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Outdoors

State parks campgrounds to stay closed through June 21

LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order through May 15, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has updated expected opening dates and available amenities at many of its public ...

DNR to allow burning; permits still required

LANSING — Just over a month since it suspended open burning across the state in response to COVID-19 concerns, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that it will begin issuing burn permits. “We’re going to issue burn permits based on local fire risk and weather ...

UPPCO to open boat ramps

HOUGHTON —Upper Peninsula Power Company announced Wednesday its recreational sites will be made accessible with the onset of spring and snow melting. Once UPPCO’s boat ramps, day-use areas and fishing areas have become accessible, they will remain open for public recreational use into ...

Marquette hopes to host Ore to Shore

MARQUETTE — The Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic is scheduled to take place Aug. 8, although organizers acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a fluid situation and some decisions are beyond their control. To promote the safety of participants, volunteers, partners and the broader ...

Lack of southern winds slows migration

The recent streak of cooler weather seems to have stalled much of the spring migration through the region, though some new arrivals have appeared in the region. Blame the wind patterns, which have not been favorable, said Ryan Brady, Natural Heritage Conservation biologist for the ...

Wisconsin invites input on deer management

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites anyone interested in deer management in Wisconsin to provide feedback on preliminary recommendations for the 2020 deer hunting season structure. Every county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council. The councils ...

Crivitz gun show canceled

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Due to the “shelter in place” order in Wisconsin, a gun show scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at the Crivitz Village Hall has been canceled. The next gun show is scheduled for Saturday, June 6. For more information, you may contact Larry Lundberg at 715-927-7970.

Reminder issued on Michigan boating order

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds Wisconsin boaters using the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters that the waters are governed by a joint agreement between Michigan and Wisconsin. Michigan’s COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order prohibits ...

Don’t expect chivalry from mallard drakes

Before winter decided to reassert itself, last Saturday was warm and sunny enough to have a number of animals acting as if spring had arrived. A painted turtle paddled leisurely around our dock at Six Mile Lake, within a few feet of the still-lingering ice that covers all but the edges and ...

Trees at higher risk of oak wilt now through mid-July

LANSING — If you have oak trees — especially red oaks — now is the time to be wary of oak wilt spores carried by flying beetles. From April 15 to July 15, oak trees are at high risk for oak wilt, a serious fungal disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within a few ...

Marinette County lists outdoor recreation restrictions

MARINETTE, Wis. — As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues and summer approaches, more and more people will travel to their seasonal homes and cottages, said Marinette County Administrator John Lefebvre. To assist residents and potential visitors, the county has adopted a plan for ...

Spring throws a curve; cranes show some hops

Just as it seemed like spring was progressing nicely, with most snow gone and the ice contracting and cracking at a steady rate, comes word of a nasty mix of rain, freezing rain and snow set to start Sunday and potentially linger into Tuesday. That will be accompanied by a string of days ...

Wisconsin turkey hunting season opens Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity. As such, the spring turkey season will proceed without changes to the season dates or management zones under the Safer at Home order. Due to COVID-19, distance is critical. Social ...

Spring Hearings conducted online

MADISON, Wis. - While the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the Spring Hearings that were to be held in each Wisconsin county on Monday are canceled, the public will continue to have the opportunity to provide input on the advisory questions the Department of National ...

No bull: Walleye rebound after Metonga fish cullings

CRANDON, Wis. — Something was going very wrong in Lake Metonga. The 2,000-acre lake in Wisconsin’s north woods had been a successful walleye lake for decades, but by the late 1990s, natural reproduction and walleye recruitment had slowed to a trickle. To make matters worse, by 2004, ...

Michigan DNR issues advisory on burning

MARQUETTE— Permits for open burning of yard debris remain suspended across most of the state in response to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus. In Dickinson and Iron counties, permits remain available in most townships, ...

Most Michigan trail, boating facilities remain open

LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources continues to monitor visitation and adherence to social-distancing requirements at DNR-managed facilities. ...

Fuelwood permits delayed

MARQUETTE — Anyone interested in cutting and collecting dead or downed trees on state lands for fuelwood will need to wait until May 1. Because many residents normally turn in their fuelwood applications at Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest management unit offices — which ...