Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
Antique lure collector and historian Doug Bucha shares a colorful photograph depicting one of his lures in the spirit of the season. This Heddon Tadpolly from the 1970's isn’t old by collector standards, but the colors sure fit the mood of the holidays. Bucha wishes everyone Happy Holidays.
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- Published on Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:27
(Provided by Michigan DNR)
If you like hunting geese, the Fennville Farm Unit - a 4,100-acre paradise for goose hunters - is the place to do it.
Fennville is part of the Allegan State Game Area located northwest of Kalamazoo. Purchased by the Michigan DNR from the A.M. Todd Company of Kalamazoo in 1949, the property was originally used to grow peppermint but has since turned into a waterfowl hunter's dream.
Canada geese are the number-one harvested species at Fennville. Opportunities for snow, Rossís and cackling geese sometimes occur. During the regular waterfowl season, hunters commonly take mallards, black ducks and other dabblers.
"The Fennville Farm Unit is a unique area that offers a variety of hunting opportunities," said DNR wildlife technician Mike Richardson. "Waterfowl hunting in particular can be fantastic, with much work being done every year to promote not only goose hunting but duck hunting as well. With easily accessible hunting areas and numbers that can peak at over 12,000 geese and 8,000 ducks, the Fennville Farm Unit is a great place to have a great hunt."
- Published on Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:28
(Provided by Bass Pro Shops)
SPRINGFIELD, MO - Bass Pro Group announced today an agreement to acquire Fishing Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer of fishing boats that include Ranger Boats and the Stratos and Triton boat brands from Platinum Equity.
The agreement combines popular fishing boat brands that are recognized internationally. It also creates another connection between two industry leaders, Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris and Ranger Boats founder Forrest Wood, who are dedicated fishermen, conservationists and entrepreneurs. Years ago the iconic outdoorsmen both began fishing on the White River and White River Chain of Lakes in the Ozarks and even fished together in the first National BASS Tournaments.
"This partnership brings added long-term stability for both companies and for the dealer networks that provide customers with quality boats at exceptional values," said Morris, who also is founder/CEO of Tracker Marine Group. "I've had the pleasure of knowing Forrest Wood many years, and I deeply respect him and his family that founded and built a solid performing business with excellent products."
Morris added that: "It's also important that our companies share comparable cultures and values and are dedicated to manufacturing quality products in the USA."
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:44
By Louie Stout
The Niles insurance agent left work early that day to do a little “field work” in a private, Cass County woods. It’s something he does 2-3 times a week during the deer season.
He climbed into his tree stand, and as he reached for the rope to pull up his bow that was still on the ground, he heard the noise.
“A nice buck came in grunting and smelling the ground not 15 feet from me,” Watson recalled. “I froze.”