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Officials say the hunting season brings in more than two-billion dollars for the state’s economy

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The orange army will be out in full swing this week.

They’re not only keeping the deer population in check – but adding more than two-billion dollars to the state’s economy.

Ashley Autenrieth is a Deer Program Biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Gaylord. Continue reading

The state is looking to expand hunting opportunities in northern lower Michigan

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for private landowners in northern lower Michigan to enroll their property in the Hunting Access Program.

The program allows hunters to use the property. Continue reading

DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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Bear regulations may be changing in Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources will host a forum next month to discuss future bear hunting regulations in Michigan.

The DNR said the majority of people think the bear population is healthy for the state, but some hunters and northern Michigan residents worry that bears are encroaching on their homes.
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DNR releases forecast for firearm deer season

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources is releasing its forecast for the upcoming firearm deer season.

With just over a month until the orange army converges on central and northern Michigan, the forecast for the deer harvest this year is showing a mixed bag. Continue reading

Third case of chronic wasting disease found in Ingham County

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State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Continue reading

Court of Appeals upholds state ban on wild boar

Wild boar in Michigan

Wild boar in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s ban on Russian boar and other breeds of exotic swine.

Michigan banned several strains of boar as invasive species because they breed prolifically, endanger other wildlife, and ruin woods and farmland. Continue reading

Blue Ribbon group attempts to improve Michigan gaming

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group is the newest regulatory body created by the DNR to protect and improve Michigan’s public gaming areas.

The group will examine hunting grounds and suggest ways to improve the habitat, and hunters’ overall experience.

Russ Mason is a spokesman for the DNR. He says the effort is more important than some people may realize

“And it’s important for people to recognize that these aren’t just acres that are sittin’ there. These are acres that are critical for the timber industry, the mining industry. These aren’t just a bunch of trees on public land. These are really valuable assets that we need to think about and care for in a very deliberate fashion, and move forward. Because they are, perhaps the catalyst for Michigan’s economic recovery.”

Mason says the group is going to have a lot to consider

“The U.P and the Northern Lower 40 acres of land per man, woman and child. Southern Michigan we’re essentially .04 acres. There are counties in Southern Michigan without a square inch of public hunting land. That needs to be different if we want Michiganders to care about the one thing that makes Michigan special in my view, and that’s their natural resources. ”

Mason says the Group is expected to wrap up its work within 18 months.

DNR officials: Deer harvest numbers dropped compared to last year

Snow may be a great joy for snowmobilers and skiers, but for deer hunters in the Upper peninsula, the snow was a problem this year.

DNR officials said smaller deer populations, more snow, and a late corn harvest contributed to a low firearm deer harvest this year.

Michigan DNR officials said the firearm deer harvest across the state is down this year. Continue reading

Muzzleloader season opens today in Michigan

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.

Anti-wolf hunt groups question need for new Michigan Wildlife Council

WolfGroups trying to end wolf hunting in Michigan are criticizing an upcoming pro-hunting and fishing campaign by the state. They worry it could be used to oppose two anti-wolf hunting referenda on the November ballot.
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