Monthly Archives: December 2013

Backyard Birding: Two great books for those who enjoy birds at home

By Howard Meyerson The dark-eyed juncos are the first to arrive on wintry mornings. They land in the snow and forage around, picking at the seeds that have fallen from the bird feeders. I’ve always liked how they appear: dark … Continue reading

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New driftboat design coming from Phil Croff; construction to be documented on Fiberglass Manifesto

If you enjoyed the story earlier this fall about Phil  Croff, the northern Michigan wood driftboat builder and owner of Croff Craft Custom Driftboats, you will want to check out Cameron Mortenson’s Blog, The Fiberglass Manifesto. Mortenson just announced that he plans … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Report: Fish swim past electric barrier meant to block Asian carp

This is one of those bad bits of news that is good to know. Fish are, in fact, swimming through the electric barrier in he Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. A new report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … Continue reading

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Bountiful: Kalamazoo River steelhead abundant

By Howard Meyerson ALLEGAN, MI — Miles Hanley was in the middle of setting rods when the first one began to thrash around. We were just five minutes down river from the Allegan Dam launch site and things were already … Continue reading

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Key decision protects Au Sable River as new report highlights emerging threats to one of Michigan’s greatest rivers

Originally posted on All Things Great Lakes:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh recently made an important decision that will help protect the vaunted Au Sable River from some of the environmental threats associated with deep shale fracking…

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Four or more state forest campgrounds to be reopened in 2014

By Howard Meyerson Campers who like rustic state forest campgrounds will have a few more choices in 2014. State officials are planning to reopen at least four of 12 that were closed in 2009 due to budget constraints. It’s an … Continue reading

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Legislation calls for allowing some rifle use in southern shotgun zone

By Howard Meyerson Legislation that would permit hunters to use certain rifles and ammunition in the state’s shotgun-only zone is on the move once again in the state Capitol. House Bill 4283, introduced last February by Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Butterflies, game birds and game animals threatened

By Howard Meyerson We hear a lot about the effects of climate change these days. Polar ice caps are melting. Polar bears are threatened as a result. The Minnesota Star Tribune recently published an extensive report on how it will … Continue reading

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Sportman’s 20 year opening day tradition: hunting for muskie, not deer

By Howard Meyerson When Michigan’s firearm deer season opened last month and thousands of hunters took to the fields with their rifles and shotguns, Will Schultz went out with a different quarry in mind. The Grand Rapids sportsman planned to … Continue reading

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