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Outdoors

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 ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair catches off Gladstone Beach when trolling or jigging crawlers in 14 to 25 feet or the Kipling reefs in 12 to 30 feet however most of those fish were undersize. Perch catches were fair between the First and Second Reef with crawlers or minnows in ...

DNR to conduct herbicide treatments

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to apply herbicide treatments at four sites in the Charley Lakes area of southern Marquette County in preparation for red and jack pine planting. DNR pesticide applicators are licensed and trained in the safe use of these ...

New story map documents invasive species program

LANSING — Since its inception in 2014, the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program has allocated over $18.5 million in grants to universities, non-profits and units of government to prevent, detect and manage invasive species in Michigan. Now, you can see all 112 grant-funded projects in ...

Where did the days of summer go?

“MARQUETTE — I was whipping along on the highway when I glanced off the road to my right to see a scene that slowed my sense of timing down dramatically. It was as though things started to move in slow motion – with the view out the passenger-side window passing by in still photographic ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye action picked up for those trolling or jigging in 14 to 30 feet along the reefs. There are still a lot of undersize fish in the area. The best catches were near the “Fingers,” Minneapolis Shoals in 18 to 26 feet or near Round Island in 10 feet when trolling ...

Free ORV Weekend is Aug. 17-18

LANSING — Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors looking for an off-road adventure can explore the state’s 3,700 miles of off-road trails and five scramble areas during Free ORV Weekend Aug. 17-18. “This is the perfect opportunity to see and experience Michigan’s off-road ...

Hiawatha, DCNT partner on Rapid River Ski Trail

GLADSTONE — On Aug. 1, Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan and representatives of Delta County Nonmotorized Trails (DCNT) signed a cost share agreement providing volunteer ski trail grooming and minor trail maintenance at Rapid River National Cross Country Ski Trail. Signing for ...

Column: A sweet summer day spent on the lake

MARQUETTE — As easy as a melody, our little raft floated across the top of the water, pushed gently onward by a warm summer breeze. There was no need to paddle, only to drift and to coast. No need for a jacket, not even a windbreaker, sunshine warming my face. Light puffs of smoke rolled ...

Hiawatha National Forest app provides visitor info

GLADSTONE — Hiawatha National Forest has partnered with OnCell to launch a mobile app for visitors. Visitors can use the OnCell app on their personal mobile devices to take self-guided tours of natural and heritage sites at several US Forest Service locations across the nation, including the ...

Walleye fingerlings stocked in bays

ESCANABA — The Bays de Noc recently received a much-needed boost - 464,800 walleye fingerlings - through collaborative stocking efforts by the DNR, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. After Little Bay de Noc’s spring ice-out (when ...

Column: First-time sights in the outdoors

MARQUETTE — I was sitting, relaxing when a cool breeze fluffed the curtain at the window as it rolled in through the mesh screen. It wasn’t long afterward that I heard rain lightly patting on the concrete below. Darkness had fallen. The swirling breeze felt refreshing as the temperature ...

Milestone approaches in grayling restoration

LANSING — Michigan is one step closer to bringing Arctic grayling back to state waters. The ultraviolet water disinfection system at Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County has been installed, meaning the facility is ready to welcome juvenile Arctic grayling. “With the completion of this ...

Column: Driving down a road of memories

MARQUETTE— Driving over the alternating rocky and muddy bumps and bogs in this old railroad grade, my Jeep rocks from side to side. My body moves sympathetically to the jerks and jolts, back and forth. I’ve been riding, and later driving, this road most of my life, but I never tire of ...

Fishing Report

Little Bay De Noc: Walleye fishing slowed however anglers reported good catches of undersize fish taken between the Narrows and Garth Point. A few bigger fish were reported at the “Black Bottom” with crawlers or stick baits in 30 feet. The best fishing was into Green Bay with crawlers or ...

Expert beaver trapper at trappers convention

ESCANABA — Local outdoor expert Ken Luedtke will be doing a demo on winter beaver trapping at the Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo at the U.P. State Fairgrounds July 26-27. Luedtke began trapping at the age of 13 and now, 45 years later, he is still passionate about the sport. Along with ...

Youth program gets donation

Courtesy photo Bill Hawley, president of Delta County Gun Owners, presents a donation of $500 to Russ Nelson of Great Lakes Sport and Recreation Club to help support their summer youth program. The program runs for seven weeks and is provided at no cost to participants. The program includes ...

Column: Nature creates its own catalog of colors in summer

MARQUETTE — Within the whirling maelstrom of summertime travels and travails, I’ve somehow found a few moments to become enthralled with a tiny volume of old that holds a great deal of fascination for me. The book is called “Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, ...

Dunlap to give demo at trappers convention

ESCANABA — Expert trapper Jeff Dunlap will once again give a presentation at the 57th annual U.P. Trappers Convention /Outdoor Expo July 26-27 in Escanaba. He will be joined by at least seven other outdoor experts who will be presenting as well. Dunlap has trapped in Michigan, Louisiana, ...