Friday: Outdoors

Black bears and humans: what you should know

MARQUETTE — For many people, the opportunity to see a Michigan black bear in the wild is an amazing experience. Black bears are Michigan’s only bear species. These animals prefer large hardwood or pine forests, intermixed with wetlands, and they can be colored black, brown or ...

Thoughtless people sully forest lands with litter

“Iron mountains and skies of blue, good planets are scarce and few.” — Steve Forbert In the deep woods, far from these streets, among the turning leaves of autumn and the songs of the stream, the birds and the breezes, I wandered along a deer path in the mud that led to the edge of ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Those able to get out reported slow catch rates with only a few lake trout taken in shallow waters around the harbor. River fishing has been slow as most are still waiting on a big push of coho. The Dead River still has Chinook and a few pink salmon but the fish ...

Last venture for brook trout offers inspiration

“It’s either real or it’s a dream, there’s nothing that is in between. Twilight, I only meant to stay awhile.” — Jeff Lynne As I made it back to my vehicle, just after the sun had gone down, the colors of the twilight silhouetting the trees on the horizon stopped me in my ...

Michigan’s other game bird grouse — the sharptail

LANSING — Mention grouse to most Michiganders and they immediately assume you’re talking about ruffed grouse, game birds that thrive in early successional forests — think aspen — and provide much of the romance in upland bird-hunting lore. But there’s another grouse in Michigan that ...

Fishing report

• Marquette: When anglers can get out, coho were caught in the Upper and Lower Harbors as well as between the Chocolay River and Shot Point. The lake trout action was hit-or-miss however limit catches were reported on the good days. Most of the salmon in the rivers are dark now but a few ...

When heading to the woods, little things matter

john pepin “Windsurfer, all he wanted to do was outrun the sun, to take her in his arms when the lonely day was done.” — Bill Dees There’s a great deal good to be said for the enjoyment getting together with others can bring when heading out to the woods and waters. Looking for ...

Doing it the RV way

ISHPEMING — There are many ways of taking in the outdoors, some more rustic than others. Backpackers probably would prefer sleeping in a tent, but not everybody has the physical ability — or even desire — to go that route. For some people, a recreational vehicle is the preferred way ...

Gone fishin’

• Munising: Had few boat anglers as most have started to winterize their vessels or are now hunting. Fishing remains slow for pier and shore anglers. Splake fishing was poor with few caught. A couple coho were caught by those casting spoons or spinners in bright orange or chartreuse. A few ...

Local youth bags first buck with crossbow

Matthew Brady of Marquette got his first buck on the opening day of archery season. Brady, who is 11, got the six-pointer in Marquette County hunting with a crossbow from a tree stand at 23 yards. Matthew has been hunting archery for three seasons, but this is the first time he has had a ...

Bayou bash

HARVEY — One year isn’t exactly perpetuity, but it’s a start. The Chocolay Bayou 1st Birthday Bash took place Saturday at the Chocolay Township Marina, located just down the road off Main Street from the entrance to the new nature preserve. The event marked the first year of the ...

Outdoors North: Autumn’s arrival reminds writer of times past

“All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.” — John Phillips and Michelle Gilliam With the curtain set to fall on another brook trout season, my thoughts turn like the autumn leaves to the hunts I’d take with my dad for “partridge” ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Near limits of coho were caught near White Rocks and from the Chocolay River mouth to shot point. Flasher/fly and j-plugs worked best in 40 to 60 feet. A few steelhead and brown trout were also caught. Lake trout were caught between White Rocks and Granite Island. • Au Train: ...

Pheasants Forever

MARQUETTE — Pheasants in the Upper Peninsula? There might not be an overabundance of the popular game bird here, which is more plentiful downstate, but that doesn’t mean habitat can’t be cultivated to nurture other species. A small group of interested hunters and conservationists ...

Outdoors North: Autumnal equinox brings feeling of balance

“But if you could bring her back to me or take her from my memory, then time you’d be a friend of mine.” — Sue Lane There seem to be a handful occasions during the year when the tremendous rush and hurry of life’s rolling river slows into quiet, pooling waters long enough to catch ...

Outdoors North: Leaving a ‘Gone Fishing’ note may be good practice

“I wished I’d looked before I leaped, I didn’t know it was so deep. Been down so far I don’t get wet, I haven’t touched the bottom yet,” — Diane Hildebrand and The Monkees With the deep purple shadows of evening starting to fall, the shiny teardrop-shaped spinner blade was ...

Marquette marathoners

MARQUETTE — Local runners Bill Sved and Donna Thackwray have finished the Marquette Marathon, as have many others. Their resume, though, also includes races in glamorous locales like the Honolulu and Maui Oceanfront marathons. However, every state has its scenic spots, and running a ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow as most struggled to catch two or three fish. Coho were caught near the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. A couple chinook were caught in the rivers but no word on coho yet. • Au Train: Limit and near limit ...

Michigamme Highlands

MARQUETTE — The Nature Conservancy recently created another forest reserve in Michigan by acquiring more than 6,100 acres in the Michigamme Highlands of Baraga County, west of Marquette. The reserve is adjacent to the northern and western boundaries of Craig Lake State Park. The new ...

Capturing the elusive thirteen-lined ground squirrels

“Go, go gophers, watch them go, go, go,” — W. Watts Biggers At a recent late afternoon visit to the Marquette County Fair, I inadvertently found myself on an information quest after I saw a small animal skulking on the warm cement in the sunlight, outside the open door to the 4-H ...