Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

Outdoors North

“But my words like silent raindrops fell, within the wells of silence.” — Paul Simon As the shadows fell and the world turned, I watched the stars — in their intriguing constellations — move across the cold skies of a late winter’s March night. I made my observations over a ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: Ice was still present at the Upper Harbor bubblers. Those fishing the open water did well for coho but were dragging boats across the ice to get to the open water. This is very dangerous and is not recommended. Fishing on the Carp and Chocolay Rivers was very ...

Dip netting season open through May

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers the dip netting season opened Tuesday and closes May 31. The following species can be taken: bowfin, carp, goldfish, gizzard shad, longnose gar, smelt and suckers. Waters open to dip netting include all Lower ...

Hunter safety courses available

LANSING — Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers remind new hunters that it’s not too early to sign up for safety classes. All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960, must successfully complete a hunter safety course. “Michigan offers quality hunting ...

Things looking up at Shiras Planetarium

MARQUETTE — Gazing at the stars, moon and other astronomical objects in the dark can be literally and figuratively an otherworldly experience. Viewing the nighttime sky, though, can be problematic, what with cloud cover, cold temperatures, urban light pollution and the like. That’s when ...

DNR website gets updated look

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ website at michigan.gov/dnr has received a makeover. With input from website users and web-development experts, the DNR built the site to make it easier to use and more helpful to customers. The new site features: a navigation ...

Outdoors North

“Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC, didn't get to bed last night; on the way the paper bag was on my knee, man, I had a dreadful flight.” — John Lennon/Paul McCartney Fifty years ago, newspapers across the country on this day were announcing New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy had begun his ...

Copper Country conservation

MARQUETTE — Protected land usually just doesn’t happen by itself. Case in point: The Pilgrim River Forest Project, an acquisition that includes conservation easements on nearly 1,300 acres of prime forestland and 3.5 miles of the Pilgrim River corridor, which is next to the Pilgrim River ...

Collecting memories like photos in an album

“The things you said I never understood are now crystal clear,” – Alan Jackson Back in the corner of my mind sits a big box of old photographs. Most of the best images are in black-and-white, clear and crisp, uncompromised by color film processing. These are mostly pictures from the ...

Applications being accepted for Porkies residency

Applications being accepted for Porkies residency ONTONAGON — Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2018 spring, summer and fall, and 2019 winter residencies. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists and artisans whose ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: When the bubblers were free of ice, good numbers of coho along with the occasional brown trout or splake were caught. The ice blew in last Saturday afternoon and anglers were no longer able to access the bubblers by boat or the ice as it was not safe to walk ...

Breaking down the DNR’s budget

LANSING — At first glance, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ budget of almost $409 million this fiscal year is enough to make a taxpayer blanch. However, many Michigan taxpayers may not know that only 14 percent of the DNR’s current budget is financed by state taxes. Of ...

Outdoors North/Springtime arising from winter’s snow and ice

“To take you in the sun to (promised lands); to show you everyone, it's the time of the season for loving.” – Rod Argent Trudging into our little classroom in the old brownstone Grammar School, we made our way to the cloak room to hang our jackets, hats and mittens that had shielded us ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Keweenaw Bay: Still had ice with snow cover on top however the snow could be gone by the end of the week so anglers might want to bring cleats for easier travel on the ice. Lake trout fishing was fair off the Whirl-I-Gig. The whitefish bite was slow. Splake fishing was ...

Sound testing for snowmobiles

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will provide free courtesy snowmobile sound testing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the agency’s customer service center at 1990 U.S. 41 South in Marquette. DNR conservation officers also will be available during this time to ...

Volunteers sought for frog surveys

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers throughout the state to assist with its annual frog and toad survey, an effort that helps biologists monitor frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state. Declining populations of frogs, toads and other ...