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Outdoors

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers call for wolf hunt

Republicans demand DNR resume wolf hunt immediately AP-WI--Wolf Hunt, 1st Ld-Writethru Jan 19, 2021 6:00PM (GMT 00:00) - 492 words MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers want the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a wolf hunt immediately and not wait until fall. The ...

Christmas Bird Count lists 34 species

Unexpected raptors provided several highlights for local participants in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count that took place Dec. 19. A golden eagle, rough-legged hawk and sharp-shinned hawk were among the noteworthy sightings, said Phyllis Carlson, coordinator of ...

Free fishing in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Wisconsin, a great time to discover the fun of winter outings without needing a license. Anglers can fish any water bodies in the state where there is an open season. All other regulations apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish ...

DNR seeks to fill vacancies on UP advisory panels

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on both the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in ...

DNR rescues deer from Dead River Basin

MARQUETTE — An area white-tailed deer most likely lived to see the new year. Michigan Department of Natural Resources personnel on Dec. 28 rescued a deer from the Dead River Basin in Marquette, said Sgt. Mark Leadman, a supervisor based at the DNR’s Marquette Customer Service Center. ...

Ice anglers finding success; access sites plowed in UP

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice anglers have been targeting walleye, pike and panfish in the Dickinson County area. “We’ve been going through a lot of walleye suckers,” said Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait & Tackle in Channing. “The ice has been great.” Kennard cautions “safety first” ...

Eagle programs offered online

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.— Wisconsin’s longest-running bald eagle watching extravaganza is going virtual for 2021, with programming available in January and February. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Sauk Prairie area’s Bald Eagle Watching Days will be livestreamed. Bald ...

Property owner fined for generously ‘feeding’ deer

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: Nov. 1-Nov. 14, 2020 DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Byron Parks received a complaint through the Report all Poaching line regarding a subject over-baiting deer by the ...

Wisconsin DNR invites input on walleye plan

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Florence, Forest, Marinette and Oconto counties. The meeting will be done via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. Individuals interested ...

Strength restored, snowy owl flies north

In 30-plus years as a wildlife rehabilitator, Phyllis Carlson has had only three snowy owls. One was in such rough shape it died before she got it to her Quinnesec home. Another, a male, was so emaciated she set it up in her office rather than one of the outdoor cages. It would watch her, ...

Crystal Falls club offers skis, snowshoes for winter exercise

CRYSTAL FALLS —Although Iron Endurance will not be able to have its regular afterschool ski and snowshoe clubs and events this winter, it plans to make equipment rentals available for people of all ages. “We have 20 sets of youth skis, poles and boots that would fit preschool through ...

DNR’s Western UP Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet virtually

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference Thursday. The meeting will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. This council session is being held virtually in response to the ...

Some Upper Peninsula species depend on snow

The region did manage to have a white Christmas, though the cover was relatively thin and wind-swept. While supposedly a La Nina year — which, according to NOAA, tends to create “snowier-than-average conditions across much of the northern U.S.” — the snow has been scant so far this ...

Patience pays off

Ten-year-old Andrew Floriano of Iron Mountain shot his first buck on Nov. 21 while hunting with his father in Breitung Township. Andrew waited patiently for this six-pointer to come by after passing on seven smaller bucks. This was Andrew’s first year of deer hunting. He is the son of Mike ...

Natural Heritage Conservation Program seeks assistance

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to make strides supporting endangered species in 2020. This includes helping threatened turtles, aiding promising field trials for vaccines to save bats from white-nose syndrome and restoring a globally rare bedrock ...

Michigan waterways panel has vacancy

LANSING — A vacancy exists on the Michigan State Waterways Commission, a seven-member advisory board that works with the Department of Natural Resources on the use of dedicated funds, provided by boaters, for the acquisition, development and maintenance of public harbors and boating access ...

Arctic grayling transferred to Marquette hatchery

In 2016, a proposed initiative intended to reintroduce Arctic grayling to select Michigan streams was announced. That idea immediately caught fire, and Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative now counts more than 40 member organizations among its supporters. Before the northern Lower ...

Be careful on first ice — DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises anglers not to venture out on unfamiliar ice, or without a plan in case you break through. First ice is great for pike and panfish, the DNR said. However, ice thickness is variable on most of the inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula and many ...

DNR cancels winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop

MARQUETTE — Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its associated necessary limits on social gatherings, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has canceled the annual winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop. The annual weekend event takes place in February at the Bay Cliff ...