Outdoors

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 ...

Register on Friday in Felch for Dickinson Predator Quest

FELCH — Members of local wildlife groups are gathering again in support of the 2019 Dickinson County Predator Quest slated for Feb. 1-10. The event is hosted by Solberg’s Bar and Supper Club in Felch and includes both hunting and trapping divisions. It offers more than $2,500 in ...

Trappers workshop Saturday in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — Kids of all ages are invited to attend the U.P. Trappers Association’s 14th annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop on Saturday at the Hermansville Community Center. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m., featuring trapping and fur handling demonstrations, supplies for young ...

Conover to host Blizzard Blast on Feb. 16

CONOVER, Wis. — The sixth annual Northwoods Blizzard Blast is planned for Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Conover Community Park near U.S. 45 in Vilas County. Featuring activities for winter enthusiasts of all ages, the event is geared to participants and spectators alike. Children will enjoy ...

Candlelight ski and snowshoe Saturday in Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association is hosting a candlelit cross country ski and snowshoe event at the Niagara Riverside Trails in Niagara on Saturday. The event starts at 5:45 p.m. for skiers and 6:15 p.m. for snowshoers and features over 500 luminaries along a 1.5-mile ...

Pine River reservoir to be refilled

FLORENCE, Wis. — We Energies will begin refilling the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence this week. The reservoir will be slowly refilled back to the normal operating elevation. The refill rate and timing is dependent upon precipitation runoff but is ...

Bohemian waxwings turn up; birds need fuel

A reader, Ed Laarman of Niagara, Wis., said he opened up a northern pike caught while ice fishing late last month to find ... a mystery. Since he was kind enough to allow me to share, I will: “On Dec. 26, a friend and I caught a 30-inch northern pike in a lake near Eagle River. When I ...

Icy weather freezes fishing; Tip-Up Town set for Feb. 2

IRON MOUNTAIN — Frigid weather is expected linger well into next week, but it might ease in time for Saturday’s 45th annual Tip-Up Town of the U.P. The ice fishing contest on Sawyer Lake in Channing will feature tagged fish totaling $2,000. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the ice. ...

Snow patrols conducted

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Conservation officers are conducting snowmobile patrols in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to promote safety and enforce state laws. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says weekend patrols started Jan. 11 along the state-managed trail system in Houghton County ...

A baker’s dozen

Thirteen wild turkeys cross Harding Avenue in Iron Mountain earlier this week between West Hughitt and A streets, near the entrance to Pine Grove Country Club.

UP buck harvest up, but fewer yearlings in the mix, DNR says

BARAGA — More deer were harvested in 2018, but a further breakdown of numbers complicates the forecast for future years, the Western Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory Council was told this week. The buck harvest was up about 10 percent from the previous year, said Terry Minzey, Michigan ...

Wisconsin offers free fishing this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Wisconsin. Anyone can fish without a license today and Sunday, but all other regulations apply. The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club is conducting its annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby today. Pre-registered participants will ...

Trappers workshop on Feb. 2

HERMANSVILLE — Members of the of U.P. Trappers District 3 will put on a workshop Feb. 2 for youngsters and any persons interested in becoming trappers. The 14th annual event will be held at the Community Center in Hermansville beginning at 8 a.m., with the last activity starting at ...

Registrations invited for Jan. 19 ice tourney

AURORA, Wis. — The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host its annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Jan. 19, coinciding with Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend. Participants must pre-register at the Hitch-N-Post or Bob’s Midland in Aurora; Whisler Outdoors in ...

Songbird blends with the woods

While this is not an uncommon bird, it can be a challenge to find. This is not a good photo, but it does show how unobtrusive the brown creeper can be — it also stuck to interior trees, on a cloudy day, so lighting was less than ideal. This little songbird blends in so well with the ...