Outdoors

Break-ins at ice shacks

IRON MOUNTAIN — Troopers from the Iron Mountain Michigan State Police post are investigating several complaints of ice shack break-ins on Lake Antoine. The incidents happened sometime between Friday and Sunday at ice shacks near the west boat launch just off the shoreline, troopers said. ...

THE UPPER PENINSULA has its fair share of native woodpeckers, three of which are shown here. Above, left, a red-bellied woodpecker enjoys some suet and grain balls while a female hairy woodpecker feeds off suet. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photos)

Red-bellied woodpeckers push north

A reader recently called to ask if I’d heard of any red-bellied woodpeckers this far north. I told him I have one daily in the backyard. Over the past century, the red-bellied woodpecker has taken advantage of environmental changes and likely the growing popularity of bird feeders to ...

Free fishing this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing is free this weekend in Michigan. Anyone fishing today or Sunday won’t need a license, although other rules are still in effect, such as fish size and the number of fish to keep. Also, admission is free at state parks and recreation areas. “We’ve got a ...

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Free fishing this weekend in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday and Sunday for the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Michigan has been celebrating the Winter Free Fishing Weekend ...

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Pembine ice fishing

Students in Brenda DalSanto’s sixth-grade physical education class at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School went ice fishing as the final chapter of their outdoor education unit. “Thank you to all of the chaperones who made this fishing trip a success,” DalSanto said.  In back, from left, are ...

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‘Toad’ Church Pine River derby Feb. 24

COMMONWEALTH, Wis.—The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host the annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth. Register on the ice beginning at 6 a.m. or pre-register at Bob’s Midland in Aurora, Wis. The fee is ...

Grants available for habitat projects through We Energies

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has grant funding available from We Energies for a range of projects associated with hydroelectric dams in a three-county area in the western Upper Peninsula. “An agreement with We Energies was reached previously to establish ...

Florence County derby Saturday

Florence, Wis. — Leff’s Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, with registration at Leff’s Bar, 5050 Keyes Lake Drive in Florence. The derby starts at dawn and participants can fish any Florence County water. Entry fee is $5 and payout is 100 percent. For more information, call ...

A ruffed grouse finds some sun Friday on an apple tree branch in northern Dickinson County. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News Photo)

Fish turn finicky; Wisconsin DNR works on grouse habitat

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing pressure was light this week, though John Grier reported steady bait sales Friday with a sunny weekend predicted. A 24-inch walleye leads Grier’s monthly contest at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “It’s been so cold, not a lot of people have been going ...

Musky club to host annual Expo on Feb. 17 in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will host its 10th annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The ...

Sportsman’s Seminar and Supper Feb. 24

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 20th annual Sportsman’s Seminar and Supper will be Saturday, Feb. 24, at Iron Mountain Central Middle School. Sponsored by Family Baptist Church of Kingsford, the event begins at 3 p.m., with dinner served at 5 p.m. Ross Crowe will be the main speaker at 6:15 p.m., ...

Feb. 24 races at Fumee

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Bike Path Committee will host the Frostbitten 50 K Ultra running event and Snotscycle Fat Tire Bike Race, both new, on Saturday, Feb. 24. The events begin at 8 a.m. at the Fumee Lake Natura Area. Entrance is at the corner of Indiana Mine Road, ...

Pictured at a youth ski league gathering at City Park in Iron Mountain are, from left, front, Josiah Ringel, Jonathan Ringel, Luciana Whaley, Parker Whaley, David Nelson, John Nienstaedt, Dr. Sarah Venditti; and, standing, Emma Dube, Ashley Weeks, Jodie Gilroy, Elizabeth Romitti, Maggie Menghini, Myah Gilroy, Mackenzie Gilroy, Dr. Alexis Whaley, Isaac Nelson, Jeff Gilroy, Kathy Nelson, Mike Nelson, Emily Nelson, Ava Weeks, Andrew Nelson, Elena Nelson, Nancy Arcand, Laylonie Sexton, Beth Sexton, Brandon Maki, Holland Maki, Halle Maki, Amanda Krznarich, Lucy Krznarich, Dan Krznarich and Amy Giesen. (Glady Van Harpen Photo)

Youth ski league forms at City Park

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Menominee Range Nordic Ski Club, operators of Iron Mountain’s City Park cross- country ski trail, have established a new youth ski league. The league, consisting of area youth, parents, and volunteers, meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. at the trailhead parking lot, which ...

Anglers die after falling through ice

FAIRHAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two fishermen have been found dead after they fell through ice on Saginaw Bay. The Huron County sheriff’s department says it responded Sunday after a person reported that he’d received a voicemail from a friend who reported falling ...

A trail camera photo shows a cougar north of Rosendale, Wis., in Fond du Lac County on Jan. 5. This is the most recent cougar sighting in Wisconsin, but the state has had 13 reports from early August through January.  (Photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Cougar sightings dwindle in UP

The rash of Wisconsin cougar reports in the past six months comes even as the Upper Peninsula has experienced somewhat of a drought of such sightings since a cougar turned up dead in a ditch in Breitung Township in February 2016. Michigan has had 35 confirmed cougar reports since 2008, all ...

Paul Rotter, left, and Bob LeFleur, officers of the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club, pour tagged fish into Edey Lake for today’s Tip-Up Town of the U.P.

Valuable fish swimming for Tip-Up Town event

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tagged fish in Edey Lake with values ranging up to $1,000 will spice up today’s Tip-Up Town of the U.P., sponsored by the Sagola Township’s Sportsmen’s Club. “We’ve been selling a lot of buttons,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. The ...

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Pine River derby Feb. 24

AURORA, Wis. — The Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Aurora-Homestead Conservation Club, will be Saturday, Feb. 24, on the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth, Wis. Entry fee is $7, with ages 12 and younger free. Registration starts at 6 a.m. on the ice; or ...

Trails Day event in Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — The eighth annual National Winter Trails Day event at Rapid River National Ski Trail will be noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time Saturday. Cross country skis, boots and poles as well as snowshoes will be available free of charge for the public. Pre-register by calling Brampton Bike ...

Michigan DNR stocked 26M fish in state for 2017

LANSING —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the totals from its 2017 fall fish-stocking efforts. The DNR stocked nine different species totaling 834,175 fish that weighed nearly 11.5 tons. Fish were stocked at 76 locations throughout the state. “It was another ...