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Outdoors

Column: A youthful perspective of winter

“Let me ride, I got to feel free inside,” – Kevin Cronin — — — MARQUETTE — On days like this, when I was growing up, with the whole countryside so soft and white, us kids rushed to get outside as soon as we could. It never mattered how cold, wet or snowy it was, nobody ...

Follow animal footprints to track down winter fun

LANSING — Everything looks a little different with a blanket of freshly fallen snow, and some things - like animal tracks - become even easier to see. It might be challenging to spot Michigan’s more elusive critters, but many do leave clues behind. That’s one reason winter is a fun time ...

Winter storms impact state’s snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s snowmobile season kicked off Dec. 1, but a series of significant winter storms has temporarily impacted the state’s snowmobile trails system. Storms that began Wednesday, Nov. 27 have blocked trails with heavy snow and downed trees across the Upper Peninsula as ...

Column: Nature gives the best gifts of all

“But never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm,” – Stevie Nicks — — — MARQUETTE — With tremendous force, dumping a whole big feather pillow’s worth of snow down over the countryside, winter bared her big white teeth and snarled, scattering people and ...

DNR’s U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Luce County

NEWBERRY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a deer season recap, off-road vehicle licenses, trail permits and a seasonal restrictions land use order, as well as an update on oak wilt when the council ...

Column: Reflections on a snow-covered road

“Memory can’t you see, that’s not what I should be; after all she meant to me, I’m just a memory,” – Kostas/Raul Malo — — — MARQUETTE — I’ve been wondering lately about dynamics, incidence, memory and time – particularly about how the swirling and blending of ...

Successful hunter

Courtesy photo Carter Scheuren, 9, shot this 10-pointer opening day at his grandpa’s farm in the local area. This is his second nice buck.

Caught a marked or tagged fish? Report it to the DNR

LANSING — Have you ever been fishing Michigan waters and pulled in a fish with a missing fin or one with an external tag on it? Several fish species found around the state are marked in some way, and the details on the fish and the tags are important to several DNR studies and management ...

Column: Winter’s arrival changes everything

“On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow, I am a rock, I am an island,” – Paul Simon — — — MARQUETTE — The moon was bright, casting blue light across the sparkling snow and down through the frozen trees. I could almost hear those trees groaning as they bent with the wind, ...

Firearm deer season underway statewide

LANSING — For a lot of residents, Nov. 15 ranks up there with major holidays. Gathering with family and friends for the firearm deer season opener is a time-honored tradition in many Michigan families, built around the excitement and fun of enjoying time in the state’s great ...

Fishing Report

Overall: Salmon and brown trout are still present in area streams in Keweenaw, Baraga and Marquette counties. Winter fishing has begun in Iron County with 6-inches of ice reported on some of the smaller lakes. With that said, anglers will need to use extreme caution if going out as early ice ...

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, ...