Outdoors

Alan Ettenhofer, left, shakes hands with Gov. Rick Snyder at a tree-planting event at the South Marquette County Grouse Enhanced Management Site in August 2014. Also pictured, center, is Gildo Tori, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited.

UP Whitetails co-founder honored as ‘Outstanding Conservationist’

HERMANSVILLE — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance has presented its first “Outstanding Conservationist” award to U.P. Whitetails Inc. co-founder Alan Ettenhofer of Escanaba. The award was presented Saturday at a quarterly UPSA meeting at the William Anderson Sportsman’s Club ...

Ladies Day shooting event offered in UP

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources in August will offer women an opportunity to learn more about guns and archery. The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club, will conduct its annual all ladies shooting workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, Aug. 13, at its ...

This great blue heron fishing on Six Mile Lake in northern Dickinson County appeared to have a few feathers askew, a sign it could be molting as a number of bird species do in the summer. Unlike the Canada geese and mallard ducks, though, the heron had little trouble flying.
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Birds use slower time of summer to molt

Everything in the North Woods seems to become more relaxed by midsummer. The colors, so vibrant with new growth, have gone a little dull, tinged with brown and beige as grasses go to seed, the early flowering plants fade and tree leaves lose their shine. The rising humidity and angle of the ...

Panfish in deeper waters

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hot July temperatures are warming the waters and driving fish deeper, especially during the day. Anglers fishing the bottom with crawlers were landing plenty of panfish, including bluegills, crappies and perch, according to Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, ...

Kyle Komorowski, left, and Mike Komorowski of Oak Creek, Wis., hold their $1,316 check for winning the Badwater Bass Tourney with 15.1 pounds of bass caught and released.

Oak Creek anglers win Badwater tourney

FLORENCE, Wis. — “One More Try” was the winning team at Saturday’s Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Mike and Kyle Komorowski from Oak Creek, Wis., registered six bass weighing a total of 15.1 lbs. They received a cash prize of $1,316. The largest ...

Silent Sporters to visit Popple River waterfalls

FLORENCE, Wis. —The Silent Sporters on Saturday plan to visit the waterfalls on the Popple River in Florence County. The group will leave the Florence Natural Resource Center & Wild Rivers Interpretive Center at 1 p.m. to visit the Jennings, Washburn and Big Bull waterfalls. For ...

Prizes awarded at youth fishing event

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club and the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., hosted a fishing outing Saturday for kids up to age 17. The event’s headquarters was the Silver Lake pavilion in Laona. Various lakes in the area were fished. The 34 young participants selected ...

Effort launched to restore state’s arctic grayling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public-private partnership has released its strategy for attempting to restore self-sustaining populations of the arctic grayling to Michigan waters. The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative described its goals and plans for the next several years during a recent ...

Possibly a beaverpond baskettail.

Marsh hawks soar; peak season for dragonflies

While helping out with my mom at the Bass Festival last weekend — my dad used to be a member of the Crystal Falls Lions Club, so it was nice to continue to honor that tie — a friend of my parents’ mentioned she’d had a “marsh hawk” on her property. That was interesting to hear, as ...

Anglers enjoying success, rain sweetens wild berries

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass, walleye, panfish and trout are all biting as anglers persevere through a wet summer. “Guys are going out and having a good time,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Bluegills up to 12 inches have been caught in the past week, and ...

DNR advisory meeting in Harris

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on this past winter’s moose survey results, antler point restrictions, and updates on trails and western U.P. state parks when the group meets ...

The boating access site at Indian Lake in Iron County, shown here, will be temporarily closed for installation of a new concrete boat ramp starting Monday.

DNR to temporarily close Indian Lake boat launch

CRYSTAL FALLS —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close the Indian Lake boating access site in Iron County, beginning Monday, for installation of a new concrete boat ramp. Indian Lake is in southern Iron County, southwest of Crystal Falls, off County Road 424 ...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park is on the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.

Volunteers needed for Pocket Park at UP State Fair in Escanaba

ESCANABA —This year’s fun-packed week of the Upper Peninsula State Fair is just around the corner, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for some youth mentors for outdoor recreation activities taking place at the DNR Pocket Park. The DNR needs community volunteers ...

U.P. Whitetails offers hunter safety class

KINGSFORD — A hunter safety class will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon July 31 through Aug. 3 in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria, with a field day set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the United Sportsmen’s Club. Students must attend all classroom instruction and the field ...

Youth fishing event Saturday

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club, along with the Headwaters and Title Town chapters of Muskies Inc., will sponsor the fifth annual Northeast Wisconsin Kids Fishing Outing for youths ages 10 to 17 on Saturday. Registration will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Pavilion ...

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Rain-soaked

Catherine Vivio of Norway snapped this photo of a Delta premium pansy after a recent rain shower.

Canadian agency reports migratory bird hunting fines

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, Canada — Two Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,500 for migratory bird hunting offenses, according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Christopher Rigoni of Iron Mountain and Thomas Olsen of Vulcan pleaded guilty and were each fined ...

Giant Canada geese once were thought to be extinct, but today are very plentiful around Michigan.

Tips offered to avoid problems with geese

MARQUETTE — Perhaps one of the most recognizable birds in Michigan is the large, regal-looking Canada goose. Once a rare sight in Michigan, Canada geese now are very plentiful in the state — so plentiful that some people tend to think of them as pests. The Department of Natural ...

Long Lake club to host annual picnic

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4+ Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual membership picnic and trap shoot at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake on Saturday, July 22. There will be activities for shooters and non-shooters alike. Trap shooting will begin at 8 a.m. Shooters ...

Anglers target walleye, panfish; blackberry crop looks promising

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye fishing has been good in early July as anglers test the Brule River, Way Dam and other hot spots. Leeches are the preferred bait, according to both Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., and Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait & Tackle in Channing. Catch ...