Outdoors

U.P trappers host annual workshop

HERMANSVILLE — The members of U.P. Trappers District 3 will (for the 14th time) put on a workshop for youngsters and any persons interested in becoming trappers. This annual event will be held at the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 2. Start time is 8 a.m. CST and the last event will ...

Past is relived at winter place

MARQUETTE — There’s a place I know not far from home where beautiful white birch trees stand together on a rugged hillside that overlooks a shallow, peaceful lake. I’ve known this place since my youngest days. In the summertime, there are tables and grills here for picnicking. Now, on ...

Date set for Young Trapper’s Workshop in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — The date for the 14th Annual Young Trapper’s Workshop has been set. This fun-filled learning event will take place at the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 2 with doors opening at 8 a.m. CST. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Food and refreshments ...

When the new year descends…old memories emerge

MARQUETTE — This is a very familiar road. I’ve been down it more times than I can remember, and yet, I can’t place where I am exactly. In the darkness, I see the snow-covered spruce growing just off the banks plowed up along the edge of the road. The skies are black and the light from ...

Column: U.P. winter nights have a silence all their own

MARQUETTE — As the metal storm door clicked shut behind me, I almost immediately sensed the mildness of the air meeting my face – warm for a winter’s evening. The wind was dead or at least fast asleep. Soft glowing light shone through the windows of the living room, diffused by curtains ...

Hunters help meet CWD testing goal

MARQUETTE — With the assistance of hunters, a minimum goal set for chronic wasting disease deer head testing has been surpassed in two surveillance areas set up in the central Upper Peninsula. So far, no new cases have been discovered in the U.P. The testing will aid the Michigan Department ...

The beauty of a U.P. winter night

MARQUETTE — Beautiful deep shades of blue continued to permeate my world as the moon, skulking, began to slowly climb out from behind the bare trees into the early night sky. This time of the season, there is something about the combination of ice cold and the shadows – dark, blue, black ...

Some traditions of deer camp live on

ESCANABA — The firearm deer hunting season is finally here. Traditions of camp life are once again rekindled as friends gather, past stories are retold and new memories created. This is my 51st season as a licensed deer hunter in Michigan. I shot my first buck on my 23rd birthday, It was a ...

DNR continues CWD surveillance

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has stepped up its surveillance and information efforts in the wake of the Upper Peninsula’s first case of chronic wasting disease being confirmed Oct. 18 from Dickinson County’s Waucedah Township. A 4-year-old doe killed in ...

How will you react to how they react?

ESCANABA — If I’ve had any negative impression as to how the public has absorbed the information shared to date regarding the finding of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a free ranging deer here in the Upper Peninsula, Just about everyone that comments to me the first time starts off with ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair action with the better catches for night anglers. Day anglers reported spotty catches throughout the Kipling reefs and south to the Escanaba in 18 to 38 feet with stick baits. Many reported large schools of bait fish throughout the area. Perch ...

DNR seeks to fill slots on Citizen Advisory Councils

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is 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 which the ...

Gun owners donate to Wheeling Sportsmen

Courtesy photo Delta County Gun Owners members Rodney Maynard, left, and Jim Groos, far right, present a check for $500 to Ken Buckholtz, center, of Wheeling Sportsmen. The organization makes it possible for people to enjoy the sport of hunting and shooting by providing special accommodations ...

Update on CWD in the U.P.

ESCANABA — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was discovered in the the state of Colorado at a captive cervid facility over half a century ago. There has been a long time belief that it was caused by the use of blood meal products introduced into the food of captive cervids to enhance their intake ...

Conservation officer rescues boater from Lake Gogebic waters

IRONWOOD — On Oct. 22, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jennifer Hanson received a radio call from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office — a man was stranded on a sinking boat on Lake Gogebic in the western Upper Peninsula. Hanson arrived at the scene of a ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye and smallmouth bass anglers. The best walleye catches were at night in 18 to 40 feet when trolling stick baits from the Gladstone Bay area south to the Escanaba lighthouse. The better bass catches were from the “Black Bottom” to Farmers Dock with plastics or ...

The public reaction to CWD

ESCANABA — The reaction to the news of a positive chronic wasting disease (CWD) find in the Upper Peninsula has been just about as I expected. It is comparable to a tsunami after an earthquake. You know it’s coming but not sure how devastating it will be. Either way, it’s never ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches were for night anglers trolling stick baits or crawlers along the reefs in Kipling in 18 to 22 feet. Smallmouth bass anglers had a hard time finding them but did manage to catch some nice ones. Spotty catches were reported from the Second Reef south ...

Will Michigan see a non-motorized trail user fee program in the future?

ESCANABA — People in conservation used to be able to stay updated through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) via their website under a tab labeled “Laws and Legislation.” When opened, a viewer could follow a chronological list of legislation in process and find the ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fished mostly in the southern waters as they were looking for bigger walleye. Try the Minneapolis Shoals area and off Seagull Point. Further north, the best areas were along the Second and Third Reefs in 18 to 28 feet or the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 ...