Outdoors

Midwinter Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — Officials of the U.P. Trappers Association, District 3 announced the date for the annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop is Feb. 4. The event is for youngsters (and adults) interested in learning more about trapping. Doors at the Community Center in Hermansville will open at 8 a.m. ...

Annual Predator Hunt starts Jan. 5

HERMANSVILLE — The William Anderson Sport & Recreation Club announces the 13th annual “Predator Hunt” on Jan. 5 -22. Register at the Sportsman Club by Hermansville Lake, Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. CST. Cost is $20 per two person team. Winner is determined by points: ...

DNR urges caution on snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging snowmobilers to use caution riding trails. Groomer contracts went into effect Dec. 1, kicking off the start of another Michigan ...

I was staring out the window…

ESCANABA — This is our 40th Christmas in this house. In the first 39 years, I never had the time to reflect on what the true meaning of this holiday was to my family. That period of time in my life was spent on intense work with most of those years on a pager involving tight schedules and ...

DNR seeks volunteer campground hosts

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts for the 2017 camping season in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds. Spend time in Michigan’s great outdoors, while engaging with park visitors. Volunteer ...

Some resolve to motorized riding in the Hiawatha

ESCANABA — About two months ago, a large group of people gathered at the Nahma Town Hall to discuss recreational motorized riding issues, and in particular the trails system from US Highway 2 south on into the village of Nahma. The setting had the atmosphere more of a public lynching than a ...

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Krause bags fifth deer in six years

Courtesy photo Tyler Krause, 19, of Gladstone was successful again this year by bagging a five-pointer weighing in at 130 pounds at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 27. He was hunting with his brother Dylan and father Robert at grandma and grandpa’s camp, Ralph and Theresa Krause, located in Ford River. ...

Program improves deer habitat

ESCANABA — The 2016 Central Upper Peninsula Critical Wintering Deer-Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (CUP-CWDWHIP) created new and productive relationships between the DNR, private landowners, sportsmen’s organizations, concerned citizens and other partners to improve critical wintering ...

Part II: How Michigan hunters react to more deer

ESCANABA — In continuation of discussion provided last week, we would be advised to consider what some may feel should be done, at least the near future, in re-establishing a good base population of whitetailed deer for hunting. The Upper Peninsula is unique, not only in topography but in ...

Tahquamenon Falls preps for quiet winter recreation

NEWBERRY — Tahquamenon Falls State Park will provide an improved area at the Lower Falls for quiet recreation beginning this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides. “We have seen an increased interest in ...

DNR seeks to fill vacancies on Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now 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 ...

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Tourangeau gets 10-pointer

Courtesy photo Roger Tourangeau III bagged a 10-point buck on Nov. 18. He is shown with the deer and his daughter, Autumn Rose.

How did hunters react to more deer?

ESCANABA — While many pack up their goods from camp and transition away from their time and experience of the 2016 deer hunt, understand that we’re not done yet. The muzzleloader hunt begins today after just one day of reprieve from the pressures of the regular firearm hunt. The deer ...

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First buck for Nedeau

Courtesy photo Ellie Nedeau, 10, bagged her first buck, a five-pointer, on Sunday, Nov. 20, while hunting in the Fayette area with her father, Mike.

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Cold nights have dropped water temperatures down to the mid to lower 40s. Some walleye anglers were in the southern waters down around the “Black Bottom”. Fish were caught by those trolling stick baits in 22 to 27 feet. Most anglers are still in the northern Bay between ...

National Hunting & Fishing Day is Saturday

ESCANABA - The fourth Saturday in September has historically been set aside for youth. Here in Michigan it had doubled in opportunity combining activities to include National Hunting and Fishing Days and Youth in the Outdoors, along with the annual Michigan Liberty and Youth Hunt. This year the ...

Angler hooks record smallmouth

INDIAN RIVER - Michigan's existing state record for smallmouth bass was broken recently by Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Fla.A longtime angler with a cottage in Indian River, Cheboygan County, Kraemer said he's been fishing Michigan waters since 1965, but this is his first ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported very few catches. The best areas were the southern end of "Black Bottom" and the Stonington area when trolling crawler harnesses in 16 to 30 feet. Several perch anglers reported fair catches in 18 to 27 feet near Gladstone Beach and north by the Day's ...

The Conservationist Man In The Middle

ESCANABA - Conservative - believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society: relating to or supporting political conservatism.Liberal - believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change: relating to or supporting political ...

Crayfish monitoring starts in U.P.

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are partnering together this summer to monitor crayfish populations in the Upper Peninsula. Approximately 140 sites across the U.P. will be sampled by field crews to determine the distribution of native and ...