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Outdoors

Column: Day outdoors is what the doctor ordered

MARQUETTE — It had been one of those days, the kind everybody has now and then, when too many deadlines and obligations crowd out the fun in life. For me, those days don’t just come out of nowhere, but rather, usually fall at the end of a long period of not having made it out to the woods ...

Trappers Convention welcomes Les Johnson

ESCANABA – The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention/Outdoor Expo is once again coming to Escanaba. It will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds on July 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 am to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. ...

Column: Spring brings floral carpeting to the Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE — The air was filled with the songs of the ovenbirds, hermit thrushes and robins, while the ground below was covered in an exquisite carpet of large-flowered trilliums. These regal white beauties, with their striking green leaves, stood about a foot high, just off the soft ...

Column: Birds in flight raise human envy

MARQUETTE — When I watch the graceful flight of birds, especially large birds, like cranes and egrets or hawks and eagles, it’s like getting a view into the mind of creation. I don’t see all the moving parts backstage, the things pulling, pushing, moving and lifting – rarely do I ever ...

Kids Fishing Day events planned June 8

GLADSTONE — Kids Fishing Day is a longstanding free event introducing youth 16 years old and under to fishing. Hiawatha National Forest, together with numerous partners and volunteers, will once again be sponsoring two Kids Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 8. One event will be held at ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Perch anglers reported fair catches in the “Narrows” in 30 to 38 feet and around the Third Reef in 32 feet with crawlers or wigglers. Good smallmouth bass catches were reported off the mouth of the Ford River with plastics around the rocks and along the shoreline. The ...

Hatchery readies for Arctic grayling eggs

LANSING — Michigan’s plan to reintroduce Arctic grayling to state waters is taking a big leap forward, courtesy of some generous donors and partners. Plans are under way to install an ultraviolet water disinfection system at the DNR’s Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County. The ...

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 ...