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Outdoors

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Pair ticketed for poaching swans

BARAGA —A complaint called in to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Report All Poaching hotline resulted in two brothers being ticketed for illegally killing a pair of trumpeter swans on Sept. 28 — the opening day of waterfowl hunting season in the Upper Peninsula. Trumpeter ...

Rain swells waterways; anglers landing walleye

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — Rain was predicted today as the Wisconsin Department of Resources warned waterfowl hunters as well as anglers and boaters to take additional safety precautions. Following recent storms, water levels have degraded the safety conditions on many ...

Wisconsin DNR offers reminder on youth deer hunt rules

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to remind all participants of this weekend’s popular youth hunt for deer to review and to know the safety rules of this annual event. The youth hunt today and Sunday is only open to persons 15 years and younger who have a ...

Wisconsin DNR urges CWD precautions

MADISON, Wis. — With the archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons underway, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends simple precautions hunters and landowners can take to help prevent and reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease. CWD is a fatal contagious neurological ...

Michigan bear hunt

Thirteen-year-old Alec Haferkorn of Norway got his first bear Sept. 19 while hunting in the Wilson area. It weighed 140 pounds. The happy hunter plans on making a bear rug out of his trophy.

Six-pointer

David Nanninga, 13, of Kingsford, got a six-point buck during Michigan’s Liberty Hunt. He was guided by his dad, Steve, and grandfathers George Nanninga and Bill Burby.

Yellow Dog events planned

BIG BAY — Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will conduct the Yellow Dog Dash run/walk on Oct. 19 in Big Bay. Register at https://yellowdogwatershed.org/ or at the trailhead beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time at the Yellow Dog Bridge on County Road 510. For more information, contact ...

Hawks and butterflies wing south

A bird and butterflies provided the week’s highlights in watching for species headed south through Dickinson County. Both seem unlikely migrants — the bird was not the usual waterfowl or song variety, the butterflies not the much-heralded monarchs, although more than a few of those ...

Last chance for trout

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers were taking advantage of the last days of trout season, landing brookies in the 10-inch range, while inland lakes were good for crappie. “They’re catching crappies in 20 to 25 feet of water on minnows,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, ...

Off-road vehicle club

The Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders had a member appreciation picnic Sept. 15 at the Quinnesec Park. The purpose of UPROAR is to make a difference in regard to off-road vehicle riding and enjoyment by promoting ORV riding as a family activity and educating the public about ...

Michigan DNR schedules conservation officer training

LANSING — Anyone interested in pursuing a career as a Michigan conservation officer is encouraged to review eligibility guidelines and submit an application for the Department of Natural Resources 10th conservation officer academy, set to start July 12 at the Michigan State Police Training ...

Waterfowl season to open Saturday in UP

MARQUETTE — This weekend marks the start of the waterfowl hunting season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the Upper Peninsula. The season runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 24, with an additional weekend hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Goose season opened earlier this month and continues through Dec. ...

Long Lake club hosts trap shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club hosted its annual autumn trap shoot at the clubhouse in Long Lake on Saturday. There were 33 entries in the 50-bird Lewis shoot. The shoot paid out five classes, with the winner of each class receiving $46. Ties were broken by sudden ...

‘Big 4’ to elect officers Oct. 8

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club will have an election of officers at its annual general membership meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8. One board of director position, secretary and treasurer will be on the roster. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse in Long ...

Whitetails: Dinner Oct. 19

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Whitetails Unlimited Big 4-Plus Sportsman’s Club Chapter Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Keyes Peak Ski Lodge on Highway 101 in Florence, Wis. This event will feature a buffet dinner, auction and prizes, with a wide array of products such as firearms, ...

Trout Unlimited: Annual meeting

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday at Barrel + Beam, 260 Northwoods Road in Marquette. This meeting will include the election of new officers and board members. All who are interested in conservation and ...

Lawmaker: DNR protested

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he is working on a plan to create an Upper Peninsula Natural Resources Commission. “The Department of Natural Resources has violated our property rights for too long, flying their airplanes low over our hunting land looking for ...

The forest provides: Acorns, nuts, berries and fruit all plentiful this year

Birds and mammals alike in the region should have plenty of opportunity this fall to fatten up or store away food going into the winter, experts say. Reports on “mast” crops indicate the northern forests had a very good summer in terms of seed production, be they covered by shell, husk or ...

UP bear hunters find success; musky active

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — Warm weather isn’t deterring bear hunters, with 11 registered as of Friday at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “The biggest was close to 300 pounds,” said shop owner John Grier, who reminded hunters that propping a stick in ...