Victor Skinner

Michigan NRC approves 2018 waterfowl season framework

Lansing — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission gave final approval earlier this month for 2018 waterfowl hunting regulations that will add days to the early teal season, increase take for pintails, and move the youth waterfowl hunting weekend back one week. Michigan DNR waterfowl specialist Barbara Avers told Michigan Outdoor News both the federal framework for migratory birds and the…

In Michigan, drifting sand threatens Lake Superior spawning reef

Lake Linden, Mich. — Officials with federal, state, local and tribal groups will hold a public meeting in Lake Linden later this month to discuss plans to protect an important lake trout and whitefish spawning reef from migrating stamp sands. Roughly a quarter of lake trout in the Michigan waters of Lake Superior originate from Buffalo Reef, and stamp sands…

Nationally acclaimed bear hounds are Michigan bred

Gaylord bear houndsman Keith Huff knows what it takes to develop a top-notch bloodline. “I’m not a big production breeder,” he said. “I’m very selective and very determined on what dogs I do breed. “They’ve got to have the endurance, treeing ability, stamina, a good cold nose, intelligence, voice and aggression,” Huff explained. “With breeding these dogs I look at…

Biologists seeking bear dens

  Roscommon, Mich. — Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologists want the public’s help to locate denned bears the department uses to collect data, rehome orphaned cubs and train staff on handling wildlife. DNR officials started tracking bear dens in 2005 after acquiring orphaned bear cubs who were abandoned by their mother at a logging site. With no dens located,…

More precaution needed to prevent spread of invasives

  Lansing – New research on efforts by anglers to prevent the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes shows most are aware and concerned about the problem, but not all are taking the proper precautions. The Journal of Great Lakes Research published a recent study by Cornell University researchers in June that gleaned attitudes about aquatic invasives from…

Salmon cuts on the way

An inter-agency Lake Michigan salmon management group is proposing a 60-percent lake wide chinook stocking reduction for 2017 amid the continued decline of both salmon and alewives.