Outdoors

Hunters report seeing more deer; no warm-up in weekend forecast

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for the next several days, making for a chilly start to Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season. Michigan’s 16-day firearm season opened Thursday and many hunters are at least seeing more deer than in recent years. “It ...

Teeth provide solid clues to the age of a deer

Whether for fun or to better judge preferable animals to target, many hunters have an interest in the ability to age white-tailed deer, whether on the hoof or in hand. Attempting to determine the age of a deer while it is in the field is a matter of observing a range of physical ...

Registrations invited for ‘Outdoors Woman’ program

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting registrations for this winter's “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 22-24 in Marquette County. This annual winter BOW gathering is for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to ...

DNR biologist expects good UP deer hunt

ESCANABA — Opening day for firearm season is here and hunters in the local area can expect a good hunt, but should also keep the Department of Natural Resource’s chronic wasting disease sampling effort in mind. Karen Sexton, a wildlife biologist at the Department of Natural Resources ...

Chance of snow for deer season

IRON MOUNTAIN — With colder weather expected to linger, there may be snow on the ground for the opening of Michigan’s firearm deer season Thursday. The opening day forecast calls for a chance of snow with a high near 35. “We’ve had a quite a few people in for licenses,” said John ...

Changes proposed for ORV use on state forest roads in northern Lower Peninsula

LANSING — In an ongoing effort to ensure that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest road inventory is as accurate as possible and to also encourage continued public input on the management of state forest roads, the DNR has proposed some changes to ORV use on state forest ...

Wildlife Unlimited invites trail camera entries

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County is again sponsoring a trail camera contest, encouraging local residents to share their photos of area wildlife. Participants can submit trail camera photos taken from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018. There are no specific categories ...

Long-tailed ducks make rare UP appearance

Each fall and spring holds the tantalizing possibility an unusual bird will decide to pass by during migration, perhaps even make a short stop to feed or rest before moving on to wherever the final destination might be. The pickings this fall, however, have been pretty scant. Maybe the ...

Michigan’s firearm hunt 12 days away; deer moving more during the day

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deer have picked up their movements and rutting activity may be nearing its peak as the Michigan firearm deer season approaches. “A lot of guys say they’re seeing more deer than last year,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung ...

Sagola club to offer sight-ins

CHANNING — Sagola Township Sportsman’s Club will offer a sight-in day for firearm deer hunters from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14. Hunters are invited to check their gun sights, do some warmups and get expert assistance at the club’s free range in Channing.

Busy days ahead for DNR

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to chat with Monica Joseph, wildlife biologist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources office in Crystal Falls. They’ve been busy in the field with various studies, such as the deer movement tracking project that managed this month to ...

Archery hunters finding success

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deer hunting is starting to pick up, with a few archers scoring six- and eight-pointers, said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. Grouse action seems to be better in Iron County, he added, and 19 bear have been registered at Whispering Pines as the season ...

Wisconsin OK’s catfish seasons

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials have approved emergency regulations establishing catfish seasons. Gov. Scott Walker signed a law this spring authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to create regulations for taking catfish by hand, with a bow or with a crossbow. The ...

Tamaracks deliver a golden show

The colors are swiftly fading in the region, with most of the maples, poplars and birch having shed their leaves in the past week. But October still has a few trees putting on a show, including the only species of conifer in North America that drops its needles in the fall. Before that ...

October weather stays uncooperative

IRON MOUNTAIN — With river flows still very high, another blast of wintry weather was expected to keep anglers at home today while grouse hunters await calmer days as well. “You can’t get out in the weather,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung ...

Wisconsin eyes new catfish seasons

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is going to vote on emergency rules establishing catfish seasons. Gov. Scott Walker signed a law this spring authorizing the DNR to create regulations for taking catfish by hand, with a bow or with a crossbow. The regulations ...

Deer tests positive for CWD in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 4-year-old doe killed on a deer damage shooting permit in Dickinson County's Waucedah Township has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first confirmation of the incurable deer disease within Upper Peninsula. The finding was verified by Michigan State ...

Field trial winners

Joe Kriegl of Kingsford, left, with Oakley, and Mark Schinderle of Norway, with Chloe, took first and second place, respectively, at the Fox Valley English Cocker Spaniel Field Trial in Reedsville, Wis., on Sunday. Dogs are judged on their hunting ability — to trail scent, flush pheasants and ...

Eight-pointer

Domenic Pritchard, 12, of Vulcan shot this eight-point buck while hunting with his dad in Norway Township during the Liberty Hunt.

Four Minnesota wolves moved to Isle Royale

HOUGHTON — The National Park Service announced Friday that the fall phase of the first year of its Isle Royale wolf translocation project has been brought to a successful close with four wolves translocated to the island from Minnesota. Though the original goal called for two additional ...