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Outdoors

Column: Like people, roads have character and soul

“Somewhere along a high road, the air began to turn cold, she said she missed her home. I headed on alone,” – Bob Seger — — — MARQUETTE — Like people, roads have character and they have souls. Walking along a certain dirt road I know on a summer day I can feel the road ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Fishing slowed with the abundance of food available, such as alewife and the hex hatches. Walleye catches were spotty at best, while the mouth of the Whitefish and Escanaba rivers were still being fished the most. The “Black Bottom,” Third Reef and Breezy Point all ...

DNR seeks reports of bull elk from Menominee County

MENOMINEE — Wildlife biologists and technicians with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been tracking reports of a bull elk spotted in the south-central part of the Upper Peninsula in Menominee County. The young elk was reported first by a private landowner June 6, within ...

Column: If we could keep summer in a bottle

“On a clear day rise and look around you, and you’ll see who you are,” – Alan Jay Lerner — — — MARQUETTE — The bright afternoon sunshine made me squint, while a warm breeze pushed up dirt from this rocky road, tucked into a wild section of the countryside filled with the ...

Enjoy free fishing this weekend, June 13-14

LANSING — Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some fine Michigan fishing during the 2020 Summer Free Fishing Weekend. This year, it’s Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14 - two full days when everyone can fish without a license (though all other fishing regulations still apply). During Free ...

Column: Dad’s old reels stir up memories

“Are you reelin’ in the years,” – Walter Becker/Donald Fagen — — — MARQUETTE — When I was a young kid growing up, I remember my dad had two fishing rods and reels he prized that I wasn’t allowed to touch. One was for plunking worms into streams and creeks for brook, ...

Creel clerks hope to connect with anglers this summer

LANSING — As this year’s open-water fishing season gets underway, anglers at many lakes, rivers and Great Lakes ports may encounter DNR fisheries staff members collecting data about their fishing experiences. “The information we gather from anglers helps us get a clearer picture about ...

Column: Unusual vistors stop by the hummingbird feeder

“Fly me to the moon,” – Bart Howard — — — MARQUETTE — Sometimes it’s strange how one thing leads to another. Nature recently granted me a tremendous opportunity that began in quite unrelated fashion on a cloudy spring afternoon. A few days beforehand, we had put up ...

Column: Stop, look both ways and listen

“If you want to taste the water, gotta come to the river,” – Gary Louris — — — MARQUETTE — In the far eastern reaches of the county, where the lines of demarcation commence, there lies what some might consider to be a river of little importance flowing sluggishly into Lake ...

Provide input on 2020 deer hunting rules

LANSING — A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation recently was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The regulations, proposed for the 2020 deer hunting season, are scheduled for an NRC vote in June. We ...

ORV trail section to close temporarily in Keweenaw County

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Logging operations on private property along a section of the state-managed off-road-vehicle B Trail in Keweenaw County will force temporary closure of the route beginning June 1. “The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be closing the B Trail between Phoenix ...

DNR wants hunter input on deer hunting rules

LANSING — A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to COVID-19 public ...

Column: Playing in the dirt is good medicine

“Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow, do you understand my pain?” – Bob Dylan — — — MARQUETTE — When I walk or drive down the dusty streets of these old iron ore towns it’s easy to view a dilapidated vacant building and see the shop or store there that no longer ...

Column: Campfire’s glow shapes a chilly U.P. night

“You fill up my senses like night in a forest,” – John Denver — — — MARQUETTE — The dark red and orange coals of the dying campfire glowed in the blackness of an early May night. It was shivering cold tonight for this time of year. With an old, gnarled apple tree branch ...

ORV riders asked to take extra precautions

LANSING — Although motorized trails are open to the public, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges off-road enthusiasts to use even greater care when riding trails this spring. Due to the updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (now extended through May 28) and the ...

Column: The coronavirus quarantine pandemic blues

“I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,” – John Lennon — — — MARQUETTE — Dragging around the house, bogged down with them coronavirus quarantine pandemic blues, I knew I had to break out — or at least try. I’ve been on a surreal rollercoaster ...

DNR plans single trail corridor for portion of Houghton County

HOUGHTON — In consultation with local officials, trail sponsors and legislators, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working toward construction of a single multi-use trail corridor between Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. However, given anticipated negative impacts to state and ...

Column: A journey down a well traveled pathway

“That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime, of old dogs and children and watermelon wine,” – Tom T. Hall — — — MARQUETTE — With the bony, white claws of the Wintermaker still clutched tightly around late April, I followed my footprints down the driveway ...

DNR updates changes proposed for Silver Lake Basin boating access site

MARQUETTE — Having gathered public input from boaters and anglers, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will not develop the Silver Lake Basin boating access site in Marquette County as a walk-in-only facility. Earlier this year, the department said it was considering installing a ...

Column: Between black and white and shades of gray

“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River where paradise lay,” – John Prine — — — MARQUETTE — The difference between black and white is a big contrast. It’s easy to see. Hard to forget. It makes a strong and lasting first impression. I ...