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Mike Schoonveld

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http://www.brother-nature.com
Mike Schoonveld grew up hunting and fishing in rural Northwest Indiana. In 1986 he piggy-backed a career as an outdoor writer onto his already long tenure as a wildlife biologist with the Indiana DNR. Now retired from his DNR position, Schoonveld is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain, operates Brother Nature Charters on Lake Michigan and spends much of his time trailering his boat to fishing hotspots around Indiana and the Midwest. Mike can be reached through his website www.brother-nature.com or visit Mike's Outdoor World Blog at www.bronature.com

Willie Walleye Spawns Willie Jr.

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A Gray View of Plastic

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New Invasive Species Discovered

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Cutting Down Trees Isn’t a Bad Thing!

Cutting a mature tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. Few trees in Midwestern forests and woodlands provide the same abundance and nutrition to both game and non-game birds and animals as oaks. Often acorns are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Many...

Summer Time: Catfish Time

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Willie Walleye Spawns Willie Jr.

I get a kick out of spotting giant statues individuals, businesses or communities have erected along America’s travel ways. There’s the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota, a tribute to Green Giant vegetables produced locally and canned or frozen in the Green Giant facility located in Blue...