Outdoors

Groups collaborate to fight oak wilt disease

LANISING – The Oak Wilt Coalition is a new partnership between private, nonprofit and governmental organizations to help increase awareness about the serious threat of oak wilt disease in Michigan. Led by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, the partnership also includes representatives ...

Keep the Upper Peninsula CWD free

ESCANABA — I’ve been in the woods a lot during the past two weeks and if I were asked to give my perspectives as to what hunting conditions will be like this fall, it could be summarized with one word — wet! The amount of standing water found in our forest lands this year could be one of ...

October Beyond BOW outings set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program is offering separate Beyond BOW backpacking and steelhead fishing workshops for women. Both workshop events are scheduled for Oct. 27-29. The backpacking outing will be at Craig Lake State ...

Michigan’s annual elk hunting season underway

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s elk hunting season is getting underway. The season is divided into three periods. The first begans Tuesday and ends today. The second runs from Sept. 15-18 and the third from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. A total of 100 hunters are authorized to participate this season. Of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches of legal fish in the northern part of the Bay. The better catches were reported in the “Black Bottom” area when trolling a crawler harness but the best walleye catches were coming from Green Bay waters when using stick baits or ...

What to do with found fawn deer

ESCANABA — Spring in the north country is a trying time for many whitetailed deer, especially the does that are nearing the end of their gestational period in preparation to give birth. It all evolves around the amount of daylight versus weather conditions, where the metabolic state of deer ...

Wildlife Through Forestry forum set

BARAGA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer its latest “Wildlife Through Forestry” forum, which will showcase preliminary results from the DNR’s ongoing Upper Peninsula predator-prey study, May 8 at the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club in Baraga County. “This is the ...

NRC, DNR create chronic wasting disease panel

LANSING — Recognizing the challenge posed by the presence of chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s white-tailed deer population, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently adopted a resolution to engage the scientific community to identify practices that will address the threat of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches between the Day’s River and the Third Reef with crawlers and wigglers in 26 to 35 feet. The “Narrows” also produced fair catches using the same in 30 to 38 feet. Angler participation for pre-season smallmouth bass in the Ford River ...

Registration opens for summer ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) program, which is set for June 2-4 in Marquette County. This will mark the 20th annual summer BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who ...

The Testament of a Fisherman

ESCANABA — The Testament of a Fisherman Robert Traver 1964, (Judge John Voelker 1903-93) I fish because I love to; Because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ...

DNR seeks public comment trout plan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its draft inland trout management plan and is seeking public comment on it. The plan, available online at michigan.gov/fishing under Angler Alerts, focuses on the ecology and management of populations of inland trout in ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Very cold temperatures have firmed the ice in the northern Bay but many dangers still exist. Anglers are mostly walking out and with warm temperatures forecasted by the end of the week and into next week, even walking may be dangerous. Walleye season closed on March 15. Perch ...

DNR issues final Little Presque Isle trails plan

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources issued its final decision on non-motorized trails designations at Little Presque Isle, a popular recreation site located a few miles northwest of Marquette in Marquette County. Over the next few weeks, DNR staff will be finalizing a ...

Conservation pendulum changes direction

ESCANABA — History is a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their cause. The history of conservation, especially that which has been created in Michigan, is about to see a major swing of the pendulum. This time, ...

DNR sees increasing number of recipients in Master Angler program

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2016 results from its Master Angler program. This program, in place since 1973, recognizes large fish caught by recreational anglers. This past year, 1,807 anglers representing 24 states and the countries of Canada and ...

DNR’s Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils to meet

MARQUETTE — A good deal of great information will be offered for the public and to a joint session of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils, March 14 in Marquette Township. The two panels meet bi-monthly throughout the year. ...

Tim Kobasic column: Time to end September deer hunt for youth?

As is typical this time of year, when fall hunting quotas are being determined, the suggestions of how to be a bit more conservative on deer harvest are coming in. Most have been aired on an annual basis and often meet with debate putting one user group against another. To start off, ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Had a slow week and low angler participation. Walleye catches have been down all winter and anglers have been unable to fish the southern waters where most of the walleye are because of poor ice conditions. Anglers did report some walleye caught in various locations when ...

Indian Lake fishing tourney set

MANISTIQUE — The Friends of Indian Lake Fishing Tournament is set for Aug. 12 at Indian Lake State Park. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the state park. The tourney, which starts at 7 a.m., will feature four categories for adults and youth (walleye, bass, northern pike, ...