holding company.
Fuller Johnson eventually stopped
building outboards at the end of 1935
and went out of business.

This is an unrestored, original as found example of a 1912-1913 Caille Portable


Outboard Motor. It has a stationary rudder and does not have a skeg on the
lower unit. The folding rudder and the skeg were added in 1914. Jack Craib
Collection (Right) The colorful front cover of the January 1923 Caille (pronounced cail) catalog. Courtesy of Arlan Carter
Wheel of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a
propeller manufacturer still in business today. They also made contract
motors for many other companies
with different nameplates or decals.
They built motors for Montgomery
Ward under the Hiawatha name starting in 1916. This single cylinder, twocycle rudder steered rowboat motor
produced 1 hp and sold for $38.95
for the battery ignition model or for
$52.90 for the magneto ignition version. The Wards catalog stated that
the Hiawatha motors were factory
shipped from Southeastern, Michigan.
The Great Depression impacted
the company greatly. They made

One of the rarest and certainly


most unusual outboards made in
Michigan was the Clarke Troller.
Carried into the Lansing Sports Show
a number of years ago for appraisal,
I was amazed at this diminutive
little aluminum outboard. The motor measured 21-inches overall from
top to bottom and weighed only 10
-pounds! Douglas C. Clarke, a
native of Toronto, Ontario, came up
with this concept after supposedly
working with a hard-to-start standard
outboard. The first mention of the
Clarke Troller was a July 1937 press
release in Motor Boating magazine
that announced: Clarke Engineering Company of Detroit has started

production of the Clarke Troller, a


radically new, lightweight outboard
motor. It has been in development for
the past two years and is built on a
different and original principle which
permits exceptional lightness and efficiency...by the elimination of a great
many parts through submerging all
working parts under water...
The motor was water cooled because the powerhead was underwater.
This eliminated the water pump, water pipes and other parts. There was
also no need for a drive shaft because
the submerged motors crankshaft
was connected directly to the propeller. The Clarke Troller was started
after being tilted out of the water. A
6-volt dry cell battery was attached to
the coil on the top of the motor which
provided the power to the spark plug.
The operator then wound the starter
cord around the starting pulley on
the propeller, pulled the cord and the
motor hopefully started. With the
propeller going, the motor was then
eased into the water and the small
boat or canoe was supposed to move
forward. What happened most of the
time, according to several outboard
motor collectors I have talked to, was
a resulting shower of water when the
propeller hit the water and then the
motor stalled!
The 1938 introductory price for
the Clarke Troller was $59.50. Later
the same year, the price was lowered
to $52.50, and in 1939 the retail was
cut twice finally to $34.50. A second model was added in 1939 with
the introduction of the 3 hp Clarke
Twin, which weighed 18-pounds and
retailed for $69.50. However, few of
the Clarke Twin motors are known
to be in collections today. Paperwork
dated in 1940 showed that ownership of the company changed to the
Parts Manufacturing Company and
goes on to explain that the company
had recently moved from Detroit to
Traverse City. It also explains that
many improvements had been made
in the Clarke Troller and knowing
there are some dissatisfied owners out

Michigan outboards page 84

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Waterman took his wife out for a ride


in a rowboat powered by that twentyfifth motor, which quickly overheated
and conked out! That unpleasant
experience caused him to return to
the drawing board once again and
a change back to a water-cooled
engine.
The company went on to make
many changes over the next few years
as they continued to sell more and
more of their Waterman Porto outboards, a quality motor built at an affordable price. Soon, stiff competition
affected their business, and Cameron
Waterman, in December 1916, sold
his pioneering company to the Arrow
Machine and Motor Company of
New York City. Waterman went on to
serve his country during WWI as an
aeronautical mechanical engineer and
later as the Chief of Transportation of
the Air Service. He retired from the
Army in 1919 with the rank of major
and spent the rest of his professional
life practicing law.
The Caille Brothers started manufacturing inboard marine engines
in 1901. In late 1912 or early 1913,
after watching Watermans success,
they started manufacturing their own
outboards. Naming this company the
Caille Perfection Motor Company,
their first outboard was a two-cycle,
single-cylinder model with rudder
steering as the power head did not
turn. The boat operator turned the
tiller handle, which rotated the rudder
turning the boat. This was the Caille
Portable Boat Motor and it sold for
$70.
Improvements in Caille motors
came quickly. A patented folding
rudder was added in 1914, along with
optional underwater exhaust. They
also added a skeg to the bottom of the
gear housing to protect the propeller
from underwater obstructions. Late in
1914, they added a lower-priced line
of outboards under the Neptune
brand name that started at $50. The
two Neptune motors, a 2 hp and a 3.5
hp model, were propeller steered as
compared to the rudder steered standard Caille motor that was produced
through 1914. There was also a 2 hp
Neptune motor designed for canoes.
1915 brought a big change with
the introduction of the Caille 5 Speed
motor, a 2 hp model, which used a
variable pitch prop to produce the five
different speeds - trolling speed, high
speed, neutral, first speed reverse and
fast reverse. The propellers pitch
was adjusted by simply pressing a
button. The button was attached to a
rod that extended down to the propeller where a mechanism adjusted and
changed the pitch of the propeller.
The 5 Speed Caille was also changed
to propeller steering, and Cailles
rudder control was retired and put on
the shelf. The Caille 5 Speed proved

Dossin Great Lakes Museum To Host... August 1, 2015...

83

Michigan outboards:
from page 83
there...we will arrange to satisfy those owners by
having their motors completely rebuilt... No other
paperwork or ads have been found beyond this
1940 date.
The last Made in Michigan Outboard Motors
in this months article were made by the famous
Chris-Craft Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan between 1949 and 1953. Chris-Craft was the
dominant wood boat builder in the U.S. before
WWII, and like most industry leaders utilized longrange thinking to plan future expansion. Jay W.
Smith, son of the companys founder, was primarily responsible for getting into outboard development along with his college friend, Harry Coll.
Research started sometime during 1940-1941 with
a review of where recreational boating would be in
six or seven years. It became apparent that smaller
boats powered by improved outboard motors
would become an even bigger part of the market,
so plans were started to develop a line of outboards. They dissected the competition and looked
for ways to improve on their rivals motors. Initial
goals were to build an easily serviceable motor
with a design that would lend itself to further development of other models. They wanted a motor
that would run at super slow speeds for trolling
and also one that beat the competition at high
speeds.
They started with their 5 hp Challenger,
which was introduced for the 1949 boating season.
The Challenger was a 2-stroke, alternate-firing
twin-cylinder motor that weighed forty-six pounds.

This 1.3 hp Clarke Troller was found in Lansing, and restored by Dick VanRaalte of Starboard Marine
Restorations. It weighs just 10 pounds and measures 21-inches overall. A February 1939 ad from Motor
Boating magazine featured the rare Clarke Twin Troller, which developed 3 hp and weighed 19 pounds.
office space along with the introduction of ChrisCrafts second outboard, their 10 hp Commander,
which weighed seventy-two pounds. Both models
were sweet running outboards and lived up to
Chris-Crafts slogan: Try Em! Troll Em, Clock
Em - Theyre Terrific.
The Chris-Craft Engine Division ran into
several challenges, however. Mercury Marine and

to sell the division to the Oliver Corporation, a


major manufacturer of farm equipment. Chris-Craft
ceased production in Grand Rapids, and everything
was moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. Oliver outboard production began in March 1955.
I would like to thank the following members
of the Antique Outboard Motor Club for their help
researching Made in Michigan Outboard Mo-

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Chris-Crafts first outboard motor, the 5 hp. Challenger, was introduced in 1948. From the Chris-Craft archives - courtesy of Lee Holland (middle) This colorful ad
from the August 1952 issue of Motor Boating magazine featured Chris-Crafts kit boats, a gun cabinet kit, a treasure chest kit and the two outboards. The 8-ft. Pram
kit sold for $45! The second Chris-Craft outboard, their 10 hp. Commander, was unveiled in 1949 (from the Chris-Craft archives - courtesy of Lee Holland)

84

Reverse was achieved when the motor was turned


180. The Challenger was built in a plant in Grand
Rapids, a 32,000 square foot building on the southwest side of the city that Chris-Craft purchased
the year before. It had been used as a Navy supply
warehouse and was relatively close to other ChrisCraft plants in Algonac, Cadillac and Holland,
Michigan. The plant was expanded in 1950 with
an additional 31,000 square feet of production and

Carl Kiekhaefer threatened a law suit for patent


infringements. The Outboard Division also was
not making a profit, and two competitors, Johnson
and Scott-Atwater, had both brought out outboard
motors in 1949 that had an actual reverse gear.
The threatened lawsuit, the lack of profits, and the
major expense of developing a motor with neutral,
forward and reverse proved too much. Chris-Craft
made the difficult decision to close the plant and

tors, answering all of my questions and supplying


photos and ads for my article: Arlan Carter, the author of the seminal book, The American Rowboat
Motor; B.J. Pawlaczyk; Dick VanRaalte, Charlie
Schmidt, Jack Craib, and Lee Holland, the experts
expert on all things to do with Chris-Craft motors.
Thanks to all. (Soft cover copies of The American
Rowboat Motor are available through eBay or
Amazon.com).n

Woods-N-Water News
MICHIGANS
PREMIER
OUTDOOR
PUBLICATION

JUNE 2015

Woods-N-Water News

$4.00

Michigans Prem
ier Outdoor Publ
ication

W
A
L
L
E
Y
E
W

Small
Stream

ISDOM

TROUT

Rattle
Grunt
Wheeze

DEER TALK

U.P. To Close Deer Season


? Walleyes For Warriors
Engraving A Legacy
Bear Hunters Short Cha
nged Swim Jigs For Bas
s -- Work! Harnessing The
Food Plots That Can Com
Bite
pete With Mother Nature
www.woods-n-waterne
Manistee Trout
ws.com

Like us on facebook

Follow us on

New Subscription Renewal


(Please attach mailing label)

One year $29 Two years $55 Three years $80

ADDRESS
CITY
STATE ZIP

Check/Money Order Visa/Mastercard

Card #Exp. Date


Send to: Woods-N-Water News
P.O. Box 278 Imlay City, MI 48444
Or Call (810) 724-0254
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
DateCk#$

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

NAME

85

JIG PITCHING
for shallow water walleye

For a guy who has made his name as


a walleye angler who specializes in
trolling, I have to admit a deep dark
secret... I enjoy jig fishing for walleye
almost as much as trolling!

By Mark Romanack
or me the ideal jig fishing situation
is one that allows casting a 1/8 to 1/4
ounce jig to rocks, weeds or other fishy
cover. When casting I enjoy the feeling of a walleye slurping up a jig and I
especially like that head shake when the
line pulls tight against a stubborn fish. Pitching jigs
is one of those fishing skills not every angler excels
at and certainly there is a learning curve that must
be taken into consideration.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Understanding The Variables

86

I can clearly understand why many angles become frustrated with this seldom practiced jigging
tactic, but with a little practice anyone can master
the art of jig pitching. The problem for most anglers
is they try applying jig pitching at fisheries that
clearly are not ideal for this presentation, at times of
year when pitching is not practical or on days when
the fishing conditions dont favor pitching.
The whole jig pitching phenomenon is a shallow water gig and also a game best played in
calm conditions. To set the playing field, good jig
pitching water ranges from about two feet deep to
around 10 feet of water. In perfect conditions, jig
pitching can work in slightly deeper water.
When the water that walleye are favoring
exceeds 15 feet, normally there are more efficient
ways of targeting those fish than pitching jigs. Its
also important to note that pitching is a game best
played on calm days or in areas that are protected
from the wind.
When casting a jig, wind quickly becomes the
anglers enemy. A notable bow in the fishing line
is created when the wind starts to blow any harder
than about 10 to 15 MPH. This distinctive bow creates slack in the line that the angler has little control
over. Slack line makes it harder to detect bites and
also to determine if the jig is on bottom or somewhere in between.
The ideal conditions for pitching jigs are water
shallow enough and winds calm enough that the angler can maintain contact with the jig and bottom
all or most of the time. When the wind starts to pick
up, switching to a heavier jig and making shorter
casts are about the only options the angler has to
maintain contact with the bottom.
To be truthful, its not possible or practical to
completely eliminate slack in the line when pitching
jigs. A little slack in the fishing line allows fish to
inhale the bait, but at the same time the angler must
control slack so as to maintain a sense where the
jig is at, what it is doing and just as importantly the

Jig pitching is among the authors favorite ways to catch walleye. Especially quality fish like this.
Note the high visibility super braid line loaded onto the reel. Low stretch braids are ideal for jig
casting applications. Mark Romanack photos
ability to detect bites.
In short, becoming good at jig pitching is about
mitigating the variables so as to have the maximum
amount of control. Call it the perfect compromise,
jig pitching works amazingly well when the conditions allow and it can fail miserably when the
conditions are not ideal. This is precisely why I hit
the water extra early when I expect to be jig pitching. Normally the calmest part of the day is from a
half hour before sunrise to about nine or 10 oclock
in the morning.
Once the wind picks up, rather than fighting
the elements to jig fish, Ill normally switch to a
different lure like a crankbait that can be cast and
retrieved effectively even in the face of stiff winds.

bail and reel up slack line until the weight of the jig
can be felt loading the tip of the rod.
The retrieve when pitching jigs is simple, but
critical to success. Pop the jig up off bottom by
using a snap of the wrist raising the rod tip from
level to the water surface to about the 10/2 oclock
position. This motion pops the jig off bottom and
also pulls the jig towards the angler, effectively giving the jig life and causing it to swim towards the
angler before crashing back to bottom.
When the jig hits bottom again, the line on the
surface will once again lay flat. The angler responds
by lowering the rod tip, reeling up the slack and
repeating the process of popping the jig off bottom
again.
Effectively this process keeps the jig hopping
and swimming along near bottom. So long as the
jig is not popped off bottom too aggressively, the
Jig pitching starts with a long cast. When the jig jig will stay in the strike zone 100% of the time,
hits the water, leave the reel bail open so the jig can greatly increasing the odds of attracting fish and
sink straight down to the bottom. If the reel bail is
triggering bites.
closed, the line will pull taunt as the jig sinks, causing the jig to pendulum towards the angler. What
may seem a minor issue actually cheats the angler
by reducing the amount of bottom real estate the jig
An angler can cast almost any jig design and
will make contact with on any given cast.
enjoy some level of success. In the same token a 16
When the jig hits bottom the line will fall slack d nail can be driven home with tack hammer, but
on the surface. At this point the angler should lower this is not the most efficient tool for the job.
his rod tip to be level with the water, close the reel
The best jigs for pitching applications feature

Cast/Pause/Retrieve

Jig Design Matters

stand-up style heads that keep the hook point positioned upwards regardless if the jig is swimming
or sitting motionless on the bottom. This simple
design insures that the jig will snag less and the
fish that bite will almost always be hooked in the
roof of the mouth.
A second feature to look for is a thin wire, long
shank hook that readily accepts soft plastics. Thin
wire hooks penetrate more easily than tempered
hooks, insuring that more of the fish that bite will
be hooked and landed.
Last, but certainly not least I look for a jig that
has an open line tie attachment. If the eye tie on a
jig is painted shut, the angler has to waste precious
time clearing paint instead of fishing.
The Oddball jig by Bait Rigs has all of these
characteristics and has been my go-to jig for
pitching for more than 20 years. The only time
I reach for a different jig design is when fishing
walleye in weeds.
The ideal jig for weed pitching is also a Bait
Rigs product known as the Long Shank Slo-Poke.
This modified stand-up head features an extra long
hook shank that readily accepts soft plastics from
three to five inches in length. The wedge shaped
head and 60 degree eye tie configuration also helps
the LS Slo-Poke snake through weed cover without
fouling.

develop skills at jig pitching is they try to force


this presentation on bodies of water that dont
have enough walleye to insure success. Learning
any skill requires repetition. When learning the art
of jig pitching its best to visit a fishery that will
produce enough bites in the course of a day that the

jig is lifted off bottom, the current helps sweep the


jig downstream.
Swirling water on the surface helped indicate
the location of boulders on the bottom. Walleye
love to get out of the direct current flow by positioning themselves in the slack water found directly

Rods/Reels/Line

Applying All This Knowledge


Perhaps the biggest reason anglers struggle to

The authors wife Mari joined him on a trip to the Pym Island Camp operated by Hearst Air recently. This
world class walleye fishery is a dream come true for anglers who enjoy jig fishing.
angler can refine and hone the presentation.
Last summer I had the opportunity to visit the
Pym Island Camp on the Attawapiskat River in
Northern Ontario. One of the northern most fishing
camps in Ontario, our hosts were the folks from
Hearst Air, who rank among the oldest and most
trusted outfitters in the business.
Part of what attracted me to the Attawaspiskat
River was the opportunity to pitch jigs in August.
In most of Ontarios top walleye waters August
finds the fish holding in water deep enough that
casting jigs is no longer one of the go to presentations.
The Attawaspiskat River is fairly shallow making it ideal for jig pitching at any time of year. This
fishery is also a walleye factory second to none.
The average fish is 18-22 inches, but during our
week long stay we caught and released dozens of
walleye over 25 inches. Hooking upwards of 50
fish a day is common and catching quality fish on a
jig, medium/light action rod and light line is a riot.
The Pym Island Camp is a special place I would
recommend to anyone who enjoys walleye fishing
on light tackle.
Catching walleye on the Attawaspiskat River
is delightfully simple. We fished from 20 freighter
canoes that are amazingly stable. I anchored the
boat nose first into the current and cast jigs across
the current and slightly upstream. Every time the

downstream of boulders and sunken logs.


Walleye found living in river systems face into
the current and literally wait for the current to wash
food within reach. A jig tipped with an action tail
grub is quite literally the perfect way to approach
jig fishing situations in flowing water.

A Word On Bait And Plastics

Jig pitching can be practiced with live bait including half a nightcrawler, minnows and leeches.
For my money however pitching is a presentation
that is tailor made for soft plastics. My favorite
plastics are paddle tail grubs in the three to five
inch sizes.
A number of manufacturers produce suitable
grubs for jig pitching, but my favorites are the
Berkley PowerBait Ripple Shad and the Northland
Tackle Impulse.

Summing It Up
Jig pitching is a presentation that requires some
practice to master and also some very specific gear
suitable for the job. The sense of satisfaction that
is achieved when a bite is detected and the hook
slammed home is tough to beat. Catching quality
walleye on light line, spinning tackle and tiny jigs
isnt the easiest way to fill a limit, but it may well
be the most rewarding.n

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

The rods, reels and fishing line required for jig


pitching is also fairly specific. To allow small jigs
to be cast long distances the best rod is a seven foot
medium/light action graphite spinning model. A
seven foot model offers the perfect compromise of
length for casting and managing slack line, plus the
sensitivity required to detect subtle strikes.
The perfect matching reel for a walleye jig
pitching rod is a 25 or 30 size model. A reel of this
size balances nicely with a seven foot rod making
for a rod/reel combination thats effortless to fish
for long hours.
Loaded onto the reel I would recommend an
eight strand braided line such as Maximas Braid 8
which is manufactured by twisting eight individual
strands of Spectra fiber to create a line that features
a round shape, thin diameter, smooth outer coating and exceptional knot strength. This braid loads
evenly on the reel spool instead of bunching like
other braids.
The ideal braid for pitching is a 10# test product with a diameter equal to about 2# test monofilament. I prefer bright yellow lines for jig casting
applications so I can monitor the line easily while
fishing. A high visibility line makes it easy to see
when the jig hits bottom and the line collapses on
the surface. A high visibility line also makes it easy
to note twitches in the line that indicate subtle bites
or a fish biting on slack line.
As much as I have faith in braided lines and
high visibility lines, I dont tie the braid directly
to the jig. Instead, I tie in a 24 inch leader of eight
to 10 pound test fluorocarbon line as a leader.
Fluorocarbon is invisible in the water and amazingly abrasion resistant. The perfect line to lure
connection, fluorocarbon bonds well to super braid
when using the Double Uni Knot. This knot can be
learned by visiting www.animatedknots.com and
playing the animations over and over again until
tying this knot is second nature.

87

Corn based food plots for


bow and firearm hunting

n our new DVD Ultimate Corn


Based Deer Kill Plots we emphasized deer kill plots in open areas
with corn as the base within the
kill plot and surrounding the kill
plot as cover and forage. There is
a big difference of corn survival when
seeded in open areas versus seeded
within the woods. Deer are woodsy
animals primarily and prefer to bed
there. Deer will survive in just about
any environment, but to whitetail deer
there is no place like a woodsy home.
When corn is seeded within a
wooded area deer pound it and it
might take five or more acres for
corn to be available as cover let alone
forage for even the opening day
of bow season, while five acres of
corn bordering the same woods will
certainly be hammered but still serve
acceptability as cover and probably
forage into the firearm seasons. Thats
not very good odds. So I suggest an
option of seeding forage sorghum sudan grass instead of corn for deer kill

plots within the woods for both bow


and firearm sites. Nothing beats corn;
yet sorghum sudan grass works okay
as cover. It is cheap and deer like to
be in it with little browsing
damage.
How do I know that corn
works best? Many of you
have probably bow hunted
with your blind within the
woods and bordering a corn
field. You may have created
a deer trap on your left side
because you are right
handed. The trap may be
a deer lane you created
with goodies within to be
a deer staging area and
it worked. You saw the deer gingerly
work their way toward you with apprehension, they never seem to relax
and constantly on alert. The moment they entered the corn field they
dropped their guard and stopped being
deer. They were totally at ease. Corn
does that.

BROWER FARMS

Fall Black Bear hunt/fishing package

BACKWOODS

HUNT
BROWN CITY

CLUB

Roaster Pig Hunts............$199


Meat Hogs.........................$250
Turkeys................................ $70
Rams and Goats....... $350+up

MICHIGAN

QUALITY
ANIMALS AT
AFFORDABLE
PRICES WITH
FRIENDLY SERVICE TO BACK
IT UP!

Shop Phone: (810) 688-4540

www.browersfarm.com
brower_farms@live.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

This Ad Size is 2 Column by 4" or 4.24" by 4"

Located One Mile North And One Mile


West of M-53 and M-90 Intersection

88

Let me tell you a true story that is


stranger than fiction. It was late July
in 1994 we planted four hundred acres
of corn and watched over it like hen
over her chicks. A seminar
we attended touched on corn
enemies including European
corn borers. These insects lay
their eggs where the leaves
join the stalk. The larva
bore into the stalk and circle
around the cambium creating havoc. In late July the
corn is at the tassel and
silk stage also known as
pollinating time. I have
a notebook and pencil
in hand and proceed to
walk between the rows looking for
evidence of the corn borer. Within 15
minutes I noticed an orange object
within 12 feet in front of me. Holy
Smoley its a deer and a buck with
five points. The wind is brisk and
in my favor, whats he doing? Hes
chowing down on the silk on the immature ear of corn.
I froze and watched as he went
to the next ear of corn for more silk.
Everyone has that moment of What
if as I did. I talk to myself a lot
and sometimes out loud. That time
no sound just thinking should I or
shouldnt I? The risky choice won out
and as the buck chewed I cautiously
stepped forward. It took some time
for the deer was also moving forward.
I came within two feet of the bucks
rump. I raised my hand and slowly
dropped it within six inches of disaster
for deer can kick and my belly is soft.
Deer have a sixth sense, they know
when danger is near without seeing,
hearing or smelling it. Luckily not this
time, sure enough the deer moved to
the next morsel, I stayed frozen and
thanked everyone.

Mr. Food Plots


Ed Spinazzola

OPIMIKA
WILDERNESS
Camp & Cottages
350 sq. miles bear
management area
Limited hunters, over
25 active balts
Northeast Ontario /
Quebec border
Housekeeping cottages
Boat &motor included
Skinning & meat
preparation

only $1050 (US)


U.S. References

Your Wilderness Playground


1-705-892-5617 www.opimikawilderness.com

Mid Thumb
Game Ranch

Rams Hogs Goats


Fallow Bucks Red Deer
How to stop paying high heating bills.

With energy prices skyrocketing, how much could you save if


you were able to heat your entire home, water and more with an
E-Classic outdoor wood furnace? Its not too late to find out! Call
us today to see how much you can start saving tomorrow.

Dealership
Name LLC
Alternative
Outdoor Energy

City, State, Phone Number


St. Clair, MI 586-709-7165

$1500
Save up to

For a limited time only*

*Instant rebate savings up to $1500 on select in-stock Central Boiler outdoor furnace models. Savings shown is on an E-Classic 3200 model.
See dealer for details.
14-0410

CentralBoiler.com

Three more deer moves and I


began a very slow retreat. At a safe
distance I stood there and watched my
friend as he disappeared into the dense
corn leaves still on the corn silk diet.
Now I really started to talk to myself.
This experience convinced me that
corn and deer are close friends.

The Plan

You can create Ultimate Corn


Based Deer Kill Plot within the
woods that has a good chance of
surviving deers craving for corn.
And it doesnt have to be a large kill
plot. The secret is giving deer corn as
forage that they do not like; they even
back off from chewing on the leaves
or stalks. That means you have corn
left and stiff standing corn as cover
into the late deer seasons.
In order to guarantee that deer
dont eat the corn you need to give
them something they like more and
the more choices deer are given the
better the experience. Everyone has
heard of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO. This is science at its
best or is it, its worse. For corn think,
Round Up Ready, (RR) corn that is
genetically modified to resist the effects of the herbicide RR, while weeds
and grass die. If you planted regular
field corn next to a RR variety deer
will eat the regular corn first. Evidently the taste changes along with other
features with genetic modification.
About 12 years ago we seeded six
rows of sweet corn, six rows of silage
corn, six rows of RR corn and six
rows of RR-BT corn in the same field
as an experiment. The sweet corn was
eaten to the ground by July. The silage
corn was eaten almost to the ground
by September. The RR corn was eaten
with some of the leaves by October.
The RR-BT corn which is addition-

Andys Tackle Box


17485 Dix-Toledo Rd (at Oakwood)
Melvindale, MI 48122

(313) 388-FISH (3474)


Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm.
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Closed Sunday

DAILY 7 AM - 10 PM

Open Year Round


Full Line of Tackle
Assortment of Materials For The
Do-It-Your-Selfer
Live Bait
Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Fly-Tying Supplies

www.midthumbgameranch.net

Helping Michigans Fisherman Since 1959

545 West Burnsline


Melvin, Michigan 48454
M-90 between M-53 & M-19 -- Approx. 50 Miles North of Detroit

CONTACT AT

810-378-5632

The

Porch

Extend
Your
Stand

NEW EXTENDED PORCH LINES COVER 90%


OF ALL PAST AND CURRENT LADDER STANDS
Quietly flips out
of the way when
climbing & lifting
into position
ready to hunt
12 more
foot room
Comfort

804 Mack Ct. LENNON, MI 48449

bentlymfg@yahoo.com

www.theporch.biz

. . . Is Ex
Introduce T
Premier Soil
The moment DEER entered corn they dropped their guard and stopped being deer. They were totally at ease.
Fertilize

Are You Attracting


Groganix "Fusion" Mature
WhenYou
Failure
Is Land?
Whitetails. . .Are
To
Your
Attracting
Mature

seed, then till twice if necessary or


roto-till once four inches deep. On the
same day blend 30 lbs. RR soybeans
with 20,000 RR sugar beet seed if
available and broadcast for one acre,
Follow with a tillage 2-1/2 inches
deep. Follow with a slow cultipacking
pass.
Three-four weeks later spray RR
at one quart per acre. On the same
day broadcast a brassica blend at
two lbs. per acre. Follow with a slow
cultipacking pass.
Around the first of September
broadcast 30-40 lbs. of a grain blend
per acre.
Around September 15 broadcast
50-100 lbs. of 46-0-0 urea fertilizer
per acre or do the sweetening thing
as shown on our web site. This late
seeding of corn will only provide
cover, no mature corn. This late seed-

ing of soybeans will give deer forage


they cannot refuse. Young green
and growing soy leaves is what deer
prefer over any forage and even give
acorns an even battle.
For a firearm site do the corn, soys
and sugar beet seeding in mid-May.

being present. Keep that kill plot


capable of growing a large variety of
deer preferred forage while still having the feeling of security. The above
is not seeded in rows spaced to allow
deer visibility. No problem, use your
quad, tractor with bucket, anything
that will work and knock down that
corn in the kill plot and surrounding
Genetic modification affects
area and make narrow lanes aimed
vegetation several ways, for corn
at the blind. You may see deer now
the whole plant has a different taste,
eating the knocked down corn. The
the leaves become coarser, the stalks
heat and moisture rising from the soil
. . . Is Excited To
become thicker and harder and the
softens the corn.
Introduce
Their New
grain has a different taste and is much
Keep the fun
in hunting!
harder. Be careful to not over seed
Ed Spinazzola,
Associate,
Tony
Premier Soil Correcting
corn in the kill plots. In fact you want LaPratts Ultimate Land Management
Fertilizer
. .Ul.
the corn to be just dense enough to
For more information
check our
create security for deer, thats a major timate Corn Based Deer Kill Plots
goal for the kill
plot. Deer, "Fusion"
especially DVD, web sites; www.tonysulm.com
Groganix
big bucks will not likely enter a kill
or www.deerattraction.com or call
. . . When
plot during daylight
withoutFailure
security Is 586-784-8090.n

The Final Touch

NOT
An Option! To Your Land?
Whitetails

. . . Is Excited To "Fu
contact us now!Introduce Their New
For Your Premier Groganix
& Killer Food Plot Premier
Seed! Soil Correcting
Fertilizer . . .
mention ad in
Groganix
"Fusion"
NOT
An Option!
Woods-N-Water
Are
You Attracting
Mature
Are
You Attracting Mature
"Fusion"
contact
us now!
News
For
. .You
. When
Failure
Is ForLand?
Whitetails
To Your
Whitetails
To
Your
Land?
Are
Attracting
Mature
Your Premier Groganix

20%
OFF

& Killer Food Plot Seed!


Whitetails
Your Land?
NOT AnToOption!
. . . Is Excited To
. . . Is Excited To
mention
ad
in
Introduce
Their New
Introduce
Their New 20%
616-550-8483
. . . Is Excited
To
Woods-N-Water
Premier
Soil
Correcting
Premier
Soil
Correcting
"Fusion"
contact us now!
Introduce
Their
New
News
For miOFF
Fertilizer . . .
grand
rapids,
49509
Premier SoilFertilizer
Correcting. . .
For Your Premier Groganix
"Fusion"
Fertilizer
.& WhiGroganix
Food Plots. . 616-550-8483
t
etai
l
Habi
t
at Specialist
Groganix
& Killer"Fusion"
Food Plot Seed!
. . When
Failure Is
grand.rapids,
mi 49509

Groganix
"Fusion"
. . . When
Failure Is
. . . When
Failure
Is
NOT An Option!
mention
ad
in
NOT An Option!

www.killerfoodplots.
"Fusion"
contact us now!
www.killerfoodplots.com
NOT An
Option!
Food Plots & Whitetail
Habitat
Specialist

20%
OFF

Check out
the video!

"Fusion"
contact us now!
"Fusion"
Woods-N-Water
mention ad in
For
& KillerNews
Food Plot
Seed!
Woods-N-Water 20%
mention ad in
News For
mention ad in
OFF
20%
Woods-N-Water
20%
Killer Food
Plots products available locally at these fine locations
Woods-N-Water
For OFF
OFF
NewsNews
For
616-550-8483
616-550-8483
MagnuM
SportS
TRIGGeR TIMe AlPIne FARM
nORTh
CenTRAl
MACS RuSTIC
grand
rapids,
mi 49509COOPeRSvIlle
6227 S Greenville Rd OuTFITTeRS
And GARden
Coop
hARdWARe
&
Feed
Sport Shop
Food Plots & Whitetail Habitat Specialist
616-550-8483
grand
rapids,
mi
49509
616-550-8483
Greenville,
MI
14514 220th ave 6535 Alpine Ave nW 3 e Main St
364 Main Street
519 ensley ST
grand
rapids,
mi 49509
grand
rapids,
mi 49509
www.killerfoodplots.com
(616) 712-6162
Big Rapids, MI
Comstock Park, MI
hart, MI
Coopersville, MI
howard City, MI
Food
PlotsPlots
& Whitetail
Habitat
Specialist
Food
& Whitetail
Specialist
Food
Plots
& Habitat
Whitetail
Habitat(616)
Specialist
magnumsportsllc.com
(231)
796-7100
784-1068
(231) 873-2158
(616) 997-8051
(231) 937-4372
contact
now!Groganix
For
Your us
Premier
For &
Your
Premier
Killer
FoodGroganix
Plot Seed!

For Your Premier Groganix


& Killer Food Plot Seed!

www.killerfoodplots.com
www.killerfoodplots.com

www.killerfoodplots.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ally modified to resist the corn borer


lasted into December. There you have
it, the more you modify genetically
the more deer stay away. Modifying
is called stacking in the corn business; a triple stack is adding resisting to diseases. Now if insects and
disease dont like a GMO corn why
should deer? You need to ask the seed
dealer for his least palatable RR corn
seed available, triple stack.
Corn has different sizes and
therefore different weights per bag of
80,000 seeds. The weight range could
be from 32 lbs. per bag to 55 lbs.
per bag. Your seed count for the kill
plot should be around 12,000 seeds
per acre. Your seed count for the
surrounding corn forage and cover
should be around 27,000 seeds per
acre. These seed counts are high due
to broadcasting the seed then a sufficient tilling four inches deep, which
creates at least 25-30% loss of seed
germination for an expected corn
emergence of 18,500 plants per acre
for the surrounding corn and cover
field. The corn emergence for the kill
plot should be 8,500 plants per acre.
Look at the seed tag on the bag for
weight.
For simplicity use the following
seed weights per acre per bag weight.
For the surrounding corn forage
and cover field. From a 32 lb. bag of
seed corn broadcast 11 lbs. of corn
per acre, from a 55 lb. bag of seed
corn broadcast 18 lbs. of corn per
acre.
For the kill plot; from a 32 lb.
bag broadcast 5 lbs. of corn per acre.
From a 55 lb. bag broadcast 8 lbs.
per acre. You now need to prorate
the amount in between the two bag
weights. Hopefully this makes it easy.
If still confused please dont call me,
Im 80 and slow.
Broadcast 300 lbs. of 19-19-19
fertilizer per acre along with the corn

Are You Attracting Ma


Whitetails To Your La

89

Woods-N-WaterNews Classified Section


MISC.

MISC.

FISHING

NEED
METAL,
STEEL,
ALUMINUM, STAINLESS,
COPPER DELIVERED TO
YOUR DOOR? ANGLE, SHEET,
TUBE, PIPE, ETC. 24 HOUR
ONLINE ORDERING WWW.
INDUSTRIALMETALSALES.COM
PHONE (586) 783-2238 Michigan
based sportsman owned. M-5-4
................................................
A TEMPUR-PEDIC MEMORY
FOAM MATTRESS SET.
Clean. Never used. As seen on TV.
Cost $1700. Sell for $695. 989-8322401. M-4-14-TFN
................................................
AN
AMISH
LOG
HEADBOARD AND QUEEN
pillowtop mattress set. New. Sell all
for $275. 989-923-1278.
M-4-14-TFN
................................................

AMISH LOG BEDS, ANY


SIZE $199. 5 drawer log chest
$199. Good quality. Lowest prices in
Michigan. 989-839-4846. M-4-14TFN
................................................
LOG BUNK BEDS. $495. Amish
lodge furniture. Call Dan 989-8321866. M-4-14-TFN
................................................

POND SUPPLIES: Live gamefish for stocking. Large selection of


lake, pond and watergarden supplies. Free catalog! Stoney Creek,
Inc., Grant, MI 800-448-3873. www.
stoneycreekequip.com F-4-7
................................................

WANTED
TIMBER: Buying all types of timber, 5 acres or more, top price paid.
Cash in advance. Improve wildlife
habitat. Patco Forest Products, 989539-7588 after 6 p.m. W-7-12/15
................................................

HUNTING
HUNTERS Red Oak and Baldwin Units baited sites provided for
bear, also guide service for Michigan
December Elk Hunts. Michigan Bear
N Elk Adventures. 231-924-6319.
H-7-1
................................................
BEAR HUNT, MICHIGAN:
Amasa and Bergland management
units. www.pinecreekoutfitters.com
Call 906-281-5322. H-7-1

To reach an immense outdoor market use the . . .

Woods-N-Water News Classified


Classified ad rates: $30 for the first 20 words

Every word over 20 is .25 per word -- Box your classified, $5 additional charge
This effective advertising is simple to do, place your ad by . . .
Calling 800-387-7824 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Email your ad to wnw@pageone-inc.com
Faxing your ad 810-724-8552
Complete your Classified online at www.woods-n-waternews.com
Mailing your ad to Woods-N-Water News, P.O. Box 278, Imlay City, MI48444
Classifieds MUST be paid in advance of publishing; MasterCard, Visa accepted. Make
check/money orders payable to Woods-N-Water News. Classified ads can not be
billed and once a classified is processed no refunds can be made. Limit of 75 words.

All classifieds posted to our website FREE!


Use one of these useful classified categories...
A = Archery
ATV = ATVs
B = Boats
D = Dogs
F = Fishing
F = Free
FP = Food Plots

FW = Firewood
G = Guns
H = Hunting
HL = Hunting Leases
HW = Help Wanted
M = Miscellanous
RE = Real Estate

RR = Resorts/Rent
RVC = RVs/Campers
SM = Snowmobiles
T = Taxidermy
TK = Trucks
TR = Trailers
W = Wanted

AUGUST 2015 CLASSIFIED DEADLINE JULY 6, 2015


CLIP AND MAIL

Woods-N-Water News Classified Advertising


(Please print clearly. We are not responsible for unreadable orders.)
Make sure phone number is included in your ad!

NAME

HUNTING
2015 MICHIGAN BEAR
HUNTS: Newberry/Gwinn.
Just outside of Seney Wlidlife
Refuge. High success rate.
31 years. State and Federal licensed and experienced. Guaranteed active baits. 6 nights, 5
day hunt includes lodging and
meals. Start at $750. Bow and
rifle deer hunts. $125 per day.
906-439-5242. www.buckspportinglodge.com. H-5-5
1 BUCK HUNTING CLUB
M E M B E R S H I P
NORTHEASTERN
MICH.
Quality club, camp and facilities (also
turkey, sm game) West Branch - Hale
area. Tremendous value and opportunity. Stag. $1375 per year. See:
dynamicra.com or phone
Dan 989-893-5819. H-7-2
................................................
ROOSTER RANCH, LLC
- Since 1986. Ringneck pheasants, mallard ducks, chukar
partridge. Field and European
Hunts - lodging and meals
available. Your dogs or ours,
pointers or flushers. Wobble
Trap. Single family or corporate outings. Fundraiser hunts.
Check us out online:
roosterranchllc.com Call Nick
at 989-658-2332 to book your
hunt. H-4-6
WESTERN
KENTUCKY
DEER HUNTS: Thousands of
acres, private land, lodging, deer
stands. $795.00 Call 270-213-0187.
H-7-1
................................................
ATTENTION U.P. BEAR
HUNTERS: Top of the Line
Guide Service offers excellent
hunting opportunity for black
bear hunters in Newberry management area. Fully licensed
guide offers unlimited day hunting. Lodging available. High
success rate. For information
or references call Bruce at 906477-6983 or 616-566-0183.
H-5-5

HUNTING
2015 BARGAGA UNIT, guided
bear hunts limited openings available. Jam's LLC. 23 years experience, high success rates active baits.
5 day hunts. Guided with Iron Nickel
for 15 years. Call Matt 1-989-9415696. H-6-4
................................................
BEAR HUNTS: Cameron &
Sons years of experience and
licensed with the State offer
baited hunts in Newberry area.
We have acres of private and
public tracks to hunt for your
pleasure 1st and 2nd season
only. Limited hunts available.
Guaranteed active baits. Many
references available upon
request. www.ccameron.biz or
visit us on our Facebook! Call
Kevin at 906-293-8550 or 906630-1034 or Clarence at 407414-7622. H-5-4

BEAR HUNTS OVER


BAIT - Newberry unit. Limited
number of hunters per season.
All bow and rifle hunters welcome! I cater to each hunter's
needs. More details. Call 989600-8672. H-7-1
ALBERTS BEAR GUIDE
SERVICE. Bergland and Baraga
units. Federal license, 23 years
experience. Cell 906-231-9136,
Home 906-827-3731. H-6-4
................................................
FALL MICHIGAN BEAR
HUNTS 2015: Newberry and
Gwinn Bear Management Units.
7 days hunting. 36 years in business. Includes lodging, tree
stands and ground blinds. Walkin cooler. Skinning. On location
bear check station. Located
on year-around resort. Fishing
lakes. Great ATV trails. Grouse
hunting. State and Federally licensed. Friend us on Facebook.
Contact: Tom Losiewski
1-269-330-0480
North
Country Hunting Adventures, Inc. H-5-4

ADDRESS
GUIDED U.P. BEAR HUNTS
OVER BAIT. Amasa, Gwinn and
Baraga units. With great results.
Over 20 years experience. Call Rick
at 231-464-1077 or 231-690-3164.
www.mountainridgeoutfitters.com
H-7-3
................................................

CITYSTATEZIP
DAYTIME PHONE NO.
VISA/MASTERCARD#EXP:
CLASSIFICATION OF ADMONTHS TO RUN

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)


(13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18)

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

(19)

90

(20)

$30.00

$30.25

$30.50

$30.75

$31.00

$31.25

$31.50

$31.75

$32.00

$32.25

$32.50

$32.75

$33.00

$33.25

$33.50

$33.75

$34.00

$34.25

$34.50

$34.75

$35.00

$35.25

$35.50

$35.75

$36.00

$36.25

$36.50

$36.75

Enclosed is $for
words to runmonths.

BEAR HUNTS: Baraga


Unit. Be our guest at AA
LODGE. All inclusive. 5 day
hunts. $1000 - $1500. Call Roy
810-691-3373. H-5-5

BOX MY CLASSIFIED - $5 Extra

CAMERONS LITTLE TWO


HEART
BEAR
GUIDE
SERVICE We provide both bait
and dog hunts in the Newberry Unit
only. 40 plus years of guiding experience and we hunt in the area we live.
References available on request.
Call Kip at 906-293-5650. H-6-3

ALCONA COUNTY /
HUBBARD LAKE, MI. 5
day Bow Camp, 5 day Rifle
Camp, 5 day Black Powder
Camp, 5 day Lake House [with
family]. $2000 for all 20 days.
260 Acre Camp plus Lake
House. Modify plan to suit your
needs. CALL for details: 586260-0719 EMAIL:
vacation@hubbardlakehuntfishcamp.com
WWW.hubbardlakehuntfishcamp.com
H-6-6

BEAR AND DEER HUNTNewberry BMU all seasons.


Baraga BMU late seasons only.
Lodging, food, baited blinds
included. Fun times. Deer season for seasoned hunters only
looking for a once in a lifetime
hunt. 231-620-0398. H-7-3

HUNTING
ILLINOIS BOW HUNTS
RIVER BOTTOM, oak
bluffs and ag. All on 1200 continuous acres prices start at
$1100 is guided with food and
lodging. Call American Heritage
Outfitters Larry at 989-9064381 H-6-5
FULL 40 ACRES of great
deer and bear hunting in Posen,
MI in Presque Isle County.
Includes deer blinds, trails, and
food plot field. $52,000 989879-5967. H-6-2
GONZO BEAR CAMP - Bear
Specialist - We had 80% success.
Baraga, Gwen and Amasa Units Modular hunts start at $895. 7 days
lodging included. Write for more
information on how to apply for bear
permits on May 1st - 2730 S. Dort
Hwy., Flint, MI 48507 or call Dale at
(810) 814-8936 days 9-4 or evenings
(810) 874-9018 for more information
www.gonzobearcamp.com Like us
on Facebook. H-5-4
................................................
60.5 ACRES VACANT
LAND in Baldwin area. Priced
to sell. Near state land. Call
Vera at 313-587-6836. Hunters'
and developers' paradise.
H-7-1

HUNT
WITH
BEAR
MOUNTAIN LLC this fall for
your 2015 Bear Hunt. We look
forward to hunting on an
expanded area of private property this fall that is in the heart of
prime bear territory. Baraga
BMU, Private land only hunts,
check out our website www.
mibearhunt.com. Give us a call
at 800-676-9821 or call Derek at
906-458-3754. H-7-1
BERGLAND UNIT. Guided bear
hunts over bait. State and federal
licensed bear guide. Call Rich 715663-0459 or www.upbearhunt.com
H-5-4
................................................
MEAD CREEK GUIDE
SERVICE - Bear hunts for
Newberry unit. All hunting periods. This is a 7 day hunt with
room and board. We hunt over
bait on mostly private property.
We hunt from ladder stands and
box blinds. Last year we went 9
for 12 on kills. We have been
guiding for 25 years. We do the
work so you don't have to. Bows
and guns are welcome. Two
baits per hunter! Give us a shot,
we'll give you one. Call John
Rahn 906-586-3047. H-7-2
RAY'S U.P. HUNTING - 25
years experience guiding for deer
and bear. Baited stands in Amasa,
Baraga, and Bergland Units. Lodging
Available. Call Ray at 906-265-9420
or cell (906) 284-2216. H-5-4
................................................

Woods-N-Water News Classified Section


RESORTS/RENT

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

TWO BUCK LIMIT: On


November Muzzleloader and
December Rifle hunts. Fair Chase.
Affordable hunts. Trail Camera
Photos. Thousands of acres of
Private Western Kentucky Farms and
Tennessee farms near the Kentucky
border. Hunters are welcome to visit
me and my farms before deer season. FREE BROCHURE. 270498-3374. H-6-5
................................................

TRAILS END RESORT on


Big Manistique Lake. 2 bedroom modern housekeeping
cabins. Knotty pine interiors.
Boats - motors and pontoon
rentals. Good fishing, hunting,
birding. Central UP - Curtis, MI.
Call 906-586-3515. RE-6-3

RELAX CAMP enjoy your own 3


acre parcel with a swimming and
fishing pond garden spot and wooded area near Kingston Camping OK
$14,000. Peterrabbit @Airadv.net or
swimmingandfishingponds.com
989-683-2711 RE-7-2
................................................

139 ACRES, Amazing Large


Piece With an X-Large Pond for
Fishing 90% Wooded - Irregular
Shaped Kimball Twp. - St. Clair
County $278,000 Just Land Sales
586-419-6716
facebook.com/
justlandsales RE-7-1
................................................
5.3 WOODED ROLLING
ACRES only 5 miles from Torch
lake. Short drive to state land and
ORV trails. Wooded with large Red
and White Pines, ideal camping - recreation spot. Driveway, cleared site
with electricty and phone along with
front of the proerty. Situated on a
paved dead end county road.
$29,900, $1,000 down, $370/mo 11%
land contract, www.northernlandco.
com, Northern Land Co. 231-2585100. RE-7-3
................................................

ULTIMATE SECLUSION ON
DEAD-END ROAD 44
ACRE HUNTING HAVEN:
Established trails, food plots and
scent-sealed blinds on prime parcel
offering exceptional deer hunting as
well as rabbit and turkey hunting
opportunities. Features include
mature 8 acre pine stand, creek as
well as bordering waterway with balance consisting of superior deer
cover. Additional 26 acre lease available, if desired. Hunting privacy such
as this is few and far between. Asking
$109,500 with available land contract
terms of $5,000 down, $810/month,
7% interest, no balloon payment, no
prepayment penalties. Located in
Northern Lapeer Co., Rich Twp. Call
Owner/Broker (989) 660-9033.
RE-7-1
................................................
40
ACRES
EMMETT
COUNTY: with 1000 acres of
Mackinaw State forest on north and
west side of property. 1 mile thru
woods to Sturgeon Bay to Lake
Michigan. 950 sq. ft., 2 bedroom 1
1/2 bath modular, building with outside storage. This is a true turn key
hunting camp. $110,000 (520) 6036723. RE-7-1
................................................
53 ACRES, Variety, Farmland,
Hard Woods, Meadow Grasses, &
River/Creek, 624 x 2615 irregular N.
Branch Twp., Lapeer County,
$145,000 Just Land Sales 586-4196716 facebook.com/justlandsales
RE-7-1
................................................
62 ACRES - HILLSDALE
COUNTY, Mostly wooded, prime
hunting land, pond, 2 tributaries, trophy deer, turkey, electricity on property. Includes camper and 2 sheds.
$218,000. 734-586-3212. RE-7-1
................................................

BARAGA BEAR UNIT:


Northwoods Guide Services Inc.
35 plus years experience 100 %
opportunity in 1st season.
Hunting only 1st season limited
number of hunters. Contact Tim
517-627-3465 or Dan 906-2312885 H-7-1
NORTHERN
ONTARIO
BEAR HUNTS: Booking now for
fall of 2015. Includes comfortable
cabin, boat and motor, baited stands.
Very experienced guides. High success rate. 3 hours from the Soo.
References on request. $960 U.S.
705-869-3272 www.texasandsons.
com H-10-12-14
................................................

BAIT
BEAR BAIT: Cherry Caramel,
Maraschino Cherries, Cherry Pie
Filling, Cherry Granola. More Info at
cookeandsonsfarm.com Call (616)
862-0122 OR Text (616) 862-3768.
B-7-4
................................................

RESORTS/RENT
LUTHER, LAKE COUNTY
AREA. Great location for ORV,
snowmobilers, hunters and fisherman. Fully furnished, remodeled
cabin that sits just across the road
from the Little Manistee ORV
Trailhead and mile from the Little
Manistee River. Also close to hundreds of acres of state land. Is available for nightly and weekly rentals.
Also nearby are the Pine River, the
Pere Marquette River and the Tippy
Dam. Call 231-429-8624. RE-6-3
................................................
ALL SEASONAL, full
hookup, riverside RV resort.
Make Coho Bend, on the Big
Manistee River, your own hideaway! Large wooded sites-Boat
docks available.
www.cohobend.com
(231)-723-7321. R/R-4-8
50 ACRES totally private lake in
Western Lake County near Branch
on 2000 acre family preserve. 3
bedroom cottage with boats, beach,
large dock, swim raft, swings, fire pit,
etc. Excellent fishing for bass, pike,
trout and panfish. Miles of streams
and hiking trails. Caretaker lives on
property 1 mile away. $950 week.
248-559-7744. R/R-5-2
................................................

PICKEREL
LAKESIDE
CAMPGROUND
and
COTTAGES - Baldwin Area 1425' all sport lake, frontage, 45
semi-rustic sites, 4 clean modern
cottages. www.lakecamp-cottages.
com 231-745-7268.
R/R-4-7
................................................

FOR RENT
MODERN CABIN FOR RENT
on Bear Creek. Sleeps 5. A/C, Sat
TV, full kitchen. 10 minutes from
Manistee River. 1.3 miles from state
snowmobile trails. Now booking for
steelhead. 231-590-1136. FR-3-5
................................................

REAL ESTATE
BUSINESS FOR SALE:
Party store on Black River in
Tower, MI. The only store in
town. Beer, wine, lotto, DNR,
licenses, live bait. Village post
office rents rooms in the building. Located in the heart of the
Pigeon River State Forest.
Excellent hunting and fishing in
area. Store has been in operation for 30 years on high traffic
M68/33 Hwy. 450K Gross in
2014. Asking 200K plus inventory. Owners retiring. 989-7332480. RE-5-3
SELLERS, It Is time, For Us To
Put Your Hunting Land, On The
Market, We Are Here To Help You.
Just Land Sales 586-419-6716
JustLandSales.com
RE-7-1
................................................
EXCELLENT 100 ACRE
HUNTING PROPERTY!
Food plots already in for deer &
turkey. Beautiful treed rolling
property with easy access. I-75
to Wolverine exit 301. Mineral
rights are included. Reduced to
$129,900. Land Contract terms
available. Call Dave at 810-5770970. RE-7-1
PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY:
Affordable base-camp for snowmobiling, fishing or hunting. 14 X 60
mobile home on block foundation
with many upgrades, 24 X 24 pole
barn, 8 X 11 shed. Snowmobile trail
right out front, 2 miles from Rogers
City Marina, state land nearby. 1.03
acres in quiet, country setting on
paved road only 1 mile from town.
$45,000 Call 989-450-1959 or 989450-2680 RE-7-1
................................................

UNIQUE, PRIVATE, AND


GORGEOUS: Eleven wooded acres, with small home,
bunkhouse/garage, 400+ feet
frontage on Manistee River in
Kalkaska County. Hunting and
fishing heaven. Three miles
into forest, off grid with Generac
system. Absolutely one of a
kind. For detailed info email
abymanistee@yahoo.com.
RE-6-2
20 ACRES 1500 sq. ft cabin,
ponds. Get off the grid. For the true
outdoors person, Very secluded
Asking $73,000. Call 517 599 8712.
RE-7-2
................................................
116 ACRES: 3 bdrm. home,
garage, cabin, large barn, great
hunting, paved road, Curran,
Mi.
NORTH
COUNTRY
REALTY 1-800-560-LAND,
Jean 239-248-9091 See
northcountrymio.usa-mls
RE-7-1
50 FT WATERFRONT Lot on
Munuscong Bay, St Marys River,
mobile home with addition, 4 well
and septic, 7629 E Island Dr, Pickford
MI. $38,000. 810-793-7218 RE-7-1
................................................
75 ACRES: Mio Fairview
area, woods, pond, log home,
finished walkout basement,
3-4 Bdrm, 3 baths. See
northcountrymio.usa-mls North
Country Realty 1-800-560LAND or Jean 239-248-9091.
RE-7-1
EXCELLENT
TROUT
FISHING! 500 sq ft cabin with 125
frontage on Cedar River, Clare
County. Rebuilt in 2006, completely
furnished, 2 bedrooms, private road.
$67,900 oatten@frontier.com 989330-0535 RE-7-1
LAKEFRONT COTTAGE
IN LENAWEE COUNTY,
MI One mile from Michigan
International Speedway. Built in
2012, 1800 sq. ft. leased lot on
15 year lease. $2,100.00 per
year includes taxes. Great fishing all sport lake. Dock and
boats, appliances, shed
includes. $95,000 Email:
rccrist@tc3net.com for further
information or questions.
RE-7-1
40 ACRES Prime Hunting property.Near Cass City. Wooded some low
land,blinds and stands in place ready
to hunt. (734) 812-4904 RE-7-2

APPROX. 270 ACRES


WITH HUNTING CAMP
sleeps 8. Frontage on Nawakwa
Lake, Upper Peninsula and a
private lake. Source of famous
Sucker River - mile on both
sides. Sullivan Creek, 4 deer
blinds, old grove white pine,
deer, otter, mink, and pine marten. Walleye and brook trout
fishing. CFR listed, low property
taxes. One owner since 1970.
Asking $3,500 per acre. Call
906-632-3156. RE-7-2
GORGEOUS 56 ACRE recreational/hunting property located in
Southwestern Washtenaw Cty.
Approx. 22 acres tillable. 20 acres
wooded. A few of the many amenities
are: 3 large all purpose buildings,
swimming pond, 2 picnic shelters,
bath house, 2 wells, frontage on 3
roads. Great location for secluded
home site or hunt camp! Offers wanted! Call Diana at Faust Real Estate,
LLC 517-270-3646. F-438
RE-7-1
................................................
51 ACRE FARM NORTHWEST HILLSDALE COUNTY
- 30 acres woods and swamp, 15
acres tillable and fenced. 5 bedroom
house and barns. Asking $279,000
call 517-869-2111. RE-7-2
................................................
21 ACRES - HARRISON:
360 x half mile, no water or
power, shed, blind and camper
included, plus extras. $46,500
(810) 348-7310. RE-7-1

OWN YOUR OWN LAKE


EXCEPTIONAL 45 ACRE
RECREATIONAL PARCEL:
3 separate lakes/ponds comprising
22 acres. Boating, jet skiing and
excellent fishing. Spectacular waterfowl hunting! Scenic building site for
permanent residence or weekend
campsite getaway surrounded by
water. Located in southern Tuscola
County, Vassar, mile from Krystal
Lake Campground. Asking $168,000
with available land contract terms.
Call Owner/Broker (989) 660-9033.
RE-7-1
................................................

280 ACRES,
DEER
CAMP - Marquette Co.,
Gwinn, Cabin and storage shed
on unique property. Old bog
with ridges and islands. Mostly
conifers, birch and poplar. A
portion of property was logged,
new growth has started. Many
elevated blinds. Good deer, 3
bear have been taken off this
property. Escanaba River runs
next door with many good fishing lakes nearby. Asking
$250,000 Call 906-360-4576 or
810-798-3414 RE-7-1
25 BEAUTIFUL ROLLING
ACRES
NORTH
OF
CADILLAC 2 story rustic cabin
tastefully done. No water, no electricity, surrounded by state land. Many
deer taken with plenty of wildlife. 15
minutes from town but very secluded.
Asking $75,000 Call 586-709-4444.
RE-7-1
................................................
44.44 ACRES Unique Riverfront
Scenic Trails, with, Mill Creeks edge
as, S/W Property Lines.530 x irregular Brockway Twp, St. Clair County,
Reduced! $136,000 Just Land Sales
586-419-6716
JustLandSales.com RE-7-1
................................................
U.P. 15 ACRE HUNTING
CABIN, deep water well. All plumbing, kitchen, bath, two bedrooms and
living room. $65,000 land contract.
313-286-4845. RE-7-1

REAL ESTATE
90 ACRES: 1 bedroom cabin, can
sleep 6. 24x32 pole barn, cement
water, electric, great hunting bear &
deer, food plots, blinds, snowmobile
trails minutes away. 4 miles from Big
Manistique Lake, located in Gould
City. $125,000 989-823-2824.
RE-7-1
................................................
120 ACRES - Chippewa
County, 2000 foot water frontage on St. Mary's River.
Secluded, wooded, deer, bear,
rabbit, quail, prime fishing.
Artesian Well. $300,000 810455-3581. RE-7-1
UP
SPORTSMAN'S
GETAWAY - Cabin on 40 acres,
cabin size 22 X 28 feet. Adjoins State
land on east and south sides. Deep
drilled well (flowing), new steel roof,
new double pane windows, indoor
plumbing and electric. Great bear
and good deer hunting. Near
groomed snowmobile trails and
lakes. Only serious inquiries. Great
bargain at $73,000. All offers will be
considered. Call 989-533-9550.
RE-7-1
................................................
10 ACRES: Great hunting
property in Emmett County.
Hardwoods and mixed trees
with 14x60 trailer onsite to use
as your cabin! Close to US-31
and Larks Lake. $44,900.
Contact Jill 1-231-313-2849.
RE-7-1

40
SQUARE
WOODED
ACRES, Excellent Hunting, a
Creek & 2 Rd. Frontages 1320 x
1320 90% Wooded Burnside Twp,
Lapeer County $119,000 Just Land
Sales 586-419-6716 facebook.com/
justlandsales RE-7-1
................................................
160 + ACRES, PRIME
HUNTING LAND, OTSEGO
COUNTY. 880 sf cabin, food plots,
blinds, trails throughout and fence
line. Adjoins state land with water.
Great deer, grouse, turkey.
Snowmobile trailhead minutes away.
$215,000 OBO Matt at 313-7701611. RE-6-2
................................................
PRIVATE RETREAT ON THE
LINCOLN
RIVER,
SCOTTVILLE MI. Over 28 acres
with 3,000 feet of frontage. Cross
your covered bridge to the four BR,
three BA 4,600 sq ft home with
attached two car garage. Second
40x60 garage has heated floors and
a 1/2 bath. The garage also has a
shop room and reloading room, and
a heated, lighted with video custom
shooting range with 100 and 200 yd
targets. $740,000 Century 21
Ludington (231) 845-0363 Kevin
Leavitt. RE-6-2
................................................
123 ACRES Wooded Deer
Camp, 4 miles of Groomed RV Trails,
& Bunk House, 95% Wooded,
1329x4043 Possible Split, Paris Twp.
Huron County, $310,000 Just Land
Sales 586-419-6716 facebook.com/
justlandsales RE-7-1
................................................
DRUMMOND ISLAND, 2500
feet on Whitney Bay, 3 boulder
points, 2 sandy coves, sheltered
deep draft docking, 33 lot plan,
$995,000. 586-463-0114. RE-6-2

email: wnw@pageone-inc.com website: www.woods-n-waternews.com

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

HUNTING

91

Woods-N-WaterNews Classified Section


REAL ESTATE

DOGS

DOGS

159.1/2 ACRES: Secluded


Canadian Wilderness. Hunt bear,
moose, wolf and small game. 20
miles NE of Timmins Ontario. 6 hours
from Sault Sainte Marie. $35,000. US
Dollars. Includes 2 outpost cabins.
Argo, 2 trailers. Contact 226-9755142. email huntershaven@cdpwise.
net. RE-5-4
................................................
20 ACRES+CABIN-5 BR/1BA
w/ outbuildings, Irons, MI. Abuts 600
acres Federal. 86K Rose: 517-2907517 BaseCampIrons@gmail.com
RE-5-3
................................................
ACRES GOULD CITY Mi, back
40 with bought-in easement. Fully
wooded with parking / camping area,
gated entrance with new driveway.
Land is not swampy, adjoining state
land two miles from town. Great hunting, bear, deer and birds. Trimmed
trails with blinds and feeders.
Snowmobile trail head minutes away.
Asking $45,000.00 any more questions call or e-mail Debbie Severn.
1-989-624-4670 or ddsesuntan@aol.
com RE-11-12-14
................................................

MAPLEHILL BRITTANYS:
AKC/FDSB/OFA dual quality
pups, bred to bird hunt from the finest
bloodlines in the country. Featuring
the greatest National Field
Champions and Hall of Famers of our
time. The best of the best. Gundog
Training and puppies started. Stud
service and started gundogs available. 810-543-0733.
D-7-1
................................................

GERMAN SHORTHAIR
POINTER PUPS: Males
and females available. Excellent hunting dogs and superb
family pets. Close working dogs
with strong point and retrieve
instincts. Reasonably priced for
the sporting family. Money back
guarantee. Eulenhof Kennels,
Gladwin, MI.
http://www.eulenhof.com
989-426-4884 D-7-2

DOGS
LLEWELLIN SETTER PUPS:
F.D.S.B. registered, excellent
bloodline. Check us out at: www.
gouldgundogs.com or phone Tara at
989-550-8595. D-7-1

ENGLISH
POINTER
LITER 9 puppies. Champion sired. Kentucky Gambler. Mother sired by National
Champion Lester's Snowatch.
$600 males, $500 females. $50
deposit. Kalamazoo area. Call
Andy 269-279-7599. D-7-1
BIRD DOG TRAINING: by
world record holder and hall of famer
David Grubb. Only trainer in history
to win all 5 gun dog championships.
(did it twice) All breeds summer rate
only $450 per month. Dog training
book for sale and stud service. (248)
391-1446.
D-7-TFN-15
................................................
RABBIT DOG STARTING
PEN. 10 acres tall grass and wooded area. 989-670-4336.
D-5-6
................................................

DOGWOOD
KENNEL:
Complete training obedience and
field work. Working with dog and
owners to create a complete hunting
dog. If you want to hunt with your
dog, not for your dog, we can help
you. Training for AKC and F.D.S.B.
tests and trials. All hunting breeds
welcome. Brittany and Pointer pups
and started dogs available. 989-7610234 Merritt, MI.
www.dogwood-kennel.com
D-4-6
................................................

Classifieds
work!
(810) 724-0254

Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
or try our website
woods-n-waternews.com

92-101

M28 East P.O. Box 533


Munising, MI 49862
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

Betty M. Kinnunen
Associate Broker

Superiorland

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

NORTHWOODS RESORT ON
FABULOUS AUTRAIN LAKE!

92

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY!!! This Year Round


"Northwoods Resort" has been in the same family for
decades. The ONLY Resort on the South Shore of
AuTrain Lake. Beautiful sand beach with 12 owned
rental cabins (from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms), a fabulous 4 bedroom 3 bath Owners Residence right on
the beach, garage, community building with sauna,
dock, boats, canoes, kayaks This business also includes Boat, Canoe and Kayak livery with a parcel
of land included "down river"!!! Guided tours available with 3 different tours on AuTrain River..... Resort
boasts a beautiful swimming beach, swim raft, horseshoe pit, laundry room, charcoal grills, sauna, child
play areas, volleyball and basketball courts, duck
blinds and much more...Age of buildings vary...Visit
www.northwoodsresort.net

MLS# 1079232 LIST PRICE $949,900

Cell: 906-202-2223

GREAT VACANT
PARCEL IN
IRON COUNTY!
280 Acres in Iron County just perfect
for your recreational plan. Frontage on the Michigan River - a trout
stream - with nice building spots
and awesome hunting, you will see
deer, bear, grouse, ducks, geese,
and even a moose!! This property
is very remote just south west of
Republic with the ability to 4-wheel,
hunt, fish. All you can imagine from
your piece of the Upper Peninsula...

MLS# 1082949
LIST PRICE $210,000

Breathtaking FULL LOG home on 29.36


wooded acres! Wildlife galore, groomed
trails, pond w/island for swimming & fishing,
40x60 pole barn! 3 Bdrms, 2 baths, soaring
ceiling, exposed beams, stone fireplace,
raised deck & walkout bsmt! MUST SEE! 10191 McPherson, Millington
MI $349,900
Dazzling country home on 10 wooded
acres! Hunt from your own backyard!
Spacious 3 bdrm 1.5 bath ranch w/kingsized Great Room, soaring wood ceiling,
upper & lower windows, store fireplace
w/log mantle, full walkout bsmt, 2 car gar
& 24x24 pole barn! 5343 Castle Road, Otter Lake MI $199,900

J. McLeod
Realty Inc.

All Sports Murphy Lake Frontage! 2.46 Wooded acres, no close


neighbors, 80 of frontage on this 209 acre lake! Entire East Shore of lake
is State Land for great hunting! Fabulous, boating, swimming, fishing and
snowmobiling! Swaffer Rd, Millington MI $189,900
Hunter & Nature Lovers Paradise! 43 Mostly wooded acres, nice lg
man made pond, wildlife ever where, great hunting, 4 wheeling & photography! Includes a 24x30 pole barn! Willard Rd., Millington MI $107,475

989.871.4567

Ask for . . . JERRY T. FORSBERG


C.L.U. ASSOCIATE BROKER

Land and Lakes Real Estate Co.


"Serving the NorthCentral Upper Peninsula"

Phone: (906) 387-5100


www.landandlakesrealestate.com
Land And Lakes Real Estate Is Proud To Announce Our Exclusive Partnership With LANDLEADER
E4410 M-28, AuTrain, MI 49806. VW-228 /10884838
This is an interesting piece of property on Lake Superior that packs a lot of usage into a small
piece! It offers 72 of frontage on Beautiful Lake Superior. There is a bright, comfortable
gazebo and a firepit at the waters edge. Cross a wetland on a bridge to get to the private RV
site with electricity and a storage shed. The site is close to snowmobile and ATV trails, 1/4 mile
from a public boat launch. What more could you want? Oh, theres also a VERY reasonable
price! Priced at $ 64,900
N8969 Deerton Road Deerton, MI 49822. WH-221/1086532
This lovely 2832 sq ft, 4-BD, 4-BA home sits on the bank of the Laughing Whitefish River &
features park-like grounds., a 32X56 3-5 car garage, a log sauna bldg. & a wood boiler &
woodshed. The home focuses its attention on the river to the west and contains TWO selfsufficient living quarters with two complete heating systems that heat the hot water AND the
in-floor heat. The property includes 1/4 mile on both sides of the Laughing Whitefish River, a
trout stream. Imagine fishing on your front lawn (and having success!) or hunting from your
back door in the woods, lowlands, old orchard site- & trails. The formal snowmobile trail runs
along the southern boundary. The amenities are multitude, the atmosphere warm & comfortable, the 35 acres quiet (except for the rushing water)
& filled with woods & wildlife, peace & privacy. Priced at $384,900
N937 Sunset Dr., Wetmore, MI 49895. RC-162 / 1086734
This Rustic camp needs some TLC, but there is both Lake Stella AND River frontage. The acreage is
low down by the lake but the sandy access site for swimming, boat launching or relaxing is a short
walk down the two track. There is some timber value on the 34 acre parcel, which is mostly low.
Priced at $64,000

Office: 989-386-2631
308 E. 5th Street Clare, MI 48617

OF CLARE

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY
Harrison-62 A parcel w/6000 river frontage on
Muskegon River. Hunt, camp and canoe. You can
do some great things on this beautiful piece of property. L/C terms available. Great Price - $149,900!
Farwell-79 A wooded and open hunting property
w/clean, well maintained 2 BR cabin & pole barn.
Located on paved road. Great recreation area. Reduced $178,000.

Lake-PRICE REDUCED To $565,000! 255 acres,


prime piece of recreational/agricultural property. Includes 2 homes and many barns/outbuildings. Doc
& Tom Creek runs through the property. Also has
a fishing pond. Many possible uses. Call office for
details.

Lake: Clare County. Crooked Lake. 4 bedroom, 1


bath, waterfront. $125,000

Osceola Co., Orient Township. 295 acres for


deer, ducks, partridge and woodcocks. Good road
frontage. New survey. Several blinds included.
$377,000

Farwell: 35.70 Acres. Hunt-Build-Surveyed. $95,000.

Osceola Co., 15 Acres - Well Wooded. $28,000

N8569 M-94, Shingleton, MI 49884. WH-212/1082313


This 1236 sq ft cabin sits on 235' of Boot Lake frontage. Not just any water frontage...this is at the
water level & has the most beautiful sandy swimming beach! Boot Lake is an all sports lake with a
good fishery, the west side of which is largely Fed Gov't land. GORGEOUS! The cabin has 2 BDs
down & a sleeping loft up, an eat-in kitchen, an enclosed 3-season front porch overlooking the lake.
The 30X40 pole barn has cement floors & electric door openers. Used as a wonderful recreational
property now, this could also be a comfortable year round home. Price Now REDUCED to $179,900
TBD Pellow RD, Trenary, MI 49891. AC-322/ 1083644
This is fantastic hunting and brook trout fishing property, only 1/2 mi off US 41. Thousands of acres of
CFR and State of Michigan lands are adjacent to the west, accessed by walking off the back line. While
taking photos, woodcock and ruffed grouse were flushing nearby. You can walk the top of the Beaver
Dam to access more high ground to the north or drive to it on a woods road just south of the Whitefish
River. This property contains about 55-60 acres of high ground and 20-25 acres of beaver pond, creek
and marsh. A nice building site contains an old camp of no apparent value. Priced at $74,000

PRIME HUNTING! $1,350,000 RANDY MINTO

840 ACRES

Always Working Hard for You!


REALTOR
Carole Porretta

Direct:

810.449.1286
- OR Office:

ALL NEW MUST SEE PROPERTIES FOR YOUR OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE

810.653.4500

SPECIALIZING IN UNIQUE, LUXURY AND LARGE RECREATIONAL PROPERTIES

MONTCALM
COUNTY

149-ACRE
GAME RANCH
Licensed Game Ranch for Sale. Turn
Key Operation. Amazing Opportunity!
35 minutes north of Grand Rapids.

499,950

480 ACRES

NEW!!!

NEW!!!

3322 WOODFIELD

121 ACRES ON THE


MUSKEGON RIVER

Newly Renovated, 41 tillable acres, 3 ponds, 65% Wooded. Great


Development & Commercial Possibilities. A Rare Gem! $599,900

SANILAC
COUNTY

Awesome
Deer Hunting.
60% Wooded.
Over 1 Mile of
Trail system
5 Nice Deer
Blinds. Well,
Septic and
Electricity.

80 ACRES

$299,900

2445 HUNTERS CREEK

KALKASKA COUNTY

Beautiful views at Camp Langlois, 2 cabins, Main and Guest, garage, 2 pole barns, 12+
blinds, 5 miles of trails and Grass Airstrip! Amazing property, very private, rolling with
nice hardwoods, Caboose bunkhouse, 20 miles SE of Traverse City. $899,000

$390,000 10 Acres, Park-Like Property With


$269,900 - 10 Acres, 2500 Sq Ft, 30X40x12h Pole
Barn, Ideal For Hunting, Generator Ready, Custom Up-North Feel, Property Features 2 Story Log Cabin,
Gazebo, Pole Barn W/Water, Elec., Gas
Home, Walk Out Bsmt And Trex Deck!

$349,900 10 Acres, 5 Stall Horse Barn,


Dressage Arena, Wrap-Around Decking
With Sunset Views, Pond

NEW!!!

NEW!!!
4210 CASEY

3908 WATERLAND

$549,500 On Lake Lapeer W/ Boat Hoist,


Dock, Slide, All Landscaped, 4 Bed +3.1 Bath,
Vltd Ceiling, 2 Fireplaces, W/Out

$399,900 8+ Acres, Beautiful Home On


A Private Lake, All Updated, Great Room,
Fin Walkout And Natl Gas!

$685,000 5 Acres On Lake Lapeer


W/Steel Sea Wall, Dock, Updated Contemporary
W/ Finished Walkout, 4 Car Garage Storage

2918 ISLAND POINT


128 ACRES
GENESEE COUNTY

NEW!!!

3560 SUTTON RD

NEW!!!

CLARE COUNTY

Great Hunting Hiking Fishing. Over 1 mile on the river. 90% wooded,
2 mobile homes, 2 cabins, 2 sheds, 3 trailers. $339,800

NEWAYGO COUNTY
120 ACRES
MOTIVATED SELLER! 3,000 sq ft home, 4-car Garage, 2 lg
Pole Barns. Over 1,000 ft on White River.

$299,900

Call Randy Minto Or Visit:

www.RandyMinto.C21.com
Email: rminto@c21metrobrokers.com

OPEN THE GATE TO HILLS, HORSES & HOSPITALITY - METAMORA!


M-119 - 8 Acres
on Lake Michigan
$495,000

Sutton Road
90 Acres, Wooded
$599,000
in Metamora Hunt!

Two Road Frontages


Minutes to Harbor Springs!
Close to Petoskey or Traverse City!
Tremendous opportunity for a single
family residence retreat facility or
use the 6 splits for a development.

Close to major artery! Long,


winding driveway traveling over
a babbling creek, stone culvert,
lush mature woods, build site of
your choice! Splits available and
close to Hunters Creek Club!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ALPENA COUNTY
AMAZING

A must see
for Extreme
Hunters and
Fishermen!
Fantastic wildlife, 4 cabins,
2 hunting
camps, Trout
Pond, ATV
equipment
included
and more!

93

Cabin For Sale On Pigeon River


Near Indian River, Michigan
WWW.

MICHIGANWHITETAILPROPERTIES.COM

COVERING ALL OF MICHIGAN

150 Acres - GENESSEE COUNTY

Not far from Flint, Lapeer, or Saginaw. This 150 acre farm has
what it takes to be made into a fantastic hunting property! It begins
with an old farm house, that needs some TLC but it structurally
sound and would make a very good cabin. Leaving the front part
of the property and heading north across the nearly one mile deep
property to the north, there is corn on the left (west) and drops
down into a grassy low area to the east, then back up again into
more corn and CRP grasses. Mature woods line an Oak ridge along the east side about halfway back
and then down into a thick bottom area while the west side of the property is high and broken up
into different fields and more CRP grasses and tree lines. The north end of the property is completely
wooded and very rolling and hilly. With the addition of some quality food plots planted in strategic
locations, this property would be one of the best in the area without any doubt. AG fields border to
the west. Call me if you would like to see this great piece in Genesee County. Offered at: $429,900

REMODELED TWO BEDROOM, 1 BATH ROCK CABIN WITH


NEW ROOF AND FLOORS. 57 TOTAL ACRES THAT BORDERS
200 ACRE CONSERVANCY. ACCESS TO BOTH SIDES OF
PIGEON RIVER, GREAT TROUT FISHING.
Contact
TERRIFIC HUNTING (DEER, ELK, BEAR AND
Ron at
TURKEY). TWO FOOD PLOTS, THREE
TREESTANDS, TWO BOX BLINDS.
231.649.2897

HUNTERS PARADISE
Secluded Private
Road Setting
On 10.2 Acres
Attica Mi.
Abundance of Wildlife
4 Bedroom 3 Bath
3500 Sq Ft Home
3 Car 30x40
Detached Insulated
W/ Electrical Pole Barn
Newly Remodeled Kitchen
New Carpet New Paint
$275,000

107 ACRES WITH HOME IN INGHAM COUNTY


Land for sale in Michigan, Farm Land for sale in Michigan, Hunting Land for sale in Michigan 107 acres with home in Ingham
County. This is part of a very rare and fantastic piece of property
just 30 minutes from Lansing or Ann Arbor. This farm is in the
middle of NEARLY 400 ACRES of contiguous land that is all for
sale! Try and find that in southern Michigan! A very nice home
built back in the woods offers all the comforts of any home in the
city..but without the noise and confusion. Three bedrooms and three baths in an open layout.
Kitchen has an open island with a stainless hood covering a JennAir grille. Home is just a few years
old. Great setting and very private. Looking out the windows, all one can see are woods and wildlife..The only sounds youll hear is that of the turkeys and deer rustling through the leaves or the
owls hooting. Over 50 acres of mature hardwoods lay surrounded by 55+ acres of tillable farm land
that rents for up to $200+ per acre in this part of the state. To the north is a 233 acre farm that can
also be purchased and to the southeast there are another 58 acres mostly wooded. This farm can be
added up so many different ways. 107 acres, 165 acres, 340 acres, 398 acres. so many possibilities
here! Offered at: $579,000

CAL

810-820-0955

BRANCH COUNTY 118 ACRES


Land for sale in Michigan, Hunting Land for sale in Michigan,
Farm Land for sale in Michigan Branch County, Union Township, Section 13. Every once in a while as I visit properties across
our state, I come across one that stops me in my tracks and the
wheels begin to turn of how I might buy this property. This is one
of those!! When I showed this property in November of 2008 for
the first time to a gentleman from Illinois, it was very easy to see
why this property was so full of quality whitetail deer. It has everything needed for a large herd of
deer to call home. Lots of woods.more than it looks like in the aerial map, great bedding areas
throughout, tillable acreage, a really nice pond, and all surrounded by AG fields in every direction!
The telephone poles that were being rubbed by one of the bruisers living here was just icing on the
cake. This property has been managed for quality whitetails for nearly 20 years! Its a true MUST
SEE property. New pole barn was just put up last year. If you are serious about deer and turkey
hunting and youre looking for that SPECIAL property..THIS IS IT. The bad part is that only
one of you can own this, so dont hesitate because true quality 10s dont come along very often.
This is a 10! Offered at: $399,900

616 Acres with Private Airstrip

80 ACRES IN BARRY COUNTY

3,442sf, 11BR, 2BA Hunting Lodge

Here it is guys! Not far from Grand Rapids, Lansing, etc. Just west of
Nashville. High rolling hills of mature woods. Cherry, Oak, Walnut,
Pine, and more. Select cut a few years ago and the new growth is great
for whitetail and turkey habitat. Trails throughout the hilly terrain lead
you back to two different ponds. This property is just wild at present,
but add some food plots and this could be one of the best in the area!
Very secluded Offered at: $250,000

Jerry Slade BROKER


JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

(517) 437-2946

94

Christie Plemmons

Assoc. Broker (517) 398-0268

Scott Coe

(517) 398-4436

Photos from iStockPhoto

1.25 story with full basement with beautiful bar and rec room
Built 1908 with new steel roof. Owned by same family since 1940s.
Well and septic, Fuel oil forced air heat, Fireplace, Covered porch
30x40 pole barn with 10ft lean-tos
Self controlled dam. Doc & Tom Creek winds through the property
Mineral rights reserved by seller

ONLINE ONLY AUCTION


Tuesday, September 15th

Ben Oliverio

(734) 564-7985

LAND SALES HUNTING FARM RANCHES

(517) 676-9800

SheridanAuctionService.com

231-652-7000
- or -

231-250-8200

WE NEED LISTINGS 40+ ACRES AND LARGER


LD

Allegan County, 71+/- Acres. Good Trail


System, Excellent Deer & Turkey Hunting
$114,900

Arenac County, 70 Acres 3,500+/- ft. Lake


Huron Frontage, Duck & Deer Hunters Dream
$280,000

Arenac County, 146 Acres Rifle River &


Saginaw Bay Access, Tri-Level House
$399,999

LD

Arenac County, 349 Acres


2 Ponds, Blinds, Trails
SOLD -$523,500 - SOLD

Calhoun County, 88 Acres


45 Tillable, Balance Wooded
$299,900

Calhoun County, 336 Acres Caretaker House,


Lodge, Pole Barn, River & Lake Front
SOLD - $1,150,000 - SOLD

Crawford County, 20+/- Acres. Nice Woods,


Cabin, Adjacent to State & Federal Land
$84,900

Delta County, 75+/- Acres


3,000 ft Lake Michigan Frontage, Cabin
$294,000

Delta County, 40+/- Acres


1,200 ft. Lake Michigan Frontage
$109,000

NG

I
ND
E
P

Chippewa County, 1684 Acres 8,500 sq. ft. Log Lodge,


Guest House, Dock on St. Marys River, Private Lake
$2,490,000

Clare County, 155 Acres


Rolling Hardwoods, Pond, Trails
$224,900

Clare County, 136.76 Acres, Private Lake 5,000 ft.


Muskegon River Frontage, Adjacent to National Forest
PENDING - $350,000 - PENDING

LD

Jackson County, 53.5+/- Acres


2,000 ft. Grand River Frontage, Trail System
$212,000

Jackson County, 60 Acres Custom Log


Home, Pole Barn, Too Much To List
SOLD - $379,000 - SOLD

Jackson County, 69 Acres, 2,800 ft Grand


River Frontage, House & Pole Barn
$349,900

Jackson County, 125 Acres


Big Buck Country, Small Creek
SOLD - $187,500 - SOLD

NG

LD

I
ND
E
P

Kalkaska County, 480 Acres


Great Trail, Nice Hardwoods
$899,000

Lake County, 320 Acres, 4,700 sq ft Lodge,


Outbuildings, Sm. Creek, Pond, Elevated Blinds
SOLD - $599,000 - SOLD

Lenawee County, 34 Acres


2,000+/- ft. Raisin River, Big Buck Cover
$61,200

Mecosta co 28 ac
1320 Chippewa River, Nice Cabin
165,900

Mecosta County, 40 Acres


5,000 sq ft Home, Private Lake
$549,000

NG

I
ND
E
P

Mecosta County, 80 Acres, Significant


Timber Value, Adjacent to State Land
PENDING - $139,000 - PENDING

LD

Mecosta co 80 ac
5 Ponds, Food Plots, Shed
PENDING - 129,000 - PENDING

Mecosta co 160 ac
Private Lake, 5000 sq ft House
749,000

LD

Midland co 80 ac
Pond, 25 ac Tillable, Nice House
$349,900

Missaukee County, 75 Acres Pond, Creek,


Guest Cabin & 2 Bedroom House
$199,000

Missaukee County, 200 Acres


Cabin, Pond, 8 Enclosed Blinds
$329,000

Montcalm County, 40 Acres Church Creek


Frontage, Rustic Cabin, Excellent Hunting
SOLD - $129,900 - SOLD

Otsego County, 200 Acres


Rolling Terrain, Food Plots, Cabin
$399,000

Presque Isle Co, 10 ac


Deeded Lake Access, Pole Barn
$58,000

Schoolcraft County, 2282 Acres


Fox River Frontage
$570,500

LD

Jackson County, 162 Acres CRP Program, 6 Elevated


Blinds, 115 Ac. Tillable, Pond, Big Buck Country
$599,000

Newaygo County, 140 Acres, Pond


Trout Stream, 40 Ac. Tillable, Food Plots
SOLD - $325,000 - SOLD

Ogemaw County, 40 Acres House, Pond,


Abundant Wildlife, Great Hunting
SOLD - $139,000- SOLD

Otsego County, 160 Acres


Private 15 Ac Lake, 6,000 sq. ft. House
$1,749,000

WildLifeRealty.com

www.

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

Jackson County, 43 Acres


I-94 & M-99 Exit, Tillable
$299,000

LD

95

Offices Serving Lower &


Upper Michigan
Bringing people and places together since 1945

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TODAY!

statewiderealestate.net

20 wooded acres with trails through it.


Large 5BR 2BA home w/ 3 outbuildings.
Great family home with great hunting!
$229,900
20 wooded acres with small 3BR cabin,
mature trees & great hunting. Possible
land contract with large down. $79,900
78.33 acres with nice mix of woods and
field. Great hunting and includes a pond
and deer blind. Good location in Northern
Gladwin County. $142,000

Melissa Castillo
Kehoe Realty

Houghton
Marquette

Curtis
Manistique

Escanaba

Powers
Menominee
Marinette

Newberry

Fife Lake

(989)965-3170 Cell
MelissaCastillo1@yahoo.com
901 N. M-18 Gladwin, MI 48624

Onaway
Hawks
Hillman
Alpena

Atlanta
Harrisville
Mio
Oscoda

Skidway Lake

Clare

Almont
Linden

Howell

z
t
i
y
t
r
l
B Rea

inc.

758 West US-10 Evart, Michigan 49631


Phone. 231-734-5554 Fax. 231-734-2055
Bill Britz Cell. 231-499-8655 Dennis Bryant Cell. 231-250-9237
email. britzrealty@sbcglobal.net
denniscbryant@sbcglobal.net

FOR NATURE LOVERS ONLY

ALPENA
1100 W. Chisholm, 49707
email: alpswre@speednetllc.com
989-356-2142 Fax: 989-356-2144

HAWKS
8383 Hwy. 451, 49743
email: rita8383@yahoo.com
989-734-4846

ALMONT
844 Van Dyke Road
lafrancesharon@yahoo.com
810-798-8591 Fax: 810-798-8079

HILLMAN
14938 State Street, P.O. Box 98, 49746
email: statewidehillman@yahoo.com
989-742-4523 800-228-7856
Fax: 989-742-3931

CLARE
308 E. 5th Street, 48617
email: statewideclare@voyager.net
989-386-3396 Fax: 989-386-3800

HOUGHTON
500 Shelden Ave., 49931
email: dick@statewideofhoughton.com
906-482-6955 800-676-6323
Fax: 906-482-7699

CURTIS/NEWBERRY
Main Street, P.O. Box 305, 49820
email: swcurtis@sbcglobal.net
906-586-9606 Fax: 906-586-9607

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

ESCANABA
2209 Ludington Street, 49829
email: escanaba@statewiderealestate.net
906-786-1308 800-900-0777
Fax: 906-786-1388

96

FIFE LAKE
127 State Street, P.O. Box 190, 49633
email: swfife@charterinternet.com
231-879-4471 Fax: 231-879-4362
HARRISVILLE
430 S. US-23, 48740
email: sold@anjstatewide.com
989-724-5711 800-655-5735
Fax: 989-724-6833

HOWELL/LINDEN
1285 S. Michigan Ave., Howell, MI 48843
email: statewid@earthlink.net
517-546-9060 800-531-4449
Fax: 517-546-9148
IRON MOUNTAIN - KINGSFORD
112 S. Carpenter Ave., Kingsford, 49802
906-828-9079
MANISTIQUE
10 N. State Highway M-149
Cooks, MI 49817
906-644-2304
email: dekeysermary@yahoo.com
MARINETTE, WISCONSIN
1460 Marinette Ave., 54143
email: statewidemarinette@yahoo.com
715-735-9964 Fax: 715-732-1107
MARQUETTE
856 W. Washington, 49855
email: sw@statewiderealestate.org
906-228-9312 Fax: 906-228-8069

MENOMINEE
3631 10th Street, 49858
email: statewideone@newbc.rr.com
906-863-9905
Fax: 906-863-7935
MIO
102 West 8th St., P.O. Box 395, 48647
email: info@statewidemio.com
989-826-3292
Fax: 989-826-2108
ONAWAY
M-33 & M-68,
P.O. Box 478, 49765
email: bigdan@frontier.com
989-733-6522
Fax: 989-733-2427
OSCODA
335 South State St., 48750
email: lakehuronsw@chartermi.net
989-739-2050
Fax: 989-739-2280
POWERS
W3776 US2 & 41, 49874
906-497-4190
Fax: 906-497-5328
holly@statewiderealestate.net
SKIDWAY LAKE
2228 Greenwood Rd.,
Prescott, 48756
email: atlas@m33access.com
989-873-3601
Fax: 989-873-6914

Contact Your Nearest State Wide Real


Estate Office To Buy or Sell In Michigan

A SLICE OF HEAVEN IS WHAT THIS PARCEL IS.


Imagine 1600 plus feet of frontage on private lake with
magnificent view. This 37 acres has woods, wildlife,apple
trees, beautiful building sites,trails, food plots, deer blinds,
deer,turkey, small game, fish. You name it . If you like to
hunt,fish, or just enjoy nature then you will love this parcel. Call 231-734-5554 today while it is still available.

IG RIVER

PROPERTIES

LITTLE BASS LAKE HOME 8393 W. LISAIUS LANE IRONS This


beautiful year around home or cottage sits on 1.35 acres with 100 frontage on Little Bass Lake which is a private 54 acre all sports lake. The
home features 6 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, dining room with a wood
stove and sliders out to a covered porch which is great for barbequing
on or sitting under when the weather is inclement. The living room has
a fireplace with a wood stove insert in it. There is a 30x50 pole barn.
$242,900 (GRO)
SAUBLE LAKE #4 5406 N. WHITE POPLAR DRIVE IRONS
Pride of ownership shows in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath Modular with 120
of frontage on all sports Sauble Lake #4. Master suite has double
closets with attached master bath. There is a 3 season room with trex
decking and a hot tub all overlooking the lakeside. The attached 28x24
garage is drywalled and insulated. Includes a bonus lot across the road!
$189,900 (AIK)
WOLF LAKE - 2140 WOLF LAKE DRIVE BALDWIN This
immaculate cottage has 50 frontage on Wolf Lake which is a 400 acre
all sports lake. The cottage features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, open floor
plan with the kitchen, knotty pine dining room and living room. There is
a fireplace in the living room for those chilly nights. Large sunroom
room overlooking the lake which goes out to an exposed aggregate
patio. There is a 2 car detached garage. $179,900 (NIE)
CABIN ON 50 ACRES WITH 3 SIDES USA 20760 CABERFAE HWY
WELLSTON Sports persons dream cottage! This 2 bedroom cottage
is offered on 50 +/- nicely wooded acres with Federal Land on 3 sides.
Location is the ticket here for the avid sportsman with the Pine river less
than a mile away and access to the Tippy Dam Backwaters
approximately a mile away at Loomis Landing. Seller is a Licensed Real
Estate Agent in the State of Michigan. $139,900 (DOL)
HARPER LAKE COTTAGE 9811 N KESSLER DRIVE IRONS
This charming updated cottage sits on a cove of beautiful 78 acre
Harper Lake. With a dock, 48 of frontage and an easy slope to the
waters edge you can enjoy lots of fun and family time on this all-sports
lake. The home features a large 25x14 living room with a row of picture
windows affording lots of natural light overlooking a spacious deck and
the lake. The galley kitchen has laminate flooring, a cook top, built in
oven, and a dishwasher.. $134,900 (SET)
BEAR CREEK ACREAGE MILKS ROAD KALEVA 6.34+/- acre
parcel on Bear Creek. Property features 120+/- feet of frontage on the
creek. Property is nicely wooded and offers both frontage on the creek
and seclusion at the back of the parcel. Fabulous location for outdoor
enthusiast. Bear Creek ideal steelhead, salmon and trout fishing. Open
year round for fishing! $69,900 (WOJ)

Hunters Call for our Acreage Parcels


5963 W. 10-1/2 Mile Rd. Irons, Michigan
231-266-8288 877-88-NORTH
www.BigRiverVentures.com Info@BigRiverVentures.com

North West
Realty

www.cbnwr.com
5 Wooded, level, acres, walking distance
to Federal and State Land! Beautifully
located in the Iron/Luther area, conveniently located on M-37, for a quick trip to
Cadillac or Manistee! Land Contract
Terms Available! MLS 14069531 $15,900
Looking for that great little piece of
Northern Michigan? This is it! 1.11 M/L
Acres with 1000s of acres of State Land a
across the road and walking distance to
the Baldwin River! Build your dream
house or set up camp! Enjoy Lake
County's deer, bear, wolves, turkeys, and
trout all for only $6,900! MLS 13055860
Great 10 acres located near the ORV
trails across the street from hundreds of
acres of State land close to Irons. Makes a
terrific spot to camp or build your up
north get-a-way cabin or year round
home. Priced right to sell & seller is very
motivated! Bring all offers.
MLS 15020559 $17,900
This beautiful well wooded 30 acres adjoins Federal Land to the North and to the
West! Quad Riders, Snowmobilers, and
Hunters, TAKE A LOOK! #3 Snowmobile
Trail is just 3 miles away, and ORV Trail
just a 1/2 mile away! Looking for seclusion? This is it! MLS 15024386 $44,900
Very nicely wooded 5-acre parcel with
state land on 2 sides. Fronts on a yearround gravel road with utilities available
at street. Property is all surveyed, just off
of M37 and close to ORV and Snowmobile
trails. Great price and low down land
contract terms available!
MLS 13060468 $13,500
Beautiful 4.75 acre parcel with THOUSANDS of acres of Michigan's Best Federal Land right a crossed the road!! Nicely
secluded on a county maintained road,
walking distance to Pere Marquette
River! Land contract terms available!
MLS 14065292 $15,900
Priced to sell quick, this half-acre M/L lot
is nicely secluded on a county maintained
road with electric available and close by.
Property is perfectly situated close to All
Sports Big Star Lake, for your boating
and fishing needs, thousands of acres of
Federal Land for all your hunting needs,
and just a quick jog to Lake County's
famous ORV trail system!
MLS 14058196 $7,900
Great Hunting Area. 29.5 Acres bordering 1000s of acres of Federal Land. Property was practically logged in 2009 and
has mixed trees. Power is a ways away,
but keeps the area nice and OFF THE
GRID! Land Contract terms are possible.
MLS 14067019 $44,900
Located in the heart of the Manistee National
Forest this 58 M/L Acres is perfectly situated
between 2 county maintained roads. Property
has small creek running through it. Nicely
wooded, with Michigans best mixture of Hardwoods, Walking distance to State Land.
MLS 15009007 $69,900
Our office offers multiple listings with Land
Contract terms. Contact us today to see if we
can help you find your little piece of Northern
Michigan!

Lake County Michigan


231-745-4646
Baldwin, MI 49304

getalot@cbnwr.com

$1,100,000

4751 Johnson Road | Gowen, MI 49326

Luxury, Hunting, and Country!


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 Full
3,660 sq. ft. on 245 acres
Year Built: 1979
It's not about the house. Is it the location or the
property? Let me introduce you to a unique
opportunity where it may not be about the house.
Almost 245 acres on Flat river, with rolling hills,
ponds, trails lined with trees, hunting shacks, and
plenty of wildlife. Multiple barns and storage
sheds including the Sugar Shack setup just for
making maple sugar! The ranch style home is
just as unique as the land. A builder owned
home with vaulted ceilings, tempered glass
windows, kitchen with honey oak cabinets, and
formal dining room overlooking the Flat River.

Jason Lash
Luxury Collection Specialist
Team Lead
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan
Real Estate

616-447-7045
jason.lash@grhomes.net
http://www.GRHomes.Net

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

For a showing go to Http://www.GRHomes.Net.

97

Lake City $26,000 MLS# 21113038

Lake City $24,900 MLS# 21115917

10 acre recreation or
building parcel
Private drive access,
12 x 14 Storage Shed

Heavily Wooded 10 Acres


Well cared for 30 travel trailer
Two Track access off Sanborn Rd
Near state land

Manton Area $18,000 MLS# 21115436 Lake City Area $62,100 MLS# 21116515

Whitetail Realty,
Lake City, MI

231-839-8142 or
office@lakecityrealestate.com
lakecitymirealestate.com

10 Acre Parcel
Borders State Land.
Close to Buttermilk Creek
& Manistee River

East Missaukee $195,900 MLS# 21116500

Dyer Lake $89,900 MLS# 21117007


Lookout over the lake
from your deck
2 Bedroom Dyer Lakefront Cottage
2 Car Garage, Good Fishing lake

2 Bedroom Mobile on Home


160 acres for hunting
Mix of Pines, Hardwoods and Swamp
Really Great Hunting area

27 Acres of vacant land


Great Building or Hunting Property
Located only minutes from Town
Rolling land w/mix of trees and wet land

N Missaukee $29,000 MLS# 21117365 N. Missaukee $174,900 MLS# 21117113

13+ Wooded & Rolling Acres


Electric already on property
State Land & Trails close by

130 Acres of Land ona blacktop road


Property adjoins state land
Well and Septic already on the property

WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT!

98

10 % DISCOUNT IF
DEAL FINALIZED BY
AUGUST 15, 2015
(on all properties except LIGHTHOUSE
POINT,EXCLUSIVE LAKE HURON
WATERFRONT & WATERVIEW ESTATE LOTS)!

CANADIAN RECREATIONAL
PROPERTY CLOSE TO
SAULT STE. MARIE,
MICHIGAN BORDER

*LAND CONTRACTS
AVAILABLE O.A.C.*
BEAR HUNTING SEASON
OPENS AUGUST 15
GOOSE SEASON
OPENS SEPTEMBER 1

OTHER PROPERTIES AVAILABLE,


CONTACT US FOR DETAILS!

ALL PROPERTIES ARE IN


TROPHY DEER & BEAR AREA
WITH GREAT FISHING!!!
NO GUIDE OR OUTFITTER
REQUIRED IF YOU BUY
PROPERTY IN ONTARIO!

LAJAMBE
ENTERPRISESINC.
715 Finns Bay Road
Echo Bay, Ontario CAN
POS 1C0
TELEPHONE:

(705) 248-9663
FAX:

(705) 248-1110
CONTACT:

Frank Lajambe
EMAIL:

flajambe@lajambe.com
WEBSITE:

www.lajambe.com

WATERFALLS PROPERTY: 160 acre parcel 45 min from


International Bridge. Waterfalls & river running across property.
Rugged, well treed, hunting, and recreational property with
government land on 3 sides. Only 1.5 miles off a year round
maintained road. This won't be on the market for long so act
now. Dont delay, asking $69,900.00 as is or make an offer.
MACDONALD PROPERTY: 759 acres with hunting camp,
25 miles east of Sault St. Marie Ontario, property is gated, isolated and wooded, with a four bedroom, two-story pole barn.
20-acre lake and 2 streams. Great Bear Hunting! Two Deer
plots! Five deeds, no guide required, underpriced at $274,000.
($361 per acre) Terms available, excellent buy!
EXECUTIVE WATER FRONT HOME FOR SALE: This four
bedroom home is situated less than 30 miles from the US/
Canadian border in a private country setting, in a quiet bay. The
lot is 200x750. Lots on either side also available. This property
has unequaled sunsets facing southwest with deep water for
pleasure craft boating on Lake Huron in the North Channel.
$899,900.00.
PRINCE PROPERTY: 287 acres of hardwood and softwood
forest with a creek flowing through the property. Year round
access. This property comes with a wind mill that generates
approximately $5,500.00 dollars per year. There are deer, bear,
as well as small game on the property and it is located 30 minutes from the International Bridge. Asking price is $94,900.00
OBO.
400 ACRES OF ROLLING HARD-AND SOFTWOOD HILLS:
Large beaver pond and creek runs thru property, next to above
property if more acreage is required. Property is great for bear
hunting, white tail and grouse. Four miles off year-round maintained road. $124,900
EXCLUSIVE LAKE HURON WATERFRONT & WATER-VIEW
ESTATE LOTS LOCATED IN THESSALON, ONTARIO 50
MILES EAST OF SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO ON
HIGHWAY 17 EAST: Lighthouse Point serviced with hydro,
telephone, sewer, water, gas, cable on paved street. Airport,
marina and hospital in area. No time limit for building.
Waterfront lots 100 478 frontage, waterview lots 80 frontage.
Prices from $20,000.00 and up.
REILLY NORTH PROPERTY: 80 acre parcel with beaver
pond, hardwood and softwood mixed forestland 30 minutes
from International Bridge. Priced to sell at $26,900.00.
TWO 10 ACRE SAND BEACH LOTS (these lots have it all):
60 miles east of Sault Ste. Marie each lot has 300 frontage on
Bright Lake near highway 17 East (lake area approx. 24 square
miles), year round access with power to property. This inland
lake has perch, bass, walleye and northern pike. Priced to sell
at $119,000.00 (lot #2) and $134,900.00 (lot #3).
REILLY SOUTH PROPERTY: 80 acre parcel with beaver
pond, hardwood and softwood mixed forestland 30 minutes
from International Bridge. Priced to sell at $21,900.00.
FINN'S BAY PROPERTY: Two Waterfront Lots on Lake
Huron's North Channel 141' X 600' $124,900.00 and 150' X
600' $129,900.00, year round access, deep water for boating
and fishing, 25 minutes east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Financing available. (705) 248-2002

Other Properties
Available Upon Request.
Don't Be Shy, Make An Offer.
All Properties Must Be Sold!

WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT!

WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT!

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT! WOW! CHECK THIS OUT!

MARINA FOR SALE

3009 RIFLE RIVER TRAIL WEST BRANCH, MI 48661

COMMERCIAL
OPPORTUNITY
THRIVING TURNKEY BUSINESS

LAKE OGEMAW MARINA


Includes AVALON

PONTOON DEALERSHIP
and MARINA STORE
225 Lake Ogemaw Frontage
Boat Launch 8 (4 x 30) aluminum
roll-in docks 16 Boat Slips
Store, Repair Shop
Garage with 3,210 sq ft
Two Pole Barns, 7,200 sq ft and 6,240 sq ft
3 Ford F150s and 4 Crank-up trailers
4.6 Acres on three parcels
Excellent location, fantastic Bass
Fishing, walk across street for scenic
Rifle River and Trout Fishing
All Sports Lake, Extensive Shoreline
Year-round activities

889,000

PLUS INVENTORY

Owner Ready To Retire!

CALL FOR DETAILS

989-709-0761

WEST BRANCH
M-33/M-55 OFFICE
1953 S. M-33
West Branch, MI 48661

HALE
OFFICE

ALE
S
R
O

3160 North M-65


Hale, MI48739

10 miles north of I-75 exit 202

Local: 989-345-2662
Toll Free: 800-535-6520

WEST BRANCH
LOOP OFFICE

ALE
S
R
O

2575 S. I-75 Business Loop,


West Branch, MI 48661

Gateway to Huron National Forest

www.CAHANES.com

Local: 989-728-2540
Toll Free: 800-495-2540

1 mile north of I-75 Exit 212

www.CAHANES.com

Local: 989-345-0315
Toll Free: 866-345-0315

LAKEFRONT LISTINGS
1799155

1795962

1798446

1797610

1798185

IMMACULATE
MUST SEE!!

BEAUTIFUL
SALTBOX!!

STUNNING
LOG HOME!!

FAWN
LAKE!!

BOTH
CANAL & LAKE
FRONTAGE!!

3-bdrm, 4 ba home w/over 68 of frontage on


all sports Lake Ogemaw, full finished bsmt,
large garage, 2 FP, lakeside patio, sandy
beach, fantastic views & more!

3-bdrm on all sports Lake Ogemaw, full


bsmt, 152 water frontage, wood stove, custom oak paneling, upper & lower decks, rollaway dock, gorgeous views & more!

OVER 3 ACRES w/265 feet on no wake lake, pristine


3-bdrm, move-in ready, knotty pine, FP, custom cabinets, garage w/finished upstairs, secluded & borders
Fedl Land!!

Fantastic indoors & outdoors w/this 4-bdrm, 4


ba home with garage and 105 of lake frontage, huge deck, great views, full walkout bsmt,
screened porch & fenced in-ground pool!!

Immaculate 2-bdrm, over 175 on N Dease


Lake & 371 on canal for panoramic views,
sandy beach, patio, garage & pole building,
nice year round home!

$298,500

$274,900

$265,000

$229,750

$219,000

1797440

1800058

MANY
DELIGHTFUL
FEATURES!!

LAKEFRONT
ACREAGE!!

1799261

1783771

1784779

MANY
UPDATES!!

VERY
WELL
MAINTAINED!!

SPECTACULAR
VIEWS!!

3-bdrm home with AC, master suite, newer flooring, garage, gorgeous landscaping & views, 90
water frontage, sandy beach, boat dock, prop is
level to Lake Ogemaw!!

Beautiful views, 16+ ACRES and 519 on


all sports Henderson Lake, large pole bldg,
fantastic views, deck, sunroom, furnishings,
boat dock, partial bsmt & more!!

2-bdrm on all sports Peach Lake, newer flooring/carpet, newer roof, garage has upstairs loft,
two decks, including one lakeside, gorgeous
views, your own boat dock & more!!

Year round or seasonal home, all sports Lake


George, lots of updates, enclosed 3 season porch,
lakeside patio, deck, sandy beach, beautiful views
& level to water!

1800 square foot, 3-bdrm home, full walkout bsmt, family room, wood stove, sandy
beach, covered wrap-around deck, newer elec & septic, and your own boat dock!

$189,900

$180,000

$171,900

$159,900

$159,900

1797782

1791552

YEAR ROUND
WATERFRONT!!

UPDATED
LAKEFRONT
CHALET!!

Spacious 4-bdrm w/55 water frontage on West


Londo Lake, fruit trees, nicely landscaped, garage with workshop, fantastic views from upper
and lower decks!!

3-bdrm, 123 on Big Williams Lakes, year


round, nice deck, beautiful views, garage and
shed, your own boat dock and for your enjoyment both paddle and fishing boats!!

$159,000

$129,900

1798384

1793162

ALL SPORTS
HENDERSON
LAKE!!

240 FEET
ON EVERETT
LAKE!!

1796687

TRANQUIL
MULESHOE
LAKE!!
Updated 2-bdrm home, open floor plan, newer

cabinets, FP, full bsmt, garage on full bsmt,


sandy beach, boat dock, generous yard, upper
deck & covered porches!!

Cozy 2-bdrm cabin, 172 acre lake, open floor plan,


enclosed porch, sandy beach, garage, gorgeous
views, cute year round home or perfect and quaint
getaway!!

Spacious 4-bdrm Cape Cod, full basement, FIVE


ACRES, wooded, boat dock, deck, covered porch
shed, appliances and you can take your boat to
Stylus Lake!!

$126,900

$112,900

$106,000

HUNTING ACREAGE

EXCELLENT
HUNTING!!

1790253

1799832

1743334

UNIQUE
PROPERTY!!

FANTASTIC
HUNTING
CAMP!!

40
WOODED
ACRES!!

80 acres, rolling and wooded with a variety of mature trees, pole building, large storage trailer, deer
blinds, trails and 30x34 cabin with wood stove
& bunk room!!

60 acres, mostly wooded, lots of wildlife in


the area, some open areas for food plots,
24x24 pole barn w/cement floor for storage
already in place!!

10 acres for excellent hunting and 229 feet


of water frontage on 30 acre Morris Lake
and 30x40 pole building w/lower level garage & sleeping quarters including kitchen!!

59.17 acres, mostly wooded, some lowlands and areas for food plots, blinds,
storage building, great mix of mature
trees & bunk are for sleeping quarters!!

Great hunting parcel or possible site for building your secluded getaway, not far from golf
course and many lakes and located on convenient county-maintained road!!

$199,900

$139,900

$134,900

$119,900

$80,000

1795362

1763481

1799086

1790848

1786561

BRING
YOUR RIFLE
& ROD!!

ANOTHER
HUNTERS
PARADISE!!

WOODED
AND
ROLLING!!

WALK TO
FEDERAL
LANDS!!

AND A
SWIMMING
POND!!

Beautiful 40 acre parcel, heavily wooded with


trails, deer blinds, 20x30 pond with power at road
and the perfect location for the outdoors enthusiast!!

40 rolling and wooded acres, excellent hunting with an abundance of wildlife in the area
and a great area to make your hunt camp!!

Over 20 secluded acres, excellent for hunting


and includes a 30 travel trailer for sleeping, lots
of wildlife and some open areas for food plots
for excellent hunting!!

10 acres within walking to hundreds of more


acres for fantastic hunting and older mobile on
property with stove, furnishings, sleeping areas
and propane lighting.

Over 11 wooded acres, a pond to cool you off,


fire pit, brick patio, insulated shed with some
furnishings and toilet and plenty of wildlife to
hunt!!

$79,900

$74,950

$54,900

$36,900

$35,900

1775186

1787378

ACREAGE
ON LAKE!!

SMALL
CLEARING
FOR
BUILDING!

15 wooded acres with bonus frontage on


Stylus Lake, rolling, heavily wooded, beautiful views and great potential for grabbing that
trophy buck!!

10 acres, heavily wooded for hunting and


clearing could be used to construct your
hunting cabin or secluded year round home.
Addl 10 acres also available!

$32,000

$29,000

FOR MORE LISTINGS


VISIT OUR WEBSITE:

1790106

1791955

COUNTY
MAINTAINED
ROAD!!
10 acres, wooded with trails, and lots of mature

trees, including hardwoods and pines, some


lowlands and excellent place to call your hunt
camp!!

$28,500

BEAUTIFUL
&
ROLLING!!
10 acres, excellent recreational area, not far from

1787819

NEAR ORV/
SNOWMOBILE
TRAILS!!

Huron National Park, great hideaway property and


a variety of wildlife in the area for the hunter!!

11 acres, heavily wooded for excellent


deer and turkey hunting, both level and
rolling w/elec at road and near State
lands for trails!!

$25,900

$27,900

WWW.CAHANES.COM

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

1800384

1796893

PICTURE
PERFECT
CAMP!!

99

ONLINE ONLY AUCTIONS:


Tuesday, July 7
Tract 1: 3BR, 2BA, 3,148sf House
3200 Sunset, Higgins Lake, MI 48627
Bidding endS AT 1pm
PP# 004-004-016-0145

property preview: Saturday, June 6th (10am-1pm)

Tract 2: 2.52 Acres


Partially Finished Log Home
Hidden Ridge Court, Grayling, MI
Bidding endS AT 2pm
PP# 040-44-021-05-020-012

property preview: Saturday, June 6th (2-5pm)

Tract 3: 2.69 Wooded Acres


Vacant Land on Hidden Ridge Court, Grayling, MI
Bidding endS AT 2:30pm
PP# 040-44-021-05-020-10

property preview: Saturday, June 6th (2-5pm)

Tract 4: 3.88 Acres


Vacant Land on Beaver Island (Pealine Township)
Bidding endS AT 3pm
Lots 34 & 35 (2.19 acres), PP# 012-575-034-10 and
Lots 37 & 38 (1.69 acre), PP# 012-575-037-10

Tract 5: 2 Acres
Vacant Land on Beaver Island (Pealine Township),
Bidding endS AT 3:30pm
Lot 36, PP# 012-575-036-10 and Lot 33, PP# 012-575-033-10.

Tract 6: 40Acres
Vacant Land on Beaver Island (Pealine Township)
Bidding endS AT 4pm
PP# 012-119-001-00

Tract 7: 19.68 Acres


120 Rappazini Rd., Negaunee, MI (Upper Peninsula)
Bidding endS AT 4:30pm
JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

PP #52-33-706-017-00

100

TARGET REAL ESTATE SPECIALIZES IN


WATERFRONT HOMES AND HUNTING PARCELS
WE REPRESENT BUYERS AND SELLERS
0 M-55,
Tawas City
24 acres of
vacant land
just outside
Tawas City. Lots of deer sign
with Sadder Creek running
along the West side of the property. Great location for a future
home or cottage. $39,900

Greenbush,
Square forty
acre
parcel
bordering public land to the rear of
the property. Low areas with high
ground in between best describes
this property. Good genetics in the
area! $49,900. Mls#1799955

0 Nash Trail,
East Tawas,
30 acres of
prime hunting
ground. Hardwoods cover 2/3 of the property while
the remaining is lowlands with good cover. Two elevated blinds, food plot areas
all just minutes from town. Call today for
details. $54,900 Mls#1800858

0 Poorfarm,
Greenbush,
Nice forty five
acre
parcel
with both low
and high ground. Located minutes
from Oscoda, Lake Huron, and the
AuSable River. Lots of wildlife and a
history of good deer populations are
found here. $59,900 Mls#1799569

3210 S.
Poorfarm,
Greenbush,
Nice hunting
camp or year
around home. 80 acres with pond,
mostly low ground with some high
ground found throughout. This is
where the big boys hide, come take
a look! $135,000 Mls# 1800934

2464 S.
Poorfarm,
Greenbush,
Nearly 20 acres,
heavily wooded.
2
bedroom
home with a walkout, semi-finished, full
basement. Nice kitchen plus 3 baths.
Wrap around deck. Large pole building
with second floor for additional storage.
$144,900 Mls # 1797899

0 South
Barlow

0 Powerline, Whittemore,
120 acre hunting parcel. Diverse property with red oak, white oak,
and red pine. Deer, turkey and other game are plentiful. $195,000
Mls#1778247

CALL TODAY FOR MORE DETAILS


866-496-4400

TARGET REAL
ESTATE COMPANY

701 W. Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730

(517) 676-9800

www.SheridanAuctionService.com

Office (989)362-4400 Cell (989)370-2152


info@TargetRealEstate.com
www.TargetRealEstate.com

3 Bdrm, 1 bth camp. Cozy cottage near FH


13. Hunt fish snowmobile. Rapid River.

3 Bdrm, 2 bth home.


10 Acres. 140 ft frtg on Jug Lk.
Pole barn. Wetmore.

$154,900 1083871

$54,900 1087305

$159,995 1080446

3 Bdrm, 2 bth Riverfront Lodge


40 Acres, secluded hunting and fishing.
Corp land surrounds. Watson.

271 Feet of Ford River Frontage


with Power. Small Camp has Power.
Completely Furnished. Cornell

2 Bdrm, 1 bth ranch. Sandy shores of Gra-al


Shores. Swimming and fishing. Rapid River

$159,900 1084088

$49,900 1086257

$139,000 1085491

2 Bdrm, 1 bth Gooseneck Lk cabin. All sports.


Swim, boat, hunt, fish, ATV. Wetmore.

3 Bdrm, 2 bth home. 40 Acres.


All new in 2003. 2 Garages. Rock.

3 Bdrm, 1 bth camp. 40 wooded acres, secluded, private, wildlife abounds. Hermansville.

$86,900 1087336

$156,500 1084571

$87,500 1085338

4 Bdrm, 2 bth log home on shores of Green


Bay. Fireplace, 3 season room. Cedar River.

2 bdrm 1 bath camp on 280 acres,


food plots, pole bldg, & more. Perkins

2 Bdrm, 1 bth, 40 Acre, turn-key camp.


Solar power. Well. Septic. Gated.
Surrounded Fed lands. Stonington.

$169,900 1084651

$425,000 1075830

$109,900 1087143

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

THOUSANDS OF
ACRES AVAILABLE
FROM $5500 TO $526,000.

3 Bdrm, 2.5 bth home/cottage. Unique Aframe


on private Lk, peaceful. Must see! Manistique.

101

DAN DAN

LOG CABIN
FURNITURE

THEMATTRESSMAN.COM

WHOLESALE TO THE PUBLIC

Queen Log Bed $19999

Queen Size Log Headboard

CHECK
US OUT
ON THE
WEB!

7500

5 Drawer Chest Only


$

199

4 Drawer Chest
$

189

2 Drawer Night Stand


$

149

Finished Cedar Log Bed

ONLY

29999

BUNK BEDS Solid Wood Complete with Mattresses $29999


Rocker Recliners
From

19999

Rustic End Tables

JULY 2015 - WNW NEWS

from

102

14999

Log
Futons

39999

MORE SIZES,
SOLID WOOD,
AMERICAN MADE!

Mini
Cabins
starting at

1999

99

N
A
CALL
ANYTIME
(989)-832-1866
D
N
DA
Mattress
Not Included

THEMATTRESSMAN.COM 802 ASHMAN ST., MIDLAND

It's time
to go...

FISHING
AND WE CAN HELP!

Check out these great

fishing boat packages...

2015 POLAR KRAFT KODIAK 200 PRO WT


with a 2 bank charger, bow panel upgrade, fish head graphics, mooring cover,
transom saver, Yamaha F200XB motor (200 HP), and Trailmaster trailer.

$44,995.00

2014 POLAR KRAFT KODIAK 190 WT

2015 POLAR KRAFT FRONTIER 189 WT

$34,995.00

$29,995.00

with a 2 bank charger, mooring cover, 70pd trolling motor,


transom saver, Evinrude E115DPXIN motor (115 HP), and Trailmaster trailer.

with Sea Star Hydraulic steering, fuel pickup kicker, canopy, side curtain, aft curtain,
tonneau, mooring cover, Yamaha F150XA motor (150 HP), and Trailmaster trailer.

2015 OUTLANDER 2010 CC


YAMAHA F115LB

2015 POLAR KRAFT FRONTIER 179 WT

$29,900.00

$28,995.00

$27,995.00

2015 POLAR KRAFT FRONTIER 179 SC

2015 POLAR KRAFT OUTLANDER 186 CC

2015 POLAR KRAFT FRONTIER 166WT

$26,999.00

$26,900.00

$20,995.00

2015 POLAR KRAFT OLV 2010 CC

includes hydraulic steering, shadowgrass (interior & exterior), mooring cover, fishfinder, trolling
motor 70 PD 54", a new Yamaha F115LB motor (115 HP), and a 2015 Trailmaster trailer.

with a 2 bank charger, Minnkota 70pd, mooring cover, steering wheel upgrade, fish
head graphics, a Yamaha F115 motor (115 HP), and a new Trailmaster trailer.

$1,000
Rebate
On Select Packages

with an edge trolling motor, gunmetal interior, mooring cover, x4 Pro Fish Finder,
Yamaha F115 motor (115 HP), and Trailmaster trailer.

Tandem Trailer, Loaded with Options

with a 2 bank charger, upgrade steering wheel, 70PD trolling motor, mooring cover, tilt
steering, fishfinder, centric seat upgrade, Yamaha F115LB (115 HP), and Trailmaster trailer

with a mooring cover, 55PD trolling motor, elite 4 fishfinder/gps combo,


Yamaha F70 motor (70 HP), and 2015 Trailmaster trailer.

*plus tax, title & freight

The Chene Anchor

Holding Power
Retrievability Durability

201 Industrial Way, Fenton, MI 517-202-2949

or available at...

THE KNOWLEDGEABLE BOATERS

BEST CHOICE

SPORTS
CENTER

A BETTER
MOUSE TRAP

CLEARANCE
SALE ON ALL
YAMAHA
OUTBOARD
MOTORS FOR
A LIMITED
TIME ONLY!!

Visit us at www.freeway-sports.com for a complete listing of boats!

FULL SERVICE PARTS & ACCESSORIES


Service Department Indoor & Outdoor Storage

(810) 629-2291

Exit 84 on US-23

FLINT
EXIT 84
59

FREEWAY
SPORTS CENTER

FENTON

23

3241 Thompson Rd.


Fenton, MI 48430

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 5pm;
Sunday's12noon-5pm

PONTIAC

96
ANN ARBOR

DETROIT

SPORTS
CENTER
website:
w w w. f r e e w a y - s p o r t s . c o m
email:
sales@freeway-sports.com

STORE HOURS:
Mon. - Fri: 10am-7pm;
Sat: 10am-4pm; Closed Sunday

Fax (586) 264-8307

Phone (586) 296-2360

31516 Harper Avenue


St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

Layaways Welcome

www.michigunandtackle.com

Michi-GUN

Available at:

Super Sport Shotgun

The ultimate in speed for trap, sporting


clays on competition shotgunners!