2013-12-05 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

Winners drawn for area ‘Buck and Me’ contest

MANISTIQUE – The winners of the Pioneer Tribune’s annual “Buck & Me” hunting photo contest have been drawn.

The winner of the Timber Strike pop-up blind from Top O’Lake Sport Shop is Molly Slavinski.

Jeff Zellner takes home a $150 Carhartt gift certificate from the Peoples Store.

The winner of the dozen roses from the Flower Shop at Ben Franklin is Pat Braun.

All entrants participating in the contest had entered photos of themselves with the deer they bagged during the 2013 firearm deer season.

The contest ran from Nov. 15 until Dec. 2.

DNR approves ORV connector routes in U.P.

LANSING – The first connector routes proposed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to allow off-road vehicles to travel in the rights of way, including some shoulders of state highways, have been approved by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Twelve routes in the Upper Peninsula were chosen as pilot locations where ORVs are allowed to operate within MDOT rights of way. The routes were established under new rules signed into law in 2013.

Eleven of these routes are signed and open, with a seasonal closure Dec. 1. The 12th route will be signed and opened with the initial 11 locations beginning May 1, 2014, when the seasonal closure ends. The pilot project will include follow-up review of safety and environmental impacts, impacts to the rights of way and easements, and property owner issues.

ORV operation on the shoulders of state highways is initially limited to these 12 pilot routes, although more routes may be approved in the future. The new law does not open up all state highway rights of way to ORV traffic.

ORV right-of-way rules for the connector routes include: 25 mph speed limit; riders must be single file; obey annual seasonal closure of Dec. 1 to May 1

The new connector routes will provide ORV riders a legal point of access to communities, attractions and services near existing ORV trail networks.

For more information about riding ORVs in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

Citizens’ Advisory meetings cancelled in Dec.

NEWBERRY – Due to a variety of conflicts, the Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula and Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils have canceled their December meetings, opting to meet in January instead.

The West U.P. CAC had planned to meet in Escanaba on Dec. 9. With that meeting canceled, the next meeting will take place on Jan. 13, in Escanaba.

The East U.P. CAC was scheduled to meet in Newberry on Dec. 5. The meeting has been rescheduled for Jan. 23, in Newberry.

Agenda items scheduled for December will be addressed at the January meetings.

Meeting times and locations will be announced in early January with a press release and also posted online at www.michigan.gov/ upcac.

For more information, contact DNR U.P. Regional Coordinator Stacy Welling Haughey at (906) 228-6561.

‘Ask the DNR’ to address deer hunting season

MARQUETTE – “Ask the DNR” returns to WNMU-TV Channel 13 in the Upper Peninsula tonight (Thursday), at 8 p.m. The episode will focus on snowmobiling and ice fishing opportunities and regulations, a recap of the deer hunting seasons so far, and a look at remaining hunting opportunities in December.

The hour-long program features a panel of Department of Natural Resources employees taking questions from viewers who call in during the live show to (906) 227- 9668 or (800) 227-9668. Questions are answered live on the show; any questions not answered before the end of the episode will be answered by phone call to the viewer.

Thursday’s show will feature conservation officer Kyle Publiski, wildlife biologist Brian Roell, recreation specialist Ron Yesney, and deputy public information officer Debbie Munson Badini.

The episode is sponsored by the Northwoods Chapter of Safari Club International and the Adventure Centre – Arctic Cat of Marquette.

“Ask the DNR” is produced five times a year on WNMU-TV 13, the public television station in Marquette. It is aired live on public television stations throughout the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin and typically replays the following day at noon. Please consult local television listings to confirm replay times for the program.

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