Outdoors

Hunters must use ORVs legally

With firearm deer hunting season approaching, conservation officers at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources remind hunters heading afield using an off-road vehicle to follow ORV land-use regulations."Each year, we see hunters using ORVs where it is illegal to operate them," said Lt. ...

Fee hike, poor weather slow run-up to season

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The cost of hunting deer in Michigan may keep some people out of the woods.Marking the lowest number in six years, the state sold 1.01 million licenses from March through Sunday, The Detroit News reported Thursday. The traditional two-week firearm season starts ...

Two sections of local trail closed for repairs

BARAGA??- Two off-road vehicle trails in the Upper Peninsula counties of Houghton and Keweenaw have temporarily closed for emergency repairs, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said recently.In Houghton County, the Bill Nicholls Trail is closed to through traffic between Obenhoff and ...

Regaining wings

HANCOCK - When a carload of Michigan Technological University students driving on US-41 hit and stunned a low-flying barred owl on Quincy Hill last week, they weren't really sure what to do. So they called Tech Public Safety and Police Services, even if they were a bit out of the campus cops' ...

Marquette youth always has an eye on the sky

MARQUETTE - It's one thing for a young person to have a hobby. It's another thing for that person to take it to a higher level with a website and research.To say Alec Olivier, an eighth-grader at Bothwell Middle School, is big into birding is an understatement. At the tender age of 14, his life ...

Trout: A love story (at the hatchery)

HARVEY - It's that time of year again: when trout milt and eggs meet.Staff at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Marquette State Fish Hatchery, located along Cherry Creek Road in Harvey, have been busy this month with fall egg-takes for brook and lake trout as well as the hybrid of ...

Examining the Otter Lake Dam — part two

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part two of a white paper on the Otter Lake Dam. Part one appeared on the Outdoors page Oct. 24.Otter Lake in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s had the reputation of being the best walleye fishery in the area. Resorts catered to anglers from Illinois and Wisconsin. This is no ...

Richardson a champion of conservation

ONTONAGON?- Rowing against a stiff wind on a small Upper Peninsula pond, J.R. Richardson (James Robert, officially; Jimmy to his long-time friends) works to position the small boat so he can cast his lure, hoping to connect with a native brook trout his preferred quarry in a region of the ...

Examining the Otter Lake Dam — part one

The purpose of this white paper, published in two parts, is to provide a detailed history, background data, and options for the future of the above captioned subjects. This should allow the interested parties to make an informed, intelligent decision regarding these currently sensitive ...

A selfish approach to picking up litter

about my experience with picking up litter in the woods.So before I give the impression that I am some wort of noble altruist, I should explain why, for me, picking up litter is a selfishly motivated act. The explanation won't take long because it is a simple one: litter infringes on my ability ...

Autumn leaves its telltale colors

Every year I'm astounded at the vibrant display of fall foliage in this area. I guess I'm not the only one, I've seen an awful lot of people pulled over taking pictures of it everywhere I go.At the end of August a few trees and shrubs started to turn on their autumn display indicating the ...

Tips for bow hunting safely

LANSING - Michigan's bowhunting season opened Oct. 1, and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are sharing tips for a safe bowhunting experience."Bowhunting is a popular pastime in Michigan and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season," said Sgt. Tom ...

DNR reminding deer hunters of new hunting license structure changes

LANSING - With Michigan's archery deer season underway as of Oct. 1, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters of recent changes to the state's hunting license structure.The new license structure authorized by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 took ...

Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club hosts coaster brook trout presentation

PELKIE - The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club will hosting Troy Zorn, Michigan DNR fisheries biologist, for a presentation on coaster brook trout rehabilitation in Michigan and the Keweenaw Bay region at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the OSC clubhouse on M-38, six miles west of Baraga.Zorn will discuss proposed ...

Dogfish don’t bark, but they sure can bite

The bowfin, commonly called dogfish in the Midwest, is truly a one of a kind fish. It is scientifically known as Amia calva, which is derived from the Greek, Amia meaning fish and calva meaning smooth. The common name of dogfish comes from their impressive set of very sharp conical teeth; much ...