Outdoors

THESE THREE WELL-GROWN fawns at Six Mile Lake may be triplets or may just be hanging together while the does are off somewhere nearby. After more than three months, they’re grazing rather than nursing and have all but lost their spots. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

As seasons change, so do deer coats

The deer are going gray — even the youngsters. The fawns are quickly losing their spots, as their coat begins to make the switch from rust orange to the ash and brown color that will better blend in among branches and tree trunks in the winter woods. This also usually is a sign the fawn is ...

Fishing, hunting seasons merge

IRON MOUNTAIN — With summer-like temperatures expected to linger well into next week, outdoors enthusiasts have plenty of choices, whether it be fishing, hunting or simply enjoying the colors. “It’s just nice to get out,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on ...

Input sought on Florence County deer recommendations

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Deer Advisory Council voted Aug. 30 to set the county’s deer management unit boundaries and herd population objectives for the next three years. The recommendations passed by the council are preliminary and now go to the public for comment through ...

A view from behind the teleprompter at a live broadcast of “Ask the DNR” shows Michigan Department of Natural Resources staffers Monica Joseph, Jennifer Johnson and Doug Barry, with host Ann Feldhauser seated at the center of the table.

‘Ask the DNR’ airs tonight on TV13

MARQUETTE —A new season of the live “Ask the DNR” question-and-answer program kicks off tonight on WNMU-TV13 in Marquette. “We are excited to begin another series of programs answering viewer questions live on the air,” said John Pepin, Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Hunter orange required for ‘Liberty’ deer hunt

MICHIGAN — The annual Liberty Hunt will take place this weekend in Michigan for youth hunters and hunters with disabilities. The hunt will be Saturday and Sunday on private or public lands open to firearm deer hunting. The bag limit for this season is one deer. All hunters participating ...

Ruffed Grouse Society dinner Oct. 5

IRON MOUNTAIN — The North Woods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 13th annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Pine Mountain Golf & Ski Resort. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m and dinner will be served at 7:30. For more information or ...

Long Lake club plans trap shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. —The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club will have its annual autumn trap shoot Saturday, Sept. 23, at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake. There will be two events, a 50-Bird Lewis shoot and a meat shoot. Both begin at 8 a.m. Those shooting the 50-Bird shoot must be ...

Walleye, musky fishing improves

IRON MOUNTAIN — Although fishing pressure is light, anglers are still finding success, including some good results on walleye. “There’ve been quite a few really nice ones caught,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Crappies have been hitting jigs tipped with ...

For many people, seeing a Michigan black bear in the wild, like the one shown here, is an amazing experience.

Black bears: What you should know

For many people, the opportunity to see a Michigan black bear in the wild is an amazing experience. Black bears are Michigan’s only bear species. These animals prefer large hardwood or pine forests, intermixed with wetlands, and they can be colored black, brown or cinnamon. Males live ...

A young pied-billed grebe that likely mistook a wet road for a pool of water got a lift from wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson to much better conditions for this diving species at Crystal Lake. Only the juvenile birds have these “skunk heads;” adults are light brown with a striped bill, hence the name. (Phyllis Carlson Photo)

Tiny fawns face tough odds; juvenile grebe gets second chance

A co-worker told me about a very small fawn her neighbors have regularly had in their yard. The size makes it likely this is not a stunted fawn but one born late season, perhaps in late July. This happens when a doe’s first breeding doesn’t take in November and she goes back into season ...

Bass and trout catches highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass fishing remains steady as anglers enjoy the remaining days of summer. “Some real nice ones,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, describing a successful outing for bass fishermen at Peavy Pond. “Trout fishing is still good, though there aren’t ...

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‘Wildlife through Forestry’ program at Bay West on Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer the latest forum in its “Wildlife Through Forestry” series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bay College West. Scott Walter, Ruffed Grouse Society national director of conservation programs, will be the keynote speaker. His talk ...

Apple-munching deer are the most likely source of seeds that produce trees at uncanny locations, according to David Bedford, a senior research fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center. (Betsy Bloom Photo)

UP’s Johnny Appleseed runs like a deer

In driving the rural roads in the Upper Peninsula, I’ve regularly been surprised to see apple trees in unlikely places, relatively far from the nearest house and certainly not at a site where humans would have planted such a tree. Sure, it’s easy to guess a tree in a roadside ditch ...

Trout are biting, muskies caught

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s a fine time for trout fishing and more than a few anglers have been rewarded. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said one visitor’s full creel had brookies up to 13 inches. “I’ve been selling a lot of minnows and crawlers,” Grier said. ...

New members chosen for Youth Conservation Council

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thirteen young people have been chosen as members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council. They’ll join 15 other members of the council, now in its fifth year. It was established to provide advice on ways to get young people ...

Grouse Enhanced Management Sites, found across Michigan's Upper and northern Lower peninsulas, are large blocks of land open to hunting that are managed for young forests and offer excellent spots to hunt and see wildlife.

Make plans now for Michigan grouse hunting

MARQUETTE — With grouse and woodcock hunting season openers just around the corner, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters now is the time to make plans to spend some days in the woods. “This is your year for a fall adventure,” said Al Stewart, DNR upland game ...

Wild game processors need permit from DNR

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has signed an order requiring anyone who receives compensation for processing wild game to be registered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The new requirement was brought forward as part of a larger set of deer ...

Trap shooters wrap up season at Long Lake

LONG LAKE, Wis. —The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club wrapped up its summer trap league with a fish fry-potluck party and trap shoot at the clubhouse in Long Lake. The winning team was Oh! Darn!, comprised of Mark McHugh of Newald, Wis.; JoAnne Smith of Tipler, Wis.; Steven Smith of Tipler; ...

American Legion to host trap shoot Sept. 2 in Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. —Crivitz American Legion Post 413 will have its annual trap shoot on Saturday, Sept. 2. It will be 5 miles west of Crivitz on County Road W at Shaffer’s Park Resort next to Skip’s Place. The trap shoot will start at noon and run until 4 p.m. There also will be a .22 ...

DNR organizes backpacking trip

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman backpacking workshop at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for women who have previous backpacking experience, and would like to expand their skills and abilities. The workshop ...