Michigan Hunting News

Michigan DNR Order Listing Sporting Swine as Invasive Species Takes Effect

A Department of Natural Resources director's order listing sporting swine as an invasive species took effect over the weekend on Oct. 8, making it illegal to possess the animals in Michigan.

2011 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects, Statewide Forecast

Over the last few years, around 700,000 individuals have purchased a license to hunt deer in Michigan. These hunters ultimately spend more than 9.6 million days afield and take more than 400,000 deer. Over 300,000 hunters participate in Michigan’s archery season, about 600,000 hunt with a firearm and 200,000 with a muzzleloader.

Michigan DNR Announces That Surplus Salmon Now Available to the Public

The public is once again invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state.

The DNR maintains multiple sites where fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs and milt from Chinook and Coho salmon for use in the hatcheries. Fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries (ACF), a private vendor which assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

Find Critters in the Moonlight Oct. 15 at Hartwick Pines State Park, Michigan

The Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park in Crawford County will sponsor their annual Critters in the Moonlight Halloween Walk from 5 to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the park, located at 4216 Ranger Rd. in Grayling.

Michigan Moose Hunting Advisory Council Recommends Limited Hunt to Natural Resources Commission

The Moose Hunting Advisory Council presented a report to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie, recommending a limited moose hunting season in the western Upper Peninsula, the Department of Natural Resources said today.

New Michigan State Law Allows 10-Year-Olds to Hunt Deer, Elk or Bear With a Firearm

A change in state law that took effect Sept. 1 makes it legal for 10- and 11-year olds to hunt deer, bear or elk with firearms in Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources announced.

The change is not reflected in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest as the publication went to press before the law was changed.

The regulations change was part of the Hunter Heritage Act, which creates a new mentored hunting program and eliminates the minimum age requirements for hunting in 2012.

Michigan DNR Confirms Presence of Cougar in Ontonagon County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a cougar in Ontonagon County. The animal was captured on a trail camera on private property on Sept. 8, walking directly toward the front of the camera and clearly showing it has an ear tag and a radio collar.

DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the property Sept. 12 where the trail cam is mounted and verified the location of the camera.

Michigan DNR Workgroup Seeks Public Input on Mentored Youth Hunting Program

A workgroup assembled by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to develop recommendations for the state's new Mentored Youth Hunting Program is seeking public input on some of the issues under consideration.

Michigan DNR Offering Classes in Bear and Coyote Hunting

The Department of Natural Resources wants to ensure that hunters have all the knowledge they need for a successful hunting season and is offering two classes suitable for both the novice and experienced hunter. Bear Hunting 101 and Coyote Hunting 101 are taking place starting at noon Saturday, Sept.10, at the Rifle River State Recreation Area, 2550 E. Rose City in Lupton in Ogemaw County.

Michigan Offers BOW Deer Hunting Workshop - August 20th

The Department of Natural Resources is offering women an opportunity to learn the skills needed to take part in one of Michigan's favorite hunting traditions with a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Deer Hunting Workshop. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Detroit Archers Club.