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January 2017
a blank piece of formed wood, a carved decoy and a painted decoy
Lured into fishing by the art of decoys

Decoys have long been used by ice fishermen to lure large fish – generally pike, but also sturgeon and others – within range of the spearing hole, though some hook-and-line anglers use them as well. Primarily turned out by home-shop artisans, fish decoys were once manufactured by major bait companies, but the homemade models have become highly collectable, unique examples of American folk art. 

A rider heads out on a trail, having just made a highway crossing.
Snowmobilers in the know, know Michigan is where to go

Ask snowmobilers around the country about the best places to ride a sled, and the Great Lakes State is sure to come up in conversation. Michigan is known by snowmobilers nationally for its unique combination of abundant and dependable snow, exciting terrain and an extensive network of nearly 6,500 miles of designated snowmobile trails.

A snow-covered, wooded trail at night, lit by lanterns
Experience nature on a lantern-lit, wintertime trail

Several Michigan state parks offer a unique way to experience nature each winter as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources presents lantern-lit snowshoeing and cross-country skiing events.

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