Seminar, supper today; turkey licenses offered

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Activities start at 3 p.m. today at the 25th annual Sportsman’s Seminar and Supper at Iron Mountain Central Middle School Gym and Cafeteria, 300 W. Hughitt St.

Organized by Family Baptist Church of Kingsford, the event and dinner are free, but donations are accepted. Information and hands-on demonstrations on hunting, fishing, trapping and general outdoors skills will be offered until 5 p.m.

Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. The featured speaker is Shane Belding of International Falls, Minn., presenting “Deadliest Catch: Adventures on the North Atlantic.”

Tri-County Snowmobile Club continued to groom trails earlier this week. Before Thursday’s rains, conditions were reported as good in wooded areas, but snow was thin in town areas.

In Marinette County, Wis., riders were warned to stay off rivers and lakes.

In Marinette, brown trout and walleye were being caught below the Menominee River dam in light numbers, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. Anglers along the Wisconsin shoreline had the best luck. Rip n’ raps, stick baits, spawn, and spinners were being used.

At the Peshtigo River mouth, anglers were trying for walleyes south of the river. A few were caught, and most were fairly large. Jigging spoons and jigging raps were popular, the DNR said.

Wisconsin next week offers bonus harvest authorizations for the spring turkey season. In Zone 5, which includes the eastern half of Florence County and all of Marinette County, bonus authorizations go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Details are at https://gowild.wi.gov/.

For Michigan hunters who didn’t apply for a spring permit, any limited-quota licenses that remain will be offered starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time Monday. You must have a current base license.

For more, go to https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/hunting/turkey.

The Wisconsin DNR reminds hunters that the application period for the 2023 elk hunt is open until May 31. Only Wisconsin residents are eligible.

Wisconsinites can purchase their elk license applications online through Go Wild or in-person by visiting a license agent. This year’s elk quota will go to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board for approval in May.

“Thanks to collaborative reintroduction efforts, Wisconsin’s expanding elk population has grown. The state has had an annual hunt every year since 2018,” said Josh Spiegel, DNR wildlife biologist in Sawyer County.

Michigan DNR conservation officers from the Upper Peninsula will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Wardens” on Outdoor Channel. Officer Anna Viau of District 1 and officers Todd Sumbera and Cole VanOosten of District 2 will be spotlighted in “Michigan Conservation Officers” airing next week. Information is available at outdoorchannel.com/wardens.

The U.P. Trappers Association will host the National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba on July 27-29.

For more, go to www.uptrappers.com/nta-convention.


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