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A common merganser scouts Six Mile Lake.

Mergansers make appearance

There are days in which it is better to be lucky than good. Last Saturday was so dreary and damp, I thought it would offer little chance at a decent photograph even if anything showed up in the yards — and I wasn’t going looking for it. Then this guy hopped up on our dock, just as the ...

You may see Michigan Department of Natural Resources fish stocking trucks, like the one pictured here, in the coming months as they take precious cargo to be stocked in waterbodies across Michigan.

DNR to stock 350 tons of fish

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is in the middle of its new fish stocking season. Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. ...

Turkey hunters finding success

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers on the Menominee River have had to deal with some very high, fast water, keeping catch rates low. Panfish have begun to bite on inland lakes. The north shores are providing the warmest water and the best action, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural ...

Woodchuck hunting eyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are bringing back a bill that would establish a Wisconsin woodchuck hunting season. State Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Tom Tiffany began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Thursday. The measure would remove woodchucks from the state’s protected ...

Michigan DNR Photo

An aerial view of the Tahquamenon River and the surrounding fall forest, a popular tourist destination in the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula. Aside from the high-value cultural, recreational and economic opportunities they provide, public lands have enormous impact on the quality of the environment and natural resources.

Public lands contribute without fanfare

IRON MOUNTAIN — Earth Day is a good time to appreciate state-managed public lands. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages 4.6 million acres of land for the public’s use and enjoyment, including state forests, game areas, recreation areas and parks. Aside from the ...

Ask the DNR

‘Ask the DNR’ to air Thursday

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13. NRC Chairman John Matonich of Bessemer and Commissioner J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon ...

Wisconsin to set deer quotas

MADISON, Wis. — County Deer Advisory Councils in Wisconsin will prepare final antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations during the last round of spring meetings this week. Councils will consider online public input responses, other public comments and assessments ...

Northwoods recreation input sought

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold three public open houses to gather input regarding outdoor recreation opportunities in the Northwoods Region of Wisconsin. The Recreation Opportunities Analysis will examine existing outdoor-based recreation ...

Stan Tekiela

Wildlife photography program in Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Public Library will sponsor a program by wildlife photographer and naturalist Stan Tekiela at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Tekiela will present an entertaining talk about the world of hummingbirds. Tekiela has traveled all over the U.S. to study and also capture ...

A pair of sandhill cranes do a flyover at Six Mile Lake.

Betsy Bloom Photo

Roller coaster weather aside, spring migration stays on pace

Nature might have hit the “pause” button on spring with snow earlier in the week, but it was short-lived. Migration is too far along to hold in check for long. But the several inches of snow did make our bird feeders very popular Tuesday morning. While restocking the buffet, I counted at ...

Walleye run draws anglers to Menominee

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye runs are continuing on rivers and fishing pressure has been very heavy at some locations, including at the Hattie Street dam on the Menominee River between Marinette, Wis. and Menominee. Some local anglers were among those making the trip to Menominee, while others ...

Trap shoot planned in Long Lake

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4+ Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual spring trap shoot at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake on Saturday, April 22. There will be two events, a 50-Bird Lewis shoot and a meat shoot. Both events begin at 8 a.m. Those shooting the 50-Bird shoot ...

Trout Unlimited banquet April 22

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its 30th annual Trout Unlimited banquet on Saturday, April 22, at Northern Michigan University in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. (Eastern time). The evening will include both silent and ...

Baiting deer legal if not for hunting — Wisconsin judge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appellate judge has ruled baiting deer is permissible as long as the bait isn't intended for hunting. The case involves John Walker, who was cited in 2015 for placing corn and pumpkins near his deer stands on his Washburn County property. Department of Natural ...

Workshops set to provide information on Great Lakes fish

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A series of spring workshops has been scheduled to provide information about the status of fish populations in Michigan’s Great Lakes waters and Lake St. Clair. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring the events with other agencies and local ...

A wild turkey sizes its surroundings on Hughitt Street in Iron Mountain.
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Turkeys take it downtown

Spring continues to progress nicely. The willows have furry catkin buds and some of the first greenery is poking up from under last year’s dead vegetation. Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County remains mostly capped in ice, though sizable amounts of open water have appeared along the ...

DNR fisheries ‘coffee’ on Thursday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a “Conversations & Coffee “ forum at Bay College West on Thursday to give people a chance to meet with fisheries managers and biologists. Information will also be available on local and statewide regulation ...

Many Department of Natural Resources hiking trails run through state parks, like this one in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula. Nearby campgrounds make these trails great weekend getaway destinations.
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Michigan boasts thousands of miles of trails, pathways

MARQUETTE — With spring now sprung, a sleeping Michigan giant is waking up — and now is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see it. Much like Gulliver, tied down to the ground by the Lilliputians, when this giant awakes, the tendrils holding it stretch a great distance - ...

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Three-legged goose

Jillian Steinbrecher of Felch took this photo Saturday of a three-legged Canada goose at the Stromberg’s Spillway Camp 3 bridge in Hardwood.

Hunter safety class offered

CHANNING — Registration for hunter safety classes for Michigan Department of Natural Resources certification will begin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Midtown Bait & Bakery in Channing. Other registration dates are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at Midtown Bait and 2 to 6 p.m. April ...