Michigan DNR

All three Pure Michigan Hunt winners tag elk, bear

Lansing — Every year, Pure Michigan Hunt winners get to spend their hunting seasons living out their dreams – pursuing elk, bear, deer, turkey and ducks in Michigan’s outdoors. This year, all three winners bagged a beautiful Michigan bull elk and a black bear. Michele Ketchum of Sparta tagged a 6×6 bull elk in Montmorency County on the morning of…

Hunter safety education helps keep hunting a Michigan tradition

Hunter safety education students learn how to safely and properly use firearms. (Michigan DNR)Todd Switala has always been a volunteer. He’s coached Little League baseball, swim and soccer teams, led Cub Scout and Boy Scout groups, and he puts on an annual youth sucker-fishing tournament near his home in Sterling, where he serves as president of the Sterling Sportsmen Association….

Hunters asked to report bear den sightings in northern Lower Peninsula

The Michigan DNR is on the lookout for locations of denned bears in the northern Lower Peninsula in order to fit the bears with radio collars for an ongoing bear management program. “Information gathered from bears assists in managing the black bear population,” said Mark Boersen, wildlife biologist at the DNR Roscommon Customer Service Center. “Currently, we have six female…

Michigan wildlife license plates: Elk to replace loon as state celebrates 100th anniversary of reintroduction in state

Starting Dec. 1, a new wildlife license plate will be available in Michigan. The current common loon plate will be replaced with an elk plate to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan. “The loon license plate has had a long run, and helped to raise over $2.6 million for wildlife habitat since 2006,” said DNR…

The state of Lake Erie walleyes: Annual assessment in the works

The Michigan DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment in the west basin of Lake Erie near Monroe, Mich., beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Oct. 13. “This survey is a cornerstone of the DNR’s annual efforts to assess the walleye fishery in Lake Erie,” said Todd Wills, the DNR’s Lake Huron-Lake Erie area fisheries research manager. “The data from…

Fisheries survey work paints clearer picture of Michigan’s Paint Creek (video)

The Michigan DNR recently concluded a mark-and-recapture fisheries survey on Paint Creek in Oakland County to better understand the waterbody’s brown trout population. The DNR manages a portion of Paint Creek, downstream from Lake Orion, as a high-quality brown trout stream – as evidenced by its inclusion in the department’s Trout Trails online application. The recent survey, conducted late this summer, used…

DNR chooses 100th anniversary elk poster contest winner

Gary Cole and is winning artwork. (Michigan DNR)The Michigan DNR has chosen retired police officer Gary Cole of Dearborn and his acrylic painting of Michigan elk as the winner of its 100th anniversary of elk poster contest. Cole’s painting depicts a wintry landscape mimicking Wolverine, Michigan, where the state’s original seven elk were released in 1918. Cole, a self-taught wildlife…