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Free Fishing in Michigan This Weekend

Just got an email from the DNR announcing free fishing for everyone this week in the great state of Michigan.

Get out there and enjoy it.

Opie

Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.

Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, an annual effort to promote Michigan’s numerous fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, there are also numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.

You can view the full email by clicking here.

Turkey Time in Michigan

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It’s that time of year again. Time to get in the woods and watch the world wake up to the sound of thundering turkeys.

Seems like the bird count is way down this year but I hopped behind the camera this morning and filmed this monster hitting the ground. Always a blast when you can call em in and film at the same time.

Good luck to everyone out Turkey hunting!

Opie

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Free Fishing Weekend

Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.

Saturday and Sunday make up the Winter Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to encourage folks to get outside to experience Michigan’s winter water wonderland. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate this weekend as well.

Various counties throughout Michigan will host scheduled events; including Antrim, Bay, Clinton, Gogebic, Ingham, Iron, Monroe, Montcalm, Oakland, Ogemaw, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford. Please note most events are weather dependent.

If you’d like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online.

For more information about the 2013 Winter Free Fishing Weekend please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Here’s a link to the DNR announcement: click here

Firearms and Fire

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Not a bad way to spend a December michigan afternoon. icon smile Firearms and Fire

It’s Groundstalk Time on Michigan Huntography #DeerTour

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YeeHaw! Rudy is in town and it’s time to #deertour. Let the action begin.

First Light on Opening Day

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I love sitting on the ground with a heavy frost as dawn breaks and all of nature wakes up.

It’s opening day in michigan.

Be safe and shoot straight everyone.

Opie

It’s Almost Time

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Oh boy! We have a dusting of snow on the ground, the rut is in full swing and the orange army is mobilizing.

Thursday kicks off the most celebrated holiday in Michigan…whitetail gun season. That crazy day when all of us bowhunters will be joined in the woods by 500,000 gun hunters.

I’ll be spending the morning in the stand and then meeting up with Nick Viau from Life and Longbows to prep for Deertour 2012.

It’s gonna be a blast.

Good luck to everyone heading out this week for the gun opener. Be safe and be sure o your target and what is behind.

Opie

The Rut is On

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Well it’s that time of the year again! When the crisp mornings and crunching leaves bring out monster bucks chasing, fighting, grunting and dying.

We’ve been seeing rut activity heating up and the big boys are starting to chase. The next two weeks should be rockin and rolling here in Michigan. Good luck to everyone out there chasing the rut!

See you in the woods!

Opie

Seeing Some Rut Activity

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Well it looks like the whitetail activity is warming up. Quite a few scrapes and rubs in the woods on our way into the stand tonight. The next few weeks should be killer.

Good luck everyone.

Opie

The Michigan Special Disabled Firearm Hunt has started and lasts through the weekend.

I love supporting all my fellow sportsmen and women and am happy that our state has a special opportunity for our fellow outdoor enthusiasts who are disabled. Best of luck to everyone who is taking advantage of this special firearm season. I look forward to sharing the woods with you always.

Best,

Opie

Those who meet one of the eligibility requirements below may hunt deer on private land in a special firearm season Oct 18-21:

  • Those who have been issued permits to hunt from a standing vehicle;
  • Those who are legally blind; or
  • Veterans who have a 100-percent disability or are classified as individually unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Permit to hunt from a standing vehicle

A person who, due to injury, disease, amputation or paralysis, is permanently disabled and unable to walk, may apply for a permit to hunt from a standing vehicle (a parked motor vehicle or ORV). Subject to all other regulations including buck limits and antler-point restrictions, this permit also entitles the holder to take a deer of either sex under any valid deer license.

 

Hunters who are legally blind

Legally blind hunters may use laser sighting devices to take game, subject to all other regulations, with a firearm or crossbow if all the following conditions are met:

  • The person is accompanied by a sighted person who is at least 18 years of age;
  • The sighted person possesses proof of a current or previous hunting license (other than an apprentice license) or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety class;
  • The legally blind person possesses the appropriate hunting license and proof of impairment in the form of a Secretary of State ID card. No permit is necessary for this accommodation.

Resident Veterans with Disabilities

A resident of Michigan who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled (for a disability other than blindness) is eligible to purchase senior hunting and trapping licenses from any license agent. A letter from the Veterans Administration stating the person is totally and permanently disabled and eligible for veteran benefits at the 100-percent rate is required. Documentation of eligibility from the Veterans Administration shall be in the possession of a veteran using these licenses.

 

During this hunt for those who qualify only, a firearm or combination license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. A Deer Management Assistance (DMA) permit may also be used to take one antlerless deer only, on the property for which it was issued. Archery and junior archery deer licenses are not valid for this hunt.

Bag Limit = one per kill tag

For more information for hunters with disabilities, see the 2012 Hunting and Trapping Digest, page 35.