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Outdoors

Michigan’s commercial fishing industry fear state bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The once vibrant commercial fishing industry in Michigan has dwindled down from thousands of businesses to just 13 full-time fisheries. And those that are left are afraid legislation in a state Senate committee could be the end of the industry all together, M-Live.com ...

Researchers track Great Lakes fish through acoustic telemetry

If you’ve ever been fishing, you know fish can be hard to locate. Many anglers have marked a high-quality fishing spot with a GPS coordinate, only to return the next day to find that all the fish have left. Fish movements can be influenced by many factors, including location of desirable ...

Panfish caught in deeper water; good walleye results

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are landing bluegills and crappies in 12 feet or more of water as panfish action has picked up, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said crappies are biting in the evening and early morning. ...

DNR board makes no changes in Florence, Marinette deer quotas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board voted Thursday to revise antlerless deer quotas in some northern Wisconsin counties, hoping to defuse complaints that it violated open meeting laws and ignored local recommendations when it tightened kill limits last ...

Michigan creates statewide water trails program

With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers ample opportunity to traverse the state over the water — no matter the size or speed of your vessel. While designated water trails are a relatively recent development, use of ...

Crush of boat buyers seek recreation during pandemic

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Brandon Mitchell had big plans to visit family in Michigan and take his wife and three kids to Disney World. The pandemic put those plans on ice. So they bought a boat instead. “We’re going to take the sea. There’s so much to explore,” the ebullient skipper ...

Sharp-tailed hunt canceled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials said Tuesday that they’ve canceled the sharp-tailed grouse season for the second year in a row to protect the population. Department of Natural Resources officials said modeling conducted in conjunction with the University of ...

Michigan’s wolf population at nearly 700 but leveling off in UP

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s gray wolves appear to have stabilized at a healthy level three decades after beginning a remarkable comeback in the Upper Peninsula, wildlife officials said Monday. The latest biennial survey conducted this winter estimated the predator species’ ...

Wisconsin DNR will reconsider deer hunt amid meeting allegations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board is set to reconsider changes next week that it made to the fall deer hunt amid allegations that four members violated open meeting laws when they drafted them ahead of a vote. The seven-member board adopted the 2020 ...

Anglers landing walleye, bass, pike; panfish biting sluggish

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye action has been picking up, with jumbo leeches and large or fathead minnows the most popular baits for area waters. “They’ve been getting quite a few nice ones,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., noting bass and northern pike catches ...

Potential new cormorant management plan released

LANSING — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has crafted a new plan to address double-crested cormorant conflicts. It proposes to allow killing as many as 77,000 of the migratory birds in the Mississippi and Central flyways each year. That covers 24 states, including Michigan. The ...

Michigan panel approves deer hunting regulations

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved a new package of deer regulations for the 2020 hunting season. Statewide, the Liberty and Independence hunt qualifications now include deaf people. Hunters with disabilities may use single-bite and multibite baits during ...

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to meet Thursday

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will host a special meeting virtually at 7 a.m. Thursday to reconsider antlerless deer harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for 2020. Although the public will not be allowed to attend the meeting ...

Lena team captures Badwater Bass title

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. — Team “Aric & Eric” of Lena, Wis., won first place at the Badwater Bass Tourney on the Menominee River’s Twin Falls Flowage. Aric Fick and Eric Zoromski registered six bass weighing a total of 18.95 pounds. They received a cash prize of $1,687.50. They ...

UP butterflies are flashing strong numbers

Midsummer in the Upper Peninsula can provide some of the prime colors nature has to offer, both in flora and fauna. Wildflowers are out in full glory and, not surprisingly, so are the butterflies that look to them for nectar and perhaps foliage to feed their caterpillars. Whether sparked ...

Little Bay de Noc’s ‘Black Bottom’ producing

MARQUETTE — River fishing continues to improve and inland lakes are producing a fair to good number of bass, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. This Upper Peninsula activity was reported — Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Keweenaw and Traverse Bays are all reporting ...

DNR’s Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting virtually

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference Wednesday, July 22. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled to include updates on 2020 deer hunting regulations, NRC membership ...

Out for a stroll

A white-tailed fawn, probably just more than a month old, stretches its legs at Six Mile Lake. After spending its first weeks bedded down most of the day, fawns usually begin following their mothers when about three to four weeks old; if the doe has twins or triplets, she’ll reunite them ...

Despite the heat, anglers score

IRON MOUNTAIN — Water temperatures are rising in the hot weather, which can cause fish to become sluggish in shallower lakes. Anglers, however, are still finding success, with some big catches reported over the past week, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Leading ...

Houghton trail work to begin

HOUGHTON — Trail restoration work along the Houghton to Chassell rail-trail in Houghton County is scheduled to begin Monday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. Segments of the trail were severely affected during the 2018 Father’s Day flood, which also caused millions of ...