2014-06-12 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

UP partners needed in new DNR program

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources is looking for partners in a new hunting and wildlife management program called the Grouse Enhanced Management System, in which timber is intensively managed to improve ruffed grouse habitat and hunting opportunities. Seven GEMS are being formed in both the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula for a fall 2014 hunting season debut.

GEMS will be managed primarily for aspen and harvested on a shortened rotation. Normally aspen is cut every 60 years, but within the GEMS, aspen is intended to be young and thick – the best habitat for grouse and woodcock – and will be cut about every 40 years. Each GEMS area will contain gated roads, which will allow hunters to meander among different-aged aspen stands without concern for vehicle traffic.

Each GEMS area will have a parking lot, an information station and signs, as well as local community partners, and each will:

• Provide unique, walk-in hunting opportunities.

• Promote hunter recruitment and retention.

• Expand local economies.

• Accelerate timber harvest opportunities.

Groups or organizations interested in partnering with GEMS can contact Katie Keen at (231) 775-9727.

Great Northern swap meet set for June 21

TRENARY – The Great Northern Poultry and Livestock Connection will hold their second swap of the 2014 season on June 21. The swap will be held in Holmquest Feed Mill, in Trenary, from 10 a.m. – 1p.m.

GNPLC members can sell for free; however, the non-member fee is $5. Membership is $15 per year/ per family.

A silent auction will run from 10 a.m. until noon. Donations for auction are accepted.

Other activities available are a 50/50 raffle, music by “Maude” and concessions.

All poultry, excluding water fowl, doves and pigeons, regardless of age, must have pollurum certification.

Admission is free. Contact (906) 225-9920 or (906) 236-3079 for more information.

Anglers asked to look for clipped salmon

LANSING – Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists are reminding Lake Superior anglers to keep an eye out for Chinook salmon with missing adipose fins.

In 2012, the DNR’s Fisheries Division began stocking clipped Chinook salmon as a means to track and evaluate the proportion of fish caught that originated in hatcheries or through natural reproduction. Now, as two-yearold fish, these clipped Chinook will begin to show up in the fishery.

“A total of almost 750,000 adipose fin-clipped Chinook were stocked in Lake Superior during 2012 and 2013,” said Phil Schneeberger, Lake Superior Basin Coordinator.

For more information on marked and tagged fish in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/taggedfish.

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