Stretching east to west for about 300 miles and north to south for 150, the Upper Peninsula is more than half covered by national and state forest. Much of the rest-hundreds of thousands of acres-is owned by pulp and logging companies but is also open to hunters and fishermen. Alger County, where I do most of my hunting, has a population density of about four people per square mile, which meets the U.S. Census Bureau's definition of a frontier. Up there, you're as likely to encounter a bear, wolf, or bobcat as you are a person. I don't have to ask a landowner for permission to hunt; I just park near likely bird cover, let the dog out, load my gun, and go. It's simply wonderful.