Outdoors

Is it fall yet?

ESCANABA — Let’s see, the kids are in school, football season is underway, geese are flying, color is appearing on trees, nights are cool for sleeping and it’s only 54 days to the firearm deer hunting season. Yup, it’s fall! Although it may not seem so, it is also one week since ...

Fishing regulations changed by NRC

MANISTIQUE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several fishing regulation changes regarding the Big Island Lakes Complex in Schoolcraft County, reptile and amphibian possession and ice shanties. The regulations are part of multiple Fisheries Orders the Michigan Department ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty throughout the Bay with the better fishing at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits along the weed lines. Perch fishing was good in the same area with minnows in 18 to 25 feet. Good pike catches in several ...

More than 25M fish stocked in 2017

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the totals from its spring and summer fish stocking efforts. The DNR stocked a total of 25,470,199 fish that weighed more than 320 tons and consisted of 11 different species and one hybrid. To complete this task, it took ...

National Forest wildfires impact everyone

ESCANABA — The wildfires raging in the states of California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are not only an ongoing catastrophe, the drifting smoke being carried to the east by the prevailing westerly’s is symbolic in that they are effecting other states and all combined will have a ...

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Trappers Association makes donation

Courtesy photo The U.P. Trappers Association recently donated $600 to the Escanaba High School track team. Presenting the check to track coach Dan DeLong, at left, is District 3 president and event coordinator for U.P. Trappers, Roy Dahlgren.

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Trap shooting title

Courtesy photo Justin Cobb, A senior at Escanaba High School recently competed in the Michigan Trap Shooting Association State Championship in Mason Michigan. Justin shot a 190 out of 200 in singles trap to take the Class D State Champion title. Justin also shot 93 out of 100 in doubles trap ...

Youth ORV class offered at Pocket Park

ESCANABA — A youth ORV class will be offered at the DNR Pocket Park on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required and a parent or guardian must accompany a child under the age of 10. Contact Jo Ann Alexander at 906-786-2351 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for further information. ...

Central U.P. trail fall condition report

ESCANABA — The obligation of the motorized trail sponsors to perform fall maintenance tasks by Sept. 1 have been logged into the books for 2017. Now the state trail planners will audit the work and inspect problematic areas to assure compliance. Some of the duties of those who volunteer ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught fewer walleye but some were found in 12 to 14 feet off Breezy Point and near Round Island in 10 to 18 feet. Most were trolling crank baits or crawler harnesses. Windy conditions kept many from heading south to Seagull Point but when they could; fish were caught ...

Groups collaborate to fight oak wilt disease

LANISING – The Oak Wilt Coalition is a new partnership between private, nonprofit and governmental organizations to help increase awareness about the serious threat of oak wilt disease in Michigan. Led by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, the partnership also includes representatives ...

Keep the Upper Peninsula CWD free

ESCANABA — I’ve been in the woods a lot during the past two weeks and if I were asked to give my perspectives as to what hunting conditions will be like this fall, it could be summarized with one word — wet! The amount of standing water found in our forest lands this year could be one of ...

October Beyond BOW outings set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program is offering separate Beyond BOW backpacking and steelhead fishing workshops for women. Both workshop events are scheduled for Oct. 27-29. The backpacking outing will be at Craig Lake State ...

Michigan’s annual elk hunting season underway

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s elk hunting season is getting underway. The season is divided into three periods. The first begans Tuesday and ends today. The second runs from Sept. 15-18 and the third from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. A total of 100 hunters are authorized to participate this season. Of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches of legal fish in the northern part of the Bay. The better catches were reported in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling a crawler harness but the best walleye catches were coming from Green Bay waters when using stick baits or ...

What to do with found fawn deer

ESCANABA — Spring in the north country is a trying time for many whitetailed deer, especially the does that are nearing the end of their gestational period in preparation to give birth. It all evolves around the amount of daylight versus weather conditions, where the metabolic state of deer ...

Wildlife Through Forestry forum set

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer its latest “Wildlife Through Forestry” forum, which will showcase preliminary results from the DNR’s ongoing Upper Peninsula predator-prey study, May 8 at the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club in Baraga County. “This is the ...

NRC, DNR create chronic wasting disease panel

LANSING — Recognizing the challenge posed by the presence of chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s white-tailed deer population, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently adopted a resolution to engage the scientific community to identify practices that will address the threat of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches between the Day’s River and the Third Reef with crawlers and wigglers in 26 to 35 feet. The “Narrows” also produced fair catches using the same in 30 to 38 feet. Angler participation for pre-season smallmouth bass in the Ford River ...

Registration opens for summer ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) program, which is set for June 2-4 in Marquette County. This will mark the 20th annual summer BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who ...