Outdoors

ORV instructor training rescheduled to summer

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled its training academies for candidates interested in serving as instructors for the off-road vehicle safety education program. The academies now will be conducted in July and August, as opposed to the originally ...

Panfish bite improves

IRON MOUNTAIN — Most lakes still have lots of ice and anglers were taking advantage of a pleasant weekend to try their luck. “A lot of guys are planning to get out now,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. A perch measuring 15 and 3/8 inches continues to lead ...

Leucistic turkey spending winter near the deck

This gorgeous bird is not an albino. The photos were submitted by a reader in the region who said this wild turkey hen began regularly roaming their deck in mid-December, raiding the bird feeder. Of course it showed up just before Christmas — it has the plumage of North Pole species such ...

Shanty season winding down; angler sets high bar for biggest perch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Now would be a good time to consider ice shanty removal, said Tim Werner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation warden in Marinette County. Many area lakes still have lots of ice, but with daytime temperatures above freezing it might deteriorate fairly ...

Critters stir after long winter’s nap

The first indications winter’s on ebb tide could be the sound of cardinals singing and the scent of skunk in the air. The recent warm spell appears to have roused the region’s napping skunks enough to get out foraging. Already one was struck by a vehicle on M-69. Animals when they first ...

Crappie action highlights late season ice fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Warm weather has created plenty of slush but anglers still report about 20 inches of ice on area lakes. “We’re hearing good stories on crappies and bluegills,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “They’re catching walleye at Way ...

Trout Unlimited group to meet

MARQUETTE — The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time in the Board Room at the Landmark Inn, 230 North Front Street, Marquette. Bill Leder, Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will discuss and ...

The curious case of the screaming plant

Pam Behnke wasn’t expecting a reaction when she watered her plants earlier this month. Then one of them began to scream. Or screech. She just knew it was loud and coming from the dozen or so pots of greenery in the corner of her Niagara, Wis., home. No, this wasn’t “Little Shop of ...

Crappies, perch caught through the ice; deadlines approaching on shanties

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers taking advantage of mild February weather are landing plenty of panfish. “There’s a lot of people going out fishing,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Some nice crappies are being caught, and some perch.” Northern have been biting ...

Side-by-side winner

Paul Rotter, left, president of the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club, congratulates John Pettibone of Iron Mountain, winner of the CF Moto 800 side-by-side in the club’s annual fundraiser. The club would like to thank all who purchased tickets, Rotter said.

Break-ins at ice shacks

IRON MOUNTAIN — Troopers from the Iron Mountain Michigan State Police post are investigating several complaints of ice shack break-ins on Lake Antoine. The incidents happened sometime between Friday and Sunday at ice shacks near the west boat launch just off the shoreline, troopers said. ...

Red-bellied woodpeckers push north

A reader recently called to ask if I’d heard of any red-bellied woodpeckers this far north. I told him I have one daily in the backyard. Over the past century, the red-bellied woodpecker has taken advantage of environmental changes and likely the growing popularity of bird feeders to ...

Free fishing this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing is free this weekend in Michigan. Anyone fishing today or Sunday won’t need a license, although other rules are still in effect, such as fish size and the number of fish to keep. Also, admission is free at state parks and recreation areas. “We’ve got a ...

Free fishing this weekend in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday and Sunday for the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Michigan has been celebrating the Winter Free Fishing Weekend ...

Pembine ice fishing

Students in Brenda DalSanto’s sixth-grade physical education class at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School went ice fishing as the final chapter of their outdoor education unit. “Thank you to all of the chaperones who made this fishing trip a success,” DalSanto said.  In back, from left, are ...

‘Toad’ Church Pine River derby Feb. 24

COMMONWEALTH, Wis.—The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host the annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth. Register on the ice beginning at 6 a.m. or pre-register at Bob’s Midland in Aurora, Wis. The fee is ...

Grants available for habitat projects through We Energies

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has grant funding available from We Energies for a range of projects associated with hydroelectric dams in a three-county area in the western Upper Peninsula. “An agreement with We Energies was reached previously to establish ...

Florence County derby Saturday

Florence, Wis. — Leff’s Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, with registration at Leff’s Bar, 5050 Keyes Lake Drive in Florence. The derby starts at dawn and participants can fish any Florence County water. Entry fee is $5 and payout is 100 percent. For more information, call ...

Fish turn finicky; Wisconsin DNR works on grouse habitat

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing pressure was light this week, though John Grier reported steady bait sales Friday with a sunny weekend predicted. A 24-inch walleye leads Grier’s monthly contest at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “It’s been so cold, not a lot of people have been going ...

Musky club to host annual Expo on Feb. 17 in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will host its 10th annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The ...