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Outdoors

Michigan awards nearly $2M in DNR recreation grants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly $2 million in recreation grants will go to local park and trail improvements and developments. Eighteen communities will receive the funding, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Projects include trailhead development in Marquette County, ...

DNR recommends $5.4M for recreation projects

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have selected 14 community and state parks, trails and sports facilities to share $5.4 million in federal grants. The state Department of Natural Resources said the money will come from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is ...

Wisconsin park admission passes on sale Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. — Anyone looking for a holiday gift for outdoor enthusiasts can purchase the new 2021 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker or trail pass. The 2021 state park stickers and state trail passes go on sale Tuesday. Give those looking to find an adventure access to some of the ...

Aspen proliferate ‘underground’; bird count fast approaching

This, obviously, is a photo from several weeks ago. The glorious golden leaves on this bigtooth aspen grove have long since dropped or been stripped by wind. But each autumn, this stand of trees along Six Mile Lake Road flares in yellow splendor after much of the surrounding foliage has ...

Weather shifts to seasonable for deer opener in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — Calm, seasonable weather is expected for the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season as archery hunters have harvested some bigger bucks in recent days. High temperatures in the mid-30s are predicted for today’s opener and on Sunday. In a ...

Parking lot for Days River Pathway closes temporarily

ESCANABA — A parking lot used to access the Days River Pathway in Delta County has been closed temporarily during logging operations expected to continue through the end of the month. The location of the parking lot is 1 mile east of M-35 and 2.5 miles west of U.S. 41, off the north side of ...

Public invited to help shape Wisconsin deer seasons

­MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites hunters, farmers, foresters and anyone interested in the Wisconsin deer herd to attend upcoming County Deer Advisory Council meetings held virtually across the state Dec. 7-18. Councils will meet via teleconference to ...

Michigan deer opener could be wet, windy

IRON MOUNTAIN — About a half-inch of snow mixed with rain could fall in the Dickinson County area before Sunday’s firearm deer season opener, the National Weather Service says. The forecast for opening day is a 50-50 chance of rain and snow in the morning, with a high near 37. Expect a ...

Niagara Lions Club conducts annual fundraiser

NIAGARA, Wis. — Tickets for the Niagara Lions Club’s annual rifle raffle are on sale. The cost is $10 per ticket or three for $20. There is an excellent selection of firearms, including the first prize of a Mossberg MVP Light Chassis 7.62/308 with bolt action and scope. Tickets are ...

Trail camera identifies hunter blocking access

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: Oct. 4-Oct. 17 DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz received a tip that somebody was continuously blocking access to state property. CO Kritz went to the location, walked down ...

Progress at the ‘Big Hill’

Matt McCarthy/Daily News photos Renovations underneath the fabled Pine Mountain ski jump are shown. At left, the overlapping of the original jump structure (faded green steel) and the new structure. The visible silver ridges are the bottom side of the new steel scaffold, which used to be made ...

Free park entry in Marinette County for vets

MARINETTE, Wis. — On a day designated to honor our nation’s military veterans, Marinette County is offering all military personnel, active and retired, free entrance Wednesday to the Marinette County parks system. Marinette County owns and operates 21 parks for day use and six boat ...

Temperatures to dip by Michigan deer season opener; fire danger high

IRON MOUNTAIN — A November heat wave is expected to fade in time for the Nov. 15 Michigan firearm deer season opener. Cooler weather should arrive Tuesday. By Thursday, the predicted high is in the low 40s. Snow is possible during the weekend and the forecast for opening day calls for a ...

UP is ‘Florida’ for some species

For some birds, the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin are their version of “going south” for the winter. While we might grumble about the snow and cold, these species find those conditions suit them just fine, thank you. They usually move down from Canada’s boreal forests and ...

Wisconsin hunters harvest 4,129 bears, up by 450

MADISON, Wis. — Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows hunters harvested 4,129 bears during the 2020 Wisconsin black bear season, an increase from the 3,679 reported in 2019. “Wisconsin is a national leader in bear hunting, and preliminary registration ...

Grants available to target invasive species

LANSING — Michigan’s Invasive Species Grant Program is now accepting proposals for the 2020 funding cycle, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of ...

Warming trend in forecast; archery hunters taking bucks

IRON MOUNTAIN — Musky anglers are enjoying some success and archery deer action has picked up as a cold snap has yet to loosen its grip on the region. There’s a chance of rain or snow through Sunday, but high temperatures should climb into the 50s starting Tuesday. At Whisler ...

Fully stocked feeders help resident birds, migrants

Bird migrations often seem to go that the first ones back in the spring are the last to leave in the fall. This year is proving to be no exception. Long gone are the flashy orioles, tanagers, warblers and other species that normally won’t return until May, at the earliest. Now, the ...