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Outdoors

UP snakes — harmless and beneficial

A reader recently suggested a column be devoted to snakes in the region. “I watch the pine snakes and garter snakes who live in and under my little greenhouse patrolling my garden and am glad they are there to eat mice, slugs and insects. But every week I see another person — usually a ...

Orion Hunting Products is IM’s newest manufacturer

IRON MOUNTAIN — As a youngster, like many others in the Upper Peninsula, Beau Anderson hunted out of scaffolds and blinds built by his father. “Dad was a carpenter, but they were a little rough — ‘Yooper built’ — you might say,” he said. Decades later, back in his home town ...

UP Sport & Spoke makes move in downtown

IRON MOUNTAIN — U.P. Sport & Spoke didn’t need to look far to find a larger building for their expanding business. After opening at 627 S. Stephenson Ave. in the summer of 2019, owner Anthony Tatangelo located a new space only a block away at 527 S. Stephenson in downtown Iron ...

Badwater Bass Tourney still inviting entries

IRON MOUNTAIN — A few spots are available for the Badwater Bass Tourney set for Saturday, July 11, on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. This is a catch-and-release tournament using artificial baits only. The cost is $75 per boat, with up to 50 boats allowed. The team ...

Sagola prize

Arnuold Muller of Aurora, Illinois, is the winner of a Can-Am side by side awarded by the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club in its annual fundraiser. Muller was a longtime member of the club and was very active before moving to Illinois. Club President Paul Rotter thanked all those who helped ...

Wisconsin plans to resume hunter safety

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources will resume in-person hunter safety courses next month after a hunter advocacy group sued the department alleging it had no authority to cancel them and was denying people their constitutional right to hunt. The DNR issued a ...

Coronavirus risk too high, New York City Marathon cancelled

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky. Organizers announced the cancellation of the 50th anniversary edition of the world's largest ...

Emerald ash borer advances through Midwest

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. —The emerald ash borer is a small, bright green metallic wood-boring beetle that is not native to North America. It is responsible for killing millions of ash trees in the upper Midwest, including many in Marinette County. EAB currently is only known to be found in ...

Antoine to be treated Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Lake Antoine Association will treat areas of Lake Antoine this week for selective control of Eurasian watermilfoil as permitted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Cason & Associates, LLC, from Berlin, Wis will perform the treatment on ...

Driveway turtle season digs in

The time of year has come to surrender much of the driveway to the turtles. Our driveway is a half-circle, black gravel on sand, that seems to be an irresistible draw to turtles ready to plant the next generation in the ground to grow. Almost all that clamber up the backyard are eastern ...

Fishing action good, distancing still urged

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are landing bass, bluegills and pike, while walleye action is picking up as the season shifts to summer. Top-water lures and worms are attracting bass, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Leaf worms and nightcrawler pieces for bluegills,” ...

State park campgrounds to reopen Monday

LANSING — Camping, overnight lodging facilities and day-use shelters in Michigan state parks and recreation areas will reopen Monday. Also starting Monday, a Recreation Passport will again be required for vehicle entry. Many state park amenities initially were closed due to COVID-19 ...

Michigan DNR seeks reports on elk seen in Menominee County

Wildlife biologists and technicians with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been tracking reports of a bull elk seen in Menominee County. The young elk was reported first by a private landowner June 6, within about 10 miles of the Wisconsin border. Several additional sightings ...

‘Three Free’ weekend today, Sunday in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Enjoy free fishing, off-roading and state park entry during Michigan’s “Three Free” weekend today and Sunday. Residents and out-of-state visitors can grab a fishing pole, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks, all free of charge. These two days ...

Hamilton Lakes Board announces herbicide treatment for June 23

LORETTO — The Hamilton Lakes Board has authorized the treatment of Lake Mary, Lake Louise and Hamilton Lake for Eurasian water milfoil on Tuesday, June 23. It is recommended not to use the lake’s water for swimming, bathing or fishing for 24 hours and to not use the water for watering ...

Hunters take 17% more Wisconsin spring turkeys

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turkey hunters killed nearly 17% more birds during Wisconsin’s spring season than last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR released preliminary harvest totals Wednesday that show hunters registered 44,963 birds this spring, up from 38,576 ...

No fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442- pound marlin at tournament

Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too. The six-time NBA champion and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a 442.3-pound blue marlin on Tues- day at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, an event held annually off the coast of Morehead City, ...

Hummingbirds bicker; flying squirrels stay cute

Blackflies and mosquitoes aren’t the only swarms out this spring. While they took awhile to arrive, the hummingbirds when they finally appeared did so in numbers I’ve not seen before. Perhaps it was the cooler spring that made for few natural sources of food, as flowers were delayed in ...

Badwater Bass Tourney invites entries for July 11

FLORENCE, Wis. — Anglers are invited to enter the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 11, on the Twin Falls Flowage. The cost is $75 per boat,with only 50 boats allowed. Cash prizes will go to the first seven places, with eighth through10th places receiving donated prizes. The heaviest ...

Possession or sale of aquarium pet now unlawful

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger has approved the addition of marbled crayfish to Michigan’s list of prohibited species. Marbled crayfish, also known as marmorkrebs and virgin crayfish, are increasing in popularity in the aquarium trade due to ...