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Outdoors

Ice bids farewell; pace of migration picks up

As predicted, the past week saw a number of returning birds and other animals and plants stimulated by spring. Not predicted — though not unexpected, given the 60s and even 70s of the past week — was the disappearance of ice on Six Mile Lake. In the five springs I’ve now spent ...

Wisconsin youth turkey hunt April 17-18

MADISON, Wis. — Youth hunters can experience Wisconsin turkey hunting with family before the regular season begins. The youth turkey hunt runs next weekend, before the statewide turkey opener for period A on April 21. The youth turkey hunt gives hunters under the age of 16 the opportunity ...

Big walleye caught during boundary season

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers have had some luck fishing for walleye on the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary, though many of the catches are small. One angler, however, used the one-fish limit to full advantage, landing a 28-incher, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “We’ve ...

All aboard, critters, April’s just the ticket

The start of April means migration will quicken its pace. Like September, its fall mirror image, April annually ushers in perhaps the most change in what the flora and fauna looks like in the region. Deer begin to switch from muted gray to reddish and tawny coats. Red squirrels also shed out ...

Wildfire danger high, caution urged

IRON MOUNTAIN —The fire danger is very high as officials in Michigan and Wisconsin warn that weather conditions will make it worse. “Much of the state is very dry and fire danger will grow as temperatures rise over the weekend,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire ...

DNR advises Marquette paddlers of changing Dead River outflow

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is advising canoeists, kayakers and anglers of changing outflow conditions at the mouth of the Dead River at Lake Superior in Marquette. The river is flowing toward the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad ore dock at Marquette’s ...

NRC members on ‘Ask the DNR’

MARQUETTE —The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live tonight on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13. Commissioners J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon and Dave Nyberg of Skandia will join DNR ...

Anglers landing boundary walleye; Spring Hearings online April 12-15

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were targeting walleye on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters and finding some success during the transition from winter to spring. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said fathead minnows were the preferred bait. “They’re catching a lot, but ...

Conservation officer assists Iron snow crash rescue

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: Jan. 24-Feb. 6 DISTRICT 1 Conservation officer Anna Viau was called to assist with a snowmobile accident in northern Iron County. A man from out of state had hit a stump ...

Wisconsin plans 4th elk hunt

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters the application period for the 2021 elk hunt is open through May 31 for the chance to draw a hunt of a lifetime. Following several successfully managed Wisconsin elk hunts, the DNR is planning the fourth elk hunt ...

Wisconsin deer councils to draft recommendations

MADISON, Wis. — County Deer Advisory Councils in Wisconsin will meet virtually beginning Monday to discuss the upcoming deer seasons. Every county in Wisconsin has its own CDAC and each spring they meet to develop recommendations for antlerless harvest goals, antlerless tag availability ...

Higher fire danger this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Burn permit restrictions are in effect for Dickinson and Iron counties, as a lack of snow cover brings heightened wildfire risks. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s today and Sunday, with no weekend rain. There’s a good chance of showers by Wednesday. The ...

Sagola Sportsmen’s winner

Al Lewis, left, of the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club, sold the winning ticket for a 2020 Honda side-by-side to Mary Anderson, center, of Ishpeming. Offering congratulations is Paul Rotter, club president. Funds from the annual raffle go toward projects that include hunter education, youth ...

Project targets 4 northern Wisconsin lakes

WOODRUFF, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed walleye rehabilitation effort on Katherine and Clear Lakes in Oneida County and Laura and Anvil Lakes in Vilas County. Interested parties are invited to ask questions and voice ...

Michigan DNR partnerships offer a chance to connect

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this year celebrating 100 years of caring for Michigan’s outdoors and history, invites businesses and organizations to get involved as sponsors and partners in conserving natural and cultural resources, while connecting with the ...

Trumpeter swans grace Six Mile’s open water

It’s very convenient that the picture window at our home looks out where Solberg Creek feeds into Six Mile Lake. For the west side of the lake, it’s the last section to freeze up and the first to open up each spring. It provides a gauge of how quickly the ice might disappear, as the ...

Walleye plan on UP agenda

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s inland walleye management plan will be discussed when the Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council meets virtually Thursday. The public may participate by attending the virtual format. For instructions and ...

Dickinson public lands reviewed

LANSING — Alpena, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Dickinson, Leelanau, Gogebic and St. Joseph. If you spend time hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, birding or otherwise enjoying the outdoors on public lands in these counties, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants ...

Birds venture north

... Northwoods notebook March is the meteorological start to spring, though the vernal equinox won’t arrive until March 20. But the avian signs already seem to point to a change in season. Both downstate Michigan and southern and central Wisconsin have had their first red-winged ...

Turkey hunts on the horizon

IRON MOUNTAIN — Leftover licenses for Michigan’s spring turkey hunt will go on sale starting Monday. Unsuccessful applicants get the first chance. Any remaining licenses become available at 10 a.m. Eastern time March 15. Licenses may be purchased online or from any license agent on a ...