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Michigan Game & Fish

April 2019

Every month in Game & Fish, you'll discover the best hotspots throughout your region for hunting and fishing. We'll also bring you your state's latest outdoor news, plus plenty of how-to tactics and special strategies designed to make you a more successful hunter and angler.

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues


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in the field

CWD Makes It To U.P. THE FIRST Upper Peninsula (U.P.) whitetail (a 4-year-old doe) confirmed to have CWD (chronic wasting disease) was killed in deer management unit (DMU) 122 in Dickinson County last September under a crop damage permit. It was killed 4 miles from the Wisconsin border. Wisconsin deer with the disease have gotten closer to the border in recent years. The infected doe may have come from there. Mandatory antler point restrictions (APR) are in effect in DMU 122. No deer regulations were changed after confirmation that the disease is present even though all APRs were removed from the CWD Management Zone in the Lower Peninsula (L.P.), and the infected doe is sure to have had fawns that are also infected, some of which may be yearling…

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APRIL 1 NEW FISHING LICENSE A 2019 fishing license will be required starting today for fishing anywhere in the state, unless you are under 17 years old. mi.gov/dnrAPRIL 14 BEAVER, OTTER TRAPPING ENDS Today is the last day to trap beaver and otter in the U.P. and northern L.P. Refer to a current DNR trapping digest for more info. mi.gov/dnrAPRIL 16 DOG TRAINING CLOSES Field training of all hunting dogs comes to an end today. You can still train and run dogs at the Designated Field Trial Areas, however. For more, refer to a current DNR hunting digest. mi.gov/dnrAPRIL 22 TURKEY HUNTING OPENER The first turkey season of the spring begins today for those lucky enough to draw a tag. Other hunts will follow. Refer to a current spring…

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the spin doctors

SPINNING GEAR lets anglers fish small baits on light lines to entice big bites when bulky offerings fail. Today’s spinning reels have evolved exponentially over their predecessors. An overabundance of bearings and a plethora of advanced materials render modern spinners lightweight while turning with an icy smoothness. Innovations in spool designs have alleviated many of the past line twist ills, while drags rival those of top-shelf baitcasters.Likewise, contemporary spinning rods benefit from decades of material advancements Their blanks are engineered supramolecularly. Resins and carbon fibers are amalgamated on a nanotechnology level These spin rods flick baits with surgical precision and deliver shocking sensitivity.The Game & Fish gear test team brawled with the largest redfish in North America armed only with the latest bass gear. Heres what we discovered…

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the winners

GAME&FISH EDITOR'S CHOICE DAIWA TATULA THE TATULA has been a mainstay of the Daiwa spinning lineup for years. Recent refinements to the baseline have made quantum improvements to the reel. A high-strain, high-density carbon composite chassis anchors the platform, which is light and stiff.Seven strategically placed bearings keep tolerances tight and the Tatula turning with a buttery consistency. The art nouveau inspired crank and paddle grip are as comfortable a grab as you’ll find on a spinner. A bit of tackiness is added to the paddle for a secure grip in wet weather and when fished with sweaty paws.We found the micro-indexed drag let us dial-up just the right amount of resistance, and that helped us put more ill-tempered fish in the boat. The air rotor, a signature…

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“please, no more exposed threads!”

WHY IS IT that a few rod manufacturers insist on subjecting us bass fishermen to exposed reel seat threads? These threads seem to be the only thing you feel while working a bait.During the test, there were several great rods, whose only downfall was the exposed threads. Most rod manufacturers have solved this problem, with creative foregrips that cover the threads.For those manufacturers who haven’t, we implore you — “please, no more exposed threads!”Along those same lines, hook holders are great, however, manufacturers need to spend some time considering where to place them on the rod. An ill-placed hook keeper can be distracting when placed where your fingers or hand are in constant contact with it. Plus, sometimes when you cast, a poorly placed hook-keep can snag the…

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should i spin?

What advantage does a spinning reel have over a baitcaster? For one, spinning reels are ambi — you can swap the reel handle to either side on the fly. Also, backlashes happen on baitcasters because the lure slows but the spool doesn't. Spin-reel spools don't revolve — no backlashes, ever. SPINNING GEAR has become very popular recently with the advent of the bass “finesse game.” When the bite turns cold, these little baits are great for catching lock-jawed bass, however, they are a nightmare to throw on conventional baitcasting gear.Spinning gear on the other hand, with its large, open spool design and limber rods, allows the use of lighter line weights. These, in combination, allow long and accurate casting of small baits.Spinning gear also excels for managing finesse…