Windy conditions continue to hamper pier fishing. A few more anglers were out on the inland lakes. Lower water levels in the rivers has made trout fishing a challenge.

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I have carried a can of WD-40 in my truck for almost ever and while it has about a million uses, I often sprayed a mist of it on my shotguns after duck hunting or being in a wet field. Although it’s more of solvent than a lubricant, it displaces moisture and a quick wipe with a rag gives it …

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Santa rides an antique fire engine through Traverse City neighborhoods through Dec. 10. Kids can give their wish list letters to firefighters during this event, which takes place instead of the traditional Downtown Traverse City Light Parade. 

Winter creeps in uninvited with its mix of snowy beauty and brutal storms. As winds howl through the dark nights, I often lie awake wondering how the wildlife living in my woods are faring. Are they cold? Are they hungry? Do they have adequate shelter?

It’s something I’m thankful for all the time — this year more than ever — and that’s our bountiful outdoor trails, preserves and state forests. A safe place to get away and hike, mountain bike and soon cross country ski and snowshoeing.

A collection of columns from Record-Eagle Outdoors Columnist Mike Terrell:

Wind, rain and even snow kept anglers from venturing out. While many are hunting or getting ready for ice fishing, those brave enough to tackle the elements were rewarded with a few fish including steelhead, whitefish, pike and panfish.

RANDVILLE — Going into this year’s firearms deer season, we hadn’t killed a buck at our camp since 2017.

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The annual Holiday Open House goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Cross Village. Explore Black Barn Farm and Three Pines Studio. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village from 1:30-4 p.m. and stay for the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

The state saw fewer anglers now that many are hunting during the firearm deer season. This is also the time of year when the whitefish action really picks up for pier anglers. It might be a good idea for those hunting to take along a fishing pole!

A new sporting clothing/gear manufacturer out of Grand Haven is making waves with low-weight, high-tech fabrics made especially for upland game hunters.

MUNITH — In an ordinary summer, Chris Freiburger and I would have spent a couple of days, perhaps with a third person in the boat — often another former colleague from our days at the Department of Natural Resources — trolling for bluegills.

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The annual Cranksgiving food drive is scheduled Nov. 22. Teams of two to five cyclists ride to area stores to purchase items for local charities. Participants should plan to spend at least $25 and wear a face covering. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Norte Wheelhouse in Traverse City and …

Warm temperatures did bring out more anglers looking to get that one last fishing trip in. Those targeting the inland lakes did manage to catch a few bass, pike, walleye, perch, and other panfish including bluegills and crappie. The muskie bite is starting to pick up.

My buddy Dave Kenyon, who was a Department of Natural Resources photographer for decades, worked out of a kayak a lot to get into skinny water quietly to make his shots. He recently showed me his new toy — an Oru kayak — a completely foldable boat that compresses to the size of a large suitcase.

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The inaugural A-Maze-Ing 5K kicks off at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Jacob's Farm. Run or walk through part of the corn maze and farm. Start times are spread out to follow social distancing guidelines. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the event. Kids can participate in a mini race for $10. Entry fee…

TRAVERSE CITY — A pandemic-prompted quest for outdoor recreation and desire to prepare for potential food shortages has deer hunters heading to the woods in big numbers.

With most of the statewide creel clerks done working for the year, updates for the report are very limited. Few anglers had been out as strong gusty winds coupled with rain and snow over the last week kept anglers off the big waters and most of the inland lakes. Water levels were low and cle…

Remember when, if you had two Storm baits — the Wiggle Wart and the Hot ‘n’ Tot — you pretty much had walleye crankbait trolling covered? They both still produce, but they’ve been surpassed in popularity by several other lures in recent years.

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An open house for the Vasa Skillz Loop goes from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 8. TART Trails hosts the event and provides refreshments at the pathway off Bartlett Road. Ride a bicycle along the Vasa Bike Park Trail and explore the area.

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With the salmon runs done for the most part, steelhead fishing should be picking up especially with any increase in water levels due to rain. Pier anglers and those surfcasting are getting a few. The fishery should continue until it gets too cold to fish.

Recently when I was fishing with Mark Martin, he pulled up to a dock and when I grabbed the dock line connected to his cleat, I noticed it was a bungee-style line. I’d never seen one before and it made great sense, allowing you to stretch it to a post, giving you a lot more room to work than…

Sharp-tailed grouse and pheasant hunting season runs through Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Upper Peninsula and parts of Mackinac and Chippewa counties. Participants may bag two grouse per day and six per season. A base license and free endorsement are required for hunters. Visit Michigan.gov/hunt…

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