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Outdoors

Progress at the ‘Big Hill’

Matt McCarthy/Daily News photos Renovations underneath the fabled Pine Mountain ski jump are shown. At left, the overlapping of the original jump structure (faded green steel) and the new structure. The visible silver ridges are the bottom side of the new steel scaffold, which used to be made ...

Free park entry in Marinette County for vets

MARINETTE, Wis. — On a day designated to honor our nation’s military veterans, Marinette County is offering all military personnel, active and retired, free entrance Wednesday to the Marinette County parks system. Marinette County owns and operates 21 parks for day use and six boat ...

Temperatures to dip by Michigan deer season opener; fire danger high

IRON MOUNTAIN — A November heat wave is expected to fade in time for the Nov. 15 Michigan firearm deer season opener. Cooler weather should arrive Tuesday. By Thursday, the predicted high is in the low 40s. Snow is possible during the weekend and the forecast for opening day calls for a ...

UP is ‘Florida’ for some species

For some birds, the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin are their version of “going south” for the winter. While we might grumble about the snow and cold, these species find those conditions suit them just fine, thank you. They usually move down from Canada’s boreal forests and ...

Wisconsin hunters harvest 4,129 bears, up by 450

MADISON, Wis. — Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows hunters harvested 4,129 bears during the 2020 Wisconsin black bear season, an increase from the 3,679 reported in 2019. “Wisconsin is a national leader in bear hunting, and preliminary registration ...

Grants available to target invasive species

LANSING — Michigan’s Invasive Species Grant Program is now accepting proposals for the 2020 funding cycle, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants. The program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of ...

Warming trend in forecast; archery hunters taking bucks

IRON MOUNTAIN — Musky anglers are enjoying some success and archery deer action has picked up as a cold snap has yet to loosen its grip on the region. There’s a chance of rain or snow through Sunday, but high temperatures should climb into the 50s starting Tuesday. At Whisler ...

Fully stocked feeders help resident birds, migrants

Bird migrations often seem to go that the first ones back in the spring are the last to leave in the fall. This year is proving to be no exception. Long gone are the flashy orioles, tanagers, warblers and other species that normally won’t return until May, at the earliest. Now, the ...

Persistent anglers landing bass, pike

Poor weather has kept anglers off the water across the region, while archery deer hunters were reporting more deer movement but continued to be selective. More rain and snow is expected Sunday. Although it should turn drier after that, high temperatures may only reach into the upper 30s at ...

Wisconsin suspends phone ordering of park passes

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will suspend phone ordering of 2020 annual vehicle admission stickers starting Monday. Online and property-based sales of 2020 annual stickers continue to be available. With the availability of online annual vehicle admission ...

Suspect located after social media posting, hotline complaint

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: Sept. 20 to Oct. 3 DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Zach Painter received a Report All Poaching complaint involving a video posted on social media of a subject ...

Pheasants stocked for 2020 hunt

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s pheasant season is now open and runs through Jan. 3. Pheasants are one of the most sought-after gamebirds in North America, and populations do best in the agricultural landscape of southern and western Wisconsin provided there is grassland habitat present in ...

Fishing winds down; DNR to work on bridge

IRON MOUNTAIN — ORV enthusiasts are reminded that an off-road vehicle bridge connecting Michigan and Wisconsin will be temporarily closed for construction work starting Monday. The bridge over the Menominee River north of Iron Mountain is undergoing approach work in advance of deck and ...

Wisconsin hunter education available online

MADISON, Wis. — Students of all ages now can earn their Wisconsin hunter education safety certification through a single, online-only hunter education course under a temporary change approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The temporary change allows those younger than 18 ...

UP poacher loses lifetime hunting privileges

SAULT STE. MARIE — A Chippewa County man accused of poaching numerous animals, including 18 gray wolves, was sentenced this week under a plea agreement. Kurt Johnston Duncan, 56, of Pickford pleaded guilty in September to seven poaching crimes following an investigation by Michigan ...

Menominee River ORV bridge to close beginning Monday

IRON MOUNTAIN — An off-road vehicle bridge over the Menominee River north of Iron Mountain will be temporarily closed for construction work, beginning Monday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said. The bridge, which connects Dickinson County to Florence County, Wis., will ...

Wisconsin urges disposal of deer waste

MADISON, Wis. — With the 2020 deer hunting season underway, hunters are reminded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to follow the deer carcass transport regulations and to dispose of deer carcass waste appropriately. The movement of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting ...

Southbound

In a sure sign of approaching cooler weather, Canada geese wing south above autumn colors in northern Dickinson County.

Wisconsin youth hunt this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — This weekend brings Wisconsin’s youth gun deer hunt, always held on the Saturday and Sunday nearest Oct. 8. It is open to licensed youth hunters ages 15 and younger, participating with a mentor. Weather conditions are expected to be pleasant but slightly breezy ...

COs investigate target practice by fire light

A sampling of field reports from Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the Upper Peninsula: Aug. 23 through Sept. 5 DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officers Brian Lasanen and Zach Painter were on patrol in Ontonagon County and investigated gun shots that they heard. ...