Outdoors

Hardy birds band together to get through winter

I've often wondered how the birds that stick around endure the winter. A friend recently piqued my interest on this subject so I decided to do a little research. Some of the information I found was fairly obvious but confirms my thoughts.After a bit of looking around, though, I realized there ...

Colorado skier wins Noquemanon marathon

MARQUETTE - A bitterly cold wind may have slowed down other skiers Saturday, but not Colorado's Tad Elliott.While spectators stomped their feet on the sidelines to keep warm, Elliot cruised up and down the course and blazed across the finish line in a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, 22 seconds to ...

Wolf management discussed at State Senate teleconference

MANISTIQUE - The Upper Peninsula and Lansing were a little closer Wednesday afternoon as U.P. residents gave testimony via video conference on the impact of wolves before the state Senate Natural Resources Committee.The focus of the hearing was Senate Resolution No. 7 - sponsored by State Sen. ...

Delong leads rampant Ski Tigers

CABLE, Wis. - On one of the toughest courses in the Midwest, the Copper Country Ski Tigers race team represented well in the Midwest/Great Lakes Junior National Qualifier this weekend.In the Saturday classic races, Mitchell Delong dominated the U-16 field, finishing 30 seconds ahead of the next ...

Buschell blazes at Ontonagon Snow Drags

ONTONAGON - Lake Linden's Jerry Buschell won the Top Gun Feature at Saturday's Ontonagon County Economic Partnership (OCEP) Upper Peninsula Snow Drag Championships. Buschell defeated teammate Paul Voelker and John Mihelich in the final. Voelker and Mihelich are from Laurium.All 3 drivers were ...

Riding frozen waves

In the 2001 documentary film "Dogtown & Z-Boys," about the birth of skateboarding culture in Venice Beach, California, in the late 1970s, former members of the Zephyr competition skateboarding team describe the skateboarding style they developed as an emulation of surfing on a static, ...

Ripley racing girls shine at regional ski meet

RIPLEY - The Mont Ripley Race Team was well represented in the U16 (ages 14 and 15) age group as the hill hosted a series of United States Ski and Snowboard Association - Region 2 Central Division giant slalom races last Friday and SaturdayAlpine racers from as far away as St. Louis competed in ...

Historically poor 2014 deer season big part of year outdoors

HOUGHTON - The year 2014 outdoors featured lawsuits, regulation changes and ballot initiatives but when all was said and done, the most memorable part was a historically poor firearm deer season.Two consecutive severe winters led the Michigan DNR to issue a gloomy projection for the 2014 ...

Proposed rules boost coaster brook trout

MARQUETTE - New restrictions on trout fishing along the lower reaches of eight streams in Marquette and Baraga counties are being proposed to try to help revitalize coaster brook trout populations in Lake Superior tributaries.Coaster brook trout live in Lake Superior and spawn in tributaries. ...

DNR investigating Baraga Co. poaching

BARAGA?- Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking information regarding the illegal killing of a bull moose that occurred in late November in Baraga County.The moose carcass was discovered on Saturday, Dec. 13. Based on evidence collected at the site, ...

Snowshoeing with Robert Morris

On the north side of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, there is a large-scale earthwork sculpture, "Project X." Robert Morris made it in 1974 as part of a city-wide sculpture exhibiton called "Art Off the Pedestal."Its design is simple: a pair of crossed, straight, asphalt-paved walkways ...

Tending to your traditional snowshoes

Now that the snow is here it might be time to think about breaking out the snowshoes. There is certainly enough snow on the ground in most places to warrant their use. Without them, walking around in the snow can prove difficult if not exhausting.I recently participated in a snowshoe lacing ...

More happy hunters

Lane Laux, 7, from Tapiola, shot this 4-pointer weighing out at 130 pounds at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 16 with a .243 while hunting with father Bob in Houghton County.?This is Laux's second buck after he took one during the September youth hunt last year.Hailey Cronenworth took this 6-pointer on Nov. ...

November to remember

Successful hunters from throughout the Copper Country are invited to submit pictures of their bucks at bveale@mininggazette.com, using the DMG's Virtual Newsroom service or by dropping them off at the DMG's Houghton office.

Things to be thankful for outdoors

Happy Thanksgiving to all you outdoorswomen and men, even though the deer season was tough weather- and deer-wise. If you are not too tripped out on tryptophan, we will attempt to relate the reasons why we outdoor folks should be thankful for 2014.Most important is that the Michigan ...

Reading, writing, going outside for a while

I have a book on my shelf at home. It has been around for a while, and was well read long before I got hold of it.It has spent some time in the sun, too, judging by its spine, which has faded to pale lavender while the rest of the cover is deep purple.One of its past owners bought it used at a ...

Many tactics out there for getting your buck

Saturday is the start of the rifle season for deer hunting. I'm sure tonight will be a sleepless night for many an anxious hunter, myself included. The thoughts of previous years' hunting excursions and deer encounters will be playing through my head on repeat just like every other year. Also ...

10 tips for a safe hunt

As firearm deer hunting season approaches, Michigan's hunters are headed to the field to carry on the state's rich hunting traditions. Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are offering their top tips for a safe hunting experience."Hunting in Michigan is a ...