Outdoors

‘Ask the DNR’ to air Thursday

MARQUETTE —Michigan Department of Natural Resources staffers will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13 in Marquette. The hour-long program will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern time and be repeated at noon Friday, and be available about a week ...

BIRDS ARE IN full color this time of year. A rose-breasted grosbeak and indigo bunting share in sunflower seeds. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

Birds putting on a rainbow display at feeders

I’m letting the writing take a back seat this week to photos that show off the full colors of spring in avian form. Sometimes it’s best to just enjoy how beautiful birds are this time of year, when in full breeding plumage. I had to include two shots of the indigo buntings because they ...

Outdoors report

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the following fishing activity in the Upper Peninsula: Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow and was most likely because there was no shortage of baitfish as large schools of smelt were in the bay. The fish were actively feeding but anglers did ...

Trappers club meets Thursday

SPALDING — Roy Dahlgren, president of District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association, will show trappers and newcomers the proven methods he and a partner used to trap almost 3,000 muskrats in about 17 days in North Dakota. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Normenco ...

These ducks had no fear of a camera near Six Mile Lake.Betsy Bloom Photo

Domestic ducks aren’t built for untamed air

In a week that saw some notable migrants back in the area, a quartet of likely flightless birds managed to upstage much of what appeared out at Six Mile Lake. Four domestic ducks began regularly hanging around the bridge where the lake feeds into Six Mile Creek, or mixing in with Canada geese ...

Trout streams producing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout fishing is picking up just as Michigan anglers get ready for Monday’s opener for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge. “The streams evidently are coming down,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, reporting several trout anglers ...

DNR conducts online survey on muskellunge

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Muskie Alliance, is investigating the muskellunge fisheries of the state again this year by distributing an online angler survey. The 2017 Muskellunge Angler Survey will gather information about ...

Bass tournaments should be registered online

LANSING — As temperatures continue to warm, many anglers are looking forward to fishing the open water season. With this in mind, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers coordinating bass fishing tournaments in 2017 to register those tournaments online via the Michigan ...

This spring marked the 36th consecutive year the Normenco Sportsman Club has planted fish in northern Menominee County.

Normenco plants trout in Big Cedar River

POWERS — Earlier this spring, Normenco Sportsman Club planted approximately 1,950 trout in the waters of the Big Cedar River north of Powers. This is the 36th year in a row the club has planted fish. Several members of the club and kids ages 4 to 18 attended and helped plant the fish. The ...

Michigan releases deer hunter study report

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with DJ Case & Associates, recently released a report on a nearly yearlong study of Michigan deer hunters. Following up on recent DNR research into deer hunting participation trends, the project was designed to ...

Educators Kim Trinkle and Apollo, the red-tailed hawk, present to an eager crowd during an evening lecture at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River, Wis.

Summer programs offered at Trees for Tomorrow

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, has set its summer program series for 2017. There’s something for all ages. TFT summer programs offer fun and unique experiences for the public with an opportunity to explore the ...

Bass spawn in late spring or early summer. The catch-and-immediate-release season for bass is year-round in Michigan. This year’s catch-and-keep season opens May 27.

Excitement of spawning fish

Spring is a time of transition on the landscape in Michigan with weather, new growth and numerous animals showing outwards signs of this change. Below the surface of many Michigan lakes, rivers and streams is the spawning of numerous fish species throughout the state. Serious fishermen are ...

DNR takes bear, elk applications

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for bear and elk hunting licenses. The application period runs through June 1. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be available for this year's seasons. Hunters can apply online , or at ...

Wisconsin fishing opener today

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wisconsin’s general inland game fish season opens today with rivers and trout streams running high, but improving. “Walleye fishing has been picking up on the Menominee River,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “There have been reports of ...

More than 300 bobcats harvested in Wisconsin’s statewide season

MADISON, Wis. — Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats. Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information — final harvest information should be available by mid-June. The 2016-17 season marked the ...

Harry Nestell from F&T Fur Harvesters Trading Post of Alpena shows trappers how to make a coyote set during the 2016 U.P. Trappers Association convention in Escanaba. This year, Nestell will show how to be successful in the winter by making and using waxed dirt for trap covering.

Mike Lewis Photo

Trappers convention June 30-July 1

ESCANABA — The U.P. Trappers Association will again host its annual convention at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. The convention will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 30, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Demonstrations this year will feature an all-star lineup ...

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Kingsford scouts learn boating safety

KINGSFORD —Kingsford’s Cub Scout Pack 510 has been outfitted with life jackets thanks to a program offered by the National Safe Boating Council. As part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, the NSBC offers resources to state agencies, organizations, and other groups. A grassroots ...

VFW to host gun show Saturday at Crivitz Village Hall

CRIVITZ, Wis. — VFW Post 2063 will have a gun show Saturday at the Crivitz Village Hall. Doors open to the public at 8 a.m. and the show runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and older. To reserve a table, or for more information, contact Larry Lundberg at 715-854-2672.

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Michigan legislation aims to strengthen CWD controls

LANSING —A bill addressing chronic wasting disease will go to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives after receiving the endorsement of the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, increases the penalties for illegally bringing a ...

DNR advisory meeting Tuesday in Crystal Falls

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on fisher and pine marten trapping season regulations and an update on the DNR’s forest road inventory when the group meets Tuesday in ...