Outdoors

DNR continues muskellunge survey

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Muskie Alliance, continues to investigate the state’s muskellunge fisheries through its online angler survey. The 2017 Muskellunge Angler Survey is gathering information about muskellunge angler ...

How the snowmobile trail system works

ESCANABA — Winter is an important season to the recreation/tourism economy of the Upper Peninsula and like any other natural resource element, can rapidly impact whether or not seasonal opportunities will result in success or failure. The increased amount of rainfall last autumn, combined ...

U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Baraga

BARAGA — From a new deer migration study and conservation officer staffing to a fisheries partnership and U.P. shooting range updates, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of interesting topics at ...

Creel clerks collect fishing information

LANSING — As the winter fishing season gets under way, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that fisheries staff again will be stationed at several locations throughout the state in order to interview them about their fishing trips. The DNR appreciates anglers’ ...

Column: The Upper Peninsula and the NRC

ESCANABA — There is more impact to the loss of John Matonich as a member of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) than the fact that he was very good at his post, John was, at a point in time, one of three Yoopers seated on the NRC when there had previously been some polarization ...

Free Fishing Weekend coming Feb. 17-18

LANSING — Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. On those two days, everyone - residents and non-residents alike - can fish without a license, though all other fishing ...

DNR to begin deer migration study in western U.P.

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon begin capturing and collaring white-tailed deer in the western Upper Peninsula as part of a multi-year study to quantify movement patterns of deer, especially migration between winter and summer ranges. Completing the study ...

A look at the top outdoor issues of the year

ESCANABA — Only two days remain to 2017 and I find myself not only looking back at the previous 12 months, it is also a time to reflect on what will happen in the coming year. Every month this year involved some type of work related to the ATV/ORV and snowmobile riding sports. A lot of ...

Buffalo Reef meeting rescheduled for Jan. 30

HOUGHTON — A cooperative multi-entity task force created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Jan. 30 in Houghton County, kicking off long-term efforts to save the important lake trout and whitefish spawning areas on Buffalo Reef from being covered with ...

New Year’s resolution: Go take a hike outdoors

LANSING — Reinvigorate yourself in 2018! Make an “adventure resolution” and commit to exploring Michigan’s great outdoors this year with a “Shoe Year’s” hike, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking or the many other ways to relish winter. The Michigan Department of Natural ...

Is the best science always used?

ESCANABA — The people of Michigan voted to invoke the use of science as the basis of decision when dealing with wildlife and other natural resources management policies. There have been times since then where what is presented as science facts are disputed by the public and thus still fall ...

Registration underway for ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced registration is open for the winter “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 23-25, 2018 in Marquette County. This winter’s gathering will mark the 16th annual winter BOW program for women, ...

BOW program offers winter sports workshop in Porcupine Mountains

SILVER CITY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program is offering a Beyond BOW Winter Sports Workshop at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City. Scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 26-28, 2018, the program is for women who have ...

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Successful hunter

Courtesy photo Chloe Thomas, 11, shot her first buck, an eight-pointer, while hunting with her dad, Ed Thomas, in Garden. Chloe is from Nunica, Mich., and is the daughter of Ed and Carrie Thomas.

Column: Late season deer hunting

ESCANABA — As is the tradition on the first Friday following the close of the regular 15-day firearm deer hunting season, the second 10-day season of gun deer hunting opened today only for those firearms that are loaded through the muzzle end of the barrel and historically were considered ...

Column: Deer season shows improvement

ESCANABA — Although there’s still the better side of one week left to the 2017 Michigan firearm deer hunting season, things are looking up when compared to last year and especially the two years prior. The devastating winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 took a toll on the vast Upper Peninsula ...

Snowmobile trail permit dollars are backbone of program

LANSING — It’s almost time to grab sleds, gather friends and discover the thrill and beauty of Michigan snowmobiling. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages residents and nonresidents to purchase their snowmobile trail permits and ride more than 6,000 miles of designated ...

DNR auction of surplus public land starting

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced it will offer surplus public land for sale by sealed-bid auction between Dec. 12, 2017, and Jan. 10, 2018. The auction will feature 80 parcels located in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper ...

Winners named in Wildlife Unlimited raffle

ESCANABA — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County recently ended their almost year-long joint fundraising raffle efforts by awarding a LS tractor, riding lawn mower and gun to random prize winners at the WU of Delta ...