One fine big game cartridge for Michigan hunting – the .450 Bushmaster

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By:  Tom Lounsbury. When the Michigan Natural Resources Commission passed the Limited Firearms Deer Season into law five years ago, it opened up a whole new avenue for southern Michigan deer hunters, allowing an array of straight wall cartridges (.35 caliber are larger, with a minimum case length of 1.16 inches and a maximum case length of 1.80 inches) in rifles during the regular firearms deer season (not to mention the Liberty, and early and late antlerless deer seasons as well). The new law is very well written, easy to understand, and it truly uses … Read More

Find Those Primary Rut Spots Now And Give Thanks To A Gobbler

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By:  John Eberhart. Proper location preparation can make the difference in whether or not you have success stories to tell. While your on-foot scouting only required the use of maps and or a notebook, location preparation requires specific tools and a great amount of physical labor. I finished drywall for 14 years and like any trade job, the more prepared you are concerning tools, more thorough and expedient the job will be done.  The ideal scenario is to be able to pack in and carry the necessary tools to totally prepare a location yet be … Read More

Scout Now For Upcoming Fall…& Why!

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By:  John Eberhart. For each of the three instructional whitetail bowhunting books my son Chris and I wrote, my 4 instructional DVD’s, as well as for hunting articles, from 1998 to date we’ve; researched many whitetail studies, tracked bowhunting license sales for each state, found the absolute land mass for each state in square miles, and researched specific data from Pope & Young statistical summary books to compile factual statistics and there was one very important piece of kill data that remained consistent throughout the years. While Pope & Young entries per licensed hunters vary … Read More

Seasonal And Daily Timing Of Whitetail Deer Hunting

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By:  John Eberhart. Seasonal and Daily Timing During a couple occasions in most Michigan bowhunter’s lifetimes, being in the right place at the right time of day and right time of season to intercept a trophy buck can likely be attributed to a simple law of averages. During so many hours on stand a collision course with a mature buck is bound to occur. The more consistently successful Michigan bowhunters however, either hunt phenomenal managed properties or for those that hunt heavy consequential hunting pressure (hchp) areas, utilize daily and seasonal timing to their advantage … Read More

Success Despite Heavy Consequential Hunting Pressure

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By:  John Eberhart. Midday 10 to 3 Shift Before your hunting plan for the upcoming rut phases is put to bed, consider this. How many times during the rut phases have you planned on sitting until noon or later on morning hunts, and if you did, how many were aborted early due to lack of deer sightings and eventual boredom? Well intended plans can change when boredom sets in and if I stated that scenario has never happened to me, it would be a blatant lie. In November 2011, for the first time in over … Read More

Michigan’s Bear Population Fluctuations

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By:  Richard P. Smith. During 2018, the DNR estimated there were 13,756 black bears in the state that were at least a year old on September 1, 2017. The estimate for the UP was 10,799 and 2,957 of those were in the northern LP. In 2019, the DNR estimated the state’s bear population was only 12,408 animals at least a year old on September 1, 2018, with 9,761 of those living in the UP and 2,647 residing in the northern LP. In other words, the population declined by 1,348 in one year’s time when the … Read More

Have Wolves Destroyed The (Michigan) Deer Population?

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By:  Carol Stiffler. Lou Bennett owns 20 acres of land east of Newberry and says he’s fed deer herds there for 30 years. It was perfect, he said. The woods offered plenty to eat, and many places for deer to hide. There was no pressure. Each winter, he’d feed between 250 and 300 deer. That began to change a few winters ago, and Bennett saw the herd drop hundreds of animals at a time. “Last year I was down to about 100, 125,” he said. “This year, not one deer came back. Not one.” Bennett … Read More

The Bear Necessities Of Bilateral Symmetry – Its A Michigan “Thing”

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By:  John Buczek.  Over 50 years ago my Dad introduced me to one of Michigan’s favorite pastimes – hunting.  Each adventure out of doors was an opportunity for us to share many of life’s lessons. I fondly remember how respectfully he treated other people.  I remember him saying “it takes more energy to treat people poorly, so why do it?”  My outdoor experiences continued in mid-Michigan, which included pheasant hunting in “the thumb”, deer hunting “up north” and eventually an occasional turkey hunt in “God’s country” .  Of course, specific areas of the state provided … Read More

Speed Touring during Pre-Season…get to know it now!

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by:  John Eberhardt. How many times have you heard of or witnessed a nice buck consistently come out and feed in the same location every evening during the summer only to dissipate into thin air just prior to season. In areas with a heavy consequential hunting pressure this vanishing act happens far more frequently than not. Unknowingly, many hunters create this vanishing act with their overzealous pre-season scouting and location preparation.  By traipsing through the woods, busting through brush, hanging stands, clearing shooting lanes, and marking entry and exit routes just prior to season, hunters … Read More

All’s Well In Love & War but not necessarily with Michigan Bear Hunting

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By:  John Buczek. For the past few years, I’ve volunteered as a cook with an outfitter based out of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  This outfitter conducts deer, bear and turkey hunts in both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Throughout my time helping this outfitter, I’ve witnessed an issue that I believe affects bear hunting in the state of Michigan.  What I’ve both seen and experienced doesn’t just feel like an isolated or local problem, but perhaps something more widespread that needs to be addressed.               …The following is … Read More