Outdoors

Young angler fishing tournament planned

ESCANABA — Bay de Noc Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, June 16, in Escanaba’s Ludington Park. You will be able to fish Lake Michigan Waters in Delta and Menominee counties with trailering allowed to all public boat launches in said counties. A mandatory ...

GEMS – working habitat for the future

ESCANABA — It was Sunday, May 20, as I sat along the road in the sun while having lunch with a bunch of other people. We were all volunteers, planting 110 apple trees in various spots in this remote location approximately 24 miles south of Gwinn, Mich. It was a wildlife habitat enhancement ...

Wildlife Unlimited supports Crushers

Courtesy photo On behalf of Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Ralph Lundquist presents a $1,000 grant to the Delta County Crushers.

Column: U.P. ATV/ORV use plan in progress

ESCANABA — Years ago, most of the objections from the public regarding how our state natural resources were managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) came from a lack of transparency. The opportunities to provide input on issues were limited mostly by time and ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30s. There is still some floating ice out in the bay so use caution. Pier anglers at the North Shore launch caught a few smallmouth bass. All rivers ...

Crunch time for input on chronic wasting disease plan

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance (UPSA) met in regular session last Saturday in Escanaba. The event was hosted by the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club with a luncheon sponsored by U.P. Whitetails Association, Inc. It was also the annual organizational meeting and ...

New bag limits for U.P. trout opener

MARQUETTE — Anglers heading out for the trout season opener at the end of the month will have portions of nearly 40 Upper Peninsula trout streams where an additional five brook trout may be kept as part of the daily bag limit. The new regulation approved last falladded a suite of 36 ...

Turkey season right around the corner

LANSING — Michigan’s first turkey season of the year is right around the corner. Plentiful birds, 10 million-plus acres of public land available for hunting, and spring turkey season just days away - don’t miss your chance to gobble up some prime hunting April 23-May 31. The state’s ...

Doing more with less

ESCANABA — I had the privilege of sitting as a participant in a regional meeting of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The entire USFS Eastern Region is based out of Milwaukee, Wis., and covers a span from the Mississippi River easterly along the northern U.S. boundary and southern edge from ...

Fair representation in U.P. conservation

ESCANABA — A developing deer hunter learns about the habits of the whitetail through their years afield. In time they realize if the buck (or doe) coming in to range has discovered their presence based on levels of alert. A deer may be looking in one direction but that may a bluff. The smell ...

DNR to offer snowmobile sound check

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will provide courtesy snowmobile sound testing Saturday at the agency’s customer service center in Marquette. Sound testing is offered only for 2-stroke machines manufactured after 1980. DNR conservation officers also will be ...

It’s happened again, but not because of guns

ESCANABA — This has been a difficult week across the country as we’ve once again been witness to the real world and another atrocity involving an attack on innocent children in a Florida school. It has been a week of mourning, as well as added controversy centering around the debate ...

Instructors sought for ORV safety education program

ESCANABA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking instructors for its off-road vehicle safety education program. This volunteer opportunity allows ORV enthusiasts to pass along their love and knowledge of the sport to new riders, while teaching them safe and responsible ORV ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Ice remains throughout most of the Bay. Saunders Point is dangerous and should be avoided because of the warm water discharge and open water in the area. Overall fishing was slow but anglers are marking good numbers of fish throughout. Spotty walleye catches were reported ...

Deer migration study underway

ESCANABA — The Discovering television show, airing every Monday evening on WLUC TV6 from Marquette, was started in 1981 by then field reporter Buck Levasseur. His creation came from doing bit reports for the station related to the outdoors, mostly about natural resources management. It grew ...

Anglers reminded of ice shanty removal dates

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them. The ice quickly can become unsafe for anglers to retrieve their ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Catch rates slowed considerably and as a result angler participation was low. Walleye anglers reported very few catches even though they were marking fish. Anglers were as far south as the Ford River but no reports came in. Most of the walleye fishing was near the Escanaba ...

You need to know how to manage natural resources in order to appreciate them

ESCANABA — I sometimes go back into the archives to see what was in the news regarding conservation at certain points in time. Just over a decade ago, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) was in the throws of controversy having attempted to raise the hunting and fishing ...

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 ...