Outdoors

Rapid River youth lands large pike

Courtesy photo Gwendolyn Naeyaert, 17, of Rapid River, applies for Master Angler status after catching this northern pike in Little Bay De Noc. The pike measured 44.7 inches and weighed 20 pounds.

A conversation on swans at the barbershop

ESCANABA — One of the reasons I love living here in the U.P. is that just about anywhere you go, there is bound to be a conversation regarding the outdoors and/or wildlife. Just such a conversation occurred this week when I went for a haircut at a local barber shop. One chair was occupied ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good numbers of undersize fish throughout the Bay. Fish that were just legal size were caught between the Second and Third Reefs when trolling crawlers or jigging in 20 to 28 feet. Fish were caught south of the Ford River near Round Island when ...

Column: HTA meets OUB for FUN

ESCANABA — Nine years ago, I sat in the Marquette ice arena meeting room as an invited guest of stakeholders that were joining to discuss the downward trend of interest in hunting and the shooting sports and outdoors recreation in general. Responsive Management research company had been ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc A few walleye were caught here and there. Fish were found along the “Black Bottom” when trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet and near the lighthouse in Escanaba when jigging crawlers in 14 to 30 feet. Off Breezy Point, the better catches came in the early morning ...

Plan now for fall bird-hunting season

LANSING — With bird hunting season just around the corner, it’s a great time to plan a fall hunting trip. Michigan has millions of acres of huntable public land, with excellent young forests that have made northern Michigan a destination for many. GEMS and Mi-HUNT are two DNR-developed ...

Cobb wins state trap shooting champion title

Courtesy photo Justin Cobb was the High All Around Champion at the 2018 Michigan State Trap Shooting Championship held June 3-4 in Mason, Mich. Cobb shot a 389 out of 400 to win the title, which included scores from his singles, handicap and doubles shooting events. He also won the AIM and ...

Column: Trail damage in Keweenaw exceeds $60M

ESCANABA — The Michigan Trails Advisory Council (MTAC) met in regular session last Monday in Roscommon. Parts of the agenda included updates on the Pure Michigan Trails and Pure Michigan Trail Towns efforts. Most of the promotion has been related to the non-motorized trails sports that ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches with most targeting the Escanaba River area or south near Breezy Point. Anglers are still reporting a lot of undersize fish in the Escanaba River but better reports in the “Black Bottom” when trolling or drifting a crawler harness ...

Volunteers needed at Pocket Park

ESCANABA — If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity to help a young person experience outdoor recreation – helping instill in them a sense of Michigan’s great natural resources heritage and traditions – then the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for you. Youth ...

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 ...