Outdoors

We Energies begins maintenance on Pine River dam

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — We Energies will begin lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wis., beginning this week. The reservoir will be lowered about 12 feet from its normal elevation. We Energies’ public campground at recreation site No. 34 on the ...

Spring means movement for more than birds

By BETSY BLOOM Managing editor Birds, rightly, get much of the attention for their annual spring migration. But deer in the Upper Peninsula also will travel a considerable distance once the snow has cleared enough to uncover new forage. Deer definitely are moving back to summer grounds, ...

Grosbeaks, hummingbirds arrive

Another week, another wave of migrating birds through the region. This was one that many area residents await with great anticipation in spring — the return of Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds to the area. If you don’t have the feeders up ...

Merriman tom

Riley Juneau, 13, of Kingsford filled his turkey tag April 28, hunting in Merriman with his dad.

DNR warns of wildfire risk

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dry, windy conditions are expected to raise the wildfire risk this weekend in northern Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the greatest threats are in the Upper Peninsula, which has been dealing with an extended dry period. But officials also are ...

Trout biting; Michigan walleye opener Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Despite high water, trout anglers are enjoying good success, and lakes should be free of ice for Tuesday’s opener of the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge season in the Upper Peninsula. “We’re gearing up for walleye,” said Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait & ...

Songbird, forestry forum May 17 on NMU campus

MARQUETTE — From work to recover threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers and Kirtland’s warblers, to studying edge effects on songbirds in northern Wisconsin, three biologists assembled to speak at a forum in Marquette this month are highly skilled in their ...

Collaborative walleye restoration efforts to begin on Lac Vieux Desert

WATERSMEET — Straddling the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Gogebic and Vilas counties — and lying within the 1842 Treaty-ceded territory — Lac Vieux Desert is a roughly 4,000-acre lake that has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Fisheries managers have observed all-time low levels ...

Trap shooting league to begin

LONG LAKE, Wis. —The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club in Long Lake will host open trap shooting and a summer league at 6 p.m. on Mondays. Open trap shooting has already begun and will continue Monday nights through September. The league officially begins June 4 and runs for 10 weeks. The ...

Iowa’s O’Hearn to offer presentation at trappers convention in Escanaba

ESCANABA —The National Trappers Association’s annual Convention and Outdoor Show will take place July 26-28 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Among the many experts attending and presenting will be Mike “Red” O’Hearn, director in the Iowa Trappers Association. Since he ...

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 ...