Michigan Hunting News

Michigan Bear Hunting “Help” Convictions Overturned by Appeals Court

The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of two men who used their dogs to help a hunter take a black bear out of season. In Michigan the punishment for an illegal bear hunt is up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The court unanimously decided that Russell Lavigne Jr. and William Gerard McNeight were not guilty of a misdemeanor charge.

Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses Up for Consideration in Michigan

If House Bill 5334 is passed into law, Michigan hunters and anglers could purchase individual lifetime licenses for hunting and fishing several different types of species. The proposed lifetime licenses include firearm deer, archery deer, small game, restricted fishing, and all-species fishing. Individual lifetime license fees range from $220 to $285.

Michigan Elk and Bear License Application Period Now Open

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to apply for their Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses now through June 1. Hunters may apply online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings or at any retail license agent.

There are 200 elk licenses available for the 2012 hunting season, divided evenly between hunts in August/September and December. The August/September hunt is designed to target elk outside the primary elk range before these elk move for the breeding season. The December hunt will occur in the core elk range and also allows additional harvest outside the core area.

Local Organization Proposes Antler Point Restrictions in Northwest Michigan

The Northwest Michigan chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Leelanau Whitetails, has proposed new antler point restrictions (APR) for deer hunting in the following 12 counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Missaukee, Mason, Osceola, and Wexford.

Voluntary Inspections Continue to Protect Michigan Farms, Natural Resources Against Invasive Swine

On April 17 and 18, 2012, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducted six inspections of properties that in the past may have possessed swine that are prohibited in Michigan. The compliance inspections were conducted with the full consent of the property owners. Each of the properties was found to be free of prohibited swine.

Michigan Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 23

The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to participate in the upcoming spring wild turkey season, which runs April 23 through May 31. Michigan's current turkey population is estimated at over 200,000 birds, and turkey hunters here are fortunate to have one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for turkey harvest and is rated as having high-quality turkey hunting.

DNR Director Stokes Approves Michigan's New Elk Management Plan

A new Elk Management Plan was approved by Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Rodney Stokes at the April 5 meeting of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in Lansing. The plan was developed to provide guidance for managing elk by focusing on three goals:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Files Suit Against Hunting Ranch

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources filed a civil complaint against Ronald McKendrick and Charlene McKendrick, who own and operate the Renegade Ranch Hunting Preserve in Cheboygan County. The McKendricks are being sued for violations of Michigan's Invasive Species Act, which outlaws certain types of swine.

The complaint, brought in Cheboygan County Circuit Court, asks the court to require the McKendricks to comply with the state's Invasive Species Act and to remove prohibited swine from their property.

New Michigan DNR Initiative Aims to Resolve Encroachment Cases on Public Land

The Department of Natural Resources today announced the Encroachment Resolution Initiative (ERI), an effort geared at resolving the hundreds of cases of encroachment - or trespass - occurring on public land throughout Michigan.

Michigan DNR Hosts Informational Meeting on Bear License Quotas March 31 in Marquette

The Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting to discuss proposed changes to bear hunting license quotas on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in Marquette. The meeting will take place in the Brule Room at Northern Michigan University, located at 2101 University Center, Marquette.

Three proposals are currently before the Natural Resources Commission that would determine how many bear licenses will be available to hunters in 2012.