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Outdoors

Wisconsin campgrounds to reopen

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials plan to re-open state campgrounds next week. The DNR announced Thursday state campgrounds will re-open Wednesday as coronavirus infection rates trend downward. Park offices will remain closed, however, and campers ...

Dispersed camping allowed in Ottawa Forest

IRONWOOD — Effective today, the Ottawa National Forest will be open for dispersed camping and is lifting the campfire ban. Forest Service campgrounds will remain closed until further notice, including backcountry camping in Sylvania Wilderness. For a full list of open areas and ...

Black flies descend; more fawns turning up

Memorial Day weekend certainly seemed warm and fair enough to go ahead and get those hanging flower baskets up and plant the window boxes on my mom’s quilt shop. That, however, proved to be a somewhat bad decision in hindsight, both due to the frost predicted this weekend and the clouds ...

Free Fun Weekend June 6-7

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend on June 6-7. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived both days to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and enjoy Wisconsin's ...

Spring means ‘baby season’ for wildlife

Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec is gearing up for what usually is the busy period for a wildlife rehabilitator. Which means it’s also time for the annual reminder that during “baby season,” humans should resist the temptation to step in on some misguided rescue mission. “Don’t ...

DNR to have patrols on trails

LANSING — Keeping off-road vehicles on designated trails and routes is important throughout the entire season, but especially during holiday weekends when greater usage is expected. To help ensure rider safety and minimize possible damage to trails and surrounding areas, the DNR will ...

Wisconsin parks resume hours

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State parks will resume normal hours this weekend but visitors won’t have access to bathrooms until early next month, the Department of Natural Resources announced. The parks have been operating with reduced daily hours and have been closed completely on Wednesdays as ...

Marinette forest open for camping

MARINETTE, Wis. — Marinette County Forest lands will again be open to camping beginning Friday. An annual forest camping sticker is required. The cost of the sticker is $20 and can be purchased at the Marinette County Forestry Office located on the third floor of the Courthouse, 1926 Hall ...

DNR seeks input on proposed deer hunting regulations

LANSING — A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation was introduced Thursday to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to ...

UP raptor center to live-stream educational program Wednesday

HARVEY — The Chocolay Raptor Center will present a live-streaming raptor program at 3 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The center will use Facebook Live to present the program to anyone who wants to log in. A future series of programs on different raptor topics will be crafted for different ...

Slowed by cold spring, UP migration finally kicks in

If, as the saying goes, anticipation is the best part of an experience, well, spring migration this year should have been delightful. Reality proved ... not so much. The annual arrival of birds back in the region after a winter spent wherever was so prolonged that anticipation quickly gave ...

UP Trappers ‘Expo’ canceled

ESCANABA — The 2020 Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo has been canceled due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled for July 10-11 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, organizers noted Wednesday that this is the first time this event won’t be held in ...

‘Come on over and do the twist’

Tony Weber of Kingsford came across this image of “dancing” deer on a trail camera overlooking his family’s backyard on Westwood Avenue. “My friend called it the ‘doe-see-doe,’” Weber said, though he suspects the pair was fighting. “It does make for a very interesting ...

Classroom salmon

Iron Mountain 7th grade students in Robin Marttila’s science classes participated in Salmon in the Classroom through the Michigan Department of Natural Resource. Marttila and his two children, Ian, 7th grade, and Ava, 5th grade, released 117 Chinook salmon in the Cedar River in Powers on ...

Extra care urged on ORV trails

MARQUETTE— Although motorized trails are open to the public, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges off-road enthusiasts to use even greater care when riding trails this spring. Due to the updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, now extended through May 28, and the ...

Temporary hunter education safety certificates provided

LANSING — Eligible online hunter education students will be able to hunt this spring despite the postponement of field day classes, which normally are required. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is providing temporary hunter education safety certificates to select online ...

Michigan Tech cancels its summer sports camps

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Recreation has canceled all 2020 summer sports camps and tournaments due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full refunds will be processed automatically for participants who previously registered, university officials said. ...

Bloodroot blossom

Bloodroot is one of the region’s first forest wildflowers in the spring, often appearing on exposed ground not long after snow has receded. Each flower remains open only a few days, long enough to be pollinated. Bloodroot — so named for its red sap — does not produce nectar but is ...

Game fish season opens in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing as the state’s game fish season opens today. The majority of northern waters should be open, especially with the recent mild weather and rain. Given the later ...

Marinette County reopens its trails

MARINETTE, Wis. — The entire Marinette County ATV/UTV Trail System was re-opened Friday. The trail system was closed for spring break-up and to allow for the trails to be cleared of downed trees and debris. “Thank you for you cooperation while the trail system was closed,” said Pete ...