Outdoors

Dickinson deer fitted with GPS collars

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently completed work in Dickinson County to trap and collar deer as part of its ongoing study of seasonal deer movement in the western Upper Peninsula. Crews were able to capture 38 deer in wooden box traps at 13 different sites on private land ...

Fishing access challenging; two indoor events today

IRON MOUNTAIN — Perch have been biting for anglers able to get on the ice, but snow and slush continues to make access difficult. John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost said there have been reports of snowmobiles and four-wheelers getting stuck. “We haven’t had a lot of people going ...

U.P. 200 sled dog race shortened by deep snow

MARQUETTE — Ryan Anderson of Cushing, Wisconsin, won the U.P. 200’s 30th running, crossing the finish line at 3:52 a.m. Sunday near Timber Products in Wetmore. Finishing second was Martin Massicotte of St.-Tite, Quebec, who crossed the finish line at 4:42 a.m. This is Anderson’s ...

DNR officers rescue stranded snowmobilers

ONTONAGON — Four snowmobilers were rescued last weekend from the ice of the Big Iron River by a pair of conservation officers who risked their own safety to find the riders and bring them back to waiting emergency crews. The ordeal began at about 6:30 p.m. Eastern tim Saturday, when ...

Deep snow for Michigan’s free fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures will be OK but access could be difficult as Michigan observes Winter Free Fishing Weekend today and Sunday. No fishing license is required for residents and out-of-state visitors alike. All other regulations still apply. With recent storms, lakes are heavy ...

City Park bucks

Lon Hale photos Antlers are about ready to drop at Iron Mountain City Park. “If anyone is interested in visiting the deer while displaying their racks, better hurry,” said Lon Hale of Norway.

Outdoors enthusiasts invited to seminar, banquet Feb. 23

IRON MOUNTAIN — Family Baptist Church of Kingsford will host its 22nd annual Sportsman’s Seminar and Supper beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Iron Mountain Central Gym and Cafeteria, 300 W. Hughitt St. After seminars and displays from 3 to 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:15 ...

Free fishing in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Winter Free Fishing Weekend will take place in Michigan on Saturday and Sunday. A license is not required to fish Michigan waters on those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Throughout this ...

Tip-Up Town winners listed

CHANNING — The Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club announced winners in the annual Tip-Up Town of the U.P. fishing contest in categories for northern pike, bluegill, crappie and perch. Youth division winners were: — Northern Pike: 1. Brody Geiger, 23.5 inches; 2. Gracie Swank, 22.5 ...

Alcohol ban delayed

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials are delaying a ban on alcoholic beverages along sections of three rivers in the Huron -Manistee National Forest in northern Michigan. Supervisor Leslie Auriemmo said the prohibition will be put off for at least a year. Officials announced the ban ...

Trappers to host ‘how to’ session

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association will have its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Sportsman’s Club in Hermansville. District 3 is dipping into the hundreds of years of experience in the association and asking members to do “how to” ...

Icy weather challenges region’s wildlife

Better hope Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring proves true. The effects of the recent severe weather on wildlife in the region won’t be readily apparent for now but could appear in late March or April if, as happened last year, spring takes its time in arriving, said ...

Anglers hope for better conditions ahead

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing pressure has been light during the recent rollercoaster weather, but catches could improve as winter gets back to a steadier pace. “This weekend is looking a little better,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., mentioning “a few walleye, ...

DNR director to attend meeting Saturday in Escanaba

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger is headed to the Upper Peninsula this weekend to attend sporting group gatherings Saturday in Escanaba and Marquette. Eichinger said the visit will help him gain additional perspective from a couple of the outdoor ...

Even with warming trend, wildlife aren’t home free

This past week’s weather definitely tested much of the wildlife in the region that isn’t tucked away in burrow or other shelter sleeping through these arctic conditions. But most of the species that regularly spend the winter in the Upper Peninsula are fully capable of enduring even ...

Wisconsin DNR program helps landowners improve deer habitat

MADISON, Wis. —Landowners, hunters and land managers looking to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife are encouraged to enroll in Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program. DMAP provides informational resources and professional assistance regarding wildlife habitat management ...

Fishing contests today at Sawyer Lake, Long Lake

IRON MOUNTAIN — After several days of wickedly cold weather, temperatures in the 20s might make it feel like a summer picnic at today’s Tip-Up Town of the U.P. at Sawyer Lake. “A big time in Channing,” said Mid-Town Bait & Tackle’s Bob Kennard, who will open extra-early for ...

Musky club to host annual ‘Expo’ in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Boundary Waters Musky Club will host its 11th annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. The event will feature prize raffles, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The ...

Sportsman’s supper Feb. 23 in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Family Baptist Church of Kingsford will host its 22nd annual Sportsman’s Seminar and Supper beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Iron Mountain Central Gym and Cafeteria, 300 W. Hughitt St. After seminars and displays from 3 to 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:15 ...

Michigan DNR updates CWD website

LANSING — With chronic wasting disease — a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose— confirmed in nine Michigan counties, including Dickinson, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working to build awareness among non-hunters, too. The department recently ...