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Outdoors

Column: Getting inspiration from above

“Saint Valentine drove a red Continental with a headlight out and a dent in the side. He swore it wasn’t his, it was only a rental, but he drove it every single night,” – Joe Ely — — — MARQUETTE — Over the past few days, heavenly bodies – not the likes of ...

No license purchases this weekend

LANSING — In just a few days, the DNR will begin the changeover to a new system for selling hunting and fishing licenses, hunting applications, and ORV and snowmobile permits online and at retail agent locations statewide. The changeover starts Saturday, Feb. 15, and the new system will go ...

#MiFreeFishingWeekend is back

LANSING — Everyone’s invited to join in the DNR’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. No fishing license is needed, although all other fishing regulations still apply. The weekend coincides with the DNR’s move to a new license sales system. Due to ...

Column: Appreciation for the outdoors

“I look out my window and what do I see, I see a bird way up in a tree,” – Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller — — — MARQUETTE — In the relative light of the darkness, I stood with my arms stretched above my head, fingers spread open like the snow-covered branches of the trees, ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: The cold evenings had formed a crust on the snow layer with slush underneath, making travel difficult at times. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches just south of Aronson Island with rapalas and minnows in 30 to 40 feet. Although this area is being fished, DANGEROUS ...

2020 Black Lake sturgeon season lasts one day

LANSING — This year’s sturgeon season on Black Lake (Cheboygan County, Michigan) ended at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 - not quite six hours after the day’s 8 a.m. start. The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 1-5, or until the ...

Youth invited to annual Young Trappers Workshop

HERMANSVILLE — Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will host the 15th Annual Young Trappers Workshop Saturday at the Community Center in Hermansville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Each young trapper 11 years old and under will receive a free weasel trapping startup kit (trap, lure, ...

Wild turkeys a U.P. success story

“When I was young I remember well, I’d hunt the wild turkey and bobwhite quail,” – Bob McDill — — — MARQUETTE — There was a time, not too long ago, when seeing a wild turkey in the Upper Peninsula, especially the more northern portions of the region, was indeed a rare ...

Fifteenth Annual Trappers Workshop is Feb. 1

HERMANSVILLE — Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will once again be hosting its annual Beginning Trappers Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central at the Hermansville Community Center. Although this event is geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the outdoors ...

Column: Silence, solitude and summer memories

“In the wee wee hours, that’s when I think of you,” – Chuck Berry — — — On stormy winter days like this, if I’m given time and space, my mind tends to wander away – sometimes to summertime. I think about walking on the sand with the clear water rolling over my toes ...

Veteran trappers help beginners at workshop

HERMANSVILLE — Once again, the Community Center in Hermansville will be the site of the 15th Annual New Trappers Workshop Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 8 a.m. and ending approximately 4 p.m. CST. There will be a number of local veteran trappers on hand, all of whom will be willing to share ...

Column: The sweet, calm solitude of winter

“I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road,” – Roger Miller — — — MARQUETTE — If I were to walk down the middle of this windswept blacktop road on a fine day in July, I’d be taking my life into my own hands. The heavy traffic from those summertime travelers ...

Fishing Report

Inland lakes across the region are producing bluegill, crappie, pike and walleye. Little Bay De Noc: With the colder temperatures, anglers were fishing the Kipling area and north to the Days River. Though there is ice, many areas were not safe for travel, so extreme caution needs to be used. ...

Column: Nature’s mystery lady hides in plain sight

“I love the flower girl, was she reality or just a dream to me,” – Artie Kornfield/Steve Duboff — — — MARQUETTE — The first time I recall seeing her, she was standing alongside an old country road. I had just crossed a cement-railed bridge on a cold afternoon. I was ...

Annual Beginning Trappers Workshop set

HERMANSVILLE — U.P. Trappers of District Three announce the annual Beginning Trappers Workshop will be on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at the Hermansville Community Center in Hermansville. This event has grown in popularity each year since Rick Arduin came up with the idea about 15 ...

Column: 00Technology and nature

“There’s a woman I long to touch, and I’m missing her so much, but she’s drifting like a satellite,” – Bob Dylan — — — MARQUETTE — I stepped outside the back door to find the treetops glazed in ice, clinking like windchimes as the breezes moved the branches back and ...

Looking into the past and the future

“The days they pass so quickly now, nights are seldom long and time around me whispers when it’s cold,” – John Denver — — — MARQUETTE — A pale and waning crescent moon hangs low in the morning sky as I’m on my way west and then south, thinking of things that have come ...

Column: A youthful perspective of winter

“Let me ride, I got to feel free inside,” – Kevin Cronin — — — MARQUETTE — On days like this, when I was growing up, with the whole countryside so soft and white, us kids rushed to get outside as soon as we could. It never mattered how cold, wet or snowy it was, nobody ...

Follow animal footprints to track down winter fun

LANSING — Everything looks a little different with a blanket of freshly fallen snow, and some things - like animal tracks - become even easier to see. It might be challenging to spot Michigan’s more elusive critters, but many do leave clues behind. That’s one reason winter is a fun time ...

Winter storms impact state’s snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s snowmobile season kicked off Dec. 1, but a series of significant winter storms has temporarily impacted the state’s snowmobile trails system. Storms that began Wednesday, Nov. 27 have blocked trails with heavy snow and downed trees across the Upper Peninsula as ...