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Outdoors

Trail openings on hold for upkeep

IRON MOUNTAIN — Even though more snow is expected, the Tri-County Snowmobile Club won’t open its trail system in the Dickinson County area until after Dec. 15, when the muzzleloading season ends. A major part of the system is on private land and there may be a lot of hunter activity, the ...

Vintage snowmobile show Dec. 14 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — Vulcan Relic Riders will host a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet with registration from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the William Anderson Sportsman’s Club. Entry fee is $5 for snowmobiles and the swap is free. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The event also ...

Michigan DNR selling surplus parcels

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ winter auction of surplus public land starts Tuesday. Several of the largest parcels are in Alpena, Dickinson and Newaygo counties. “Much of the land offered at this auction is isolated from other DNR-managed property, which ...

Downed trees, limbs and heavy snow temporarily blocking snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s snowmobile season kicked off Sunday, but a series of significant winter storms has temporarily impacted the state’s snowmobile trails system. Storms that began Nov. 27 have blocked trails with heavy snow and downed trees across the Upper Peninsula as well as in ...

Wisconsin harvest down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season than last year. Preliminary figures show hunters killed 160,769 deer during the season that ended Sunday, down 25% from 213,972 ...

Mixed reviews on deer season; Florence County harvest markedly down

IRON MOUNTAIN — Windy, wet and snowy weather is expected for the end of the firearm deer seasons in Michigan and Wisconsin. Today is the final day for Michigan’s 16-day hunt, while Wisconsin’s nine-day season wraps up Sunday. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John ...

Forum to address UP habitat for snowshoe hares, bobcats

MARQUETTE — An opportunity to learn more about populations and habitat of bobcats and snowshoe hares is set for Tuesday, continuing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ “Wildlife Through Forestry” forums. “This is another offering in our exciting series, which explores ...

Niagara Lions Club selling tickets for firearms

NIAGARA, Wis. — Tickets for the Niagara Lions Club’s annual fundraiser are now on sale. Prizes include an excellent collection of firearms Lions Gerald Kallenbach and Maryellen Wagener are heading up the project. The cost for tickets is $10 each or three for $20. First prize is a ...

Michigan DNR to discuss bear goals

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a bear forum Saturday, Dec. 7, in St. Ignace. The purpose is to discuss bear management and regulations for the 2020-2021 regulation cycle, while assessing 2019 harvest statistics. The forum will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Owls draw spectators in Upper Peninsula

While winter is the lean time for birding in the north, it usually offers a few treats in species that might otherwise not be seen this far south. The owls of the dense Canadian forests — the great gray, the northern hawk and the boreal — have some years in which they turn up deep into ...

Wisconsin deer opener today; rut winding down

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hunters should still see some bucks pushing does around, but the rut appears to be winding down, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. Today’s the opener for the nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin while Michigan hunters are in the second week of a ...

Northern Saddle Club raising funds

FLORENCE, Wis. — Northern Saddle Club is conducting a fundraiser for its fresh water project and other goals for improving the Halls Creek equestrian friendly campground, trail head and boat landing in Homestead. The Halls Creek trails are open to hunters, hikers and other silent sports ...

Commercial Forest Program has limitations on public use

Part of the reason Michigan’s Commercial Forest Program exists is to increase the amount of land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Users of these forestlands should be aware of their rights and limitations. Imagine walking into your forest — say a 40-acre woodland — and ...

Eight-pointer

Joe Antonini of the Iron Mountain area, hunting at his family’s camp, shot an eight-point buck at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Dickinson success

Jerry Miller of Kingsford got a seven-point buck on Sunday morning in Dickinson County.

Chickadees flock toward reliable food sources

The email’s subject line posed the question: “Where are all the chickadees?” Priscilla Hall wrote that these normally numerous signature woodland birds have been no-shows at their Rock camp in Delta County, adding she’d heard a radio caller from Manistique mention “the same lack of ...

Ice forms as Michigan hunt begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — A cold snap has ice fishing coinciding with deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, with some success on both fronts. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Doug Whisler said archers harvested three eight-pointers and a seven-pointer this past ...

Northern Saddle Club earns grant for fresh water project

FLORENCE, Wis. — Northern Saddle Club Inc. has received a $5,754 grant from the Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. for a fresh water project. The club is installing a potable water source at the Hall’s Creek equestrian trail head and boat landing. The cost of ...