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DNRE adopts new deer management plan

Lansing — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has adopted its first-ever comprehensive statewide deer management plan designed to guide management decisions into the future. The plan is the result of more than two years of effort by DNRE staff and deer management partners from around the state. The Deer Advisory Team, a group composed of 24 representatives of groups…

DNRE seeks authority to use lethal control on problem wolves

DNRE Report Lansing — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authority to use lethal methods to control problem wolves. “The grey wolf has been fully recovered in Michigan, and the state has demonstrated its ability to wisely manage this species,” said DNRE Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “We are in the…

Another good season on tap for Michigan turkey hunters

Lansing — The early breakup of winter across the state has triggered a fever that’s impacting over 100,000 residents. It’s called turkey fever and it’s brought on by melting snow, warming temperatures and greening grasses. Those affected complain of an itchy trigger finger and a burning desire to head out into the woods with a locator call in hand in…

Judge: Michigan ban on deer baiting too vague

Gaylord, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Otsego County has thrown out a case against a man charged under Michigan’s ban on baiting and feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula, saying the ban is too vague. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment that it’s not clear whether the ruling Thursday by 87th District Court Judge Patricia Morse effects…

Fish possession limit changed

Lansing, Mich. — Late last month, HB 5481 cleared both the state House and Senate and was sent to the Governor’s office for final approval. The bill allows anglers to possess, in addition to one day’s limit of fish, an additional two days’ possession limit of fish that are either frozen, canned in a sealed container, or cured by smoking or…

DNRE Reminds Public to Leave Wildlife in the Wild

As spring brings the season for wildlife to give birth, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds Michigan residents to resist the instinct to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals. “The truth is, the animal doesn’t need help – even if a fawn appears to be abandoned, its mother is almost always nearby,” said DNRE…

Six-week search finds no Asian carp in Chicago-area rivers and canals

AP Environmental Writer Traverse City, Mich. (AP) — An initial six-week mission to catch and kill Asian carp lurking on the Great Lakes’ doorstep turned up none of the despised fish, suggesting few if any have eluded an electric barrier designed to block their path to Lake Michigan, officials said recently. Beginning in mid-February, teams of biologists and commercial fishermen…

Michigan’s New Recreation Passport Will Benefit State Parks, State Forests, Campgrounds, Non-Motorized Trails and Local Parks

DNRE Report Lansing, Mich. — Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law the “Recreation Passport” legislation, which creates a new funding source for Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails and pathways and local parks. The new law takes effect Oct. 1, 2010, meaning citizens who want to visit state parks this year will still need a…

Michigan DNRE Supports Action by Minnesota to Delist Gray Wolf

DNRE Report Lansing, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment today said it supports recent action by the State of Minnesota to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act. The State of Minnesota filed a formal petition with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on March 15. “Our…

Local Residents Assist in Rescuing Conservation Officer

Chassell, Mich. — Department of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Officer Dennis Gast was responding on a snowmobile to a complaint of set lines on Otter Lake near Chassell in Houghton County last Saturday night when he fell through thin ice and found himself in eight feet of freezing water. Fortunately, Gast was able to alert nearby residents to assist…

Leftover Spring Turkey Licenses Go on Sale Monday, March 8

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that leftover spring turkey licenses go on sale to unsuccessful license applicants on Monday, March 8, at 10 a.m. Licenses will go on sale to all hunters, including those who did not participate in the application process, on March 15 at 10 a.m. Applicants can check for license drawing results at…

Outdoor Observation – April 20, 2009

Bill Parker MAKE_A_DIFFERENCE. The goal of most conservation groups is to make a difference in the field of outdoor recreation they represent. Most accomplish that goal, either in modest measurements or drastic accomplishment, through volunteer efforts. A conservation group in northern Lower Michigan is making a big difference in the continued survival and proliferation of one of Michigan’s treasured, although…