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Sportsmen to hold pistol shoot
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:39 PM

CHANNING—On Sept. 22, the Sagola Township Sportsmens Club will be hosting the 2013 Pistol Tournament. Range safety briefing will begin at 10 a.m. with the tournament to begin after.

Looking for food
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:40 PM

This seems to be a familiar sight in the Iron County area lately. Residents have shared stories of young black bears visiting their homes. This bear, heading for the bird feeder, was photographed by Darin Long of Iron River. (Long photo)

Opportunities abound this season for Michigan small-game hunters
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:40 PM

MARQUETTE—Small-game hunting season begins Sept. 1 with the opening of the early Canada goose season and continues until rabbit and hare season ends on March 31. DNR’s wildlife biologists across the state say hunters should find conditions similar to last year in Michigan’s wood lots, farm fields and wetlands.

Ruffed Grouse Society hosts banquet Oct. 3
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:39 PM

IRON MOUNTAIN—The Northwoods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its ninth annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Pine Mountain Golf and Ski Resort, N3332 Pine Mountain Road I Iron Mountain beginning with a reception party at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

DNR’s Western U.P. CAC to meet on Sept. 16
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:39 PM

SPALDING—The DNR’s Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) will meet in Menominee County on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Normenco Sportsman’s Club, located on Normenco Road in Spalding.

Photographing loons on Sunset Lake PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:02 PM

The male and female common loons have similar markings. When seen together, the male can be distinguished by being slightly larger. (Bob McCarthy photo)IRON RIVER—As each season changes, a local photographer, Bob McCarthy, make good use of his vantage point on Sunset Lake to capture nature and wildlife. Here, a family of common loons takes a late August swim on the Iron River area lake. Many of his photos are spectacular views of sunrises with mirror images of sky and treeline. Wildlife photos are others he shares with the Reporter.

DNR invites public input on forest plans for Dickinson and Iron counties
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:02 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—The DNR will host an open house on Sept. 24 in Crystal Falls to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2015 in the Crystal Falls management unit, which includes Dickinson and Iron counties.
The open house is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. CDT at the Crystal Falls Field Office, 1420 Highway U.S. 2 West, Crystal Falls

Audubon to meet
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:01 PM

CASPIAN—The Lee LeBlanc Chapter of the Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

What kind of caterpillar is this? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:17 PM

While picking chokecherries in the Caspian area, Patty Soderbloom grabbed onto something large, squishy and spiked. When she saw the large green caterpillar she gave out a yell. Maurice Beauchamp broke the branch the caterpillar was clinging so that photos could be taken. The extra large caterpillar will eventually turn into a large cecropia moth, North America’s largest native moth and a member of the giant silk moth family. The cecropia moth caterpillar feeds upon many common trees and shrubs. As they grow, larger small black hairs grow from tubercles (small projections) all over the body, which at early stages is yellow-green. As the larvae grow, the coloration becomes green to bluish-green, with the tubercles becoming blue, yellow or orange. Upon reaching maturity in autumn, the caterpillars, now 4 to 4-1/2 inches long, spin large cocoons on trees or wooden structures to emerge as adults in the first two weeks early summer. (Soderbloom photos)

ORV trail opens connecting Iron River and Marenisco
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:17 PM

ONTONAGON—MI-TRALE, (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment), a multi-use trail organization, announces that the Ottawa 70 miles of the new East Connector (EC) will officially open for travel on Saturday, Aug. 31.