Outdoors

Iron County 4-H club

New leaders are directing Iron County 4-H Sharpshooters. From left are Doug Weesner, Alfred Absolon and Cynthia Absolon, who are certified in rifle; Barbara Luck, who is certified in archery; and Les Kufahl, who is certified in shotgun. For more information, call Cynthia Absolon at 906-822-7764.

Snowy winter helps snowshoes

This past long and snowy winter in the Upper Peninsula may have proven to be a plus for one species that had been slipping in the region: the snowshoe hare. While no actual count has been done, anecdotal reports and observations indicate the big-footed hares didn’t just survive but ...

Free fishing today, Sunday in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — This is Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, with free fishing as well as free admission to parks and trails. Today and Sunday people may fish without licenses or state trout stamps. No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required. In addition, non-resident ...

Awareness of invasives emphasized

LANSING — The first-ever PlayCleanGo Awareness Week — a national campaign urging outdoor enthusiasts to take action to avoid spreading invasive plants and pests while enjoying the activities they love — will take place across North America June 1-8. That week is a time to make more ...

Birds abundant and colorful during cool spring

While spring weather-wise might be a disappointment this year, the colder and damp conditions have created one unexpected delight for those who enjoy watching backyard birds: A lot of them, of almost every hue, are coming to the feeders. A number of readers responded to last week’s ...

Walleye, trout biting; Marinette to host Cabella’s pro-am tournament

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were landing walleye, trout and pike as temperatures were expected to soar into the upper 70s today. “The guys going out are doing pretty well on walleye at Way Dam and Peavy (Pond),” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “A lot of small ones, ...

Wisconsin DNR board disallows bear hounds in new zone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bear hunters won’t be able to use hounds in central Wisconsin under changes the Department of Natural Resources board made to the agency’s bear management plan Wednesday after opponents called the practice a blight on the state. The revisions mark the first updates ...

DNR moves listening session on deer regulations to Harris

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has moved the location of a public listening session on proposed deer regulation changes from Wetmore in Alger County to Harris in Menominee County. Several hunting regulation changes have been recommended by the DNR, including a deer ...

Creel clerks collecting data

LANSING — As this year’s open-water fishing season gets underway, anglers at many lakes, rivers and Great Lakes ports may encounter Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff collecting data about their fishing experiences. DNR creel clerks are stationed at boat launches ...

Long Lake club to host trap league, open shooting

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club in Long Lake will have an open trap shooting and Summer Trap League at 6 p.m. Mondays. Open trap shooting already has begun and will continue through September. The league officially begins June 3 and runs for 10 weeks. The league is ...

Returning birds make for a rainbow at the feeders

Surprise — the Notebook is making a slightly early appearance this week. Advertising for Saturday’s paper left no space for an Outdoor page — trust me, being squeezed out by ads is a good thing in this business these days — so rather than skip a week, it’s running today. As ...

DNR fishing report: Walleye, pike season now open

Walleye and pike season for the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Marys River opened Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports the opener should have been good, as water temperatures move up to the low to mid 40s. Trout fishing still was slow in the ...

DCD’s photo contest for Nature of Dickinson County calendar begins

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Conservation District is seeking entries for its 2019 Nature of Dickinson County photo contest. Winners in this annual competition will be printed in the DCD’s calendar, which helps fund educational programs. Categories include waterbodies, wildlife, ...

Walleye opener looks good for UP anglers

ESCANABA — Michigan’s walleye season in the Upper Peninsula opened Wednesday with recent weather conditions likely to have an effect on walleye behavior in the region, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources expert said. “It’s been a fairly cold spring so far, so walleyes were ...

Applications being accepted for Youth Conservation Council

LANSING — Young people with a passion for protecting and improving Michigan’s natural areas, meeting new friends, gaining leadership experience and having fun outdoors are encouraged to apply for a spot on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council. The ...

Summer hours set for center in Ottawa forest

IRONWOOD — Beginning May 25, the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet will resume summer hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time daily. The center has information about the local area and recreation opportunities, such as camping, hiking, canoeing, maps and more. The Ottawa ...

Trees For Tomorrow offers naturalist program

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Trees for Tomorrow will host a week-long Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer training program June 10 through 15 at its facilities in Eagle River. Staff and regional experts will lead explorations of the waters, forests, wildlife and geology of the area. Participants ...

‘For the Birds’ host offers feeder advice

A reader called with a column suggestion after hearing a worrisome rumor that the grape jelly she puts out for orioles and other birds might be harmful to them. I had not heard that myself, but I agree a column on feeding these spring arrivals makes sense, given orioles and rose-breasted ...

Deer farm herd destroyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials say they've killed all the deer on a Portage County deer farm after a buck from the facility tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Friday that all 30 deer on the ...

Trout, crappie action highlights spring fishing

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout fishing is off to a good start — and may get better as streams start to drop — while crappies are moving closer to shore to spawn. “A lot of good reports on trout,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Twelve and 13 inches, and I’ve ...