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Outdoors

Brook trout daily possession limit still at 10 for select UP streams

LANSING — An experimental regulation that allows for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout has been extended. This regulation expired Oct. 1 of this year, but was reauthorized by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its meeting ...

Deer opener on Friday

IRON MOUNTAIN — With another cold week ahead, snow could be on the ground for Friday’s Michigan firearm deer season opener. “We’re hearing better reports on deer hunting,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, noting a number of archers have gotten ...

Niagara man witnesses hawk drowning its captured prey in Menominee River

Readers regularly send photos and stories about wildlife they observe in the region, either at their homes or while enjoying the outdoors. It's great to get these submissions — beyond providing material for the column, it’s a glimpse of the variety of activity out there, much of which ...

Deer on the move, huge coyote caught

IRON MOUNTAIN — With Michigan’s firearm opener less than two weeks away, archery hunters are finding more success and deer are reportedly in full rutting behavior. Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., said a couple of eight-pointers were taken. John Grier at Whispering ...

DNR advisory panel to meet Wednesday in Escanaba

ESCANABA —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Wednesday in Escanaba on the campus of Bay College. Discussions are scheduled on the status of oak wilt in the U.P., a bear season update and a forecast for the ...

Viewer questions on woods and wildlife answered on WNMU’s ‘Ask the DNR’

MARQUETTE — It’s a Thursday night in Marquette. A handful of people sit around a large wooden table in a small green-walled room, located in a basement on the campus of Northern Michigan University. In a few minutes they’ll be escorted into the room next door and seated again at ...

Trout Unlimited fundraiser Saturday at Alpha Brewing

ALPHA — The public is invited to come by the Alpha Michigan Brewing Company in Alpha on Saturday from 11 a.m. to closing to help raise funds for the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Admission is free. Lunch with a drink will cost $10 and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seth ...

During UP muzzleloader season, hunters must use muzzleloaders — DNR

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has provided updated information related to questions and answers on chronic wasting disease published in a Hunting Season 2019 supplement in the Oct. 21 edition of The Daily News. One questioner asked: Is there a change to ...

Tahquamenon views the same as generations ago

Prior to becoming the premier attraction at Michigan’s second-largest state park, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls was known only to locals. Native Americans, missionaries and fur traders were the only people to witness the 200-foot-wide, tannin-stained Tahquamenon River tumble over a 50-foot ...

Trail cameras reveal cougars

News that three more cougar photos have turned up in the Upper Peninsula in recent weeks might be viewed as a sign the once-native animal could be making a comeback. The latest sightings — Sept. 18 and Sept. 22 in Delta County and Oct. 6 in southern Marquette County — bring to five the ...

Nearly 50 bear harvested locally, but few trophies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Leaves are dropping, improving visibility for grouse, turkey and archery deer hunters. Results for bird hunters have been mixed. “Some people know where to go to get them,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Michigan’s bear season ends today. ...

Lake Linden OKs watercross race

LAKE LINDEN — Watercross snowmobile races will be coming to Lake Linden next year. The Village Council has given permission for an event at the Lake Linden campground in late August or early September. The International Watercross Association competition will raise funds for the ...

Winging south

Canada geese fly over fall foliage along Lake Antoine as the sun rises Thursday. Experts say western winds early next week could bring another wave of late-season migrants through the region, including geese and other waterfowl.

Deer getting more active, cold weather slows fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Whitetails have begun making scrapes and rubs and the colder weather has put them on the move, especially at night. “They’re seeing some nice bucks on trail cameras,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Both Whisler and Whispering Pine Outpost’s ...

Ruffed Grouse Society

The North Woods Chapter of The Ruffed Grouse Society of America had its 15th annual Sportsmen's Banquet on Oct. 3 at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain. Dr. Beau Poquette of Northern Eye Care Associates donated an over/under shotgun for a veteran at the banquet. From left are Rick Bath, ...

UP Sportsmen’s Alliance to meet Nov. 2 in Merriman

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the United Sportsmen’s Club in Merriman. Upper Peninsula lawmakers are scheduled to attend, along with Shannon Hanna, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Hanna, ...

Furbearer seasons open Saturday

MADISON, Wis. - The 2019-20 Wisconsin “dryland” furbearer seasons, which include the fisher trapping season and the coyote, fox and bobcat hunting/trapping seasons kick off on Saturday. The raccoon hunting/trapping season will also open on Saturday for Wisconsin residents, while ...

No antifreeze for dragonflies

Some of the final insects still standing — or flying — may not make it through the next week. Freezing temperatures, which are in the forecast for overnight through at least Monday night, pretty much signal an imminent end to insect activity. The numbers already have thinned ...

Fall colors at peak, hunters flushing grouse

IRON MOUNTAIN — Peak fall colors are expected this weekend — along with near-wintry temperatures — as both anglers and hunters go afield. “A lot of people are fishing for musky right now,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., mentioning a catch-and-release of ...