Outdoors

As days grow shorter, hummingbirds hit the road

Reports from around the area seem to indicate most, if not all, of the summer’s resident hummingbirds have bid the region adieu. Activity at our home seemed to go overnight from a host of the tiny, buzzing birds having aerial duels for a turn at the feeders to nothing. A couple turned up ...

Firearm deer hunt today, Sunday in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local temperatures will be near 70 this weekend for Michigan’s Liberty Hunt, a two-day firearm deer hunt for youths and hunters with disabilities. Winds may gust as high as 20 mph today but should be calm Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Anyone ...

Markkanen urges end of federal protection for Michigan’s wolves

LANSING — State Rep. Greg Markkanen testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his resolution urging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list in Michigan. Markkanen,R-Hancock, said ...

Wisconsin hunters encouraged to get deer tested

MADISON, Wis. — With the archery and crossbow deer seasons beginning Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease. This year, CWD surveillance will occur throughout 18 counties in northern ...

Michigan small game opener Sunday

LANSING — Hunters around Michigan are getting ready to get outdoors. Sunday marks the statewide start of hunting season for cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, fox and gray squirrel. Woodcock season, also statewide, follows less than a week later on Sept. 21. Before ...

NRC to host ‘Coffee with the Commissioners’ on Thursday

MARQUETTE — Members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be available to meet with the public from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Eastern time Thursday at the My Place restaurant inside of the Holiday Inn, 1951 U.S. 41 West in Marquette. Part of the commission’s “Coffee with the ...

Bear hunt opens Wednesday in UP

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s first bear hunting period, which allows bait-only hunting through Sept. 15, opens Wednesday in the Upper Peninsula, During the second period, starting Sept. 16, both bait and dogs are permitted through Oct. 26. The third season, with similar rules, starts ...

DNR’s UP advisory panels to receive update on CWD

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils will meet jointly Wednesday in Marquette on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Discussions are scheduled on commercial fishing and chronic wasting disease regulations and the ...

Cleared for takeoff

A flock of wild turkeys takes flight through the mists at Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County. The fall turkey hunting season in Michigan will begin Sunday, Sept. 15, and continues through Nov. 14. The entire Upper Peninsula has a maximum license quota of 1,500, according to the Michigan ...

UP Trappers group to meet in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association will meet at the Wildwood Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Hermansville. Members will pick up trash along the highway and then proceed to the Anderson Sportsman’s Club for the regular meeting at about 6:30 p.m. Bob Steinmetz, ...

Baraga State Park is UP’s oldest on mainland

In the land of the Ojibwa, along the shining shores of Keweenaw Bay, land was purchased for the creation of Baraga State Park early in the 1920s. Today, the park is a summertime gateway destination to a wide range of recreation and sightseeing opportunities in and around Baraga ...

NRC meeting Sept. 12 in Marquette

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, in Marquette, gathering at the Northern Michigan University Ballroom, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. It is the only NRC meeting scheduled in the Upper Peninsula this year. An update on white-nose syndrome in ...

Cougar confirmed in Delta

LANSING — Biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources cougar team confirmed this week the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008. This latest cougar confirmation came from a trail camera set up on public land in Delta County, said Cody Norton, large-carnivore ...

Feathered friends on the move

The signs continue to point to many of the North Woods’ summertime avian residents getting ready to relocate. Ryan Brady, Natural Heritage Conservation biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office in Ashland, posted a radar image this week that showed some serious ...

Muskies caught, largemouths rising

IRON MOUNTAIN — A few muskies were caught in deep water and bass fishing remained good as anglers hit the water before the long holiday weekend. “We’re selling a lot of minnows, some crawlers and a few leeches,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. ...

Sea lamprey control planned for Lake Michigan tributary

MARINETTE, Wis. — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Peshtigo River in Marinette County, Wis., to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. Applications will be conducted on or about Tuesday in accordance with state of Wisconsin permits, ...

Norway team earns trap shooting championship

NORWAY — Norway High School placed first in its conference in the Michigan State High School Clay Target League. Competing in Class 1A, Conference 1, the Norway trap shooters posted an average weekly score of 44 points and a season average of 558 points to win the title. Nick Kleikamp ...

Armstrong Creek Sportsmen’s Club to host celebration Saturday

ARMSTRONG CREEK, Wis. — The Armstrong Creek Sportsmen’s Club will host a celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Armstrong Creek Community Center Pavilion. The event will offer a $10 all-you-can eat chicken and pig roast, plus music by Little Teddy. Drawings will take place ...

Eagle River musky event draws nearly 1,400 participants

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The 34th annual National Championship Musky Open drew a record 1,366 musky anglers, representing 13 states. In all, 171 muskies were caught and released in the tournament, held Aug. 16-18. Each year The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and ...

Crivitz Legion to host shooting event

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The American Legion Post 413 of Crivitz will have its annual Labor Day weekend shoot from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Noquebay Sportsman’s Club, on Highway X and Maple Beach Road in Middle Inlet. All proceeds go to support local veteran causes. Food and drinks will be ...