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Outdoors

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 ...

No shortage of fish on Longest Day

COPPER HARBOR -With ice off the lake less than 30 days and water temperatures in the low 40s with rain and fog, it took a hot bite to warm up the 155 intrepid anglers competing in the 22nd Annual Longest Day Fishing Tournament in Copper Harbor Saturday.The iconic, romantic mixed scents of ...

State to recognize ‘Pure Michigan’ trails

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws to recognize top-notch trails as "Pure Michigan" trails and to create a mobile app for trail users.The six-bill package signed Thursday is intended to help showcase Michigan's network of multi-use trails and waterways. The Pure Michigan campaign ...

Not the age of Aquarius, the age of Pisces

Frequently asked questions from anglers are: How old are fish? How do you tell their age? How does this help the fishery managers? Well, as the 5th Dimension song goes, "Let the sun shine in," hopefully in understandable layman's terms in answering these important questions.Fisheries ...

Wisconsin likely to cut 2014 wolf hunt quota

By TODD RICHMONDAssociated Press WriterMADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin wildlife officials want to dramatically scale back the state's third annual wolf hunt this fall, saying the wolf population is decreasing as planned and they want to study the effects of last year's harvest.The Department of ...

Staying wise on the water

LANSING?- National Safe Boating Week in America took place in May and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is on board with that decision and fully endorses the theme of this year's campaign: "Ready, Set, Wear It.""One of our biggest concerns is making sure people understand the ...

Anglers advised to look for clipped salmon

LANSING?- Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists are reminding Lake Superior anglers to keep an eye out for Chinook salmon with missing adipose fins.In 2012, the DNR's Fisheries Division began stocking clipped Chinook salmon as a means to track and evaluate the proportion ...

Fishing report

Keweenaw Bay: The ice is finally gone and the bite is slow but steady for chinook, coho, rainbow trout and splake. Anglers are trolling in 20 to 60 feet with a mix of spoons and body baits in a variety of colors. Lake trout were caught by those jigging off the Whirl-I-Gig, Old Mission on US-41 ...

Hiking (without) boots

In late summer of last year, I was hiking with some friends on the Escarpment Trail, east of Lake of the Clouds, in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Climbing toward one of the trail's many overlook points, we passed a pair of hikers, tough hikers, descending from that overlook.What ...

Racine rules Rice Lake Fishing Derby

LAKE LINDEN - Jenny Racine's 10-pound northern pike was the catch of the day at the 2014 Rice Lake Fishing Derby put on by the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen's Association.The winning catch Sunday was 35 inches long.The walleye division turned out to be a dead heat, as both Dylan Cruickshank and ...

Johnson’s team repeat winners at Ontonagon Classic

ONTONAGON?- Last year, Jimmy Johnson's Jolly Roger Fishing Team won its first Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic after eight years of trying. This year they became the first anglers to repeat the performance."Must be that clean Black River Harbor living," Johnson grinned, sipping a celebratory NA ...

What looks like a weed might be worth eating

It looks like summer is finally going to settle in after such a long winter. On a recent canoe trip a little further north of here I was amazed by the quick transition of the seasons.When we set off on our route the woods and swamps were brown. Eight days later as we wrapped up our trip, the ...

Fish, ride and visit the parks for free during Summer Kickoff

Summer seems to have finally descended upon the Copper Country, just in the nick of time for Michigan's Summer Kickoff weekend this Saturday and Sunday.Summer Kickoff 2014 will feature the state's first Free ORV Weekend, which allows both residents and non-residents to ride off-road vehicles ...

Tiny walleye neighbors arrive

CHASSELL - The population of the Copper Country grew by about 1.1 million Thursday afternoon.Didn't notice? Well, that's because the new residents are only about 7 millimeters long.Volunteers from the Copper Country Walleye Association fanned out across the Keweenaw Waterway to give these fry a ...

Copper Country pollinators — they come buzzing

This column will stray from its mostly fishy nature, but will be of interest to wild berry pickers, hunters and anglers, as the production of wild fruit is important socially, economically and environmentally. Just ask the thimbleberry/blueberry pickers, jam makers and hunters. Just ask anglers ...

Grant helps ski club replace bridge at Maasto Hiihto

L'ANSE - The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $3,000 grant to the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club to help replace the bridge on River Trail, which follows Swedetown Creek in Hancock and is part of the club's Maasto Hiihto trail system.According to Jay Green, president, River Trail is the ...

American eels — a slippery subject

In a recent column about fish migrations, the American eel, scientifically called Angullia rostrata, was mentioned for its long distance movement and direction of travel. So, let's explore the life history, biology, and physical characteristics of this unique fish. This will, hopefully, clear ...

KBIC members harvest eight walleye via spearing

CHASSELL?- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Portage Lake special quota walleye spearing season opened the night of May 8. According to tribal President Donald Shalifoe, Sr., 11 registered participants successfully speared eight fish that night, with most participants walking the shores of ...

Five senses for spring and mysteries of flowing water/Dan Schneider

It's a good old railroad grade between Hancock and Lake Linden. A lot to see along that old road.There is the Quincy Smelter in Ripley with its fresh corrugated cladding. The old iron in Julio's yard: crane booms and rigging stretching evocatively into the sky and all the rest.Out along the ...