Outdoors

Deer hunting has evolved over 50 years

ESCANABA — I will see the opening day of the Michigan firearm deer hunting season for the 50th time this year. There have been a lot of changes in hunting technique and regulations in all those years, but in half a century of pursuing the whitetailed deer, I have never seen the considerations ...

Give input on state forest planning

LANSING — Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land require a lot of careful planning to keep them healthy and thriving. That’s why the DNR finalizes plans for each forest management unit two years in advance of when any management activities – prescribed burns, timber harvests or ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were down over the last week. Night anglers reported the best catches between the Center Reef and the Second Reef or south around the “Black Bottom”. Anglers were trolling stick baits at night in 14 to 20 feet or stick baits and crawler harnesses in 18 to ...

Column: Help needed from hunters on grouse opener

ESCANABA — As if there isn’t enough to be concerned about, this year hunters are being asked to again work in concert with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as cooperators. The difference this year is an added request to monitor wildlife and report issues related to ...

Sportsman’s Club to hold trappers workshop

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club will offer its ninth-annual Trappers’ Workshop Saturday, Sept. 29 at the club’s facilities in Ontonagon County. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. CDT) Sept. 29. Lunch ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action was a bit slower because of the strong east winds. Best areas were Kipling in 22 to 30 feet, the “Black Bottom” in 18 to 25 feet and Garth Point in 12 to 20 feet. Garth Point was best at night when trolling stick baits or crawlers. A few good perch ...

Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is offering a Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop for women. This event is designed to introduce or further enhance steelhead fishing skills in a wild, remote river setting. Beginners are ...

Local taxidermist gets national honors

ESCANABA — Local taxidermist Tim Gorenchan, owner of North Country Legends Taxidermy in Escanaba, was recently crowned North American Champion at the National Taxidermists Association competition in Springfield, Ill. The competition was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel July ...

15-23-41-68-83 days to deer season

ESCANABA — It must be fall as we are on the precipice of deer hunting season. There are actually five different seasons to pursue the wily whitetail. The first open season on antlerless deer, tagged as “early season”, is set to start Sept. 22, 2018 exclusively for areas of the Lower ...

Column: Flag up, fish off

ESCANABA — In the world of hook and line sport fishing, especially in winter, if someone yells “flag is up”, it usually means there’s a fish hooked on the line of a tip-up. This is positive and encouraging. In the politics of hook and line, especially in the soft water season, if ...

ATV/ORV safety certification class set

ESCANABA — ATV/ORV safety certification class will be held on U.P. State Fairgrounds Sept. 8 either in MDNR Pocket Park Education Center building or red building No. 5. Students are encouraged to bring their own ATV/ORV to the class along with helmet and eye protection. SORVA has some ...

Hiawatha Ducks Unlimited banquet set

ESCANABA — The Hiawatha Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club. There will be raffles for guns and outdoors and sporting equipment. For more information contact Trent Bellingar at 906-280-0085 or at ...

Column: SORVA to host ATV/ORV safety class

ESCANABA — The first peak period of the All Terrain Vehicle and Off-Road Vehicle (ATV/ORV) riding season is ramping down while the second season is about to ramp up. Summer trails have seen a lot of traffic this summer and will witness a brief lull as schools open and fall begins. The second ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good catches from the Escanaba River area south to Round Island. The bite was best in early morning or late evenings, usually in and around eight feet of water. Perch anglers reported fair catches with some large size fish coming in. Catches at ...

Michigan DNR goes electrofishing for answers

By Cory Kovacs and Carl Christiansen Michigan Department of Natural Resources MUNISING — On a rainy August morning, three men dressed in dark-shaded green chest waders and rain jackets slowly make their way upstream, through the chilly waters of the Rock River in Alger County. Two of the ...

Column: 4-H – raising kids the right way

ESCANABA — I’ve been an active member of conservation for over three decades, serving in a capacity from general membership to committee and officer status. The largest and most effective statewide organization affiliation I’ve held has been and continues to be the Michigan United ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had good fishing as walleye anglers reported good to excellent catches in the southern waters. Breezy Point was best with most trolling a crawler harness in 12 feet. A lot of undersize fish right along with the limits of good eating size fish. Walleye were caught straight ...

Rapid River youth lands large pike

Courtesy photo Gwendolyn Naeyaert, 17, of Rapid River, applies for Master Angler status after catching this northern pike in Little Bay De Noc. The pike measured 44.7 inches and weighed 20 pounds.

A conversation on swans at the barbershop

ESCANABA — One of the reasons I love living here in the U.P. is that just about anywhere you go, there is bound to be a conversation regarding the outdoors and/or wildlife. Just such a conversation occurred this week when I went for a haircut at a local barber shop. One chair was occupied ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good numbers of undersize fish throughout the Bay. Fish that were just legal size were caught between the Second and Third Reefs when trolling crawlers or jigging in 20 to 28 feet. Fish were caught south of the Ford River near Round Island when ...