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Outdoors

Free fishing in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — This is “Three Free” Weekend in Michigan. Residents and out-of-state visitors can grab a fishing rod, ride off-road trails and visit state parks and boating access sites, all free of charge today and Sunday. Free fishing arrives just as anglers are reporting more ...

DNR asks anglers to share details of their muskellunge fishing trips

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking people who fish for muskie to help with its ongoing efforts to investigate these fish by reporting through the DNR’s online muskellunge angler survey. Since 2014, this survey has gathered information about muskie angler ...

Study of loon decline expands

CROSSLAKE, Minn. (AP) — A researcher trying to understand what’s causing a decline in Wisconsin’s loon population is expanding his project into Minnesota. Minnesota Pubic Radio reported Wednesday that Walter Piper, a biology professor at Chapman University in California, has partnered ...

Trappers convention returning to Escanaba

ESCANABA — The U.P. Trappers have announced the dates for the 60th annual Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo. The event will be July 15-16 on the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, all Eastern times. This year’s ...

Officers’ lawnmower traffic stop ends in tussle, arrest

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: March 20 to April 2 DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Anna Viau and Probationary Conservation Officer Joshua Salas were on patrol when they noticed an individual operating ...

A good spring for insects

It’s finally gotten warm enough during the day to bring the insects out in force. Some, like the tiger swallowtail butterflies and various dragonflies that began to pop up in profusion in the past week, are welcome when they emerge from wherever they spent the winter, most as nymphs or ...