Michigan Hunting News

Moose Captures Begin This Week
Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists, in cooperation with Michigan State University, are continuing research this week to assess the status of Michigan’s moose population in the western Upper Peninsula.
BOW Offers Hunter Safety Course to Women
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring an all-women?s hunter safety class in conjunction with the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac.
Late Firearm Deer Season Begins Dec. 23rd
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today reminded deer hunters of the late firearm antlerless season, Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2003. This season is for those hunting on private land in the Lower Peninsula. All of the Upper Peninsula is closed to the late firearm antlerless season.
2002 Firearm Deer Season Harvest Estimates
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced preliminary estimates of the 2002 Michigan firearm deer season harvest. The DNR estimate shows approximately 288,000 deer taken, of which 158,000 were antlered and 130,000 were antlerless. This estimate is 15 percent below the previous five-year average, which includes 5 of the top 7 harvest years on record. The state's record harvest occurred in 1998, when 351,475 deer (187,632 antlered, 163,843 antlerless) were taken.
Wolf Shootings on the Rise, Rewards Offered
Two more Gogebic County wolves recently were found dead from gunshot wounds, and rewards are now posted for information in the investigation of two Iron County wolf killings.
Young Turkey Hunters Eligible For Free Patch
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today reminded young turkey hunters to get their 2002 wild turkey management cooperator patch. It's free to all youth, ages 12-17, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license.
DNR Seeks Help From Bear Hunters
Michigan Department of Natural Resources researchers conducting a study to evaluate a new method for estimating the size of the black bear population in the northern Lower Peninsula are asking for assistance from successful bear hunters this fall.
Chronic Wasting Disease Plan Finalized
State officials today announced they have finalized an aggressive surveillance and testing plan for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), as well as a detailed contingency plan in the event that it is detected in Michigan.
150 Residents Drawn For December Elk Hunt
Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials today announced 150 Michigan residents have been selected from an annual, random drawing to participate in the Dec. 10-17 elk hunt. The successful hunters were computer-drawn from a pool of 37,464 eligible people who applied for the hunt. Notification letters have been mailed to each of the 150 hunters selected for the December hunt. Of the 150 hunters, 43 will have the choice of taking an antlered or antlerless elk, and 107 will be allowed to take only an antlerless elk.
Antlerless Deer Applications Due
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply for a public land antlerless deer license for the 2002 deer hunting season. Public land antlerless licenses will be available only through the drawing process. Hunters may apply online or at or at any authorized license agent.