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Outdoors

UP Trappers ‘Expo’ canceled

ESCANABA — The 2020 Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo has been canceled due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled for July 10-11 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, organizers noted Wednesday that this is the first time this event won’t be held in ...

‘Come on over and do the twist’

Tony Weber of Kingsford came across this image of “dancing” deer on a trail camera overlooking his family’s backyard on Westwood Avenue. “My friend called it the ‘doe-see-doe,’” Weber said, though he suspects the pair was fighting. “It does make for a very interesting ...

Classroom salmon

Iron Mountain 7th grade students in Robin Marttila’s science classes participated in Salmon in the Classroom through the Michigan Department of Natural Resource. Marttila and his two children, Ian, 7th grade, and Ava, 5th grade, released 117 Chinook salmon in the Cedar River in Powers on ...

Extra care urged on ORV trails

MARQUETTE— Although motorized trails are open to the public, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges off-road enthusiasts to use even greater care when riding trails this spring. Due to the updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, now extended through May 28, and the ...

Temporary hunter education safety certificates provided

LANSING — Eligible online hunter education students will be able to hunt this spring despite the postponement of field day classes, which normally are required. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is providing temporary hunter education safety certificates to select online ...

Michigan Tech cancels its summer sports camps

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech Recreation has canceled all 2020 summer sports camps and tournaments due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full refunds will be processed automatically for participants who previously registered, university officials said. ...

Bloodroot blossom

Bloodroot is one of the region’s first forest wildflowers in the spring, often appearing on exposed ground not long after snow has receded. Each flower remains open only a few days, long enough to be pollinated. Bloodroot — so named for its red sap — does not produce nectar but is ...

Game fish season opens in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing as the state’s game fish season opens today. The majority of northern waters should be open, especially with the recent mild weather and rain. Given the later ...

Marinette County reopens its trails

MARINETTE, Wis. — The entire Marinette County ATV/UTV Trail System was re-opened Friday. The trail system was closed for spring break-up and to allow for the trails to be cleared of downed trees and debris. “Thank you for you cooperation while the trail system was closed,” said Pete ...

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 ...