The Sporting Life

Chris Smith

A Passion to Paint Wildlife

Artist Chris Smith knew early on he wanted to paint dogs and wildlife.
How to Reply When the Wind Speaks Your Name header

How to Reply When the Wind Speaks Your Name

The setting was Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising. It was Friday afternoon, the last day of vacation. While I’d enjoyed the week, a part of me had never let go.
Ann Miller with a fish

Women Teach Women to Fly Fish

Ann Miller founded Flygirls of Michigan so women could learn to fly fish from women.

Something About a River

Annual canoe outings prove a perfect time to catch up with family and friends.
A Life Spent Fishing

A Life Spent Fishing

A life spent fishing is one full of hope — a late-winter muse.
Dave Kober

Traditional Fish Decoys Now Collected as Art

Hand-carved ice-fishing decoys do catch fish, but a growing number buy them as art.
Barothy's Elkhorn Lodge

Michigan’s Oldest Fishing Lodge

Michigan’s oldest fishing lodge continues to please with its tasteful and rustic environs.
Bryan Burroughs

Fish Fascination Turns into Career

Bryan Burroughs, director of Michigan Trout Unlimited, has a deep affinity for rivers and trout.
Camping by the river

A Love Affair with Canoes and Rivers

Even after a lifetime of paddling, it still thrills me to make the first stroke with a paddle and feel the canoe leap forward and meet the pull of the current. There’s no better way to learn the secrets of a river.
Fishing lure

Tackle Box Treasure

The birth of new fishing lures occurred not only in factory tool rooms but also in basement workshops. Every year, new creations show up at consumer fishing shows throughout the state. 




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