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Can-Am Releases 2015 Line Up

There is big news from Can-Am and BRP today. They aren’t just releasing one new machine or a couple of new features. The Can-Am and BRP 2015 Line Up includes multiple all-new models, a new Rotax engine, numerous model enhancements … Continue reading

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  • Emerald Ash Borer and Your Hunting Land, Jul 16, 2014

    Clear evidence of emerald ash borer infestation can be seen under the bark of dead trees. The wavy lines are caused by burrowing larvae.

    Like many of you, the area I deer hunt has a mix of hardwoods bordering some open ground that I’ve set up food plots in. The hardwoods have been a mix of maple and ash, with a few others mixed in. The ash trees have been around the longest and have provided the biggest, straightest trees for attaching stands to. Thanks to a pesky bug, things are changing for me this fall. A new pest was detected in Southeast Michigan back in 2002: the emerald ash borer (EAB). In its adult form, the borer is a metallic green beetle that is roughly one half-inch in length, munches on ash leaves, and is not...

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  • Finding and Catching Michigan Rainbow Trout on Sunny Summer Days, Jul 15, 2014

    Guide Josh Mead caught this nice rainbow while fishing with his son Brandon on the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin, Michigan.

    When I think of Michigan trout fishing, I often think of an angler clad in waders wearing a vest loaded with gear and a perfectly-executed back cast gently caressing the water as the morning mist rises slowly in the air. The tied imitation barely kisses the surface of the water before the rainbow trout inhales what it thinks is an easy meal. The rod bends and the angler feels the fish’s desperate attempts to flee. As the fight wanes, the angler cradles the fish in the current, removes the hook, and the fish swims back to the cover of the bank. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Most summer...

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  • ‘The Freelance Bowhunter’ by Bernie Barringer, Jul 07, 2014

    'The Freelance Bowhunter' by Bernie Barringer contains a wealth of helpful information for the whitetail hunter who likes to do things on their own.

    I’ve always been a fan of books. I sincerely hope they never “go away,” as some predict they will with the advent of the digital age. A good book inspires me, especially when it’s a good book about hunting. Bernie Barringer’s book, The Freelance Bowhunter: DIY Strategies for the Traveling Whitetail Hunter, is a good book about hunting, and it makes me want to go hunting. I’ve served as editor for many hunting and gun books in my day. I’ve read many good...

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  • First Ride: 2015 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT, Jun 25, 2014

    The Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT has a tight turning radius of 16 feet. That's amazing compared to other multi-passenger machines.

    When ATVs came along, they were viewed as the weird brother of the motorcycle. As they evolved, they showed more usefulness and variety. Some were designed for play, and some for work. A few blurred those lines and could do both. In the late 1980s, John Deere started selling an ATV that was more tractor than ATV, the Gator. In 1988, Kawasaki took things a step further with the original Mule and with it, a new class of vehicle was born: the utility task vehicle, or UTV. UTVs usually feature multi-passenger seating and increased cargo capacity over ATVs. Mules have evolved over the years, but...

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  • Polaris RZR XP 4 1000, Jun 23, 2014

    This is about as clean as my test RZR XP 4 1000 ever got. Getting it dirty is just too much fun. Image by Derrek Sigler.

    When I asked Polaris to test a four-passenger RZR UTV, I was given a choice: I could either test out a RZR 800, which has been around for a few years, or go for the “big dog,” the new RZR XP 4 1000. In that moment, I channeled my inner Ricky Bobby to help guide me, and an internal exclamation of “I just wanna go fast!” led me to choose the XP 4 1000. Polaris Industries turned the industry on its ear when they released the first RZR machines. The original 800 evolved into the XP 900 and...

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