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Outdoors

Michigan parks have openings for businesses

LANSING — Every year, more than 28 million people head to Michigan state parks and harbors to enjoy the outdoors. The business operators who provide food and beverage sales, equipment rentals, horse stable operations, firewood and merchandise sales, lighthouse tours, shuttle service and ...

Hunter, angler recruitment grants offered

MADISON, Wis. — The application deadline for the Hunter R3 Grant (previously known as the Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training, and Education grant program) and for the Angler R3 Grant is Jan. 3. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources again is making $200,000 in Wildlife ...

Isle Royale wolf found dead

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The oldest gray wolf at Isle Royale National Park has been killed — apparently by newcomers to the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Friday. The 12-year-old male was one of two survivors that remained when officials decided to relocate wolves from the U.S. ...

Ice anglers landing a mix; snow trail grooming begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — Deep snow continues to be an issue, but ice anglers are reporting good catches. “More and more people are going out fishing,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Some of the better catches included a 23-inch walleye, a 36-inch northern ...

Wisconsin hunt success

Twelve-year-old Joshua Knutson of Goodman, Wis., shot his first buck — an 8-pointer — on the Nov. 23 opener of the Wisconsin gun deer season.

Three more elk illegally shot in lower Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three elk were shot dead while bedding down in a snowy northern Michigan field — the third case of elk poaching in the region within about a month, conservation officers said Wednesday. The adult females apparently were killed this past weekend in the Pigeon ...

Efforts continue to protect Porkies entrance road

ONTONAGON — Work begun in August to protect the main east access road to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is continuing in the face of violent late fall storms off Lake Superior. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Ontonagon County Road Commission have teamed up ...

Upper Peninsula ski areas offer ‘Discover Michigan Skiing’

CLARKSTON — Twenty-four ski areas across Michigan have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a fun and affordable program to learn to ski or snowboard for as little as $20. Called “Discover Michigan Skiing,” the package includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard ...

DNR seeks campground host volunteers

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to work as campground hosts in Michigan state parks and some rustic forest campgrounds. In exchange, camping fees are waived. Each campground host is responsible for 30 hours of service per week, such as ...

Good snow, but plenty of trail hazards

MARQUETTE — The effects from a pair of severe late-November snowstorms are still being felt across much of northern Michigan as work crews continue efforts to clear and groom snowmobile and ski trails. “The number of downed trees and limbs is astonishing,” said Rob Katona, central Upper ...

Christmas bird numbers could be low

The annual Christmas Bird Count period started today and extends through Jan. 5. The Iron Mountain-based version takes place today. This is the 120th year for the count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is ...

Anglers landing pike, walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — More ice anglers are starting to venture out as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges caution. “While most of the inland lakes were covered with ice, recent snowfall has insulated it, resulting in very poor conditions,” the DNR said in its Upper ...

Trail openings on hold for upkeep

IRON MOUNTAIN — Even though more snow is expected, the Tri-County Snowmobile Club won’t open its trail system in the Dickinson County area until after Dec. 15, when the muzzleloading season ends. A major part of the system is on private land and there may be a lot of hunter activity, the ...

Vintage snowmobile show Dec. 14 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — Vulcan Relic Riders will host a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet with registration from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the William Anderson Sportsman’s Club. Entry fee is $5 for snowmobiles and the swap is free. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The event also ...

Michigan DNR selling surplus parcels

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ winter auction of surplus public land starts Tuesday. Several of the largest parcels are in Alpena, Dickinson and Newaygo counties. “Much of the land offered at this auction is isolated from other DNR-managed property, which ...

Downed trees, limbs and heavy snow temporarily blocking snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s snowmobile season kicked off Sunday, but a series of significant winter storms has temporarily impacted the state’s snowmobile trails system. Storms that began Nov. 27 have blocked trails with heavy snow and downed trees across the Upper Peninsula as well as in ...

Wisconsin harvest down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season than last year. Preliminary figures show hunters killed 160,769 deer during the season that ended Sunday, down 25% from 213,972 ...

Mixed reviews on deer season; Florence County harvest markedly down

IRON MOUNTAIN — Windy, wet and snowy weather is expected for the end of the firearm deer seasons in Michigan and Wisconsin. Today is the final day for Michigan’s 16-day hunt, while Wisconsin’s nine-day season wraps up Sunday. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John ...

Forum to address UP habitat for snowshoe hares, bobcats

MARQUETTE — An opportunity to learn more about populations and habitat of bobcats and snowshoe hares is set for Tuesday, continuing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ “Wildlife Through Forestry” forums. “This is another offering in our exciting series, which explores ...

Niagara Lions Club selling tickets for firearms

NIAGARA, Wis. — Tickets for the Niagara Lions Club’s annual fundraiser are now on sale. Prizes include an excellent collection of firearms Lions Gerald Kallenbach and Maryellen Wagener are heading up the project. The cost for tickets is $10 each or three for $20. First prize is a ...