Outdoors

Trapping comes home to the Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA — While trapping is easily recognized as a viable and necessary mode of wildlife management, many do not appreciate how its origin in the United States can be traced back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. According to Wikipedia, “Mackinac Island is an island and resort area, ...

City of Escanaba looking at land abuse

ESCANABA — The city of Escanaba has cooperated with the development of the recreational trails within the municipal lands. The cross country ski trails and non-motorized biking programs have found an anchor point within the city, and the motorized trail/route segment is up and running. ...

Coyote/bobcat trapper at National Trappers Convention

ESCANABA — Professional coyote/bobcat trapping expert Rusty Johnson will be attending and giving a presentation at the 59th Annual National Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo. This event will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba July 26-28. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days. ...

QDMA makes a bid to take over deer regs

ESCANABA — Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has been in existence since 1937 and is the longest running continuous conservation cooperative of its kind in Michigan. The 40,000-plus members of Michigan United Conservation Clubs come from all walks of life, united by their shared ...

Column: Severe storms impact summer ATV/ORV trails

ESCANABA — As we officially head into summer, the peak season for motorized recreational riding is upon us and there are some area issues and projects that should checked out prior to your departure. Recent storms in the western Upper Peninsula have caused some washout conditions on the ...

Comstock to attend National Trapper’s Convention

ESCANABA — Jim Comstock, known as one of the better animal damage control trappers in the country, will be among the many experts presenting at the National Trappers Association’s 59th Annual Convention/Outdoor Show at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba on July 26-28. Hours are 8 a.m. ...

Column: Chronic wasting disease plan in place

ESCANABA — What may well be the most significant impact we’ve ever seen regarding hunting regulations, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) now has refined direction in addressing the issue of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state. The process leading to this point in ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had good catches of walleye at the mouth of the Whitefish River when trolling a crawler harness or stick bait and when jigging a crawler near the weed beds. Fish were also caught on the Escanaba River when jigging crawlers. Some limit catches were reported. Fish were also ...

Column: A special day on the water

ESCANABA — I’ve owned a canoe for nearly 40 years. I was used when I bought it and has seen some interesting trips on streams and lakes. It was an easy and inexpensive mode of entertainment for me and my family, especially the kids. Each spring we’d head down to Ludington Park Habor in ...

Kids Fishing Day part of Free Fishing Weekend

RAPID RIVER — Kids Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Camp 7 Lake Campground. Designed for kids up to 16 years of age, the purpose of Kids Fishing Day is to introduce youngsters to the joy of fishing. The free event typically draws 300 youngsters ...

Young angler fishing tournament planned

ESCANABA — Bay de Noc Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, June 16, in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. You will be able to fish Lake Michigan Waters in Delta and Menominee counties with trailering allowed to all public boat launches in said counties. A mandatory ...

GEMS – working habitat for the future

ESCANABA — It was Sunday, May 20, as I sat along the road in the sun while having lunch with a bunch of other people. We were all volunteers, planting 110 apple trees in various spots in this remote location approximately 24 miles south of Gwinn, Mich. It was a wildlife habitat enhancement ...

Wildlife Unlimited supports Crushers

Courtesy photo On behalf of Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Ralph Lundquist presents a $1,000 grant to the Delta County Crushers.

Column: U.P. ATV/ORV use plan in progress

ESCANABA — Years ago, most of the objections from the public regarding how our state natural resources were managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) came from a lack of transparency. The opportunities to provide input on issues were limited mostly by time and ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30s. There is still some floating ice out in the bay so use caution. Pier anglers at the North Shore launch caught a few smallmouth bass. All rivers ...

Crunch time for input on chronic wasting disease plan

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance (UPSA) met in regular session last Saturday in Escanaba. The event was hosted by the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club with a luncheon sponsored by U.P. Whitetails Association, Inc. It was also the annual organizational meeting and ...

New bag limits for U.P. trout opener

MARQUETTE — Anglers heading out for the trout season opener at the end of the month will have portions of nearly 40 Upper Peninsula trout streams where an additional five brook trout may be kept as part of the daily bag limit. The new regulation approved last falladded a suite of 36 ...

Turkey season right around the corner

LANSING — Michigan’s first turkey season of the year is right around the corner. Plentiful birds, 10 million-plus acres of public land available for hunting, and spring turkey season just days away - don’t miss your chance to gobble up some prime hunting April 23-May 31. The state’s ...

Doing more with less

ESCANABA — I had the privilege of sitting as a participant in a regional meeting of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The entire USFS Eastern Region is based out of Milwaukee, Wis., and covers a span from the Mississippi River easterly along the northern U.S. boundary and southern edge from ...

Fair representation in U.P. conservation

ESCANABA — A developing deer hunter learns about the habits of the whitetail through their years afield. In time they realize if the buck (or doe) coming in to range has discovered their presence based on levels of alert. A deer may be looking in one direction but that may a bluff. The smell ...