Outdoors

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 ...

Michigan Trails Advisory Council learns about motorized riding issues

The Michigan Trails Advisory Council (MTAC) received an education on forest management concerns during their meeting this week in Roscommon.The Michigan DNR Forest Resources Division (FRD) presented findings related to the spread of another invasive disease hitting hardwoods. Oak Wilt, a fungal ...

Fishing report: Ford River, Gladstone launches up and running

Little Bay De Noc: Conditions improved however because of the cold nights, some ice was still hanging on near Kipling. The Ford River and the Gladstone launch are the only ones up and running. The Escanaba Yacht Harbor was still partially iced over. A boat could be launched at the Rapid River ...

DNR seeking ORV safety instructors

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recruiting instructors for its off-road vehicle safety education program. A three-day teacher academy will be held in Escanaba at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds.The event was scheduled at the request of U.P. ORV constituents who wanted an ...

Michigan launching public forum on conservation

The Eastern and Western U.P. Citizen Advisory Councils met jointly last week.According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), 'the Upper Peninsula has two 20-member citizens' advisory councils, which were created in 2007 and first convened the following year. The Eastern Upper ...

Fishing report

Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions concerned anglers and for good reason especially with the rain and much warmer temperatures this week. Most of ice shanties have been removed. Several vehicles have gone through the ice around Butler Island and along the shorelines. Anyone planning a fishing ...

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 ...