Outdoors

The colors of summer on the Fumee Lake trails

Nature enthusiast Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec took Daily News staff writer and photographer Theresa Proudfit on a wildflower hike Wednesday afternoon at the Fumee Lake Natural Area in Quinnesec. Carlson, who has a special passion for wild orchids, frequently visits various areas in ...

DNR recommends Lower Peninsula baiting ban to fight deer disease

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials plan to present recommendations to a state commission on how to stop the spread of a deadly disease among deer. The department will meet with the state Natural Resources Commission next week about chronic wasting ...

Fawns stashed on doorsteps

The annual flood of spring breeding and birthing definitely is on the rise in the region. Fawns are being spotted everywhere — literally. Several residents have called or stopped in to report a motionless little deer pressed to the ground right alongside their homes or other buildings. ...

Free fishing today, Sunday in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Residents and non-residents can fish without a license today and Sunday in Michigan — an annual effort to promote Michigan’s fishing opportunities. All other regulations apply. This is also “Three Free” Weekend where you can ride off-road trails and visit any ...

Beginning to look — sound — like summer

A long weekend of temperatures in the 80s and even 90s across much of the Upper Peninsula definitely brought out the insects, some good, some not so much. Black flies have been vicious and the run of thunderstorms seems to have let the mosquitoes break out in force after a relatively long, ...

Free fishing this weekend in Wisconsin; next weekend in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s “Free Fun” weekend in Wisconsin as residents and visitors can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests, free fishing, and free use of Department of Natural Resources trails, including all-terrain vehicle trails. Michigan will offer similar perks June ...

Badwater Bass Tourney July 14 in Spread Eagle

FLORENCE, Wis. — Registrations are invited for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 14, on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. The cost is $75 per boat, with up to 50 boats allowed. Cash prizes are paid to the first seven places and eighth through 10th places receive donated ...

‘Three Free’ weekend: Fishing, off-road riding and park entry made easy

MARQUETTE — Grab a fishing rod, ride Michigan’s off-road trails and/or pay a visit to your favorite Michigan state park for free — all in the same weekend. On back-to-back days, June 9-10, the Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Free ...

Annual youth fishing outing scheduled for July 7 in Laona

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club, along with the Headwaters and Title Town Chapters of Muskies Inc., are sponsoring the sixth annual NE Wisconsin Kids Fishing Outing for ages 10 to 17 on Saturday, July 7. Registration will be 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Pavilion on Silver ...

Zagger to share coyote expertise at trappers convention in Escanaba

ESCANABA — The National Trappers Association’s annual Convention/Outdoor Show will be July 26-28 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Among the many trappers and outdoor experts attending will be Mark Zagger of Cazenovia, N.Y., who is well-known for his expertise on capturing ...

Wisconsin invites turtle sighting reports

MADISON — With turtle nesting season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are asking citizens to submit their turtle sightings, with an emphasis on road crossing hot spots, to the DNR’s Wisconsin Turtle Conservation ...

Loons seize the chance to nest

The spring bird migration finally is winding down, transitioning into the nesting season. Although delayed by the late April snow and ice in the region that lingered into May, the recent stretch of warm and dry weather has helped most of the migrants move in and onward. Much of the ...

‘Terrific’ trout fishing; panfish bite improves

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout are still biting, good numbers of walleye are being caught, and panfish action is on the uptick as anglers hit the water for the Memorial Day weekend. “Trout fishing continues to be terrific,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. ...

Hunter safety class in Pembine

PEMBINE, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will offer a hunter safety class at the Pembine School beginning Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is sponsored by the Dunbar Sportsman’s Club and will continue on June 4, 5, 7 and 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Range ...

We Energies begins maintenance on Pine River dam

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — We Energies will begin lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wis., beginning this week. The reservoir will be lowered about 12 feet from its normal elevation. We Energies’ public campground at recreation site No. 34 on the ...

Spring means movement for more than birds

By BETSY BLOOM Managing editor Birds, rightly, get much of the attention for their annual spring migration. But deer in the Upper Peninsula also will travel a considerable distance once the snow has cleared enough to uncover new forage. Deer definitely are moving back to summer grounds, ...

Grosbeaks, hummingbirds arrive

Another week, another wave of migrating birds through the region. This was one that many area residents await with great anticipation in spring — the return of Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds to the area. If you don’t have the feeders up ...

Merriman tom

Riley Juneau, 13, of Kingsford filled his turkey tag April 28, hunting in Merriman with his dad.

DNR warns of wildfire risk

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dry, windy conditions are expected to raise the wildfire risk this weekend in northern Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the greatest threats are in the Upper Peninsula, which has been dealing with an extended dry period. But officials also are ...

Trout biting; Michigan walleye opener Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Despite high water, trout anglers are enjoying good success, and lakes should be free of ice for Tuesday’s opener of the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge season in the Upper Peninsula. “We’re gearing up for walleye,” said Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait & ...