Outdoors

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Opening day buck

David Moraska of Iron Mountain shot this eight-point buck on the opening morning of Michigan’s firearm season. Moraska took the deer just after first light off Foster City Road. A 102-year-old .250-3000 rifle dropped the buck in its tracks. Moraska makes his own ammunition for the 1915 rifle.

Wisconsin officials optimistic about gun hunt

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday and Department of Natural Resources staff are enthusiastic about the prospects. “We are coming out of a third straight mild winter and a good summer growing season, so as expected we are seeing good to excellent deer ...

Three options for registering deer kills

MADISON, Wis. — Tagging rules have changed, but registration requirements have not. Lucky hunters are still required to register their harvested deer electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered. “Since its launch in 2014, most hunters have adjusted well to using the electronic ...

Advisory issued on illegal blinds

GLADSTONE — Concern is growing in national forests about the incidence of abandoned or so-called “permanent” blinds on public lands. Illegal blinds pose several risks, including safety hazards, environmental damage and hunter conflicts. Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan ...

Wisconsin Senate eliminates minimum hunting age rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Children of any age would be allowed to hunt with guns under a bill the state Senate has approved. Currently a Wisconsin resident must be at least 12 years old to buy a hunting license or hunt with a gun unless they’re participating in a mentored hunt. Children as ...

A young buck, above, and likely its mother, second photo, share the spoils at Six Mile Lake.

Resident deer selectively bold; mature bucks sparse

One recent night, I came around a curve on Six Mile Lake Road just before home and the car headlights panned across my neighbor’s yard, catching three dark shapes with shining eyes. Not standing under the apple trees but bedded down on the lawn, only feet away from my neighbor’s deck. ...

Fall salmon run winding down

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers who were still giving it a go had cold, wet and windy weather to struggle through this week. The fall salmon run is winding down but an electro-shocking survey showed trout and salmon still active in the Peshtigo River, according to the Wisconsin Department of ...

Wisconsin considers eliminating minimum hunting age

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anyone of any age would be allowed to hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the state Assembly is set to take up next week. Right now someone must be at least 12 years old to purchase a license or hunt with a gun unless they're participating in a mentored hunt. Children as ...

A GRAY JAY pays a visit to Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

Weather could prompt bird ‘fallout’

It might pay to keep an eye this weekend on your bird feeders and local water bodies. The early snowstorm to the west and north could push migrating birds off their usual routes, sending them east in an attempt to bypass the bad weather. Birders even have a term for this weather-related ...

Deer moving into the rut, fishing pressure very light

IRON MOUNTAIN — Although it’s more than two weeks away, the firearm deer season is attracting most of the outdoors activity and conversation. Fishing poles appear to have been put away, and a wet and windy week put a crimp on the grouse hunt, even though leaf cover is ...

Wisconsin may OK woodchuck season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate is set to put the finishing touches on a bill that would create an open season on groundhogs. The proposal would remove groundhogs from Wisconsin’s protected species list and establish a year-round open hunting and trapping season with no bag ...

Long Lake club names officers

LONG Lake, Wis. —The Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club had its election of officers at the annual meeting at the clubhouse in Long Lake. The following officers, all from Tipler, Wis., were elected: LeRoy Dorzok, president; Gary Schadrie, vice president; JoAnne Smith, treasurer; and Amanda ...

A rough-legged hawk, found thin and flightless  in Iron County, is getting stronger under the care of wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec.

Rough-legged hawk a rare patient in these parts

Fall normally is the slow season for wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson now that this year’s youngsters have fledged or grown enough to usually not need her help. Yet this year she’s had to deal with three new birds, including one that spends its summers hanging around the Arctic ...

Pike, muskie fishing good; cooler weather ahead

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing is paying off for anglers who haven’t put their boats in storage. “Pike action has been really good, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., who suggested trolling in deeper water or casting near weed beds. A handful of muskies have also ...

Crivitz gun and knife show Nov. 4

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Crivitz VFW Post 2063 will have a gun and knife show on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Crivitz Village Hall. Doors will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and older. The post will offer chicken booyah along with other food and ...

These ring-necked ducks are among the waterfowl making a stop at Six Mile Lake as they migrate through north Dickinson County. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News Photo)

‘Fall dispersal’ means more road kill on UP roadways

This is the time of year when roadkill seems to become more common. It’s understandable. Several species pick up the pace in autumn. Deer chase each other as the rut kicks in, plus the fawns begin to have more independence. Some, like bears and raccoons, are in search of calories to put ...

Anglers catching bass, panfish; too much cover for grouse

IRON MOUNTAIN — With fall colors peaking, anglers are landing panfish and bass. “Guys tell me that bass fishing is really good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. Crappies, bluegill and perch are biting as well, Grier said. Anglers on the Oconto and Peshtigo ...

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Norway bike trail

Kyle Peterson of Kingsford takes the first ride on a new mountain bike trail in the Marion Park area of Norway. Over the weekend, volunteers cut about a quarter-mile of trails starting just south of the park’s new tennis courts. The Norway City Council on Oct. 2 allowed local residents ...

Tests show deer had CWD

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say a female deer in Montcalm County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The 3 1/2-year-old doe was killed in September by a young hunter who took it to a Department of Natural Resources check station. The diagnosis was confirmed this ...

Sea lamprey numbers rise in Lake Superior

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded ...