Outdoors

Deer Lake campground closed for hazardous tree removal

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Deer Lake State Forest Campground located in Iron County will temporarily close beginning today for removal of trees that present a hazard to campers and other visitors. The campground was included in a larger timber sale area south of Deer Lake. The timber is being ...

Hearing planned on hunting bills

LANSING — State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, invites Upper Peninsula residents to participate in an upcoming hearing of the Senate Natural Resources Committee via remote teleconference on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The committee will discuss Senate Bills 366 and 367, which would ...

Big bluegills highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers putting in the time are enjoying success, landing bass, bluegill and trout, to name a few. “Fishing has been pretty good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “There’s been some big bluegills caught.” Top-water lures are drawing ...

Trappers convention to welcome Les Johnson

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association will host its annual convention and outdoors expo July 26 and 27 in Escanaba. The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 26, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Camping, food and ...

Wisconsin turkey harvest unchanged from 2018

MADISON, Wis. — Preliminary totals show Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 38,556 birds during the 2019 spring turkey hunting season, virtually unchanged from the 38,885 birds registered in the spring 2018 season. Although average temperatures were slightly below normal for the months of ...

Wisconsin elk tags issued

MADISON, Wis. — After a 30-day application period, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted a random drawing for four residents who will have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 elk hunting season. More than 23,000 Wisconsin residents entered the drawing for one of ...

Ship to launch in Marinette

MARINETTE, Wis. — Two boat landings on the Menominee River will be temporarily closed for safety and security purposes on Saturday for the launching of the LCS USS Minneapolis-St. Paul at Marinette Marine Corp. The affected landings are Boom Landing in Marinette and River Park (Mystery ...

Stiletto-billed herons have a taste for fish

By BETSY BLOOM Managing Editor Heading down to the dock, I flushed the lesser-known of the Upper Peninsula’s more common heron species. Usually the resident herons at Six Mile Lake have little tolerance for being interrupted while fishing and will fly across the lake with an annoyed ...

Good action for bluegill, bass on free fishing weekend

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Michigan, with no license required for residents and non-residents. Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said bluegills are starting to bed and the bite is hot. “Guys are doing well at Gene’s ...

Iron County 4-H club

New leaders are directing Iron County 4-H Sharpshooters. From left are Doug Weesner, Alfred Absolon and Cynthia Absolon, who are certified in rifle; Barbara Luck, who is certified in archery; and Les Kufahl, who is certified in shotgun. For more information, call Cynthia Absolon at 906-822-7764.

Snowy winter helps snowshoes

This past long and snowy winter in the Upper Peninsula may have proven to be a plus for one species that had been slipping in the region: the snowshoe hare. While no actual count has been done, anecdotal reports and observations indicate the big-footed hares didn’t just survive but ...

Free fishing today, Sunday in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — This is Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, with free fishing as well as free admission to parks and trails. Today and Sunday people may fish without licenses or state trout stamps. No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required. In addition, non-resident ...

Awareness of invasives emphasized

LANSING — The first-ever PlayCleanGo Awareness Week — a national campaign urging outdoor enthusiasts to take action to avoid spreading invasive plants and pests while enjoying the activities they love — will take place across North America June 1-8. That week is a time to make more ...

Birds abundant and colorful during cool spring

While spring weather-wise might be a disappointment this year, the colder and damp conditions have created one unexpected delight for those who enjoy watching backyard birds: A lot of them, of almost every hue, are coming to the feeders. A number of readers responded to last week’s ...

Walleye, trout biting; Marinette to host Cabella’s pro-am tournament

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were landing walleye, trout and pike as temperatures were expected to soar into the upper 70s today. “The guys going out are doing pretty well on walleye at Way Dam and Peavy (Pond),” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “A lot of small ones, ...

Wisconsin DNR board disallows bear hounds in new zone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bear hunters won’t be able to use hounds in central Wisconsin under changes the Department of Natural Resources board made to the agency’s bear management plan Wednesday after opponents called the practice a blight on the state. The revisions mark the first updates ...

DNR moves listening session on deer regulations to Harris

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has moved the location of a public listening session on proposed deer regulation changes from Wetmore in Alger County to Harris in Menominee County. Several hunting regulation changes have been recommended by the DNR, including a deer ...

Creel clerks collecting data

LANSING — As this year’s open-water fishing season gets underway, anglers at many lakes, rivers and Great Lakes ports may encounter Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff collecting data about their fishing experiences. DNR creel clerks are stationed at boat launches ...

Long Lake club to host trap league, open shooting

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club in Long Lake will have an open trap shooting and Summer Trap League at 6 p.m. Mondays. Open trap shooting already has begun and will continue through September. The league officially begins June 3 and runs for 10 weeks. The league is ...

Returning birds make for a rainbow at the feeders

Surprise — the Notebook is making a slightly early appearance this week. Advertising for Saturday’s paper left no space for an Outdoor page — trust me, being squeezed out by ads is a good thing in this business these days — so rather than skip a week, it’s running today. As ...