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Outdoors

Cleared for takeoff

A flock of wild turkeys takes flight through the mists at Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County. The fall turkey hunting season in Michigan will begin Sunday, Sept. 15, and continues through Nov. 14. The entire Upper Peninsula has a maximum license quota of 1,500, according to the Michigan ...

UP Trappers group to meet in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association will meet at the Wildwood Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Hermansville. Members will pick up trash along the highway and then proceed to the Anderson Sportsman’s Club for the regular meeting at about 6:30 p.m. Bob Steinmetz, ...

Baraga State Park is UP’s oldest on mainland

In the land of the Ojibwa, along the shining shores of Keweenaw Bay, land was purchased for the creation of Baraga State Park early in the 1920s. Today, the park is a summertime gateway destination to a wide range of recreation and sightseeing opportunities in and around Baraga ...

NRC meeting Sept. 12 in Marquette

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, in Marquette, gathering at the Northern Michigan University Ballroom, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. It is the only NRC meeting scheduled in the Upper Peninsula this year. An update on white-nose syndrome in ...

Cougar confirmed in Delta

LANSING — Biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources cougar team confirmed this week the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008. This latest cougar confirmation came from a trail camera set up on public land in Delta County, said Cody Norton, large-carnivore ...

Feathered friends on the move

The signs continue to point to many of the North Woods’ summertime avian residents getting ready to relocate. Ryan Brady, Natural Heritage Conservation biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office in Ashland, posted a radar image this week that showed some serious ...

Muskies caught, largemouths rising

IRON MOUNTAIN — A few muskies were caught in deep water and bass fishing remained good as anglers hit the water before the long holiday weekend. “We’re selling a lot of minnows, some crawlers and a few leeches,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. ...

Sea lamprey control planned for Lake Michigan tributary

MARINETTE, Wis. — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Peshtigo River in Marinette County, Wis., to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. Applications will be conducted on or about Tuesday in accordance with state of Wisconsin permits, ...

Norway team earns trap shooting championship

NORWAY — Norway High School placed first in its conference in the Michigan State High School Clay Target League. Competing in Class 1A, Conference 1, the Norway trap shooters posted an average weekly score of 44 points and a season average of 558 points to win the title. Nick Kleikamp ...

Armstrong Creek Sportsmen’s Club to host celebration Saturday

ARMSTRONG CREEK, Wis. — The Armstrong Creek Sportsmen’s Club will host a celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Armstrong Creek Community Center Pavilion. The event will offer a $10 all-you-can eat chicken and pig roast, plus music by Little Teddy. Drawings will take place ...

Eagle River musky event draws nearly 1,400 participants

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The 34th annual National Championship Musky Open drew a record 1,366 musky anglers, representing 13 states. In all, 171 muskies were caught and released in the tournament, held Aug. 16-18. Each year The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and ...

Crivitz Legion to host shooting event

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The American Legion Post 413 of Crivitz will have its annual Labor Day weekend shoot from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Noquebay Sportsman’s Club, on Highway X and Maple Beach Road in Middle Inlet. All proceeds go to support local veteran causes. Food and drinks will be ...

UP deer herd in fair shape

Fears that the snowy, prolonged end to the winter this year would take a heavy toll on the region’s deer herd for now appear to have not come to pass. An early survey of this spring’s fawn crop, along with the ongoing deer movement study in the Upper Peninsula, indicates while fawn ...

Trout fishing improves, big northern pike caught

IRON MOUNTAIN — As temperatures drop a bit, trout anglers are finding more success and northern pike action is picking up. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John Grier said one of his regulars reported a 16-pound northern pike catch, which would be in the range of 40 ...

Women in the Outdoors on Tuesday

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics will hold an “Aspiring Women” event Tuesday at Bewabic State Park near Crystal Falls. There will be various stations including outdoor fitness, crafts, outdoor self-defense, fly fishing 101, outdoor cooking and more. A meal ...

Days shorten, southern climes beckon

It might be only mid-August but signs of fall migration already can be seen in the region. Thursday, common nighthawks were swooping overhead on M-95 just south of the Randville area. This is a bird that spends the winter in South America, giving it one of the longest migration routes of any ...

Walleye taken on leeches; free ORV weekend in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye fishing is picking up, along with northern pike action, as summer weather holds on. Walleye were found at depths ranging from shallow weed edges to as far down as 20 feet, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Leeches were the most popular ...

Fishing line no friend to wildlife

A warning: This column doesn’t have a happy ending. But maybe that will make people stop and think about what they leave behind when fishing. A couple reportedly from the Chicago area, vacationing at Way Dam, saw what they thought at first was a woodpecker in a tree. It instead was a ...

Big bluegills caught, bass are still biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegill and bass catches highlighted fishing action this week, along with a few northern pike. “Lots of reports on big bluegills — one fellow had one that was 12 inches,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “Everybody’s hooking ...

Michigan DNR offers fisheries habitat grants

LANSING — An estimated $1.825 million is expected to be available through a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant opportunity that combines three previously separate programs and will provide targeted funding for a variety of activities including fish habitat conservation, dam ...