Hunting on Power Island, Michigan in the Works
Power Island is located in Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan. The deer had overgrazed the island, which then created weak, stunted, and starving deer. Due to the overgrazing, in 1976 all the deer on the island were eradicated. In an effort to avoid something of that nature again the Grand Traverse County Parks Board is considering opening the island to hunters. The Board voted to allow hunting, they would like bowhunting along with firearm hunting. Michigan's DNR believes a limited number of bowhunters would be the safest route. Similar to how they allow hunting in state parks. Also DNR does not believe the County Park Board should be able to sell hunting permits, but charging hunters to access the island is fine. The Park board was hoping to make some extra money to close a gap in the park department's budget.
Power Island is about 220 acres and home to 50 deer. "This would be a very attractive place to bow hunt, and the right to hunt would be a very attractive and saleable opportunity," said Peter Doren, a parks commissioner. Local hunter, Mike Ebach likes the ideas as well, saying, "You'd be able to hunt something that's not available to the rest of the public. A lot of people would be interested. It's an area that hasn't been hunted and ... a lot of people are interested in older deer." If all goes well there may be hunting on the island starting this fall. From The Chicago Tribune.