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Artisans Gone Wild: Creative living inspired by canoes

It’s been my privilege over the years to profile different artisans for publications. All have been exceptional and creative people, from wood carvers and bamboo rod builders to painters, canoe and kayak builders, fly tiers and decoy carvers. I  enjoy … Continue reading

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Looking Good: Waterfowl seasons quickly approaching

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s waterfowl hunting seasons are rapidly approaching and conditions, overall, look good for hunters. The statewide early goose season opens Tuesday and so does Michigan’s seven-day experimental early teal season. “Last year was our first teal season,” … Continue reading

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West Michigan herbalist Lisa Rose authors book about Midwest foraging

By Howard Meyerson Lisa Rose was smiling when she handed me a leaf and asked if I wanted to taste it, humorously questioning whether I was brave enough to eat it. It was long and green with serrated edges, plucked … Continue reading

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Adventure, endurance races aplenty this fall in Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids is known for a lot of things: Art Prize, the Grand River, and a booming craft-beer economy are among them, but the city is also gaining recognition in the gonzo world of physically challenging events. … Continue reading

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Government agencies to spend $74 million on Asian carp control

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – Federal and state agencies intend to spend $74.2 million over the next two years to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. New control techniques are being developed and a third electrical … Continue reading

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DNR: Gray wolves have spread across entire Upper Peninsula

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – One or more wolf packs now live in every Upper Peninsula county, having spread from west to east over the past 20 years. Most –for now – are concentrated in Western counties, according … Continue reading

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Wooden canoe gathering brings out beauty of bygone era

By Howard Meyerson Wood canoe enthusiasts from around the Great Lakes will be gathering in Lake City from Aug. 15-16 for a weekend of fun and festivities. For wood canoe lovers, it’s a show not to be missed. “We’re hoping … Continue reading

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Time for a bit of wild

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White River: A scenic trip through national forest

By Howard Meyerson MONTAGUE, MI – It was a perfect summer day when I launched at Sischo Bayou, a remote canoe landing on the White River in the Manistee National Forest. I’d come looking for a half-day float, some time … Continue reading

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Lead and Loons

By Howard Meyerson Τom Cooley has examined a lot of dead loons during the past 27 years. They appear every year, dead on beaches and inland lakes where cottage owners, researchers, national park volunteers, or Michigan Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading

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