Outdoors

‘Ask the DNR’ to air Thursday

MARQUETTE — Vicki Pontz, chairwoman of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, will travel to the Upper Peninsula from Novi to answer viewer questions live on “Ask the DNR.” The hour-long program will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Central time Thursday on WNMU-TV13, the Public Broadcasting ...

DNR testing deer samples from Norway for CWD

Almost 200 deer taken in Dickinson County during the firearm season have been brought to the Norway station so far, most to be tested for chronic wasting disease, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician reported this week. About 178 of the 182 deer registered at the ...

Christmas Bird Count slated for Dec. 15

Anyone who has noticed a Canada goose out at Crystal Lake that appears injured, yes, local wildlife rehabilitator Phyllis Carlson already has been contacted. And really, the best outcome for the bird for now is to leave it be, Carlson said. First, while it looks to have a broken wing, ...

Florence buck harvest down slightly on opening weekend

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin’s buck harvest was up statewide during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun deer season, but down slightly in Florence County. The season opened Nov. 17 and will end this weekend. Florence County’s buck harvest for the first weekend was 622, a decline ...

Turkeys abundant, early ice reported

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deer hunters are reporting good populations of wild turkeys, with the fall turkey hunt having ended Nov. 14. “Some people are seeing 40-some, 50-some birds from their blinds,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. As for deer, a fair ...

Ice comes early; flashy birds arrive as well

The scant hopes for any kind of an Indian summer in the Upper Peninsula this fall pretty much disappeared last weekend. Six Mile Lake went in about 24 hours from being mostly open Nov. 10, with ice just around the edges, to almost completely frozen over Sunday. It happened that ...

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 ...