Outdoors

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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 ...

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Snowdon scores

Although now considered legally blind, avid hunter Jim “Dude” Snowdon of Hamilton Lakes managed to harvest a bear with help from his son Mike and the aid of a laser sight. Hunting in the Sagola area on Sept. 15, they saw the black beauty come into shooting range at about 6 p.m. Armed with a ...

Youth deer hunt today, Sunday in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — This weekend is the two-day youth gun deer season in Wisconsin. Youth hunters ages 10-15 are allowed to participate with a mentor. Anytime a firearm deer season is open in Wisconsin all hunters — including archery and small game hunters — are required to wear blaze ...

Several waterbodies throughout Michigan were stocked with juvenile lake sturgeon this spring and summer in an effort to rehabilitate the state's population.

DNR stocks juvenile lake sturgeon

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and several partners released nearly 6,000 juvenile lake sturgeon into various public waters across the state this summer and fall in an effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species. Activity in the Upper Peninsula ...

Big Bay de Noc boat access site closed for project

ESCANABA —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed the Nahma boat access site in southern Delta County for a ramp replacement. “The closure is anticipated to be in effect until Nov. 13,” said Randy Brown, park supervisor at Fayette Historic State Park. “If ...

DNR invites applications for officer school

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking candidates for its 2018 Conservation Officer Recruit School, a 23-week training academy that is the first step in becoming a conservation officer. Recruit School No. 9 will run from July 15 through Dec. 21, 2018, at the ...

A squirrel eats a black walnut out of a tree on Iron Mountain’s east side. Several area residents have reported seeing the “blonde” squirrel in the area over the summer. It’s a gray squirrel with a white color morph. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photo)

UP has six shrew species; white squirrel stocks up

I’ve focused in the past on the larger mammal predators in the region — bears, wolves, even fox and weasels. This week, I want to talk about the smallest of our carnivorous mammals: shrews. At Six Mile Lake in northern Dickinson County, shrews account for most of what our cats pick ...

Michigan archery opener Sunday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s archery deer season opens Sunday and the Department of Natural Resources says hunters should see a slight increase from the number of deer they saw last year. Due to hot weather, most Wisconsin hunters have taken a pass on that state’s earlier archery ...

Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club to elect officers Oct. 10

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4 Plus Sportsman's Club will elect officers at the annual general membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 The president and one board of director position will be on the roster. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse in Long Lake Any questions can be ...

DNR proposes increases in UP brook trout limits

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is proposing an increase to the brook trout possession limit on select Upper Peninsula stream sections starting in April. The brook trout daily possession limit has been set at five for the past 17 years. During that time, many ...

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Michigan youth hunt

Domenic Pritchard, 11, of Vulcan, bagged an eight-point buck on Sept. 16 during Michigan’s Liberty Hunt.

Trails meetings Oct. 10 and 11 in Marquette

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will facilitate three public meetings over two days next month in Marquette, providing the public with opportunities to have a voice in the creation, development, operation and maintenance of motorized and nonmotorized trails in the ...

Whitetails banquet Oct. 14 in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. —The Whitetails Unlimited Big 4 Plus Chapter banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Keyes Peak Ski Lodge. This special event will feature a buffet dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products. A grant from this event will go toward local conservation ...

A garter snake gets some sun at Six Mile Lake. (Betsy Bloom Photo)

Snakes stop feeding as winter approaches

Hopefully this photo doesn’t creep anyone out. It shouldn’t. Garter snakes are among the least-aggressive, most-harmless varieties around, and this one was no exception, even though I almost stepped on it sunning in the driveway. But if your first reaction was a shudder, there is some ...

FISHING THE MENOMINEE River, Bill Rimicci of Iron Mountain caught and released a 41-inch northern pike.

Anglers enjoy heatwave

IRON MOUNTAIN — The September heatwave has slowed hunting, but anglers are hitting the water and landing a variety of fish. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said perch fishing continues to be good. “Bait sales have been real good,” he added. Jake Whisler at Whisler ...

Wisconsin’s new budget law alters deer and turkey tagging

MADISON, Wis. — The 2017-2019 biennial budget recently signed by Gov. Scott Walker includes changes in deer and turkey tagging that are going into effect immediately. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently implementing changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass ...

THESE THREE WELL-GROWN fawns at Six Mile Lake may be triplets or may just be hanging together while the does are off somewhere nearby. After more than three months, they’re grazing rather than nursing and have all but lost their spots. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

As seasons change, so do deer coats

The deer are going gray — even the youngsters. The fawns are quickly losing their spots, as their coat begins to make the switch from rust orange to the ash and brown color that will better blend in among branches and tree trunks in the winter woods. This also usually is a sign the fawn is ...

Fishing, hunting seasons merge

IRON MOUNTAIN — With summer-like temperatures expected to linger well into next week, outdoors enthusiasts have plenty of choices, whether it be fishing, hunting or simply enjoying the colors. “It’s just nice to get out,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on ...