Monthly Archives: June 2009

Outdoor Magazine Radio (7/4)

This week on Outdoor Magazine radio….

I start out talking about my recent Saginaw Bay walleye fishing adventures. I’ve spent a lot of time on the Bay lately, and caught a lot of fish…though we had to change our tactics a little. I’ll give you the details.

Then, Michelle Scheuermann of Sportsman Channel joins us to talk about the the channel’s new branding campaign. You can hear what she had to say by

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We wrap up the hour with Tom Campbell of Woods-n-Waternews. Tom gives us a preview of what’s coming up in the next issue.

In the second hour we talk fishing….first with Chip Cartwright of Wolverine Tackle. Chip brings us up to speed on his line of walleye and salmon trolling spoons, as well as the new line of UV paints.

Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 then joins us to talk about his Saginaw Bay fishing trips, and his recent pike fishing adventure in Saskatchewan.

In hour number three, Mike Andrews of Scent Lok joins me on the Outdoor Magazine phone line. Scent Lok is a great Michigan company that pioneered scent control clothing for hunters. Now they’ve added a line of camouflage as well.

We wrap it up with wild game chef Dave Minar. Dave has a tasty walleye recipe for us.

Lot’s of great information this week. I hope you can join me.

Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV (week of 6/29)

This week on the show we head for Kansas whitetail hunting with Ed Barton of B and C Kansas Hunts.

We’ll take a look at past year’s hunts there, including a Booner Buck shot by my buddy Bill Martin of Martin Chevrolet.

Then, we head to the blind for opening day when the biggest buck of my life steps into a clearing just twenty minutes after the season opens.

You can see an excerpt from the show by clicking here.

Lots of whitetail action this week on Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV.  I hope you enjoy it…..

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Sportsman Channel evolves

The home of the Jay’s Outdoor Magazine television show is getting a new look.

The Sportsman Channel has changed it’s name, logo and branding. It’s now called just “Sportsman Channel” and here is the new logo.


To me, this looks like a direct assault on long time industry leader Outdoor Channel.

Sportsman has picked up lots of good shows lately, including many that have moved over from Outdoor.

Click for the official news release from Sportsman Channel on the new branding campaign.

I talked with Michelle Scheuermann of  Sportsman Channel on my Outdoor Magazine radio show about the changes.  You can hear what she had to say by

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I’m convinced Sportsman Channel is the place to be these days and I’m glad to be working with them.

You can see Jay’s Outdoor Magazine four times each week on the channel. Those times include:
Monday 7PM
Tuesday 9PM
Wednesday 10AM
Saturday 5AM

I hope you get a chance to see the show, and check out Sportsman Channel’s new look.


New TV times

Air times for Jay’s Outdoor Magazine TV on Sportsman Channel…

Monday 7PM

Tuesday 9PM

Wednesday 10Am

Saturday 5AM


Radio (6/27)

This week on the Outdoor Magazine Radio show…..

Bruce DeShano of Offshore Tackle joins me to talk about trolling for Great Lakes walleye.  Bruce is the inventor of the Tattle Flag system for in line planer boards.  I’ve found those flags to be extremely valuable, especially when you learn the nuances of how to fish with them.

Next, Randy Jorgenson from Woods-n-Waternews brought us up to speed on what’s going on in the great outdoors of Michigan.

In hour two we talked about bears…first with Terry McFadden of the Michigan DNR.  Terry is a biologist out of Marquette and he gave us some tips on how to minimize human/bear encounters.

Then Mark Romanack told me about his recent bear hunting trip to Saskatchewan.  Mark came home without an animal, but had a great trip anyway.

Our final hour kicked off with Tim Roller of Ultimate Outfitters and Wild Addiction television. Tim told me why he travels out of state to chase trophy whitetails and gave us some tips on how other hunters can do the same.

He also talked about summertime flyfishing in Michigan.

We wrapped up with wild game chef extraordinaire Dixie Dave Minar.  Dave had a very nice salmon recipe for us.

Another busy show…I hope you enjoy it.


OK…I give in

There’s no doubt the internet is a great way of reaching people.  I’m fortunate to have a radio and TV show to get the message out as well, but these days I think online communication might be the best way to reach a specific audience.

I thought I had it covered with a website and blog, but apparently not.  In today’s world you need to be on Facebook and Twitter too.

So I gave in and started a facebook site and a twitter account.  You can reach me on facebook here, and on Twitter here.

I had strong reservations about Twitter, but after using it for a few days I can see where it might be valuable.  Facebook is another story.  At this point I can’t figure out how Facebook offers anything more than a website or blog.

We’ll see how it all shakes out.

Feel free to contact using either method and let me know what you think.


Outdoor Magazine TV (week of 6/22)

This week on Outdoor Magazine we take a look back at our past season.

First, I head to Kansas after whitetails, then Jim Barta of The Hunter Safety System follows up with another Kansas hunt.

Next, I’m turkey hunting back here in Michigan….with a recurve bow. That’s followed by pro staffer Scott DeVuyst in Wyoming where he’s after an antelope.

Then, the focus changes to fishing as we hit the Manistee River after fall king salmon with Jason Phillips of RiverMan custom boats.

We wrap it up with two more turkey hunts….first Chad Stearns of Jay’s Sporting Goods and then Pat McKenna of Ameristep.

I hope you enjoy the show.

Pelicans on Saginaw Bay?

A couple weeks ago I was heading out for an evening of walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay with my son James.

When we passed by the “man made island” near the mouth of the Saginaw River we saw something that caught our attention. There were four, big white birds standing on a sandbar on the south side of the island. At first I thought they were egrets, or even swans, but as we got closer you could see there was a pouch hanging off their long beaks.

I’d seen birds like this in Florida and Mexico, but I’d never seen pelicans in Michigan before.

James and I looked at each other, and back at the birds several times to be sure we weren’t seeing things. We both agreed….they were pelicans.

I was reluctant to mention this to anybody because I was afraid they’d think I was crazy. Eventually I called the local DNR wildlife biologist, Rex Ainsley. He told me mine was the first report on the Bay for the season, but there had been others in previous years.

Rex also said he’d seen pelicans down on Lake Erie when he was working there a few years ago and he told me of similar sightings on Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan in previous years.

I mentioned seeing the birds on my radio show and immediately heard from Ed DeVries, the manager of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County. Ed said they’d seen pelicans there before, and even sent me a picture of them.
Shiawassee Refuge Pelicans

Ed also said he had talked to a veteran bird watcher who recently saw twenty two pelicans on Lake Michigan off Manistee.

It seems for some reason a few pelicans have gotten off course during their annual migration and ended up here in the Great Lakes. There’s speculation they might even be breeding here and raising their young.

I don’t know what the future is for pelicans here in the north country. But I can tell you four of them made for a unique fishing trip on Saginaw Bay a few weeks ago.

Outdoor Magazine Radio (6/20)

We celebrate the official start of summer and Father’s Day weekend with some great guests this time on Outdoor Magazine radio.

First, Doug Deming of the Fish Point Lodge joins me to talk about the history of the lodge and he gives us some tips on fishing shallow water walleye on Saginaw Bay.

Tom Campbell of the Woods-n-Waternews also joins us in that first hour to talk about their big outdoor weekend coming up in Imlay City in early September.

Hour number two belongs to my friend Tom Lounsbury. I think Tom is the first guest ever to fill an entire hour with us, but for him it’s no problem. We talk about the history of Michigan’s Thumb, turkey hunting with a Darton crossbow and bass fishing the Cass River among other topics.

Our third hour kicks off with veteran Lake Michigan Charter Captain Gary Schaefer of Trout Scout Charter out in Manistee. Gary has some advice on catching Great Lakes Salmon.

We wrap up the show with Dixie Dave Minar. This week the chef has a tasty fish recipe.

Lots of great information this week….I hope you enjoy it.


Outdoor Magazine TV (week of 6/15)

Coming up this week on Jay’s Outdoor Magazine Television we’re turkey hunting in Michigan.

First, Chad Stearns of Jay’s Sporting Goods takes us to southern Michigan with a bow in his hands. Chad takes a beautiful longbeard, but he has to work for it.

Then, Pat McKenna of the Ameristep company heads north for a shotgun hunt. Pat is hunting with Chet Loar of Star Creek Guide Service.

Pat has a problem with his shooting early on, but he’s able to take a nice longbeard on the second night of his hunt.

Lot’s of great turkey hunting action this week on Jay’s Outdoor Magazine.

I hope you enjoy it…