Outdoors

Column: Sounds of the wild break an evening silence

MARQUETTE — The night was cool and damp when I stepped outside the door, my bare feet following the rose rock steps down to the landing. I stand here often to get a better ear on the world. Even if I only step outside for a couple of minutes, I almost always hear something worth listening ...

Column: The sights and sounds of spring

MARQUETTE — My boots in the mud, I walked toward the little wooden boardwalk that arched over the marsh. Overgrown with dried yellow and greenish grasses, much of this first part of the walk was now also covered with a couple inches of water – the product of the confluence of spring snow ...

NRC anticipates July deer decisions

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recommended a series of deer regulation changes for the upcoming fall hunting seasons, which the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be discussing over the next three months. Several opportunities for public comment will be ...

Trout Unlimited fundraiser and conversation Saturday

ALPHA — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be having a fundraiser, displays and conversation about local rivers at the Alpha Michigan Brewing Company, on the circle in Alpha, from 11 a.m.. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Lunch, featuring roast chicken and lasagna, will be served by ...

Trout season opens on Saturday statewide

ESCANABA — It’s time to put that new fishing license to good use. Saturday is the statewide trout opener, as well as the start of the Lower Peninsula inland walleye and northern pike seasons. A few reminders: - In Upper Peninsula waters, the walleye and northern pike possession seasons ...

Trout opener a timeless tradition

MARQUETTE — I remember the pounding of my heart and the almost breathless existence those last few hours of waiting for the first day of trout season held when I was a kid. Preparations would have started days earlier with the picking of nightcrawlers in any part of the backyard clear of ...

DNR invites Scouts to take a hike

LANSING — Scouts across Michigan will be hitting the trail - some hiking the Iron Belle Trail or local trails, others riding their bikes or paddling canoes and kayaks - June 1 as part the Iron Belle Challenge. This annual DNR-sponsored event, which coincides with National Trails Day, ...

Fishing Report

Overall: Many lakes in Luce and Alger County still had ice. Access roads will likely have snow pack. Rain in the forecast will certainly help open things up, but not quite there yet. Water levels will be high in the central and eastern sections of the Upper Peninsula. Little Bay De Noc: We ...

Sometimes you don’t mind the rain

MARQUETTE — As I sat behind the wheel, looking out the windshield, the countryside was cloaked in a thick soft robe of fog, making the copper mining era houses across the highway – now mostly boarded-up – look every bit of their age. It was early in the evening, but the rainy spring ...

DNR seeks chronic wasting disease research proposals

LANSING — As a part of a joint wildlife disease initiative, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking grant proposals for collaborative research, education and outreach projects to address the most important issues around wildlife disease in ...

DNR officers honored for rescue

Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers Zach Painter and Jenni Hanson stand with 110th District State Rep. Greg Markkanen and special state of Michigan tributes they received Saturday, March 2 at the DNR office in Baraga ...

Ice shanty removal dates approaching

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed before the ice is unable to safely support them. In warmer weather, the ice quickly can become unsafe for anglers to ...

The slow and steady coming of spring

MARQUETTE — When I stepped closer and reached for her arm, her hand and forearm were buried in the cold, deep snow. I closed my hand around her elbow and tugged gently. Nothing happened. Her hand was stuck. I kicked away some of the snow with my boot. Then I tried again. This ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Snow has made access difficult pretty much all winter. Catch rates for walleye were spotty. The better reports came from the mouth of the Escanaba River when jigging rapalas in 25 to 35 feet, off Gladstone and the Kipling Flats with tip-ups and sucker minnows or when jigging ...

Winter storm puts force of nature on display

MARQUETTE — The plaintive sound of simple chords played on a piano can open-up my heart and mind on these cold winter days. The sound fills the room and moves through the house, filling all the corners and cracks with warmth and hope. The chords may sound sad and lonesome, but they’re ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers have been struggling with the snow and slush and as a result very few are participating. Travel is limited to snowmobiles although some side by sides with tracks had been out. All others did a lot of shoveling. Walleye anglers had very little to report however perch ...

Sunshine and the battle of the winter blues

MARQUETTE — When I opened the curtains, I was heartened to see the sun beginning to reach its long arms up to the tops of the trees from the horizon. I knew it wouldn’t be warm like a summer day, once it got itself pulled up high enough into the sky to make a difference, but I knew it ...

Brews for Brookies planned March 1

MARQUETTE — Brews for Brookies will be held Friday, March 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road, Marquette The event will support the local Trout Unlimited chapter’s restoration projects, Salmon-in-the-Classroom, and educational programs. There will be appetizers, ...

2019 DNR licenses go on sale March 1

LANSING — Don’t wait to get your 2019 hunting or fishing license. Most licenses and permits go on sale March 1, when the new license year begins. The March 1 start date includes hunting and fishing license sales, except for certain deer licenses and furbearer tags that are sold later in ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall made travel on the ice very difficult. Under the deep snow is a foot or more of slush in the low areas. Those venturing off the trail were getting stuck so be warned if you plan to fish the low traveled areas. Best walleye areas were on the south side of the ...