Outdoors

Column: Wildlife still active in dead of winter

MARQUETTE — It was that instant mashed potato flake kind of snow – soft and fluffy, and it was piling up high as the nighttime moved slowly past. I was looking out the upstairs window of the room at the end of the hall, the place where I do a lot of my writing and reading. The night ...

Fur-handling demo at trapper’s meeting

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association is holding its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Eastern) at the Anderson Sportsman’s Club in Hermansville. Presently, District 3 is dipping into the hundreds of years of experience in its ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Heavy snowfall is making travel on the ice much more difficult for many. Snowmobiles were the best means of travel. The weight of the snow has opened some of the ice off Saunders Point so extreme caution needs to be used in this area. Overall fishing was slow. Anglers were ...

Free fishing this weekend in Mich.

LANSING — Just a reminder this Saturday and Sunday brings the 2019 Winter #MiFreeFishingWeekend to Michigan. All fishing license fees will be waived. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and waters of the Great Lakes for all species during their respective ...

Ice storm brings beauty, destruction

MARQUETTE — The sound I heard shimmering through the air was abrupt and loud, like the crack of a high-powered rifle at a distance. The noise was followed by a rushing sound like waves breaking near the shore. I was standing alone in the cemetery. The rain overnight had begun to freeze ...

DNR director Eichinger to visit U.P.

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger is headed to the Upper Peninsula this weekend to attend sporting group gatherings Saturday in Escanaba and Marquette. Eichinger said the visit will help him gain additional perspective from a couple of the outdoor ...

Snowmobilers in UP warned of weather-related trail hazards

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources trail officials are advising snowmobilers riding in the Upper Peninsula to use extra caution because of hazards produced by significant weather-related events. A historic ice storm hit extensive portions of the region Monday, affecting ...

Column: Like people, most rivers have a voice and soul

MARQUETTE — Most any river has a voice and a soul and, like a person, has depth and warmth and cold, but also like people, there are some that seem more alive than others. This river is most certainly one of those living places where visitors arrive as one person and leave another. Her ...

Lake Michigan shoreline added to Hiawatha National Forest

MACKINAC COUNTY — The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), announced the addition of 11.25 acres of shoreline habitat to Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest Research Natural Area. Located along Lake Michigan, the property features important habitat for ...

U.P trappers host annual workshop

HERMANSVILLE — The members of U.P. Trappers District 3 will (for the 14th time) put on a workshop for youngsters and any persons interested in becoming trappers. This annual event will be held at the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 2. Start time is 8 a.m. CST and the last event will ...

Past is relived at winter place

MARQUETTE — There’s a place I know not far from home where beautiful white birch trees stand together on a rugged hillside that overlooks a shallow, peaceful lake. I’ve known this place since my youngest days. In the summertime, there are tables and grills here for picnicking. Now, on ...

Date set for Young Trapper’s Workshop in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — The date for the 14th Annual Young Trapper’s Workshop has been set. This fun-filled learning event will take place at the Community Center in Hermansville on Feb. 2 with doors opening at 8 a.m. CST. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Food and refreshments ...

When the new year descends…old memories emerge

MARQUETTE — This is a very familiar road. I’ve been down it more times than I can remember, and yet, I can’t place where I am exactly. In the darkness, I see the snow-covered spruce growing just off the banks plowed up along the edge of the road. The skies are black and the light from ...

Column: U.P. winter nights have a silence all their own

MARQUETTE — As the metal storm door clicked shut behind me, I almost immediately sensed the mildness of the air meeting my face – warm for a winter’s evening. The wind was dead or at least fast asleep. Soft glowing light shone through the windows of the living room, diffused by curtains ...

Hunters help meet CWD testing goal

MARQUETTE — With the assistance of hunters, a minimum goal set for chronic wasting disease deer head testing has been surpassed in two surveillance areas set up in the central Upper Peninsula. So far, no new cases have been discovered in the U.P. The testing will aid the Michigan Department ...

The beauty of a U.P. winter night

MARQUETTE — Beautiful deep shades of blue continued to permeate my world as the moon, skulking, began to slowly climb out from behind the bare trees into the early night sky. This time of the season, there is something about the combination of ice cold and the shadows – dark, blue, black ...

Some traditions of deer camp live on

ESCANABA — The firearm deer hunting season is finally here. Traditions of camp life are once again rekindled as friends gather, past stories are retold and new memories created. This is my 51st season as a licensed deer hunter in Michigan. I shot my first buck on my 23rd birthday, It was a ...

DNR continues CWD surveillance

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has stepped up its surveillance and information efforts in the wake of the Upper Peninsula’s first case of chronic wasting disease being confirmed Oct. 18 from Dickinson County’s Waucedah Township. A 4-year-old doe killed in ...

How will you react to how they react?

ESCANABA — If I’ve had any negative impression as to how the public has absorbed the information shared to date regarding the finding of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a free ranging deer here in the Upper Peninsula, Just about everyone that comments to me the first time starts off with ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair action with the better catches for night anglers. Day anglers reported spotty catches throughout the Kipling reefs and south to the Escanaba in 18 to 38 feet with stick baits. Many reported large schools of bait fish throughout the area. Perch ...