Michigan Hunting News

Only a Few Days Left for Your Chance at Michigan's Hunt of a Lifetime

With 2011 drawing to a close, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the last day to purchase Pure Michigan Hunt applications is Saturday, Dec. 31.

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

2011 Michigan Firearm Deer Season Started Slow, Picked up Speed

The Department of Natural Resources has indicated the 2011 firearm deer season harvest appears to have increased slightly compared to the 2010 season. Southern Michigan is the only region where final firearm harvest figures are expected to decrease. Preliminary estimates are based on cumulative reports from the field, license sales figures, and check station activity, and are later replaced by the final harvest figures generated using the annual mail survey.

Michigan Welcomes Home Firefighters

Michigan DNR staff and equipment return from 22 weeks in Texas

After spending 22 weeks in Texas, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is happy to welcome home state firefighters that have been diligently working to stem the wildfires that have burned throughout Texas.

Hartland, Michigan Female Archer Wins World Archery Tournament, Honored by Natural Resources Commission

In October, 1,071 kids from around the world arrived at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament. The three-day competition included students in grades 4 through 12 from 28 states, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

DNR Confirms Cougar in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the presence of a radio-collared cougar just north of the city of Hancock in northern Houghton County. The animal was captured on a trail camera on Nov. 13, walking directly in front of the camera, with the noticeable presence of a radio collar.

DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the property on Nov. 17 where the trail camera is mounted and verified the location of the camera. Property owner Jesse Chynoweth submitted the pictures to the DNR for confirmation.

Michigan DNR: Hunter Orange Clothing a Good Choice for Everyone; Not Just Hunters

Hunting season is well underway in Michigan, and now is a good time to remind everyone that it is wise to wear hunter orange clothing when you are out enjoying the state's trails and forest lands. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources does not close trails or pathways during hunting season, and it is legal to hunt throughout these areas if you adhere to the laws regarding safety zones.

Michigan NRC Votes to Remove Baiting Ban from Presque Isle County and Southern Iosco County

Deer hunters will be allowed to use bait in Presque Isle County and southern Iosco County in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487, after the Natural Resources Commission changed regulations at its meeting in East Lansing today (Nov. 10). Recreational feeding of deer in DMU 487 remains prohibited.

Information Sought in Moose Poaching Incident in Marquette County, Michigan

Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking information about a moose poaching incident that occurred sometime between the evening of Oct. 26 and the morning of Oct. 27 in southern Humboldt Township in Marquette County.

St. Croix, Michigan State Park to Remain Open During Special Youth Deer Hunt Oct. 29-30

During the special youth deer hunt Oct. 29-30, St. Croix State Park will remain open, but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive.