Outdoors

National Hunting & Fishing Day is Saturday

ESCANABA - The fourth Saturday in September has historically been set aside for youth. Here in Michigan it had doubled in opportunity combining activities to include National Hunting and Fishing Days and Youth in the Outdoors, along with the annual Michigan Liberty and Youth Hunt. This year the ...

Angler hooks record smallmouth

INDIAN RIVER - Michigan's existing state record for smallmouth bass was broken recently by Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Fla.A longtime angler with a cottage in Indian River, Cheboygan County, Kraemer said he's been fishing Michigan waters since 1965, but this is his first ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported very few catches. The best areas were the southern end of "Black Bottom" and the Stonington area when trolling crawler harnesses in 16 to 30 feet. Several perch anglers reported fair catches in 18 to 27 feet near Gladstone Beach and north by the Day's ...

The Conservationist Man In The Middle

ESCANABA - Conservative - believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society: relating to or supporting political conservatism.Liberal - believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change: relating to or supporting political ...

Crayfish monitoring starts in U.P.

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are partnering together this summer to monitor crayfish populations in the Upper Peninsula. Approximately 140 sites across the U.P. will be sampled by field crews to determine the distribution of native and ...

Invasive plant causes rashes, burns

GLADSTONE - An invasive plant that is becoming common across the Upper Peninsula can cause rashes, burns and blisters, according to Hiawatha National Forest officialsWild parsnip is an herbaceous perennial with yellow-flowered umbels atop 3- to 5-foot tall stems. While it may be pretty to look ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: The better walleye catches were south into the waters of Green Bay when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 18 to 24 feet from the "Fingers" south to the Minneapolis Shoals. Salmon anglers reported a few catches but not many were marked when trolling spoons 50 to 60 ...

Fire, jack pine and aspen — a historic relationship

LANSING - The connection between healthy forests and fire may be firmly established, understood by foresters and wildlife managers, and helpful to countless wildlife species.However, not everyone outside those occupations has the same understanding.Recall the late 1980s, when wildfires ...

A door in the garden to escape

The attached picture is a door. It sits in a garden having spent decades attached to a building entrance. It is a novel theme type garden, each aspect holding a memory or message, but still to many it's just an antique door that sits in a flower garden. I received this picture yesterday from my ...

Keeping a spotlight on invasive plants

LANSING - One of the top priorities for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is raising awareness about invasive species, including plants.As gardening season swings into high-gear, the DNR wants growers to think about invasive species and their potential impacts and connections, ...

Anglers asked to complete online muskellunge survey

LANSING - The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Muskie Alliance, is investigating the muskellunge fisheries of the state by distributing an online angler survey.Since 2014 an angler survey has been conducted, gathering information about muskellunge angler ...

Conservation comes down to the users of recreational resources

There is such a high concentration of conservation organizations in the central Upper Peninsula, it is difficult to inform the public as to how much they do and how well their cooperative efforts are realized in benefits to recreational enthusiasts who enjoy the outdoors.Many are conservative ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers are still reporting fair to good catches in 22 to 35 feet between the Center and the Third Reefs when using minnows and crawlers. Perch were caught in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor but many were small. Most were using crawlers when casting from shore or fishing ...

Youth can make large difference in the scope of hunting

The importance of "mentored hunting" was recently enhanced in the last couple of weeks.It was first made evident with volunteers under the leadership of Matt Torrionno, Information and Outreach representative from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Marquette, Dean Hulce from ...

Weekly local fishing report

The east half of the Upper Peninsula still had some ice on the inland lakes north of M-28 and snowpack in the woods. Steelhead can be found in the Black River in Mackinac County, the Two Hearted River, the Sucker River and Au Train River in Alger County or the Chocolay River and the Carp River ...

Sportsmen’s ORV Association of Delta County leading the way

It's that of year again when I get cornered with questions regarding ATV/ORV riding opportunities. The snow is gone, woods are wet and we have a perfect recipe for getting out to ride.What is amazing is the confusion or general lack of knowledge of the regulations in effect related to the ...

Fishing report

The east half of the Upper Peninsula still had some ice on the inland lakes north of M-28 and snowpack in the woods. Steelhead can be found in the Black River in Mackinac County, the Two Hearted River, the Sucker River and Au Train River in Alger County or the Chocolay River and the Carp River ...

Trust Fund celebrates 40th anniversary

LANSING - Sometimes silence is louder than words.That's Bob Garner's observation as the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer.The fund, bankrolled by royalties paid on the sale and lease of state-owned oil, gas and mineral rights, has ...