As firearm deer hunting season approaches in Michigan and with many other seasons already under way, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to begin their outdoor adventures with Mi-HUNT at www.michigan.gov/mihunt.
Mi-HUNT, originally released in 2010, is a cutting-edge application that displays multiple layers of information, which can be customized to fit specific outdoor interests and trip-planning needs. This sophisticated application allows hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to view, print, measure and create custom routing to their desired destinations. In addition to the original Mi-HUNT features, the enhancements completed this year have made the program more user-friendly.
“Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet now has the opportunity to easily learn how to use Mi-HUNT in a way that caters to their specific outdoor sport,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Division. “This program makes it possible to target lands for different types of hunting and outdoor recreation.”
The Mi-HUNT updates now make it possible to:
- View 7 million acres of DNR and United States Forest Service (USFS) lands and printable hunting maps highlighting the vegetation of most interest to hunters;
- View detailed information on Hunting Access Program (HAP) lands and view or print downloadable maps for all HAP lands;
- View detailed information on state game and wildlife areas, including information on wildlife species and Wildlife Division management activities, and view or print detailed maps;
- Target specific types of habitat, create waypoints and load this information directly into the user’s personal GPS; and
- Use simplified and enhanced legends as well as complete instructional videos where users can watch and learn how to use all of the Mi-HUNT application features.
Mi-HUNT development and enhancements were made possible with financial support from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. This fall marks the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR)—the program that directs funds acquired through a federal excise tax on archery equipment, firearms and ammunition back to state wildlife agencies for wildlife conservation, restoration and hunter education. The vast majority of all wildlife conservation efforts have been funded by hunters through the equipment and licenses that they buy. The DNR thanks hunters for helping Michigan wildlife. For more information on PR, what the DNR has done, who it affects and how hunters play a role, visit www.michigan.gov/itsyournature.