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The Michigan DNR is accepting applications for U.P. Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership grants.

These are grants between $2,000 and $15,000 for the purpose of directly improving deer habitats.

The DNR has a total of $100,000 to distribute.  

This money comes from a portion of the revenue collected from deer hunting licenses.

The program’s administrator, Bill Scullon, said $100,000 actually isn’t a lot.

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Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is seeking input from the public on a draft of the state’s updated public lands strategy.

 

The state has about 4.6 million acres of state forests, parks, trails, game and wildlife areas and other public lands.

 

The DNR says feedback on the draft will be accepted through Feb. 12.

 

Input could be incorporated in the development of a final land strategy.

 

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Many ice fishermen in the Upper Peninsula wish their favorite lakes were easier to access in the winter.

A new pilot program from the Michigan DNR is addressing that challenge.

Landings and parking areas at more than two dozen U.P. lakes are being consistently plowed this winter as part of the program.

The Michigan DNR got creative to make it happen.

It’s partnering with several different volunteer groups who are helping to clear the landings for ice fishermen.

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Steve Hamilton has been waiting four years for this moment.

“It was pretty emotional. We’re pretty passionate about trails up here in our area and finally getting that access that we’ve talked with them about for so many years. It was one of the brighter days we’ve had as a club, that’s for sure,” said Hamilton.

As President of the Gogebic Range Trail Authority Snowmobile and ORV Club, Hamilton’s been working with Keweenaw Land Association, the Michigan DNR, and other partners to secure the land need for motorized trails in the Upper Peninsula.

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On a sunny day last week in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Kevin Sundholm picked up a small handful of marble-sized pellets of iron ore from the ground.

“Those pellets would go through there and they would get baked,” he said, gesturing at the abandoned foundations of the former Groveland Mine complex near Felch, in Dickinson County.

“You can see the remnants up on top of the silos there,” Sundholm said.

He knows the lay of the land. He worked here more than 40 years ago.

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Wildlife officials in many states are issuing lots more hunting and fishing licenses this year — apparently because of the coronavirus.

Americans who are weary of being cooped up at home and wearing masks elsewhere are taking refuge in outdoors sports that offer safety and solitude.

In Michigan, the number of people getting hunting licenses for the first time in at least five years has jumped 80 percent.

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Wildlife biologists in Michigan have confirmed the first sighting of an elk in the Upper Peninsula since the late 1800s.

The bull elk was photographed in Menominee County, not far from the Wisconsin border, and could have come from a Wisconsin herd more than 200 miles away.

“We started getting reports around June 6 or so. People in the area had sighted a young bull elk. This was later confirmed with photographs from one of the people that had seen it,” said Michigan DNR deputy public information officer John Pepin.