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The 2015 turkey cooperator patch is now available for purchase. Proceeds help fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.image Mic. DNR

Michigan 2015 Spring Turkey Application Deadline February 1st

With spring turkey hunting just around the corner, get yourself ready by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch and applying for a spring turkey hunting license. Also, congratulations to Phoebe Talaga of Lake Orion High School who designed the 2015 turkey patch.

Remember, the last day for purchasing spring turkey hunting applications is Sunday, Feb. 1.

The following from the Michigan DNR. Continue reading Michigan 2015 Spring Turkey Application Deadline February 1st

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Houghton Lake: Michigan DNR Investigate Ducks Killed

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources are investigating ducks that were killed on Houghton Lake during the annual Tip-Up Town celebration.
Following from Michigan DNR. Continue reading Houghton Lake: Michigan DNR Investigate Ducks Killed

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Michigan 2015 Spring Turkey License, Apply Through Feb 1st, 2015

If your looking to spring turkey hunt in Michigan you need to apply by February 1, 2015. The following information from the Michigan DNR. Continue reading Michigan 2015 Spring Turkey License, Apply Through Feb 1st, 2015

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Michigan Master Angler Program Changes For 2015

2015 brings new changes to Michigan’s Master Angler program. If you fish in Michigan you need to know the changes the new year brings.

The following from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Changes to DNR’s Master Angler program announced for 2015 Continue reading Michigan Master Angler Program Changes For 2015

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Free Fishing In Michigan, Feb. 14-15, 2014

If you live in Michigan and you love fishing, February 14th and 15th is your time to fish for free.

The following from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

No fishing license required in Michigan Feb. 14-15 for annual
Winter Free Fishing Weekend

Continue reading Free Fishing In Michigan, Feb. 14-15, 2014

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Michigan Outdoors-Woman Winter Program, Feb. 27- March 1

The following from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Register now for Upper Peninsula Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter program, Feb. 27 to March 1

Women seeking the opportunity to improve their outdoor skills are invited to register for the 15th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter program in the Upper Peninsula. The program will be held in Marquette County the weekend of Friday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 1.

Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this program offers instruction in more than a dozen kinds of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid, wood burning and more. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction that is tailored to each participant’s individual ability.

The program takes place at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, a universally accessible facility located in a picturesque wooded setting overlooking Lake Superior approximately 30 miles north of Marquette.
The $180 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are also available on a limited basis. Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities, including a sauna and hiking trails with access to Lake Superior.

BOW workshops are for women, 18 and older, who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. The winter BOW program also includes special evening programs during the weekend event.

Early registration is recommended as the program fills quickly each year. Class information and registration materials are available online at www.michigan.gov/bow, and payments may be made online as well through the Michigan eStore.

For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at the Marquette DNR office at 906-228-6561 or[email protected].

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Stop Michigan Oak Wilt

The Michigan DNR is warning residents about spreading Oak Wilt disease by transporting wood.

The following from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR advises not to move firewood between state parks to prevent spread of oak wilt
Lethal tree infection caused by transport of firewood

Oak wilt outbreaks are increasing in Michigan and the Department of Natural Resources has conducted treatment at several state parks to halt the spread of the disease.
Oak wilt is an introduced disease that causes rapid death of infected trees. The fungus is easily transported by beetles from infected wood to nearby wounded trees. Trees cannot be cured of oak wilt, and once a tree is infected the disease can rapidly spread to neighboring trees through underground root graft connections. The loss of large numbers of oak trees in parks can be dramatic, both for the park visitor experience and the ecology of the natural habitat.

“The likely cause of the oak wilt outbreak at Michigan state parks is the movement of infected firewood into campgrounds,” said DNR natural resources steward Heidi Frei. “Campers and other park visitors can help prevent the spread of the oak wilt fungus by not moving firewood between campgrounds.”
DNR Parks and Recreation Division staff has been working the last several years to stop the spread of oak wilt at Michigan state parks throughout the state, including P.J. Hoffmaster, Otsego Lake, Interlochen, Warren Dunes and Hartwick Pines state parks; and Fort Custer, Rifle River, Waterloo, Brighton, Pinckney and Island Lake recreation areas.
Treatments in 2014 included using a vibratory plow fitted with a special blade (designed and fabricated at the DNR’s Forest Fire Experiment Station in Roscommon) that severs grafted tree roots, isolating healthy trees from infected trees. Treatment also included the application of fungistats, which inhibit the growth and reproduction of fungi, and which have been used in areas declared critical dune habitat.
“If left unchecked,” Frei said, “oak wilt will continue to spread and result in large pockets of standing dead oak trees, which may be hazardous to park visitors.” Some parks, such as P.J. Hoffmaster, have experienced considerable losses. More than 100 large red oaks, including the most picturesque grove of red oaks in the campground, have been killed by oak wilt.
For more information on oak wilt prevention and stewardship, visit www.michigan.gov/foresthealthor contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or [email protected].

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Apply For Michigan 2015 Campground Hosts

Michigan is taking applications for camping hosts for 2015.

Yes, there may be snow on the ground as of today but just think, in about six months, it will be time to enjoy Pure Michigan and help campers across the state. If you love camping and want to be a Michigan Camping Host, volunteers can spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds.

The following from the Michigan DNR.

Michigan state parks accepting applications for 2015 campground hosts

Each year during the warmer months, hundreds of volunteers spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds in exchange for their service as campground hosts.

Although the 2015 camping season is still several months away, the Department of Natural Resources is accepting campground host applications now, with positions available as early as April and as late as October.

Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or recreation area, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Volunteer duties take place throughout the summer (including weekends and holidays), with a minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks.

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for campground host positions. Hosts must furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by site managers and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area.

New campground hosts are required to attend training, which will take place June 3-4, 2015, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

For additional information about the DNR’s Campground Host Program and how to apply, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

A buck and a doe peer intently at a sound that disturbed them. (image from Michigan DNR)

Michigan DNR Deer Forecast

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources releases it’s forecast for the 2014 deer hunting season.

Following news and links to deer forecast. 

DNR releases 2014 deer season forecast

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that its annual deer season forecast (2014 Deer Hunting Prospects) is now available online. DNR deer program biologists predict that, overall, hunters this season will see similar success rates as in 2013. The forecast is designed to give hunters a better idea of what to expect in the woods this season and includes:

  • Regional information breakdowns for the Upper Peninsula, the northern Lower Peninsula and the southern Lower Peninsula.
  • An overview of important changes for this license year, including information on multiple-year deer regulations, the new hunting and fishing license options, deer management unit boundaries for southern Michigan, and more.
  • Updates on wildlife health and diseases.

For more tips and information on having a safe, successful deer season (including location of deer-check stations, antler point restriction FAQs and hunting digests), visit the DNR website www.michigan.gov/deer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Pure Michigan Hunt, Fall Success

The winners in the Pure Michigan hunting contest have some nice trophy’s to show off.

The following from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

Pure Michigan Hunt winners hit the woods for fall hunting season

Every year Pure Michigan Hunt winners get to spend their fall hunting season living out a big dream – pursuing elk, bear, antlerless deer, turkey and ducks in Michigan’s outdoors. For the most recent group of winners, the hunting adventure has begun.

On Sept. 14, Frank Zrepskey of Algonac successfully harvested a large 6 x 7 bull elk with the help of his guide, Gene Skiba, and sons. Zrepskey used his 30.06, given to him by Michigan Gun Owners as part of his Pure Michigan Hunt prize package, to harvest the elk.

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“This elk hunt was great. The weather was perfect, we saw lots of game, and when the right bull came along, we were successful,” said Zrepskey. “The whole Pure Michigan Hunt contest win has been a great experience for me!”

Bruce Shaneour of Osseo also was successful in his elk hunt. He harvested a nice 6 x 6 bull elk on Sept. 27 in the Vanderbilt area with help from his guide, Kevin Johnson of Big Boys Adventures. [Pictured: Bruce Shaneour, left, and guide Kevin Johnson with Shaneour’s Pure Michigan Hunt elk.]

“What a hunt! The elk were in full rut and bugling all around us. I’ve hunted elk out west a few times, but I’ve never had an experience like this,” said Shaneour. “Kevin Johnson and his team at Big Boys Adventures were excellent. It was the most phenomenal Michigan elk footage they’ve ever captured.”

Bill Kring of Cadillac is still awaiting his chance to harvest a trophy Michigan bull elk.
Bear season is also under way for the Pure Michigan Hunt winners.

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This year, there was a Pure Michigan Hunt license transfer of a bear tag. Kring generously transferred his bear tag to a Michigan veteran from Manton. This veteran had the opportunity to hunt with Rob Nixon, on land southwest of Cadillac, and was able to harvest a 217-pound black bear. The veteran reports having a great time on his hunt and being “extremely happy” with his harvest. [Pictured, a Michigan veteran from Manton with the black bear he harvested and guide Rob Nixon.]

New this year, Pure Michigan Hunt winners can now transfer one or all of their licenses to another eligible hunter of their choice or keep the licenses for themselves. This will allow anyone to buy as many applications as they want for themselves and others instead of needing to know someone else’s driver’s license number, address and birthdate to apply for the other hunter.

All three Pure Michigan Hunt winners have the flexibility to hunt many different times and places, with the ability to pick and choose hunt areas and seasons that fit into their schedules.

For hunters who dream of experiences like this, there’s still plenty of time to make 2015 the hunt of a lifetime by applying for the Pure Michigan Hunt. Along with all of the hunting licenses, each winner will receive a hunting prize package valued at more than $4,000. Visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt for more information and to purchase applications.

Waterfowl season is coming up next for the Pure Michigan Hunt winners; look for more about their adventures coming soon.