Outdoors

Pine Dam reservoir lowered

FLORENCE, Wis. —We Energies is lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence. The reservoir will be lowered about 9.5 feet from the normal elevation. The temporary drawdown is required for additional maintenance at Pine Dam. Maintenance work is ...

Red fox have a history of living close to people

While filling the bird feeders Friday morning, I came across some new tracks on the back deck of our home. Definitely canine, yet too small for any of the neighborhood dogs at Six Mile Lake, or for a coyote should one have been bold enough to venture up on the deck. With the firearm deer ...

Anglers catching walleye, panfish through the ice

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s beginning to look a lot like ice fishing. Reports range from a couple inches to as much as 8 inches of ice, and anglers are landing walleye, panfish and northern, said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. The Michigan Department of Natural ...

Owls start making their presence known

Now that the firearm deer hunt has ended, the woods may be quiet enough to hear the owls. This is the time when great horned owls begin sorting out territories and firming up ties with their mates or looking for a new partner, if needed, with an eye on starting a family in the opening ...

Ice fishing gets off to quick start; Michigan muzzleloading season ahead

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice levels on some inland lakes have reached 3 to 5 inches and anglers are venturing out. “They’re landing walleye, perch, northern pike and bass,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., noting one pike measured over 30 inches. Early season ice ...

DNR seeks candidates for ORV advisory panel

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking interested candidates to serve on the Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup. This group assists the Michigan Trails Advisory Council, created in P.A. 451 of 1994, Section 324.72110, in performing the duties and ...

Seven-pointer

Jerry Gauthier, 90, of Breitung Township, was hunting at his family camp in Dickinson County when he bagged this 7-point buck at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 17, the third day of Michigan’s firearm deer season.

Patience pays off

Bob Beaudry of Kingsford shot this 8-point buck at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Dickinson County. Beaudry had been sitting in his blind since early morning and was just about to call it a day when the buck showed up.

Meet the Rangers in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. — People can learn about the important role rangers play in enhancing visitor experiences at Wisconsin State Parks System properties during a Meet the Rangers session Tuesday evening at the new Titletown Park in Green Bay. This outdoor event will 5 to 8 p.m. outside the ...

Trout Unlimited meets Wednesday

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road in Marquette. All who are interested in conservation and cold water fisheries are welcome.

‘Ask the DNR’ to air Thursday

MARQUETTE — Vicki Pontz, chairwoman of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, will travel to the Upper Peninsula from Novi to answer viewer questions live on “Ask the DNR.” The hour-long program will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Central time Thursday on WNMU-TV13, the Public Broadcasting ...

DNR testing deer samples from Norway for CWD

Almost 200 deer taken in Dickinson County during the firearm season have been brought to the Norway station so far, most to be tested for chronic wasting disease, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician reported this week. About 178 of the 182 deer registered at the ...

Christmas Bird Count slated for Dec. 15

Anyone who has noticed a Canada goose out at Crystal Lake that appears injured, yes, local wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson already has been contacted. And really, the best outcome for the bird for now is to leave it be, Carlson said. First, while it looks to have a broken wing, ...

Florence buck harvest down slightly on opening weekend

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin’s buck harvest was up statewide during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun deer season, but down slightly in Florence County. The season opened Nov. 17 and will end this weekend. Florence County’s buck harvest for the first weekend was 622, a decline ...

Turkeys abundant, early ice reported

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deer hunters are reporting good populations of wild turkeys, with the fall turkey hunt having ended Nov. 14. “Some people are seeing 40-some, 50-some birds from their blinds,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. As for deer, a fair ...

Ice comes early; flashy birds arrive as well

The scant hopes for any kind of an Indian summer in the Upper Peninsula this fall pretty much disappeared last weekend. Six Mile Lake went in about 24 hours from being mostly open Nov. 10, with ice just around the edges, to almost completely frozen over Sunday. It happened that ...

Hunters report seeing more deer; no warm-up in weekend forecast

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for the next several days, making for a chilly start to Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season. Michigan’s 16-day firearm season opened Thursday and many hunters are at least seeing more deer than in recent years. “It ...

Teeth provide solid clues to the age of a deer

Whether for fun or to better judge preferable animals to target, many hunters have an interest in the ability to age white-tailed deer, whether on the hoof or in hand. Attempting to determine the age of a deer while it is in the field is a matter of observing a range of physical ...

Registrations invited for ‘Outdoors Woman’ program

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting registrations for this winter's “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 22-24 in Marquette County. This annual winter BOW gathering is for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to ...

DNR biologist expects good UP deer hunt

ESCANABA — Opening day for firearm season is here and hunters in the local area can expect a good hunt, but should also keep the Department of Natural Resource’s chronic wasting disease sampling effort in mind. Karen Sexton, a wildlife biologist at the Department of Natural Resources ...