The Iron County, Wisconsin, area has a lot to offer for outdoor recreation. This page will feature outdoor events from Iron County and the surrounding Gogebic Range.
You can also discover new silent sport events in our area by following the Iron County Silent Sports Meetup.
Do you have a silent sports event in Iron County or the Gogebic Range that you'd like listed on the ICORE website? Email the details, including the name of the event, date and time, location, brief description, and website or phone number for more information, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICORE will hold its Annual Meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 24th at the Mercer Community Center. The meeting will be followed by a potluck dinner at 6:15pm and program at 7:00pm. All current and prospective members or members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of the evening's activities.
The Wolf and Deer Populations in Northern Wisconsin, featuring Adrian Wydeven and Keith McCaffery
ICORE to present Wolf & Deer Population Dynamics program October 24
Mercer, WI – The Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (ICORE) will present a program on “Wolf and Deer Population Dynamics in Wisconsin” on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm, following their annual meeting and a potluck dinner.
The program will feature Adrian Wydeven and Keith McCaffery, retired Wisconsin wildlife biologists and experts on the topic of wolf and deer population management. Wydeven has over 35 years of experience in wildlife management and ecology, and headed the wolf program for the Wisconsin DNR for over 23 years. He is currently the chair of the Timber Wolf Alliance council and continues working on scientific papers on wolves. McCaffery was the Wisconsin State Deer Biologist and has extensive experience with research in deer population measurements and forest habitats. He continues to provide consultation services nationally.
The program will discuss the recovery of wolves across the state and especially into Iron County, examining the potential impact of wolves on deer, beaver, and the broader ecosystems. McCaffery will discuss the dynamics of deer populations with and without wolves, and review the deer population “bubble” of 1995-2007. Wydeven will discuss the recent wolf listings by federal government and future direction of wolf management across the state.
ICORE will hold their annual meeting at 5:00pm followed by a potluck dinner at 6:15pm and the wolf/deer program at 7:00pm. ICORE was established in 2015 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting silent sports activities and outdoor opportunities throughout Iron County, Wisconsin. In 2017, ICORE has sponsored hike, snowshoe, and bike activities; informational events; and trail maintenance at various locations in Iron County. Recently ICORE merged with the Iron County Regional Trail Committee working on trail projects in the Hurley and Montreal areas. Membership in ICORE is open to individuals, families, and businesses who want to support outdoor recreation in Iron County and the surrounding area. Members can join online at www.ironcountyoutdoors.org or at the annual meeting.
The meeting, potluck, and program will be held at the Mercer Community Center, 2648 Margaret Street, Mercer, Wisconsin. Current and prospective members, as well as members of the public, are welcome to attend part or all of the evening’s activities.
For more information, visit www.ironcountyoutoors.org or call ICORE President Martha Pierpont at 715-776-3993.
Adrian Wydeven grew up in northeastern Wisconsin in the Village of Kimberly. He attended UW-Stevens Point for his BS Degree and MS at Iowa State in wildlife management and wildlife ecology. Adrian worked as a wildlife biologists for Missouri Department of Conservation and Wisconsin DNR from 1980 through 2015, including heading up the Wisconsin wolf program from 1990 through 2013. During the last two years Adrian was the coordinator of the Timber Wolf Alliance at Northland College in Ashland. Currently Adrian serves as the chair for the Timber Wolf Alliance council, and continues to volunteer on wolf surveys, and continues working on scientific papers on wolves.
Keith McCaffery attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota and started with the Conservation Department as a deer research biologist in 1963. Most of his work was with deer population measurements and forest habitats. He also guided a 30-year ruffed grouse study and became Group Leader for the Forest Wildlife Research Group. He retired as State Deer Biologist in 2000 and continues to provide consultation services nationally.
IRON COUNTY REGIONAL TRAIL COMMITTEE JOINS FORCES WITH ICORE TO DEVELOP HURLEY BIKE TRAIL
Social event and fundraiser to be held November 5 in Hurley
Hurley, WI - Two Iron County silent sports groups have joined forces to promote and develop a Hurley bike and walking trail that also provides access to the Iron Belle Trail in Ironwood.
The Iron County Regional Trail group received a grant from the Gogebic Range Health Foundation to allow the city of Hurley to purchase approximately 500 feet of former Wisconsin Central Railroad right-of-way between Highway 51 and the Montreal River north of Silver Street. After many delays, the city now has a deed to the property. There is also a non-motorized use bridge over the river financed by the “Bridge the Gap” campaign. Money from that campaign has already paid for the paving of the former railway property that should occur soon, weather and soil conditions permitting.
The next challenge for the combined silent sport groups will be to establish a trailhead with parking lot and pavilion at the Highway 51 location. To reach that goal, the newly enlarged Iron County Outdoor Recreational Enthusiasts (ICORE) is an ideal group. ICORE is a nonprofit corporation with 501c3 designation from the IRS, making contributions tax deductible. ICORE also already includes members from both southern and northern Iron County as well as Gogebic County.
Members from ICORE and the former Iron County Regional Trail group are very excited about the union and feel that the joinder of these two similar groups will further silent sports projects and move forward the Hurley bike trail that is planned to go eventually to Montreal and beyond. There is already a temporary route planned for the non-motorized trail to go from the highway 51 trailhead to west of Fifth Avenue, providing access to Hurley businesses.
A kickoff/social/fundraiser is scheduled at Sharon’s Coffee Company from 2:00 to 5:30pm on Sunday, November 5. The event will feature a meal and raffles for a new bicycle and other prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Hurley non-motorized trail fund.
People interested in this project are also welcome to attend the ICORE annual meeting at the Mercer Community Center on October 24th. Election of officers is at 5:00pm, potluck dinner at 6:00pm, and a presentation on wolf/deer population dynamics will follow at 7:00pm.
For more information on these and other ICORE events, visit www.ironcountyoutdoors.org/events.