Outdoors

Anglers landing crappie, walleye, northern pike

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing continues to be good, highlighted by crappie, walleye and northern pike action. Anglers in Iron and Dickinson counties were targeting panfish and pike on inland lakes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, a ...

Wisconsin issues permits for spring turkey hunt

MADISON, Wis. — There were 135,202 successful applicants who received Wisconsin spring turkey harvest authorizations following completion of the application drawing. A total of 244,968 authorizations were available for the spring season. Bonus harvest authorizations that were not issued in ...

Michigan elk

Darwin Dixon, 71, of Felch Township downed a 525-pound 6-by-5 point bull elk near Gaylord in December. Dixon had entered the permit drawing at least 26 times before being selected last summer, gaining a cow or bull tag for the Dec. 15-23 hunt. He was successful the second day, guided by Kevin ...

Wildlife Unlimited sets Feb. 9 deadline for trail camera contest

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County is expanding and extending its trail camera contest, encouraging local residents to share their photos of area wildlife. Participants can submit trail camera photos taken during all of 2018. This is an extension of the original ...

Legislation adjusts hunting supervision rules for youngsters

HOUGHTON — During the December legislative session in Michigan, a few bills passed that may interest hunters. House Bill 5711 adjusts the hunting supervision rules for children under 14. Under the old law, minor hunters between the age of 10 and 14 could hunt only under adult ...

UP Trappers event Feb. 2 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — The 14th annual Youth Trappers Workshop will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Community Center in Hermansville. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the last activity will begin about 2:30 p.m. Learning activities will throughout the day will include a mink, muskrat and raccoon trapping ...

DNR advisory panel to meet Wednesday in Baraga

MARQUETTE — From a deer hunting season recap to loud exhausts on snowmobiles, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of topics at its meeting Wednesday in Baraga. The session will be from 5:30 ...

For some species, hibernation makes winter easier

Watching a small vole scurry around the collapsed remnants of last summer’s daylilies before popping into a tunnel under the snow raised a question: Why do some animals remain active in winter while so many others cope with this challenging time by sleeping in — for months? It would ...

Anglers enjoy ‘excellent’ fishing over the holidays

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were treated to good fishing during the holidays. Six to 12 inches of ice was reported on area lakes, though conditions are variable and caution is urged. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said many lakes in southern Wisconsin have open water. In the ...

CWD response pushes forward

MARQUETTE — When a 4-year-old doe was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease in Dickinson County in October, it was the first time this deadly disease affecting portions of Michigan's white-tailed deer herd had been found in the Upper Peninsula. For many, including hunting groups ...

Sagola club supplies targets

CHANNING — The Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club recently purchased new archery targets and backers to be used by the various youth programs that call the club home. The older stationary outdoor targets have been unusable for the future of the programs. The 4-H Big Shooters Club meets ...

Walleye, pike biting hot

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye fishing is heating up and a few big pike have been caught, along with an out-of-season musky. “Fishing has been excellent,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “More and more people have been going out.” Grier reported a ...

‘Usual suspects’ in Christmas Bird Count

Early reports are that a weekend of splendid weather made for slim pickings during the local Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. While sunny skies and temperatures soaring into the 40s might seem ideal for going out to count birds, it actually gave the birds themselves little incentive to flock ...

Walleye, panfish biting; farmland hunt slated in Marinette County

IRON MOUNTAIN — Snow depth has been going backwards but ice continues to be thick enough for anglers to be successful in landing walleye and panfish. A 28-inch walleye was the best catch of the week, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Walleye action has been good, ...

Gun and knife show Jan. 11-12 in Merriman

IRON MOUNTAIN — United Sportsmen’s Club in Merriman will host a gun and knife show Jan. 11 and 12. Hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the clubhouse, W7689 Sportsman’s Club Road north of Iron Mountain. Admission is $5, with no charge for those under ...

Demboski earns state conservation award

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has honored longtime conservationist and Upper Peninsula native Tony Demboski with the Thomas L. Washington Lifetime Commitment to Conservation Award. The award was presented Thursday at the commission’s regular monthly meeting in ...

Anglers take aim at panfish, walleye, pike; deer moving mostly at night

IRON MOUNTAIN — The panfish bite is hot as winter fishing gets off to a good start. “We had one guy say he had the best fishing day of his life,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “He didn’t say where, though.” Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in ...

Boat launches to be closed

MENOMINEE — Two boat launches on the Menominee River will be temporarily closed for safety and security purposes for the launching of the LCS-19 on Saturday. The affected launches are Boom Landing in Marinette, Wis., and River Park (Mystery Ship) ramp in Menominee. Other boat launches ...

Pine Dam reservoir lowered

FLORENCE, Wis. —We Energies is lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence. The reservoir will be lowered about 9.5 feet from the normal elevation. The temporary drawdown is required for additional maintenance at Pine Dam. Maintenance work is ...

Red fox have a history of living close to people

While filling the bird feeders Friday morning, I came across some new tracks on the back deck of our home. Definitely canine, yet too small for any of the neighborhood dogs at Six Mile Lake, or for a coyote should one have been bold enough to venture up on the deck. With the firearm deer ...