Outdoors

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 ...

Ice fishing lingers; caution urged

IRON MOUNTAIN — April is the new December, at least for another week or so, but most anglers have decided enough is enough as far as ice fishing. “Fishing has been sporadic,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Some people are catching panfish.” There are ...

DNR limits backcountry campsites in Porkies

ONTONAGON —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will limit the number of designated backcountry campsites at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, to better protect park resources and help ensure a quality backcountry camping experience. At roughly 60,000 acres, Porcupine ...

Wisconsin’s spring hearings on Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Conservation Congress plans to ask attendees at its spring hearings whether lawmakers should charge people to use state land and eliminate group hunting. The congress asks hearing attendees every year for their positions on current outdoors issues. The answers are ...

Walleye tagged with cash rewards in Saginaw Bay

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Michigan anglers could win thousands of dollars fishing in the Saginaw Bay as part of the state Natural Resources Department’s annual drive. The department recently tagged and released 3,000 walleye in the bay’s tributary rivers to incentivize anglers to help ...

Spring again plays a wintry trick

A number of the avian migrants reappeared in north Dickinson County within the past week: common grackles, red-winged blackbirds, even a turkey vulture soaring over the west end of Metropolitan Road in Felch Township. But if the weather forecast proves true, some of these birds may regret ...

New fishing licenses needed

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are reminded that on Sunday everyone 17 years of age and older will be required to have a new 2018 Michigan fishing license. New licenses are also required Sunday in Wisconsin for anglers 16 years of age and older. Despite predictions of snow, plenty of bait was ...

Sagola club to offer hunter safety classes

CHANNING — Registration for hunter safety classes for Michigan Department of Natural Resources certification begins today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Midtown Bait & Tackle on M-95 in Channing. Students must register in person in advance to receive workbooks and instructions. Other ...

Big Shooters support

Following through on its mission to support local wildlife initiatives and habitat development, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County donated $1,000 to help the 4-H Big Shooters Club purchase needed archery items. WU has given to the group in the past to buy ammunition for camps or to help ...