The Department of Natural Resources encourages waterfowl hunters to bring a young hunter to one of Michigan’s managed waterfowl hunt areas in October and November for a memorable hunting experience. Hunters can choose from several dates and locations. Parties with at least one youth hunter will be given priority in the draw at all seven managed waterfowl hunt areas:
Oct. 24 – Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area (afternoon hunt only) in Pinconning
Oct. 31 – Muskegon County Wastewater (morning and afternoon hunts) in Twin Lake
Oct. 31 – Fish Point State Wildlife Area (afternoon hunt only) in Unionville
Oct. 31 – Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area (morning hunt only) in Fennville
Nov. 7 – Shiawassee River State Game Area (afternoon hunt only) in St. Charles
Nov. 8 – Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (morning hunt only) in Rockwood
Nov. 13 – Harsens Island Managed Hunt Area (afternoon hunt only) on Harsens Island
Drawings for the youth morning hunts will occur at 5:30 a.m. Drawings for the youth afternoon hunts will take place at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. at Harsens Island).
Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth (age 16 or younger) and up to two adults (maximum party size is four). All youth participating in these priority hunts must be properly licensed to hunt. Youth hunters 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by a qualified Mentored Youth Hunting Program mentor.
For more information about hunting at the DNR’s managed waterfowl hunt areas, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.
The Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, runs until Jan. 31, 2016. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three managed waterfowl hunt areas can be entered in the contest. Hunt at more than three areas for additional contest entries. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,500, including a “golden ticket” that’s good for one first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2016-17 season (non-reserved). See www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders for contest terms and conditions.
The Wetland Wonders Challenge is part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, which is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a “call to action” to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/mwl or look for Michigan Waterfowl Legacy on Facebook.