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Outdoors

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 ...

Ice fishing begins, deer harvest reviewed; forest road maps redrawn

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ice fishing has started on inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula, but extreme caution needs to be used, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. Although ice strength has been aided by no snow and cold temperatures at night, early ice can be dangerous, the DNR ...

Wide array of birds on winter guest list

The bountiful influx of winter finches continues in the region, with a few surprises. A report went out last week of a Cassin’s finch visiting a Copper Harbor home in Keweenaw County. This bird looks a lot like the purple and house finches that can be seen in the Upper Peninsula but ...

Anglers start testing the ice; second grouse season begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — The first ice is starting to form, though it’s too early even for caution warnings from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The DNR, in its weekly report, focused only on steelhead in rivers, including near the Papermill Dam on the Manistique River. In the ...

Wisconsin juveniles suspected in ‘thrill kills’ of deer, horse

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Two groups of juveniles from Clark County are responsible for fatally shooting more than 40 deer and a horse in what the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources claims were “thrill kills.” Early in November people started reporting large numbers of deer being ...

Endowment fund surpasses $1M for habitat projects

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reached a major milestone of a $1 million endowment fund that provides permanent funding for habitat management projects on land owned or managed by the agency. Created in 2012 by an act of the Wisconsin State Legislature, the ...

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 ...