Outdoors

Biologists seek data from anglers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As the open-water fishing season begins in Michigan, state biologists are asking anglers to share information about their catches. The Department of Natural Resources is assigning creel clerks to boat launches and piers around the state. They’ll survey anglers about ...

DNR to host meetings on ORV access to forest roads in UP

MARQUETTE — In order to keep the public informed about a statewide effort to inventory and classify state forest roads in the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a series of meetings during the week of May 14. The meetings will give residents the ...

Finally, spring sweeps in

Another week has seen spring continue to assert itself in the Upper Peninsula after an April with few signs. As if making up for lost time, the turnaround in the past week has been swift. Trees and vegetation are quickly greening up and budding out. The willow catkins have sprouted pollen, ...

Good results on trout, more lakes opening up

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers undeterred by the late spring are catching trout on Upper Peninsula streams while some lakes may still be locked in ice for today’s general fishing opener in Wisconsin. “Guys that are trout fishing are doing pretty good,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines ...

Successful opener

Jordan Bray and his dad, Bryan, bagged their turkeys in Dickinson County on April 23, the opening day of the spring hunt.

Trout deliveries delayed in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — More northern Wisconsin waters are opening up in time for Saturday’s inland fishing season opener and walleye are likely to have finished spawning in many places and ready to put on the feedbag, state fisheries officials say. “It’s been a long winter. Time to get ...

Chronic wasting disease comments due by Friday

LANSING — Nearly 600 people so far have attended a series of public engagement meetings on chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that has affected the deer population in a handful of Michigan counties. While the face-to-face meetings have provided a forum to hear ...

‘Vacation’ with a view

I’ve had a relatively lovely week observing and photographing wildlife at Six Mile Lake, in a “vacation” that was not by choice. Earlier this month, I tried crossing the icy dirt road from a neighbor’s home and failed miserably, ending up on my back with a right ankle that got bent ...

Mi-HUNT helps Michigan morel hunters

It was early May, and a certain spring activity was on my mind — looking for some tasty morel mushrooms in the beautiful hardwood forests of northern Lower Michigan. As that Friday's work shift was drawing to a close, I thought about places on state-managed land that I might find a new ...

DNR biologist: Now isn’t the time to start feeding deer  

The dire news from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that the prolonged winter could take a heavy toll on the Upper Peninsula deer herd may tempt some to begin feeding the animals in earnest. However well-meaning, that could doom the deer more than hunger and cold, DNR officials ...

UP spring turkey season starts Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The spring turkey season opens Monday in the Upper Peninsula, with conditions more promising than last Wednesday’s deep-snow start for the Wisconsin hunt. “Turkeys are still very grouped up and are generally being seen near farming operations or other areas with ...

Beaver, otter trapping seasons extended in Michigan

MARQUETTE — Beaver and otter trapping seasons in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula have been extended by two weeks through April 30 for trappers who already have traps set for those species. The change, involving beaver and otter Units A and B, will allow trappers more time ...

Toll of the snow: DNR biologists concerned about UP deer survival

MARQUETTE — With more snow predicted for the region this weekend, the prolonged wintry conditions being experienced in the Upper Peninsula show no sure signs of relenting soon, a circumstance that has state wildlife biologists concerned about the stressful impact to white-tailed deer. "A ...

Storm complicates bird journeys

The spring storm forecast to bring multiple rounds of snow to the region this weekend could put migrating birds at risk — if the Upper Peninsula actually had many of them back. The extended cold, snow and ice so far in spring 2018 has delayed the arrival of many migratory species that ...

Hunter safety deadline today

CHANNING — Today is the final chance to register for hunter safety classes offered through the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club. Students must register in person in advance to receive workbooks and instructions. The final registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Midtown Bait ...

Big crappies biting, walleye run begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — With winter still on the offensive, anglers are at least finding some panfish action. Although shorelines are starting to deteriorate, many lakes have sturdy ice and crappies in particular are biting, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “They’re ...

Long Lake club to host trap shooting April 21

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4+ Sportsman’s Club will hold its spring trap shoot at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake on Saturday, April 21. There will be two events, a 50-Bird Lewis shoot and a meat shoot. Both events begin at 8 a.m. Those shooting the Lewis must be registered ...

Input invited on Wisconsin deer quotas

MADISON, Wis. — County Deer Advisory Councils met in each Wisconsin county in March, and preliminary antlerless deer quotas, tag levels, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season are now available for review and comment. An online public comment period will be ...