Outdoors

Escanaba to host national trappers event July 26-28

ESCANABA — Jim Comstock, known as one of the better animal damage control trappers in the country, will be among the many experts attending the National Trappers Association’s 59th annual Convention/Outdoor Show on July 26-28 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Hours are 8 a.m. to ...

DNR advisory panel to meet

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Tuesday in Houghton, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating ...

Long Lake club to host picnic Saturday

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club will host its annual membership picnic and trap shoot Saturday at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake. There will be activities for shooters and non-shooters alike. Trap shooting will begin at 8 a.m. Shooters participating in ...

Youngsters enjoy musky club outing

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club and the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., hosted a fishing outing earlier this month for youth up to age 17. The event’s headquarters was at the Silver Lake pavilion in Laona. Forty-one young participants fished various lakes in the area, ...

Crews work on trails amid new flooding in Houghton County

HOUGHTON — Heavy rain showers fell over parts of Houghton County this week, prompting new flooding concerns and re-assessment of the local state-managed trail system. The latest rains came nearly a month after a Father’s Day storm dumped 7 inches of rain on some parts of Houghton County ...

Bass, trout action good

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass fishing has improved with the onslaught of summer heat, and anglers continue to report good results on trout. For bass, try crankbaits, worms or leeches, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Pike action has been steady, with large suckers the ...

Hunter safety offered in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — A hunter safety class will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria, with a field day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the United Sportsmen facilities in Merriman. Students must attend all classroom instruction and ...

Manistique to get lamprey barrier

MANISTIQUE — Efforts are underway to establish a new sea lamprey barrier in Manistique, according to Jessica Barber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unit Supervisor, Sea Lamprey Control . Barber spoke about this project during an informational meeting held before a recent meeting of the ...

Just two main turtles in UP

When I lived in La Crosse, Wis., a walk along the Mississippi or in the La Crosse River Marsh could conceivably turn up a half-dozen different species of turtle paddling through the shallows or sunning on downed trees. There was a Blanding’s, with its bright yellow throat, dug in and ...

Bluegills, crappie, pike highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegills and crappie were biting at area lakes and trout fishing is holding steady as stream levels drop following heavy rains in mid-June. “All the way around, it’s been pretty good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Pike fishing has been ...

Be a good neighbor to wildlife

With summer vacation activity picking up, those out on the lakes, rivers or roads need to watch for wildlife. Much of this year’s wave of babies should be old enough to be mobile, as opposed to sitting in a nest or den. After spending the first few weeks of life bedded down and hidden, ...

Badwater Bass Tourney July 14 in Spread Eagle

FLORENCE, Wis. — Registrations are invited for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 14, on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. The cost is $75 per boat, with up to 50 boats allowed. Cash prizes are paid to the first seven places and eighth through 10th places receive donated ...

Spinners for trout, leeches for walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout fishing remains good, with some anglers landing browns in the 18-inch range and brookies around 14 inches. “Spinners have been working really good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Otherwise, Whisler said, walleyes are hitting leeches; ...

Youth fishing outing July 7

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club, along with the Headwaters and Title Town Chapters of Muskies Inc., will sponsor the sixth annual NE Wisconsin Kids Fishing Outing for ages 10 to 17 on Saturday, July 7. Registration will be 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Pavilion on Silver ...

Upper Peninsula 4-H shooters compete in regional meet

CHANNING — More than 50 shooters and archers from five counties gathered in Channing earlier this month for the 4-H Upper Peninsula regional shoot, with many of the attendees vying to qualify for the state competition in August in Kimball. Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron and Schoolcraft ...

A rabbit rebound in UP

This season seems to be producing a bonanza of bunnies. Driving home or to work each day, I’ve regularly had cottontail rabbits scramble across the road or seen pairs chase each other in neighbors’ yards and lawns. Most are of a size that says they’re from this spring. In fact, it ...

Hunter safety offered in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — A hunter safety class will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria, with a field day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the United Sportsmen facilities in Merriman. Students must attend all classroom instruction and ...

Big fish, little fish biting after storms

IRON MOUNTAIN — Spared from the devastating storms that hit northwestern Wisconsin and parts of the Upper Peninsula last weekend, local anglers had success this week catching everything from panfish to musky. “Panfish action has been excellent,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors ...

Public meeting set for Northeast Sands master plan

FLORENCE, Wis. — The public has an opportunity through an upcoming open house, office hours, and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ regional master planning process for properties located in the Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape. This ...

Killdeer adapt to life away from water

This is the week when daylight reaches its peak for the year. The summer solstice will come at 5:07 a.m. Thursday in the Iron Mountain area; June 21 in most years offers the most amount of daylight, though the difference usually is only a matter of seconds from the day before or after. ...