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IRON MOUNTAIN — As of Friday, mandatory deer harvest reporting remained in effect in Michigan, where archery deer season opens today.

Since this year, deer hunters are required to declare a harvest within 72 hours. The rule is intended to improve the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s deer management decisions, but lawmakers decided to scrap it.

Initially, House Bill 6354 reduced the penalty for not reporting a crop to a maximum fine of $150 – a change supported by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The current form of the bill, however, strips the NRC of the power to issue such an order.

As it stands, those who fail to report a murder within 72 hours could face fines and penalties, including jail time, although the DNR has said for the first year it will. “Emphasizing an educational approach to hunters rather than law enforcement in most circumstances.”

Harvests can be reported through the website or an app available from Apple or Google Play stores on mobile devices. Hunters who cannot report a harvest due to a lack of internet access or a smart device can enlist the assistance of a family member or friend with access, by providing their number of killing permit, their date of birth and the place of harvest to report the on behalf of the hunter.

Proponents of the new rule say it allows the DNR to collect a near real-time estimate of deer harvest as it occurs – a valuable tool the state has never had access to. previously.

Opponents maintain the requirement and its penalties are unreasonable and will discourage participation in the hunt.

More information about the order can be found at

At Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis., Fay Whisler said Wisconsin bow hunters had “took a couple nice bucks” since the opening of September 17. Electronic deer harvest registration has been mandatory in Wisconsin since 2015, though Badger State has more options than Michigan, including toll-free telephone prompts.

The Wisconsin Youth Deer Hunt is next weekend, October 8-9. All young hunters must have successfully completed a hunter education program or participated in a supervised hunt.

Fishing pressure remains light, Whisler said, with a 40-inch northern pike caught on a sucker minnow highlighting the week’s catch. “Some smaller walleyes have been caught on both caterpillars and sucker minnows,” she added.

The Northern Saddle Club will be hosting a Poker Race, Ride and Party on Saturday, October 8 at the Hall’s Creek Equestrian Trailhead on Hall’s Creek Road in Florence County. No horse is required to participate. For more information, visit or the club’s Facebook page.

In anticipation of winter, the Tri-County Snowmobile Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Waucedah Township Hall in Loretto. Fall plans are underway and the club will be releasing and updating signs over the next few weeks.

The Michigan DNR reported this activity in the Upper Peninsula:

Carp River and Nunns Creek: Salmon fishing was going at high speed as coho, pink and chinook salmon concentrated at the mouth of Nunns Creek. The fishing was not as intense on the Carp River above the mouth. Anglers wearing waders had more success because they could access a wider area to find active fish.

Petite baie de Noc: The fishing was slow because the wind prevented the fishermen from fishing.

Manistic: Anglers caught chinook salmon as they floated in a hank. Pink salmon fishing was good drifting pearls and casting artificial bait. A few brown trout were also caught.

Marquette: Fishing activity increased, with lake trout being the most frequently fished species. A few anglers also reported catching salmon. Most lake trout were spoon-caught by anglers fishing from the white rocks in 60 to 90 feet of water. Lake trout have been caught near Granite Island in water 150 feet or deeper using spoons and flickers. Anglers also reported catches of salmon as they trolled near the mouth of the Chocolay River to Shot Point. Try making high rows using rainbow/golden salmon spoons. Anglers fishing in the Chocolay River have reported catching fish while fishing with spinners or floating spawn.

Munising Bay: Fishing effort was low due to weather conditions. Several anglers fishing off the pier reported catching some small scum.

Grand Marais: Very few fishermen went out due to the conditions. Trolling boat in harbor tagged fish; however, only one coho was captured.

Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay: Lake trout fishing was good when the weather allowed anglers to go out. Anglers also reported catching salmon, but the bite was slow. Fishermen mainly used spoons and winking flies. Coho and rainbow trout have been caught in coastal waters while fishing near the mouths of rivers. Try trolling early in the morning as the salmon and trout begin to prepare for their spawning migrations.

Big Traverse Bay/South Portage Entrance: Anglers fishing just outside the mouth of the canal weren’t having much luck. However, reports of lake trout caught trolling were increasing. Recent weather conditions have made fishing difficult and kept activities low. Try to catch the first bite when the salmon and trout start to show up in the river mouth.

Au Train: Fishing activity has remained low over the past week. Au Train Island was the only place where anglers reported catching lake trout. Anglers have reported catches of lake trout in the flats around the island as well as in deep water. Anglers who fished the flats did better dragging spoons or flickers in 40 to 60 feet of water. Anglers fishing in 80 to 150 feet of water picked up fish while dragging spoons or jigging with cut bait.

Lake George: Fishing in Lake George was productive, with northern pike, smallmouth bass and yellow perch caught. An occasional walleye was also caught, which is an increase from previous weeks. The weather has been difficult for anglers and has influenced what interests fish day to day.

Lac Nicolet: Fishing in Lac Nicolet has improved recently, mainly due to changes in weather and water temperature. Anglers troll for walleye, pike and bass, jig for yellow perch, and use a variety of salmon gear and techniques. Anglers who were able to find schools of baitfish were able to catch more fish. More salmon have been seen in the river, and numbers are expected to increase in the fall.

Upper St. Marys: Recent weather has limited angling activity where a few Yellow Perch have been reported. Caterpillars and minnows were the bait of choice when fishing the bottom of the river. Anglers also reported catches of northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass near the locks and in the Tahquamenon River.

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Earnest A. Martinez