Outdoors

2016 Deer harvest number being compiled

ESCANABA — Representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and various outdoors organizations as well as individual sportspersons were present the southern Upper Peninsula Conservation Coalition met in quarterly session last week. This is the time of year when data ...

Trapper workshop set for Saturday

HERMANSVILLE — The public is invited to the 12th Annual New Trappers Workshop Saturday at the Hermansville Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Admission is free and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will be several demonstrations. Eugene Arduin and Bob ...

DNR creel clerks collecting angler info

LANSING — As the winter fishing season continues, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that DNR staff again will be interviewing them about their fishing trips. The DNR appreciates anglers’ cooperation in obtaining these critical data for fisheries ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions have improved slightly with the colder nights but most anglers are still fishing north of the Escanaba River. Deep ruts from melting and refreezing have made travel difficult in some areas so use caution. For walleye, a few catches were reported off the reefs ...

Warmer weather throwing a curve at winter activities

ESCANABA — It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of January given the recent warm-up that spans across the Upper Peninsula. I’ve seen winters that started strong then slacked off, and others that were reversed. It used to be referred to as a comparison of the lion and the lamb. ...

Schedule announced for Young Trappers Workshop

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association has announced the schedule of events for its 12th Annual Midwinter Young Trappers Workshop. The event will be held in the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The schedule is: 8 a.m. - Doors ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Warm temperatures and rain have worsened ice conditions throughout the area. Heavy fog and slush have limited travel. A good number of shanties were pulled before the surface refreezes. Anglers should avoid the area south of Gladstone because of dangerous ice conditions. Some ...

More public land could be lost

ESCANABA — The word architect has a clear definition of one who designs buildings and advises in their construction. If you were to broaden the meaning today, it would include demolition architect, which is one who strategically employees a method, most often through the use of explosives, to ...

DNR reopens snowmobile trail in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently reopened a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work was completed to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain. "The snowmobile trail bridge over the Menominee River ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Cold temperatures improved the ice conditions mostly in the northern Bay. The Escanaba River area and south still remains dangerous although iced over. Shipping activity has opened areas in these waters and should be avoided. The northern bay has ice but warm weather this ...

DNR finalizing Little Presque Isle trails plan

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources expects a final decision this winter on its non-motorized trails designations at Little Presque Isle, a popular recreation site located a few miles northwest of ­Marquette in Marquette County. For several months, a team of field ...

Wild Game Feed set for Saturday, Jan. 28

ESCANABA — The annual Wild Game Feed Fundraiser will be help at the Great Lakes Sports & Rec Club on Saturday, Jan. 28. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. There will be various raffles and drawings, with the raffle taking place at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy pheasant, ...

Wildlife management back in the hands of science

ESCANABA — The recent passage of Senate Bill 1187 (SB1187) by the State Legislature, by design, should once and for all answer all the concerns regarding how Michigan should manage our resident population of grey wolves. It is an issue that has carried on too long, after being derailed eight ...

Young Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — Youngsters and beginning trappers will have an opportunity to learn from expert trappers at the twelfth annual Young Trappers Workshop — sponsored by district 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association. Legendary local trapping experts Eugene Arduin and Bob Whitens will be teaching ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were only fishing the head of the Bay and near Gladstone with the exception of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor as no anglers were fishing the southern waters because the area had open water. The bite was slow. Perch were caught on minnows in 22 feet near Kipling and at the ...

Use the outdoors in learning to cope

ESCANABA — Here we are, one week into 2017 and I wonder how many New Years resolutions have been tossed aside. Last year I made one personal resolution, and that was to do more listening and less talking. Whether or not I held to my plan remains up for discussion. This year, my focus will ...

DNR awards recreation grants

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 36 communities across the state will share $1,461,500 in Recreation Passport grants. Funding for this program is derived from sales of the Recreation Passport, the $11 annual pass that grants residents vehicle entry at ...

State rears, stocks muskellunge

LANSING — DNR employee hoisting new full of fingerling muskellungeThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently stocked 25,740 muskellunge fingerlings into 12 waterbodies located throughout the state in an effort to further enhance Michigan’s world-class fisheries. Michigan is ...

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Muzzleloader success

Courtesy photo Meagan Sarasin, 13, bagged a seven-pointer Dec. 9 in Ensign. She was an hour into the muzzeloader hunt with her father when she harvested the buck.

Isle Royale National Park at a loss

ESCANABA — To summarize where we have evolved in our direction of conservation efforts as we leave the year 2016, there are many examples of changes that are working in a positive direction. While a great many parts of the overall puzzle have been assembled, there’s are pieces that not only ...