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Outdoors

Column: A sweet summer day spent on the lake

MARQUETTE — As easy as a melody, our little raft floated across the top of the water, pushed gently onward by a warm summer breeze. There was no need to paddle, only to drift and to coast. No need for a jacket, not even a windbreaker, sunshine warming my face. Light puffs of smoke rolled ...

Hiawatha National Forest app provides visitor info

GLADSTONE — Hiawatha National Forest has partnered with OnCell to launch a mobile app for visitors. Visitors can use the OnCell app on their personal mobile devices to take self-guided tours of natural and heritage sites at several US Forest Service locations across the nation, including the ...

Walleye fingerlings stocked in bays

ESCANABA — The Bays de Noc recently received a much-needed boost - 464,800 walleye fingerlings - through collaborative stocking efforts by the DNR, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. After Little Bay de Noc’s spring ice-out (when ...

Column: First-time sights in the outdoors

MARQUETTE — I was sitting, relaxing when a cool breeze fluffed the curtain at the window as it rolled in through the mesh screen. It wasn’t long afterward that I heard rain lightly patting on the concrete below. Darkness had fallen. The swirling breeze felt refreshing as the temperature ...

Milestone approaches in grayling restoration

LANSING — Michigan is one step closer to bringing Arctic grayling back to state waters. The ultraviolet water disinfection system at Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County has been installed, meaning the facility is ready to welcome juvenile Arctic grayling. “With the completion of this ...

Column: Driving down a road of memories

MARQUETTE— Driving over the alternating rocky and muddy bumps and bogs in this old railroad grade, my Jeep rocks from side to side. My body moves sympathetically to the jerks and jolts, back and forth. I’ve been riding, and later driving, this road most of my life, but I never tire of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing slowed however anglers reported good catches of undersize fish taken between the Narrows and Garth Point. A few bigger fish were reported at the “Black Bottom” with crawlers or stick baits in 30 feet. The best fishing was into Green Bay with crawlers or ...

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, ...