Outdoors

Little brown bats meeting, greeting

As fall approaches, another winged migrant is making its way into the area: Bats. But unlike the birds, the bats have more on their mind than migration. This is breeding season as well, so they’re “swarming” to find a mate, said Bill Scullon, field operations manager for the wildlife ...

Pike, trout highlight late summer fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers giving it a try over the Labor Day weekend can expect scattered thunderstorms and pleasant temperatures, with northern pike and bass among the best bets. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John Grier reported a good deal of fishing interest and at ...

Operation Migration to dissolve

PRINCETON, Wis. — After years of successfully guiding young whooping cranes on their first southward migration, Operation Migration will permanently close at the end of 2018. The aircraft-guided migration trips and the public attention and support Operation Migration generated globally ...

Huge smallmouth caught; perch biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — The forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms through Tuesday, making for shifting conditions as summer fishing winds down. A seven-pound smallmouth bass catch was the highlight of the week, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “That’s a big ...

Sagola club to host annual picnic Sept. 9

CHANNING — The Sagola Township Sportsman’s Club will host its annual picnic for members and guests on Sunday, Sept. 9. The picnic begins at noon serving roast corn and chicken at the clubhouse north of Channing. Please bring a dish to pass. The club’s next meeting is at 11 a.m. ...

Dickinson Big Shooters earn state 4-H titles

KIMBALL — Nine members of the Big Shooters 4-H Club in Dickinson County participated in the 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament, hosted by the Bluewater Sportsman’s Association in St. Clair County. The top shooters and archers from across the state tested their skills in the event, ...

Cormorant graces Six Mile

It’s not often I get to photograph a controversial figure out on Six Mile Lake. This individual wasn’t shy, either, even coming closer as I snapped away like paparazzi. Maybe it was the first camera this juvenile double-crested cormorant had ever seen. While not an uncommon bird, it was ...

Anglers landing bass, walleye and perch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass fishing continues to be good and anglers are getting some walleye in deeper water as the dog days of summer linger through mid-August. “Some trout fishermen have gone out, even in the hot weather, and they’ve had some success,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler ...

Commission OKs regulations to curb chronic wasting disease

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved new deer hunting regulations aimed at stopping the spread of a deadly disease among deer. The commission’s action Thursday came after months of input from hunters, residents and others. Chronic wasting disease affects ...

Crivitz American Legion to sponsor trap shoot

CRIVITZ, Wis. —The Crivitz American Legion Post 413 annual Labor Day Trap Shoot is Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Lake Noquebay Sportsman’s Club located on N9200 Maple Beach Road, two blocks south of County Highway X, east of Middle Inlet. The shoot will go from noon to 4 p.m. There will be ...

Walleye biting, but they’re small; bass, bluegill also hitting live baits

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are catching undersized walleye in deep water, while other fishing activity has been fairly steady. “Lots of walleye, but most are on the small side,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Live baits are working best at about 20 to 25 feet, ...

Hummingbirds taking full advantage of feeders

Can hummingbirds be called a swarm? Several people in the area have reported the number of hummingbirds buzzing around their feeders has grown in the past couple weeks. We’ve seen the same out at Six Mile Lake, with groups of six to eight at a time jousting for a place at the ...

Musky action heats up; anglers landing lots of panfish and bass

IRON MOUNTAIN — Panfish, bass and musky fishing is going well as summer days shorten. “Lots of panfish all over,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, mentioning catches of bluegill, perch and crappie. Trout fishing has slowed, but those going out are ...

Trap shooters compete at Long Lake picnic

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club held its annual membership picnic under beautiful skies at the clubhouse in Long Lake with nearly 50 trap shooters taking part. The 50-Bird Lewis Shoot had 48 entries and paid out five classes, with each class winning $80. Shooters were ...

‘Women in the Outdoors’ event Aug. 21

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics is planning the next Aspiring Women event which will be held Aug. 21 at Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls. “Aspiring Women in the Outdoors: Girls’ Afternoon Off!” will focus on ways to relax outdoors. “We’re going to ...

Monarch monitoring: Volunteers might help confirm butterfly’s rebound

IRON MOUNTAIN — Monarch butterflies might be on the mend. Populations of the iconic orange-and-black butterflies appear to be up significantly this summer in the northern Midwest, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and across the top half of Wisconsin, several experts confirmed this ...

Anglers landing more walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers taking advantage of cooler summer days are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on area lakes and rivers. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said a fisherman landed a 28 3/4-inch walleye and followed it up with a 27-inch catch. “He didn’t say ...

Prizes awarded at Badwater Bass Tourney

FLORENCE, Wis. — JD Castings of Kingsford was the winning team at the Badwater Bass Tourney that took place earlier this month on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Rodney DeClark and John Trulock registered six bass weighing a total of 18 pounds, which was 3 pounds more than ...

DNR biologist to discuss Florence County waters

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fish biologist Greg Matzke will speak on what makes up Florence County’s diverse fisheries at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Florence Natural Resource Center, 5631 Forestry Drive in Florence. Matzke started his position in 2010 and has ...

Trappers convention returns to Escanaba

ESCANABA — The 59th annual National Trappers Association Convention and Sport Show is coming to the U.P. State Fairgrounds today through Saturday. Convention coordinator Roy Dahlgren said this will not be the first time this event will take place in the area. “This is the second time ...