Outdoors

Tim Kobasic column: Time to end September deer hunt for youth?

As is typical this time of year, when fall hunting quotas are being determined, the suggestions of how to be a bit more conservative on deer harvest are coming in. Most have been aired on an annual basis and often meet with debate putting one user group against another. To start off, ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had a slow week and low angler participation. Walleye catches have been down all winter and anglers have been unable to fish the southern waters where most of the walleye are because of poor ice conditions. Anglers did report some walleye caught in various locations when ...

Indian Lake fishing tourney set

MANISTIQUE — The Friends of Indian Lake Fishing Tournament is set for Aug. 12 at Indian Lake State Park. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the state park. The tourney, which starts at 7 a.m., will feature four categories for adults and youth (walleye, bass, northern pike, ...

Black bear population booms in northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is experiencing a bear boom. The black bear population has risen 29 percent in the region since 2012 and almost 50 percent since 2000, according to wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson of the Department of Natural ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little change in ice conditions. A few anglers were fishing south of the Escanaba River but ice conditions are very dangerous and anglers should avoid this area. Overall fishing was slow although perch remained fair. Walleye catches were low with most fish undersize. ...

Erosion causes problems at F.J. McLain State Park

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is temporarily adjusting camping and lodging fees at F.J. McLain State Park for the upcoming camping season, anticipating the potential unavailability of flush toilets and showers. “Due to erosion along the campground shoreline we ...

Seasonal lake sturgeon released

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and several partners released more than 7,800 juvenile lake sturgeon into various public waters across the state this summer and fall in an effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species. The juvenile fish were ...

Flashback to days as a nimrod

ESCANABA — One of the common questions I like to ask someone being interviewed is how they got started in outdoors adventures? Most of the time the answer of what sparked their interest settles in having been influenced by a relative. Almost every one of them can recall stories of days gone ...

2016 Deer harvest number being compiled

ESCANABA — Representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and various outdoors organizations as well as individual sportspersons were present the southern Upper Peninsula Conservation Coalition met in quarterly session last week. This is the time of year when data ...

Trapper workshop set for Saturday

HERMANSVILLE — The public is invited to the 12th Annual New Trappers Workshop Saturday at the Hermansville Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Admission is free and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will be several demonstrations. Eugene Arduin and Bob ...

DNR creel clerks collecting angler info

LANSING — As the winter fishing season continues, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that DNR staff again will be interviewing them about their fishing trips. The DNR appreciates anglers’ cooperation in obtaining these critical data for fisheries ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved slightly with the colder nights but most anglers are still fishing north of the Escanaba River. Deep ruts from melting and refreezing have made travel difficult in some areas so use caution. For walleye, a few catches were reported off the reefs ...

Warmer weather throwing a curve at winter activities

ESCANABA — It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of January given the recent warm-up that spans across the Upper Peninsula. I’ve seen winters that started strong then slacked off, and others that were reversed. It used to be referred to as a comparison of the lion and the lamb. ...

Schedule announced for Young Trappers Workshop

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association has announced the schedule of events for its 12th Annual Midwinter Young Trappers Workshop. The event will be held in the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The schedule is: 8 a.m. - Doors ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Warm temperatures and rain have worsened ice conditions throughout the area. Heavy fog and slush have limited travel. A good number of shanties were pulled before the surface refreezes. Anglers should avoid the area south of Gladstone because of dangerous ice conditions. Some ...

More public land could be lost

ESCANABA — The word architect has a clear definition of one who designs buildings and advises in their construction. If you were to broaden the meaning today, it would include demolition architect, which is one who strategically employees a method, most often through the use of explosives, to ...

DNR reopens snowmobile trail in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently reopened a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work was completed to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain. "The snowmobile trail bridge over the Menominee River ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Cold temperatures improved the ice conditions mostly in the northern Bay. The Escanaba River area and south still remains dangerous although iced over. Shipping activity has opened areas in these waters and should be avoided. The northern bay has ice but warm weather this ...

DNR finalizing Little Presque Isle trails plan

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources expects a final decision this winter on its non-motorized trails designations at Little Presque Isle, a popular recreation site located a few miles northwest of ­Marquette in Marquette County. For several months, a team of field ...

Wild Game Feed set for Saturday, Jan. 28

ESCANABA — The annual Wild Game Feed Fundraiser will be help at the Great Lakes Sports & Rec Club on Saturday, Jan. 28. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. There will be various raffles and drawings, with the raffle taking place at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy pheasant, ...