Outdoors

Successful hunter

Courtesy photo Chloe Thomas, 11, shot her first buck, an eight-pointer, while hunting with her dad, Ed Thomas, in Garden. Chloe is from Nunica, Mich., and is the daughter of Ed and Carrie Thomas.

Column: Late season deer hunting

ESCANABA — As is the tradition on the first Friday following the close of the regular 15-day firearm deer hunting season, the second 10-day season of gun deer hunting opened today only for those firearms that are loaded through the muzzle end of the barrel and historically were considered ...

Column: Deer season shows improvement

ESCANABA — Although there’s still the better side of one week left to the 2017 Michigan firearm deer hunting season, things are looking up when compared to last year and especially the two years prior. The devastating winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 took a toll on the vast Upper Peninsula ...

Snowmobile trail permit dollars are backbone of program

LANSING — It’s almost time to grab sleds, gather friends and discover the thrill and beauty of Michigan snowmobiling. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages residents and nonresidents to purchase their snowmobile trail permits and ride more than 6,000 miles of designated ...

DNR auction of surplus public land starting

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced it will offer surplus public land for sale by sealed-bid auction between Dec. 12, 2017, and Jan. 10, 2018. The auction will feature 80 parcels located in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper ...

Winners named in Wildlife Unlimited raffle

ESCANABA — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County recently ended their almost year-long joint fundraising raffle efforts by awarding a LS tractor, riding lawn mower and gun to random prize winners at the WU of Delta ...

Column: Here at last, here at last

ESCANABA — It’s here! The 2017 Michigan firearm deer hunt is underway, a treasured and highly celebrated holiday in our state. It’s a time to say goodbye to the common day rat race to take time off from work, travel varying distances to rekindle friendships. Sometimes that aspect of the ...

DNR seeks volunteer campground hosts

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds for the 2018 camping season. In exchange for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find ...

Column: I’m at a loss

ESCANABA — A good number of youth and adult hunters had the opportunity to attend and become certified through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Hunter Safety Program throughout this summer and fall. The classes were conducted mostly by local MDNR conservation officers who ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had good walleye catches for those trolling stick baits and crank baits at night from the First Reef north to Garth Point. The better catches were in 10 feet but fish were also taken in waters up to 30 feet deep. Day anglers reported fair catches when trolling stick baits in ...

Michigan Bear Forum meeting set for Dec. 16

ST. IGNACE — A group of individuals representing various sportsmen’s clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, the agricultural community and nonaffiliated bait and hound hunters throughout the state will meet Saturday, Dec. 16, to discuss the future of bear management in Michigan. “This group ...

Get outdoors on Black Friday

LANSING — Residents and visitors are encouraged to put away leftovers and #OptOutside as part of their day-after-Thanksgiving traditions. To encourage folks to tap into Michigan’s great outdoors and gather with friends and family, on Friday, Nov. 24, the Michigan Department of Natural ...

Conservation – we’re all in this as one

ESCANABA — You’d think having over four decades of enjoying a passion for outdoors recreation would generate a knowledge that I’ve seen it all. I’ve had the opportunity to pursue all sorts of fin, feather or fur for consumption, having started totally as a recipient of the privilege and ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing picked up some north of the “Narrows” when trolling stick baits or a crawler harness in 18 to 30 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. The better catches came out from the Days’ River when trolling stick baits in 8 to 10 feet at night. A few perch ...

Hikers, runners and climbers scramble toward faster feats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Freriks remembers being a kid and gazing up from the bottom of the Grand Canyon at the intimidating, steep walls looming thousands of feet overhead. He dreaded the long hike back to civilization and never imagined he would one day run up the trail snaking along those ...

Is it fall yet?

ESCANABA — Let’s see, the kids are in school, football season is underway, geese are flying, color is appearing on trees, nights are cool for sleeping and it’s only 54 days to the firearm deer hunting season. Yup, it’s fall! Although it may not seem so, it is also one week since ...

Fishing regulations changed by NRC

MANISTIQUE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several fishing regulation changes regarding the Big Island Lakes Complex in Schoolcraft County, reptile and amphibian possession and ice shanties. The regulations are part of multiple Fisheries Orders the Michigan Department ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty throughout the Bay with the better fishing at the mouth of the Escanaba River when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits along the weed lines. Perch fishing was good in the same area with minnows in 18 to 25 feet. Good pike catches in several ...

More than 25M fish stocked in 2017

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the totals from its spring and summer fish stocking efforts. The DNR stocked a total of 25,470,199 fish that weighed more than 320 tons and consisted of 11 different species and one hybrid. To complete this task, it took ...

National Forest wildfires impact everyone

ESCANABA — The wildfires raging in the states of California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are not only an ongoing catastrophe, the drifting smoke being carried to the east by the prevailing westerly’s is symbolic in that they are effecting other states and all combined will have a ...