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Outdoors report

Muzzleloading season begins; ice fishing has to wait

December 5, 2009
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Muzzleloading deer season opened Friday in the Upper Peninsula.

The season runs for 10 days. Firearms licenses, combination licenses and antlerless-only licenses are valid throughout the season.

Hunters may still hunt with a bow during muzzleloading season. Archery season continues until Jan. 1.

"Guys are getting wound up about the muzzleloading season," said Don Ciochetto at The Sport Shop in Iron River. "It should be good."

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the firearm deer season harvest fell this season compared to last, but there were still plenty of pockets of local success.

"It really depends on where you were," said Tom Bean at Crystal Bait .

Anglers continue to wait for the start of ice fishing. With the weather finally cooperating, ice formation should accelerate.

"We still heard of some guys going out in boats this week," reported John Grier's Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. "They did pretty good too."

Wisconsin's muzzleloading season continues until Dec. 9. The state's four-day archery or firearm antlerless only hunt runs Dec. 10-13 for hunters in possession of antlerless tags.

In Watersmeet, the Ottawa Visitor Center will be hosting an open house on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central time).

The forest center is located at the corner of U.S. 2 and Highway 45. The public is invited to learn about winter recreation opportunities, purchase Christmas tree permits, and enjoy refreshments.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing conditions across the Upper Peninsula:

Paint Pond - Near Crystal Falls is producing some big muskie. Fish were hitting on sucker rigs.

Little Bay De Noc - No big numbers but walleye were still being caught by those trolling at night with rapalas or stick baits.

 
 

 

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