Michigan Hunting News

DNR Officials Confirm Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Deer
The Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Disease Lab, collaborating with Michigan State University, has confirmed two additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in deer - one from Otisco Township in Ionia County and an additional deer from Grand Rapids Township in Kent County. These cases bring the total number of EEE-positive deer to seven statewide. All of the deer that have tested positive come from an approximately 25 mile-wide area in Kent, southwest Montcalm and northwest Ionia counties.
Wildlife Action Plan Gains Federal Approval
Department of Natural Resources officials today announced that the state's Wildlife Action Plan has received federal approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The action plan will help guide future efforts for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species of greatest conservation need and their habitats, said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries.
Statewide Deer Hunting Forecast Announced
State wildlife officials today announced the 2005 deer hunting forecast, an annual review of the deer herd in Michigan's regions to help hunters prepare for the upcoming seasons.
CWD Monitoring Continues in Kent County
While a newspaper article in today’s Detroit Free Press stated a few deer in Kent County appeared to exhibit neurological symptoms consistent with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a department of Natural Resources’ test on one deer was negative for the fatal disease, according to wildlife officials.
BOW Program Offers Hunter Safety Class to Women
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program today announced that a few slots remain for an all-women's hunter safety class Aug. 27-28 at the Ingham County Conservation District in Mason and the DNR's Rose Lake Shooting Range in East Lansing.
NRC Approves 2005 Antlerless Deer Quotas
The Natural Resources Commission has approved the 2005 antlerless deer season quotas. In some Deer Management Units (DMU) these quotas are smaller in size than the 2004 quotas, Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials said.
Fall Turkey Hunt Applications Available
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds fall turkey hunters that July 1 through Aug. 1 is the application period for a 2005 Michigan fall turkey hunting license. Wild turkey hunting in the fall enables wildlife managers to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public attitudes.
Report Turkey Harvest Success Online
With the 2005 spring wild turkey hunting season winding down, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds all turkey hunters to report their harvest success online once their hunting season has ended.
Deer Season Harvest Estimates Announced
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the estimated harvest for the 2004 Michigan deer season. Deer harvest figures are based on a mail survey of over 51,000 deer hunters. Wildlife officials said 69% of the surveys were returned.
U.P. Resident Found Guilty of Killing Gray Wolf
A resident of the Manistique area pleaded guilty on April 11 on charges connected with the death of a gray wolf in Iron County during the 2004 firearm deer hunting season. James Lakosky, 55, appeared in 95th District Court before Judge Joseph Schwedler, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of killing the radio-collared wolf.