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Outdoors

Musky club to host ‘Expo’ in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will have its annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The public is welcome to ...

Free prizes at annual trappers workshop Feb. 1

HERMANSVILLE — The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association will host its annual “Beginning Trappers Workshop” on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center in Hermansville. Although it’s geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the ...

Upper Peninsula sportsmen to gather

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the United Sportsmen Club, W7689 Sportsmens Club Road, Iron Mountain.

Minnows doing the trick for northern pike, crappies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Northern pike fishing in the region has been good, although pressure has been fairly light as anglers deal with repeated storms. A pike measuring 30 3/4 inches leads John Grier’s monthly contest at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. The contest switches to walleye Feb. ...

Candlelight snowshoe, ski outing Feb. 1

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association will host its sixth-annual candlelight snowshoe and ski event Feb. 1 on the Niagara Riverside Trails. The event starts at 5:45 p.m. for skiers and 6:15 p.m. for snowshoers and features more than 500 candlelit luminaries along a 1.5-mile ...

Ice thickens, free fishing in Wisconsin

Inland lakes across the Upper Peninsula are producing bluegill, crappie, northern pike and walleye. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John Grier is conducting a January contest for the longest pike. Crappie action was good this week, Grier said. It’s free fishing ...

Eagle recovers from lead poisoning; release Tuesday

MARQUETTE — A juvenile bald eagle rescued Dec. 7 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be released at 3 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday on the east side of the Superior Dome in Marquette. The bird was examined at the Chocolay Raptor Center and after consultation was transferred ...

Trappers workshop Feb. 1 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE —The Community Center in Hermansville will be the site of the 15th annual New Trappers Workshop from 8 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Feb. 1. The event will have a number of local veteran trappers on hand, all of whom will be willing to share tips, techniques, stories and maybe even ...

Trout Unlimited to offer free showing of ‘Artifishal’ at NMU

MARQUETTE — The Fred Wara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, in conjunction with the Northern Michigan University Fisheries a nd Wildlife Association, will host a “Fishing After Hours” event Friday. This meeting is a special viewing of the Patagonia movie “Artifishal,” a film about the ...

Fish Wisconsin waters without a license Saturday, Sunday

FLORENCE, Wis. — Free fishing weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin. All the waters of the state will be open to free fishing for residents and nonresidents. However, all usual regulations will be in force. “Please exercise caution before heading out on the ice,” ...

Recreation Passport fee rising to $12

LANSING — Effective March 1, Michigan’s regular Recreation Passport vehicle entry fee at state parks and recreation areas for residents will increase from $11 to $12. This is the first Recreation Passport price increase since January 2013, according to the state Department of Natural ...

Ice breaking in Menominee

MARINETTE, Wis. — In preparation for a private ship launch at Fincantieri Marinette Marine this Saturday, ice breaking operations on the Menominee River will commence today. Ice breaking will be conducted by private contractors on tug boats in order to allow the ship to launch safely and ...

DNR advisory panel to meet

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Wednesday in Baraga. Discussions are scheduled on Houghton County trails rehabilitation, erosion at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the 2019 firearm ...

Elk dead from eating corn

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say an elk was found dead in northern Wisconsin after it ate corn put out by a landowner in a misguided attempt to help wildlife. The Department of Natural Resources said the animal found dead on Jan. 2 died from rumen acidosis, a direct result from eating the ...

Winter bird viewing a notch below ordinary

This might rank as one of the most boring winters for seeing birds in the Upper Peninsula. So far, regional birding lists in the U.P. and northern Wisconsin have provided few surprises, much less many of the seasonal visitors that usually can be counted on to add splashes of color amid the ...

Pete ‘Toad’ Church derby to take place on Jan. 18

AURORA, Wis. — The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club will host its annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Jan. 18. Entry fee is $10, or free to children 12 and younger who must pre-register with an adult. Fish anywhere and bring the day’s catch by 7 p.m. to the C ...

Commission restores limit of five trout on 33 UP streams

LANSING — An experimental regulation that allowed for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout is no longer in effect. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted this week to return the five-fish daily limit to those streams, ...

Bluegill, pike action highlights first week of 2020 fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice anglers landed a couple of big northern pike this week while panfish action remains steady. “Some good reports, lots of nice bluegills and some crappies,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., ...

Pigment gene allows snowshoe hares to transform

The Upper Peninsula is far enough north to have several creatures that adjust their appearance to blend in with snow and ice. To me, this is akin to natural magic, that within a few weeks’ time a number of animals will trade bold colors or patterns for muted shades of charcoal and white ...

Ice gets thicker; perch and bluegill are biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice conditions are improving and anglers are landing a variety of panfish along with northern pike and walleye. “They’re doing pretty good on bluegill,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “No one particular kind of bait,” he added. “The ...