Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bill Parker

Outdoor Observations: Michigan DNR has a new director

The Michigan DNR has a new director. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of M. Scott Bowen to the top position at the agency.
He replaces Dan Eichinger, who was transferred to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy as acting director in December, then took a position in April as vice president of governmental and external affairs with Ferris State University.

Abundant bass, stocked walleyes make Michigan’s Lake Orion worth a look in Oakland County

When you make a list of the game fish available in Oakland County’s Lake Orion, all of the above make the grade. And thanks to a long-time stocking program by the Michigan DNR, you can include walleyes on the list.
The state has been stocking walleyes in the 470-acre lake since the late 1990s, and that effort has produced a decent fishery. You probably won’t limit out, but you just might catch enough ’eyes for a decent meal.

Michigan whitetail numbers in solid shape as archery hunters prepare for Oct. 1 opener

When the 2023 archery deer season opens a half hour before sunrise on October 1, Michigan bowhunters can expect a pretty good chance at tagging a whitetail, especially in the southern Lower Peninsula, according to DNR big game managers.
“Like previous years, our archery season is shaping up to be a good one across much of the state. Deer numbers remain high with very few exceptions in the SLP. Hunters with access should be able to set up on deer sign and have activity on many of their hunts,” Chad Stewart, the DNR’s deer, elk and moose specialist told Michigan Outdoor News.
Access can be a wild card in the SLP since about 90% of the deer range there is privately owned.

Outdoor Observations: Experts warn removing funding for archery, hunter-ed would contribute to nation’s mental health epidemic

The number is growing of groups and individuals opposed to the Biden Administration’s recent announcement that it was pulling federal funding for hunter education classes and the archery in the schools program is growing.

Gun Owners of America, not surprisingly, recently issued a press release opposing the action. Forbes contributor Chris Dorsey took it a little further when he wrote an article last month entitled, “Experts warn defunding school hunting and archery programs will contribute to mental health crisis.”

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