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Outdoors

Online fly fishing film fest to begin Feb. 19

AUBURN HILLS — The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, coming virtually to all of Michigan beginning on Feb. 19, features 11 films, 6- to 16-minutes in length, from all corners of the globe showcasing the passion, lifestyle, and culture of fly fishing. Admission to the Michigan ...

Nursing nature: Carlson stepping aside after decades of wildlife work

It might have all started with a baby blue jay. When Phyllis Carlson was about 8 years old, a nest blew down in the yard at her home, spilling its occupants into the grass. Carlson said she collected the surviving chick and set it up in a box she placed outside her window. She then watched ...

Tip-Up Town derby today at Sawyer Lake

IRON MOUNTAIN — It will be cold but sunny for today’s Tip-up Town of the U.P., 4 miles north of Channing on Sawyer Lake Road. The 47th annual fishing contest runs from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with prizes given out at the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 ...

Anglers on ice floes rescued

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and several other agencies rescued 66 people stranded on ice floes in a bay in northeastern Wisconsin. Ice boats and helicopters were used to bring the people who were ice fishing to safety Thursday in Door County. Three separate ice floes ...

Applications due for wolf advisory panel in Michigan

LANSING —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Wolf Management Advisory Council, an advisory body that is being re-established in light of federal delisting — which went into effect Jan. 4 — of gray wolves as a threatened or endangered ...

National group sues to force Wisconsin wolf hunting season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A national hunting group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force an immediate start to Wisconsin’s wolf season before President Joe Biden’s administration restores federal protections for the animals. The Trump administration removed Great Lakes wolves from the federal ...

Michigan DNR to mark 100 years

In February 1921, the L’Anse Sentinel in Baraga County was among the news outlets reporting that Michigan Gov. Alex Groesbeck had sent bills to the Legislature that provided for reorganization of numerous components of state government into three separate departments. Those bills, approved ...

Snow groomers sit idle, cold nights thicken ice

IRON MOUNTAIN — There’s a chance of snow in the weekend forecast, though probably not enough to boost snowmobiling. The Tri-County Snowmobile Club has yet to send out its trail groomers. AccuWeather shows a possible 1 to 3 inches tonight through Tuesday. The snowmobile club will meet at ...

Taking a swim

A mallard drake takes advantage of the open water on the creek flowing out of Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County. This male appears to have a purple head rather than the normal bottle green characteristic of the species. Several online sources indicate purple can be a natural variation for ...

AuTrain Lake fishing derby set for Feb. 13

MUNISING —The Munising Moose Lodge will host its 37th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday Feb. 13, on AuTrain Lake. All derby activities, including the awards ceremony and meal that typically take place at the Moose Lodge in Munising, instead will be outdoors on the lake or at the boat house ...

Acquisitions improve western UP trail access

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger recently approved two real estate transactions that have secured permanent trail easements, which will help ensure trail connectivity in the western Upper Peninsula. These permanent trail easements, totaling 67 miles ...

Michigan adds Beech leaf disease to invasive species list

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Beech leaf disease has been added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list and state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for trees infested with the damaging disease. The disease, which has not been found in Michigan, was discovered in Ohio in 2012 ...

Wisconsin fall turkey harvest climbs

MADISON, Wis. — More turkeys were harvested in 2020 than the previous year, according to new data released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Hunters registered 4,600 birds during the fall 2020 wild turkey season, a 21% increase compared to the 3,792 turkeys registered during ...

Michigan men arraigned in elk poaching case

GAYLORD — Three relatives responsible for what Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are referring to as a historic elk poaching case were arraigned Monday in the Otsego County 87A District Court. Christian White, 29, of Gaylord, and Harry White, 70, and Ronald ...

DNR seeks input on public land strategy

LANSING — The power of public lands. That simple but meaningful idea has been at the heart of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ efforts, over the past year, to update its strategy for nearly 4.6 million acres of state forests, parks, trails, game and wildlife areas, and other ...

Wisconsin invites Hunter Ethics Award nominations

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for its annual Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award. Nominees are selected based on exceptional moral actions and character while out in the field. Established in 1997, the Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award ...

Michigan webinar series focuses on invasive species

LANSING — Want to learn more about efforts across the state to prevent and control harmful land and water invaders? Check the Michigan Invasive Species Program’s NotMISpecies webinars at ...

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers call for wolf hunt

Republicans demand DNR resume wolf hunt immediately AP-WI--Wolf Hunt, 1st Ld-Writethru Jan 19, 2021 6:00PM (GMT 00:00) - 492 words MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers want the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a wolf hunt immediately and not wait until fall. The ...

Christmas Bird Count lists 34 species

Unexpected raptors provided several highlights for local participants in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count that took place Dec. 19. A golden eagle, rough-legged hawk and sharp-shinned hawk were among the noteworthy sightings, said Phyllis Carlson, coordinator of ...

Free fishing in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Wisconsin, a great time to discover the fun of winter outings without needing a license. Anglers can fish any water bodies in the state where there is an open season. All other regulations apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish ...