Michigan, Wisconsin residents invited to weigh in on deer

Outdoors report

(Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo) A survey at Michigan.gov/Deer is available through Tuesday. In Wisconsin, an online comment period for the 2024 deer season ends Sunday at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Hunt/cdac.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan residents are reminded that a public survey on deer remains open through Tuesday.

The survey, available at Michigan.gov/Deer, seeks input on current deer management practices and the overall significance of deer in residents’ lives.

All people, regardless of their interest or knowledge, are encouraged to participate, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. Completing the survey should take no more than five minutes.

Survey findings initially will inform members of the DNR’s Deer Management Initiative team about attitudes toward deer and deer management. Results will eventually be made available to the public.

In Wisconsin, the DNR and County Deer Advisory Councils are seeking public input to prepare for the 2024 deer season. An online public comment period is open until Sunday and can be found at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Hunt/cdac.

In Florence County, a deer advisory meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the lower level conference room of the Florence Natural Resource Center, 5638 Forestry Drive, Florence.

The Marinette County advisory meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Crivitz Town Hall, 800 Henriette Ave., Crivitz.

After the county deer council process, the DNR will bring recommendations to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board for consideration in June.

A youth turkey hunt is taking place this weekend in Wisconsin. The list of requirements to participate is available at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/youth.

The youth hunt will be followed by Wisconsin’s spring turkey opener Wednesday. The spring hunt consists of six, one-week hunting periods. Hunters must register their turkey by 5 p.m. the day after recovery through the GameReg system or by phone at 1-844-426-3734.

The Upper Peninsula spring turkey season starts Saturday, April 20, and runs through Friday, May 31. The license quota for the region was 6,000.

Birds & Brews will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern time Thursday at Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. Marquette. This is a family-friendly event hosted by Laughing Whitefish Bird Alliance and MI Birds. Registration is not required. For more, go to https://laughingwhitefishbirdalliance.com/.

The Michigan DNR reported this Upper Peninsula fishing activity:

Little Bay de Noc: Perch fishing was reported to have been good, with limit catches in 42 to 48 feet of water off of Vagabond. Most of the females were still tight, with only a very small number with loose eggs. They should be moving toward shallow water to begin spawning as soon as temperatures are around 40 degrees. Minnows were outperforming crawlers. There were lots of small walleye around, so anglers should expect to move around a bit to find areas where there aren’t so many. The perch were reported to be in good numbers, so finding spots without small walleye isn’t a problem.

Manistique: Anglers reported catching steelhead in the river. Drifting beads seemed to yield the best results.

Marquette: Recent fishing for coho salmon on the break wall seemed to slow. Boat anglers who made it out on Lake Superior had some luck fishing for coho salmon and reported catching a good number of brown trout by the mouth of the Carp River. Anglers who were floating down the Chocolay River did well catching steelhead and brown trout. The Carp River picked back up again for steelhead. Spawn bags and wax worms seemed to work well for steelhead in both the Carp and Chocolay rivers, along with orange beads and some spinner action. Trolling blue and silver spoons as well as tiger-stripe-patterned Rapalas seem to be popular for catching coho salmon in the lower harbor. Buckeye jigs on the break wall were also reported to work well.

Au Train: The boat launch is now up and running with the dock in, and the launch has been dredged. Boat anglers on Lake Superior caught a couple coho salmon and steelhead. Anglers were also catching steelhead and coho salmon at the mouth of the rivers.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Anglers reported catching some trout and salmon on boats and from shore. Most fish caught were lake trout, and they were typically caught during jigging and trolling trips in water deeper than 70 feet. Some splake, brown trout and rainbow trout continued to be caught from shore while casting spoons and leaving natural bait on the bottom. In the coming weeks, begin looking for smelt moving close to shore along with trout and salmon that will be feeding on them.

South Portage Entry Canal/ Big Traverse Bay: Anglers were trolling and jigging for lake trout, coho salmon and brown trout with varied success. Anglers found these fish when trolling near shore in waters shallower than 100 feet and while using spoons, stick baits and plugs. Most successful fishing trips were during the early morning hours.

Ontonagon River: Fishing on the river was reported to be slow and difficult as a result of high turbidity and low visibility in the water.

Black River Harbor: Fishing efforts out of the harbor were strong when weather permitted. Coho salmon and brown trout were reported to be caught by shore anglers, while boat anglers reported catches of coho salmon, brown trout and lake trout when trolling.


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