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Outdoors

Better days will be coming, rest assured

“Way up on Bear Creek, watching the sun go down. Well, it makes me feel like I’m on my last go ‘round,” – A.P. Carter — — — MARQUETTE — As the afternoon light dwindled, a drab gloom that had fallen over the scene the night before continued to hang around, as it had all ...

Can I still go fishing during restrictions?

LANSING — The Department of natural Resources is receiving questions about how COVID-19 is affecting outdoor recreation. Right now, yes, fishing is permitted, and the 2020 season opened April 1. In fact, fishing is one outdoor activity that can be done with proper social distancing — just ...

Forest Legacy Program applications

LANSING — The value of thriving green spaces where people can spread out and enjoy nature perhaps has never been more apparent than now, as the world adapts to life with COVID-19. In Michigan, some of our most beautiful public land is made possible through the Forest Legacy Program, a ...

Updated Michigan forest road maps now available online

LANSING — As part of PA 288, the DNR is required to notify the public of changes to state forest road maps. New maps are available online in both an interactive web format and printable map. The maps - updated each year based on data of changing road conditions - show which state forest roads ...

Column: Memories of a little cabin on Lake Superior

“Someday I think I’d like to paint a seascape, if they ever get the ocean to stand still,” – Tom T. Hall — — — MARQUETTE — Back in the shadowed corners and cobwebbed shelves of my mind rests a little cabin of modest construction that sat along the sandy shores of Lake ...

Column: Wildlife have their own habits

“Valentine is done, here but now they’re gone,” – Donald Roeser — — — MARQUETTE — Amid these days of aquamarine and bloodstone, the clocks here have all wound forward shifting many in the human world into a weary and dreary daze, a sleep-shaken, depression-tinged state of ...

DNR, MSU seek more chronic wasting disease research proposals

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are once again seeking proposals for research that addresses priority concerns related to the management of chronic wasting disease in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. In 2019, the Michigan Legislature, ...

Public meeting on shooting range slated

MARQUETTE — Anyone interested in learning more about the latest developments of a shooting range in Richmond Township in Marquette County is encouraged to attend a March 26 meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of ...

Wildlife Unlimited groups partner for raffle

ESCANABA — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County have come together again to promote their organizations, wildlife preservation and ongoing habitat efforts with a joint fundraising raffle. The three organizations ...

Column: A day on the ice creates memories

“In the town of broken dreams, the streets are filled with regret; maybe down in Lonesome Town, I can learn to forget,” – Baker Knight — — — MARQUETTE — When I pushed open the back door to head outside, the cold air hit my face almost immediately. It was still dark. Some of ...

Column: The sights and sounds of spring begin slowly

“There must be a cloud in my head, rain keeps falling from my eyes,” – Dee Clark — — — MARQUETTE — When I stepped outside the back door, the sound I heard was familiar to me, but not one I would associate with the white blanket of winter stretched out across the yard. It ...

Trapper group to host fundraising banquet

NORWAY — The U.P. Trappers of District 3 announce its First Fundraising Banquet will take place at the Norway Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 7. The group homes to make the banquet an annual event. Doors open at 4 p.m. Central Time and the buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. Te event will be ...

Buchholtz honored by Turkey Federation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ken Buchholtz of Ecanaba has earned the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation. “I feel incredibly honored to be receiving this award that represents all the time and effort our team of volunteers put into this program, ...

Column: Possessions bring back memories

“This shirt is old and faded, all the color’s washed away. I’ve had it now for more damn years than I can count anyway,” – Mary Chapin Carpenter — — — MARQUETTE — The magical quality of memories to be able to attach themselves to inanimate objects, like old pocket ...

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 ...