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Outdoors

Wildlife Unlimited groups partner for raffle

ESCANABA — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County have come together again to promote their organizations, wildlife preservation and ongoing habitat efforts with a joint fundraising raffle. The three organizations ...

Column: A day on the ice creates memories

“In the town of broken dreams, the streets are filled with regret; maybe down in Lonesome Town, I can learn to forget,” – Baker Knight — — — MARQUETTE — When I pushed open the back door to head outside, the cold air hit my face almost immediately. It was still dark. Some of ...

Column: The sights and sounds of spring begin slowly

“There must be a cloud in my head, rain keeps falling from my eyes,” – Dee Clark — — — MARQUETTE — When I stepped outside the back door, the sound I heard was familiar to me, but not one I would associate with the white blanket of winter stretched out across the yard. It ...

Trapper group to host fundraising banquet

NORWAY — The U.P. Trappers of District 3 announce its First Fundraising Banquet will take place at the Norway Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 7. The group homes to make the banquet an annual event. Doors open at 4 p.m. Central Time and the buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. Te event will be ...

Buchholtz honored by Turkey Federation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ken Buchholtz of Ecanaba has earned the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation. “I feel incredibly honored to be receiving this award that represents all the time and effort our team of volunteers put into this program, ...

Column: Possessions bring back memories

“This shirt is old and faded, all the color’s washed away. I’ve had it now for more damn years than I can count anyway,” – Mary Chapin Carpenter — — — MARQUETTE — The magical quality of memories to be able to attach themselves to inanimate objects, like old pocket ...

Column: Getting inspiration from above

“Saint Valentine drove a red Continental with a headlight out and a dent in the side. He swore it wasn’t his, it was only a rental, but he drove it every single night,” – Joe Ely — — — MARQUETTE — Over the past few days, heavenly bodies – not the likes of ...

No license purchases this weekend

LANSING — In just a few days, the DNR will begin the changeover to a new system for selling hunting and fishing licenses, hunting applications, and ORV and snowmobile permits online and at retail agent locations statewide. The changeover starts Saturday, Feb. 15, and the new system will go ...

#MiFreeFishingWeekend is back

LANSING — Everyone’s invited to join in the DNR’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. No fishing license is needed, although all other fishing regulations still apply. The weekend coincides with the DNR’s move to a new license sales system. Due to ...

Column: Appreciation for the outdoors

“I look out my window and what do I see, I see a bird way up in a tree,” – Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller — — — MARQUETTE — In the relative light of the darkness, I stood with my arms stretched above my head, fingers spread open like the snow-covered branches of the trees, ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: The cold evenings had formed a crust on the snow layer with slush underneath, making travel difficult at times. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches just south of Aronson Island with rapalas and minnows in 30 to 40 feet. Although this area is being fished, DANGEROUS ...

2020 Black Lake sturgeon season lasts one day

LANSING — This year’s sturgeon season on Black Lake (Cheboygan County, Michigan) ended at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 - not quite six hours after the day’s 8 a.m. start. The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 1-5, or until the ...

Youth invited to annual Young Trappers Workshop

HERMANSVILLE — Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will host the 15th Annual Young Trappers Workshop Saturday at the Community Center in Hermansville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Each young trapper 11 years old and under will receive a free weasel trapping startup kit (trap, lure, ...

Wild turkeys a U.P. success story

“When I was young I remember well, I’d hunt the wild turkey and bobwhite quail,” – Bob McDill — — — MARQUETTE — There was a time, not too long ago, when seeing a wild turkey in the Upper Peninsula, especially the more northern portions of the region, was indeed a rare ...

Fifteenth Annual Trappers Workshop is Feb. 1

HERMANSVILLE — Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will once again be hosting its annual Beginning Trappers Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central at the Hermansville Community Center. Although this event is geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the outdoors ...

Column: Silence, solitude and summer memories

“In the wee wee hours, that’s when I think of you,” – Chuck Berry — — — On stormy winter days like this, if I’m given time and space, my mind tends to wander away – sometimes to summertime. I think about walking on the sand with the clear water rolling over my toes ...

Veteran trappers help beginners at workshop

HERMANSVILLE — Once again, the Community Center in Hermansville will be the site of the 15th Annual New Trappers Workshop Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 8 a.m. and ending approximately 4 p.m. CST. There will be a number of local veteran trappers on hand, all of whom will be willing to share ...

Column: The sweet, calm solitude of winter

“I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road,” – Roger Miller — — — MARQUETTE — If I were to walk down the middle of this windswept blacktop road on a fine day in July, I’d be taking my life into my own hands. The heavy traffic from those summertime travelers ...

Fishing Report

Inland lakes across the region are producing bluegill, crappie, pike and walleye. Little Bay De Noc: With the colder temperatures, anglers were fishing the Kipling area and north to the Days River. Though there is ice, many areas were not safe for travel, so extreme caution needs to be used. ...

Column: Nature’s mystery lady hides in plain sight

“I love the flower girl, was she reality or just a dream to me,” – Artie Kornfield/Steve Duboff — — — MARQUETTE — The first time I recall seeing her, she was standing alongside an old country road. I had just crossed a cement-railed bridge on a cold afternoon. I was ...