Spring arrived on March 20, but you wouldn’t know it if you live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
With early ice forming on the St. Mary’s River’s Munuscong Bay, the author and friends enjoyed a good day of fishing.
More than 750 deer heads were examined in a core surveillance area around Dickinson County. Hundreds more were checked in an area that extended into Marquette County.
DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.
DNR wildlife biologists had planned to capture about 20 birds from the eastern U.P. and re-introduce them to Ontonagon County. However, late winter snowfall and a persistent groundcover of snow have delayed the effort until next spring for the game birds, which haven’t been seen reliably in the area since the mid-’90s.
With the exception of Menominee County, 14 of the U.P.’s 15 counties have at least one stream included on the 10-brook-trout list.
State DNR supervisor says things looked good for the U.P. deer herd a month ago. But the situation has deteriorated as winter has held on.
Completing the study will provide DNR wildlife managers with valuable information needed if chronic wasting disease is detected in the U.P.
Wakefield and Watersmeet check stations help ‘Keep the U.P. CWD free’ efforts.
Many parts of the Upper Peninsula have seen a recent increase in kayak recreation.
That core population area is estimated at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015, but moose hunt in Michigan is not currently being considered.
Seasons for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge for all U.P. waters including the Great Lakes, inland waters, and St. Marys River open Monday.
Upper Peninsula hunter gets an early start this year on turkey hunting in Michigan.
The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state-managed lands in the U.P.
That was the last time I’ll be driving the truck on the ice this year, though, unless we get another prolonged period of cold weather.
DNR partners with sheriff’s deputies to patrol snowmobile noise complaints in and around Houghton, Mich.
Michigan announces deadline for deer habitat improvement grants