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Outdoors

Construction of shooting range to begin this fall

MARQUETTE —Anyone interested in learning more about the latest developments of a shooting range in Richmond Township in Marquette County is encouraged to attend a March 26 meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Eastern time in the ...

UP workshop to focus on forest habitat for birds

MARQUETTE — The American Bird Conservancy will assist a workshop this spring to provide private forest landowners with information to start improving wildlife habitat on their property. The program will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern time June 9 at the Peter White Public Library Community ...

Musky angler catches ‘em on the fly

IRON MOUNTAIN — James Pryal of Crystal Falls, a local fly fishing guide and lifelong angler of the Upper Peninsula, recently joined a local musky group. The Boundary Waters Musky Club has a yearly expo in Iron Mountain and helps educate people about musky fishing. The club helps local ...

Panfish biting, maple syrup starts flowing

IRON MOUNTAIN — With warmer weather arriving, it’s important to pay close attention to deteriorating ice conditions, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. Anglers are reminded that, aside from upcoming deadlines, ice shanties must be removed once the ice can no longer ...

Birds test a few melodies as winter loosens its grip

Perhaps the rotund rodent got it right this year. It might be wishful thinking, but it seems the signs are pointing to a spring that could set in early, or at least provide regular tastes through the first weeks of March to make it feel like winter is losing its grip. Punxsutawney Phil ...

Panfish action highlights ice fishing; snow trails still good

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s today and the low 40s on Sunday as anglers report the late-ice panfish bite is improving on area lakes. “I’ve heard of some nice catches of bluegills and a few crappies,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on ...

NRC’s Nyberg guest speaker at Trout Unlimited meeting

MARQUETTE — The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday at Zephyr Wine Bar + Cafe, 215 S. Front St., Marquette. Commissioner Dave Nyberg will be on hand to discuss the Michigan Natural Resources Commission ...

Photo contest entries invited

KINGSFORD —The Dickinson Conservation District’s annual photo contest is underway. Winning entries from amateur photographers will be featured in “The Nature of Dickinson County” calendar. For rules or more information, go to www.dickinsoncd.org or call 906-774-1550, ext. ...

Winter turning warm this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Temperatures in the 40s this weekend will make it easier to enjoy the outdoors, although the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is advising anglers to play it safe on the ice. Early snow this winter quickly turned to slush and produced unstable ice at some ...

Two UP trails earn ‘Pure Michigan’ designations

GRAND RAPIDS — Three trails and three communities were recognized as Pure Michigan Trails and Pure Michigan Trail Towns by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism this week. With the announcement, the Canada Lakes Pathway in Luce County, ...

UP Trappers banquet March 7 in Norway

NORWAY — The U.P. Trappers of District 3 will host a fundraising banquet March 7 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway. Doors open at 4 p.m., with a buffet dinner served at 6 p.m. The event will be limited to 200 participants. Tickets are $50 for adults and $30 for ages 17 and ...

Musky club to host annual Expo in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will have its annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The public is welcome to attend. ...

Bear hibernation research could offer clues to aid human health

One Upper Peninsula predator conspicuously not out searching for food or a mate this time of year is the black bear. Most people are well aware the bears still slumber in hibernation, tucked in a den or even just curled up in a hollow in the earth or base of a tree. By now, pregnant sows ...

Three days of free fishing in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan is a three-day event this year. Today, Sunday and Monday residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing for all species during their respective open seasons. While no license is required, all regulations still apply. The weekend ...

Predators, too, look forward to spring

It might still be winter, but some animals in the North Woods definitely have their minds already on spring. Late winter and early spring are the times of year in which a number of predators — wolves, coyotes, fox, bobcat, soon even fisher and river otter — may begin seeking out a mate ...

Free fishing next weekend in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Colder weather has firmed up the slush that’s been hindering ice anglers across the region, although fishing pressure remains light. John Grier is waiting for the first walleye entry in his February contest at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “They’re catching ...

DNR set to launch new license sales system across Michigan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will move to a new, more technologically advanced system for selling hunting and fishing licenses, hunting applications and ORV and snowmobile permits online and at retail agent locations statewide. The new system will go live at noon ...

Tip-Up Town fishing contest winners listed

CHANNING — Winners from Saturday’s Tip Up Town fishing tournament held on Sawyer Lake have been announced. Adult winners were: — Northern pike, first place, Kyle Holsworth, Hartford, Wis., 34 3/4 inches; second place, Mike Wells, Republic, 22 1/2 inches; third place, Hunter Fortner, ...

Youth adventure group to meet Feb. 18 in Norway

NORWAY — High Adventure crew will hold an informational meeting for youth and parents at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. The meeting will be held in Norway at the Harris Energy Building, 1001 Stephenson St. Take the stairs behind the glass door up to the second floor conference room. You may get in ...