Outdoors

Wildlife management back in the hands of science

ESCANABA — The recent passage of Senate Bill 1187 (SB1187) by the State Legislature, by design, should once and for all answer all the concerns regarding how Michigan should manage our resident population of grey wolves. It is an issue that has carried on too long, after being derailed eight ...

Young Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — Youngsters and beginning trappers will have an opportunity to learn from expert trappers at the twelfth annual Young Trappers Workshop — sponsored by district 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association. Legendary local trapping experts Eugene Arduin and Bob Whitens will be teaching ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were only fishing the head of the Bay and near Gladstone with the exception of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor as no anglers were fishing the southern waters because the area had open water. The bite was slow. Perch were caught on minnows in 22 feet near Kipling and at the ...

Use the outdoors in learning to cope

ESCANABA — Here we are, one week into 2017 and I wonder how many New Years resolutions have been tossed aside. Last year I made one personal resolution, and that was to do more listening and less talking. Whether or not I held to my plan remains up for discussion. This year, my focus will ...

DNR awards recreation grants

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 36 communities across the state will share $1,461,500 in Recreation Passport grants. Funding for this program is derived from sales of the Recreation Passport, the $11 annual pass that grants residents vehicle entry at ...

State rears, stocks muskellunge

LANSING — DNR employee hoisting new full of fingerling muskellungeThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently stocked 25,740 muskellunge fingerlings into 12 waterbodies located throughout the state in an effort to further enhance Michigan’s world-class fisheries. Michigan is ...

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Muzzleloader success

Courtesy photo Meagan Sarasin, 13, bagged a seven-pointer Dec. 9 in Ensign. She was an hour into the muzzeloader hunt with her father when she harvested the buck.

Isle Royale National Park at a loss

ESCANABA — To summarize where we have evolved in our direction of conservation efforts as we leave the year 2016, there are many examples of changes that are working in a positive direction. While a great many parts of the overall puzzle have been assembled, there’s are pieces that not only ...

Midwinter Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — Officials of the U.P. Trappers Association, District 3 announced the date for the annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4. The event is for youngsters (and adults) interested in learning more about trapping. Doors at the Community Center in Hermansville will open at 8 a.m. ...

Annual Predator Hunt starts Jan. 5

HERMANSVILLE — The William Anderson Sport & Recreation Club announces the 13th annual “Predator Hunt” on Jan. 5 -22. Register at the Sportsman Club by Hermansville Lake, Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. CST. Cost is $20 per two person team. Winner is determined by points: ...

DNR urges caution on snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging snowmobilers to use caution riding trails. Groomer contracts went into effect Dec. 1, kicking off the start of another Michigan ...

I was staring out the window…

ESCANABA — This is our 40th Christmas in this house. In the first 39 years, I never had the time to reflect on what the true meaning of this holiday was to my family. That period of time in my life was spent on intense work with most of those years on a pager involving tight schedules and ...

DNR seeks volunteer campground hosts

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts for the 2017 camping season in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds. Spend time in Michigan’s great outdoors, while engaging with park visitors. Volunteer ...

Some resolve to motorized riding in the Hiawatha

ESCANABA — About two months ago, a large group of people gathered at the Nahma Town Hall to discuss recreational motorized riding issues, and in particular the trails system from US Highway 2 south on into the village of Nahma. The setting had the atmosphere more of a public lynching than a ...

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Krause bags fifth deer in six years

Courtesy photo Tyler Krause, 19, of Gladstone was successful again this year by bagging a five-pointer weighing in at 130 pounds at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 27. He was hunting with his brother Dylan and father Robert at grandma and grandpa’s camp, Ralph and Theresa Krause, located in Ford River. ...

Program improves deer habitat

ESCANABA — The 2016 Central Upper Peninsula Critical Wintering Deer-Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (CUP-CWDWHIP) created new and productive relationships between the DNR, private landowners, sportsmen’s organizations, concerned citizens and other partners to improve critical wintering ...

Part II: How Michigan hunters react to more deer

ESCANABA — In continuation of discussion provided last week, we would be advised to consider what some may feel should be done, at least the near future, in re-establishing a good base population of whitetailed deer for hunting. The Upper Peninsula is unique, not only in topography but in ...

Tahquamenon Falls preps for quiet winter recreation

NEWBERRY — Tahquamenon Falls State Park will provide an improved area at the Lower Falls for quiet recreation beginning this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides. “We have seen an increased interest in ...

DNR seeks to fill vacancies on Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in ...

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Tourangeau gets 10-pointer

Courtesy photo Roger Tourangeau III bagged a 10-point buck on Nov. 18. He is shown with the deer and his daughter, Autumn Rose.