There are many archery clubs and programs operating both in and out of schools in Michigan, but none quite like the Scholastic 3D Archery Program. Known as S3DA, the program initially began in 2012 in just three states, adding a Michigan chapter in 2017.
It’s a sight that’ll bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened turkey hunter or researcher: a turkey nest decimated by predators that feast on egg clutches. To biologists and hunters, it means yet another unsuccessful nesting effort contributing to dwindling turkey populations across the country.
Scientists say the number of turkeys in the U.S. has been on the decline for decades. From 2014 to 2019, University of Georgia professor Dr. Michael Chamberlain and colleagues estimated an 18% overall decline.
State Rep. Ken Borton (R-Gaylord) has introduced a bill that would allow Michigan residents to feed wildlife recreationally, nullifying any policy issued by the Department of Natural Resources or the Natural Resources Commission prohibiting such feeding.
House Bill 4593 would legalize the feeding of free-ranging white-tailed deer, elk, birds, and other wildlife to prevent starvation and/or for recreational viewing purposes.