Hunters report seeing more deer

Outdoors Report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deer hunters are turning their attention to the muzzleloader and late archery seasons after a firearm hunt in which deer numbers appeared to be up, even though most of the bucks were small.

“At least they were seeing more deer,” said John Gaudette at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “It looks good for next year,” he added, noting hunters saw lots of spike horns and fork horns.

At Midtown Bait & Tackle in Channing, Bob Kennard said several eight-pointers were taken, although reports from hunters continue to be mixed, depending on the location.

“They’re either seeing them or they’re not,” he said.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Florence County hunters registered 1,043 bucks during the nine-day gun season, which was 220 more than last year.

Thin ice was starting to form this week on marshes, ponds and shallow lakes, but remains unsafe.

Grier said at least a few anglers were seeing what they might land. “I haven’t heard of anyone catching anything off-hand,” he added.

The Michigan DNR reported the following Upper Peninsula fishing conditions and advised there will be no update next week:

Overall: Thin ice has formed on most of the smaller inland lakes on the west end. The ice is thin and not safe for foot travel. Colder weather is predicted for the end of next week and beyond which should help with the freezing process and could provide some early ice fishing.

Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye anglers with fair to good catches reported. The best catches were in the northern parts of the Bay. Night anglers trolled stick baits in the shallow waters with best catches in 9 to 20 feet. Day anglers did best a little deeper with crank baits and stick baits in 24 to 35 feet. Most reported a good mix of large and small fish. The early ice season should be good when it gets here.

Tahquamenon River: Had no reports other than some of the river and the Dollarville Flooding had skim ice.