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Michigan fisheries forum to be held in IM on April 13

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will again host a series of forums throughout the state this year, inviting the public to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities and concerns. “Conversations & Coffee with DNR Fisheries Division” will take ...

The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative will fund 11 projects across 13 counties in the Upper Peninsula.
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DNR awards $100,000 for UP deer habitat work

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants in the Upper Peninsula. The funds will be allocated to 11 grant award recipients. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program ...

As boating season approaches, safety courses recommended

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It’s almost boating season. But before you hit the water, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises getting some safety instruction. A nationwide campaign called Spring Aboard — Take a Boating Education Course is taking place this week. Lieutenant Tom ...

Three DEER CROSS Six Mile Lake earlier this winter.
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Whitetails congregate

A couple of people have commented that deer recently have been mostly absent from their yards after visiting for much of the winter. The backyard cameras we have in northern Dickinson County have not captured a deer photo in two weeks, ever since I saw three of them cross frozen Six Mile Lake ...

Ice anglers still getting panfish

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are landing panfish as the winter season winds down, with perch, bluegill and crappie catches heading the list. “Perch have been steady, and bluegill are picking up” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Minnows and wigglers were working for ...

A sandhill crane takes flight. If you interested in learning more about Wisconsin's wildlife, enroll your property in Snapshot Wisconsin and get a firsthand look at what is in your backyard.

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Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into Marinette and Oneida counties

MADISON, Wis. — Landowners in Marinette, Oneida and St. Croix counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, ...

ATV trails to be closed

MARINETTE, Wis. —The entire Marinette County ATV trail system will be closed to all vehicles effective Monday and until further notice, said Pete Villas, the county’s forestry and parks administrator “This closure is required to protect the soft trail bed from erosion damage caused by ...

A County Deer Advisory Council meeting March 22 in Florence, Wis., is open to the public.

Wisconsin deer groups to reconvene

MADISON, Wis. — Beginning next week, County Deer Advisory Councils will reconvene to discuss key management actions for the 2017 deer hunting seasons in Wisconsin. At these spring meetings, councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary ...

Michigan’s bear hunting application period for 2017 opens May 1.

Bear hunting rules adopted for 2017 and 2018 seasons

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved bear hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 hunting seasons at the commission’s meeting Thursday in Lansing. “We presented recommendations for the upcoming years based on input we received from department staff and ...

DNR advisory panels to meet on Tuesday

MARQUETTE — A good deal of information will be offered for the public and to a joint session of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils on Tuesday in Marquette Township. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) ...

High winds hinder ice fishing

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are reminded that walleye, pike and muskellunge season closes at midnight Wednesday in the Upper Peninsula on inland waters and the Great Lakes. Fishing activity slowed to a crawl this week, thanks to high winds, but the weekend looks ...

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Wild Rivers group invites partners

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) is extending an invitation to businesses, agencies, and organizations interested in becoming formal partners of WRISC. This cooperative partnership works across five counties in northeastern Wisconsin (Forest, Florence, ...

Safari Club banquet March 25

HARRIS —The Northwoods Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) has announced that its 17th annual hunter’s fundraising banquet will take place on Saturday, March 25. The banquet will be held at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris. Doors will open at 3 p.m. (Eastern time) and the ...

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The red-bellied woodpecker is a relatively recent arrival to the Upper Peninsula that likely has taken advantage of the growing popularity of feeding birds to expand its range northward over the past few decades. This one was in the backyard at Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County, waiting for a turn at the suet cage.

Bird strikes take heavy toll

The annual spring migration does appear to have started early in Michigan this year, according to numerous reports downstate. Heidi Trudell confirms that woodcock, a familiar species in the Upper Peninsula, already have reached the Detroit area. How does she know for certain? Because one ...

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Tip-up Town prize

Jesse Durant of Kingsford, center, is congratulated by Paul Rotter, president of the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club, after winning a CFMoto side by side in the club’s annual Tip-up Town of the U.P. drawing. At left is Jared Gendron of Redline Sports of Norway.

Crappie, perch biting for late winter anglers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Persistent anglers riding the weather roller coaster were landing panfish ahead of a warm spell expected Sunday. “They’re still getting a few perch at Lake Antoine,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. Grier is conducting a longest perch contest ...

Conservation camps offered

MARINETTE, Wis. Two unique conservation camp opportunities are available this summer for middle and high school students from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Middle school youth (entering 6-8th grade in fall) are invited to attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird near Crivitz ...

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Pete Church fishing derby

The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club annually sponsors an ice fishing derby at the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth, Wis., in memory of Pete “Toad” Church. Due to ice conditions, the event was moved to the Hitch-N-Post in Aurora. Enjoying the day, from left, are Pete’s daughter, ...

Students from an Iron Mountain science class taught by Rhonda Carey get ready to release the salmon they raised in their classroom through a Michigan Department of Natural Resources structured program, sponsored by Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County. Students care for and learn about the salmon life cycle in their classrooms, culminating with a release of salmon fry in the spring. Getting ready to release their salmon are, from left, Caleb Evosevich, Dominic Schinderle, Luke Powell, Eli Lofholm (in back), Joey Dumais, Blake Julian and Travis Mullikin.

Wildlife Unlimited banquet March 18 in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN —Only a few days remain to purchase membership tickets to the 37th Annual Membership Banquet for Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County. The event, slated for Saturday, March 18, at Pine Grove Country Club, will give away over $28,000 in prizes, including guns, a $1,000 ...

UP Honor Flight, which supports missions that transport veterans to Washington to visit monuments and memorials, was the recipient of a donation from the 2017 Dickinson County Predator Hunt. The collaborative effort of several area wildlife organizations and personal donors supports a predator hunting and trapping event, but also commits to a community cause, holding a 50/50 drawing at each year’s event to benefit a local charitable organization. Scott Knauf, center, from UP Honor Flight, is pictured with Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County board member Kevin Kramer, left, and Eastern Dickinson County Sportsmen’s Club member Kevin Sundholm, right, accepting this year’s $770 donation.

Dickinson County Predator Quest benefits UP Honor Flight

FELCH — Several area wildlife organizations again partnered to coordinate the Dickinson County Predator Quest. The event, hosted by Solbergs Bar and Supper Club in Felch, is supported by the Eastern Dickinson County Sportsman Club, United Sportsmen’s Club, UP Trappers District 3, UP ...