Michigan waterfowl hunts continue into February
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds waterfowl hunters that the regular waterfowl season returns for a weekend starting later this month, and the late goose season continues into February in one goose management unit (GMU) in Michigan.
The South Zone’s two-day continuation of the waterfowl season is Dec. 31-Jan. 1. All regular waterfowl season rules and regulations apply.
The Muskegon County Wastewater System GMU will be open to late goose hunting until Dec. 20, with drawings for hunting zones on Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Allegan County GMU is open to late goose hunting until Dec. 23 and then will reopen to hunting after the holidays from Dec. 26- Feb. 12. Drawings for hunting zones at the Fennville Farm Unit of Allegan State Game Area take place at 5:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Dec. 31, a 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. drawing is scheduled, with the afternoon hunt being a youth-only hunt.
While hunting these later dates, hunters can finish gathering punches for the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge at the DNR’s west-side Wetland Wonders – Muskegon Wastewater and Fennville Farm. The contest runs until Feb. 12, 2017.
Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County), Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County), St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County), Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County), Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County), Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County).
When hunters register at any of the managed waterfowl hunt areas, they will receive an individual commemorative duck leg band for that area and a validation on their Wetland Wonders Challenge punch card (available at all managed waterfowl hunt areas). To be entered, participants must hunt at three of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders and submit a punch-card entry form. Hunters who hunt at more than three areas will receive an additional contest entry for each additional punch. Those who hunt all seven areas will automatically win a prize.
For more information on the managed waterfowl hunt areas (including location, drawing times, dates, and rules and regulations) and the Wetland Wonders Challenge contest (including terms and conditions), visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.