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Outdoors

Wisconsin collects deer heads to assist CWD research

MADISON, Wis. — In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease testing during the 2020 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons. Hunters should make plans to visit a sampling station to have their ...

Michigan youth hunt

Fourteen-year-old Jacob Koller of Iron Mountain got an eight-point buck during Michigan’s annual Liberty Hunt last weekend. He was hunting with his grandfather, Gary Jacobson.

Michigan small game hunt opens

IRON MOUNTAIN — Squirrel, rabbit, hare and ruffed grouse hunting all opened Tuesday in Michigan. Woodcock hunters can join the hunt when the season opens today. In addition to a small game license, make sure to have a free woodcock stamp, which includes a federal migratory bird hunter HIP ...

Wisconsin wolf numbers up about 13%

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate that the state’s wolf population has increased by about 13%. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that surveys put the overwinter population between 1,034 and 1,057 wolves. The 2018-19 estimate was 914 to 978 ...

Wisconsin DNR: Avoid eating deer livers in Marinette area

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State environmental and health officials warned people Tuesday to avoid eating the livers of deer harvested around the Marinette area to avoid exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are man-made chemicals that research suggests can cause a range of health problems in humans. ...

Moose denied more protections in upper Midwest states

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose that historically appeared in four upper Midwestern states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled “the northwestern subspecies” of moose ...

Wisconsin bear tips scale at 733 pounds

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wisconsin’s bear season is off to a big start, with a report of a 733-pound harvest from the Armstrong Creek area. In a Facebook post, Millan’s Custom Butchering of Armstrong Creek identified Tyler Stankevich as the hunter who brought in the monster Wednesday ...

DNR predicts better UP deer hunt

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its annual deer hunting preview just ahead of the 2020 seasons, opening with this weekend’s Liberty Hunt for youth and hunters with disabilities. Overall, conditions are looking excellent for the upcoming seasons, and ...

Days get shorter, fall migration begins in earnest

Now that September has arrived, the avian departures will pick up steam. Already this past week I could hear twittering from the darkness overhead as I got home late at night. In northern Wisconsin, Ryan Brady of the Department of Natural Resources in Ashland noted that birds seemed to have ...

Hunter safety certificates extended

LANSING — Eligible hunter education students will be allowed to purchase a Michigan hunting license through June 1, 2021 — prior to completing the required field day. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division administers the state’s hunter education program ...

DNR advisory council to meet on Thursday

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. This council session is being conducted virtually in response to the coronavirus ...

Plenty of choices for holiday anglers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are finding a variety of fishing opportunities for the Labor Day weekend — everything from muskies to bluegills. Inland lakes are producing walleye, bass and panfish, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, ...

Sturgeon season opens today

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s inland hook and line season for lake sturgeon opens today and runs through Sept. 30. Anglers will have the opportunity to catch these prehistoric fish while on waterways throughout Wisconsin, including a portion of the Menominee River boundary waters. To ...

Wisconsin now allowing daily passes at state trails, parks

MADISON, Wis. — Daily trail and park admission passes are again being sold at all Wisconsin state park system properties. While the options for purchasing a daily admission or trail pass will vary by property, at least one of the following options will be available: — Electronic pay ...

Out of season, southern birds venture north

While the normal southbound migration is in early stages, some birds seem to choose this time of year to venture north instead, far from where they normally range. Each late summer or fall in the Upper Peninsula seems to feature at least one species — sometimes more — native to the ...

Wisconsin archery deer opener two weeks away

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hunting seasons are around the corner. Wisconsin’s archery deer opener is Saturday, Sept. 12, while Michigan will conduct its annual Liberty Hunt that same weekend. Small game and turkey hunting will also start Sept. 12 in Wisconsin, while Michigan’s seasons open Sept. ...

Father, son accused after poaching investigation

LANSING — A father and son duo from Rogers City are being charged for poaching, following an ongoing investigation by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Initially denying any wrongdoing, Val Vogelheim, 56, and Josh Vogelheim, 26, turned themselves in to the ...

Walleye, bass catches highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — As summer weather holds through August, river anglers were having some success landing walleye, while bass fishing was good with most any type of bait. Many boats were seen at the Menominee River launches near Lake Michigan, with walleye anglers being most popular, the ...

Michigan DNR: Six confirmed cougar sightings in the Upper Peninsula this year

LANSING — No matter what you call them — pumas, panthers, mountain lions or cougars — these mysterious mammals, and suspected sightings of them, get people talking. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants residents to know the agency is listening and keeping a careful eye ...

Wisconsin offers online trapping course for beginners

MADISON, Wis. — In partnership with the Wisconsin Trappers’ Association, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has adjusted trapper education course requirements for the 2020 season so adults and youth can earn their certification online or through a correspondence course. This ...