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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Richard P. Smith

Mouth of Michigan’s Dead River moved at Marquette’s Upper Harbor

The mouth of the Dead River in Michigan at Marquette’s Upper Harbor was moved back to where it was in 1939 in a joint dredging project carried out during March between the city of Marquette, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, and the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad, according to City Planner Dennis Stachewicz.
During recent years, the river channel shifted from flowing in an easterly direction into Lake Superior to heading farther north toward the LS&I ore dock.

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Resolution at Michigan United Conservation Clubs convention supports future Upper Peninsula moose hunt

One of the resolutions the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) approved at its annual convention in Sault Ste. Marie on March 9 supports establishing a moose hunt in the western Upper Peninsula.
The resolution would limit such a hunt to a maximum of 10 bulls, and the hunters who would receive those limited licenses would be determined in a drawing similar to those currently conducted for elk, bear, and antlerless deer.

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Commentary: Increasing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula bear licenses would benefit the deer herd

Increasing the Upper Peninsula bear harvest by issuing more bear licenses will increase recruitment of fawns, thereby increasing the white-tailed deer population.
Black bears are major predators on fawns. Retired DNR deer researcher John Ozoga confirmed that single yearling black bears reduced fawn survival by 22% during each year over three years that one bear gained access to the one square mile enclosure at the Cusino Wildlife Research Station in Shingleton.

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Nearly two-thirds of Michigan Upper Peninsula hunters rate 2023 deer season as ‘poor’

The Michigan DNR’s annual Upper Peninsula Deer Camp Survey from the 2023 firearms season confirmed that deer sightings and hunter success were down significantly from the year before, especially in the region’s western counties. 
However, buck hunting success actually increased slightly in eastern counties, according to survey results reported by DNR wildlife biologist David Jentoft.

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Michigan business, Bear’s Den Pizzeria, honors bowhunting legend, Fred Bear

Fans of legendary Michigan bowhunter “Papa” Fred Bear, who don’t already know, will be pleased to learn a Grayling, Mich., business honors the bowhunting pioneer by displaying some of the bows and arrows his company manufactured along with mounts and pictures of some of the big game Bear shot via stick and string.
Bear’s archery manufacturing business was located in Grayling from 1947 through 1978 and so was a museum, until manufacturing moved to Gainesville, Fla., where Bear Archery remains today.

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Michigan man captures rare video of cougar killing a deer

Eli Schaefer from Houghton, Mich., still can’t believe he was lucky enough to capture video of a cougar killing a white-tailed deer on one of his trail cameras near Toivola in Houghton County on the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2023.
The dramatic video shows a large male mountain lion after it pounced on and overpowers what appears to be a young antlerless deer.

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Mandatory deer harvest reporting in Michigan off by 14% in year one

Based on the Michigan DNR’s 2022 Deer Harvest Survey Report compiled by DNR statistician Brian Frawley, about 14% of the hunters who shot deer that year did not comply with the mandatory reporting requirement – the first year the state required mandatory reporting.
The estimated harvest from surveys sent to a random sample of deer hunters was 339,189 compared to 297,132 kills that were reported, a difference of 42,057.

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Michigan DNR to buy 10,000 acres in Keweenaw Peninsula

The state of Michigan plans to purchase 10,000 acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula from 32,541 acres the Nature Conservancy acquired at the end of 2022. 
That was the message DNR public land specialist Scott Whitcomb recently told the audience at a meeting in the Allouez Township Hall in Keweenaw County. The land is referred to as the Keweenaw Heartlands.

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Michigan bear harvest slips slightly during 2023 season

Hunters registered a total of 1,905 black bears in Michigan during 2023 seasons, according to preliminary figures from the DNR. That total is down 68 animals from last year, but almost identical to the 1,907 bruins checked during 2021. 
State licensed hunters accounted for 1,844 of the total harvest this year and 61 were tagged by tribal members.

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