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Friday: Outdoors

Taking stock: Michigan’s latest deer harvest

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an indepth look at the recently concluded firearm deer season and discussions and debates that have followed it regarding the Michigan deer herd. More on this topic will be published next week. MARQUETTE — The 2023 firearm deer season is officially complete. Although ...

Outdoors North

The snow falls soft, and I close my eyes and spin around slowly with my face turned to the sky. Whether rain or snow, it always feels good to feel precipitation on my face, especially when it’s coming down so softly. Raindrops don’t live very long, but they can do a lot of good. Their big ...

Outdoors North

In these wee hours, after the cars have stopped passing along the county road, while the stars are winking at me from between the clouds, the only sound I hear is a soft breeze lifting off the snow-covered ground. The night is cold, and the undulating wind wants me to know that winter has ...

Outdoors North

I have recently been thinking about why some places I visit for the first time tend to make a lasting impression on me and others don’t. It’s kind of odd. For example, I can experience two similar-sized lakes in settings very much resembling each other in surrounding forest makeup, ...

Winter birds move in, as inevitable as snowcover

“To paraphrase the great poet Dante, the heavens swirl above us and our eyes are still cast to the ground.” – Vanna Bonta “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.” – Paulo Coelho Some recent weather fronts ...