Outdoors

Munising makes comeback to ‘Snowmobile Capitol’ status

The concerns of recreational users of the trail system in Alger County have turned into a display of effort that sets a bench mark for other to follow.About ten years ago, the trail maintenance in the vicinity of Munising and Alger County for snowmobiling was seeing a decline in quality. It ...

Area conservation groups are gearing up for spring, gobblers

A sure sign that spring is right around the corner occurred this week as stakeholders representing conservation groups, particularly those dealing with turkey management, met to discuss the previous spring and fall hunts, and make recommendations for quotas over the next three years.The ...

Recently frozen water at Saunders Point makes area dangerous

Little Bay De Noc: Had few anglers and catch rates were down. Anglers are fishing as far south as Portage Point but open water starts around the Breezy Point so use caution if venturing out in these areas. Ice conditions were good in the northern Bay but much thinner near Portage Point. ...

Fourth graders will get field trips to federal parks

LANSING - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of 186 federal parks that will split the $1.1 million National Park Foundation grant to set up field trip programs.The $4,820 grant secured last fall will get local kids educated through public parks, said Melissa O'Donnell, the interagency ...

Bring back common sense snowmobiling to the U.P.

We are in the process of seeing resurgence in an aspect of recreation here in the Upper Peninsula. It is one that I've not seen in forty-five years.Yes, this is one of those "back when I was your age" columns, this one is regarding snowmobiling.In the late 1960's, snowmobiling was at a peak. ...

MDNR offering snowmobile sound testing Feb. 20 in MQT

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are offering snowmobile sound testing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at the DNR customer service centers in Marquette, Newberry and Gaylord. Sound testing is offered only for 2-stroke machines manufactured after 1980. ...

Anglers take caution as temperatures rise, ice thaws

Little Bay De Noc: Warmer temperatures were creating a few hazards throughout the Bay especially the southern waters were the ice was not that thick. Anglers reported minor problems crossing Butler Island in a few areas. Anglers were fishing north of Gladstone Bay. Fair walleye catches reported ...

“Winter comes to Michigan” newsreel found in Marquette

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - After spending decades in a basement in the eastern Upper Peninsula, a 1930s-era newsreel from the Michigan State Highway Department has resurfaced to remind us of the challenges - and the fun - of winters past.The film, "Winter Comes to Michigan," created by the ...

The renewed growth of snowmobiling

It makes sense that when you share the natural resources for recreation, that you also share the responsibility of maintaining it. It is cost effective, efficient which thus makes it essential.Those who have enjoyed snowmobiling through parts of the Upper Peninsula (UP) have been less than ...

Why are we losing deer?

It is interesting to sit at a multitude of meetings and see new attendees who, for one reason or another, seem to be lacking in fundamental knowledge of deer behavior or show an assumption of what they see in their immediate stomping grounds as being totally reflective of an overall picture.Now ...

MDNR adds 1 millionth deer to its records database

2015 deer cooperator patchThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been collecting records for individual deer since 1987 - although it has been recording deer data for more than 50 years - and near the end of 2015, the DNR added its 1 millionth deer record to this database.Michigan ...

Alpena herd tests positive for bovine tuberculosis

GREEN TOWNSHIP - For the second time in 2015, routine testing found an Alpena County cattle herd to be infected with bovine tuberculosis.The beef herd is the 63rd in the state, and the 28th from Alpena County, to test positive since 1998, according to a Michigan Department of Agriculture and ...

Cold weather a hot time for minnow harvesters

LANSING - Falling water temperatures can mean a lot of things to those who enjoy the outdoors.Cold water increases interest in steelhead fishing, for instance, and decreases the focus on bass fishing. However, to Jeff Slancik of Bay County, cold water means just one thing: It's time to catch ...

Panel discussion on ‘Keep the U.P. CWD Free!’ campaign to air

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public that broadcasts of WNMU-TV13's "Media Meet" discussion on keeping the Upper Peninsula free from chronic wasting disease will air this weekend.The program with DNR staff and host Bill Hart focuses on various efforts ...

State park seeks to stop vandalism of building

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Officials at Muskegon State Park in western Michigan are searching for ways to stop a longtime problem with vandalism at one of the park's buildings.The park's blockhouse, which sits high atop a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, is a recreation of the original structure, ...

State confiscates huge Petoskey stone

COPEMISH, Mich. (AP) - State wildlife officials have confiscated a 93-pound Petoskey boulder from a man who pulled it out of Lake Michigan.The Grand Rapids Press reported Thursday that Department of Natural Resources officers went to Tim O'Brien's home in the Manistee County community of ...

Michigan SAW and ORVAW meet in U.P.

"Michigan SAW/ORVAW Meet In The UP"We are currently dealing with another Yooper dilemma. Some want a continued mild winter to give wildlife an edge in recovering from earlier devastating years and conditions that allow more time in the woods. Others want to see cold and snow for usual seasonal ...

Root of poor deer hunting season could be weather

With just a few days left to the 2015 firearm deer hunting season, we are seeing the predictions from the last couple of years coming true. Both current and retired biologists have stated that we are on the ebb of the lowest deer population they've seen across most of the Upper Peninsula and ...