Michigan DNR

How Wildlife Action Plan is giving conservation a boost in Michigan

Ask Michigan residents what comes to mind when hearing the word “wildlife,” and – depending on which part of the state they live in – you likely would get quick answers including deer, elk, turkey, and probably a handful of popular fish species like lake trout and muskellunge. Ask Amy Derosier, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR in Lansing,…

Jail time, loss of hunting privileges, more than $30,000 in reimbursement for Michigan deer poacher

An Allegan County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching as the result of an investigation by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Colton Anderson, 22, of Plainwell was sentenced Jan. 18 in Allegan County 57th District Court to 60 days in jail, $30,250 in reimbursement to the state and the loss of hunting privileges for seven years. The…

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

The Pittman-Robertson Act is funded by an excise tax on firearm and ammunition purchases. These funds are distributed to state wildlife agencies and earmarked for hunter education programs and projects to restore and manage wildlife habitat. (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,…

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…