Turkey hunts on the horizon

Outdoors report

Permits for spring turkey hunts remain available in both Michigan and Wisconsin, with sales to begin soon. This duo of toms explores terrain in northern Dickinson County. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Leftover licenses for Michigan’s spring turkey hunt will go on sale starting Monday.

Unsuccessful applicants get the first chance. Any remaining licenses become available at 10 a.m. Eastern time March 15. Licenses may be purchased online or from any license agent on a first-come, first served basis.

The season in the Upper Peninsula runs from April 17 through May 31 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources lists plenty of licenses still available.

Wisconsin’s spring turkey season is comprised of six seven-day periods from April 21 through June 1. There is also a youth turkey hunt April 17-18.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will begin selling 2021 bonus turkey harvest authorizations March 15 with a designated sales date for each zone. The date for zones 5 and 7 in northeastern Wisconsin is March 19 and many of the hunting periods are sold out.

Previously known as leftover permits, bonus harvest authorizations are available for purchase online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all license agents. Sales begin at 10 a.m. and run through midnight each day.

With winter fading, anglers are reminded that ice shanties must be removed by midnight March 15 on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters. All other bodies of water in the Upper Peninsula must have ice shanties removed by midnight March 31.

In Wisconsin, all permanent shanties must removed by March 15. In both states, portable shanties are permitted, provided they’re removed from the ice when not actively in use, and at the end of each day.

People venturing onto the ice should use extreme caution as temperatures begin to rise or fluctuate, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. The repeated thawing and refreezing of ice weakens its strength, decreasing its ability to support the additional weight of people, snowmobiles, ORVs and shanties.

Fishing action this past week was mainly limited to panfish, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula activity:

— Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught some whitefish that were on the small side. Lake trout were caught but anglers had to move often to find them. Coho, splake, the occasional Menominee or brown trout were also caught. Those targeting smelt at night saw fish but very few were caught. Burbot were caught during the day and at night.

— Marquette: The ice has blown out of both the Upper and Lower Harbors. Both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers had steelhead anglers on the Type 3 waters.

— Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were holding though anglers will need to still use caution and avoid any pressure cracks. Most anglers are traveling on snowmobiles and ORV’s when targeting walleye and perch. No word on catch rates.

— Munising: The ice in Trout Bay had blown out and the ice beyond Williams Island is breaking up. More anglers were out with the nice weather, but catch rates were poor. The whitefish bite slowed considerably. Only a few coho and splake were caught, but most anglers never got a hit.

— Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers off Cedarville were catching perch when jigging minnows and wax worms in Musky Bay and Duck Bay. Hessel Bay still had ice with a good deal of slush on top. Catch rates were hit-or-miss


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