When Michigan’s firearm deer season opened last month and thousands of hunters took to the fields with their rifles and shotguns, Will Schultz went out with a different quarry in mind. The Grand Rapids sportsman planned to spend the day hunting instead for Michigan’s largest predator fish: muskellunge.
“It’s been a tradition for a long time,” said Schultz, the founder and former president of the Michigan Muskie Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of Michigan’s muskellunge population. “I hunt deer with a bow now, but used to hunt with a gun. It just happened that one year I had no tags left and decided to fish instead.
“I fish for everything. You have to in order to be a good angler, but this is what I spend the majority of my time doing.”