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Sleepy raccoons emerge; exotic caracara reappears in Escanaba

The recent thaw does have at least one creature stirring from its winter slumber. Raccoons don’t truly hibernate, but do sleep long stretches when it’s cold out to conserve energy. Unlike bears, however, raccoons will rouse when it becomes warm enough to warrant venturing out to see if a ...

Free fishing this weekend in Michigan; caution urged

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Michigan, with temperatures expected to climb into the mid-50s. State Fire Marshal Julie Secontine is urging Michiganders to stay off the ice, although experienced anglers were buying bait Friday at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung ...

Tip-up Town winners listed

CHANNING — Top catches have been announced in the Tip –up Town of the U.P. derby, sponsored Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club at Sawyer Lake. Winners in the adult division were: — 1st place pike, Jeff Anderson; 2nd and 3rd, Anthony Wender. — 1st place crappie, Jeff Anderson; ...

Anglers can fish without a Michigan license this weekend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Want to go fishing but don’t have a license? No problem — but just for a couple of days. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. No license is required, although other fishing regulations ...

Funds available to improve Michigan forest habitat

EAST LANSING — A partnership including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Bird Conservancy is offering financial assistance to forest owners in designated Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan counties to improve habitat for at-risk bird species and other ...

Betsy Bloom Photos
Grouse are feeding at Six Mile Lake.

Grouse on their way up

The notebook will be relatively short this week. I haven’t had as much time to really get out and not much otherwise has presented itself to write about. I’ll try to do better next week. What I have noticed this month is ruffed grouse, lots of them, feeding on buds and fruit in the ...

Sportsmen’s Seminar and Supper set for Feb. 18

The annual Sportsmen’s Seminar and Supper, a hunting and fishing extravaganza, will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Iron Mountain’s Central Middle School Gymnasium and Cafeteria. The event, sponsored by Family Baptist Church of Kingsford, will include a number of workshops and ...

Musky Expo coming to Recreation Lanes

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will hold its ninth annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes, 1555 N. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by ...

Panfish still biting; tourney today in Florence County

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures were expected to climb into the 30s today, providing pleasant conditions for the annual Leff’s Fishing Derby in Florence County, Wis. The headquarters is Leff’s Bar at 5050 Keyes Lake Drive in Florence. Any water in Florence County can be fished. This ...

A squirrel stretches out in search of winter grub.
Betsy Bloom Photo

Great horned owls form a duet

The squirrels that visit our feeders and yard might have reason to be looking over their shoulders. As I headed out pre-dawn Tuesday for work, an owl, unseen but quite close, began to hoot just to the northeast of the house at Six Mile Lake. It was answered from the other side of the ...

Heiting

Musky Expo

Steve Heiting will be the featured speaker when the Boundary Waters Musky Club holds its 9th annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. “Make it Great” is the title of Heiting’s 4 p.m. seminar. He will discuss ...

Panfish bite good, ice travel eases

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice conditions have improved and anglers are landing a good variety of fish, including some big panfish. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John Grier said one angler had three crappie catches of about 16 inches. “We’ve been getting good reports on ...

Snowmobilers must stay on marked trail in Norway Myr

NORWAY — The Tri County Snowmobile Club advises all snowmobilers to stay on the trail when traveling through the Norway Myr Park. For years snowmobilers have been leaving the marked trail and traveling through the wilderness area of the Myr to reach the Norway BP station for gas. “We ...

Candlelight snowshoe, ski event at Niagara Riverside Trails Saturday

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association (NABA) will hold a cross country ski and snowshoe event starting at 5:45 p.m. for skiers and 6:15 p.m. for snowshoers at the Niagara Riverside Trails in Niagara. The event features two loops lit by candlelight, but organizers suggest ...

Lucas Thomas, 10, and Alivia Nord, 10, both of Norway, landed a 27-inch northern pike through the ice in Dickinson County.

January thaw slows ice fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice fishing conditions deteriorated after days of warm weather and occasional rain, but falling temperatures should start to firm things up again. “There’s been a lot of water on the ice,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. With ...

Pine Flowage derby planned for Feb. 25

COMMONWEALTH, Wis. – The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host the 12th annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 25, 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 ...

Sportsmen’s Seminar and Supper on Feb. 18

KINGSFORD — The annual Sportsmen’s Seminar and Supper, a hunting and fishing extravaganza, will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Iron Mountain’s Central Middle School Gymnasium and Cafeteria. The event, sponsored by Family Baptist Church of Kingsford, will include a number of ...

Fur identification is always popular at the U.P. Trappers Workshop in Hermansville. Last year, Dominick LeClair held a tanned skunk hide, probably wondering, “Am I really touching a skunk?”

Trappers workshop Feb. 4

HERMANSVILLE — The 12th annual New Trappers Workshop will be held at the Community Center in Hermansville on Saturday, Feb. 4. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central time). Admission is free and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will be several ...

Wisconsin’s deer habitat assistance program invites 2017 applications

MADISON, Wis. —Conservation-minded people throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program to improve wildlife habitat on property they own or hunt. DMAP provides resources for wildlife habitat management, which complements land use activities like ...

Wisconsin offers early trout

MADISON, Wis. — Anglers are reminded that the early trout season in Wisconsin runs until midnight May 5. Joanna Griffin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources trout specialist, said the early catch-and-release season offers opportunities for everyone willing to wade or walk a stream ...