Friday: Outdoors

Outdoors North

“Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing.” — Pete Seeger Rolling through the bucolic countryside on some forgotten copper-claim byway I glanced over my shoulder as I crested a small hill. When I saw what I saw I pulled the car into the crunching gravel at the side of the ...

Outdoors North: Spring sparks memories of times gone by

“Did you hear ’em talkin’ about it on the radio, did you try to read the writing on the wall.” — John Fogerty The warm gusty afternoon winds were flipping and spinning dead leaves high into the skies above the little schoolhouse. Dirt was blowing across the parking lot and down the ...

Be ready to ride

GWINN — Operating an off-highway motorcycle or off-road vehicle can be tricky enough for adults. To help youths become accustomed to this type of outdoor activity, the Forsyth Snowmobile Club and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday hosted an OHV/ORV safety education course ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30's. Hopefully the docks at Rapid River, Gladstone, North Shore and the Ford River will be installed yet this week. There is ...

Location compels writer to make choices

“You may bury my body down by the highway side, so my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride.” —Robert Johnson The old wooden sign was cracked and covered with lichen. The splintered post that held it in place was leaning, but still propping the sign up high enough to serve its ...

Protect U.P. from CWD

If the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Commission are serious about preventing chronic wasting disease from reaching the Upper Peninsula, they are going to have to take steps to make it illegal to transport whole deer and elk carcasses from the Lower Peninsula to ...

Web of Life

MARQUETTE — Taxonomy and biomass pyramids are ways people can learn about how everything in nature is connected. How do you explain potentially complicated subjects to 10-year-olds? Two Northern Michigan University students in the NMU School of Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management ...

Changes underway for U.P. fisheries

ISHPEMING — Daily fish bag limits, fish stocking and other topics were discussed at the “Conversations and Coffee” event held April 11 at the Ishpeming Township Hall. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources holds “Conversations” forums annually throughout the state to garner ...

Outdoors North

“Remember when Mr. Barnum presented Jenny Lind, they named a candy after her, a circus after him,” — Gordon Lightfoot On a rainy Saturday morning, 100 years ago today, newspapers that hit doorsteps in the state capitol reported the death of a man named August Goetz. No one knew how ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: The bubblers were locked in tight with ice and snow. Before the storm, anglers were getting 1-3 coho per trip. Those targeting steelhead in the Carp and Chocolay Rivers have caught the occasional brown trout. • Munising: Still has ice fishing and anglers were ...

Leave No Trace

MARQUETTE — You’ve got your backpack and camping gear and you’ve hiked a long way. Now you’re ready to rest. Then you come upon an opening in the woods that would make a great camp spot for the night. It’s one thing to check in at a hotel where amenities, like showers and small ...

Trees are talking; question is, are we listening?

“She’s my knotty pine, she leans with the wind, she cries turpentine.” — Gordon Lightfoot The day I was there, the sky was an incredible cobalt blue. The white birch trees that stood between me and that deep-sea sky reached their crooked, twisted and aged fingers toward the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Still had ice however the edges were getting soft in some spots. The area around Butler Island had opened up so use caution. Only a few anglers were targeting perch in 30 to 40 feet off Kipling. Catch rates were fair when using minnows or wigglers right ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was still slow unless you are looking for smelt as the fishing off Sand Point was great in 30 to 100 feet. Jig something shiny if the smelt are not there right away as it will usually bring them in. This would be a good time to bring a youngster out as ...

Lake Superior faces fishery issues

HARVEY — Lake Superior faces unique challenges compared with other Great Lakes, and those challenges were discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the Lake Superior Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee. The event, which took place at the Chocolay Township Fire Hall, brought together staff from ...

Outdoors North: Arrival of spring doesn’t come all at once

“To take you in the sun to (promised lands), to show you every one.” — Rod Argent The jagged seam stitching along the edge of the pillow has loosened. It won’t be long now before stuffing will begin to fall, in increasingly larger chunks of duff, twisting and turning in its tumbling, ...

Vandals compromise bat research project in Dickinson County

NORWAY — Conservation officers are investigating a break-in and theft of security cameras and signs from a mine site on private property near the city of Norway where an important bat research project has been under way. The old abandoned iron mine — a small, dead-end horizontal shaft ...

Outdoors North

“I’m a stranger here and I just moved into your town.” — Elmore James/Marshall Sehorn The day spring arrived — astronomically speaking — I stood just downstream of an arched highway bridge, where the dark and mighty Tahquamenon River empties into Whitefish Bay on Lake ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lake Gogebic: Perch fishing started to pick up on the north end. • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing continues to be slow for lake trout, splake, and salmon. Smelt are still biting all day and night off Sand Point and out from the Baraga Marina. Splake and coho were seen off the ...

Show your support today at Relay for Life

Young adults are often described with all sorts of unflattering adjectives: lazy, unaware, self-centered, party machines ... most of which are not just unflattering but also untrue and don’t apply to the people of that age group we know. A group of Northern Michigan University students will ...