Outdoors

Long Lake club to host trap league, open shooting

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club in Long Lake will have an open trap shooting and Summer Trap League at 6 p.m. Mondays. Open trap shooting already has begun and will continue through September. The league officially begins June 3 and runs for 10 weeks. The league is ...

Returning birds make for a rainbow at the feeders

Surprise — the Notebook is making a slightly early appearance this week. Advertising for Saturday’s paper left no space for an Outdoor page — trust me, being squeezed out by ads is a good thing in this business these days — so rather than skip a week, it’s running today. As ...

DNR fishing report: Walleye, pike season now open

Walleye and pike season for the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Marys River opened Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports the opener should have been good, as water temperatures move up to the low to mid 40s. Trout fishing still was slow in the ...

DCD’s photo contest for Nature of Dickinson County calendar begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District is seeking entries for its 2019 Nature of Dickinson County photo contest. Winners in this annual competition will be printed in the DCD’s calendar, which helps fund educational programs. Categories include waterbodies, wildlife, ...

Walleye opener looks good for UP anglers

ESCANABA — Michigan’s walleye season in the Upper Peninsula opened Wednesday with recent weather conditions likely to have an effect on walleye behavior in the region, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources expert said. “It’s been a fairly cold spring so far, so walleyes were ...

Applications being accepted for Youth Conservation Council

LANSING — Young people with a passion for protecting and improving Michigan’s natural areas, meeting new friends, gaining leadership experience and having fun outdoors are encouraged to apply for a spot on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council. The ...

Summer hours set for center in Ottawa forest

IRONWOOD — Beginning May 25, the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet will resume summer hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time daily. The center has information about the local area and recreation opportunities, such as camping, hiking, canoeing, maps and more. The Ottawa ...

Trees For Tomorrow offers naturalist program

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Trees for Tomorrow will host a week-long Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer training program June 10 through 15 at its facilities in Eagle River. Staff and regional experts will lead explorations of the waters, forests, wildlife and geology of the area. Participants ...

‘For the Birds’ host offers feeder advice

A reader called with a column suggestion after hearing a worrisome rumor that the grape jelly she puts out for orioles and other birds might be harmful to them. I had not heard that myself, but I agree a column on feeding these spring arrivals makes sense, given orioles and rose-breasted ...

Deer farm herd destroyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials say they've killed all the deer on a Portage County deer farm after a buck from the facility tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Friday that all 30 deer on the ...

Trout, crappie action highlights spring fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout fishing is off to a good start — and may get better as streams start to drop — while crappies are moving closer to shore to spawn. “A lot of good reports on trout,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Twelve and 13 inches, and I’ve ...

Audubon meeting on Monday

CASPIAN — Iron County Audubon Society Lee LeBlanc Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Iron County Museum in Caspian. This meeting will be a show-and-tell session, where participants will share recent sightings of birds and other wildlife. There will be a snack or dessert ...

Crivitz trap shoot set for May 25

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Crivitz American Legion Post 413’s annual Memorial Day trap shoot is Saturday, May 25, at the Lake Noquebay Sportsman’s Club. Registration starts at noon and the shoot runs to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Lundberg at 715-854-2672. All proceeds go to ...

Trap shooters compete at Long Lake range

LONG LAKE, Wis. —The Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club had its annual spring 50-bird Lewis Class shoot at its clubhouse in Long Lake on April 27. Cold, wintry weather hampered attendance, but 21 shooters accepted the challenge. The shoot paid out five classes and various optional categories ...

Ducks Unlimited ladies chapter plans May 15 event

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Northern Snow Wings Area Ladies Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have its annual fundraising banquet on Wednesday, May 15, at Williams’s Pine Gables in Eagle River. Funds will be used to conserve, restore and manage wetlands for waterfowl and thousands of other ...

Volunteers needed to assist archaeological work in UP

GLADSTONE — Hiawatha National Forest and the U.S. Forest Service Passport In Time Program are seeking 12 volunteers to participate in an archaeological excavation at the historic Camp Au Train. No special skills are required to volunteer, but volunteers under age18 must participate with a ...

Partners collaborate to improve catch-and-release survival rates

MADISON, Wis. — Anglers who choose to release their hooked fish now have additional resources at their disposal to increase the fish’s chances of survival, thanks to a collaborative effort between state agencies and partners. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural ...

Students prepare to release baby salmon

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, headquartered in Marquette, initiated the Salmon in the Classroom program more than a decade ago. Through the program, FWCTU provides funding and support for the set-up of eight aquariums in schools throughout the U.P. Each year the ...

‘Flyover’ season is here

Birds in spring and fall often get the lion’s share of attention in the Notebook because their mass movement makes such a dramatic difference in what might be seen in the region. For many of these birds, these seasons offer the only window of opportunity to catch a glimpse of them ...