Outdoors

Black-billed cuckoo survives M-69 collision

Journalists are told not to become part of the story. But it’s tough to avoid getting involved when a bird bounces off your vehicle. Tuesday is pizza night. So I’m winding down M-69 on the drive home, radio playing, take-and-bake pizza in the back seat. And out of nowhere, something ...

Fall turkey applications due Aug. 1

MARQUETTE — If you’re planning on doing some turkey hunting in Michigan this fall, the application period closes Aug. 1. Hunters may apply for one limited-quota license for a specific hunt unit. The application fee is $5. Applicants successful in the draw may then purchase a ...

Bass anglers rewarded for braving the heat

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hot weather has slowed the pace of fishing although bass and panfish anglers continue to find success. As the water warms, fish become sluggish especially on the shallower inland lakes so try fishing deeper water, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests. ...

Marinette team captures Badwater Bass Tourney title

FLORENCE, Wis. — “Flippin’ Fools” from Marinette, Wis., was the winning team at Saturday’s Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. Alan Baxter and Tony Marcusen registered six bass weighing a total of 14.95 pounds. They received a cash prize of ...

Hunter’s safety offered in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — A hunter’s safety class will take place from 8 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 1 in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria. The event is sponsored by the U.P. Whitetails Association of Dickinson County. A field day will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the United ...

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from dam

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam in central Illinois. The effort began Monday, days after the state was told that many fish were gathering there, The Herald and Review reported. The invasive species will be trucked to a ...

Felch trapper to join national experts at Escanaba event

ESCANABA — Local outdoor expert Ken Luedtke of Felch will do a demonstration on winter beaver trapping at the U.P. Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo set for July 26 and 27 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Luedtke began trapping at the age of 13. Now, 45 years later, he is still ...

Peshtigo shooting range closed

MARINETTE, Wis. — A shooting range in the town of Peshtigo has been closed indefinitely for safety reasons, said Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve. The decision was made Tuesday by the town board in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “We are investigating ...

Dickinson Trail Network helps fund bike route

IRON MOUNTAIN — An additional foot of paved shoulder was added to a 2-mile County Road 607 repaving project in Breitung Township, providing a two-foot paved shoulder for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. The Dickinson Trail Network, formerly the Dickinson County Bike Path, secured a ...

Hunter’s safety offered

KINGSFORD — A hunter’s safety class will be held July 29-Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kingsford Middle School Cafeteria, sponsored by the U.P. Whitetails Association of Dickinson County. A field day will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Sportsmen’s ...

Mallard family

A mallard hen shepherds her 10 ducklings on Six Mile Lake in Dickinson County. Unless she lost an earlier nest to predators, this likely is a second brood for the summer. Mallards can have up to 13 eggs in a clutch, so having 10 hatch is impressive but not unknown. It helps that the ducklings ...

DNR panel to meet Thursday in Harris

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Citizens Advisory Council will discuss a range of items when the panel meets Thursday at the Island Convention Center in Harris. The meeting will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Central time in the Turtle Room at the convention ...

Long Lake club to host shoot, picnic

LONG LAKE, Wis. —The Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club will have its annual membership picnic and trap shoot on Saturday, July 20, 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 ...

Bluegills biting on wax worms

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegills, including some large ones, were biting on wax worms at area lakes while river anglers were landing a few big northern pike. “Selling a lot of crawlers and leeches,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. Crappie and bass action has been ...

Saw-whet owl recovers quickly from assault

An employee at Pine Grove golf course can take pride in likely saving a fledgling of our smallest native owl species from being a “murder” victim. Mario — and I apologize, as I was unable to get his full name to give him full credit — came across a northern saw-whet owl on the ...

Northern pike, bass, panfish biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — From big fish to little fish, anglers were having success going into the extended holiday weekend. “Everybody seems to be pretty happy with fishing,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “Lots of bass, crappies and bluegill. I’ve heard ...

Wisconsin DNR investigating snake fungal disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources scientists are searching for sick snakes. Agency biologists are looking for snakes infected with snake fungal disease, or SFD. The disease has the potential to devastate snake populations because it prevents snakes from ...

Floating playgrounds added at state parks

For 100 years, state parks have been known as some of the best places in Michigan to experience a variety of outdoor fun — from boating and fishing to swimming and hiking, plus camping and lodging for those who want to make more than a day of it. In recent years, Michigan's state parks are ...

Badwater tourney set for July 13

Anglers are invited to register for the Badwater Bass Tourney, which takes place July 13 on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. The cost is $75 per boat, with up to 50 boats allowed. Cash prizes will be paid to the first seven places; eighth through10th places will receive ...

Eagle River fishing day for kids set for July 11 at Vilas County Fairgrounds

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center along with the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc and the Eagle River Guides Association will host the 39th annual Eagle River Fishing Day for Kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 11. This event is free for children ...