Outdoors

Expert beaver trapper at trappers convention

ESCANABA — Local outdoor expert Ken Luedtke will be doing a demo on winter beaver trapping at the Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo at the U.P. State Fairgrounds July 26-27. Luedtke began trapping at the age of 13 and now, 45 years later, he is still passionate about the sport. Along with ...

Youth program gets donation

Courtesy photo Bill Hawley, president of Delta County Gun Owners, presents a donation of $500 to Russ Nelson of Great Lakes Sport and Recreation Club to help support their summer youth program. The program runs for seven weeks and is provided at no cost to participants. The program includes ...

Column: Nature creates its own catalog of colors in summer

MARQUETTE — Within the whirling maelstrom of summertime travels and travails, I’ve somehow found a few moments to become enthralled with a tiny volume of old that holds a great deal of fascination for me. The book is called “Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, ...

Dunlap to give demo at trappers convention

ESCANABA — Expert trapper Jeff Dunlap will once again give a presentation at the 57th annual U.P. Trappers Convention /Outdoor Expo July 26-27 in Escanaba. He will be joined by at least seven other outdoor experts who will be presenting as well. Dunlap has trapped in Michigan, Louisiana, ...

Column: Don’t take nature for granted

MARQUETTE — I’m not sure exactly what time it was, but it was late at night or early in the morning. I had fallen asleep watching television and I got up to head to bed. When I passed the bedroom window, I pulled back the curtain to look outside. This is something I do on a regular basis ...

DNR Advisory Council to meet in Harris

MENOMINEE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Citizens Advisory Council will discuss a range of items when the panel meets at the Island Convention Center in Harris next week. The meeting will be from 6 TO 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in the Turtle Room at the ...

Hunters safety class is scheduled

ESCANABA — A free hunters safety class will be held July 31 and Aug. 7. Call the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Escanaba Customer Service Center at 906-786-2351, ext. 0, for more details and to sign up.

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had a very large mayfly hatch and slow fishing overall. Walleye were caught with a crawler harness in 20 to 30 feet near the “Black Bottom” however most of the fish were undersize. Perch catches were fair at best. Most were fishing the Kipling area south to the Day’s ...

Wildlife in unexpected places

MARQUETTE — Right now, it’s after midnight and I’m rolling through the Maryland nighttime on a bus heading north and east, back home to the Great Lakes State. With my reading glasses on, the red taillights are blurred and glowing, marking out the edges of the highway ahead – three ...

State marks Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed June 30-July 7 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. The Michigan departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Natural Resources; and Agriculture and Rural Development and many partners have organized more than 75 AIS Landing Blitz ...

Kids Fishing Day a success

GLADSTONE — Every years for the past 28 years, Hiawatha National Forest and local community volunteers have hosted Kids Fishing Day events at Camp Seven Lake (near Manistique) and Castle Rock Ponds (near St. Ignace). This year’s June 8th free fishing day events drew families in record ...

Column: Summer opens a rainbow of colors

MARQUETTE — In the whole big bulging box of Crayola colors out there to see this time of year, the greens and blues are particularly prominent, cresting at their peak. The bright green bracken ferns are fanned out and standing tall, shading blueberry plants soon to bloom and fruit. A ...

Trapper featured at outdoor expo

ESCANABA — The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention/Outdoor Expo is once again coming to Escanaba. One of the all-star presenters will be Lesel Reuswaat. Lesel is a self-taught trapper from South Dakota who has captured 432 coyotes over 300 raccoons and good numbers of bobcats, badgers, fox, ...

Column: Day outdoors is what the doctor ordered

MARQUETTE — It had been one of those days, the kind everybody has now and then, when too many deadlines and obligations crowd out the fun in life. For me, those days don’t just come out of nowhere, but rather, usually fall at the end of a long period of not having made it out to the woods ...

Trappers Convention welcomes Les Johnson

ESCANABA – The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention/Outdoor Expo is once again coming to Escanaba. It will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds on July 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 am to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. ...

Column: Spring brings floral carpeting to the Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE — The air was filled with the songs of the ovenbirds, hermit thrushes and robins, while the ground below was covered in an exquisite carpet of large-flowered trilliums. These regal white beauties, with their striking green leaves, stood about a foot high, just off the soft ...

Column: Birds in flight raise human envy

MARQUETTE — When I watch the graceful flight of birds, especially large birds, like cranes and egrets or hawks and eagles, it’s like getting a view into the mind of creation. I don’t see all the moving parts backstage, the things pulling, pushing, moving and lifting – rarely do I ever ...

Kids Fishing Day events planned June 8

GLADSTONE — Kids Fishing Day is a longstanding free event introducing youth 16 years old and under to fishing. Hiawatha National Forest, together with numerous partners and volunteers, will once again be sponsoring two Kids Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 8. One event will be held at ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches in the “Narrows” in 30 to 38 feet and around the Third Reef in 32 feet with crawlers or wigglers. Good smallmouth bass catches were reported off the mouth of the Ford River with plastics around the rocks and along the shoreline. The ...

Hatchery readies for Arctic grayling eggs

LANSING — Michigan’s plan to reintroduce Arctic grayling to state waters is taking a big leap forward, courtesy of some generous donors and partners. Plans are under way to install an ultraviolet water disinfection system at the DNR’s Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County. The ...