Outdoors

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers fished mostly in the southern waters as they were looking for bigger walleye. Try the Minneapolis Shoals area and off Seagull Point. Further north, the best areas were along the Second and Third Reefs in 18 to 28 feet or the mouth of the Escanaba River in 20 ...

It is possible to retire?

ESCANABA — My only real recreational time has been the outdoors that included learning about conservation and getting involved as a volunteer 30 years ago. Last week was a turning point for me as I try to inch my way towards total retirement. For the first time in many years, I declined to ...

Fishing Report –

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were spotty, but most were caught in 18 to 35 feet when trolling stick baits or crawlers. Several fair to good catches of perch were reported in the Day’s River with minnows in 16 to 24 feet and around Kipling in 22 to 30 feet. Fair smallmouth action ...

Baiting and feeding deer in the U.P.

ESCANABA — I would say that we’re seeing the second generation of hunters who have never known any other form of deer hunting other than over bait. To coincide with that are those who firmly believe they must feed deer through the winter months regardless of conditions. Bait used for deer ...

NRC to consider higher trout possession limits

LANSING — At next month’s meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, Department of Natural Resources fish managers will recommend a small number of Upper Peninsula stream segments for inclusion under a 10-brook trout possession limit. The regulation was put in place earlier ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures remain quite warm in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Walleye anglers reported spotty catches. Fish were found at the mouth of the Escanaba River and straight out to the “Black Bottom” with crawlers in 14 to 20 feet. Several fair to good perch catches ...

Deer hunting has evolved over 50 years

ESCANABA — I will see the opening day of the Michigan firearm deer hunting season for the 50th time this year. There have been a lot of changes in hunting technique and regulations in all those years, but in half a century of pursuing the whitetailed deer, I have never seen the considerations ...

Give input on state forest planning

LANSING — Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land require a lot of careful planning to keep them healthy and thriving. That’s why the DNR finalizes plans for each forest management unit two years in advance of when any management activities – prescribed burns, timber harvests or ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye catches were down over the last week. Night anglers reported the best catches between the Center Reef and the Second Reef or south around the “Black Bottom”. Anglers were trolling stick baits at night in 14 to 20 feet or stick baits and crawler harnesses in 18 to ...

Column: Help needed from hunters on grouse opener

ESCANABA — As if there isn’t enough to be concerned about, this year hunters are being asked to again work in concert with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as cooperators. The difference this year is an added request to monitor wildlife and report issues related to ...

Sportsman’s Club to hold trappers workshop

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club will offer its ninth-annual Trappers’ Workshop Saturday, Sept. 29 at the club’s facilities in Ontonagon County. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. CDT) Sept. 29. Lunch ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action was a bit slower because of the strong east winds. Best areas were Kipling in 22 to 30 feet, the “Black Bottom” in 18 to 25 feet and Garth Point in 12 to 20 feet. Garth Point was best at night when trolling stick baits or crawlers. A few good perch ...

Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is offering a Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop for women. This event is designed to introduce or further enhance steelhead fishing skills in a wild, remote river setting. Beginners are ...

Local taxidermist gets national honors

ESCANABA — Local taxidermist Tim Gorenchan, owner of North Country Legends Taxidermy in Escanaba, was recently crowned North American Champion at the National Taxidermists Association competition in Springfield, Ill. The competition was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel July ...

15-23-41-68-83 days to deer season

ESCANABA — It must be fall as we are on the precipice of deer hunting season. There are actually five different seasons to pursue the wily whitetail. The first open season on antlerless deer, tagged as “early season”, is set to start Sept. 22, 2018 exclusively for areas of the Lower ...

Column: Flag up, fish off

ESCANABA — In the world of hook and line sport fishing, especially in winter, if someone yells “flag is up”, it usually means there’s a fish hooked on the line of a tip-up. This is positive and encouraging. In the politics of hook and line, especially in the soft water season, if ...

ATV/ORV safety certification class set

ESCANABA — ATV/ORV safety certification class will be held on U.P. State Fairgrounds Sept. 8 either in MDNR Pocket Park Education Center building or red building No. 5. Students are encouraged to bring their own ATV/ORV to the class along with helmet and eye protection. SORVA has some ...

Hiawatha Ducks Unlimited banquet set

ESCANABA — The Hiawatha Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club. There will be raffles for guns and outdoors and sporting equipment. For more information contact Trent Bellingar at 906-280-0085 or at ...