PARIS - Kyle Randall has been keeping busy with his national Wilderness Journal TV program.

But the Paris area resident has also been impressed with area wide hunting and fishing activity in recent weeks.

Ice fishing season "is really starting to come, although this week, it's been a little bit warm and it's supposed to stay warm," Randall said. "I definitely want to tell people to be very cautious about going out. But I do know there are people out fishing and they are doing fairly well in some of the larger inland lakes."

Deer hunting season ended on Jan. 1 with the conclusion of the bow campaign.

"For our family, it was a very good one," Randall said. "We were very fortunate and successful. It was different than most in that opening day rained like crazy and snowed in various parts of Michigan. It also provided for one of the most successful second weeks of the firearm season.

"The archery season overall was very good. The late season, the muzzleloader season, I would say was spotty at best. But overall I would say it was a productive season across the state and certainly in many parts of our area, although you heard some complaints from a number of people who said they never saw or encountered a buck that met the four-point, one side minimum for Mecosta County. That was probably the largest single complaint I heard."

But overall, Randal said it was a productive season.

"I know a lot of people are going to eat a lot of venison through the first few months of the new year," he said.