Outdoors

Commission OKs regulations to curb chronic wasting disease

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved new deer hunting regulations aimed at stopping the spread of a deadly disease among deer. The commission’s action Thursday came after months of input from hunters, residents and others. Chronic wasting disease affects ...

Crivitz American Legion to sponsor trap shoot

CRIVITZ, Wis. —The Crivitz American Legion Post 413 annual Labor Day Trap Shoot is Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Lake Noquebay Sportsman’s Club located on N9200 Maple Beach Road, two blocks south of County Highway X, east of Middle Inlet. The shoot will go from noon to 4 p.m. There will be ...

Walleye biting, but they’re small; bass, bluegill also hitting live baits

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are catching undersized walleye in deep water, while other fishing activity has been fairly steady. “Lots of walleye, but most are on the small side,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Live baits are working best at about 20 to 25 feet, ...

Hummingbirds taking full advantage of feeders

Can hummingbirds be called a swarm? Several people in the area have reported the number of hummingbirds buzzing around their feeders has grown in the past couple weeks. We’ve seen the same out at Six Mile Lake, with groups of six to eight at a time jousting for a place at the ...

Musky action heats up; anglers landing lots of panfish and bass

IRON MOUNTAIN — Panfish, bass and musky fishing is going well as summer days shorten. “Lots of panfish all over,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, mentioning catches of bluegill, perch and crappie. Trout fishing has slowed, but those going out are ...

Trap shooters compete at Long Lake picnic

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club held its annual membership picnic under beautiful skies at the clubhouse in Long Lake with nearly 50 trap shooters taking part. The 50-Bird Lewis Shoot had 48 entries and paid out five classes, with each class winning $80. Shooters were ...

‘Women in the Outdoors’ event Aug. 21

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics is planning the next Aspiring Women event which will be held Aug. 21 at Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls. “Aspiring Women in the Outdoors: Girls’ Afternoon Off!” will focus on ways to relax outdoors. “We’re going to ...

Monarch monitoring: Volunteers might help confirm butterfly’s rebound

IRON MOUNTAIN — Monarch butterflies might be on the mend. Populations of the iconic orange-and-black butterflies appear to be up significantly this summer in the northern Midwest, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and across the top half of Wisconsin, several experts confirmed this ...

Anglers landing more walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers taking advantage of cooler summer days are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on area lakes and rivers. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said a fisherman landed a 28 3/4-inch walleye and followed it up with a 27-inch catch. “He didn’t say ...

Prizes awarded at Badwater Bass Tourney

FLORENCE, Wis. — JD Castings of Kingsford was the winning team at the Badwater Bass Tourney that took place earlier this month on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Rodney DeClark and John Trulock registered six bass weighing a total of 18 pounds, which was 3 pounds more than ...

DNR biologist to discuss Florence County waters

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fish biologist Greg Matzke will speak on what makes up Florence County’s diverse fisheries at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Florence Natural Resource Center, 5631 Forestry Drive in Florence. Matzke started his position in 2010 and has ...

Trappers convention returns to Escanaba

ESCANABA — The 59th annual National Trappers Association Convention and Sport Show is coming to the U.P. State Fairgrounds today through Saturday. Convention coordinator Roy Dahlgren said this will not be the first time this event will take place in the area. “This is the second time ...

ORV riders see UP trail improvements

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s off-road vehicle riders are seeing numerous new ORV trail developments under way, boosting opportunities to enjoy the state’s more than 3,800-mile trail network. These new routes, trailheads and other improvements have been funded by revenue generated from ORV ...

Anglers catching walleye, pike, crappie

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are reporting some success landing walleye, as well as crappie, northern pike and even musky. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler recommended trolling leeches or crawlers for walleye and casting spinners near weed edges for pike. Crappie — some ...

Dickinson sunsets

The evening of July 13 offered spectacular sunsets in the Dickinson County area.

Michigan DNR offers online map of state forests

LANSING — A new, interactive map available on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website provides information on access to state-owned lands, while welcoming the public’s involvement in the management of state forest roads. The map allows users to view state forest road ...

Escanaba to host national trappers event July 26-28

ESCANABA — Jim Comstock, known as one of the better animal damage control trappers in the country, will be among the many experts attending the National Trappers Association’s 59th annual Convention/Outdoor Show on July 26-28 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Hours are 8 a.m. to ...

DNR advisory panel to meet

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Tuesday in Houghton, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating ...

Long Lake club to host picnic Saturday

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club will host its annual membership picnic and trap shoot Saturday at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake. There will be activities for shooters and non-shooters alike. Trap shooting will begin at 8 a.m. Shooters participating in ...