Friday: Outdoors

Message in a bottle

MARQUETTE — Tucked away at Northern Michigan University’s Department of Biology is a mount of a brown pelican from the late 1800s and a porcupine preserved in a bottle of formalin. They’re just a few of the items whose home is the NMU Museum of Zoology. Working at the museum are ...

Gone fishin’

• Lake Gogebic: Walleye and smallmouth bass were still being caught. • Keweenaw Bay: Still had open water and was providing opportunities for lake trout, splake, and brown trout. • Menominee River: Anglers caught walleye, brown trout and steelhead from the US-41 Bridge to the Hattie ...

Outdoors Skills: 10 essential survival items you’ll need in emergency

Whether you're a hunter, fisher, birdwatcher, day hiker, skier, mountain biker, or other outdoors enthusiast, carrying a personal survival kit can increase your chances of surviving an injury or unintended night out in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula. Ideally, the following items should be ...

Great horned owl released into wild

MARQUETTE — You could say it was a case of more wild wings coming to Wild Wings. A rehabilitated owl was released Monday from the same vicinity where had been found injured: the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant along U.S. 41 in Marquette Township. The Chocolay Raptor Center, based in Harvey ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: One of the docks in the Upper Harbor has been pulled. The Lower Harbor still had both docks in. Only a few anglers were out and caught lake trout in the harbors and near the river mouths. Slow river fishing with only a couple coho or steelhead taken. • Au Train: The ...

Outdoors North: Winter’s arrival changes more than temperatures

“The sea, the sky, my heart and I, we’re all an indigo hue. Without you it’s a blue, blue world.” — George Chet Forrest / Robert Craig Wright Whenever it arrives, however light or heavy, the first snowfall of the season changes the landscape as it changes hearts and minds. Once ...

Astronomy event SATURDAY

MARQUETTE — Local stargazers might want to visit the Dark Sky Park on Presque Isle Saturday as the Marquette Astronomical Society plans to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. InOWN is an annual worldwide event that promotes the observation, appreciation and understanding of the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: During breaks from the weather anglers were able to get a few lake trout and a couple coho. Little activity was reported on the Dead River but a few coho and steelhead were caught on the Carp and Chocolay rivers. Munising: Recent summer-like temperatures saw ...

Drive to Keweenaw provides stunning vistas

“I climbed the Redwood Hill, ‘twas on a rainy day, to rise above the throng and talk with Mother Nature for a while.” — Gordon Lightfoot The hours on the drive north and west, across the lift bridge and up to the eastern side of the Keweenaw Peninsula had all the hallmarks of ...

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 ...