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By Louie Stout

Here’s a Preview of This Year’s Bow Season

Deer season is underway in both Indiana and Michigan but the weather has hardly felt like it.

That won’t keep die-hard bow hunters out of the woods, despite their sweaty battle with insects, trying to find deer through the heavy foliage and other nuances of early season hunting.

Most hunters prefer to wait until the weather cools, more leaves fall and crops are coming down. However, the avid bow hunters will tell you that the early bird gets the … big buck, or at least he stands a good chance to encounter an unsuspecting trophy that hasn’t been spooked by forthcoming hunting pressure. Those odds diminish once the bow hunting season moves into full swing and before the rut.

Hunting forecast: Wildlife managers on both sides of the state predict seasons similar to last year, which is always a safe prediction. From what we gather, 2017 has been good for fawn production and there’s been plenty of food to eat. Of course, those deer won’t rate as likely targets until the next couple of years.

By Louie Stout

Time to Gather Ice Fishing Bait

Sure, the weather is still warm. Yes, we just came out of 90-degree weather and the lakes are far from freezing.

But it’s not too soon to start thinking about ice fishing. Or, as Danny Moran does, get nutty about it.

If his name sounds familiar it’s because we wrote about his favorite, albeit unusual, panfish/ice fishing bait last winter: acorn and hickory nut worms.

Years ago, Moran’s uncle showed him that tiny grubs thrive inside those nuts and they make great fishing baits, especially when panfish are looking for bitty morsels, such as during the ice fishing season or during the spring.

“Now is the time to start collecting them,” said Moran, who has hardwood trees around his Osceola home. “The nuts are really falling now and I’ve already collected a bunch of the grubs.”