Outdoors

All about that bass in Escanaba

ESCANABA - With the first day of competition completed, Greg Hackney is now two days away from being crowned the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year.Hackney caught five fish for a total weight of 18 pounds Thursday, to maintain his lead in the Angler of the Year standings. His total weight ...

Our industrial heritage and our outdoor future

Outside of Mason, there are birch trees growing out of the roof of the old Quincy Mining Company No. 1 Stamp Mill. Fish swim among the frame members of the reclamation dredge.The woods up here are criss-crossed with mining companies' railroad grades. Trees flank these grades, grow up around the ...

So many fall activities to prepare for

Autumn is just around the corner and I'm starting to panic. I love fall in the Copper Country but it's a rush to keep up. I'm trying to get out and fish, hunt, or forage, while at the same time trying to put up produce from the garden, protect all those green tomatoes from frost, and have the ...

Local support for game bird habitats

HANCOCK - Grouse season is almost here, and recently several groups have shown their support by donating dollars to the Department of Natural Resources' GEMS (Grouse Enhanced Management Systems) program.Mike Rose, with the UP Wildlife Habitat Fund, donated $1,500 for the three GEMS locations in ...

The brook trout — our state fish

Last week we looked at lake trout in great detail, so looking at our only other area native trout should likewise be of interest. The question is, "How many species of brook trout are there?" Many would say two, so let us investigate.Brook trout, scientifically known as Salvelinus fontinalis, ...

Type-casting for trout

An age-old question and frequent topic of discussion among Lake Superior lake trout anglers is "How many kinds of lake trout are there in Lake Superior?" Many feel there are up to a dozen different kinds, but most only two types. What are the facts?Sport fishers and commercial fisherman have ...

Michigan Senate passes wolf hunt bill

LANSING, Mich. - The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to keep intact the state's power to allow wolf hunts, approving a bill designed to keep voters from stopping future hunts in referendums in November.The initiated legislation was proposed by hunting and outdoor groups that ...

KBIC makes investment in boat washing program

BARAGA?- In May 2014, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department (KBIC) has initiated an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program.The purpose of this program is to conduct public education and help prevent the spread of AIS. Funds were provided by the Great Lakes Restoration ...

Fragments of the familiar: state parks and blue blazes

I'm sitting at a picnic table in the camping area at McLain State Park. It's Sunday, warm out, blue sky overhead and Lake Superior is just a little bit choppy from the breeze. This is a familiar spot, this picnic table or others like it. I have sat at this table, or one in a camp site up or ...

Shooting stars and supermoons

Well, it looks like August is shaping up to be more seasonable than the cold wet month of July we just came out of.Perhaps if it stays dry for a while those persistent hordes of mosquitoes that have been driving me mad will finally abate. It would definitely make it easier to stick around out ...

Derby gives youngsters angling opportunity

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - When Calumet's Lindsay White was young, she talked Dad into baiting the hooks when they went fishing. Now she's a parent herself and the worm, as they say, has turned."Mom had to learn to do the worms, because the kids won't do it," she said Saturday at the Calumet-Keweenaw ...

Finnish fisher-kids

First photo, Eli Torola, 5, caught this 26 1/2-inch walleye weighing in at 5 1/2 pounds in Portage Lake near Chassell on July 12. Eli has been up visiting his grandparents in the area this summer. Second photo, Isaac Torola, 7, landed this 21-inch smallmouth bass July 10 near Dollar Bay. ...

National trappers’ convention underway in Escanaba

ESCANABA - Organizers say 6,000-plus visitors are expected to attend the National Trappers Association Convention/Outdoor Expo in Escanaba this week. The four-day event began Thursday and runs through Sunday at the U.P. State Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. ...

Bete Grise wetlands a treasure to be preserved

Keweenaw is full of natural treasures with none more beautiful or ecologically significant than Bete Grise.If you have ever driven the "south shore" along the Gay-Lac La Belle Road, you have probably noticed the picturesque shoreline of colorful Jacobsville Sandstone, towering White Pines and ...

Lunkers invade North Shore Invitiational

EAGLE HARBOR - When a couple of Finns throw a free-form fishing tournament, you never know who's going to come. A lot of big fish showed up for the Second Annual North Shore Invitational in Eagle Harbor Saturday, and so did a motley crew of the usual suspects to try and catch them for fame and ...

Mountain biking with Marx

Riding my mountain bike down the old Copper Range Railroad grade some of these last few days, I got to thinking about Marx and his ideas relating to alienation.Now, when most people think about Karl Marx and alienation, economics comes to mind. The worker is alienated from the product he ...

Deconstructing dams

MARQUETTE - Life near waterfalls might change your body type, if you were a fish. That's what Kayla Knoll, a graduate student in biology at Northern Michigan University, is researching for her master's thesis.Knoll is looking at the effects of dams and other barriers, particularly waterfalls, ...

Kids fishing derby July 19 in Calumet

CALUMET - The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen's Club is hosting the 10th Free Kids Fishing Derby July 19 at Swedetown Pond in Calumet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keweenaw youngsters, visitors and vacationers are invited to enjoy a day of fishing, food and fun. All children must be accompanied by a parent ...

DNR volunteers sought for U.P. State Fair

ESCANABA?- The Department of Natural Resources is looking for avid hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts interested in lending a hand to share their skills with a new generation at the U.P. State Fair Aug. 11-17 in Escanaba,At the DNR's Pocket Park, found just past gate No. 1 at the ...

Talking turtles in the Copper Country

In recent weeks you may have noticed an increase in turtle sightings either on roads or yards. In our area, we have a pretty good population of painted turtles and snapping turtles. Both of these turtles are mainly aquatic and rarely venture far from the water's edge. Another much rarer variety ...