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Outdoors

Michigan DNR issues advisory on burning

MARQUETTE— Permits for open burning of yard debris remain suspended across most of the state in response to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus. In Dickinson and Iron counties, permits remain available in most townships, ...

Most Michigan trail, boating facilities remain open

LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources continues to monitor visitation and adherence to social-distancing requirements at DNR-managed facilities. ...

Fuelwood permits delayed

MARQUETTE — Anyone interested in cutting and collecting dead or downed trees on state lands for fuelwood will need to wait until May 1. Because many residents normally turn in their fuelwood applications at Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest management unit offices — which ...

Mergansers return

A group of hooded mergansers swim Six Mile Creek in northern Dickinson County. Mergansers, both the diminutive hooded and the larger common, are among the earliest migratory birds to return to the Upper Peninsula, usually long before the ice has disappeared. Other notable birds back in the ...

Campgrounds closed, but state lands open for access

IRON MOUNTAIN — Effective through at least April 13, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters. State parks and recreation areas will remain open to provide residents with opportunities to get outdoors, ...

DNR reviews 2019 deer seasons

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sharing some highlights of the 2019 deer hunting seasons, which ended in late January 2020. Those seasons were marked by widespread participation in the state’s surveillance efforts around chronic wasting disease, especially in ...

Trout Unlimited banquet rescheduled

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter Trout Unlimited banquet scheduled for April 18 has been postponed. The new date is Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Northern Michigan University Northern Center Grand Ballrooms Tickets remain $50 per dinner ticket, $75 for a gold ticket with tables of 6 to 8 ...

Birding provides a respite

With the COVID-19 situation, I’m looking for options for learning about the natural world online, considering students and perhaps their parents are hunkered down at home with schools, many businesses and other gathering places shuttered for at least a few more weeks, perhaps longer. As I ...

Ice conditions sketchy; river walleyes biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fishing pressure is light and — with warmer weather in the forecast — ice conditions are continually changing. “The Brule River has some open water in the middle, so people need to be careful,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Anglers ...

In-person Spring Hearings canceled

MADISON, Wis. — In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will cancel the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the Spring Hearings that were to be held in each county on April 13. The public will continue to ...

Dickinson agency accepts tree orders

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson Conservation District is accepting orders for trees until April 10. While the district’s office is closed to visitors, orders can be submitted by email, phone or online at www.dickinsoncd.org. Trees are not shipped. They will be available for pickup in early ...

Feathered friends make appearances

Winter continues to relax its grip on the region, with several indications in the past week of the transition to spring. A chipmunk came scurrying out from under my vehicle as I backed out of the slushy driveway last Saturday; luckily, I was moving slowly and the chipmunk was quick for ...

Conservation officers see their mission expand

The mission of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is to, “protect Michigan’s natural resources and the environment, and the health and safety of the public through effective law enforcement and education.” It is a physically and mentally ...

Wisconsin deer councils to meet soon

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s hunting heritage runs deep. If you’re passionate about deer hunting and management in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites hunters, farmers, foresters and anyone interested in deer management in Wisconsin to the upcoming first-round ...

Anglers try their luck on open waters

IRON MOUNTAIN — With snow and ice disappearing, the transition from winter to spring recreation has begun. Pike and walleye season on the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, as well as inland waters, will close at midnight Sunday. A one-limit walleye season continues on the Menominee River ...

DNR fisheries staff to attend ‘Conversations & Coffee’ events

MARQUETTE — Those interested in talking with Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff about local and statewide issues should stop by one of the upcoming “Conversations & Coffee” events. The DNR hosts these outings to give people an opportunity to meet with state ...

Marinette County ATV trails to close

MARINETTE, Wis. — The entire Marinette County ATV Trail System will be closed to all vehicles effective Monday until further notice. “This closure is required to protect the soft trail bed from erosion damage caused by ATVs and other vehicles during spring break-up,” said Pete ...

Anglers must remove shanties

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are reminded that on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Sunday. All other bodies of water in the Upper Peninsula must have ice shanties removed by midnight March 31. “Regardless of the required date, ice shanties must ...

Wisconsin offers bonus turkey permits

MADISON, Wis. — Spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations will go on sale starting Monday for each of Wisconsin’s seven spring turkey hunting zones. Hunters are encouraged to check the Department of Natural Resources’ turkey zone map and spring turkey bonus harvest authorization ...