Michigan Hunting News

Michigan DNR Forms Committee for Mentored Youth Hunting Program

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has named a six-member ad hoc committee to bring back recommendations to the NRC later this year for specific rules for the new Mentored Youth Hunt program. The program was established under a law signed by Governor Rick Snyder earlier this year.

The six members serving on the committee are:

Michigan Offering Various BOW Events in August

The Department of Natural Resources is offering a variety of opportunities for women to learn more about shooting, archery and hunting this August, through its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. These hands-on workshops, designed primarily for those 18 and older, teach women the skills needed to take part in outdoor recreational activities.

Michigan's New Law Creates Mentored Hunting Program

A new law recently signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will provide new hunting opportunities for youth under the age of 10 by creating a mentored hunting program for the 2012 hunting season. The program is known as the Hunter Heritage Program.

Michigan NRC Votes to Lift Deer Baiting Ban

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted 4-3 to lift the current deer baiting and feeding ban in the state's Lower Peninsula. The ban had been in place since 2008, when Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was detected in a deer at a private deer breeding facility in Kent County.

Baiting will still be prohibited in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487, the six-county Bovine Tuberculosis zone in northeastern Lower Michigan. The counties where baiting will continue to be prohibited are Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle.

Michigan Offers BOW Events In June

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer a variety of shooting classes for women in June through the department's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Three classes are offered, all focused on providing a safe and comfortable environment in which women can learn shooting skills, ask questions, practice shooting and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing in one another's success.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Michigan Voices Support for Removal of Wolves From Endangered Species List

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources voiced its support for a federal proposal to remove wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota from the endangered species list and return wolf management to the state.

Michigan Turkey Season Opened Today - Tags Still Available

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that spring turkey licenses are still available. The 2011 season runs from April 18 through May 31, with hunts lasting from seven to 44 days, depending upon the hunt unit.

DNR Works to Revitalize Northern Michigan Wild Turkey Population

Thirteen wild turkey hens that were native to Barry County have been relocated to Oscoda County, the Department of Natural Resources announced.

Michigan Cougar Not Extinct

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report issued earlier this week has concluded that the eastern subspecies of the cougar is extinct; however, this has no bearing on cougars in Michigan, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

"The USFWS has determined the eastern cougar to be extinct, and this has no bearing on cougars in Michigan," said DNRE Wildlife Chief Russ Mason. "The cougars present in Michigan are dispersing from the Dakotas, where the nearest established population exists."