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Outdoors

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, ...

Plenty of options for hunting game birds

LANSING — Michigan is rich with opportunities to hunt a variety of upland game birds this month, with several seasons already open and other openers on the way. Currently open are ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting. Ruffed grouse season runs through Nov. 14 and then reopens Dec. 1-Jan. 1, ...

Fish Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches at the “Black Bottom” when trolling stick baits in 20 to 28 feet and off Kipling when trolling or jigging crawlers and stick baits in 14 to 30 feet between the First and Second Reefs. Perch fishing was fair around Butler Island with ...

Archery deer season now underway in U.P.

LANSING — The days are growing shorter, the air is feeling crisp … it’s time for hunters to head into Michigan’s autumn woods for archery deer season, started up around the state Tuesday, Oct. 1. Before pulling back that first arrow, hunters are reminded to check the 2019 Hunting ...

Column: Autumn overwhelms the senses

“The high rolling hills give it all in the fall; oh, the hard days are gone...now,” – Steve Forbert — — — MARQUETTE — The hem of the resplendent gown of Madame Autumn moves slowly across the floor as she half-sashays into view, pulling with her a trail of rolling and ...

Offer feedback on forest management plans at open houses

MARQUETTE — The DNR plans prescribed burns, timber harvests and tree thinning to help keep Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land healthy and to provide wildlife habitat. Plans for management activities are finalized two years in advance after public input is gathered in the ...

Waterfowl hunting opens Saturday

LANSING — This weekend marks the start of the waterfowl hunting season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the North Zone (Upper Peninsula). The season runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 24, with an additional weekend hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Goose season in the North Zone opened earlier this month and ...

Column: There’s magic in the sound of raindrops

“Now the rain’s been droppin,’ drip drop a drippin’ every day you’ve been away,” — Aaron Schroeder and Chuck Kaye — — — MARQUETTE — I’m sitting up in bed listening. Everyone else has gone to sleep. With the darkness gathered around me I’ve got my eyes closed ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Fewer walleye catches were reported as the action was spotty at best along the reefs at Kipling, south of the Ford River near the “Fingers” and near Round Island. Near Kipling, anglers were still working the weed beds when trolling, drifting or jigging crawlers or stick ...

Column: Surprise encounter in the woods

“Summer’s end’s around the bend, just flying,” – John Prine — — — MARQUETTE — The afternoon couldn’t make up its mind between sunny skies, cold winds and clouds threatening rain. I decided to spend those hours traveling gray-graveled backroads, looking for some respite ...

Garmon heads Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week gathered with state, retail and nonprofit representatives of Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry to showcase the industry’s value and preview the move, this October, to officially join the Confluence of States. The Confluence is a growing ...

Small game hunting opens Sunday

LANSING — Hunters around Michigan are getting ready to get outdoors. Sunday marks the statewide start of hunting season for cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, fox and gray squirrel. Woodcock season, also statewide, follows less than a week later on Sept. 21. Before hitting the ...

Column: Signs of autumn start creeping in

“Swimming in the big lake, taking it easy, taking any comfort we could find,” – Bob Seger — — — MARQUETTE — With a splash and swift turn in the water, the brook trout at the end of my line broke the top of the water’s surface and jerked hard toward the bottom of the ...

NRC to meet in Marquette Thursday

MARQUETTE — An update on white-nose syndrome in bats, a presentation about the state’s parks and trails systems, and recognition for the efforts of former commissioner J.R. Richardson, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Upper Peninsula staff and former Michigan State Parks Advisory ...

Washout forces closure of boat sites

IRON MOUNTAIN — The recent washout of a culvert along West Pond Road at the Groveland Mine Recreation Area in Dickinson County will leave boating access sites to the East and West ponds inaccessible until further notice. Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff is working to obtain ...

Column: Campfires draw connections, thoughts

“Sometimes the best words are left unspoken, sometimes the best words are left unsaid,” – Marshall Crenshaw — — — MARQUETTE — From where I sat in the cool grass, I could look up to see the smoke roiling into the sky – tumbling and twirling. The night had begun to fall ...

Muskrat trapping demonstration at trappers meeting

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association will be meeting at the Wildwood Restaurant on Thursday Sept. 12 in Hermansville at 5:30 p.m. Central Time to pick up trash along the highway. The group will then go to the Anderson’s Sportsman’s Club for the regular meeting at ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Had fair walleye fishing with the best action in the evening when trolling a crawler harness or jigging crawlers along the weeds on the First and Second Reefs. During the day, anglers were jigging crawlers in 10 feet along the east bank off Kipling. Good to excellent ...

DNR seeks input on 2020 forest road maps

LANSING — Michigan residents have until Aug. 31 to help the Department of Natural Resources decide which state forest roads will be open or closed to off-road vehicles in 2020. The DNR updates its online forest roads map every year on April 1, indicating which roads are open to ORV use. ...

Column: The comfort of an old pair of boots

MARQUETTE — For me, getting rid of an old pair of cowboy boots is like getting rid of an old pickup truck, it’s a hard thing to do. I’ve got an old pair of western boots now that I’ve been slowly inching toward the trash can for a few months. Even though I bought a replacement pair, I ...