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Outdoors

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 ...

Column: Nature gives the best gifts of all

“But never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm,” – Stevie Nicks — — — MARQUETTE — With tremendous force, dumping a whole big feather pillow’s worth of snow down over the countryside, winter bared her big white teeth and snarled, scattering people and ...

DNR’s U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Luce County

NEWBERRY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a deer season recap, off-road vehicle licenses, trail permits and a seasonal restrictions land use order, as well as an update on oak wilt when the council ...

Column: Reflections on a snow-covered road

“Memory can’t you see, that’s not what I should be; after all she meant to me, I’m just a memory,” – Kostas/Raul Malo — — — MARQUETTE — I’ve been wondering lately about dynamics, incidence, memory and time – particularly about how the swirling and blending of ...

Successful hunter

Courtesy photo Carter Scheuren, 9, shot this 10-pointer opening day at his grandpa’s farm in the local area. This is his second nice buck.

Caught a marked or tagged fish? Report it to the DNR

LANSING — Have you ever been fishing Michigan waters and pulled in a fish with a missing fin or one with an external tag on it? Several fish species found around the state are marked in some way, and the details on the fish and the tags are important to several DNR studies and management ...

Column: Winter’s arrival changes everything

“On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow, I am a rock, I am an island,” – Paul Simon — — — MARQUETTE — The moon was bright, casting blue light across the sparkling snow and down through the frozen trees. I could almost hear those trees groaning as they bent with the wind, ...

Firearm deer season underway statewide

LANSING — For a lot of residents, Nov. 15 ranks up there with major holidays. Gathering with family and friends for the firearm deer season opener is a time-honored tradition in many Michigan families, built around the excitement and fun of enjoying time in the state’s great ...

Fishing Report

Overall: Salmon and brown trout are still present in area streams in Keweenaw, Baraga and Marquette counties. Winter fishing has begun in Iron County with 6-inches of ice reported on some of the smaller lakes. With that said, anglers will need to use extreme caution if going out as early ice ...

Updates for hunters using blinds in national forests

GLADSTONE — The USDA Forest Service welcomes hunters to the Hiawatha National Forest, which provides nearly a million acres of public land for the use and enjoyment of the American people. According to Forest Service personnel, most hunters are responsible and follow the rules, however ...

Column: Autumn Queen has laid down her scepter

“It feels like the first time, like it never will again,” – Mick Jones — — — MARQUETTE — As the sprawling countryside tumbled out before me, I was surprised to see the trees virtually all stripped bare of their autumnal dress. Traveling just a couple of hours, a hundred ...