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Outdoors

Michigan DNR to discuss bear goals

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a bear forum Saturday, Dec. 7, in St. Ignace. The purpose is to discuss bear management and regulations for the 2020-2021 regulation cycle, while assessing 2019 harvest statistics. The forum will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Owls draw spectators in Upper Peninsula

While winter is the lean time for birding in the north, it usually offers a few treats in species that might otherwise not be seen this far south. The owls of the dense Canadian forests — the great gray, the northern hawk and the boreal — have some years in which they turn up deep into ...

Wisconsin deer opener today; rut winding down

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hunters should still see some bucks pushing does around, but the rut appears to be winding down, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. Today’s the opener for the nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin while Michigan hunters are in the second week of a ...

Northern Saddle Club raising funds

FLORENCE, Wis. — Northern Saddle Club is conducting a fundraiser for its fresh water project and other goals for improving the Halls Creek equestrian friendly campground, trail head and boat landing in Homestead. The Halls Creek trails are open to hunters, hikers and other silent sports ...

Commercial Forest Program has limitations on public use

Part of the reason Michigan’s Commercial Forest Program exists is to increase the amount of land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Users of these forestlands should be aware of their rights and limitations. Imagine walking into your forest — say a 40-acre woodland — and ...

Eight-pointer

Joe Antonini of the Iron Mountain area, hunting at his family’s camp, shot an eight-point buck at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Dickinson success

Jerry Miller of Kingsford got a seven-point buck on Sunday morning in Dickinson County.

Chickadees flock toward reliable food sources

The email’s subject line posed the question: “Where are all the chickadees?” Priscilla Hall wrote that these normally numerous signature woodland birds have been no-shows at their Rock camp in Delta County, adding she’d heard a radio caller from Manistique mention “the same lack of ...

Ice forms as Michigan hunt begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — A cold snap has ice fishing coinciding with deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, with some success on both fronts. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Doug Whisler said archers harvested three eight-pointers and a seven-pointer this past ...

Northern Saddle Club earns grant for fresh water project

FLORENCE, Wis. — Northern Saddle Club Inc. has received a $5,754 grant from the Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. for a fresh water project. The club is installing a potable water source at the Hall’s Creek equestrian trail head and boat landing. The cost of ...

Brook trout daily possession limit still at 10 for select UP streams

LANSING — An experimental regulation that allows for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout has been extended. This regulation expired Oct. 1 of this year, but was reauthorized by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its meeting ...

Deer opener on Friday

IRON MOUNTAIN — With another cold week ahead, snow could be on the ground for Friday’s Michigan firearm deer season opener. “We’re hearing better reports on deer hunting,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, noting a number of archers have gotten ...

Niagara man witnesses hawk drowning its captured prey in Menominee River

Readers regularly send photos and stories about wildlife they observe in the region, either at their homes or while enjoying the outdoors. It's great to get these submissions — beyond providing material for the column, it’s a glimpse of the variety of activity out there, much of which ...

Deer on the move, huge coyote caught

IRON MOUNTAIN — With Michigan’s firearm opener less than two weeks away, archery hunters are finding more success and deer are reportedly in full rutting behavior. Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., said a couple of eight-pointers were taken. John Grier at Whispering ...

DNR advisory panel to meet Wednesday in Escanaba

ESCANABA —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet Wednesday in Escanaba on the campus of Bay College. Discussions are scheduled on the status of oak wilt in the U.P., a bear season update and a forecast for the ...

Viewer questions on woods and wildlife answered on WNMU’s ‘Ask the DNR’

MARQUETTE — It’s a Thursday night in Marquette. A handful of people sit around a large wooden table in a small green-walled room, located in a basement on the campus of Northern Michigan University. In a few minutes they’ll be escorted into the room next door and seated again at ...

Trout Unlimited fundraiser Saturday at Alpha Brewing

ALPHA — The public is invited to come by the Alpha Michigan Brewing Company in Alpha on Saturday from 11 a.m. to closing to help raise funds for the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Admission is free. Lunch with a drink will cost $10 and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seth ...