MI DNR announces exploratory copper drilling project at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

A map shows land ownership and the location of the exploratory drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a use permit to Orvana Resources U.S. Corp. – a subsidiary of Highland Copper – to conduct exploratory drilling on a 1-mile-square piece of property situated along the westernmost edge of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County.

The exploratory drilling began Sunday and is scheduled to continue into early March, depending on weather conditions. Read more

Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit

BLUE FORCE GEAR® MICRO TRAUMA KIT NOW!TM

The Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit Now!TM, also known as the Micro TKNTM, is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit Now!TM available on the market. This pack, which is available for purchase filled or unfilled, is designed to hold essential lifesaving gear in a small easy-to-carry pack that takes up minimal space. The supplies inside of the Filled Micro TKNTM include: Read more

ARGO Celebrates 50 Years of its Amphibious Xtreme Terrain Vehicle with Exclusive Limited Edition Model

NEW HAMBURG, ON – To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, ARGO is excited to launch the most exclusive vehicle yet to its Wilderness Series XTV lineup – a special ‘ARGO 50th Anniversary Limited Edition 2017 Avenger 8×8 Hunt Master.’ Only 50 of the distinct commemorative vehicles will be produced.

The new 50th Anniversary Limited Edition has all the features of the standard ARGO 2017 Avenger 8×8 Hunt Master, plus an all new Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camouflage pattern finish, premium black seats, heated hand grips and black trim. Plus, every one of the 50 Limited Edition models will include a sprinkling of distinct “50th Anniversary” badges to highlight the vehicle’s uniqueness and remind passengers that they’re not about to step into a run-of-the-mill ARGO. Read more

The NRA Foundation To Auction Diamondback NRA Airboat This March

FAIRFAX, Va. – The NRA Foundation proudly announces it will auction a one-of-a-kind Diamondback airboat this March on Gunbroker.com. All proceeds from the auction will benefit The NRA Foundation in their efforts to protect and improve the future of the shooting sports.

The special edition airboat features custom NRA wraps on the sides of the hull and rudders, custom seats inserts, panels and trim, Rhino non-skid hull interiors, custom powdercoat color, seat shells, webbing and center panel. The airboat comes with a painted single 5,200-lb. trailer with easy load ramps with rollers and custom XD wheels. Read more

Tawas Point Lighthouse Keepers Program offers opportunities in 2017

Lighthouse enthusiasts are invited to serve this summer as volunteer lighthouse keepers at the Tawas Point Lighthouse, located in Tawas Point State Park in East Tawas, Michigan. Keepers will receive lodging on site in exchange for conducting guided tours of the lighthouse. In 2017, the program will run from May 17 through Oct. 17.

The 1876 Tawas Point Lighthouse is a well-known landmark in Tawas Point State Park, attracting visitors from all over the world. Keeper tasks include greeting visitors, giving tours, providing information about the lighthouse and the Tawas area, and light maintenance duties. Participating keepers provide roughly 35 hours of service per week. Read more

Bad Boy Buggies Stampede Sales Event Continues

Bad Boy® Off Road Launches Stampede™ Sales Event
$1,000 Off Any 80HP Stampede or Stampede XTR, Plus 1.99 Percent Interest

AUGUSTA, GA — Side-by-side vehicle enthusiasts can power into the new year and get more muscle for their money by jumping on Bad Boy Off Road’s Stampede Sales Event.

This special event, which runs through Jan. 7, 2017, offers $1,000 off any new 80HP Stampede or Stampede XTR 4X4, plus 1.99 percent interest for 36 months. Find more details at www.badboyoffroad.com. Read more

Lower Tahquamenon Falls prepping for quiet winter recreation


Improvements expected to enhance park’s winter experienceTahquamenon Falls State Park will provide an improved area at the Lower Falls for quiet recreation beginning this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides.

“We have seen an increased interest in snowshoeing, hiking, photography and winter camping over the last few years,” said Craig Krepps, park manager. “Encouraging visitors to explore the Lower Falls area provides that quiet, snow-covered Upper Peninsula experience many are seeking.”

Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses 48,129 acres in northern Luce and Chippewa counties and access to the falls is located off M-123, about 21 miles northeast of Newberry.

For decades, even before roads were built to the area, Tahquamenon Falls has been a destination for countless visitors, with the winter experience rating high.

The Lower Falls cascade over a staircase of five waterfalls. At the Upper Falls, located upstream, the roughly 200-foot-wide river drops a roaring 50 feet, with peak water flows measured here at over 50,000 gallons per second. Read more

Michigan CO’s Nab Suspect Wanted in Two States

Michigan man returned to Ohio

Conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division arrested a fugitive Monday who led officers on a lengthy vehicle and foot pursuit through Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

Randon Goebel, 21, of Waldron, Michigan was wanted in Ohio after failing to appear for sentencing on a felony abduction charge and violation of a personal protection order. He also had four bench warrants issued in Michigan for failing to appear in court.

The story of Goebel’s apprehension began around noon Monday.

DNR conservation officer Carter Woodwyk, who is assigned to Hillsdale County, was investigating a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at the Lost Nations State Game Area.

Woodwyk stopped the Dodge Durango after it pulled out of the parking lot onto a road. The officer approached the vehicle and asked Goebel for his identification. Goebel complied with the request.

While Woodwyk was checking for outstanding warrants in the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network, Goebel fled in his vehicle.

Woodwyk pursued Goebel, ultimately traveling into Lenawee County, where Goebel abandoned his sport-utility vehicle and fled on foot near the Michigan-Ohio border.

Conservation officers Chris Reynolds of Hillsdale County and Eric Smither of Lenawee County responded during the chase.

They assisted with maintaining a perimeter and accompanying a K-9 unit from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio tracking Goebel at the scene. Officers from numerous other agencies assisted in the pursuit.

Goebel was found hiding in a cornfield. He surrendered without incident. Read more

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