Outdoors

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 ...

October weather stays uncooperative

IRON MOUNTAIN — With river flows still very high, another blast of wintry weather was expected to keep anglers at home today while grouse hunters await calmer days as well. “You can’t get out in the weather,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung ...

Wisconsin eyes new catfish seasons

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is going to vote on emergency rules establishing catfish seasons. Gov. Scott Walker signed a law this spring authorizing the DNR to create regulations for taking catfish by hand, with a bow or with a crossbow. The regulations ...

Deer tests positive for CWD in Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 4-year-old doe killed on a deer damage shooting permit in Dickinson County's Waucedah Township has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first confirmation of the incurable deer disease within Upper Peninsula. The finding was verified by Michigan State ...

Field trial winners

Joe Kriegl of Kingsford, left, with Oakley, and Mark Schinderle of Norway, with Chloe, took first and second place, respectively, at the Fox Valley English Cocker Spaniel Field Trial in Reedsville, Wis., on Sunday. Dogs are judged on their hunting ability — to trail scent, flush pheasants and ...

Eight-pointer

Domenic Pritchard, 12, of Vulcan shot this eight-point buck while hunting with his dad in Norway Township during the Liberty Hunt.

Four Minnesota wolves moved to Isle Royale

HOUGHTON — The National Park Service announced Friday that the fall phase of the first year of its Isle Royale wolf translocation project has been brought to a successful close with four wolves translocated to the island from Minnesota. Though the original goal called for two additional ...

Wisconsin baiting and feeding bans detailed at dnr.wi.gov

MADISON, Wis. — Before taking part in Wisconsin hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts should be sure to check the baiting and feeding webpage and verify which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities. For more information ...

Cold, wet weather limits fishing, hunting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing and hunting pressure was light this week, due to cold, rainy or windy weather — and sometimes all three. “A few walleye have been caught, not a whole lot,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Musky anglers were buying bait throughout the ...

Six local sparrow species — which is which?

The fall bird migration continues in the region, with a few new arrivals to note. A flock of rusty blackbirds could be seen and heard at Six Mile Lake earlier this week. As the name implies, they are dark birds that in winter have patterns of dull orange, like a brindled dog, over head, ...

Youth hunt in Wisconsin today, Sunday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wisconsin will hold its youth deer hunt this weekend, with fall colors about at their peak. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Doug Whisler had a couple reports of archery hunters getting eight-pointers. As for the bird season, “they’ve been getting a lot of ...

Higher brook trout limits proposed

MARQUETTE — At this month’s meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, Department of Natural Resources fish managers will recommend a small number of Upper Peninsula stream segments for inclusion under a 10-brook trout possession limit. The regulation was put in ...

Northern bird species may stray south to UP this winter

This winter could see more grosbeaks and other types of winter finches at feeders in the region, a Canadian ornithologist says. Ron Pittaway of the Ontario Field Ornithologists in Toronto, Ontario, predicts this will be an “irruption year” for winter finches, meaning many of the ...

Michigan archery hunt starts Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s archery deer season opens Monday with the local forecast calling for rain and a high of about 48. Wisconsin hunters, who’ve been at it a couple of weeks, report seeing fair numbers of deer, said Aaron McCullough, Department of Natural Resources wildlife ...

Bee queens ready to hibernate

While autumn officially starts at 8:54 p.m. Central today, some areas got a touch of frost overnight. The insects already are winding down for the year, especially the pollinators as blooming plants become more scarce. This summer’s new crop of bumble bee queens will be searching for a ...

Michigan’s Liberty Hunt this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Attention is shifting to hunting with today the start of Michigan’s two-day Liberty Hunt, a firearm deer season open to youth ages 16 and younger as well as hunters with disabilities. It will be breezy today, with a high near 62, and calmer Sunday but slightly ...

Wisconsin senator looks to kill CWD regulations for deer hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A powerful Republican legislator is trying to derail new regulations that Gov. Scott Walker ordered to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer. The regulations require deer farmers to upgrade fencing by next year and impose a general ban on moving deer ...