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Outdoors

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 ...

DNR Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Escanaba

ESCANABA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Escanaba on the campus of Bay College. Discussions are scheduled on the status of oak wilt in the U.P., a bear season update and a forecast for the ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Fair walleye catches were reported with most anglers north of the “Narrows”. The best action was along the Kipling Reefs during the day when trolling stick baits or jigging crawlers in 30 to 34 feet. Night anglers were trolling stick baits in 18 to 22 feet. A few larger ...

Autumn — it might be the best season of the year

“Tell me who could make the clouds and make them move across the sky, who could make your mind and put it here to wonder why,” – Steve Forbert — — — MARQUETTE — In these autumn days, when the winds are twirling leaves across the dirt roads and the muddy pathways in ...

Column: Early snow a scenic mix with autumn

“Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn,” – John Mellencamp — — — MARQUETTE — The first sound I heard after I slipped outside the back door that morning was the croaking squawk of an old raven. He sounded upset about the cold and the snow. I couldn’t blame ...

Lake sturgeon releases add nearly 20,000 fish to Michigan waters

LANSING — This summer and fall, the DNR and several partners released nearly 20,000 juvenile lake sturgeon in public waters, part of an ongoing effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species. The locations, totals, dates and (partner agencies) include: Allegan ...

Brothers nabbed for poaching swans in Baraga County

BARAGA — A complaint called in to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Report All Poaching hotline resulted in two brothers being ticketed for illegally killing a pair of trumpeter swans on Sept. 28 - the opening day of waterfowl hunting season in the Upper Peninsula. Trumpeter ...

Column: The dynamic changes of autumn

“Somewhere along the high road, the air began to turn cold,” – Bob Seger — — — MARQUETTE — Riding out over the gray gravel road, the plain laid out in front of me in all its spectacular sweeping autumn beauty. The October road was as straight as a witch’s broomstick, ...

Plenty of options for hunting game birds

LANSING — Michigan is rich with opportunities to hunt a variety of upland game birds this month, with several seasons already open and other openers on the way. Currently open are ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting. Ruffed grouse season runs through Nov. 14 and then reopens Dec. 1-Jan. 1, ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches at the “Black Bottom” when trolling stick baits in 20 to 28 feet and off Kipling when trolling or jigging crawlers and stick baits in 14 to 30 feet between the First and Second Reefs. Perch fishing was fair around Butler Island with ...

Archery deer season now underway in U.P.

LANSING — The days are growing shorter, the air is feeling crisp … it’s time for hunters to head into Michigan’s autumn woods for archery deer season, started up around the state Tuesday, Oct. 1. Before pulling back that first arrow, hunters are reminded to check the 2019 Hunting ...

Column: Autumn overwhelms the senses

“The high rolling hills give it all in the fall; oh, the hard days are gone...now,” – Steve Forbert — — — MARQUETTE — The hem of the resplendent gown of Madame Autumn moves slowly across the floor as she half-sashays into view, pulling with her a trail of rolling and ...

Offer feedback on forest management plans at open houses

MARQUETTE — The DNR plans prescribed burns, timber harvests and tree thinning to help keep Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land healthy and to provide wildlife habitat. Plans for management activities are finalized two years in advance after public input is gathered in the ...

Waterfowl hunting opens Saturday

LANSING — This weekend marks the start of the waterfowl hunting season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the North Zone (Upper Peninsula). The season runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 24, with an additional weekend hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Goose season in the North Zone opened earlier this month and ...

Column: There’s magic in the sound of raindrops

“Now the rain’s been droppin,’ drip drop a drippin’ every day you’ve been away,” — Aaron Schroeder and Chuck Kaye — — — MARQUETTE — I’m sitting up in bed listening. Everyone else has gone to sleep. With the darkness gathered around me I’ve got my eyes closed ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Fewer walleye catches were reported as the action was spotty at best along the reefs at Kipling, south of the Ford River near the “Fingers” and near Round Island. Near Kipling, anglers were still working the weed beds when trolling, drifting or jigging crawlers or stick ...

Column: Surprise encounter in the woods

“Summer’s end’s around the bend, just flying,” – John Prine — — — MARQUETTE — The afternoon couldn’t make up its mind between sunny skies, cold winds and clouds threatening rain. I decided to spend those hours traveling gray-graveled backroads, looking for some respite ...

Garmon heads Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week gathered with state, retail and nonprofit representatives of Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry to showcase the industry’s value and preview the move, this October, to officially join the Confluence of States. The Confluence is a growing ...

Small game hunting opens Sunday

LANSING — Hunters around Michigan are getting ready to get outdoors. Sunday marks the statewide start of hunting season for cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, fox and gray squirrel. Woodcock season, also statewide, follows less than a week later on Sept. 21. Before hitting the ...