Outdoors

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 ...

It is possible to retire?

ESCANABA — My only real recreational time has been the outdoors that included learning about conservation and getting involved as a volunteer 30 years ago. Last week was a turning point for me as I try to inch my way towards total retirement. For the first time in many years, I declined to ...

Fishing Report –

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty, but most were caught in 18 to 35 feet when trolling stick baits or crawlers. Several fair to good catches of perch were reported in the Day’s River with minnows in 16 to 24 feet and around Kipling in 22 to 30 feet. Fair smallmouth action ...

Baiting and feeding deer in the U.P.

ESCANABA — I would say that we’re seeing the second generation of hunters who have never known any other form of deer hunting other than over bait. To coincide with that are those who firmly believe they must feed deer through the winter months regardless of conditions. Bait used for deer ...

NRC to consider higher trout possession limits

LANSING — At next month’s meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, Department of Natural Resources fish managers will recommend a small number of Upper Peninsula stream segments for inclusion under a 10-brook trout possession limit. The regulation was put in place earlier ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures remain quite warm in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Walleye anglers reported spotty catches. Fish were found at the mouth of the Escanaba River and straight out to the “Black Bottom” with crawlers in 14 to 20 feet. Several fair to good perch catches ...