Outdoors

DNR officers honored for rescue

Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers Zach Painter and Jenni Hanson stand with 110th District State Rep. Greg Markkanen and special state of Michigan tributes they received Saturday, March 2 at the DNR office in Baraga ...

Ice shanty removal dates approaching

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed before the ice is unable to safely support them. In warmer weather, the ice quickly can become unsafe for anglers to ...

The slow and steady coming of spring

MARQUETTE — When I stepped closer and reached for her arm, her hand and forearm were buried in the cold, deep snow. I closed my hand around her elbow and tugged gently. Nothing happened. Her hand was stuck. I kicked away some of the snow with my boot. Then I tried again. This ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Snow has made access difficult pretty much all winter. Catch rates for walleye were spotty. The better reports came from the mouth of the Escanaba River when jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet, off Gladstone and the Kipling Flats with tip-ups and sucker minnows or when jigging ...

Winter storm puts force of nature on display

MARQUETTE — The plaintive sound of simple chords played on a piano can open-up my heart and mind on these cold winter days. The sound fills the room and moves through the house, filling all the corners and cracks with warmth and hope. The chords may sound sad and lonesome, but they’re ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers have been struggling with the snow and slush and as a result very few are participating. Travel is limited to snowmobiles although some side by sides with tracks had been out. All others did a lot of shoveling. Walleye anglers had very little to report however perch ...

Sunshine and the battle of the winter blues

MARQUETTE — When I opened the curtains, I was heartened to see the sun beginning to reach its long arms up to the tops of the trees from the horizon. I knew it wouldn’t be warm like a summer day, once it got itself pulled up high enough into the sky to make a difference, but I knew it ...

Brews for Brookies planned March 1

MARQUETTE — Brews for Brookies will be held Friday, March 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road, Marquette The event will support the local Trout Unlimited chapter’s restoration projects, Salmon-in-the-Classroom, and educational programs. There will be appetizers, ...

2019 DNR licenses go on sale March 1

LANSING — Don’t wait to get your 2019 hunting or fishing license. Most licenses and permits go on sale March 1, when the new license year begins. The March 1 start date includes hunting and fishing license sales, except for certain deer licenses and furbearer tags that are sold later in ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall made travel on the ice very difficult. Under the deep snow is a foot or more of slush in the low areas. Those venturing off the trail were getting stuck so be warned if you plan to fish the low traveled areas. Best walleye areas were on the south side of the ...

Column: Wildlife still active in dead of winter

MARQUETTE — It was that instant mashed potato flake kind of snow – soft and fluffy, and it was piling up high as the nighttime moved slowly past. I was looking out the upstairs window of the room at the end of the hall, the place where I do a lot of my writing and reading. The night ...

Fur-handling demo at trapper’s meeting

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association is holding its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Eastern) at the Anderson Sportsman’s Club in Hermansville. Presently, District 3 is dipping into the hundreds of years of experience in its ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall is making travel on the ice much more difficult for many. Snowmobiles were the best means of travel. The weight of the snow has opened some of the ice off Saunders Point so extreme caution needs to be used in this area. Overall fishing was slow. Anglers were ...

Free fishing this weekend in Mich.

LANSING — Just a reminder this Saturday and Sunday brings the 2019 Winter #MiFreeFishingWeekend to Michigan. All fishing license fees will be waived. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and waters of the Great Lakes for all species during their respective ...

Ice storm brings beauty, destruction

MARQUETTE — The sound I heard shimmering through the air was abrupt and loud, like the crack of a high-powered rifle at a distance. The noise was followed by a rushing sound like waves breaking near the shore. I was standing alone in the cemetery. The rain overnight had begun to freeze ...

DNR director Eichinger to visit U.P.

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger is headed to the Upper Peninsula this weekend to attend sporting group gatherings Saturday in Escanaba and Marquette. Eichinger said the visit will help him gain additional perspective from a couple of the outdoor ...

Snowmobilers in UP warned of weather-related trail hazards

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources trail officials are advising snowmobilers riding in the Upper Peninsula to use extra caution because of hazards produced by significant weather-related events. A historic ice storm hit extensive portions of the region Monday, affecting ...

Column: Like people, most rivers have a voice and soul

MARQUETTE — Most any river has a voice and a soul and, like a person, has depth and warmth and cold, but also like people, there are some that seem more alive than others. This river is most certainly one of those living places where visitors arrive as one person and leave another. Her ...

Lake Michigan shoreline added to Hiawatha National Forest

MACKINAC COUNTY — The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), announced the addition of 11.25 acres of shoreline habitat to Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest Research Natural Area. Located along Lake Michigan, the property features important habitat for ...

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 ...