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Hunter and Eli Kordish of Wallace show off their free weasel boxes at last year’s trappers workshop in Hermansville. From left, are Andrew, Hunter, Kerry and Eli.

Annual midwinter trappers workshop Feb. 4 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE —District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association has announced the schedule of events for its 12th annual Midwinter Young Trappers Workshop. It will be held in the Community Center in Hermansville on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central time). The schedule ...

Winter nights come alive with the voices of wildlife

It’s late January, when great horned owls and wild canines go a-courtin’. The coyotes around Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County were in full, fine singing voice late Wednesday night, sounding off from multiple sites. Local wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson also reported that ...

DNR monitors chronic wasting disease threat

BARAGA — A chronic, infectious disease killing some forest animals could strike the Upper Peninsula next. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a central nervous system disease that kills deer, elk and moose by creating small lesions in the brain. Sick animals deteriorate, losing weight, ...

Caution urged at power dams

MILWAUKEE, Wis. —We Energies is reminding people to avoid winter recreation activities on the ice surrounding its hydroelectric dams. Changing weather conditions, including rain, sleet, and fluctuating temperatures have prevented a thick ice surface from forming near hydroelectric dams.  ...

Free fishing this weekend in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers have been landing some big northern pike, including a 40 1/2-inch lunker from the Florence County, Wis., area that weighed more than 20 pounds. “They’re also catching lots of nice panfish, some of them 10 to 12 inches,” said Fay Whisler of Whisler Outdoors ...

THE GOODMAN-ARMSTRONG Creek School District’s ice fishing team, from left, includes Stan Maruszczak Jr., Colby Nelson, Jared Knutson, Rachel Ziolkowski holding her winning fish “Lil’ Wally,” Trevor Kalkofen, DevIn Kowalkowski and Caleb Nelson

Goodman-Armstrong ice fishing team nets success in first outing

GOODMAN — Students from the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District, under the volunteer direction and guidance of their athletic director/physical education teacher Brian Esqueda, recently formed their first-ever ice fishing team. Esqueda gathered the team long before daylight Saturday ...

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Deeper snow likely will have deer sticking to regular winter habitat.

Snow deepens, seed supply weakens

If my yard cameras are any indication, our bird feeders are proving pretty popular with the deer. The one camera pointed directly at the main feeder snapped 900 photos in a week’s time — and it’s calibrated to wait a few seconds between shots. The roughly 14 inches of snow we got at ...

Trappers workshop on Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — Officials of the U.P. Trappers Association, District 3 announced that the date for the annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop is Saturday, Feb. 4. This popular event is for youngsters and adults  interested in learning more about trapping. Doors at the Community Center in ...

Good fishing as ice thickens

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are catching a variety of fish as colder weather takes hold. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises, however, that ice conditions can be variable, with reports of vehicles going through in the past week. In the Florence County area, a good number of ...

THE Snowmobile Trail NO. 2 bridge over the Menominee River at the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Dickinson County has reopened after a closure to make repairs to bridge railings.

DNR reopens snowmobile trail in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently reopened a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work was completed to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain. “The snowmobile trail bridge over the Menominee River ...

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Bill seeks to delist Midwest wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of Congress are making another run at taking gray wolves in the upper Midwest and Wyoming off the endangered list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had tried to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the list, saying those ...

In support of local wildlife and habitat efforts, Wildlife Unlimited in Delta, Dickinson and Iron counties are working together on a fundraiser. Top prize is the four-wheel drive, 12-speed diesel tractor with bucket loader pictured here.

Wildlife organizations cooperate on fundraiser

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County have come together to promote their organizations and wildlife preservation and ongoing habitat efforts with a joint fundraiser. The three organizations have ...

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‘Bullwinkle’ buck hunt success

Kyle McGillviray of Kingsford dropped this 12- point buck with one shot in a snowy Dec. 22 bow hunt “about a half-hour” from home. McGillviray first saw “Bullwinkle’ on camera in December 2015. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime deer for this area,” he said. The buck weighed about 193 ...

Deer tougher than car in M-69 encounter

In a year of living in northern Dickinson County, I’ve tried to avoid injuring any of the other creatures up here. I drive slowly along Six Mile Lake Road, sometimes to the frustration of other residents who get stuck behind me. I’ve come to know most of the places where wildlife hang ...

Ice anglers landing some big northerns

IRON MOUNTAIN — The cold snap has improved ice conditions and anglers are taking advantage. “Fishing is pretty good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “They’re catching perch, lots of bluegill, and a few crappies. Northerns have been biting ...

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Snow has its advantages for some species

Christmas brought in ice to the region that continued into Monday morning, making for some treacherous driving and walking conditions. The unpaved portion of Six Mile Lake Road in northern Dickinson County is a snarled mess of frozen ruts where slush hardened into ice once the temperatures ...

Northern pike, walleye biting; caution urged on snow trails

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice anglers are finding success, landing northern pike, walleye and crappie, as colder weather makes it easier to maneuver on foot. “A lot of that slush is freezing, which is good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “There’s a lot of ...

Club hosts predator hunt

HERMANSVILLE — The William Anderson Sport and Recreation Club has announced its 13th annual Predator Hunt will be held Jan. 5 through Jan. 22. Persons can register at the sportsmen’s club on Hermansville Lake on Thursday, Jan 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per two-person ...

Trout Unlimited meeting Jan. 4

MARQUETTE — The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time) in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn in Marquette. Henry Quinlan from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Ashland, Wis., will talk about ...