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Outdoors

Out of season, southern birds venture north

While the normal southbound migration is in early stages, some birds seem to choose this time of year to venture north instead, far from where they normally range. Each late summer or fall in the Upper Peninsula seems to feature at least one species — sometimes more — native to the ...

Wisconsin archery deer opener two weeks away

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hunting seasons are around the corner. Wisconsin’s archery deer opener is Saturday, Sept. 12, while Michigan will conduct its annual Liberty Hunt that same weekend. Small game and turkey hunting will also start Sept. 12 in Wisconsin, while Michigan’s seasons open Sept. ...

Father, son accused after poaching investigation

LANSING — A father and son duo from Rogers City are being charged for poaching, following an ongoing investigation by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Initially denying any wrongdoing, Val Vogelheim, 56, and Josh Vogelheim, 26, turned themselves in to the ...

Walleye, bass catches highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — As summer weather holds through August, river anglers were having some success landing walleye, while bass fishing was good with most any type of bait. Many boats were seen at the Menominee River launches near Lake Michigan, with walleye anglers being most popular, the ...

Michigan DNR: Six confirmed cougar sightings in the Upper Peninsula this year

LANSING — No matter what you call them — pumas, panthers, mountain lions or cougars — these mysterious mammals, and suspected sightings of them, get people talking. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants residents to know the agency is listening and keeping a careful eye ...

Wisconsin offers online trapping course for beginners

MADISON, Wis. — In partnership with the Wisconsin Trappers’ Association, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has adjusted trapper education course requirements for the 2020 season so adults and youth can earn their certification online or through a correspondence course. This ...

Kentucky Derby reverses course, will run without fans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby will run without fans for the first time, Churchill Downs announced Friday, citing increasing COVID-19 cases in the area. It will be the second Triple Crown race this year without spectators, following the Belmont Stakes in June. The Derby and ...

Family gathering

A wild turkey hen shepherds her poults through a field in northern Dickinson County. She had at least 10, a good-size brood to get through the summer. Turkeys usually lay four to 17 eggs, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologist said from ...

Wisconsin launches ‘deer watch’

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer and gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd ...

Panfish, bass, brookies biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin are producing panfish, bass and northern pike. Catch rates were improving with cooler temperatures in the early morning and evening. Anglers were targeting crappies in shallow water with nightcrawlers. Perch were ...

Birds building new feathers

Normally, a chestnut-sided warbler is a pretty neat bird to see, much less photograph. Though small, a male in prime plumage has a yellow forehead, black eye mask and back flecked with black and gold, along with — as the name implies — bold stripes of rust red under each wing. Even the ...

Panfish, trout catches highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Fall-like weather earlier this week got fish more active, but as it warms the bite could slow, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. Area anglers landed some limit catches of crappie and bluegill, said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, ...

Whitefish rules meeting Aug. 18

MADISON, Wis. — In order to fully engage with everyone who has an interest in lake whitefish, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will have a virtual public meeting to discuss options on the best path forward for this species. This virtual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. ...

Two bridge replacement projects announced in Ottawa National Forest

IRONWOOD — Two bridge replacement projects are planned in August in the Ottawa National Forest. These projects include replacement of the Bush Creek Bridge, in the Iron River Ranger District, and the Jumbo River Bridge in the Kenton Ranger District. Work on these bridge replacements will ...

Michigan’s commercial fishing industry fear state bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The once vibrant commercial fishing industry in Michigan has dwindled down from thousands of businesses to just 13 full-time fisheries. And those that are left are afraid legislation in a state Senate committee could be the end of the industry all together, M-Live.com ...

Researchers track Great Lakes fish through acoustic telemetry

If you’ve ever been fishing, you know fish can be hard to locate. Many anglers have marked a high-quality fishing spot with a GPS coordinate, only to return the next day to find that all the fish have left. Fish movements can be influenced by many factors, including location of desirable ...

Panfish caught in deeper water; good walleye results

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers are landing bluegills and crappies in 12 feet or more of water as panfish action has picked up, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said crappies are biting in the evening and early morning. ...

DNR board makes no changes in Florence, Marinette deer quotas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board voted Thursday to revise antlerless deer quotas in some northern Wisconsin counties, hoping to defuse complaints that it violated open meeting laws and ignored local recommendations when it tightened kill limits last ...

Michigan creates statewide water trails program

With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers ample opportunity to traverse the state over the water — no matter the size or speed of your vessel. While designated water trails are a relatively recent development, use of ...

Crush of boat buyers seek recreation during pandemic

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Brandon Mitchell had big plans to visit family in Michigan and take his wife and three kids to Disney World. The pandemic put those plans on ice. So they bought a boat instead. “We’re going to take the sea. There’s so much to explore,” the ebullient skipper ...