Nearly 400 residents in the UP voiced their opinions at a public hearing last night (Wed., Jan. 28) on a potentially record-setting land sale.
A Canadian-based mining company, called Graymont, is interested in bringing business to Michigan, but the land sale that would go along with the initiative is being debated.
Scientists in the DNR are looking forward to continuing biodiversity efforts and taking a more “holistic” approach to forest management.
The earlier the better seems to be the case when it comes to the detection of invasive species in Michigan.
The past two harsh winters and a coming third have many people worried about Michigan’s deer population.
Russ Mason, Chief of the Michigan DNR’s Wildlife division, said supplemental feeding in certain areas could help.
“We would move on public land. The public can get a permit from us and under certain conditions, so far from a road and so forth, they can feed if they choose to do so.”
The public will only be allowed to feed on private land.
Mason made it a point to explain how dangerous feeding can be if done improperly. He says people could end up harming more deer than they help.
Who knew renewing your license plate tabs could be a segway into getting outdoors this winter?
One shot, one deer. The single shot deer hunting season kicked off Friday, Dec 5th.
Brent Rudolph is a deer specialist from the Michigan DNR. He said it’s important to remember the differences between hunting zones.
“Ya know we have different zones in the state that we use for a variety of different species actually. So zone 1 is upper peninsula, that’s pretty easy to identify. Zone 2 is from Muskegon over to Bay County. And we use those different areas because there’s a little different climate, there’s different habitat. And so any variety of our species there’s a need to manage a little bit differently according to those boundaries.”
There are three zones in Michigan. Zones one and two are both open until Dec 14th, while zone three affords hunters an extra week to bring home the venison.
Rudolph said zone three is open longer because there tends to be larger deer concentrations in that area.
For more information on hunting zones, or anything else season related, visit the DNR here.
Christmas came a little more than a month early for hunting stores. The open of firearm deer season is boosting activity for several types of businesses and game in Michigan.
With the addition of seven new plants and animals, Michigan now bans 40 non-native species. That means they cannot be possessed or transported in Michigan or the rest of the Great Lakes region.