Outdoors

Author, TV show host Miranda to attend Escanaba convention

ESCANABA — The National Trappers Association’s annual convention and outdoor show and will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba July 26-28. Among the outdoor experts attending will be Tom Miranda. From capturing mink, raccoons and muskrats as a boy in Ohio to winning ...

Iron County wildlife banquet April 14

IRON RIVER — Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County will hosts its 31st annual banquet Saturday, April 14, at the Iron County Armory, 107 E. Franklin Ave. in Iron River. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. The event will include a buffet dinner, silent auctions and many prize ...

New fishing season April 1 in Michigan

LANSING — Starting Sunday, a new license will be required for those who want to fish in Michigan. That day is the kickoff to the state’s 2018 fishing license season, as well as the new fishing regulation cycle. All 2018 fishing licenses are good through March 31, 2019. Anglers have ...

Whitetails donation

Range Bank donated $100 to the U.P. Whitetails Association of Dickinson County for the second straight year. From left are Tony Dembowski of U.P. Whitetails and Benjamin Wood, Range Bank community bank president in Kingsford.

Dickinson predator hunt draws 56 participants

FELCH — Several area wildlife organizations again partnered to coordinate the 2018 Dickinson County Predator Hunt. The event, hosted by Solbergs Bar and Supper Club in Felch, is supported by several sportsmen’s organizations, including Eastern Dickinson County Sportsman Club, United ...

Turkey hunt permits still available

IRON MOUNTAIN — Spring turkey hunting is just a few weeks away, with Wisconsin’s youth hunt scheduled for April 14-15, followed by the start of the first hunting period April 18. The Upper Peninsula season opener is April 23. Leftover permits are available in both Michigan and ...

DNR’s UP advisory councils marking 10th anniversary

MARQUETTE — During their annual joint meeting today in Marquette Township, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils will celebrate a significant milestone. The councils — which each have 20 members — have ...

Dickinson Conservation tree sale focuses on mast

IRON MOUNTAIN — Folks may wonder why the Dickinson Conservation District sells not only native trees but also shrubs, berries and many apple trees at its annual tree sale. It’s all about the mast. Mast-producing trees and shrubs provide many benefits for wildlife, humans and the ...

Trees program offers seedlings

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — A tradition since 1945, Trees For Tomorrow announces the arrival of four types of tree seedlings available now for pre-purchase. TFT originally offered two seedlings for every tree cut in support of the war effort. The purpose was to encourage land owners to plant trees ...

Pace of migration soon to pick up

This area remains relatively quiet in terms of early spring migration, not surprising considering most lakes in the region remain locked in ice. The first pair of Canada geese I’ve seen this year showed up Wednesday on Six Mile Creek, which is mostly open water thanks to the recent string ...

ORV instructor training rescheduled to summer

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled its training academies for candidates interested in serving as instructors for the off-road vehicle safety education program. The academies now will be conducted in July and August, as opposed to the originally ...

Panfish bite improves

IRON MOUNTAIN — Most lakes still have lots of ice and anglers were taking advantage of a pleasant weekend to try their luck. “A lot of guys are planning to get out now,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. A perch measuring 15 and 3/8 inches continues to lead ...

Leucistic turkey spending winter near the deck

This gorgeous bird is not an albino. The photos were submitted by a reader in the region who said this wild turkey hen began regularly roaming their deck in mid-December, raiding the bird feeder. Of course it showed up just before Christmas — it has the plumage of North Pole species such ...

Shanty season winding down; angler sets high bar for biggest perch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Now would be a good time to consider ice shanty removal, said Tim Werner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation warden in Marinette County. Many area lakes still have lots of ice, but with daytime temperatures above freezing it might deteriorate fairly ...

Critters stir after long winter’s nap

The first indications winter’s on ebb tide could be the sound of cardinals singing and the scent of skunk in the air. The recent warm spell appears to have roused the region’s napping skunks enough to get out foraging. Already one was struck by a vehicle on M-69. Animals when they first ...

Crappie action highlights late season ice fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Warm weather has created plenty of slush but anglers still report about 20 inches of ice on area lakes. “We’re hearing good stories on crappies and bluegills,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “They’re catching walleye at Way ...

Trout Unlimited group to meet

MARQUETTE — The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time in the Board Room at the Landmark Inn, 230 North Front Street, Marquette. Bill Leder, Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will discuss and ...

The curious case of the screaming plant

Pam Behnke wasn’t expecting a reaction when she watered her plants earlier this month. Then one of them began to scream. Or screech. She just knew it was loud and coming from the dozen or so pots of greenery in the corner of her Niagara, Wis., home. No, this wasn’t “Little Shop of ...

Crappies, perch caught through the ice; deadlines approaching on shanties

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers taking advantage of mild February weather are landing plenty of panfish. “There’s a lot of people going out fishing,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Some nice crappies are being caught, and some perch.” Northern have been biting ...

Side-by-side winner

Paul Rotter, left, president of the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club, congratulates John Pettibone of Iron Mountain, winner of the CF Moto 800 side-by-side in the club’s annual fundraiser. The club would like to thank all who purchased tickets, Rotter said.