Outdoors

Artists sought for program at Porcupine Mountains

HOUGHTON — Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2018 spring, summer and fall and 2019 winter residencies. A stunning winter photo shows the spectacular beauty of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.The Artist-in-Residence ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Snow storms made travel on the Bay a little more difficult with many getting stuck. Anglers need to be aware of a large pressure crack out from the Terrace Bay Inn which has been moving some as the weight of the snow increases. Overall fishing slowed some. Walleye anglers ...

Grant helps effort to reintroduce grayling

LANSING — Last year the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Michigan Technological University received a $117,175 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative, an effort to reintroduce Arctic ...

Fishing team takes second

Courtesy photo The Gladstone Fishing team took second place for the biggest perch in The Crivitz Classic High School Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Noquebay hosted by Menominee High School. Team members are back row from left: Peter Noblet, Erik Soderman, Dylin Godfrey, Mike Keeker, Spencer ...

Private land deer habitat improvements grants available

ESCANABA — The Michigan Deer Range Improvement Program (DRIP), as known today, actually got its start nearly 90 years ago. Back then our state Legislature passed an amendment to the Game Law of 1929 (Act 296, P.A. 1929) known as the $1.50 Fund. The $1.50 was set aside from each deer (hunting) ...

Delta County projects enhance tourism

ESCANABA — There are two aggressive projects on the table in Delta County that will help solidify the south central Upper Peninsula as a hub-point for those who enjoy trail riding. One is part of the five-year comprehensive plan from the Delta County Parks Department (DCPD) and the other ...

CWD group provides recommendations

LANSING — At the regular monthly meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, the Chronic Wasting Disease Working Group - a panel challenged by the commission to explore actions that could substantially mitigate or eliminate CWD in Michigan - presented its recommendations ...

Building on regional conservation

ESCANABA — As I approach four decades of being involved with conservation, I have seen philosophical changes in natural resources management in both the end user sportsmen and women, as well as those given charge to manage what we have outdoors in both the public and private ...

Upper Peninsula deer habitat grants available

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced a March 1 deadline to apply for a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grant funding in the Upper Peninsula. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had very little snow cover on it. Ice conditions changed some and those heading south of Aronson Island reported much thinner ice. This area is considered dangerous and extreme caution must be used at all times. Pressure cracks have been moving a lot over the last week so ...

DNR continues muskellunge survey

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Muskie Alliance, continues to investigate the state’s muskellunge fisheries through its online angler survey. The 2017 Muskellunge Angler Survey is gathering information about muskellunge angler ...

How the snowmobile trail system works

ESCANABA — Winter is an important season to the recreation/tourism economy of the Upper Peninsula and like any other natural resource element, can rapidly impact whether or not seasonal opportunities will result in success or failure. The increased amount of rainfall last autumn, combined ...

U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Baraga

BARAGA — From a new deer migration study and conservation officer staffing to a fisheries partnership and U.P. shooting range updates, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of interesting topics at ...

Creel clerks collect fishing information

LANSING — As the winter fishing season gets under way, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that fisheries staff again will be stationed at several locations throughout the state in order to interview them about their fishing trips. The DNR appreciates anglers’ ...

Column: The Upper Peninsula and the NRC

ESCANABA — There is more impact to the loss of John Matonich as a member of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) than the fact that he was very good at his post, John was, at a point in time, one of three Yoopers seated on the NRC when there had previously been some polarization ...

Free Fishing Weekend coming Feb. 17-18

LANSING — Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. On those two days, everyone - residents and non-residents alike - can fish without a license, though all other fishing ...

DNR to begin deer migration study in western U.P.

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon begin capturing and collaring white-tailed deer in the western Upper Peninsula as part of a multi-year study to quantify movement patterns of deer, especially migration between winter and summer ranges. Completing the study ...

A look at the top outdoor issues of the year

ESCANABA — Only two days remain to 2017 and I find myself not only looking back at the previous 12 months, it is also a time to reflect on what will happen in the coming year. Every month this year involved some type of work related to the ATV/ORV and snowmobile riding sports. A lot of ...

Buffalo Reef meeting rescheduled for Jan. 30

HOUGHTON — A cooperative multi-entity task force created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Jan. 30 in Houghton County, kicking off long-term efforts to save the important lake trout and whitefish spawning areas on Buffalo Reef from being covered with ...

New Year’s resolution: Go take a hike outdoors

LANSING — Reinvigorate yourself in 2018! Make an “adventure resolution” and commit to exploring Michigan’s great outdoors this year with a “Shoe Year’s” hike, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking or the many other ways to relish winter. The Michigan Department of Natural ...