TRAVERSE CITY — It’s not too late to see the summer night sky over a Western landscape nor too early to spot a snowy owl.

This time of year, many moons ago, I was in the middle of my first semester at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, and taking a drawing class.

Matthew Mansfield can be heard across northern Michigan on any given day. Not only is he a DJ for Z93 radio Monday through Saturday, but he also performs live at several venues throughout the region. To top it off, he has two young boys at home.

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…

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…

In his review of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice Told Tales,” Edgar Allen Poe declares that the highest form of literary expression is a rhymed poem that can be read in one sitting.


TRAVERSE CITY — Quilting became popular in America during the 19th century. Today, northern Michigan boasts many quilting groups like Fellowship Quilters of Traverse City.

October to November form a seasonal corner, our transition between autumn’s cooling and winter’s deep freeze. To turn this corner successfully salads and grilled stuff just won’t do.

Sturgill Simpson and his band recorded most of the new album “Sound & Fury” at McGuire’s Motor Inn in Waterford, just outside of Pontiac. I have no idea why he did that, or what a listener should expect from a record made at a motel in metro Detroit with an average Yelp rating of one sta…

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

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

A gallery of reader-submitted outdoors photos. Submit your best photo of the week to tcrecordeagle@gmail.com and we'll post it online and pick our favorites to run in our reader-shot roundup in the GO: Great Outdoors section that runs on Thursdays. Please include some information about the p…

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.

Deadlines, busy schedules, taking care of others, dysfunctional relationships, unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others can all bring about feelings of stress.

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TRAVERSE CITY — For author Randall Sullivan, the story of Oak Island started in 2003 as a piece for Rolling Stone magazine.

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