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Fall Tree Sale planned

The Dickinson Conservation District is taking orders for its annual fall tree sale fundraiser. Featured in the sale are conifer plugs, including red pine, white pine, white spruce, balsam fir, and Canadian hemlock. Plugs are container-grown seedlings that are about 10 inches tall and have a ...

A mature green frog, the most common variety found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, strikes the classic pose on lily pads at Six Mile Lake. Though people sometimes mistakenly believe these large frogs are bullfrogs, the bullfrog is considered very rare this far north.
(Betsy Bloom Photos)

It’s raining frogs and toads

Driving home on Thursday nights these past couple weeks, I’ve had to deal with some unexpected road hazards. Frogs and toads. Lots of them. A round of rainfall before sunset brought out a hopping horde of amphibians, especially about a week ago, though this Thursday had its share as ...

Northern pike, crappies biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — The first glimpses of fall color are showing, but there’s still enough summer remaining to enjoy time on the water. “Fishing has been pretty good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, mentioning a good perch bite at Lake Antoine and some large ...

‘Wardens’ show comes to the UP

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two local men will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Wardens,” a television show airing on the Outdoor Channel, featuring Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers throughout the state. Officers Brian Bacon and Mark Leadman of DNR District 1 ...

A blue dasher female dragonfly flutters before becoming a bluegill’s meal at Six Mile Lake in northern Dickinson County.

Deer herd still skews young

I haven’t seen many whitetail bucks this summer while making the 60-mile roundtrip daily commute between Six Mile Lake and downtown Iron Mountain. Each day usually offers the treat — or near-heart attack, if after dark — of crossing paths with multiple does and fawns, both morning and ...

Walleye fishing picks up; antlerless deadline Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye fishing has improved, with good catches reported in northern Wisconsin and at Witch Lake in Marquette County. “Crawlers and leeches are working,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., noting catches in the 20-inch range. Smallmouth bass ...

Gun show Aug. 19 at Crivitz Village Hall

CRIVITZ, Wis. —The Crivitz VFW will host a gun show Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Crivitz Village Hall. Doors will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and older. To reserve a table or for more information, contact Larry Lundberg at 715-854-2672.

Students in Jeff Christensen’s Building for Wildlife project-based learning class at Iron Mountain Public Schools partnered with Wildlife Unlimited to stain and update the fishing pier on Lake Antoine this spring.

WU repairs fishing pier with community support

IRON MOUNTAIN — For more than 25 years, residents in Dickinson County have enjoyed easy access to fishing on Lake Antoine through a fishing pier built and maintained by Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County. The group, whose mission is to promote, fund and conduct the education and ...

Trout fisheries to be reviewed

CASPIAN — The Iron County Chapter of the Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Iron County Museum in Caspian. Bill Ziegler, retired Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries management biologist, will present a program on the trout fisheries of Iron and Dickinson ...

Long Lake club hosts picnic, competitive trap shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsmen’s Club hosted its annual membership picnic under beautiful skies at the clubhouse in Long Lake with about 80 people attending. Numerous prizes donated by area businesses and national manufacturers were awarded in drawings throughout the ...

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. President Donald Trump’s administration has opened the door to industry-friendly changes to a sweeping plan imposed by his predecessor to protect a ground-dwelling bird across vast areas of the West. 
Wildlife advocates warn that the proposed changes would undercut a hard-won struggle to protect the greater sage grouse. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Feds to give states more options on grouse protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy ...

These twin fawns still show fairly distinct spots as they follow their mother just off Six Mile Lake Road. Both already were sampling the greenery whenever the doe stopped to graze. (Betsy Bloom Photo)

Days shorten, birds gather as August arrives

It might only be August, but the start of this month means avian migration has begun. National Weather Service radar Wednesday showed a corona of flying birds radiating from its office in Green Bay, Wis., indicating flocks have begun to gather in preparation for the move southward. That’s ...

Bass bite is hot, panfish go deeper

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass fishing continues to be good, with any number of baits doing the trick. Crawlers, leeches and top-water lures are recommended by Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said he’s gotten reports of anglers ...

Whip-poor-wills are rarely seen, thanks to their camouflaged plumage and nocturnal habits. Ryan Brady/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Photo

Whip-poor-wills sing, whip-poor-wills sing

As darkness set in Monday, calls came out from different sites of the yard that we’d not heard yet in 2017 at Six Mile Lake: Dueling whip-poor-wills, a bird of summer that is marvelous to hear initially but can wear out its welcome, as its three-note song hits repeat to the point of ...

Musky, bass fishing good

IRON MOUNTAIN — Musky fishing is picking up, with catches over 40 inches reported on local waters. Bucktails and jerk baits are the preferred lures, said Jared Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. For musky enthusiasts willing to travel, the Michigan Department of Natural ...

Alan Ettenhofer, left, shakes hands with Gov. Rick Snyder at a tree-planting event at the South Marquette County Grouse Enhanced Management Site in August 2014. Also pictured, center, is Gildo Tori, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited.

UP Whitetails co-founder honored as ‘Outstanding Conservationist’

HERMANSVILLE — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance has presented its first “Outstanding Conservationist” award to U.P. Whitetails Inc. co-founder Alan Ettenhofer of Escanaba. The award was presented Saturday at a quarterly UPSA meeting at the William Anderson Sportsman’s Club ...

Ladies Day shooting event offered in UP

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources in August will offer women an opportunity to learn more about guns and archery. The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club, will conduct its annual all ladies shooting workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, Aug. 13, at its ...

This great blue heron fishing on Six Mile Lake in northern Dickinson County appeared to have a few feathers askew, a sign it could be molting as a number of bird species do in the summer. Unlike the Canada geese and mallard ducks, though, the heron had little trouble flying.
Betsy Bloom/Daily News Photo

Birds use slower time of summer to molt

Everything in the North Woods seems to become more relaxed by midsummer. The colors, so vibrant with new growth, have gone a little dull, tinged with brown and beige as grasses go to seed, the early flowering plants fade and tree leaves lose their shine. The rising humidity and angle of the ...

Panfish in deeper waters

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hot July temperatures are warming the waters and driving fish deeper, especially during the day. Anglers fishing the bottom with crawlers were landing plenty of panfish, including bluegills, crappies and perch, according to Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, ...

Kyle Komorowski, left, and Mike Komorowski of Oak Creek, Wis., hold their $1,316 check for winning the Badwater Bass Tourney with 15.1 pounds of bass caught and released.

Oak Creek anglers win Badwater tourney

FLORENCE, Wis. — “One More Try” was the winning team at Saturday’s Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Mike and Kyle Komorowski from Oak Creek, Wis., registered six bass weighing a total of 15.1 lbs. They received a cash prize of $1,316. The largest ...