Chuck Riley killed two woodcock at our first stop. At our second, Molly, his black-and-white German shorthair, went on point quickly; a bird got up, I shot it, and at the shotgun’s report, a second bird got up nearby and I shot that one, too.

If you were lucky enough to cruise M-22 during the glory days of October, you likely agree with USA TODAY that it’s America’s Number One Best Scenic Autumn Drive. The byway weaves alongside the Leelanau, Benzie and Manistee Lake Michigan coastline, mile by mile unfolding colorful contrasts o…

It’s jig and pig time for bass anglers, though pigs (pork frogs) are hard to come by now that Uncle Josh has stopped making them. But there are about a billion soft-plastic substitutes and Strike King has a new addition to its soft plastics line of Ragetails — the Punch Bug.

Rain, snow and extremely cold temperatures have kept most anglers at home. Those braving the elements have caught some walleye on the inland lakes. Pier anglers are getting steelhead, whitefish and the occasional walleye. Check out the waters that hold musky and northern pike in your area as…

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TRAVERSE CITY — The sea of orange-clad cyclists fanning out from the Grand Traverse County Civic Center weekday afternoons is the state’s largest youth mountain biking team in training.

The number of steelhead moving into the rivers is picking up as the salmon runs are pretty much done. A few whitefish are starting to be caught by pier anglers. Rivers around the state are on the high side which makes fishing a little more difficult. Not many reports on the inland lakes even…

LELAND — It’s hunters against the wilds for the annual week-long North Manitou Island deer hunt.

WINDSOR, Ontario — I hadn’t talked to my buddy, veteran Lake St. Clair fishing guide Jon Bondy, in a while, but he sent me an email, said he’d just had a cancellation, and if I wanted, we could fish the next morning, and I should meet him at 7 a.m. at the marina on the Detroit River, about a…

Bluegills and sunfish have moved back into the shallows now with the cooler weather and are readily available. For anglers who want to catch panfish but don’t want to mess with bait, I recommend a Beetle Spin.

Windy conditions continue to hamper fishing effort. High water levels and coastal flooding along Lake Michigan and parts of Lake Huron are making it impossible for shore anglers as well. Not much to report on the inland lakes however the fall walleye fishing should be heating up.

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

A recent pike fishing expedition got me to thinking about the baits I used many years ago. My father was a pike fan, and when I was a kid, one of my dad’s favorite lures for casting for pike was the Red Eye Wiggler, or simply, Red Eye spoon.

CASS CITY — Tom Lounsbury owns a nice little chunk of land here that looks out of place. It is tall grass prairie, but compared to the endless acres of corn and sugar beets surrounding it, it sees almost as though a small chunk of Dakota got picked up by a whirlwind and deposited in the Thum…

Opossums are, in my opinion, the easiest animals to trap, they are slow and if you approach them quickly, they play dead. This is an amazing reaction to fear. Instinctively they understand that most predators will only eat live animals. When opossums feel threatened, they will fall over, the…

Hike with the Leelanau Conservancy's program, “Let’s Ask the Trees and Their Wildlife Buddies!” at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at Clay Cliffs. 

It’s that time of year when lots of folks will begin putting up their outboard motors for the season and that means, among other things, adding a gas stabilizer to the fuel tank.

TRAVERSE CITY — Eighth Street’s reopening in September unveiled protected bike paths improving safety for urban cyclists.

Windy conditions continue to hamper fishing effort and very few have been out. Areas in the Upper Peninsula saw their first snow showers last weekend! Higher water levels and wave action have kept anglers off the piers due to dangerous conditions. Boat anglers have not been out on the inland…

LANSING — Women who fish have created a new Twitter hashtag to promote awareness of their growing numbers.

All the big waters are stirred up after the rain and strong winds, so fishing was a little more difficult. The inland lakes are producing bass, pike, panfish and walleye. October is a good time to head out on the inland lakes. Many anglers have now switched to hunting so you could have the w…

There are about as many styles of fishing bobbers as there are anglers, but one of the best panfish anglers I’ve even known, the late Bluegill Bob Miskowski, was sold on torpedo floats.

ERIE — There were plenty of geese in the air, but they all seemed to have some other destination in mind. Joe Robison, the ramrod on this four-man hunt, said that’s the way they’d been flying lately and they’d been coming to the decoys a little bit later in the morning.

Heavy rain and strong winds have once again slowed fishing. Very few anglers have been out, so updates are limited this week. Those targeting trout and salmon on the rivers need to pay close attention to higher levels and banks that are saturated and may be unstable.

GLADWIN –- I didn’t hear the bird flush, but I heard the shotgun report from one of my partners off to my right – no more than 20 yards away but completely invisible in the young aspens that were as thick as road tar – and he said he got it and it should be just in front of me. I took a few …

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