Michigan Hunting News

NRC Defends Sleeping Bear Recreation
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission today at its regular monthly meeting near Lansing passed a resolution opposing the U.S. Park Service's proposed general management plan for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In other news, DNR Staff noted that deer populations in many areas of the state remain higher than desired, resulting in high numbers of car-deer collisions and unacceptable crop and range damage.
Poaching Ring Members Sentenced
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the sentencing of the final defendant in a nine-month undercover operation conducted by the DNR Wildlife Resource Protection Unit. The defendant, Tony Lee Linton, of Lachine, Mich., was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for 28 days served, in the 82nd District Court in Harrisville.
Firearm Deer Season Harvest
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced its preliminary estimates of the 2001 Michigan firearm deer season harvest. The DNR estimate shows there were 283,000 deer taken, of which 167,000 were antlered and 116,000 were antlerless. This estimate is 16 percent below the previous five-year average. The state's record harvest occurred in 1998 when 351,475 deer (187,632 antlered, 163,843 antlerless) were taken.
Two Wolf Shootings Confirmed
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources in investigating two separate cases of wolves shot by hunters during the opening days of the regular firearm deer hunting season.
Report Elk Sightings
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks the public to report all elk sightings during November, December and January. The range of elk and their distribution within the range has changed over time, and updated information is needed for planning a population survey.
Deer Hunter Guilty of Assault
An Onaway resident held in the Cheboygan County Jail now awaits sentencing, after being found guilty of assaulting a Michigan Conservation Officer last November.
Special Youth Deer Season
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages all young hunters age 12-16 to participate in the special youth firearm deer season scheduled statewide Sept. 22-23. A properly licensed youth is allowed to take one deer.