Outdoors

A Christmas party that would live on forever

There was so little time to mourn, so much to sayIt was estimated by the Calumet Evening News that 20,000 spectators lined the village streets of Red Jacket that Sunday. A train from Negaunee and Ishpeming had brought some 500 miners from the iron range to join the funeral procession.Fourteen ...

Courses create outdoorswomen

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" courses all over the country, and it's no different here in the Upper Peninsula."The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program started in Stevens Point, Wisconsin as a way to break down barriers and ...

Class list offers comprehensive outdoors training

MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources "Becoming an Outdoor Woman" (BOW) program offers a wide variety of classes at its annual summer session at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, located 30 miles north of Marquette: Introduction to Firearms and Firearm Safety - Required for ...

Workshop inspiring sportswomen

SILVER CITY - The growing number of women and youth getting involved in hunting is changing the face of a sport historically dominated by men.Recognizing this trend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Lake Superior Sportsman's Club have teamed up to offer more shooting sports ...

Eurasian watermilfoil equals big bucks

What is Eurasian watermilfoil and how does it equal dollars to everyone? Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) is an invasive non-native aquatic plant that is classified as a noxious weed. It affects fish and wildlife populations, makes recreational use difficult, if not impossible, and can reduce ...

Tourney small but fish big in Eagle Harbor

EAGLE HARBOR - With a weather forecast calling for thunderstorms, high winds and possible hail last Saturday, things didn't turn out too shabby for the 10 boats and 30 fishermen and women competing in the Third Annual North Shore Invitational Fishing Tournament in Eagle Harbor.The newest and ...

Final statewide deer season count down 15 percent for 2014

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently issued a Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report on the 2014 hunting seasons indicating that roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of roughly 329,000 deer. The harvest represents a drop of 15 percent from 2013.Wildlife managers ...

Cormorants: pariah or plummy?

There seems to be no middle ground on people's opinion of cormorants. You either like them or despise them. Wonder if Mikey likes them? The Bible describes them as unclean and a vomiter and places them in the undesirable bird list along with ospreys, pelicans, and vultures. A Webster's ...

Beer, banjo music and trees

My favorite bar has moss growing on it.It is a tree stump, about waist high and about a mile back in the woods.That tree must have been cut down a while ago, because the top of the stump is black and weatherworn and a little bit punky. Some of the bark has fallen off its sides and, like I said, ...

Songs of thrushes can be heard throughout U.P.

If you haven't been able to tell by my past articles, I'm into birding. I've been interested in birds as far back as I can remember. I am in no way an expert but I continue to learn. In the past few years I've been getting more into identifying birds by their call. It really started while on a ...

Anglers go into overtime at Longest Day

COPPER HARBOR -- "The Solstice can turn into a 48-hour shift in Copper Harbor if you're not careful," said my fishin' buddy, Ed Wetelainen, whom I enjoy wettin' a line with on the Longest Day. "For openers, it's daylight from 5:45 a.m. 'til 9:45 p.m.," he continued.The tournament starts with ...

Leapers, peepers and pollywogs

Are we talking about Kermit or The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County or if you kiss a frog, will a prince appear? Perhaps, but why? The sound of singing frogs are a sure sign of spring, even in the Copper Country. Frogs are also an interesting amphibian species and an important part ...

Anglers flock to L’Anse festival

L'ANSE - Fishermen worldwide and most Yooper anglers know that fishing tournaments run on beer, and the 10th Annual Keweenaw Bay Classic, the fishiest part of the Baraga County Lake Trout Festival at L'Anse Waterfront Park last Saturday was no exception. It's easy to find the weigh-in stage, ...

Off-weather no damper to Rice Lake fish derby

The chilly, rainy day and dead calm water didn't dampen the spirits of the 337 anglers fishing the 42nd Annual Rice Lake Derby last Sunday, shrouded in fog thick enough to hide a logging truck."The size of the fish that come out of this small, shallow lake each year always catches us by ...

Short hikes for long drives

Long drives are a drag, but sometimes a fact of life when living in a remote place like the Keweenaw Peninsula. The desire to get to a destination or return home from it in an expedient manner often precludes making stops of much duration. But there are several places around the U.P. where it ...

Many catches, releases at K of C tourney

LAKE LINDEN - Sixty-two-degree water with a perfect walleye chop greeted the 26 boats and 62 anglers fishing the 14th Annual Knights of Columbus Walleye and Pike Tournament on Portage and Torch Lakes and Lac la Belle last Saturday. This was indeed the year of big fish and lots of 'em for the ...

Hosting hummingbirds at home

This month I have to admit I was struggling for a topic to write about. I really wanted to delve into the topic of wildfires since we seem to be getting a bit of smoke from current fires in Canada. This is not all that unusual as I can think of several instances in the past when smoke has come ...

Lake Trout Classic full of fishy fun in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON - There's always something fishy going on in Ontonagon, but they kicked it up a notch or two during the 10th Annual Aspirus Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic, May 29-31. The popular first ice-out event traditionally kicks off the U.P. fishing tournament season.On the eve of the Atlantic ...

DNR personnel out and about doing fish surveys

ALPENA, Mich. - As Department of Natural Resources summer workers Sam Black and Joe Stutesman lifted a large-mesh fyke net in Lake Besser, the two reacted as the thrashing fish inside splashed their faces.Caught in the net were walleye, pike, three kinds of bullhead catfish, a few panfish, some ...

Vessels return to the Great Lakes to do fisheries research

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that all four of its fisheries research vessels are back on the water, beginning their annual surveys of Great Lakes fish populations.Surveys conducted by these Great Lakes research vessels are designed to examine and collect ...