Outdoors

Monarch monitoring: Volunteers might help confirm butterfly’s rebound

IRON MOUNTAIN — Monarch butterflies might be on the mend. Populations of the iconic orange-and-black butterflies appear to be up significantly this summer in the northern Midwest, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and across the top half of Wisconsin, several experts confirmed this ...

Anglers landing more walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers taking advantage of cooler summer days are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on area lakes and rivers. At Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95, John Grier said a fisherman landed a 28 3/4-inch walleye and followed it up with a 27-inch catch. “He didn’t say ...

Prizes awarded at Badwater Bass Tourney

FLORENCE, Wis. — JD Castings of Kingsford was the winning team at the Badwater Bass Tourney that took place earlier this month on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Rodney DeClark and John Trulock registered six bass weighing a total of 18 pounds, which was 3 pounds more than ...

DNR biologist to discuss Florence County waters

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fish biologist Greg Matzke will speak on what makes up Florence County’s diverse fisheries at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Florence Natural Resource Center, 5631 Forestry Drive in Florence. Matzke started his position in 2010 and has ...

Trappers convention returns to Escanaba

ESCANABA — The 59th annual National Trappers Association Convention and Sport Show is coming to the U.P. State Fairgrounds today through Saturday. Convention coordinator Roy Dahlgren said this will not be the first time this event will take place in the area. “This is the second time ...

ORV riders see UP trail improvements

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s off-road vehicle riders are seeing numerous new ORV trail developments under way, boosting opportunities to enjoy the state’s more than 3,800-mile trail network. These new routes, trailheads and other improvements have been funded by revenue generated from ORV ...

Anglers catching walleye, pike, crappie

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are reporting some success landing walleye, as well as crappie, northern pike and even musky. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler recommended trolling leeches or crawlers for walleye and casting spinners near weed edges for pike. Crappie — some ...

Dickinson sunsets

The evening of July 13 offered spectacular sunsets in the Dickinson County area.

Michigan DNR offers online map of state forests

LANSING — A new, interactive map available on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website provides information on access to state-owned lands, while welcoming the public’s involvement in the management of state forest roads. The map allows users to view state forest road ...

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 ...