Outdoors

Long Lake club to host shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual spring trap shoot at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake on Saturday, April 27. There will be two events, a 50-bird Lewis shoot and a meat shoot. Both events begin at 8 a.m. Those shooting the 50-bird ...

Crivitz gun show set for May 4

CRIVITZ, Wis. —Crivitz VFW Post 2063 will host a gun show on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crivitz Village Hall. Admission is $5 and there will be food and drinks available. Vendors can reserve an 8-foot table for $10 each by contacting Larry Lundberg at 715-854-2672.

Fisheries workshops scheduled in Houghton, Cedarville

HOUGHTON — Michigan Sea Grant and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host fisheries workshops on April 29 in Houghton and April 30 in Cedarville. The free workshops are designed for the general public, anglers, fisheries researchers and those interested in environmental ...

DNR offers summer program for women

MARQUETTE — Registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, set for May 31 through June 2 in Marquette County. This will mark the 22nd annual summer BOW gathering for women 18 and older who want an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a ...

Gunville to share trapping ideas, inventions at meeting Thursday

SPALDING — Longtime trapper John “Gunner” Gunville will give an educational presentation at the U.P. Trappers Association District 3 monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Normenco Sportsmen’s Club, just east of Powers/Spalding. The main theme of Gunville’s presentation will ...

DNR, MSU seek grant proposals in fight against CWD

LANSING — As a part of a joint wildlife disease initiative, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking grant proposals for collaborative research, education and outreach projects to address the most important issues around wildlife disease in ...

Birds might still need help weathering the storm

While Thursday’s late-season snow and ice might have been a bit of a shock for some early migrating birds already back in the region, they should be able to make do as long as the snow cover doesn’t linger for too long. Much of it already seemed to be fading Friday and Monday promises ...

Ice conditions turn dicey; youth turkey hunt in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — With ice deteriorating, most anglers are either waiting for warmer days or hitting the road for walleye or steelhead. At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Doug Whisler said some lakes still have ice, but conditions are variable. “Everyone should use extreme caution ...

Trumpeters are heavyweights of waterfowl class

The Upper Peninsula has few birds more likely to draw a gasp than a trumpeter swan. I’ve heard them call in the early morning on Six Mile Lake in the past and photographed a solo and lost-looking juvenile two years ago, but this spring, a group of four showed up one day where the lake ...

Menominee River yields walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — A few anglers were catching walleye on the Menominee River at a limit of one per day while others were taking advantage of late ice and landing perch, crappies and bluegills on area lakes. “Crappies have been biting about an hour before dark,” said Doug Whisler at ...

Last group of elk imported

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say they’re done importing elk from Kentucky. Department of Natural Resources officials say 48 Kentucky elk arrived in Wisconsin on Wednesday morning. They will become part of northern Wisconsin’s Clam Lake herd. The DNR has been ...

Wisconsin invites comments on 2019 deer harvest quotas

MADISON, Wis. — County Deer Advisory Councils met in each Wisconsin county in March, and preliminary antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels and season structure recommendations for the 2019 deer hunting season are now available for review and comment. An online public comment ...

Sagola Township club offers hunter safety classes

CHANNING —Saturday is the last day to register for hunter safety classes offered by the Sagola Township Sportsman’s Club. Students must register in person in advance to receive workbooks and instructions. Hunters ages 10 and older are welcome, including adults. There is no fee. The ...

Upgrades planned at Baraga State Park

BARAGA — Baraga State Park will make major renovations and service improvements throughout the upcoming summer, which will require temporary camping closures to portions of the 56-acre park, situated along the Lake Superior shoreline on Keweenaw Bay. “The project will be completed in two ...

New license season starts Monday; panfish still biting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers who haven’t yet bought a 2019 fishing license will need one starting Monday in Michigan and Wisconsin. Bait sales were steady this week, thanks to lingering ice and pleasant temperatures, said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. A 13 ...

Feathered friends signal warmth

As anticipated, the warm weather of a week ago opened the door for some of the early familiar migrating birds to return to the region, with more showing up throughout the week. Red-winged blackbirds and common grackles are back in force, at least the males; the females usually hang back ...

New Zealand hunt

Hunting in early February on the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, John “Jack” Maki of Breitung Township harvested a 36-point red stag. The stag, taken with a steep downhill shot of 260 yards, has a 55-inch spread and a preliminary Safari Club International score of 462. Guided ...

Registration dates set for hunter safety class

CHANNING — Registration begins today for hunter safety classes to be offered next month by the Sagola Township Sportsman’s Club. Four days are available for registration. Students must register in person in advance to receive workbooks and instructions. Hunters ages 10 and up are ...

Marinette County ATV trails closed

MARINETTE, Wis. — The entire Marinette County ATV trail system will be closed to all vehicles effective Friday until further notice. The closure is required to protect the soft trail bed from erosion damage caused by ATVs and other vehicles during spring breakup, officials said. ATV ...

Grants awarded to improve deer habitat across UP

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grant funding to a dozen entities for projects in the Upper Peninsula. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance ...