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Outdoors

Long Lake club hosts trap shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club hosted its annual autumn trap shoot at the clubhouse in Long Lake on Saturday. There were 33 entries in the 50-bird Lewis shoot. The shoot paid out five classes, with the winner of each class receiving $46. Ties were broken by sudden ...

‘Big 4’ to elect officers Oct. 8

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club will have an election of officers at its annual general membership meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8. One board of director position, secretary and treasurer will be on the roster. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse in Long ...

Whitetails: Dinner Oct. 19

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Whitetails Unlimited Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club Chapter Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Keyes Peak Ski Lodge on Highway 101 in Florence, Wis. This event will feature a buffet dinner, auction and prizes, with a wide array of products such as firearms, ...

Trout Unlimited: Annual meeting

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road in Marquette. This meeting will include the election of new officers and board members. All who are interested in conservation and ...

Lawmaker: DNR protested

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he is working on a plan to create an Upper Peninsula Natural Resources Commission. “The Department of Natural Resources has violated our property rights for too long, flying their airplanes low over our hunting land looking for ...

The forest provides: Acorns, nuts, berries and fruit all plentiful this year

Birds and mammals alike in the region should have plenty of opportunity this fall to fatten up or store away food going into the winter, experts say. Reports on “mast” crops indicate the northern forests had a very good summer in terms of seed production, be they covered by shell, husk or ...

UP bear hunters find success; musky active

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — Warm weather isn’t deterring bear hunters, with 11 registered as of Friday at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “The biggest was close to 300 pounds,” said shop owner John Grier, who reminded hunters that propping a stick in ...

Isle Royale wolf count climbs to 17

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say four gray wolves from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula were transported for resettlement in Isle Royale National Park to help restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain, though one of them died shortly after arriving. The National Park ...

Wildlife surveys posted online

MADISON, Wis. — The public can find the latest results for a wide variety of wildlife surveys conducted in 2019 on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ website. Survey results include population surveys and estimates, harvest results and wildlife observation reports. The ...

Michigan celebrates 12,500 miles of trails

LANSING — Whether it’s on foot or on horseback, a mountain bike or a snowmobile — or even in a canoe — Michigan has a trail for you. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared Sept. 22-29 Trails Week in Michigan, a great opportunity to hit the trails for the first time, revisit familiar favorites ...

Nugent supports baiting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ted Nugent, the rocker and avid hunter, is speaking out in support of legislation that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting in Michigan. Nugent told lawmakers Tuesday a ban won’t stop deer from “swapping spit.” He says they eat from the same trees and ...

As days grow shorter, hummingbirds hit the road

Reports from around the area seem to indicate most, if not all, of the summer’s resident hummingbirds have bid the region adieu. Activity at our home seemed to go overnight from a host of the tiny, buzzing birds having aerial duels for a turn at the feeders to nothing. A couple turned up ...

Firearm deer hunt today, Sunday in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local temperatures will be near 70 this weekend for Michigan’s Liberty Hunt, a two-day firearm deer hunt for youths and hunters with disabilities. Winds may gust as high as 20 mph today but should be calm Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Anyone ...

Markkanen urges end of federal protection for Michigan’s wolves

LANSING — State Rep. Greg Markkanen testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his resolution urging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list in Michigan. Markkanen,R-Hancock, said ...

Wisconsin hunters encouraged to get deer tested

MADISON, Wis. — With the archery and crossbow deer seasons beginning Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease. This year, CWD surveillance will occur throughout 18 counties in northern ...

Michigan small game opener Sunday

LANSING — Hunters around Michigan are getting ready to get outdoors. Sunday marks the statewide start of hunting season for cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, fox and gray squirrel. Woodcock season, also statewide, follows less than a week later on Sept. 21. Before ...

NRC to host ‘Coffee with the Commissioners’ on Thursday

MARQUETTE — Members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be available to meet with the public from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Eastern time Thursday at the My Place restaurant inside of the Holiday Inn, 1951 U.S. 41 West in Marquette. Part of the commission’s “Coffee with the ...

Bear hunt opens Wednesday in UP

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s first bear hunting period, which allows bait-only hunting through Sept. 15, opens Wednesday in the Upper Peninsula, During the second period, starting Sept. 16, both bait and dogs are permitted through Oct. 26. The third season, with similar rules, starts ...

DNR’s UP advisory panels to receive update on CWD

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils will meet jointly Wednesday in Marquette on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Discussions are scheduled on commercial fishing and chronic wasting disease regulations and the ...